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Monthly Updates: February’19

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.

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Eva is feeling a lot better from last week as her liver infection is being treated. She has been taking the IVs from last 1 week and finally it looks like the infection is going down. She is playing more and her apetite is also getting better day by day, albeit a bit slowly. Our vet has asked us to put her on a new diet of liver-friendly food for the next 1 month and has given some liver-cleansing meds too. Hopefully, she'll recover from this stressful week soon! Katie is being a darling; she is very supportive and showering Eva with love by head-butting and nose-kissing Eva hundreds of times a day 💕 #catlove #catpic #catsofinstagram #cat #catmommy #catparent #sleepycat #beautiful #eyes #yelloweyes #goldeneyes #prettygal #prettyeyes #saturday #saturdaythoughts #saturdayinspiration caturday #catsforlife #pawsome #cats #catlove

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Anyhow, moving on here’s what I was able to do this month:

Writing Updates:

  • 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.

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It's time for Monthly Updates! Here's the gist of my blog post – . . 1) Feb was a great month for me writing-wise as I wrote around 10K words and worked on 2 new stories and an old one (more about it in my blog post.) . . 2) I learned a couple of new ways of plotting and I paln to try them out in March for my own stories. . . 3) I discovered an epic author who happens to be aclassical mystery legend – Anna Katherine Green. I'm listening to her 2nd audiobook and I'm totally in love with her already! . . To know more, especially for my blogger friends, visit my blog to read the details and some amazing book recommendations – link in bio. . . . . #amwriting #writingislife #writingcorner #writing #writingfiction #writer #novelwriting #novelist #fiction #novel #book #bookwriting #working #wtitingdesk #writingtable #authorlife #writerlife #writingcommunity #indianauthorsassociation #writingislife #ilovewriting #saturday #saturdayinspiration #write

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Reading Updates:

  • 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.

Ciao ❤

Netflix Affair – Stranger Things

So… finally, NetFlix is available in India. And now I’m on it… as in I have a  Netflix account (why the hell did it sound so weird!?) Actually, my HD cable connection is pretty great and I get to watch a lot of series on Comedy Central, Colors Infinity, Star Word, Star World Premiere, etc. but there were a few series that I missed watching when they aired and what with all the trouble torrents are going through, I figured it was time.

My cousin recommended Stranger Things to me (because I’m a HUGE Stephen King fan and also because I highly respect Steven Speilberg) and so it was the first thing I watched after creating a shared account on Netflix with my sister-in-law.

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Here’s the Season 01 premise from Wikipedia:

On November 6, 1983 in the town of Hawkins,[10] Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will’s frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation. Will’s friends Dustin, Mike and Lucas discover a psychokinetic girl who claims to know Will’s location. As they uncover the truth, a sinister government agency tries to cover it up, while a more insidious force lurks below the surface.

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As soon as I started watching Stranger Things, I knew I’ll be hooked, and hooked I was. I watched it in 2 days (with my brother who was at my place that time) and re-watched it again twice. God. It’s a true work of genius! A masterpiece, and I absolutely adore Eleven.

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Right from the first episode, I knew Eleven was none other than Chalie from Firestarter (or a very close replica of her) and when her background was revealed, I knew for sure. Of course, it was tweaked a little, but it is what it is.

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Anyway, I’ll be watching it again soon (probably a dozen or so times before the second season comes out) and I already can’t wait to do so. If you like dark-supernatural-sci-fi stuff, then do watch this series. I bet you’ll love it.
After I was done watching Stranger Things, I felt like it was the end of the world, and had no clue what to do with my life or my Netflix account anymore, so I started watching Shadowhunters. I haven’t read Cassandra Clare’s books, but I’ve watched the movie, and it was pretty bad. I wasn’t even sure I actually wanted to watch it, but I felt like crap anyway, so I thought, “What the hell?”

And when I was done with the first episode, to my great surprise, I couldn’t stop myself from watching the next one…. and then the next… and so on. Long story short, I’m actually waiting for its next season now. It is a really good series and so much better than the books. In fact, now I’m actually considering reading Clare’s books.rs_1024x691-151120131342-1024.shadow-hunters-freeform.ch.1112015

I got a little busy after that, but I’m planning to watch a couple of thrillers now – The Returned, Slasher, Between, Hemlock Grove, Vampire Diaries, Jessica Jones and Penny Dreadful.

What about you? Have you watched any of these series? Please don’t hesitate to recommend any new series you love.
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