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February Monthly Review

Okay, so this is several dayslate because honestly, I needed digital detox. I’ve been trying to get views up for the blog and just generally pushing on all platforms. It’s worked. I got views up to 250, I got more comments than ever, and I got to 76 followers. Also, I’ve got posts planned out till April, yay productivity, so I’ve got time to rest.

Since I’ve been doing the weekly reviews I don’t have as much material to cover in these monthly reviews but I’ll still hit the high points.

Books

So I hit my reading goal of five books, so I’m happy about that, technically I started one in January, but I finished it in February so I’m not going to be picky.

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Though I started this in January I finished in February so I guess it’s technically a February book. Now I love books about magic and cooking. Somehow magical cooking always seems to result in a cute book.

Aventurine is a dragon, who feels confined to the caves where her family lives, she is accidentally turned into a human and finds her true career interest in chocolate.

Review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Amazon: The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith

The Deep & Dark Blue

My favorite book BY FAR, this month, and the author mention me on Twitter, but that didn’t influence my decision at all it was just a really nice touch. Niki Smith is a fine human. Go buy the book, you know you want to and read my review so you’ll know why you want to, it has spoilers though so be careful.

Review: The Dark and Deep Blue

Amazon: The Deep and Dark Blue

The Girl with the Dragon Heart

The Girl with the Dragon Heart is about Silke, Aventurine‘s best friend who helped her find her way as a human in the first book. Aventurine also shows up in this book though mostly as a background character. The Girl with the Dragon Heart focuses on Silke’s search for a place to call home.

This was A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year for 2019, and I can see why filled with female friendship unlikely families and strong heroines, it is one of my favorite books of 2020, so far along with The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart.

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Heart

Amazon: The Girl With the Dragon Heart

Princess Who Flew with Dragons

The third book in The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart universe follows one of the princesses in the kingdom they live in. Sofia is considered bad at being a princess by everyone including herself but especially her sister Katrin, so when her sister sends her away on another diplomatic mission she knows it’s just a ploy to get rid of her.

But things in the world are much more complicated than Sofia can figure out from her books, and in the end, she may end up being the princess saving the day. My review should be up sometime in March.

Amazon: The Princess Who Flew with Dragons

NewsPrints

A book about finding one’s self and standing up for what you believe in also a book about friendship and understanding. Probably my second favorite graphic novel that I’ve read so far this year. I should have a review up in March or early April.

Amazon:NewsPrints

TV/Movies

So I’ve been binging She-Ra: Princesses of Power from Netflix and it’s amazing and it’s giving me SO many ideas for writing. I’ve also been re-watching Frozen 2 and remembering why I loved it the first time.

Blogging

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I’ve mostly been doing the Pokemon Reads Tag for next month, with some reviews in between. Some of the types were easy, some of them were much much tougher, so expect to see those in late March-early April.

Now I’ve had a pretty good month numbers-wise for the blog, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have goals for March, those are:

Blogging Goals for this Month: 

  1. Hit as close to 100 posts as possible
  2. Hit as close to 100 followers as possible
  3. Hit as close to 300 views as possible.

 

Digital Day Off

I went to a local park. It was FREEZING! So I didn’t stay long but I took some photos.

Saturday 1

A little creek.

Saturday 2

Painted rocks in memory of a local child who was murdered.

Saturday 3Cool looking waterfall.

Things I’m proud of this month

Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

  1. The numbers for the blog
  2. The numbers of reviews I got done
  3. Getting ahead on reviews
  4. Being active in Pondathon
  5. The number of books I read

Mental Health

I’m doing pretty well mental health-wise, but I’ve got some tough stuff coming up. So wish me luck. I very well may bury my problems in replaying DragonAge now that I finally updated my PS4, also I’m still trying to fill my Pokedex in Pokemon Shield.

Overall, February was a very productive month, and I hope March is just as productive and helpful.

 

 

Posted in Weekly Wrap-ups

Weekly Review 2/16/20-2/22/20

How has everyone’s week been? Mine has been pretty productive I know I’ve done at least 6 posts in advance for the blog. Plus I’ve kind of been obsessively been watching my numbers for the blog as opposed to last month, viewers have already beat January and I’ve got a week to go, I just need to get a few more visitors. So please come visit the blog.

Reading

Honestly, this week while productive has been a little mentally tough for me, so I stuck with re-reading some old favorites.

Nightfall

Nightfall

Flashback

Flashback

I promise to have the backlog review of these up along with the rest of the series up sometime in March.

