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[monthly review] June 2015

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Writing

High: There is no high. It was a terrible writing month.

Low: Everything.

Reading

High: Really enjoyed SILENCE by Michelle Sagara (review later this week), and am getting ready to start WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley.

Low: None, mostly because I didn’t do a lot of reading in June.

Listening

High: Really loved Shawn Michaels on Talk is Jericho.

Low: I don’t really have a low. Not enough time to listen, I guess?

Wrestling

High: I’ve not been watching; episodes are piling up on my Hulu queue.

Low: Continues to be true: I still feel incredibly disconnected with and uninterested in most of the WWE storylines right now. This is why I’ve stopped watching, I guess. I’ll catch up eventually.

Socializing

High: J and I went to see Jurassic World at the over 21 theater with the bar, which was a delight. One of my law school bffs came down to visit, and then we had a surprise road trip to St. Louis to meet up with two other law school bffs for a whirlwind mini reunion. I went to my first cardmaking class with a friend who does it every month, and had a great time. I need to make more art.

Low: Nothing. I had so much fun.

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[monthly review] April 2015

Writing

High: Sarah and I are slowly finding a new schedule for the cowriting, and have made decent progress on the rewrite of Talking Dead, our current teen horror-adventure project. I’ve also made good progress on an adult (or maybe new adult) werewolf romance-adventure project I’m writing on my own.

Low: It never feels like enough progress.

Reading

High: Awhile back, I listened to the audiobook of THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater, and thought it was okay, but I had no real hurry to read more. This month, I reread it, and started THE DREAM THIEVES, and was immediately sucked into the world. Devoured all the way through BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE in just a couple days …

Low: … only to learn that the release date of the last book has been pushed back. Whomp whomp whomp.

Listening

High: I’ve started listening to the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, in part because I just reread THE HAPPINESS PROJECT and HAPPIER AT HOME (and am working on her latest book), and in part because I love the idea of sisters podcasting. It has some really great moments so far, and I find their interactions very interesting.

Low: I don’t really have a low. Not enough time to listen, I guess?

Wrestling

High: Naomi getting a bit of a push. I love her, she’s one of my favorite divas, so athletic and smart and funny. Mizdow and the Miz breaking up and feuding. Ryback doing anything.

Low: Continues to be true: I still feel incredibly disconnected with and uninterested in most of the WWE storylines right now.

Socializing

High: J and I went to see Furious 7, which I loved. I have loved this franchise from the beginning (with the exception of 2 Fast 2 Furious), and this movie was an excellent addition, and a touching good-bye to Paul Walker. (I’m not even a Paul Walker fan, and I teared up.)

Sister visited for the weekend and gave me a crash course in her most popular jewelry technique. New art projects coming from me soon!

Low: I haven’t done much socializing, so there’s not been much time for a low. My dog and I have a lot of fun adventures, though.

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[monthly review] March 2015

Writing

High: No high this month. I’m struggling a lot with my solo writing (it feels like I’ve forgotten how to write a book on my own, how to outline a story, even), and due to a number of things, Sarah and I didn’t do nearly enough cowriting. It’s frustrating and disheartening.

Low: Yeah. Also, great things are happening for the members of my writing group, and I am trying to deal with my envy. I hate that, because I love them and they are awesome and deserve wonderful things, and yet, still, I feel very much like a failure in pretty much all areas of my life right now. So that sucks.

Reading

High: I absolutely loved SHADOW CABINET by Maureen Johnson, the third book in her Shades of London series. LOVED IT. Ghosts and murder and mysteries and secrets, tell me more tell me more.

Low: After reading a ton in January and February, I slowed down a lot in March. This is mostly because I struggled with everything in March; the joys of bipolar disorder, let me show you them.

Listening

New category!

High: I finally listened to the Ryback episode of Talk is Jericho. I first started liking Ryback during his storyline with Heyman not too long ago, where it was basically a romance between them, and I loved it so hard. Since then, he’s just been ridiculous and wonderful and over-the-top; he’s the Big Guy, his chant is FEED ME MORE, and I just cheer every time I see him.

