This is my first update post of the new year, and as you can probably tell, I’ve committed to just doing these as monthly wrap-up posts since that’s basically what I’ve been doing anyway.
I have no news about the dentist since I had a CT scan in December, and it took my current dentist four whole weeks, despite my multiple phone calls, to talk to the endodontist about the results before I was even allowed to schedule my next appointment. Not that the endo listened anyway. He told me some of my symptoms were impossible. 🙄 I have an appointment tomorrow, but I’m not even sure what’s gonna happen. Wish me luck.
Moving on from that… I was all excited to tell you guys that I had good news because I had some weeks with fewer significant headaches and less brain fog, so I made art. And I was all excited to show you the digital paintings I did and tell you about how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and tried new things and made the best paintings, digital or otherwise, that I’ve ever done, and how I’m proud of them even though I know they’re not perfect. But then I ended up with what I think is a ganglion cyst in my pinky where it presses against the surface when I draw. So now I can’t do art, and this thing could take a long time to go away, and they often come back. Knowing my body, it will become a chronic problem. And now I’m so upset that I almost don’t even want to share the art anymore. That probably seems overdramatic for such a small problem, but my various health problems have already taken from me so many of the things I love most, including my creative outlets, and every time I find something to make me happy, my body has a meltdown, and I end up unable to do the thing with a new problem to add to the list. It’s just very disheartening.
I’ll still share the art though since I worked hard on it. The first is a self portrait. The other two are based on my sims, Jacobin and Levine (some of you may remember this witch+vampire couple from my supernatural sims posts). The last one proved to be really difficult for me, and I didn’t get to quite finish touching it up, but since I don’t know when I’ll be able to work on it more, I figured I’d just share it now. *Update: I’ve replaced it with the final version now to save file space on my website.*
More bad news: I had a plugin issue that made book cover images on most of my older posts not show up. I found a way to fix it, but I had to sacrifice all my Amazon affiliate links on those posts.
Finally some good news, I got bookmail from the lovely J. Armand! Not only am I very excited to read this one since it’s the next in one of my favorite series, I’m excited to have this gorgeous cover on my shelf! 😍
I also won an ebook giveaway for Adak by Phil Bonfim.
I’m also signing up for the 2018 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. I’m going to go for Discussion Dabbler which is 1-10 discussion posts.
And, in case you didn’t see it, there’s currently a giveaway happening on my blog to go along with my review of Undercurrent by M.N. Arzu. It’s really a great merfolk series about an adorable family, you should check it out!
Books I Received for Review:
I got a copy of Blood Heir and was excited for it, but now I’ve heard the author is pulling her book from being published. The Angriest Angel just sounded good. Both of those were from NetGalley. Then of course there’s my copy of Infernal Providence. What Dawn Demands is from the author.
Books I Finished:
The year is off to a fairly good bookish start. I had a couple issues with Shriek, but I enjoyed the banshee aspect. The Devil’s Pact was my favorite so far in that series, and I’m excited to see what will happen in the final book. The Ex-Princess was fun with a super cute romance and great chronic illness rep! The Afterlife of Holly Chase was good and a really touching story. Captain was an interesting Peter Pan prequel. The Immortal Coil and Shadows of Humanity were rereads (I’m rereading the series in prep for Infernal Providence), and I think I liked them even more this time! There’s a lot of complexity and detail that I’m able to pay more attention to now that I know certain things and now that I don’t have to focus as much on the more broad stuff.
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
Apparently this song has been out for a while, but I only recently discovered it, and I love it. Not necessarily the meaning, just the sound and feel of it. Trigger warning for domestic violence/abuse in the video.
Greek Yogurt Dip
I have a sensitivity to oil, and it’s nearly impossible to find dips and sauces that don’t have oil, and the ones I do find are too spicy-hot for me. Recently I realized I could just buy some single-serve Greek yogurts and add spices myself to make yogurt dip! My favorite so far is a Ranch one based on this recipe. I’ve also made one with tahini, garlic, paprika, and salt that tastes a bit like hummus, and one with cilantro, salt, garlic, chives, onion powder, and a dash of cayenne.
I watched the first two seasons of Castlevania on Netflix. I’ve never played the game, but I really liked the show! It was a lot more graphically violent than I expected, but it was pretty funny at times and emotional at other times. Also, vampires! Apparently there’s going to be another season, so yay.
In Case You Missed It:
Here are the highlights:
– I reviewed The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty, an amazing, tension-filled sequel about djinn and complex characters.
– I shared January/Februrary SFF book releases to get excited about.
– I reviewed West of Loathing, an incredibly fun and funny Weird West RPG game.
– I shared black, white, and green book covers.
– I reviewed The Ex-Princess by Fiona West, a fun fantasy romance with great chronic illness rep.
– I shared upcoming indie games to get excited about in 2019.
– I recommended 10 books about characters with unique hobbies/passions.
– I reviewed Undercurrent by M.N. Arzu, a great sequel about an adorable merfolk family living on the surface.