Gaming

Pokémon Sword & Shield

I beat Pokemon Shield! It took me like literally ten tries for the final battle with Leon, but I did it, then I beat all the post-credit stuff too, now I get to explore Galar and build more teams of Pokemon. I’m really excited to play more of the game even though I’ve beat it. I want to try and fill my Pokedex, plus there will an expansion pass coming out in the summer and winter of this year.

However finishing it has me thinking about the next game on my mind, Animal Crossing New Horizons. It’s not out till March 30th, but I already can’t wait. I’ll probably be playing Breath of the Wild until then, but Animal Crossing is the next game up that I’m happy for.A group of eight residents gathered around a picnic table in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Crochet and Friendship Bracelets

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Once upon a time before I had my psychotic episode I was very much into fiber arts, so its something I’m trying to get back into. I also bought the supplies for making friendship bracelets and have started making simple patterns with those.

Writing and Adobe

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So with my tax return, I gifted myself with Scrivener to have something to better allow myself to work on my WIP. It’s proving really productive so far. My parents also helped me with the remaining portion of my tax money to get a new iPad. It’s a big 7th generation on so it’s really helping my old eyes, and reminding me I need to go to the eye doctor.

A friend from a no-profit is also sharing their login to their Adobe software, and SO MANY PROGRAMS, so I can finally try and start attempting to make graphics for the blog. Along with 10,000 other things these programs do. I’m very happy creatively.

Mental Health

Ugh, the one bad spot in an otherwise great week. My disability case has hit a snag, so I’ve got to talk over some stuff with my therapist and see if my disability case has a future, or if I should just go back to school. I really think not working has helped me, but the state I’m in is requiring a lot of extra hoops to jump through, so it’s getting me down a little. Happy stories welcome, also cute pictures and good news.

Coming Soon

Pokémon starters from Sword and Shield

What can you expect from the end of February to the beginning of March? More backlog reviews as I catch up on reviewing all the stuff I read before I didn’t have a blog. A post about the Pondathon ending, more Pokemon reads tag stuff, and a YARC based TBR for next month.

Thanks again everyone for reading, and getting the numbers for the blog higher than ever in February, I’m thankful for every single reader and visitor!

 

 

 

Posted in Weekly Wrap-ups

Weekly Review 2/9/20-2/16/20

This week has been pretty productive. I did a lot of things, reading wasn’t one of them. However, I’m still ahead with my reading goal so I’m okay with taking a sort of week off.  I did finish one graphic novel however and it was amazing.

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith

The Deep & Dark Blue

My review for it should be up in a week or so, and unless something amazing comes along I can already tell it’s going to be my favorite book this month.

Baking

Chocolate Cake Slice

I made a double chocolate cake from scratch which I haven’t done in 4-5 years. I haven’t actually done any baking in 4-5 years since I had a pretty serious psychotic episode. I’ve been working on recovery since then and I finally feel well enough to get back to one of my favorite hobbies. If any of you have any of your favorite recipes to suggest just let me know in the comments.

Tarot

I’ve also done tarot readings almost every day which I find really fun. I’m going to start working on doing tarot reading for other people via Twitter, just to get adjusted to reading others. So if you’re interested in a reading let me know in the comments, I do everything except readings on love and relationships.

Writing

Ball Point Pen on Opened Notebook

I’ve been writing a lot for here. I’ve got all my posts for February done and I’m starting on my posts for March. I’m also writing on a fiction piece I put down last year and this week I finally found a solution for a writing problem I’d had with the piece for months.

Gaming 

A Quagsire tries to take on Leon’s Gigantamax Charizard. This was the last time Slurpee the Quagsire was seen before dying.

I’m almost finished with Pokemon Sheild I just have one more boss to beat. I’m kind of surprised I got so far, right now I’m working on leveling up my Pokemon to beat the final boss. So hopefully by next week I should be done and just doing fun stuff after winning the game.

Mental Health

White Ceramic Coffee Mug

My mental health was pretty good this week and I think my productivity showed it. I did have some migraines, so that left me not feeling like reading for a few days. I’ve got to call some doctors next week to talk about my migraines and my lawyer to talk about disability paperwork. But other than that I think I did pretty good this week.

Thoughts for Next Week

I’d like to read two books next week and bake again, I’d also like to get engagement up on the blog and maybe start being more involved with other blogs and on social media to get more traffic towards the site. I’m trying to learn more about SEO to see if that helps too.

What do you do for your blog to help engagement?

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