Fandom Friday: Reading, Listening, and a Newish Idea

This has been a week of downs and ups. My mom-in-law spent some time in the hospital. But, as always, I was doing some reading (partly because that’s how I deal with stress or happiness – either way, reading increases my happiness and relaxes me, so I don’t find it to be a chore).

Reading Challenge 2023 Continued

19. Your Writing Matters: How to Banish Self-Doubt, Trust Yourself, and Go the Distance by Colleen M. Story. I loved this book and I wrote a review of it on Monday. Non-Fiction for writers.

20. Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers by Jessica Roux is a beatiful and informational guide specific to Victorian flowers and bouquets. Non-fiction.

21. Oracle of Life; The Lord’s Gambit Series, Volume One, A Dark Mythological Fantasy Epic by Katherine D. Graham. This story takes readers on a dark twisting adventure with Nariah, an oracle who hopes to save her people from doom, but who discovers not all is at it seems. This story went through some darker turns than I expected, but Nariah had resilience to see her hope fulfilled in one way or another. Fantasy Romance.

22. In Darkness, the Vampire, a paranormal fantasy clean romance novella by L. Diane Wolfe is a sweet surprise of unexpected adventure that reminds more of quest fantasy novels from the past, while adding in a fresh perspective, an intrepid human woman, and a vampire leader. While “sweet” and “vampire” don’t often go together, that’s what makes this book refreshing and fun to read because of the sweet, clean romance in the midst of a quest with vampires. Paranormal Fantasy Romance.

23. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is a thrilling adventure set in a gorgeous new world of fantasy by a Nigerian-American author, so it’s shiny new in its own, unique way with some of the standard build of friendships and romance you might expect in a YA fantasy adventure with some romance. The characters are awesome, and Adeyemi is a brilliant author – so much so that I want to study exactly how she brought me into the world so seamlessly. YA Fantasy. Diverse read.

Listening this week

Songs that I listened to more than once this week include: “My All in All” by Phil Wickham (worship), “Echo” featuring Tauren Wells and Elevation Worship, “Café Mocha” by Jesse Cook, “Love Someone” by Lukas Graham, “The Warrior” by Patti Smyth, “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, L.V., “Come Out and Play” by The Offspring, and “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift.

Yes, my playlist is a bit eclectic.

A Newish Idea

My brain is a bit bouncy, but that means I typically bounce ideas around for quite a while before I decide to do them. What may seem like a hasty “yes” or “no” may actually be something I’ve been bouncing around in my head for years, or months, or at least, weeks. I make pro-con lists. I debate ideas in my journal. I do brainstorm a lot of ideas, and sometimes, still, I am hasty in starting something new.

This week, despite all that was going on, maybe because of it, and because of some the great posts I’ve been reading by Substack users, I decided to start my own Substack, even though I have this website and my newsletter. I may be working the details out for the first three months or so, but if you are interested in joining the freebie level, check it out here:

If you have an interest in my newsletter, check that out here:

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