Weeks Long Watching: She-Really-Should-Be-Writing Edition

At the request of my super delightful friend Erin, here’s a new TV post at last! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these—mostly because I’ve been writing like mad—but some times when I can’t write (you know, when I should keep going and SHOULD be writing), television is a happy place like no other. However, with the return of allllll the shows after the New Year and throwing myself into writing cave, I now find that I’m always falling behind, and just potentially end up getting horribly spoiled  whenever I go on Twitter (and I HATE SPOILERS LIKE I HATE RAISINS…WHICH IS A LOT).

But, being a semi expert spoiler-avoider, I’ve been able to settle down in front of my TV all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed . . . until, of course, shit hits the fan and I’m left muppet-flailing all by myself over an episode that happened weeks ago. This is really what happens when it feels like there’s just too much TV and not enough me to watch. First world problems in a nutshell, right?

BUT, without further ado, here are shows I’ve been keeping up with!

PROJECT RUNWAY JUNIOR

When watching this, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so inadequate and talentless since watching episodes of MasterChef Junior. These contestants are just SO. YOUNG. And they whip up such AMAZING clothes! This season wrapped up a while ago, and I’m already mourning the loss of all the wardrobe malfunctions, workroom freakouts, and fashion shows. I will say that the winner was someone who I was rooting for the whole time, which made me sososo pleased by the finale!

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1985)

Ohmygoodness, I cannot put into words how much I LOVED this. I’d read the book pretty recently (which I also loved very dearly) and knew I just had to dig up the infamous miniseries that is a classic in and of itself. Both are amazing, and I can’t recommend it enough if you’re into laughing, swooning, cheering, and sobbing! Also, GILBERT BLYTHE. Just putting it out there, Anne and Gilbert are one of my top OTPs. I am certain they are the original James and Lily, and I WILL FIGHT YOU ON IT.

GREEN GABLES FABLES

And of course, because I was on such an Anne Shirley kick, I had to also check out the super charming vlog series on YouTube—and by “checking out,” I mean devouring episodes in between breaks because they are soooo addictive.

THE BACHELOR

The level of rose-wanting this season has been on this manic level up here ^^  This season has been highly entertaining to say the least. They just did hometowns this week (I was actually SUPER jazzed to have seen a Filipino family and food in the mix), and I’m already dreading the end because the preview of the finale from way back when looks so stressful to watch. If he does not choose my top pick, I will riot.

THE ORIGINALS

Still have an episode or two to catch up on, but holy emotions Batman! My love for Klaus continues to know no bounds. He is still the dark, tragic antihero of my dreams. My heart will never relent.

BLACK SAILS

Ohhhh man, I’m also behind on this one by an episode or two. But ughhh. Pirates. Corruption. And Vane. LOVE. HIM.

THE 100

Speaking of Vane, who else was freaking out when they saw him guest-starring on this season of The 100!?!? His fight scene in the gif above was SICKKK. All of the episodes so far have taken interesting turns, which have kept me intrigued to find out what happens next. And also, to keep holding out for Bellarke moments because I’ve been shipping them since episode 1.

LEGEND OF KORRA

AHHHHHH KORRA!!!! I have severe heart-eyes for this show, and franchise in general. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to dive into this because it is BRILLIANT. I was originally hesitant about watching, mostly because I’d heard so many people comment on how different LoK was from ATLA—which made me nervous, since I absolutely LOVE ATLA. However, as soon as I started watching LoK, I couldn’t stop. And I couldn’t help but appreciate how the differences I was initially wary of are actually what make it soooo fantastic. It’s darker in tone, the world is different but no less awesome and impressive (these shows are seriously master classes on A+ worldbuilding), and the cast of characters are made up of new figures. Of course, when old veterans do come back for a brief time, I am SOBBING—but I do adore all of the new characters who are so reminiscent of the former Team Avatar, yet still remain unique in their own way. I can’t wait to keep going with this one.

MY GIRLFRIEND IS A GUMIHO

OHMYGOD. K-DRAMAS. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH. Funny story, my uncle was actually the one who was super insistent on getting me into this show. He’s so passionate about it that I just HAD to check it out . . . which may have been the best and worst decision of my life because this show is so addictive. And not even because it centers around a fox spirit (though that was a huge selling point for me). I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or flailed so hard in a LONG, long time, and I’m already dreading the end because I don’t want this level of cuteness to ever be over. Thank goodness I still have so many more hours left with how blissfully long these seasons are!

