Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
by Chris Riddell
Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.
Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching.
Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers – before it’s too late! (goodreads.com)
I feel like I should take out a giant ad in all of the papers and magazines of the world because I finished a book. In one sitting. Mind you, I was sitting on a train for 2.5 hours, but still!
This book showed up at my house as a surprise and a mystery. I knew I hadn’t bought or ordered any books, especially this one. Thanks to the internet I found out that it was from the amazing Jenny at Wondrous Reads and she thought it was a book that would be my cup of tea. Boy was she right! This random act of kindness was very needed in my life right now and words cannot express how much I appreciate it.
Since I haven’t been able to read things and nothing has been even remotely interesting to me, I wasn’t sure how this would go, but I needed to occupy my mind on that train ride and I really wanted to disconnect from the internet as much as possible this past weekend. It was nice. I brought two books with me this one, and the ARC of Cress I had. I had hoped – and I was right! – that Goth Girl would be the kind of book to help me forget my troubles and just enjoy a book. Just the physical book was enough to start that escape. Photos cannot do this book justice. It is GORGEOUS. The page edges are sparkly, purple. The cover is embossed and shiny. There are illustrations on every single page (in black and white, but they are adorable!) and at the end of the book… there is a SURPRISE MINI BOOK! Which just made me so crazy excited my husband laughed at me. heh
There is even a ribbon bookmark attached to the book! This is one fantastically packaged novel and it was the most entertaining and whimsical story I have read in a long time.
Goth Girl is a wonderful mix of silly-but-not-TOO-silly, mystery, and whimsy. Ada Goth is a sweet girl who makes interesting friends and helps both magical creatures and her father out in this story. Ada has a bitter-sweet story, her father doesn’t like to look at her because she reminds him too much of her mother, who died when Ada was very young. I sort of found that part of the story to be heart breaking. Poor little Ada can only see her father once a week and he won’t even look at her. She has to wear super clompy boots around the house at all times so her father, Lord Goth, can hear her coming and avoid her. So sad!
But Ada is charming and sweet and curious and she doesn’t let this get her down too much. She explores the house and surrounding land (and YAY! There is a MAP in this book! With all the silly-named locations noted! I almost squealed out loud on the train when I saw it!)
This book held my attention for pretty much the entire train ride and I finished it at the stop before mine. I decided half-way through that this is a book I will lend my sister to read to my 7-year old niece. I hope they enjoy it as much as I did!
Thanks so much, Jenny for the gift of this book! It was everything I needed and more right now!
Blog readers! I know you know that I don’t normally do these things and I know you know that when I do do something like this it’s because I am totally and completely 100% crazy about it and behind it. So I am more than excited to be part of the limited reveal of the new cover for Rhiannon Hart’s third book of Lharmell, Blood Queen!
Rhiannon is someone I befriended through blogging – my book blog, specifically and I have devoured her first two YA fantasy books in this series. This third book is set to release on April 15, 2014!
And if you’re like me and you think that’s still WAY TOO FAR AWAY! Never fear! There is a short story about to drop on December 9 – only 6 days away!!
Life in tatters and far from home, Rodden Lothskorn struggles to cope with the harming menace and his own harming nature. When an offer of marriage reaches his friend, Prince Amis, Rodden discovers that the bride’s inhospitable homeland might contain one part of the harming poison he would dearly like to get his hands on. But if summoned northwards, will Princess Lilith bring something – or someone – he dreads most with her? Locked in a years-long struggle with the Lharmellins, Rodden senses the battle is only now about to begin.
Blood Phantom is a short story of Lharmell and a prequel to Blood Song.
Blood Phantom is a short story that will be released soon! SOON! And it’s a prequel to the first book in the series, Blood Song.
These books will be released as eBooks and I *think* they should be simultaniously available in Australia, North America and the UK. If you love fantasy and you love YA, and especially if you love fantasy - I encourage you to pick up these books and start your reading right now!
