Post-surgery, Pre-semester: Personal Update

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Image: Photo of a flowering tree on a university campus taken by the author, April 2017

My last personal update covered a lot of ground, so you’d be forgiven for not remembering everything or skipping it altogether. Since that post, there hasn’t been a lot going on, but enough to bring y’all up to speed a bit.

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

I really would like to get into a more permanent rhythm, and posting reviews every week just ends up getting out of hand, especially once I start classes back in the fall. (Just a few weeks to go now; yikes!!)

In that spirit, Tuesday Reviews Day will be every other week, while I try that on for size and see how it works. There won’t be a review post tomorrow, but I already have one scheduled for next Tuesday, and I think y’all are going to love it.

Also next Tuesday is my first-ever surgery; it’s minor and none of the doctors seem worried, but I’m a professional worrywart and I am doing my thing! So if you can spare a few kind thoughts or prayers or whatever you’re into, please send some my way next Tuesday; I could really use ’em! Love y’all.

Only Up From Here

So. Let’s state the obvious and get that out of the way — it’s been over a month now since my last post. I need to get better about posting, I know, and I have a host of excuses but none of them are really good enough. So, sorry! But moving on. Things are gonna change, I can feel it. (Points if you caught that reference.)

I’ve got some things in the works I can’t wait to share with you guys. The Breaking Bad post is coming along nicely even though I know it’s going to be several months behind for people who watched the show live. Even for people who didn’t, myself included. I’d have liked to get that done awhile back, but life happens and regret changes nothing.

More exciting news: I managed to get into an all-day writing workshop led by the amazing Mary Robinette Kowal, which will be held on June 21. I’m so stoked about this and I can’t wait to share all the details. All of them. Right now, I’m not sure when I’ll have a post ready for that, but you can be sure there will be one.

Plus, more book reviews are in the works! Right now I’m reading Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow and The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe. Both are fantastic books so far, though I will say Sharp Teeth is a bit slower read for me as it’s written entirely in poetry. I picked it up because the subject seemed interesting—plus it came highly recommended from friends—but I think I really just wanted to expand my reading horizons. I’ve built a pretty comfortable little box for myself as far as my reading choices. There’s a lot of Victorian Steampunk and post-apocalypse dystopias in the box, a few Southern lit works but certainly not any poetry. But I’ve got to say, I’m not at all disappointed by Sharp Teeth. Remember the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton? If you’re nodding your head thinking “oh my God, what a great book,” you should probably pick up Sharp Teeth. I’ve found it very reminiscent of The Outsiders. I came across The Butterfly’s Daughter in a local authors section at the gift shop in Charleston’s South Carolina Aquarium. I bought it for a few reasons: a) Local author b) Female author c) Primarily female characters d) POC female main. It already passes the Bechdel test with flying colors and I’m not even halfway through it yet.

As far as our personal lives, not much is changing. We’ve got plans in the works to get our house fixed up and on the market by the end of the fall, so there’s that. The husband’s garden is doing pretty great this year, too; observe:

Food!

Food!

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More food!

More food!

Of course, he took both of these back around the end of May, so everything is considerably larger by now. Some of the corn—which is already taller than me now—got damaged in a rough storm we had earlier this week, so that’s disappointing. But if everything we have left produces, we’ll still have more than we can eat. We’ve talked about getting a little stall at the local farmers’ market, but we’ll probably end up donating a lot of the excess.

Overall, things are really looking up, finally. I’m feeling back to myself and I’m even going back to the gym. Of course, I still have a ways to go, but it doesn’t seem so daunting anymore. Looking forward to what’s to come!