BOYS OVER FLOWERS

I need to give a huge, HUGE thanks to Erin for introducing me to this show—as well as ruining my life because I. CAN’T. STOP. WATCHING. Ohmygod. This show drives me crazy, gets me flailing, makes me cringe, and everything in between. Just . . . gah, alllll the emotions. With this show, you’ll get a hate-to-love romance (probably one of my favorite tropes) and a main guy who is SUCH a jerk, but you can’t help but be intrigued and find him so unbelievably endearing as he tries to win the heart of a girl who’d rather have nothing to do with him. Sigh.

Okay, now that I’ve shamelessly written about all the television I’ve been attempting to keep up with, now it’s time to get back to my drafting cave to write down all the words. 😀

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Weeks Long Watching: Mega ‘Does-She-Even-Have-A-Life?’ Edition

Okay, so the title is deceptive. Yes, I do have a life. No, I did not just spend it watching all of these shows. I don’t think a lifetime could even cover all of these shows because there are SO MANY to list. But before anyone gets concerned, most of these viewings have spanned across MONTHS. A lot of old, returned, and newly discovered. So now, with fall being the major TV season, I thought it was about time I posted an update on all the screen goodies that have kept me up watching.

ONCE UPON A TIME

This one came back a couple of weeks ago (and I still have a few episodes to catch up on, eek!), but I’m going to try and follow the season this time as best as I can (just so I’m not left binge-watching a mountain of episodes right at the end . . . like last time). As always in this show, evil is afoot in the form of a different nefarious fiend—except I really wish that her eyebrows (pictured above) did not annoy me as much as they do. What I do like is the direction they’ve started taking with this show (last season was just a can of pure YAS to me), and I seriously hope it continues.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

This show will never not be funny to me. End of story. This one probably gives me the least stressful yet very giggle-inducing half hour of all the shows I watch. Thank goodness you have returned.

GIRL MEETS WORLD

Weirdly enough, THIS show has recently taken over the most stressful thirty minutes slot in the week. As a huge fan of Boy Meets World, I was super let down by the first season of Girl Meets World. I wasn’t as invested in the characters as I was with Cory, Shawn, & Co., which is natural since there is absolutely not way to ever top that sort of squad chemistry. However, now things are starting to get interesting and dramatic (almost too dramatic for junior high, but whatever) with a couple I TOTALLY called first episode in. I’m in it for the slow Lucaya burn now . . . just as long as the show stops referring to “the world” in that cheesy way they do at least 249382 times per episode.

PROJECT RUNWAY

I’m not entirely sure how I started watching this show, but IT JUST HAPPENED. Even though I’m not much of a shopper or fashion expert, there is just something oddly fascinating about this show. The drama in the work room freak outs and on the runway are too good to look away from, and the nasty one-liners are probably the best things I’ve ever heard. Such strong insult game, with this show.

ARE YOU THE ONE?

Speaking of addictive reality TV, am I the only one who watches Are You the One? If you don’t know what it’s about, the wild range of emotions that are felt in a season can pretty be summed up in this single gif above. It’s all about finding your perfect match while falling in love with the wrong people. All in all, one huge social experiment that dissolves into complete chaos by the end. My fave.

SCREAM QUEENS

And speaking of chaos, Scream Queens. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. While there is just something very off about the characters (in true Ryan Murphy fashion), I love how much the whole package reminds me of The Heathers and Scream. I think I may be more into it than AHS: Hotel—and as someone who’s followed AHS since the beginning, I was pretty let down (aka I had no idea wtf I was watching) by Hotel‘s premiere. Yup, definitely sticking with Scream Queens.

QUANTICO

Another new one I’ve been getting into is Quantico. Like with many of the CW shows, I catch myself wondering why everyone on this show is so wildly attractive—but I’ve finally accepted when to suspend belief because beautiful people make for dramatic situations. Especially in FBI training. However, what really gets me excited about this show is just the awesome storytelling structure which displays past and present, how no one is entirely reliable, and how much changes between the characters that they’re not even aware of yet. I’m a sucker for dramatic irony.

JANE THE VIRGIN

Here is probably one of the funnest, freshest, and funniest shows on my list. For that reason, it’s been the main show I work out to since it is so addictive and hilarious (which often results in me wheezing-laughing as I try not to die on the treadmill). Everything about it is a little outrageous, but in the most charming and cleverly executed way. And with a stellar diverse cast filled with such fierce women. Huzzah.

