April 30, 2014

The Monthly Digest: April 2014

Welcome back to The Monthly Digest here at Late Nights with Good Books. With these posts I hope to recap everything reading- and blogging-related for the past month.

The Books

Favorite Read from April:
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Notable Quote from April: 
It’s an open horizon before us, as far as the eye can see: no angst and no games, just mutual delight. So simple, but so rich. Like chocolate. Not a gold-dusted truffle or a foofy pastry tower teetering on a crystal platter, but a plain, honest bar of the best chocolate in the world.
―Laini Taylor, "Night of Cake & Puppets"

The Blog
I was on hiatus for the past month, so no reviews, features, or discussions to report.

The Writing

My ostensible reason for the hiatus was to work on my writing. I actually did make a bit of progress with my WIP. But, honestly, there was quite a bit going on in my life this past month, and so I primarily used my time to relax and read and write at my own pace.

I think for a while I need to work on short stories and smaller works, to get my creative juices flowing once again. For now, that will be my focus. I still like my story idea, but I'm not feeling as inspired to write as I should (and as I know I'm capable of doing). Just doing a bit of writing each day and allowing new characters and story ideas to flow into me can only be helpful at this point.

An Update

As you can probably tell, I've come back from my month-long hiatus. It was very tempting to continue my hiatus, to be honest. But I think life should slow down enough for the next month or so to allow me some time to blog again.

I still plan on devoting a good chunk of my free time to things outside of blogging, however, so I will not have a regular posting basis. I need to focus on my writing still, and I've also become more focused on my health and personal fitness. Those things are more important to me than blogging at this point, if I'm being honest.

Also, I am currently computer-less. The computer I was using ran Windows XP and was too old to upgrade to Windows 8. My Dell Venue Pro tablet actually runs full Windows 8 and has Microsoft Office Suite, so it works for now, but using it is not quite the same (or quite as easy). Just another reason why I cannot guarantee any regularity to my blog posts right now! (Though I do have a full May schedule planned - hopefully I can keep to it!)

But I'm back. I'm here. I'm ready to give things another shot. :)

How was your April?

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