Rhiannon writes an amazing fantasy series (so far, at least ) and even though her characters have a problem with not eating while on the road questing (I mean, really, is it too hard to write in a stop or two for stew or hunks of bread and cheese?) I think you’ll be more than happy with the rest of the story.
I don’t promote things I don’t love and although my blog has been quiet lately and I am having some trouble reading, I am happy to have a book to look forward to that I know I’ll love! Hurry up, April! I need my Zeraphina and Rodden!
Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2)
by Alexandra Bracken
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.
When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.
As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself? (goodreads.com)
Whoops! I started this post on November 8 and apparently got distracted because I never actually finished it.
(sort of spoilery, so read at your own risk)
I suppose I also let myself get distracted because I didn’t really want to write this post. Sadly, I did not enjoy Never Fade nearly as much as I adored Darkest Minds. Alas. I had a bad feeling at the start of the book when I couldn’t remember who Ruby was. How did I forget the main character’s name? Golly, Cat, maybe pay better attention to things when you read books! Gah! I had to go back to my review of the first book to make sure I was reading about the same person. I felt like I was reading a different series at first.
I had some trouble reading this book. I kept finding errors in the text and had to re-read some parts over due to some awkward phrasing at times and I don’t normally notice these things, so it’s strange that I did this time.
I felt very little connection to Ruby in this sequel but I really liked Vida. I have to admit the Epic Love between Ruby and Liam just wasn’t doing it for me in this book. I think Ruby did something totally unspeakable and I feel like Liam should not forgive her for her actions. But, whatever… he’s supposed to remember intense love feelings for her regardless of Ruby’s actions and I just was not feeling that connection at all.
I was worried after reading the first book that the sequel would not be able to match the pace of the first book. I was right. I felt like this part of the story was very drawn out with little breathless action. I found a lot of it predictable and nowhere near as mysterious as the first book.
I was disappointed in the sequel much to my chagrin. I’m not entirely sure how much of my disappointment has to do with my current mood and lack of reading ability or how much was the story itself. It’s often difficult to match the awesome of a first book. Sometimes I love the first, hate the second but love the third book in the series, so I am looking forward to reading the next book. I like the idea of this story and I tend to like the secondary characters a lot. For instance I really loved Chubs this time around even though I wasn’t a fan of his in the first book. He’s had some major character growth and that is pretty awesome to read in a book. Sadly, the protagonist hasn’t had much growth and I feel like her decisions are getting stupider by the second. She keeps endangering herself and everyone around her for stupid reasons. Smarten up, girlie!
Book three is out next fall (I believe) so I’ll be on the look out for that for sure. Hopefully Ruby will be a little more intelligent by then. I’m curious to see where this is all going after the ending of Never Fade. I’d appreciate a little more action and a lot less Epic Never Ending LOOOOOOVE.
The Darkest Minds
- The Darkest Minds
- Never Fade
- TBA – 2014
Because I don’t already have enough to do in my every-day life, I decided to answer a call for volunteers to help out at the Giller Light Bash in Toronto on November 5, 2013. I was originally on a waiting list to volunteer, but last week I was thrilled to find out I had been bumped up to the volunteer list! I had already talked with my supervisor about the possibility of taking time off from work (and missing a meeting I generally set up and minute) to do this, so once I had the official notice that I could help out, I quickly booked train (and of course this was the one week there were NOT seat sales that helped me out) and hotel and then had an anxiety attack over how much this was costing me at a time I should not have been spending money.
But you know what? It was totally worth it.
I was on a 6:45 am train Tuesday morning, from Montreal to Toronto. Those of you who know me well know how useless I am in the morning, so you can imagine how spaced out I was that day. I can’t sleep while traveling and I was praying that the hotel would let me check in 3 hours early so I could try to catch some sleep before heading to CBC Studio 40 for my orientation and debriefing at 5pm that day.
I was thankfully allowed to check in early and I got about an hour’s nap. I had been up almost the entire night before nervous about this trip for unknown reasons. I had this total sense of foreboding about it. So besides the early train ride, I’d gotten about 2 hours sleep before that and the hour in the hotel room. I was tired, but fuelled by anxiety and coffee, so I was ready to take on the bash and work until 1am!