THE ORIGINALS

Oh man, THIS SHOW. I used to watch the Vampire Diaries a while ago, but The Originals COMPLETELY blows it out of the park for me. Super compelling antiheroic characters, a lot of moral ambiguity, slow burn romance, and darkness galore. And now that Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars fame (!!!) has made it onto season 3, it is literally becoming everything I’ve ever wanted in a show. Also, can I just steal Klaus? He is actually the tragic, twisted antihero of my dreams.

DANCING WITH THE STARS

Absolutely no surprise. I get so into this show, it’s almost unreal. They just covered iconic dances throughout the years last night, and I’m not even ashamed to admit that I was super impressed with the Magic Mike routine. Like COME ON—making a rumba out of that is just straight up innovative.

STRANGE EMPIRE

I watched this show a while ago, but man did it stay with me. Seriously, it is SUCH a fantastic, dark Western with a cast of super strong and unique women trying to survive the lawless world they live in. I’m pretty sure I gobbled the entire season on Netflix in under a week because it was that good. And now I’m in mourning since it didn’t survive past the first season. Womp womp.

POLDARK

From the moment I saw the trailer for this show, I knew it was absolutely my cup of tea. It took so long to rent it from the library (the queue for it was RIDICULOUS), and now that I finally have it, watching alllllll the episodes was in order. Just to give you a sad little update, I started two days ago—I have ONE episode left. ‘TWAS THAT GOOD. Also, Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark is just pure TV magic. Just LOOK at that dreamy smile (which is rare, since he does go through a lot of tough shit in this miniseries). I also might be a little obsessed with his dashing flyaway hair.

THE GUILD

And FINALLY, saving the best for last: The Guild! I knew I had to watch this one after reading Felicia Day’s memoir, and it was such a surreal viewing experience knowing the origins of the show and her behind-the-scenes take on it. Also, the content was just hilarious. Super clever, truly nerdy, and unexpectedly poignant. It’s a show centered around gamers, but it goes so much more beyond that—and I was super sad when I had no more episodes left because the characters seriously grew on me. Nevertheless, this one DEFINITELY goes to the top of my list of standout shows this year, purely because it just encompassed so much of what I love, made me giggle-snort more times than I can count, and rocked all sorts of character arcs and development throughout the series.

Okay, enough TV. Hopefully my next couch-potato exploits I post on will be of the literary sort—especially with NaNoWriMo fast approaching! I’m already itching to write something new, and now it’s all about deciding where my imagination wants to go next . . .

Weekend Watching

Welcome back to my television randomness, people. It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these, but I have to say, this has to be my most diverse line up yet. But hey, what’s wrong with a little variety? Is it so bad to have your heart-stopping dramas thrown in with your reality tv shows? ABSOLUTELY. NOT.

ONCE UPON A TIME

For a while I kind of let this series fall to the side. But after a weekend with my sister, which included her force-feeding me the most recent season, I am back on track. And ohmygoodness. SO. GOOD. While the characters’ obsessions with HEAs sometimes make me want to laugh (happiness is no joke to these people. Re: gif), just the way the writers handled villains and good-versus-evil was seriously something else. I cried, as per usual. Can’t wait for the next season and more Hook (because sexy pirate is sexy).

BABY DADDY

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I KNOW—THE TITLE. But no judgmental eyes here, people, because this show is actually a diamond in the rough. One day I saw that the first four seasons were all on Netflix and decided on a whim to watch the first episode at the gym. It was probably my biggest mistake since I was laughing/gasping hard on the treadmill people thought I was probably having an asthma attack. I burned through allllllll of the seasons in between my writing for some much needed laughs. Also, let’s be real, for some much needed gentle-giant Danny as pictured above.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE

Yes say what you will about the Bachelor shows, but they are actually SO. FUNNY. After watching UnREAL, I feel like I take in these shows now with a completely different perspective. The people on it frustrate me to no end, but I am still shamelessly hooked on it regardless. There is just something so train wreck about it—I can’t look away even if I wanted to. This season has been all about the cheesy swells of music and the glorious ugly-cry, as pictured above.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

Yes, back on this train again. I feel like ANTM has been around for so long and I just stopped tuning in after cycle 293384—but once they threw male models into the mix, I could not ignore the drama siren call. It’s like the Bachelor meets Zoolander and is seriously a thing of reality tv show nightmares and dreams. This season, they have a lot of interesting contenders, but Nyle is definitely one of my favorites (and if he doesn’t win or at least make it into the top, I WILL riot).

