Small announcement: I’m reducing my blogging schedule to one post per week for awhile.
I’ve been going through a bit more anxiety than usual this month and need to take half a step back. So instead of my 2-posts-per-week goal, I’m going to be shooting for just one. I will be trying to read and comment more on blogs, though, so hopefully it won’t feel like I’m absent or anything.
That said, I’ll still be active on Instagram.
I’m having a lot of fun trying my hand at Bookstagram. There’s so much talent there! (Also one of my photos was shared by bookfeaturepage this month!)
Feel free to follow me @ mixedmargins
I fixed that problem I’ve been having with my new camera!
And of course it was super simple. Not sure why, but the camera automatically applies noise reduction to your images, so everything was looking way too smooth. I usually add in smoothing in Lightroom, but not nearly as much as it was automatically applying. I was also having trouble getting my RAW images into Lightroom…then realized that I just had to update Lightroom. Leave it to me to miss completely obvious solutions.
We had a pipe burst.
And didn’t know about it for awhile. But we had our landlord come and fix it, and he fixed a broken light in the process, and then Deacon completely fixed our leaky bathtub faucet. So our house is practically new now. XD
Hank Green’s first novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is available for preorder.
I had to break my book-buying ban but I mean. Hank Green.
I’ve had all the Harry Potter revelations this month.
1) The whole thing with the Snitch makes sense because points are counted towards the championship as a whole. So even if you catch the Snitch and lose, you’re still up +150 and have a better chance of winning the overall championship (as Gryffindor does in Order of the Phoenix).
2) The items in the Department of Mysteries represent bigger concepts. I used to think that wizards just threw random crap down there that they didn’t understand, but after rereading it this month, I realized that they are symbolic. The egg/bird represents time, the brains represent thought, the room with the locked door contains love (as Dumbledore later explains), and the arch represents death.
The Spotify mobile app is terrible.
It only plays on shuffle?? I guess before now I’ve only ever used the mobile app during months that I paid for premium (which is generally only during NaNoWriMo or road trips). And gosh, it’s awful.
I pretend that Jacin in The Lunar Chronicles is a woman.
Because I’ve always wanted Winter to be in an f/f relationship and it makes Jacin more bearable. I have a higher tolerance for bossy women than bossy men.
Do people know what I mean when I put XD?
I’m usually not on my phone so I can’t use a similar emoji, and I always wonder if the younger generation realizes that it’s supposed to be a face, not letters…
Rex had a small surgery in early January to remove the tumor on his eyelid. Everything went well! He was a bit grumpy for a few days, but he’s back to normal now. 🙂
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books explains how and why you should blog hop (because she’s a pro!).
- May @ Forever and Everly gives super helpful WordPress tips (for real I never knew how to toggle text before this).
- Christina @ Happy Writer discusses how to write multiple locations without giving your readers whiplash.
- Katie @ Katelyn Shanice shares her must-have, best-of-the-best makeup essentials.
- Holly @ Nut Free Nerd talks about what it means to be a relevant reader.
- Cait @ Paper Fury shows off an ARC of her book!!! (preorders are available too!)
Game of Thrones (finished seasons 3–5)
Planet Earth II (the first few episodes)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (liked it) ★★★★☆
Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (liked it) ★★★☆☆
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (reread – like it) ★★★☆☆
Wires & Nerve, Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer (really liked it) ★★★★☆
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
How was your January?