I’m just gonna say it: I hate the new year.
I don’t hate the year itself, but I hate the holiday. There’s all this pressure to make the new year better than the last, and you’re supposed to be super positive, and you’re supposed to make resolutions and goals, and everything is supposed to be great. But I’m going into the new year with a chronic illness, chronic tennis elbow in both arms, a head problem no doctor can figure out that gives me headaches if I read or use electronics or do much of anything, what is most likely a fractured foot, and a mouth full of dental problems that have been put on pause but will have to be fixed eventually, plus my grandpa’s health is not doing great, and there are already so many bad things happening in the world in general. So call me pessimistic, but I’m not exactly feeling good about this year’s potential. I’m not trying to dismiss anyone else’s feelings though. If the new year gives you motivation or hope, then I’m glad! I just personally don’t feel that way.
But hey! If you’re still reading, don’t worry, I’ve got at least some positivity to share in this post. So what have I been up to since my last update two months ago?
For the sake of my mental health, I’ve taken Tylenol and played a little bit of Sims and Monster Prom. I also scratched my creative itch by doing a few little writing prompts (since I can type without having to look at the screen), I created a mod using the new Monster Prom mod tool (which one person left me a lovely positive comment/review on!), and I ended up making some unexpected art of the Interdimensional Prince for the ending (probably no one reading this is going to play my mod, but I’ve hidden the picture on the off-chance that someone stumbles upon this and doesn’t want the artwork spoiled).
Speaking of art, I had made it a goal in 2019 to complete at least one digital art piece each month. Unfortunately I was unable to do art every month because of my health, but I still managed to create 22-ish in total! And even though I don’t know how much art I’ll be able to do this year, I’m proud of what I’ve done so far. I might’ve said this before, but my whole life, I never thought I’d be able to take completely made up ideas from my head and draw them, I could only ever copy exactly what I saw in a photo or in life, no changes. So the art I created in 2019 has been such a massive step forward for me. If you haven’t seen my art and want to, right now it’s just scattered throughout my Life and Books posts, starting in Jan 2019. I’ll re-share my favorite from the year though, which is this one:
Back on the topic of the past two months, I also listened to a few Christmas movies but didn’t love any of them. I have been loving a podcast called Mission to ZYXX though, and I really enjoyed the Peter Pan audio drama that was available as one of the Audible Originals in December (I got three months of Audible as a Christmas gift!).
I guess that’s about it for me?
I still don’t know what’s going on with my blog since I still don’t know what’s going on with my head problem. I’m sure I’ll still be posting, even if some weeks it’s just a review. So if you’re interested in whatever I post or just wanna stop by and say hi, please do! If not, no worries. I do have some fun non-review posts I’m excited for and plan to eventually share, but hopefully when I’m feeling a bit better.
Books I Received for Review:
Nothing this month.
Books I Finished:
Let’s see, what did I read and listen to in the past two months…
I actually read Wayward Son the normal way, with the aide of lots of Tylenol, which probably wasn’t the best thing to do, but oh well. I loved it, at least! I also read a little webcomic called Ladies Book Club. It’s a prequel comic to a kind of DnD series on Drawfee (a hilarious and fun art-based YouTube channel I love).
The rest were listens, either actual audiobooks or TTS (text-to-speech). I finally got around to some classics I had never read (The Vampyre, Carmilla, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). I didn’t really care for any of them. I also FINALLY read (or listened to) The Night Circus, and… uh… I didn’t like it please don’t hurt me! *cowers in fear* Vampire Claus was kinda fun as a cheesy Christmas romance. Paranormal Bromance was alright. The Thieves series was a reread. I’m not usually a huge short story person, but I enjoyed Old Media. Married with Zombies was only ok.
I also DNFed two books (not included above), which was unfortunate because I was really looking forward to both.
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
Mission to Zyxx
I loved most of the podcasts I listened to in the past two months, but this one is the most laugh-out-loud funny for me.
In Case You Missed It:
Here are the highlights:
– I reviewed An Heir to Thorns and Steel by M.C.A. Hogarth, a unique high fantasy with elves, magic, and disability.
– I reviewed Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, an emotional sequel full of magic and lovable characters.
– I reviewed Static by L.A. Witt, a thought-provoking sci-fi about gender and sexuality with a super sweet relationship.
– I shared more sci-fi/fantasy books with no romance.
– I shared my top ten favorite covers, characters, and books of 2019!