Review || Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Genre: YA Contemporary | Diversity: Anxiety rep
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.🌙

Eliza and Her Monsters is not just another contemporary.

At the age of 18, Eliza is the anonymous creator of a web comic and online phenomenon, Monstrous Sea—but she doesn’t talk to anyone offline. When she meets Wallace, a Monstrous Sea superfan and brilliant fan fiction writer, her way of life completely changes. No longer completely tied to an online world, Eliza struggles to maintain her anonymity, even from Wallace. Meanwhile, she has to figure out how to write an ending to the series she’s worked so hard to create. I read this book on the brilliant recommendation of the lovely Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books, and I’m so glad I picked this up.

Francesca Zappia is clearly a talented artist, and her inclusion of Eliza’s artwork in the story took this one step further than the average contemporary novel.

As I read, I discovered more about Monstrous Sea, which is its own world with its own lore and magic. I found myself desperately wishing there was a whole book of Monstrous Sea, because it’s definitely something I would devour. Zappia does an amazing job of combining elements of online conversations and posts, so that I got a really good feel for Eliza’s online world as well. Eliza’s two best friends are people she’s never met IRL, but they each have a distinctive voice that comes through in their message threads; as a writer, I was blown away.

Eliza Mirk is the kind of character that either makes or breaks a story. In my opinion, she makes this one.

I really related to Eliza as an artist, strangely. Although none of my work has ever come close to being as famous as Monstrous Sea, Eliza’s desire to maintain her artistic integrity while being literally invisible IRL really resonated with me. As a writer, few people I encounter in my daily life have so much as read my blog, much less any of my fiction. Eliza’s emotions at 18 reminded me of my young self and almost made me weirdly nostalgic for that time of my life, in all its grittiness.

That being said, it should be acknowledged that Eliza is an unlikable character.

She’s angsty to the extreme. Despite having parents who love her and give her everything she could ever need, she resents them for not understanding what her art really means. Plenty of people deal with family situations that are much worse than what Eliza does… yet I related to this too.

When I was in high school, I hated my parents. They didn’t understand why I chose to spend all my spare time writing bits and pieces of a novel on scraps of notebook paper. They didn’t take me seriously as an artist (although pretty much no one did). They wanted me to go to a good college and get a real career, and I resented them for how much they wanted me to be a successful adult. While I can see why some people would find Eliza’s treatment of her parents problematic, I related to it so much, and I think this is the first time I encountered this representation of what my life was like as a teen. I do think Eliza grows over the course of the novel, that she learns to communicate better with her parents.

Ultimately, this is a story about what it means to be a teen artist in an online world.

Through Eliza’s eyes, the reader can see just how valuable online relationships can be to a young person. We live in a world that’s full of scare articles about how dangerous the Internet is for kids, but very few people openly talk about how helpful it can be to someone like Wallace, who’s dealing with trauma and doesn’t feel comfortable talking and interacting in person. Sure, one can lose themselves on the internet; but if you’re reading this lengthy review, I’m pretty sure you agree that the internet can also be a place of belonging for so many of us.

Eliza and Her Monsters also has one of the most beautiful, slow-moving romances I’ve read in a long time.

Wallace is such a sweet character. It’s rare to find a male character who’s both tough and soft, and I loved his story so much. He recently lost his father and lived in a blended family, which is another thing that I want to see more of in YA. Beyond that, the relationship between Eliza and Wallace is sweet and flawed and real. Their slow-motion romance completely fits the two characters: Eliza never interacts and makes friends IRL, but learns to do so through Wallace; Wallace learns to use his voice slowly but surely. Both of them still have a ways to go as characters, which is part of what makes it real.

The main thing I felt was missing was a bigger discussion of mental health.

[Note: mild to moderate spoilers ahead.]

Eliza’s anxiety feels very realistic: she puts an incredible amount of pressure on her art, and added to that is the fact that she begins to feel responsible for Wallace’s future as well. It’s a lot for anyone to deal with, and when her anonymity as an artist is shattered, Eliza finally cracks. Again, this felt incredibly real to me. Sometimes, with a mental illness, you can be going along just fine until something whacks you over the head and makes you feel completely broken.

