See you at Star Wars Celebration?
My brain is empty, y’all
💻 what I'm up to 💻
It’s one of those months when I don’t have a lot to say. You know how when you look back over recent days or weeks and you can’t quite recall what you’ve been doing? That feeling. It’s a good thing I keep a journal or I’d have no freaking clue where the time has gone.
These images pretty accurately summarize the last month.
I snuggled cats a lot, particularly this cat.
(No, I’m not trying to grow out my precious bangs. I was lazy about getting them trimmed. Then I did get them trimmed and the hairstylist did a pretty terrible job after a series of mediocre haircuts, so hi, I go to a new salon now because that seemed easier.)
I got into painting tabletop miniatures. This is my first one. I’ve done two total now and I wish I could make time to do this every weekend.
I started playing Dungeons & Dragons with an in-person group. (I love my Zoom D&D group and this is a nice addition–all the D&D!). My husband’s running the game and it’s just me and two other players, and we play in our basement tiki bar. It’s delightful.
We had our second and third snowfalls of the season.
But it’s still been chilly, so we cozied up with board games (mostly Gloomhaven and Jurassic World Legacy).
I’m looking forward to:
Seeing Everything Everywhere All at Once this weekend
Winter being properly over so I can do some hiking and just be outdoors more
Going to Dollywood SOON
Spending a whole week with my sister next month
Star Wars Celebration–I’m back as a stage host for Celebration Anaheim and I’m already well into outfit planning. Give me a shout if I’ll see you there!
📘 my book things 📘
I got some bummer news this week about a project that I thought was pretty locked in, which was a reminder for me to not get excited until an offer and/or a contract is in hand. It’s okay though! I still have two licensed projects ahead this year, plus the one I already turned in. I’m hopefully lining up more.
And I hit 10,000 words in my romcom! I’m writing a romcom set against the backdrop of a theme park. Though I’ve been writing it at a slow pace (it’s not sold, and as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I am not the best at writing without a deadline), it’s bringing me joy. I think I’m going to work with my agent to set a deadline with him at least, so I have something concrete to aim for.
📺 what I'm watching 📺
Season 2 of Bridgerton, how I swoon for you. Anthony got 100% hotter in season 2 (thank you hair and makeup department for freeing his face from those mutton chops) and Kate? An actual goddess. Their enemies-to-lovers plot was full of yearning and anyone who says this season wasn’t as sexy as season 1… I don’t know what to tell you.
I’m not sure how I missed Fringe the first time around, but I’m here now. I’m only three episodes in (and am getting distracted by currently airing shows) but I’m all kinds of charmed, despite the body horror aspects. Is there a gooey or bloody or squishy body part in every episode?! I’ll deal with it for John Noble. I guess.
I know I mentioned Our Flag Means Death in the last newsletter, but I fell in love with it even more as the season progressed and wrapped. It’s a delightful queer pirate romcom. You just need to give it until episode 3 or 4 to really pick up and I promise it is worth it.
📚 what I'm reading 📚
The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott
I am chugging along in my exploration of The High Republic books, and this one got me. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a Star Wars book that gripped me like The Rising Storm. Nonstop action, devastation, hope… it’s really something else.
Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey
It Happened One Summer was one of my favorite romance novels in recent memory, so I had to read this follow-up. Friends, it does not disappoint. I loved being back in the seaside town of Westport. This one has a lovely friends to lovers story alongside Hannah, the protagonist, going after she wants with her life’s passions.
If you’d like some cozy, entertaining mysteries, try Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Dial A for Aunties and Four Aunties and a Wedding. I finished Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series last month too, and I cannot recommend those books enough. I need to add them to my shelves.
I’m making things a bit short this month, because that’s where my brain is. Thank you for reading and I hope you’re good. <3