Life Update

So technically I have two blogs through wordpress. This one was intended just for my fiction and another for my general blog posts. But then I realized that was a silly idea. So I’m going to forget about my other blog (jakbebop) and instead just post to this one.

So then, this is an update to this post about my new years resolutions.

Now that we are almost three months into the year, and about a month and a half since I made my goals I thought I would post an update as to how my goals were going. So, without further adieu :

Goal 1: To Read More

My goal for this year is to read 35 books, lower than last years goal of 50 (which I didn’t make). So far I’ve read 10 books this year, which puts me 4 books head of schedule according to goodreads.

The books I’ve read are:

  • The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham
  • Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  • Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Iron & Blood by Gail Z Martin
  • Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
  • Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce

So far I’m off to a really good start, but then again I always read more in the beginning of the year. My to-read stack is still pretty large, but there’s also Dragon Quest VIII. So hopefully I’ll keep it up. There are a lot of books I really want to read.

Goal 2:  To Write More

My goal for this was to write 500 words a week. And while I’m not sure if I’ve actually hit 500 words a week, I have been writing every week. I’ve managed three new short stories through Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenges. I’ve also written up the beginnings of another story that I haven’t posted online. Plus I’ve written up a couple of old story ideas. Getting them out of my old notebook and into my Evernote account. So that counts right? Either way, I’ve written a lot more in the past two months than I have… since ever I think. Outside of NaNoWriMo. It’s becoming a habit, wanting to write and actually going out and doing it, rather than thinking about it. And that…makes me really happy. And with everything else going on, I need that.

Goal 3: Bake More

This has been going pretty well. I’ve almost mastered Merry Berry’s Lemon Drizzle Cake which makes me very excited. And I made a recipe that’s been sitting in my queue for a long time, Chewy Honey Cookies. Oh man, they were so good! Like a cross between a sugar cookie and a shortbread cookie but with the flavor of honey. I could not stop eating them. Makes me really glad I can bring most of this stuff to my DnD group and have them eat it, otherwise I would put on so much weight!

I also made the best biscuits of my life for breakfast one week. They were perfectly flaky and soft and buttery. The layers! I wish I had taken a picture of them. The layers were so beautiful.

A couple other things I made didn’t turn out as great, but they were learning experiences so I’ll count that as a win.


So in Conclusion: I’m doing pretty well, I think. But the beginning is the easy part. Following through is the hard part. I’ll post more updates as the year continues.



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