Hello guys and welcome to my Monthly Updates post series. The month of May wasn’t the best month I’ve had so far in the year because Vishal got sick and was bed-ridden for the most part of the month. He’s still not well, but his recovery is steady and hopefully he’ll completely recover in another week or so.
Here’s what I managed to do the time that I was able to scrape out from the hectic schedule I had this month:
- I have finished revising all the old drafts of Sinister Town and plan on working on the next draft, which will be the final one, in the month of June.
- I am in talks with a literary agent who seems interested in two of my manuscripts and has suggested some major changes for them – Sinister Town and Alone In The Dark, so I’ll be making those changes to my books in June
Out of these Doctor Izard and Armadale were audiobooks from Librivox. Rest were Kindle ebooks.
- Apostle – Netflix
- Sabrina (Indonesian) – Netflix
- The Doll (Indonesian) – Netflix
- The Doll #2 (Indonesian)- Netflix
- Veronica (Spanish)- Netflix
- Deadpool #2 – TV
- Thor Ragnarok – TV
- The First Great Train Robbery – TV
- John Wick 3 – Theatre
So this was how my month went by. Do share about what you’ve been upto in the month of May and your plans for June.
See you all next month with hopefully more posts.
Hello, dear readers. I missed March Monthly Updates post but didn’t want to miss April as well, therefore, I thought that even though I am a bit late I’ll go ahead and do a quick update post.
- I participated in Camp NaNo with a target of 30K words, but all I managed to write were 20K words. Though I did manage to revise a couple of thousand words, around 8K so overall I’m still happy with my progress.
- I am working on 3 books simultaneously so at times it gets hard to track the progress individually, though I’m making steady progress with 2 of the 3 works and the 3rd one is coming along slowly as it is in its early stages.
- Lost Man’s Lane (Miss Butterworth #2, Mr Gryce #by Anna Katherine Green – 5/5
- Kill Code by Clive Fleury – 4/5
- We Call It Monster by Lachlan Walter – 4/5
- Aristophania (The Kingdom of Azur #1) by Xavier Dorison – 3/5
- The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges – 1/5 – DNF
- Hotel Dare by Terry Blass – 4/5
- A Promise Of Return by Rebecca Crunden – 4/5
- A Dance Of Lies by Rebecca Crunden – 4/5
- Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tehereh Mafi – 3/5
- The Circular Study (Miss Butterworth #3, Mr Gryce #10) – 4/5
Out of these Lost Man’s Lane and The Circular Studies were free audiobooks from Librivox and Shatter Me was a paperback. Rest of them were all ebooks.
- I joined the swimming classes. I bunked a lot but still, now I know how to float and release bubbles. I will be taking a break this month from swimming as the chlorine is affecting my sinuses and I am getting one-sided headaches again. But I will be resuming in June.
- I joined Multifit right at the end of the month and began functional training. It is exhausting, to say the least, but totally worth it!
- In new releases, I watched Avengers: Endgame, The Curse Of The Weeping Woman and Pet Sematary.
- In old movies, I re-watched Wall-E (twice in April cause I love, love, love that movie), The Magnificient Seven (the old one), Apollo 13, KGF, and a couple more that I am forgetting now.
- On Netflix, I watched Black Mirror S1 & S4 and started watching Hemlock Grove.
- And obviously, I watched all the episodes of Game Of Thrones S8 on HotStar. I feel that the makers have totally ruined the characters and the plot that GRRM worked so hard to create. TV series can never do justice tot he books, still, the show was going pretty good till S6, but from S7, essentially the part where the show left the books behind, everything feels rushed and incomplete and… off. GRRM anyway hasn’t given away the original ending so the books are anyway not spoiled. Now I’m eagerly waiting for the TV series to be over and the books to come out soon!!
- I created my IGTV Channel! You can follow it through my IG profile: @CrazyCatWriter.
- And here is my first video as posted on YouTube:
- And here is the second one:
That’s about all I can remember from April (it’s been almost half a month since April ended so it’s hard to remember), but I’m sure I covered all the main things I did. I hope you all had a fabulous April as well. May is getting hotter in India, and hopefully this year the rains will come sooner than usual. Do share about how your Camp Nano went and what you’ve been up to last month.