I didn’t know what to expect really, but I thought it would be fun to get to meet other students in my publishing program who lived in the Toronto area. I do the program online via distance education so I thought, hey, why not take this opportunity. Also I got to meet some of the publishing contacts I have made while running this blog. So it was fun!
The Giller Light Bash has been going strong since 2002 and has raised over $400,000 for Frontier College, Canada’s literacy organization. It runs simultaneously with the Giller Prize (this year’s short list) and we watch the hour-long prize broadcast on big screens while having our own party next door! It was such an exciting experience to watch a literary prize broadcast with 300-400 other people who were just as excited and in love with reading as I was. This is a publishing event that you don’t want to miss if you’re in Toronto! I can’t just get a group of my friends together to watch a book award being handed out. They don’t get it. (Well, some of them do.) So to be surrounded by people who live for publishing and books was such an amazing feeling. I love book people!
This was the first year that the bash was held at the CBC and I really liked the location. Us volunteers manned different stations – there were raffle tickets, drink tickets, free ice cream, a lollipop draw, photo booth stations and more. Attendees were dressed up and enjoyed dancing to both the DJ and the live cover band that played. The night was MC’d by Kevin Sylvester (of the Neil Flambe books) and everyone was full of smiles and laughter and had come together for a great cause!
I was assigned to one of three photobooth stations – the one with all the fancy dresses!
No one wanted to try on any of the fancy dresses though. I think mostly because a) they weren’t “costumes” and b) people were already in fancy dresses and it would have been way too much trouble to get out of your fancy frock and into another one just to snap a photo for instagram, you know? The other two stations had silly hats and props and I think it might have worked best in one location with everything combined. BUT I wasn’t too upset about the lack of photo taking because I was next to the ice cream station and got to know some of the other Ryerson student volunteers AND got to get to know the two women who ran the company supplying the dresses and they were awesome!
The dresses were supplied by Rent Frock Repeat and it is a Canadian run company where you can RENT fancy dresses which were bought directly from designers and you can save a ton of money having to buy one. Lisa and Kristy were so friendly and warm (and extremely well dressed!) and I had so much fun there that night thanks to them. I ended up handing out more information about the company to bash attendees and tried hard to get someone to try on a dress. (I was so tempted to try one on myself!) Not only can you rent a dress for an event, they ship all over Canada and send you a pre-paid envelope to ship the dress back AND take care of dry cleaning. This makes me want to go to events now. I need to find events so I can rent a pretty dress. Since I work in a Music faculty I took some info to bring home with me. I think our Opera program and some of the students who need fancy things for auditions and performances might be interested in this company. You know I don’t talk about things on here that I don’t actually like myself, and I thought this idea was brilliant. And it’s a Canadian company and they support Canadian designers and I am all about supporting my country’s awesomeness.
I sort of wish I had time to look around the CBC building because it’s full of awesome Canadian nostalgia. At the end of the night I was moved to Elevator Duty (they had to be run manually) and not only did it help me battle my elevator fear, I was right next to a wall of Mr. Dressup photos that made me tear up. I loved Mr Dressup when I was a kid and our little ephelant Finnegan was named after Finnegan the dog on that show. I know that the treehouse from the show is somewhere in that building, too and I was longing to get to see it. I might have broken down in a sobbing mess though, so perhaps it was best that I didn’t see it. Hey, I cried when I heard the Muppet Show theme for the movie and at the Just For Laughs performance. And I cry when the Sesame Street gang shows up on the Muppet Family Christmas special. And I cry when they open the Disney World theme park in the morning with confetti and music and magic. I am a sap. Shush.
I’m getting distracted! So, the Giller Light Bash was a success (I think. It certainly LOOKED successful!) and I got to meet Michelle from Simon & Schuster and Shannon and Katie from Harper Collins and even someone who was a student in Music at my place of employment and I hadn’t seen for years. And it looked like a super fun party (complete with a Limbo competition at 11pm!).
