Category: true story

Resolutions

mfred:

Here is what I said I would do in 2016:

Ok for real, get these 401Ks handled. 2016 is my year!
And yes, it sucks, but clean out my closets.
See a play. Go to a theater.
Read a m/m romance.
Go to the FDR memorial, finally

Here is what I actually accomplished:

  • Uh, 401Ks still a mess.
  • Not only cleaned out my closets, but my whole damn apartment! And then I moved!
  • Did not see a play. Saw a lot of movies.
  • Read a couple of m/m romances, thanks to @bookgeekgrrl‘s recommendations.
  • Never went to the FDR memorial. Never went to any memorial, actually. Did go to a museum or two tho.

So… 2 out of 5. That’s kind of lame. But I did a lot of other shit with 2016! I got a new job, moved to a whole new state, read 200+ books, and watched Stranger Things, twice. I mean, good riddance to a shit year, but at least a few things went my way.

What should I do with 2017? Hmm..

  • Go on three dates. Gotta make friends and be social in my new home.
  • Submit my lesbian romance novel to a publisher.
  • When the weather gets good, go swimming once a month!
  • Finish my tattoo
  • Read at least one book a month written by or starring a person of color

Here is what I accomplished in 2017:

  • Went on 0 dates. Had one friend date with colleagues from work. Yeah, I suck at this socializing thing. 
  • Hahaha, submitting my book would mean finishing it and instead I decided to re-write the whole thing for Nanowrimo. Now I’m reconsidering the ending. But not actually writing it.
  • I actually went to the beach! Not every month, but at least 3-4 times over the Spring and Summer!
  • Tattoo finished! No, you can’t see it!
  • I did not keep to the one book a month rule. Some months I read many books, others I read none. Altogether, this year I read about 30 books with a POC character/author, according to Goodreads.

2018 Goals:

  • Read one lesfic/wlw book a month.
  • Read 5 nonfiction books this year.
  • Go on 3 friend dates. 
  • See 6 movies in the theater or try 6 new restaurants.
  • If my novel is rejected by a publisher, start a new one!

The Year in Books

I read 379 books this year. Jesus Christ. I didn’t mean to read so many books. I kinda just stopped doing other things, like watching Netflix or going outside. So, how did I read so many books? I dunno. Reading is my escape, my reward, my comfort and my solace.

Only 1 book got 1 star. I really disliked that book.

17 books were 5 star reads:

Sigh. It’s just too hard to pick one. You should read all of them.

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2017 is the year I subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, which helps explain how I got my grubby little hands on so many books.

I added the following categories to my goodreads shelves:

  • romance-contemporary
  • romance-holiday
  • romance-mc (motorcycle club)
  • romance-menage
  • romance-scifi

So, as you can see, I codified my love affair with MC romance. I opened my cold, frozen heart up to the wonder of Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday romances. I figured out there is a lot of MFM menage romance and not enough MMF (and almost zero FFM). And also, I feel head over heels for lumberjack werebears and blue aliens living on ice planets. 

And, mostly importantly, I met my goal and reviewed (almost) every book I read– sometimes the review was just a list of titles and stars, and sometimes I wrote actual words. But still! I did it! 379 books! PHEW.

Regular

I have to go sit at the reference desk for two hours. And it’s finals.

I have a lap full of puppers!

I have a lap full of puppers!

I was looking at menus of restaurants, planning how to eat my way through my vacation next week, and…

I was looking at menus of restaurants, planning how to eat my way through my vacation next week, and got a little peckish. So, I went to the coffee shop in the library and got:

  • an iced mochaccino 
  • with whip cream 
  • and a chocolate drizzle
  • and a white chocolate raspberry scone.
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A person behind the coffee counter said, “I love your glasses! … and your wallet! ……

A person behind the coffee counter said, “I love your glasses! … and your wallet! … and your bag!” and I was like, “aawwww–”

And then she said: “I want to be you when I grow up.”

I’m wearing jeggings for the first time ever in my life.

I’m wearing jeggings for the first time ever in my life.

Aww yuss, I’ve got that Halloween spirit! With my bat dress and…

Aww yuss, I’ve got that Halloween spirit! With my bat dress and my skelo-cat badge holder! All I need is someone to deliver some candy corn 🌽 to my office!

My nail polish looks like what cotton candy dreams of.

My nail polish looks like what cotton candy dreams of.

Oh god. Oh no. Oh jeez.I think I have entered…A BOOK SLUMPNothing is appealing. Not Courtney…

Oh god. Oh no. Oh jeez.

I think I have entered…

A BOOK SLUMP

Nothing is appealing. 

  • Not Courtney Milan 1st Worth Saga book. 
  • Not Monstress Vol 2. Or Paper Girls Vol 3. Or Squirrel Girl Vol 4. 
  • Not the true crime story People who Eat Darkness.
  • Not a single one of the many Halloween romances I downloaded from Kindle Unlimited.
  • Not one my most treasured books, Waking the Moon.
  • Not my favorite MC biker book, Reaper’s Property.
  • Not my beloved Crusie rom-coms, Agnes and the Hitman or Getting Rid of Bradley
  • Nothing involving fairy tales.
  • Absolutely no paranormal romance with intricate external plots.

I guess I’ll just keep trying and trying until something takes. I mean, something has to take, right?