And then I listened to this podcast, and my adoration was complete. He talks about being fired, feeling like a failure, life falling apart, and how he came back from that; he talks about vision boards and positive thinking and making goals; he talks about highs and lows. Not only did this cement how delightful I find him, but it was something I really needed to hear right now. I’ve never been so glad I decided to start way back at the beginning of the Jericho podcast and listen all the way through.

Low: I am struggling (word of the month, apparently) to find time to listen to podcasts, and that makes me feel guilty, even though there is LITERALLY NO REASON FOR THAT GUILT. So that’s been fun. Stupid brain.

Wrestling

High: Usos + Naomi being my favorite wrestling family. Naomi getting to be a part of the Flying Usos at Wrestlemania 31. Individual wrestlers being a delight.

Low: I still feel incredibly disconnected with and uninterested in most of the WWE storylines right now.

Socializing

High: Sister-in-law and I went to see Special 20 at a semi-local bar last weekend, and it was a fantastic show. I love local bands, these guys were fun to watch and sounded great, and they had a couple Johnny Cash covers that blew my mind.

Low: There was a weird moment of concern trolling as we were leaving the bar, from a complete stranger. There will be an essay about this later, so more then.

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[monthly review] February 2015

Spent half of February sick, first with the flu and then with an ear infection, but still managed to get some things done.

Writing

High: Sarah and I are getting back into our weekly writing sessions, and are making good progress on the new draft of THE TALKING DEAD. I’m much more satisfied with the story, and I hope our early readers are too.

In addition, my roadtripping sisters novel is well under way, the developmental editing I’m doing for Tracy is awesome (this new draft of her book is AMAZING, creepy sexy vampires for the win), and while organizing some files, I found a short story I wrote a few years ago that clearly needs to be a book instead. I’m starting an outline for the story now (sexy shapeshifters for the win).

Low: THE WALKING DEAD still isn’t ready to to be submitted to agents, and since we originally planned to do that in fall 2014, this is disappointing. Still, I want to submit the best possible book, and to do that, we need this rewrite.

Reading

High: According to the GoodReads tracker, I am 6 books ahead of schedule on my 2015 reading goal, which is awesome. My favorite reads in February were SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda and NEARLY GONE by Elle Cosimano. More on these later, in their reviews.

Low: I really wanted to like HEXED by Michelle Krys more than I did. The love interest was particularly off-putting.

Wrestling

High: The internet wrestling community made my heart grow three sizes when it finally banded together with #givedivasachance on Twitter. I criticize the treatment of the divas a lot, because I love them and they deserve better storylines. (And not just non-boring storylines like I complain about below; they deserve storylines that aren’t sexist and terrible and truncated.) Vince McMahon acknowledged this, said they hear us, and we should keep watching. I am watching, McMahon, we all are, and we’ll keep calling out the bullshit, but I have hope. (Mostly, I have hope that Stephanie McMahon and Triple H will bring great new things to WWE as they take more control, but still.)

Low: Storylines still haven’t picked up headed into Wrestlemania, which is unfortunate, but I am enjoying most of the stories as background noise to writing and decluttering.

Social

High: So, Sister and I unexpectedly got to attend another hockey game. The Ice Bears were invited to nationals, and in order to raise money, they did a home exhibition. We made a sister night of it, with dinner at our favorite food truck (an authentic British pasty truck) and then COLLEGE HOCKEY.

Low: Like I said, I spent the first half of February physically sick, and then the second half was rough due to bipolar, so I spent a lot of the month furious and manic and trying not to lash out at people. Mostly this involved me staying away from people.

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[monthly review] January 2015

Little behind on the January review, but I’ve been sick since the first day of February, which has been super fun. I’m currently curled up on the couch with my dog because my coughing has kept Boyfriend awake for the past couple nights, and he’s been feeling that lack of sleep at work. I’m exhausted too, but at least I’m just collapsed around the house all day while I’m sick. I’ve been coughing so hard my whole body hurts from it. Good times.

Writing

High: The story behind my roadtripping sisters novel is starting to come together, finally. In developmental editing news, one of the members of my writing group (the vague version, where I consider them a writing group because they’re all involved with me, not necessarily with each other, unlike the Interrobangers, which is a separate writing group where we read and critique each other’s work and do a lot of cheerleading), Tracy, has finished the first draft of her current adult supernatural project and is deep into her rewrite. It is awesome, and I hope you guys get to read this soon.