Yet I wanted to see more in terms of Eliza’s recovery from anxiety. There’s exactly one scene of her in therapy, and while it’s a beautiful scene, I wanted more. Additionally, there’s a scene where Eliza contemplates suicide (in the exact same way as Wallace’s father) and is really only deterred when Wallace himself actually shows up. Setting aside the fact that there’s no way Wallace could’ve known where Eliza was, this terrifying scene is set aside in the narrative and not really addressed as being a truly serious moment. Whether or not Eliza really would’ve committed suicide, the moment feels over-dramatic in part because of how it’s shoved aside; it can be read as teen angst, rather than a serious cry for help.

Overall, though, this is a book I highly recommend.

Once I started reading Eliza and Her Monsters, I could hardly put it down. I was easily sucked into Eliza’s world and that of her web comic. I rooted for her relationship with Wallace and cheered on both of them in their mental health recovery. If you’re looking for realistic anxiety rep, or just something that explores internet relationships, this is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

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Have you read this book? Do you have a favorite backlist read that you feel deserves more hype? Let me know in the comments. Until next time,

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How Un-Hauling My Books Changed My Life || A BESpring19 Discussion

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

Today I’m joining in on Bookending Spring, an event hosted by Clo @ Book Dragons and Sam @ Fictionally Sam. This seasonal event brings together the book community to talk about all things spring cleaning/organizing—be it your blog, your bookish life, or anything at all. For more info, you can check out Sam’s announcement post.

This prompt for this post comes from the lovely Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader’s prompt on “Learning to Let Go” which explores ways to let go of books you don’t need anymore.

Some of you may know that I have blogged before.

Back in 2017, I went through a period of blissful unemployment which is when I first got involved in the book community. Alas, my very fortunate circumstances were temporary, and my then-fiance-now-husband and I ended up packing up our things to move across the country and back to my homeland of Oklahoma.

Instead of doing the traditional route and renting a truck to move, Seth and I bought a retired wheelchair-accessible school bus and converted it into an RV.* We weren’t sure what was next for us in life, but we knew we wanted to be able to live minimally and, if possible, live out of the bus** itself. Which meant, of course, that I had to get rid of a bunch of my things.

*I did some posts about this which are long gone…but if that’s something you’re interested in seeing re-posted here, I mean, let me know?
** Whom we affectionately named Gus.

Getting rid of clothes I don’t wear is easy for me. Getting rid of books, on the other hand, is heartbreaking.

Still, it had to be done, and in 2017, I did it. I unhauled almost every single book I owned, with the exception of a few that I saved, either to re-read at some point, or for my 8-year-old niece to read when she’s old enough.

How I Un-Haul

  1. Sort books into two piles: ones I will read again, and ones I definitely won’t read ever again.
  2. Set aside books from college that I might reference at some point, like my literature anthologies and old sociology books. Those have to stay, regardless.
  3. Sort books I will read again into ones I’m actually intending to re-read soon versus ones I loved so much that I would hypothetically read again. The hypotheticals can get boxed up.
  4. Ask my friends if they want any of the books I won’t read again.*
  5. Sleep on it. (Always a good idea when doing anything drastic.)
  6. Donate remaining un-haul pile to the local library. See also: selling them to a used bookstore, leaving them on a street corner** or in your old apartment for the next tenant to find.
  7. Repeat yearly, or as necessary.

*I skipped this step in 2017 because everyone I knew was at least 90 miles away, and I didn’t have money for shipping. This would also be a great time to do giveaways…provided I actually had enough of a following for something like that.
**yes, I’ve done that before, because homeless people need to read too!)

By the time I moved back to Oklahoma, I had less than 20 books that weren’t boxed up. I probably could’ve kept even fewer books, but I wanted A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lord of the Rings, and Anne of Green Gables to watch over our passage, so those came on the bus with us.

Now, I’m a firm believer in the power of un-hauling.

Even though I live in a decent-sized apartment, I refuse to let my book population get out of control. Yes, I always want more books. But I also look through the ones I have every once in a while and realize how many I will probably never read again.

Un-hauling my bookshelves has change the way I currently acquire books.