 SENSE8

Saving the best for last—OH MY GOD THIS SHOW IS THE SPECTACULAR. I devoured it all in two days, and I don’t think I’ve been so obsessed and emotionally-compromised by a show in a while. It got me right in the feels, and then some. The plot is so intricate, the settings are so beautiful, and the diverse cast of characters are amazing. The story itself is just fantastic and the ships are unstoppable (Wolfgang and Kala for OTP). This show has been one of the best I’ve discovered this year, and has quickly elevated to one of my favorite shows of all time. Not only is the content so compelling and the characters even more so, but the show has also been inspiring my writing brain and maybe even future story ideas. I definitely recommend this show to EVERYONE (I converted my sister right after my Sense8 marathon and she is just as hardcore about it as I am now); but for writers, I especially recommend this to anyone who’s looking for good examples of balancing and weaving multiple POVs because it is done so flawlessly here. Pretty much everything is flawless.

Okay, I’m done gushing. Or am I? I’m totally not opposed to more gushing about any new shows you guys recommend/have started watching in the comments! Hit me with your faves and guilty pleasures!

More Watching

Yes, another television post—BUT, in my defense, there is a book post coming up soon when the rest of my book haul arrives!

Until then, here is television. *confetti cannon blast*

Now, while I have been reading as well (For real, I’m still not over Dragon Bound, Maddy!), I also need those television breaks in between for that other side of inspiration and brain-mush. And over the weeks, I’ve added a few more new shows to my list which I’m super, super excited about:

UNREAL

THIS SHOW. Oh my goodness, this show and I were just an inevitable match from the beginning. It showcases the darker behind-the-scenes look on a Bachelor-esque reality show from the lens of the crew and producers who are the real drama-stirrers in the business. It’s honestly like watching a dark, twisted disaster you can’t help but be severely fascinated by. I seriously want to punch the characters in the face on multiple occasions, but as a sucker for antiheroes and antiheroines, that’s a good thing in my book.

SCREAM

Ooooooh yes, another obsession. Normally I am NOT one for scary movies at all. I’m the movie-watcher who spends more time plugging her ears and cowering behind her hands than actually watching the movie. However, after one weekend at my sister’s house which involved a bizarre Scream movie marathon, I was ridiculously hooked. Scream is creepy, wonderfully self-referential in an amusing way, at times over-the-top—but over all, AWESOME. And while the new tv show carries such a different energy compared to the movies, I’m still on board with what’s happening.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

I think I’ve mentioned once or twice (or a million times?) how much I just straight up LOVE dance shows. So when SYTYCD came back on, you best believe I’ve been drooling all over the audition episodes. Auditions and callbacks are my favorite parts of the season, and now that the callbacks are over, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty of the Team Stage vs. Team Street battle.

So that’s just a quick recap of my most current watches, but I swear I’ll be posting something more bookish next! However, I am TOTALLY not opposed to gushing even more over these shows in the comments or hearing more recommendations of shows to watch from anyone who has any . . .

Weekend(s) Watching

Ooookay, so it’s been a while since I’ve kept up with the television watching log . . . which is not technically a bad thing since writers are supposed to totally be writing and reading and not watching a disproportionate amount of television.

*fidgets shamefully*

Okay, while I have been revising and working on writing stuff until my eyeballs fall out, I’ve also been watching way more television than reading. I know—as a bookish person, quadruple-shame on me!

However, the silver lining to all of this blasphemous television-not-reading time is that it’s given me SUCH a wonderful break in between revisions. Writing is hard, man. And revising is a whole other monster to tackle. I know that when the rest of the work starts to level off a bit I’ll be reading like nobody’s business (my TBR list is practically begging me to). But for now, while last minute polishing and revisions are still hitting me like Thor’s hammer between the eyes, here are some of the things I’ve been watching that range from the super awesome and inspiring, the mush, and just everything in between.

YOUNG & HUNGRY

OMG THIS. SHOW. Words cannot even describe. I’ve been watching this show since it came on, but this particular watch-a-thon goes all the way back to RT with a hilarious night of Netflix and mimosas with my CPs. All I can say is this show contains so many cheesy/brilliant one-liners and puns that are guaranteed to make you laugh. Also, JUJU FOREVERHannah Montana may or may not scar your viewing experience)

THE BACHELORETTE

YES, I admit it right here: I WATCH THE BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE. I can already feel the side-eyes raining down on me. But to be fair, this show is actually hilarious when it isn’t trying too hard to be a reality fairytale. There is so much drama and strange people who frequent the show that it’s only too easy to be entertained. Like with this season, when it started off with TWO bachelorettes? Awkward . . .