I think I might buy tickets to the event next year and go as a guest in a pretty dress (and gee, I wonder if I could rent a dress for the occasion?). Although I really enjoyed volunteering and I know they could use the help. So I’m sort of torn. But I know they don’t have a shortage of volunteers and I’d really like to dress pretty and dance.
I am extremely glad I was able to grasp this opportunity. I am especially grateful that I could take three days off work to travel because I certainly needed to sleep in the next day. I then met up with some friends for lunch and dinner and was on a 6:40 am train on Thursday back home. Of course, I was so worried about sleeping through my alarm that I didn’t sleep much Wednesday night, either and was up as of 4 am. I napped for almost 4 hours when I got home yesterday. Oy. I am so tired!
And in case you’re wondering – Lynn Coady won the Giller Prize for her book of short stories - Hellgoing. I will have to make sure to read that book because it sounded very interesting. Actually, all of the short listed books sounded fascinating so I will add them to my list of books I want to read. That is, if I can read a book for more than 3 pages at a time soon. Because reading & I aren’t getting along very well these days.
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
by Veronica Roth
One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. (goodreads.com)
First: OMG! Look! I actually finished a book! It’s been over two and a half months, but I finished a book! Whee!
Second: Hmmm. I don’t know what to write because I am not sure what I thought of the book. I’m having a serious struggle between liked and disliked. So I think I’ll break things down in this post and go from there.
(So, SPOILER ALERT if you have not read this book yet. This is your warning!)
- I didn’t know this book would be told from alternating points-of-view. I didn’t read the summaries online because I didn’t want to know ANYTHING about a book I was highly anticipating. So I had no clue that we’d get the ending to this trilogy in both Tris’s and Four’s POVs. The thing is, multiple POV? I hate it. It’s rare that I come across a book where I feel the back and forth is done properly. And I especially hate when a series makes a switch in narration in the middle or end of a series. The first two books were told from Tris’s point of view and then suddenly the last book? SWITCHEROO! But I have loved this series so far and the writing and story has been solid, so I tried to keep my hatred for this type of thing down and read on with an open mind.
- Which allowed me to understand WHY the dual POV was written. There were two stories to tell and I can understand why there was a separation of narrator. But I still didn’t like it. Part of my problem was in realizing when we’d switched from Tris to Tobias in the chapter titles. I didn’t find their names were obvious enough. Or that they were too similar. I think if they’d written Tobias’s chapters as “Four” and not “Tobias” I might not have missed as many switches as I did. I would see the “T” and assume it was Tris. And then get confused until Tris would walk into the scene, or something. They were not distinguishable enough in my mind.
- I was both disappointed and horrified with what they found after they left the city and went through the fringe. Finding out it’s all a US experiment sort of… I don’t know, took away the mystique of the dystopian society. I can’t explain it. The whole thing is a lie and it was like my bubble had burst. I didn’t like knowing there were others, out there controlling everything. The quiet bubble of this scary society was burst and the harsh reality of it all being an experiment and a lie left a bad taste in my mouth. But I was also horrified at the idea that a government/country could DO something like this. That the disregard for human life would be so strong and acceptable. I don’t know what I wanted them to find when they escaped the city. I don’t know how I would feel if it had been something other than what they did find. Did I want everything to be barren and empty? That they were the only ones left? Did I want there to be some sort of exiled, escaped people who lived out in the fringe and were insane? I’m not sure. But there was something about them finding… normal. Normal society, like ours now, only with some added quirks and issues about the Genetically perfect and damaged things… I still can’t figure out if I liked or disliked the Big Discovery and this is frustrating to me!
- I felt like Four was too quick to trust someone he didn’t know. I felt like his attitude towards Tris was wrong. I don’t think I ever had strong feelings for him before because he wasn’t the protagonist, but the more I got to know him through his chapters, the less I liked him. I think Tris could have done so much better. Especially since he always seems to make decisions that end up wrong.