Low: Due to a variety of events, Sarah and I were unable to do our weekly writing sessions for pretty much all of January. I’m still doing my daily writing on my own, on solo projects, but it’s just not the same without our regular writing time. We’ve gotten back to it, though, and have come up with a plan to fix THE TALKING DEAD.

Reading

High: I follow Hanging Garden Stories, which is a tumblr filled with weekly short fiction from eight YA authors (and if you don’t follow it, you really should, there have been some delightful stories), and they did a giveaway of debut books that I won. It was such an exciting thing, and the list of books is fantastic. They haven’t all arrived yet, but a bunch have, and I’ve been reading them as fast as I can (well, no, as fast as I have time, really).

So far I really loved CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge (out May 2015), which is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling, and BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie Parker, which is delicious YA Southern gothic.

Low: I had a hard time connecting with LANDRY PARK by Bethany Hagen. I wanted to love it; it’s post-apocalyptic politics set in Kansas City, basically, which is where I spent the last few years, but the pacing was off. There will be a second book (it’s a duology, I believe), and I want to read it. I hope that taken together, the two books will work better than just the one on its own.

There are some racism issues that appear more unintentional than anything, considering some of the other choices. My goal is to review these books, so I’ll talk more about that later.

Wrestling

High: The Usos continue to be amazing. Paul Heyman is the greatest talker. Hot people keep hitting each other.

Low: I said this in the last review (which was October): I still don’t care about half the storylines, but I’m hoping they will start picking up as we head toward Wrestlemania.

They have not picked up.

Social

High: I’ve had a lot of great social events, but my current favorite was the birthday celebration last weekend. Brother(1) and I have birthdays a week apart, and we try to get together sometime in January to celebrate. This year, I spent a Saturday down in the city where Brother and Sister (and her husband) all live, and had amazing food (pasties from the British food truck for an early lunch and then Vietnamese for dinner) and then a college hockey game. I’d forgotten how much I love live hockey, and I absolutely want to do it again soon. (Except that was the last home game for that college team, but next season!)

Low: We had multiple family holiday celebrations across December and January, plus birthday stuff, plus I’ve been traveling for interviews, and now I am completely socialed out. I am very much an introvert, and I started feeling worn down by all the time spent around people back in, oh, the beginning of January. Pretty sure that has a lot to do with how sick I got the second everything slowed down. Not enough downtime + too many people + stress = SICK SICK SICK as soon as everything is over.

(1) I have three sisters, and two brothers, and I don’t identify them in this blog without their permission. When I say “Sister” or “Brother,” I am referencing one of my actual sisters or brothers, but not necessarily the same sister or brother each time. The same goes for my nieces and nephews.

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[monthly review] October 2014

Pursuant to my goal to blog (somewhat) more regularly, I have decided to start doing a monthly review post, in which I plan to (briefly) discuss the highs and lows of that month.

Writing

High: Sarah and I received some additional helpful feedback on THE TALKING DEAD, which has led to us doing a rewrite of one of the major plots.

Low: Sarah and I received some additional helpful feedback on THE TALKING DEAD, which has led to us doing a rewrite of one of the major plots. Mostly, this is a good thing, but I am a little frustrated, too, because we’d meant to start querying agents in October. Doing what it takes to make the story stronger is the important part, but I am still a little disappointed that we didn’t figure this out earlier.

Reading

High: I picked up the first book of the Touchstone series by Andrea K Höst, STRAY, for free from Amazon on the Kindle awhile back. I can’t even remember who mentioned it to me, but I’m glad they did. I was sucked so hard into the story I promptly bought book two, LAB RAT, and book three, CASZANDRA, and have been marathoning them. I’m a bit more than halfway through CASZANDRA, and I keep taking breaks because I don’t want it to end. The series could use a good edit, it’s a little loose at times, but oh my god, it is enthralling. I love Cassandra, the main character, the world building, the monsters, and even the romance. (I tend to not care much about the romance in stories.)

I highly, highly recommend this book, and as of today, at least on Amazon US, STRAY is still available for free for the Kindle.

