He doesn't fight crime
Or... wear a cape
He doesn't read minds
But every time my world needs saving
He's my superman
Some folks don't believe in heroes
'Cuz they haven't met my dad
~ "Not All Heroes Wear Capes" by Owl City
Father's Day is the biggest highlight of this month - a special day set aside for both our wonderful dads here on the earth and for our even more wonderful Father in heaven. I hope you guys had an amazing Father's Day. Or, rather, that your dads did :D
Books I Devoured
These are the literary works I wolfed down this month!
1. Winter by Marissa Meyer ~~ So ends the Lunar Chronicles. *grabs a tissue* I loved all 800+ pages of this last installment so much! (spoiler! Thorne and Cress are my favorite couple.) And I'm definitely going to read the prequel collection, Stars Above.
2. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter ~~ Oh. My. Gosh. Cammie gets amnesia, everyone! AMNESIA. And the author did such a good job that I felt like I had it, too! Plus there's a bunch of Zachary Goodeness. Gotta love that boy :)
3. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen ~~ I wouldn't recommend it. It wasn't very good and had quite a bit of minor cussing. So why did I finish it? Well, it was our book club book before we changed it. Unfortunately, we changed it after I'd read it.
4. Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan ~~ *gathers all Ranger's Apprentice books into one giant bear hug* Although it twists the chronology of the series, this seventh book was incredible! The ending made me giddy with satisfaction, and yet more adventures await. Onward!
5. Winterling by Sarah Prineas ~~ So. Want to know what we changed our book club book to? This short fantasy. It was pretty good, but I'd give it a 3 out of 5. The author wrote like an amateur, in my opinion.
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien ~~ I finally got around to reading the first book in The Lord of the Rings! Amazing. Incredible. Epic. Wonderful. Beyond my expectations (though, of course, my expectation was that it would exceed my expectations). THAT WORLD-BUILDING. And though I love love love the entire team, from Frodo to Gandalf to Sam to Legolas, I have to say that Aragorn is my favorite character. He's so cool.
An Abundance of Words
I have wonderful news. With the help of family and friends, I have decided upon a title for my WIP - a fairy tale retelling that twists Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, and Peter Pan. Ready?
It might not be permanent, but for now, that is what I'll be addressing the story as :D
What's happening with Dusted Red right now? Well, at least for these first few chapters, I'm doing a total rewrite. Amazing things are happening to it, and I can't wait to share snippets with you in July!
Wordless Wonder (Instrumentals)
I listen to instrumentals while I write and am always finding new ones. If you like instrumentals, drop everything and go listen to these!
"Southampton" by Adam Young ~~ EPIC AND AWESOME
"City of Safe Harbors" by Port Blue ~~ BEAUTIFUL AND LOVELY
"The Deep South" by Adam Young ~~ LIGHT AND CHEERFUL
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!
Jesus is the best, isn't He? I resolved earlier this month to give my blog, my reading life, and my writing life over to Him more. I prayed, asking Him to show me what He wanted to do. Pretty soon, I discovered the #RebelliousWriting movement, still new but growing like a relentless forest fire. (My next post will be a contribution to this movement.) He's also given me little phrases to slip into Dusted Red and a very cool theme to weave into the entire story. I'm so excited!
Doesn't answered prayer make you jump for joy? :D Let's see what He does in July, shall we?
*passes you a cup of tea* How was your June, pray tell? Bookish things, writerly things - I'd love to hear them! Or even better, what has God been up to in your life? Shoot me a comment or two :)