- I was a little tired of every single group being part of an uprising. I mean, really. I suppose when you’re in a society that is that unstable you’ll get uprisings all over the place, but with each chapter and discover of new people and new groups, there was an uprising about to happen in each one. Seems a little much to me. Although I had thought those Fringe people would have been a little bigger part of the story. Especially since Tris was so moved by the lack of what they had AND got the name of one of the girls in the camps. I had expected more from the Fringe people, maybe while they were tying to sneak back into the city to thwart the memory serum plans? I feel like there was stuff cut out from the book that would have added more to that part of the story? Maybe?
- Speaking of the book… Sure it’s 500+ pages, but the font was very large and the margins were HUGE! I have no idea who thought this would be a great idea. Let’s make the book LOOK epically long and people will be excited and want to buy it even more! but then you open it and you have a tiny space of text on each page. I don’t like when books are padded like that to make it seem like they are long. This book would have made a decent 350-400 page book if it had normal margin sizes. I felt like I was reading a kid’s chapter book at times.
- I was surprised by the ending. I was convinced it was going to end some other way and when things unfolded as they did, I was convinced I would read on to discover that it was also a lie. But the ending stayed true to what I was reading and I have to say I was impressed with the ending to this story. Very impressed. And as much as I didn’t like Four I think the ending helped me come around a little as he showed emotion and… I really liked the ending. A lot. There were FEELS and stuff and those last few chapters and the epilogue are the main reason I didn’t dislike the entire story.
- Peter. Peter made my heart wrench. He also helped me not dislike the entire story. Peter of all characters.
- So I’m still undecided as to how I really feel about the final book in this trilogy. I do stand by the opinion that the Divergent series is a strong one and a great read. This book might not have had me at the edge of my seat, but I think it did the job at offering closure to a wonderful series. The writing was still strong – even if I didn’t like the dual points of view!
I can now go around and read reviews from others. I am curious to see what the thoughts are on this book. I have to say it surprised me in many ways and I think that’s why I am so undecided on how I feel. Maybe that’s exactly what the author was going for. (Dual POV aside, I mean. That’s just a personal taste of mine to dislike dual POV and doesn’t have much to do with the story itself!) In celebration of my actually reading a book AND posting about it on my blog within 24 hours of finishing it, feel free to leave a comment about what you thought of the story. I’d love to hear from you!
I’ve been sick this week. I’ve also been swamped with work and school projects. I’m also STILL not reading. (*weeps*) I have three books on their way to me that I am really anxious for, and had any of them arrived before the weekend, I’d have been reading all weekend I am sure. Alas, they didn’t make it and will probably show up Monday when I am back at work and in the middle of a new school project. Curses! Meanwhile I was super out of sorts today and so I thought, why not purge my books like I have been meaning to do since JUNE.
Then I discovered we were out of boxes. One quick trip to the office supply store later, I was upstairs in the guest room sorting out books I wanted to keep, books I wanted to re-home and from those regular books vs. ARCs. Two of the 5 boxes pictured above are filled with nothing but ARCs. Those are tricky to get rid of. I can’t sell them. I can’t give them to the library (besides, the libraries around here don’t even want my shiny, new English books. No way they’d want ARCs.) I’m at 5 boxes of books from just one room and a total of 134 books so far. I have yet to tackle the basement. This room only holds YA and MG books. And I only have one bookshelf, so the rest are in the closet. Or were in piles randomly strewn about the house.
I still have to get into the basement and go through those books. The basement holds all of our Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery and Fiction books. It also holds all the random books we have collected – non-fiction, art books, faerie art books, faerie puzzles, faerie collections, faerie..well, you get the idea I’m sure. The last time I went through all of my books and gave a bunch to the local church bazaar, I was a lot more emotionally attached to the books. It took about two years for that feeling to change. When it came to the YA/MG books I was purging, I was semi-ruthless. I kept all of the books I really, truly loved reading. The others went into boxes. Some I started to put in boxes and then changed my mind at the last second. Some I thought I might see if my sister wanted for her kids. Some books I’m just not ready to part with yet.