On her last day of high school, Cassandra Devlin walked out of exams and into a forest. Surrounded by the wrong sort of trees, and animals never featured in any nature documentary, Cass is only sure of one thing: alone, she will be lucky to survive.

The sprawl of abandoned blockish buildings Cass discovers offers her only more puzzles. Where are the people? What is the intoxicating mist which drifts off the buildings in the moonlight? And why does she feel like she’s being watched?

Increasingly unnerved, Cass is overjoyed at the arrival of the formidable Setari. Whisked to a world as technologically advanced as the first was primitive, where nanotech computers are grown inside people’s skulls, and few have any interest in venturing outside the enormous whitestone cities, Cass finds herself processed as a ‘stray’, a refugee displaced by the gates torn between worlds. Struggling with an unfamiliar language and culture, she must adapt to virtual classrooms, friends who can teleport, and the ingrained attitude that strays are backward and slow.

Can Cass ever find her way home? And after the people of her new world discover her unexpected value, will they be willing to let her leave?

Low: Many years ago, I read SLOPPY FIRSTS and SECOND HELPINGS by Megan McCafferty, but not the rest of the Jessica Darling series. Recently, I borrowed the series from Sister(1), marathoned the whole series, and if they had been my books, not Sister’s, I would have chucked them all across the room. I’ve always found the main character, Jessica, incredibly pretentious and annoying, but with an engaging story, but the more I read, the more the writing became homophobic, transphobic, racist, and ableist. Further, the story became nearly impossible to believe, and not at all engaging. I pretty much hate read the last two books just because I had already devoted so much time to the series marathon. I’m still debating a more detailed breakdown of what infuriated me so much.

Wrestling

High: Went to a Raw live show, and it was amazing. The last show I attended was a taping of Main Event and Smackdown, which was awesome enough, but the energy of the crowd was even better for Raw, which, for those who don’t know, is aired live. I was right next to the ring, and because it was leading up to the Hell in a Cell pay per view, the cell was hanging over the ring. That was awesome enough, and then they brought it down, and OMG YES. So much yes. Hell in a Cell was pretty awesome, too.

Low: I still don’t care about half the storylines, but I’m hoping they will start picking up as we head toward Wrestlemania.

Social

High: The Raw taping was pretty awesome. I spent most of the weekends in October at marching band competitions, because Nephew is a member of my old high school marching band. That was AWESOME.

Low: Saturday marching band competitions and the Raw live show pretty much ate up all my ability to be social. That’s a lot of time spent in big groups of people.

(1) I have three sisters, and two brothers, and I don’t identify them in this blog without their permission. When I say “Sister” or “Brother,” I am referencing one of my actual sisters or brothers, but not necessarily the same sister or brother each time. The same goes for my nieces and nephews.

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[monthly review] August and September 2014

Pursuant to my goal to blog (somewhat) more regularly, I have decided to start doing a monthly review post, in which I plan to (briefly) discuss the highs and lows of that month. Apparently, I forgot to write the August review until the middle of September, so I’m combining the two.

Writing

High: Sarah and I finished draft two of The Talking Dead. Draft two is with our early readers, we’ve received helpful feedback on our query letter, and we’ve created a list of agents. The plan is to submit in the near future. We’ve outlined a new version of Monsters & Magic, the sequel to The Talking Dead, and have started draft two.

Low: Not really a low, but we submitted to Pitch Wars, which is this awesome writing contest in which professional writers choose unpublished mentees, work with them for a few months to really strengthen their manuscripts, and then the mentees submit to participating agents. Sarah and I were not chosen as mentees, but we had really fantastic responses from a couple of our potential mentors, and overall the experience was wonderful.

Reading

High: I marathoned “The Turn of the Story” (free online) and “Wings in the Morning” (available in the Monstrous Affections anthology) by Sarah Rees Brennan. “The Turn of the Story” is the prequel to “Wings in the Morning,” but I’m not honestly not sure “Wings in the Morning” works as well as a story if you haven’t read “The Turn of the Story.” I really, really loved both, though, and “The Turn of the Story” is excellent and completely stands alone.

