Romance, Fantasy, Writing Books

In addition to the writing I’ve been doing and all the story ideas I’ve been collecting through July and August and likely through September, too, I’ve been doing some reading and thought I’d share what those titles are…

I’ve finished a reading a fantasy novel, A Court of Honey and Ash by Shannon Mayer and Kelly St Clare, and to be honest with you… I’m both looking forward to the sequel and yet, I’m not. I didn’t like the way the first one ended and had I known, I’d have waited until the whole series was available.

I’m currently reading Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury for nonfiction. I heard someone describe it as a love letter to writing and she was right. It is. It’s wonderful.

Intuitive Editing by Tiffany Yates Martin. Because I can always, always, always handle this better.

I’m also slowly working my way through Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. If I focus on it, I’ll not be doing any writing at all because I’ll be reading it and the two books that follow and re-watching the series on Netflix. So, I have to pace myself.

Not My Romeo by Ilsa Madden-Mills. It’s slow going, too.

I gave up on City of Sin by Ivy Smoak. I couldn’t get into it. At all.

I need to finish, at some point, Ruckus by L.J. Shen. This one isn’t reaching me the way Vicious did. Defy was really good…

I have The Love Interest by Kayley Loring and Magical Midlife Madness by K. F. Breene waiting to be read as well as The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly.

There are a few on pre-order, too…

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Gallant by Victoria Schwab

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerry Maniscalco

And…

The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly.

Let’s not talk about the number of books already on my bookshelves (real and virtual), my library wish list, and my bookstore wish lists.

So many books… Man, I need a couple extra lifetimes.

If there’s anyone reading this, tell me what books your reading…

Birthday Thoughts

Birthdays come once a year and mine’s today. I turned 46.

Over the past few years, I’ve both looked forward to my birthday and dreaded it. Usually by the middle of the day, I’m depressed and disenchanted.There are no friends to celebrate with. There are no surprise parties or presents. I always expect it to change or get more festive, because when I looked on social media, it seemed everyone else had great celebrations and boy what a loser I am that I don’t/didn’t/haven’t.

This year, today, has been different. I can’t really explain why, except that I am looking at life a little differently and maybe that’s been the switch I needed to spark something.

I have spent less time on social media and more time with myself, my thoughts, the things I can control. My participation has picked up some, but it’s still not and won’t be what it used to be. For my business as Lissa Matthews, though, I do recognize it’s limited benefits and I adjust accordingly.

But blocking out all the stressful, angry, hateful noise has allowed me to think like me again. I am writing more and and loving the process. I am reading blog posts and writing articles and creativity articles and listening to podcasts. I’m looking for the positive, the happy, the creative, the productive, the engaged.

So, as my birthday approached, I thought of things I might want and the list is long. I can always find more things to want. And it’s not always material, but most things do require some level of income. My birthday wish list will take more than this year to achieve and to be honest, I hope I’m always working toward something new, always learning, always wishing and wondering and trying.

Here’s my current list:

Read more.

Travel.

Craft.

Write.

Laugh.

Sleep.

Eat.

Play.

Grow.

de-Stress.

Build.

Redefine sexy.

Glow.

There isn’t just one thing that creates all of this. It’s multiple things, actions, motivations. And I’m already taking some and seeing change and results that are different. When I was looking outside and at others, I was stagnant and deteriorating. No longer.

So, yes, Happy Birthday to Me. I went out with my family and we had incredible burgers and fries, some free banana pudding. I strolled through Barnes and Noble and left with a whole list of books I want to read and write, but exited the store with a Writer’s Digest Magazine that I am planning to read from start to finish.

And I received a birthday gift from a friend that I will let all of you know about as soon as I have more details.

For now, I have a movie to watch and chocolate covered strawberries to devour before my special day comes to a close.

Tell me, though… What’s on your birthday wish list?

~lissa

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