Before, I loaded up my Kindle and physical shelves with books I wanted to read, even if I probably wasn’t going to get around to reading those books for months or even years. I’m still guilty of the occasional book buying spree* but I try to ask myself questions before I purchase something.

  1. Is this a book I can read through the library for free?
  2. Is this a book I have heard only amazing things about from my blogging friends and therefore one I’m likely to be flailing over and possibly read again?
  3. Have I been considering buying this book for a while now, or is it a new release I’m impulse-buying because it’s in front of my face at work?

*I work in a bookstore, which is like an alcoholic working in a bar, tbh.

I bought so many books in the early part of this year that I put myself on a book-buying ban until my birthday in early May.

Granted, I broke the ban a couple times* but for the most part I’ve been really strict with myself. Even better, I have a running tally in my head of books I can’t stop thinking about reading, and I’ve got enough cash back on one of my credit cards to have a gift card sent out. When my birthday gets here, I will be able to buy myself presents in a way that’s well thought-out instead of impulsive. Which means I will likely (hopefully) not have buyer’s remorse with my birthday presents!

*Book of the Month was running a special and I really wanted to join, okay?

Books Currently on my To-Buy List

How do you manage your book collection? What is your favorite way to un-haul books? Do you plan your book purchases ahead of time or impulse buy? I would love to hear your thoughts! As always, thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

The Artist’s Way: Week 3 Check-In

Welcome to Week 3 of my ongoing series on The Artist’s Way with Erin @ Flappers and Philosophers! In case you missed it, here is my intro post, explaining what the project is, why we’re doing it, and what you can expect.

The short version is, Erin and I are both going through The Artist’s Way, a 12-week course in self-discovery and creative recovery. Throughout the next three months, we’ll be sharing weekly updates on how it’s going, what we’ve learned, and how this process has affected our creative lives.

Week 3 was a mixed bag for me, honestly.

E6E0D3F7-A213-4662-99E2-BFEB6D614EC3The theme of Recovering a Sense of Power seemed to fall a little flat in my life. That being said, I tried to keep in mind the idea that “growth occurs in spurts.” Just because I’m doing The Artist’s Way doesn’t mean I’m going to be experiencing Huge Changes right away.

Things definitely started to pick up a little later in the week; I had a three-day weekend away from work to catch up on writing and generally just get myself together. This week, I started to focus on crafting a morning routine that’s geared toward not just productivity, but taking care of myself. I start by drinking water first thing, and I’m trying to get in at least some yoga and meditation before I do anything else. So far I think it’s really helping my state of mind, and I like the feeling that I’m building healthy habits.

Week 3: The Check-In

How many days this week did you do your morning pages? How was the experience for you?

I did morning pages all 7 days this week! Once again, I felt like I was repeating myself a lot. This week’s writing seemed to focus around my obsessive need to feel productive, and the accompanying guilt complex that keeps me from really letting go and treating myself to moments of nurturing.

Did you do your artist date this week? What did you do? How did it feel?

On Wednesday, I did a sort of artist date at home. Instead of making myself go out and do something adventurous, I decided to indulge my inner child a little bit. I spent almost two hours coloring and listening to music. I also did this 10-minute face mask I found at the grocery store. Even though it felt weird to do this kind of deep, purposeful self-care, I know it sends a signal to my brain that I am important and deserving of nice things.

Were there any other issues that you consider significant for your recovery? Did you experience any synchronicity this week? Describe them.

At first, when I read this question in the check-in section of Week 3, I wasn’t sure that I did experience any synchronicity. I’m…honestly not great at paying attention to signs from the Universe (just like I’m not really all that good at believing in Source Energy/God/whatever you want to call it). As I thought about it, I realized that my synchronicity happened later in the week. I went to coffee with a good friend and coworker (whom I’ve convinced to do the Artist’s Way!) and while we were talking I had a small breakthrough with my WIP.

Because I’m such a Type A person, I’ve generally always been a planner when it comes to writing. I like to have a solid, detailed outline before I get started, and I generally write each scene in the order it will appear in the book itself. I realized that I don’t need to write this story in order though.