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

I kind of slipped away from this show for a bit, but when the summer season premiered a few days ago, I just had to re-open Pandora’s Box and watch the episode. Watching this show is like falling into a compelling form of self-torture. With each episode, you question more and more and more until you think the writers can’t possibly crank anymore mysteries into the show—BUT SURPRISE, they do. It’s a frustrating show at times (because alllll the questions and alllll the red herrings), but it can be so addictive.

JURASSIC PARK

I know, a HUMONGOUS flip on what I’ve listed so far. But it’s been among my latest obsessions this weekend. This movie is made up of SO MUCH AWESOME. My family and I loved watching movies like this all the time (aka adventurous, slightly nightmare-inducing films), but for some reason I just didn’t pay as much attention to Jurassic Park (probably because it was released the year I was born and thus I most definitely watched it when I was still an infant). I remembered bits and pieces, but this weekend I was determined to watch it in its entirety. Low and behold, IT IS A FREAKING MASTERPIECE. I was drowning in such pure awesome-shock that I proceeded to watch the next installments after. All I can say is I am SO ready for Jurassic World, I can barely contain myself! 😀

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER

OH MY GOD. THIS SHOW. I am so so so angry at myself for not watching this magnificent show sooner! Seriously, it is everything I think I’ve ever wanted in a show—it’s adventurous, diverse and wise beyond anything, absolutely hilarious and my kind of random, and amazingly EPIC. I’ve literally fallen in love with this show and it has honestly saved me throughout these revisions. Every time I need a break in between work, I always treat myself to an episode (or five) of Avatar. Not only is it just so much fun to watch, but it’s also a great piece of work for writers to analyze since it has seriously perfected the art of multiple/corresponding story lines, worldbuilding, characterization, and working in so many details and themes within the overarching plot that are all in there for a reason and come full circle in ways you never even imagine. Sigh, I could honestly gush about the brilliance of this show forever. Now that I’m on the last season (*cries*) I’m going to have to ration the episodes extra hard because I do not want this experience to end! It has given me such life . . . as well as my dark, morally-complex banished Prince Zuko *heart eyes*

So those are the shows and movies I’ve had my radar for a bit, but in all honesty I have been working on writing stuff way more than the television. Honest. And now I already hear my manuscript calling my name and begging me to get off the internet, so off I go to embark on more revisions (whilst sneaking in more episodes of Avatar) . . .

Week Watching

After a whole week away at my sister’s (filled with wine and some quality puppy time), I was able to 1) get some work done, and 2) get distracted from said work with television as per usual. It’s a problem. And yes, the selection is still as random as it gets, but only because I like variety with my shows just as I enjoy them with my books. My family likes to joke that I’ll just watch whatever is put in front of me. I like to call it being well-rounded in all areas of entertainment. Sue me.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

This one was a catch-up, because boy, did I need to catch up. The show has been a bit up and down for me all throughout but I’ve kept up with it well enough. As a Joss Whedon fan, I refuse to give up on it just yet and feel I should trust his judgments. Also, am I the only who’s still rooting for Skyeward to happen because it feels pretty lonely on this ship.

THE ROYALS

Watching this show is like eating candy and chasing it down with champagne. After getting over the fact that the Hot Prince Charming is Peter Pevensie (mind blown), it becomes super addictive. It definitely fills a Gossip Girl void, and always makes me wonder how the actual royal family is reacting to it/how scandalized the queen would be. I laugh just thinking about it.

STAR-CROSSED

Confession: I love the CW. They have mastered the art of throwing ridiculously beautiful people into ridiculous situations, and I love it. I have wayyyy too many shows there I have to catch up on/watch, but when this one-season floater surfaced on Netflix I just had to see it. While nothing can compare to the alien romance of Roswell, this show holds its own while tackling issues of prejudice and diversity. Also there’s a lot of chronic staring syndrome, as pictured above.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

This show was another catch-up, but it is SO FUNNY. I still have a few more episodes to catch up on and will do so lovingly probably later today since it’s just so easy to watch and will pick you up when you’re so deep in revisions/editing that you can’t even see straight.

