Week in Rewind #1 (Last Week of January)

I’ve decided to start doing a weekly post in which I recap some highlights of every day in that week. It’s a way for me to update you on what posts go up, and also show what I’m doing every single week. My fear is that every week will look exactly the same, but that’s also part of the motivation for doing this! I want to push myself go more places and to do more things, even if it’s just for the sake of having new things to talk about here on the blog!

I’m calling this series Week in Rewind which is entirely taken from Charelle from The Scent of Cinnamon. She is a book/lifestyle blogger who started blogging in her native language (Dutch?) later last year, but Google Translate is fairly reliable if you’d like to follow her blog. She has a really neat aesthetic! And you might notice it’s been a major influencer behind Ink Keys and Other Things. I hope she doesn’t mind! ^_^

➳ Sunday 1/24/2016 

Sunday might end up becoming my most intensive homework day of the week because two of my three classes require I post reading responses for the week’s readings by this day. Luckily my readings weren’t too time-consuming that night; I got them and the reading responses done with plenty extra time.

I had time to Skype my buddy Sara and catch up for about an hour. We talked reading, writing, and just life. I’m trying to figure out if I can afford to go to Book Expo America this year. It’s in Chicago this May, which is not far from where Sara lives! So I wouldn’t have to be there alone!

Before bed, I started Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I only read about 4o pages. It was a little slow-goings at first because I had to get used to how to read the documents and get story details.

➳ Monday 1/25/2016

Blog Post: Books I Want to Reread in 2016.

Monday I spent a lot of time trying to work out images for the blog post that went up that. I’m trying to be better about including featured and header images in all my posts, because I think it makes a post more attractive to readers. So creating these images adds to the amount of time it takes me to ready a post for publication. I spent several hours experimenting with ideas and new image-editing softwares.

After my blog post was completed, I finally started working on my novel again! It’d been a week since I last thought about my story. I had about two hours before class, time which I used to reacquaint myself with my latest story developments and work on plot. I tried thinking about it in terms of my friend Karen’s “Lights in the Swamp” seven-point plot structure, which combines the strengths of discovery and outline writing. I used Twine to organize my ideas.

Monday night was first real class session of my class Digital Textuality because the week before was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is a U.S. national holiday. I still think this class might turn out to be my favorite. I like how its focus is on creating medium-specific narratives. I’m hoping I’ll get a lot from it. I signed up for my presentations that night. I volunteered to go first next week, just to get it out of the way. And it made my life a little busier this week.

➳ Tuesday 1/26/2016

Tuesday was an odd day. I had trouble falling asleep Monday night for some reason, so I woke up really late. Then I decided even though I had homework to do for my Wednesday night class, I wanted to work on my novel. Then I remembered I wanted to do my first writing-themed post on the blog for Wednesday, so I drafted that! I found it helped me to organize the thoughts I had swirling around in my head anyway.

The previous week I had been told by Amazon that my textbooks would arrive, but I received no notification from the delivery people that they had left them at the front office. So I called and found out they had indeed arrived and no one was going to tell me. So I picked them up and was glad that stress was all over. (I’ve always been nervous about deliveries getting to me at my new apartment. Some of my neighbors receive boxes at their doors, and I worry about potential theft.)

➳ Wednesday 1/27/2016

Blog Post: Novel Progress #1 (Working Title & Plotting) 

Because of how badly I procrastinated in preparing for my Wednesday night class, I spent most of the afternoon reading and doing my sketchnotes for class. So I didn’t accomplish much by way of reading, writing, or blogging during the day.

Before class, I went to the library to pick up some books for research I want to do to help me writing my novel! I’ve never properly researched in order to help me write my novel before, so I’m excited to see how this works out.

I got home from class around 9:30 p.m. so I watched an episode of Luther and after deciding I wasn’t quite sleepy yet I remembered to finish my book review of Bone Gap by Laura Ruby! I’m actually rather pleased with how this review turned out. I rated the book 3/5 stars, but my appreciation for it has grown since writing that review and I’m happy to have finally churned out a review I’m mildly proud of. Book reviews have been a struggle for me over the last few months.

The last thing I did before going to sleep was read the first chapter of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! It started off very mysteriously and I couldn’t wait to see where it went from there. And in case you’re wondering if I finished Illuminae, I did not. Both Illuminae and Six of Crows were checked out from the library and due back on Friday, so I needed to prioritize the book I wanted to read most. I decided to gamble on Illuminae not having been on hold for someone else when I returned it so I could just check it out again!

➳ Thursday 1/28/2016

Blog Post: Bone Gap | Book Review

Although I had no classes Thursday, I had a lot of work to do. Because I had a presentation the following Monday, I needed to get all off my readings out of the way early so that I could have more time to work on the presentation on Sunday. I’m actually super proud of myself. I got a lot of readings done for both Digital Textuality and Digital Culture, so I felt able to take the night off for me to whatever I liked.

One of the first things I did was work on my book review of An Ember in the Ashes, the second book I read this year. I had scrapped plans to review it because I’ve struggled to write book reviews for a few months now. Don’t know why. But after how pleased I was with the Bone Gap review, I just decided I wanted to go for it and write another. It means that I have reviewed every book I’ve read so far this year and I find that inexplicably exciting!

As this was Thursday that Book o’ the Wisp would be available to readers and I was very certain I would end up deleting the blog, I decided to go through my old posts and decide which ones I was really proud of and back up them in a Word document. My writing-style has evolved and I know that my thoughts and ideas evolve as I grow older, so I plan to revise the posts I saved and start scheduling them to go up over the next few months. It will be a great way to make sure content is consistently uploaded to Ink Keys & Other Things, especially if life gets in the way of the blog.

That night I settled down to try and marathon Six of Crows! I only got about halfway through in the end because I was taking the beginning so slowly and analyzing each chapter.

➳ Friday 1/29/2016

On Friday, I woke up at noon with the sole goal of finishing Six of Crows. There were some breaks in between, but I managed to finish the book before 5 p.m.! I then drove to campus so I could return it. It was a sad moment returning it so soon after completing it. It’s easily one of my most favorite fantasy books now. It was so good. Totally lived up to the hype for me.

I was able to renew my loan of Illuminae so I could finish that next, but the rest of Friday night was just spent in daze. I had contemplated either getting a head start on some more homework readings or doing some work on my novel, but I ended up doing neither. I think I was in a little bit of a hangover from Six of Crows, which is another book I have added to my list of books to buy when I’m flush in extra cash.

➳ Saturday 1/30/2016

Saturday I woke at noon without a plan. The first immediate thing I did was work on some posts I’d been preparing for next week. But it took me a couple of hours to decide what I really wanted to do with my day, as I had a lot of options. Since I hadn’t worked on my novel since the beginning of the week, I decided to give myself an achievable goal of writing at least 1,000 words that day before sunset. I realized on Friday that I wasn’t so inspired to write at night, so I wanted to see how I could work in daylight hours.

I made a major breakthrough in discovering two of my minor, but important, characters’ backstory and why they are at odds. After doing so, it derailed me a little bit though and so I stopped writing almost immediately after. After giving up on writing, I should have tried to do more homework but I ended up getting sucked into the blackhole of YouTube. So that’s how I ended up spending the rest of my evening!

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