Work this last two weeks have been a bit slow. Definitely getting stuff done, but not quite at the pace I was hoping for. Part of that is due to taking a good, hard look at my life and priorities, and decided that weekends are a necessary thing. For a long while, I wasn't taking any days off and my family life and work both ended up suffering. Now it's just a matter of trying to balance it out and hopefully pick up on my word counts.
I’m currently working on a scene that needs a lot of reworking, due to my series outline calling for more information being unfolded earlier on and having an antagonist that needs a bit of ‘non-cliche-ing’, mainly just toning down a certain trait. And reworking the dialogue. I'm just hoping I don't give myself an aneurysm due to perfectionism overload. Oh, enemy mine, you'll be the end of me someday...
Had to reinstall Ubuntu my computer, again. It’s not really too bad, a little irritating, but
at least I didn’t lose anything and I can keep it running. Sort of... :P I still get 'errors found' messages when I boot up, but after I let it run it's process it will load properly. I hope, someday, I'll be able to afford a new laptop. I'd love to get a mac-book air or something like that!
I’ve been doing a ton of reading lately and have caught up on my library books.
I got Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, because I’d randomly picked up the second in the series, Pure, earlier on and liked it enough to want a better grasp of what happened. It was a good, solid first book and gave me a better appreciation for the characters, now just to wait for Deity to get here!
I finally read Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. It was an enjoyable and entertaining read, a mix of new and old themes involving vampires. Her protagonist was a bit hard for me to connect with emotionally at first because she was a bit of a push-over and a goody-two-shoes (I love me some rebel characters!), but it was interesting watching the character grow stronger and there was plenty of funny parts. I’ll be looking for the next one, The Golden Lily.
I read through The Last Hope by Erin Hunter, a Warriors series book. Yep, it’s a kids book series, but I love them anyway. I’ve been following the series from the beginning and I’m a little sad to see it drawing to an end.
The last book I got from the library was The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker and was one I couldn’t get into. Not that it was bad, but I just wasn’t in the mood for that type of book by the time I got to it. I’ll try to pick it up again later.
I’m eagerly awaiting the next in the Anne Elisabeth Stengl books, Starflower. I’m totally smitten with her world and writing style and even better, I’ll get to learn more about the life of one of my favorites of her characters in that one!
I’m currently reading Wake by Amanda Hocking and I’m about a third of the way through. Loving the humorous character interactions and it’s starting to get really good! I love how real these characters come across. I’ll definitely be following this series :) It was a little mind-blowing when I went into the library the other day and saw it on the Young Adult shelf. It’s the first of her books in my local library! About time they started carrying her books!