DANCING WITH THE STARS

My love for this show knows no bounds, and I’m so sad that we’re nearing the final weeks because how will I fill that dancing show void now?!?! This week my faves killed it (their trio jazz routine above just had me bouncing in my seat the whole time), but I also fell in love with an amazing Paso Doble later in the show which might’ve inspired a new story idea for me! Ugh, THIS IS WHY I LOVE DANCE SHOWS. Makin’ it rain with the writing inspiration.

This week will probably be lacking in television because I will be enjoying a week of Texas at the RT Booklovers Convention! I’m super pumped because it’s the first writers con I’ve ever been to (and I’ll be meeting my super amazing writing buds Maddy and Akshaya for the first time holla), but there’s still SO MUCH to do before then. So much preparing, so much packing—

Oh right, oops, have to do that right now.

See y’all real later 🙂

Enter the Writing Cave (at your own risk)

No joke.

Writers who write know that the cave is not all sunshine and rainbows of endless creativity. I mean, I guess it can be in some way. Entering the writing cave can be like a fun, exciting creative pillow you get to fall on when you’re feeling crazy-inspired and productive. Or, it can be a soul-sucking black hole of hours gone and hours spent in pajamas and looking at a screen, typingtypingtyping, and wondering wtf you’re doing. Lucky me, I experience both, and it tends to veer toward the Dementor-like black hole side.

*also, on a Harry Potter note, moment of silence in memory of the Battle of Hogwarts*

I fall into writing caves A LOT. And when I do that, it will be as if I disappeared from the world. Seriously. I’ll pop my head out of the cave for food, of course. But when I’m trapped in that writing-frenzy where I just NEED to work on my story for my own sanity, you will just never hear from me again . . .

Just kidding. While I do hold my writing as my priority, it is healthy and good for the headspace to just step back and venture into the real world sometimes—which I have been doing these past weeks (*snaps for me*) in an effort to keep the writing cave from sucking my soul entirely.

I saw sun, breathed in fresh air, rediscovered civilization . . . okay, too dramatic. But I did go out a bunch of times and met up with old friends who I hadn’t seen in an obscene amount of time (three trillion guesses why), and it felt nice to leave the writer home. However, it was also nice to come back after a few hours away.

Sometimes falling into the writing cave is amazing for when you just need to pound out words and get the story-train chugging along. That’s my favorite writing cave. But sometimes there’s the risk of getting in too deep to a point where you start feeling out of the loop with the world, losing track of reading books, separation anxiety with your computer, or delay catching up on other interests for weeks on end because every free moment is devoted to your story. I’m totally guilty of that, so to be more proactive in trying to poke my head out of the writing cave every so often, here are some updates sans(-ish) writing.

Reading Things: Disclaimer: I am horrendously behind on my Goodreads challenge. What part of me thought that reading 90 books this year would be a good idea? It was super easy in the past, but now not so much. However, I refuse to admit defeat just yet! I recently read a cool graphic novel called Cairo by G. Willow Wilson, a wonderful NA titled Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (GREAT recc, Akshaya!! We must discuss!), and I’m currently getting into a YA Fantasy Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Still, there are soooo many books on the TBR list, though. But to be fair, it is a mountain that cannot be conquered because it keeps growing. Hopefully I can get back into that obsessive reading frenzy as I do with writing to knock out some books on the list.

Television Things: I’ve been watching A LOT of Netflix and Dancing with the Stars, and I am totally not ashamed of it. I love dancing shows and movies, which is an obsession in itself that garners its own post. I’ll probably do another post on my television watches, just because I love lining them all up with funny little gifs. But for the sake of this post, the TV front is still pretty healthy.

Music Things: Further proof that I am obsessed with Dancing with the Stars. Here’s something that’s not on my writing playlist, but I have been listening to it on an unholy repeat because it just makes me so happy. And, of course, DWTS.

Riker and Allison are my faves, just saying. Plus they did a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Paso Doble, which made me love them even more. If they don’t win, my tantrum will be heard all across the universe.

Social Media/World Things: Today, William and Kate brought a baby girl into the world! This to me is just sooo crazy, only because when I was last in London I was there during the pivotal time when Prince George was born. And boy was it crazy. The pubs were all celebrating the birth, Buckingham Palace was swarming with crowds right after, and EVERYONE in general was just so excited about the baby that it was like all of London was anxiously pacing in the waiting room as one big family. It’s blows my mind that now they have a princess–I guess it’s infectious because I’m unreasonably excited for them too!

Along with having a ton of other work-related things to do this week, with these updates and all the venturing into the outside world I’ve been doing, it’s been a solid period of not letting the writing cave suck me back in too too much.

Nah man, I’m good