I’m sort of an odd duck and while I still feel connected to something, I can’t get rid of it. The second that connection is gone, the item is out of my house. But until then… I need to keep it around. Thankfully I’ve been disconnecting from a lot of the clutter we have hanging around and we’ve done quite a few purges in the last 6 months. Our kitchen cupboards are more organized and less full (why did 2 people need about 30 mugs!?) and our living space is a little cleaner. It’s hard to do but once I’m on a roll, I’m ready to de-clutter and make our space a happier one.
Not to mention, I only have about 3 book shelves. Two of those are “normal” sized. I only have one in the guest room where I have all the YA/MG books. Once I boxed up those 134 books, I started reorganizing my shelf. I managed to get authors A-N on that shelf in the photo. Go, me! (Only to realize I will have three new books arriving this week and I have about 6 or 7 lent out to friends. Drat!) A few of those books are unread, but most of the unread books I had lying around have been boxed up and ready to find new homes. That was a big one. If I’d had the book in the house for over 3 years and still hadn’t read it? I pretty much tossed it in the box. The odd time I didn’t even remember I had the book and so I kept it because I remembered that I had really wanted to read it. I give those books another year. If I have not read them by the end of summer next year? A-re-homing they go!
Young Adult and Middle Grade authors O-Z are back in the closet. But I have a lot fewer books in the closet now than I did. So, yay, me! I realized as I was alphabetizing my books that I still wanted to get the newly released editions of Harry Potter from this year. Then I’ll have two copies of each book. But that’s ok. Eventually I want a room that is ONLY library and I will have a space for fancy boxed sets of books. That’s my dream. Those books are like collectors things to me and I still have connections to them! AND I will reread them. Books I like to re-read, I keep.
All those books I couldn’t finish and kept thinking, “Maybe it’ll be better if I try it this time?” or that I just haven’t read. Or that I read and really didn’t like, so why was I holding on to the series and getting more? Those are all boxed up. I will see if friends with kids want them and if not, I’ll be passing most of them on to the church bazaar again this year. The ARCs? Well, I’ll probably recycle what I can’t re-home. And I am not shipping anything to anyone because I have no money (or patience!) for that.
Bonus to purging the books today? I found all of my bookmarks!
I couldn’t understand where they all went! I used to have bookmarks all over the house and lately I’m just using scraps of paper because I can’t find any of them! Turns out they were mostly all in books I hadn’t finished. Or that I had finished and forgot to take them out of. Oops. But now I have real actual bookmarks to use in the books I will HOPEFULLY be reading soon. (I haven’t read a book since the middle of August! OMG!)
I have not read a full book since August 25. I didn’t read anything in September. I can’t remember the last time I went more than a month without finishing a book. Or reading. Heck, even when I had laser eye surgery I still got 4 books into the month!
I have been 100 pages into The Book Thief since August. Not because I am not enjoying it but because I can’t focus on reading anything these days. Nothing. I can get 3 pages into a book and then start feeling very anxious and antsy and I need to be doing something else. I just can’t relax, sit still and read for any length of time these days.
I hope to be back on the reading wagon soon, but until I can get this weird restlessness under control I don’t know when that will be.
I’m not doing nothing though! I’m continuing my Publishing Certificate program and am taking Sales & Marketing for Book Publishers this semester. It’s pretty interesting and fun so far. I totally geeked out when I learned about the 4 parts of an ISBN. I knew there were publisher indicators but I didn’t know about the other 3 indicators! Woot! I’m also continuing to train myself to jog (though I haven’t been out there in a couple of weeks) and am doing a bunch of other fitness classes that are making me feel so much better both physically and mentally. On top of that there’s my full-time job which is actually a lot more insane than normal due to a whole bunch of factors (none of them positive) and I just don’t have time or head space for much else. Including blogging.
I felt sort of odd not having updated this blog in over a month so I thought I’d just put this up here for now to feel a little better. Also – Halloween theme! Because, you know, it’s OCTOBER and my favourite month.
Hope you’re doing ok, Internet. I miss you.