I just need to write the pieces for now; Future Me can worry about putting the pieces together. Right now I just need to focus on showing up to the page.

Have you ever participated in The Artist’s Way? How was your week? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Review || The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Genre: Historical Fiction | Diverse Rep: all-Korean cast

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.🌙

40538657The Island of Sea Women takes us to the Korean island of Jeju. Starting in the 1930s, the story follows Young-Sook, one of the last of the haenyeo divers, through her childhood and into the years of her motherhood. She struggles to hold her family together as the world around and within Jeju changes.

As someone who didn’t even know Jeju existed before reading this, I really enjoyed learning about the forgotten culture of the Jeju haenyeo.

I was fascinated by the matri-focal culture of the island: women are the breadwinners, and the men take care of the children while the female diverse are at sea all day. I’m shocked that, as a feminist, I’d never heard about the haenyeo before. I especially loved the relationships between women: the divers have a specific hierarchy based on age and skill level, but they all help each other and work together to split their profits.

The work is incredibly dangerous, sometimes even deadly. These women withstand incredibly cold water temperatures and hold their breath for upwards of three minutes at a time. When they’re not diving, the women are also responsible for the dry fields, or their agricultural crops. Despite being a woman-focused society, there’s no degradation of men here beyond light joking. Young-Sook loves her husband deeply, and the women desire having sons since only sons can carry on ancestor worship.

Reading this book, I learned so much about the politics of the Korean War as well.

As an American, I’m ashamed of how little we talk about this era of history and its consequences. Before their defeat in WWII, Jeju was more or less a Japanese colony. After WWII, the Americans took over. Despite claiming they wanted Korean independence, America and Russia split Korea down the middle and essentially rigged the election system. I’m obviously over-simplifying here, but suffice to say that reading this book left me incredibly angry with my own country (which isn’t really a new feeling for me, tbh).

Beyond that, this is a book about friendship between two very different women.

Young-Sook is the daughter of her haenyeo collective’s chief, while her best friend Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and therefore untrustworthy. Because Mi-ja is tainted by her parental background, she ends up being married off to another collaborator, an abusive man who isolates her from her former home. Young-Sook, meanwhile, marries within the neighborhood and has a happy life for a time. In the aftermath of WWII, just as they’re beginning to reconnect, Mi-ja betrays Young-Sook and the friends are driven apart.

I can’t imagine going through what Young-Sook does in this novel, and yet I had a hard time accepting the way she blames Mi-ja for everything that happens. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the latter part of the book immensely and appreciated how Young-Sook rebuilds herself in the face of such loss.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really feel all that connected to these characters.

Part of that is due to the fact that these women are mothers and even grandmothers, so I couldn’t really relate to them. Mostly, though, I felt disconnected because I didn’t really get to know Young-Sook. Aside from her status as a haenyeo and mother, I didn’t really know much about her personality. While this is perhaps the nature of a historical fiction book that’s mostly about a society at a point in time, it detracted from my enjoyment of the book.

Overall, do I recommend?

This book tells an important and forgotten story about our world’s past. Regardless of where you’re from, The Island of Sea Women sheds light on a forgotten part of history that we would all do well to learn. Any story that prioritizes women’s lives in the face of crisis is one that’s important, but in revealing a woman-focused culture, Lisa See draws attention to an important group of women and a culture that is now all but lost.

—find this book—

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Have you read anything by Lisa See? Do you have a favorite historical fiction author? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Each week, bloggers come together to build a list on pre-selected topics. If you’d like to join in, check out That Artsy Reader Girl’s post for more info!

The theme for this week’s post is Rainy Day Reads…which I’m interpreting to mean books to read when it’s physically or emotionally rainy and you want to feel sunshine-y on the inside.☔️

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Top 10 Books for Rainy Days

1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This book is always at the top of my list of books to make me feel better. It’s been my all-time favorite book for two decades now, and I honestly don’t see that changing anytime soon. Spunky orphan Anne always inspires me to look on the bright side of life and keep dreaming.

2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Although I still haven’t finished this series, I fell in love with Lara Jean from the first couple pages of this book. Not only is this a sweet, if trope-y, romance, Lara Jean’s personality is just so upbeat. I wish I’d had a friend like her in my life as a teenager.

3. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

This book was recommended far and wide around its release in 2017, and for absolutely good reason. The story takes place at a con, so there’s lots of fan vibes, but it also involves two really sweet romances. This book reminded me of the importance of finding a group of people who accept you exactly as you are.

4. The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis

This novella is the kind of book you can totally binge read in a day, no sweat. It’s an f/f romance with the very first pansexual character I ever read. On top of that, it’s set partially in a bookstore and involves beautiful sex positivity and I just… I wish M. Hollis had more books in this series out because I love them so much!

5. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

If you’re looking for something more action oriented, look no further! This story follows our main character, Jess, a teen in a world of superheroes who doesn’t have any noticeable powers. There’s an unexpected love story and lots of intrigue as Jess sorts out the truth behind her new after school job.

6. Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

If you’re longing for summer already, this is one of my favorite summer reads. The story of a surfer who’s stranded in Nebraska for a summer, I loved the romance and the skateboarding in this one. There’s also strong father-daughter vibes, an element that’s often severely lacking in YA.

7. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

I recently read this YA graphic novel over a few breaks at work, and I’m so glad I scooped it off the shelf! This is a sweet story about a prince who likes to wear dresses and the dressmaker with dreams of fame.

8. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Since we’re talking about rainy day reads, I had to put one sad book on the list. I shared my thoughts on this recently, but suffice to say: if you need to indulge in some sad feelings, this book nails it on the head.

9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This is an oldie but goodie, in my opinion. I re-read the entire series last fall out of pure nostalgia and they’re still just as good. This book originated squad goals for me (sadly, goals I’ve never really achieved).

10. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I pick up this book any time I’m feeling down about my writing, but I think it can be applied to anyone, regardless of their craft in life. This book really revolutionized the way I look at writing and taught me the importance of sitting down, getting quiet, and letting the words out, even if they’re not perfect.

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What type of book do you reach for on a rainy day? What’s your favorite romantic book that puts a smile on your face? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogging Guilt: Is Scheduling Ahead Productive, or Harmful? || A BESpring19 Discussion

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Hello and welcome back to my blog!

Today I’m joining on on Bookending Spring, an event hosted by Clo @ Book Dragons and Sam @ Fictionally Sam. This seasonal event brings together the book community to talk about all things spring cleaning/organizing—be it your blog, your bookish life, or anything at all. For more info, check out Sam’s announcement post.

Today’s post is inspired by Jayati @ It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile’s post Pre-Scheduling and Organizing Your Blog ft. Mood Blogging.

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In case you weren’t already aware, I’m a bit of a Type A personality. It’s something I came by naturally: both my parents are extremely neat and organized, and that’s just how I grew up. Being organized has been extremely helpful throughout my life, both in school and as a writer. I’m really great at making a plan…the problem is, I tend to really guilt myself when I fall short of my goals.

Which is what inspired my take on this prompt: Is scheduling my blog posts ahead of time productive, or overkill? How can I manage to stay organized while not being drowned in dreaded blogging guilt?

Let’s take a look at how I currently keep up with blog planning.

To start with, I use Scrivener for almost everything related to writing, whether it’s fiction or blog posts. If you’re not familiar, this is an app that lets you create folders upon folders of mini-docs within one giant document. I love using Scrivener for blogging, because it lets me create folders for each type of post I do. I also have mini-documents for my TBR, books I’ve read, and, most importantly, a section where I plan out my blog.

Currently, my goal is to have posts scheduled out ahead by about a week. What this means is that on Sundays, I try to have all my posts up and ready to go through the next Sunday. I try to draft posts two weeks ahead of time, that way they have time to simmer and grow through the editing process.

What ends up happening, though, is that I fall behind on drafting posts ahead of time—and then I become swallowed by guilt.

