My Goings On in August:
Here’s what I accomplished in August:
- Not much blogging. As you’ve probably noticed, most weeks I’m only managing two posts—my Sunday Post and one other. And the Sunday Posts are mostly only making it up because I really hate the idea of missing someone’s birthday or blogoversary. Seriously, it’s the only thing keeping me posting, so I guess it’s good I include it!
- We brought my oldest to college! Jade is attending IIT, majoring in AI with plans to get her Master’s in Data Science. She’s technically transferring in as a junior (or possibly second-semester sophomore? It’s hard to map it exactly) because of all her community college credits she got in “high school.” Not kidding, she’s kind of brilliant. Like, when most kids are graduating high school, she had already completed all three Calcs, Linear Algebra, Discrete Math, Differential Equations, Physics 1 & 2 for Engineers, two specialized math classes, plus some programming classes and more. Oh, and she tutors at the community college too (ironically, she’s actually still tutoring there since everything’s online—and she gets paid more now that she’s no longer a student). I know I’m just all-out bragging about my kid here, but I think she deserves a little bragging. 🙂
- We painted two bedrooms and a bed. Since Jade moved out, Danielle moved up in the world to Jade’s room, and Noah’s now moving to Danielle’s old room (my husband will be making his office in Noah’s old room, and my mom will sleep there too when she’s with us). We bought both the kids new beds and painted Danielle’s, and then both rooms got painted. Whew! Lots of work! (We still have one more room to paint!)
- Danielle and I made a mask holder for my husband’s birthday. To go along with the key holder we’d already made him. You can see the pic in this post.
- SCBWI Summer Spectacular! This was a fantastic online conference!
- Digit! I’ve been sharing pics of our new pup in my Sunday Posts every week so you can see him grow up: 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28,7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30. But here’s my monthly “before and after” pic, so you can see the first day he came home versus this week:
- What I’ve watched:
- My two younger kids and I are completely caught up on The 100—and now we have to wait for new episodes like the rest of the world! 🙁
- I finished watching Indian Matchmaking. It’s interesting to see how arranged marriages work (in some instances), but the show itself is sort of dissatisfying since we only get to see one marriage in season one.
- I started re-watching the first season of The Rain, so I can watch the rest of the series.
Features & Discussions:
My 2020 Reading Progress:
I only read 4 books in August. I guess it’s better than none? I’ve now read a total of 72 so far this year, and I’m 6 books ahead of my Goodreads goal.
August 2020 Reviews
- The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed | Review
- Secrets of Storytelling: A Creative Writing Workbook for Kids by Natalie Rompella | Review
- Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners by Natalie Rompella | Review
August Best of the Bunch:
(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)
Since I only reviewed three books this month, I’m only choosing one winner: Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners had so much going for it!
2020 Goals Progress:
Progress: 13/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy)
I posted no discussions this month (and not much else either!).
Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag
Tales of a Social-Media (and Tech) Failure: What’s the Deal with the WordPress Block Editor?
What Draws Me to a Book Cover?
Black Lives Matter
My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!
I’ve Been Impersonated on Instagram!!
Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)
All Those Deleted Drafts
Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It).
The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner
The Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win?
My 2020 Goals & Challenges
2019 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)
My Bookish Goals for 2020:
My Writing Goals
- Finish first draft of my Selfish Giant retelling. I’m working on it, slowly but surely.
Attend one writing conference and at least one online class.I’m calling this one complete.
- Read writing craft books and resources. With my reading slump, this just hasn’t been happening.
- Edit A Memory of Magic. Maybe someday I’ll get to this.
My Reading/Reviewing Goals
- Review (requested) review books within two weeks of publication. Two of the three books I reviewed this month were ARCs. I’ve still got some catching up to do, though!
- Review two backlist review books per month. Nope.
- Here’s the spreadsheet I created specifically for my backlist ARCs and review copies. (This was adapted from one of the tabs on Val @ Reader Voracious’s 2020 spreadsheet). Hopefully seeing this list here monthly will help keep me on track!
Don’t forget to link your August wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. And enter the giveaway!