Hello again, my fellow book loving peeps. I gotta be honest, I am still struggling a lot. Both physically and mentally, for numerous reasons that I don’t feel like getting into (if you’ve been reading my updates, you know some of them). I just feel so drained at this point.
So blogging has been a bit of a struggle too. I just haven’t had the energy to go through literally hundreds of posts on my feed every couple days. If you want me to check out your posts, just leave me a comment so that I can click through to your blog and visit you too :-)
I’ve managed to work a bit more on art. I’ve discovered I love finding the right songs to fit the mood when I’m working on a piece. Music just goes incredibly well paired with everything, doesn’t it? Movies, games, books, visual art.
Anyway, I redid the lighting and scene on my Matthiott painting that I shared last time. I’m much happier with it now! Since they’re in their date night clothes, I like to imagine they were out and somehow ended up at a bonfire. They do love the outdoors, so it’s not entirely out of the question :-P
I also painted this on a whim. I didn’t put as much effort into it as I could’ve, I don’t love how it came out (how do people paint wing???), but here it is anyway.
I also did a Bob Ross tutorial just for fun and to try and break out of my painting style rut.
I followed a Bob Ross tutorial, but digitally. How did I do? Am I an artist yet? 😂 pic.twitter.com/uUqSWp1M74
— Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight (@whykristenburns) March 30, 2019
I completed one other picture, but I’m not gonna share that one yet. Next month ;-)
There’s still time to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Black City Dragon by Richard a. Knaak, a really unique Prohibition Era urban fantasy!
I got Kindle Unlimited for three months for $0.99 recently as part of some new user deal!
I also got offered my first visual novel for review. Two, actually! That was cool since I’ve recently started adding more gaming content to my blog. Unfortunately neither game seemed quite right for me, so I turned both down.
Books I Received for Review:
Sex Machine and Fortunate Beasts are both from Edelweiss from Iron Circus Comics. Winterdream and Clouded by Envy are from Parliament House.
Books I Finished:
Ties of Smoke wasn’t bad but was kinda frustrating and slow. The Municipalists was fun and full of action but lacked the character depth I had hoped for. My Boyfriend is a Monster was not as good as I’d hoped, but each comic in the series has a different writer and illustrator, so I’d still like to try the others.
Letters for Lucardo thankfully was as good as I’d hoped. It’s such a great twist on the usual paranormal romance, having the immortal date an older person. Sex Machine was so much fun! I’ve discovered that while I don’t usually like regular anthologies, I do like comic anthologies! Artifacts, etc. was the last audiobook available for that series on Hoopla, and I’m bummed that I’ll have to wait now (I’m hoping the other books in the series will also be made into audiobooks soon and get put on Hoopla). I also enjoyed the audio for Banshee Blues and am continuing that series too. The Loom Saga was unique and interesting, and I really liked this portrayal of dragons!
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
This supernatural thriller game is currently available for free from Epic Games, and it’s quite an interesting and trippy game! (I think it’s free to keep, not just a temporary thing, but I’m not 100% sure.)
In Case You Missed It:
Here are the highlights:
– I reviewed Lake of Voices, an incredible, beautiful, haunting visual novel.
– I talked about how I want more books about supernatural slice of life and gritty supernaturals.
– I reviewed The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, a unique vampire book with some complex characters and cool world-building.
– I reviewed Letters for Lucardo Vol. 1 by Otava Heikkila, a unique graphic novel about an immortal (possibly a vampire) in love with an older man.
– I interviewed Richard A. Knaak about his Black City Saint series, a Prohibition Era UF.