Thanks for reading!
And finally, I’m doing the monthly Updates post after a long, long time. I loved doing these posts before and I’m really excited to do it now. To be honest, these update posts help me in knowing exactly where I stand in terms of my writing and helps me plan ahead serving as the much-needed motivation.
February was a good month for me, not only as compared to January’19 but also as compared to all the months in the last year. I did have some good writing days last year, especially in the second half where I edited a lot and wrote a considerable number of words, but my muse only came in bursts of 5-7 days at a time and then faded away for good. But this February, I not only wrote consistently but was also able to work on posts for my blogs. This makes me feel like I’ve finally reached the headspace I wanted to be in order to complete the projects I’ve been working on for a while now.
Health-wise, it was a good month for me. I even started visiting with my dietician again and slowly getting back into my morning walk routine. Though Eva, my 1.5-year-old cat, got a liver infection probably because of the cat tree we got in January (it happened due to some chemical and we cannot think of anything else as the source.) She had to undergo a very extensive IV therapy which lasted more than a week. 4-5 days into the treatment and the poor girl started running away and hiding from Vishal and me whenever we tried to get close to her in the evenings thinking we might put her in the crate and take her to the vet. She continued doing this even after her treatment was over for around 1 full week. It was disheartening and I’m just glad that now we all are back to our merry old selves.
Anyhow, moving on here’s what I was able to do this month:
- Wrote around 10K words, not counting the scenes I wrote while plotting my projects
- Plotted and planned the contemporary fiction novel I started working on last year. I call it the Unnamed Project (UP.)
- Got a new story idea, a really good one! It’s more on the lines of slasher fiction – pure, mind-numbing gory fest. I have already written 8 chapters for it, which is big for me because it has been a long time since I wrote with such fierceness.
- Learned new ways of plotting and story structures and will try and implement these in March for the projects listed above.
- I didn’t work on Sinister Town this month as I was trying to distance myself from it in order to figure out an issue I’ facing with one of the characters and it seems like I’ve figured out what the issue is so distancing myself from it paid off. I’m planning to work on Sinister Town in March.
- Read 2 very disappointing reads: Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent and The Nightmare by Lars Kepler. I had big expectations from both these books: Stillwater Girls had a great blurb (because of which I requested it off NetGalley) and The Nightmare is the sequel to Hypnotist, a book I fell in love with. But both turned out to be very dissatisfying reads and I had to mark them as DNF reads, much to my dismay.
- Read 4 decent reads by the authors I know: The Afterlives Of Doctor Gachet by Sam Meekings, Treading The Uneven Road by L.M. Brown, The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt and The Curse Of Time by M.J. Mallon. I’ve reviewed all these books on my book blog, The Reading Bud, so do check out my reviews there.
- Apart from these, I read a book that completely changed the definition of Classics and Cosy Mysteries for me – The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Greene. My very good friend and co-moderator of RMFAO, Dagny, introduced me to this author and after reading her book and biography, I’m totally blown away by the fact that I never heard of her before and that she is so underappreciated. I’m presently reading another one of her books, That Affair Next Door, and it even better than the one I read for Feb.
- Overall, I read 7 books this month. Out of these, 3 were for RMFAO 2019 Genre Challenge‘s Mystery-Thriller month.
Movies & Series:
- 8 episodes of the 6th season of Orange Is The New Black. It was good as usual.
- Cargo on Netflix. Not good at all. They totally ruined a potentially good concept.
- Tidying Up with Mari Kondo on Netflix. It was kind of a life-changing event and I will be doing a blog post soon on how I’ve adapted the Kon Mari method in my life and home.
- In new releases, watched Gully Boy and Uri – two of the best movies till date in Bollywood.
Apart from this, I hosted a lot of guests (well, the same guests over and over a couple of times) and was busy in taking care of Eva. So the month went by in a flash. I’m just glad that I was able to get some writing done.
Hope February treated you all well. I’d love to know how you spent your month and what progress you made in your writing, reading and other aspects of life. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.