Here, have an old selfie that describes my summer attitude 🙂 I love Snapchat’s silly filters. 🙂
Summer is here! That may be perceived as excitement, but honestly, I’m so miserable. I despise heat, & moreso, I despise what my body is doing lately. Or what it’s not letting me do, maybe? Without boring you, I will say that this summer is starting off with a lot of difficulty. My nerves had me out of commission for a few days, & they still aren’t at 100% function, but right now it’s not so bad. The pain is tolerable, if I’m going to be honest. My kidneys are doing their “let’s be big & painful” thing as usual too. I had my renal MRI a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, they’re still big. I looked at the imaging. I now know what it’s like to carry two giant gumball machines inside of you. *sigh, sigh, sigh* Whatever. When I can write, it is a great thing, & I am grateful for every word.
That being said, I haven’t been able to write or edit as much as I like this past week, but today I was able to get a little work done & I am very happy about that. I’m enjoying posting for the literati mafia & I’m excited about working on some collabs that will be posted in the near future. Writing with others is a lot of fun.
I had a birthday outing a few days after my birthday. My husband & I went to see ‘Hereditary‘. It had some issues, but I did like it, & it’s so rare that this happens, but some of the imagery in it kept me awake. I kept thinking I was hearing things too. I pride myself on not being a ‘scaredy cat’ when it comes to horror movies or books, but sometimes, things get under my skin. This one did. For a lot of reasons, probably. I don’t want to spoil, nor do I have energy to even get into it. Go see it, if horror is your thing. I felt it was worth it, despite some cheesiness I could have done without.
Summer means being stuck in bed a lot. So, that means I’m reading a lot. (Who am I kidding? I’m always reading a lot. If you’ve read the past few updates you’ll see that the Books Read list just keeps getting longer & longer.) Here’s my book round-up for June:
Fulcanelli: Master of Mystery // H. Brian Rector
Rosicrucians & Alchemists of la Belle Epoque // Steven Ashe
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time // Mark Haddon (GAR)
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus // Mary Shelley (GAR)
Eliphas Levi and the French Occult Revival // Christopher McIntosh
The Fellowship of the Ring // J.R.R. Tolkien (GAR)
Heart of Darkness // Joseph Conrad (GAR)
And Then There Were None // Agatha Christie (GAR)
Gone Girl // Gillian Flynn (GAR)
Magpie in August // Kindra M. Austin
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn // Betty Smith (GAR)
Lady Susan // Jane Austen
Beloved // Toni Morrison (GAR)
Wind, Sand, and Stars // Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Salomé/Don Giovanni // Gaia Servadio
Dare to Defy // Philip Lister
La La Love // Katie Lewington
There is Beauty in the Bleeding // Christina Hart
Heaven is Only a Part of Our Body Where All the Sickness Resides // Tanya Singh
Now We are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse // James Goss
I enjoyed everything I read this past month. I read some things randomly near the end of it that I wasn’t sure I’d be into, but they were good reads. I really enjoyed “Magpie in August” (check out Kindra’s blog here) “Beloved“, & “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” if I had to pick a top three. Katie Lewington’s “La La Love” (you can check out her blog here) & Tanya Singh’s “Heaven is Only a Part of Our Body…” were my favorites in poetry. Singh’s book is a part of the 2018 Summer Microchapbook Series from Ghost City Press. All books are available for download so do check them out. Philip Lister is also a fellow WordPress blogger, & his site can be found here.
If you are a lover of summer, I hope you are enjoying it! I’m not even being snarky. When the tables are turned come winter, I’ll understand how you feel when cold drags you down. I’ll be living it up then. 😀 Of course, as I’ve learned the past few years, the cold brings its own set of pains for me now, but it’s different. I feel something awesome in my soul when it’s cold out. Maybe it has to do with being born & raised in Michigan, I don’t know. I just love it & thrive in it.
I’m doing my best to stay positive & keep my mind busy with books. I know I slow down writing wise in the summer & I’m kind of grieving that right now. But, as I stated above, every word is a blessing. Every time my hands work properly & feel up to the typing task is a little miracle. I can’t believe this year is halfway over. I can’t believe I’m here. 🙂
Thank you for all of your kind comments & for reading my scribbles. Writing is what I love the most & I’m really enjoying being active in the WP community. Reading your posts is always an enjoyable part of my day. Be well, all! Take care of yourselves & show kindness to others, even when it’s hard. Happy July! ❤ ❤