The Pros of Planning Ahead

• I can plan out my week based on my work schedule and pencil in time to blog when I know I’ll have free time
I don’t have to panic about needing to have a post go up the night before
• I can be consistent, which is important for stats (or so they say)
• Whenever life threatens to get in the way, I always have a week of buffer between me and a missed post
• I don’t have to worry about my blog every single day of the week
• I have more time to focus on blog hopping

The Cons of Planning Ahead

• When I get behind, I have to draft a whole week of posts in one sitting, which is really draining and probably affects the quality of my posts
• I’m always slightly delayed when it comes to jumping on blogging trends, because I plan my posts so far in advance
• When I fall short of goals, I feel awful, which isn’t conducive to blogging
Blogging starts to feel more like work and less like fun, because I’m sticking to such strict expectations for myself

To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever stop being a planner.

It’s so ingrained in my personality, and it mostly does bring me a lot of comfort. Throughout the week, when I have busy days in other aspects of my life, I don’t have to stress that my blog will be okay without me there, watching over its shoulder. I feel better about my posts when they’ve had time to sit for at least a day before I read them over, edit them, and post them. I feel confident in my consistency.

That being said, I definitely need to work on my guilt complex. Blogging is, ultimately, a hobby. Granted, it’s a hobby that requires a lot of time and work. But ultimately, it’s an act of creating something for myself and hopefully others to enjoy. If I’m not enjoying the posts I’m writing, how can I expect people to enjoy reading them?

If I want to enjoy blogging, I might have to let go a little bit. Whether it’s forgiving myself when I get behind on reviews, or letting go of the need to draft posts out so far in advance. If I really want to have fun with my blog, I’m going to have to learn to live a little.

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Do you schedule your blog in advance? What’s your favorite method for staying organized with blogging? Are you participating in Bookending Spring? Let me know in the comments!

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The Artist’s Way: Week 2 Check-In

Welcome to Week 2 of my ongoing series on The Artist’s Way with Erin @ Flappers and Philosophers!

In case you missed it, here is my intro post, explaining what the project is, why we’re doing it, and what you can expect. The short version is, Erin and I are both going through The Artist’s Way, a 12-week course in self-discovery and creative recovery. Throughout the next three months, we’ll be sharing weekly updates on how it’s going, what we’ve learned, and how this process has affected our creative lives.

Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity

E6E0D3F7-A213-4662-99E2-BFEB6D614EC3“You may find yourself drawing new boundaries and staking out new territories as your personal needs, desires, and interests announce themselves.”

Overall, this week was about settling in for me. This week’s theme focuses on identifying people in your life who are helpful vs. harmful to your creative recovery and developing a sense of open-mindedness to the universe. I started working through some of my major issues when it comes to my current WIP as well as some deeper issues that are blocking my creativity.

The most exciting thing that happened in my creative life this week is that I finally started writing toward a draft of my WIP. I sorted through a lot of my qualms, as well as decided on a course of action and POV. Mostly, though, the triumph is that I actually wrote 1500 words this week, which is much better than nothing.

Week 2: The Check-In

1. How many days this week did you do your morning pages? How was the experience for you?

I did morning pages seven days this week, although I did fall slightly short of three pages a few times. At first, it felt like a chore to wake up and sit down at my desk and purge my brain. By the end of the week, though, I definitely started to feel like I’m getting into a groove. The pages give me a chance to assess and work through issues that I can’t really access at any other time or in another medium. I did feel like I was repeating myself a lot, and I noticed that my issues seem to fall into the same category: I need to learn how to fight for myself/my art, but I don’t know how.

2. Did you do your artist date this week? What did you do? How did it feel?

On Tuesday, I went to my favorite coffee shop again. This time, I used the time for myself to work on my writing. While I initially planned to go through and revise a novel I finished writing last year, I came to the conclusion that I more or less need to re-write the same story in a completely different way. I had a really nice time actively investing in my writing. I do still hope to take more unproductive artist dates as the weeks go on.

3. Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant for your recovery? Describe them.

I wrote about my God concept in the morning pages, which was definitely an important breakthrough, and something I’m going to keep talking about as the weeks wear on.

In keeping track of the time spent on various activities this week, I realized that I might actually spend too much time reading. It’s not that I don’t love reading…but I think I’m filling the well with too much of other people’s words and not enough of my own.

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Have you ever participated in The Artist’s Way? How was your week? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

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