Low: According to An Off Year by Claire Zulkey, it is perfectly understandable to be too scared to go to college if you are fat or crazy. Also, it is a relief to not get fat during your year off. You can imagine how well this went over with me. Plus there is a ton of other unexplored privilege in the book. This goes straight to the To Cull box.

Wrestling

High: I’ve been bored with the wrestling stories lately.

Low: See above.

Social

High: Went down to celebrate Jake’s birthday. We went to this little brewery in southern Missouri that is either a completely redneck bar or a completely hipster bar trying to be a redneck bar. (Jake was the one who pointed out the brewery, which is in a gorgeous barn, looked like a hipster music video.) A good friend of ours who used to run a Hawaiian restaurant in southern Missouri made all sorts of delicious homemade food for us, including mac salad and tuna rolls. (Jake lived in Hawaii from years, and our friend is Hawaiian, so they’ve bonded over that.) It was an excellent time. Then the next day we had a giant family lunch at our favorite local Greek restaurant. That was delightful.

I’ve also spent a lot of time on calls using the actual phone with Work BFF and using Skype with Sarah, Tracy, and two of my siblings. It’s been nice.

Low: Nothing really. I keep taking my meds and keep on living.

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[monthly review] July 2014

Pursuant to my goal to blog (somewhat) more regularly, I have decided to start doing a monthly review post, in which I plan to (briefly) discuss the highs and lows of that month.

Writing

High: Sarah and I are about halfway through draft two of The Talking Dead, the first book in our current series. We are polishing it to go out to second readers, and we plan on submitting to agents this year.

Low: While I know editing and polishing takes a lot more time than the initial draft under our process, it is still frustrating for our completion rate to slow down so much. I am working through that.

Reading

High: I really loved The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, though it has something I really dislike (secret killer point of view chapters). It was like a fun YA Criminal Minds, and I would love to read more in this series. I also really liked listening to Brownies and Broomsticks and Bewitched Bothered and Biscotti by Bailey Cates, even though it has a love triangle, which I hate at the best of times, and at least one of the potential boyfriends is an annoying, manipulative, bossy asshole.

Low: I listened to The Oath by Frank Peretti, because he is called the Stephen King of Christian horror. I really loved the premise of the book, even though the BIG BAD is not the creature I would have chosen. HOWEVER, there’s a bit, and I’m going to try to complain about this without really spoiling anything, where two characters do the same thing and both are then marked for their sin. The woman? We see a horrible, painful death as her punishment. The dude survives. Whether or not you intended it, Peretti, you’ve pretty much set it up that women do not get forgiven but men do. Awesome.

Wrestling

High: The feud between Rollins and Ambrose is what is carrying me through a bunch of other storylines I find boring. So much love for them. And for the hotness that is Roman Reigns. I love the Usos forever.

Low: Tamina still hasn’t returned. Reigns’ storyline is pretty damn flat, for all that he is lovely. Pretty much all the other storylines are boring me, though I still love the Usos. I hate the USO CRAZY thing.

Social

High: I went down and had a nice, quiet weekend over the Fourth of July with Jake and my dad. Izzy loves going down to visit family. More people to play with her. It was really relaxing, and was exactly what I needed.

I’ve also had a number of Skype calls with Tracy, which is awesome. Our schedules don’t always align (unlike Sarah, she doesn’t stay up until the wee hours of the morning usually), but we’ve been friends since 1999, and she is awesome. She’s writing this fantastic book, too. You guys are going to love it.

Low: My mental health has been bad. Really bad. Terribly bad. So I’ve not done much else social this month.

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[monthly review] June 2014

Pursuant to my goal to blog (somewhat) more regularly, I have decided to start doing a monthly review post, in which I plan to (briefly) discuss the highs and lows of that month.

Writing

High: Sarah and I finished the first draft of Monster Mash, which is the fifth and final book in the series we’re working on. We (read: Sarah, who is by far the tech between the two of us, despite me being a tech lawyer) promptly formatted all five books and stuck them on our Kindles so we could finally read the books in order as readers and not just writers. This is sometimes difficult for me to do (shut off the writer and editor brain), but it is an excellent way to check out the story itself and to figure out what high level changes need to be made. That’s where we are now.

Low: Remember that short story we outlined? Yeah, we’ve done very little writing on it. There’s still some time before the deadline, so maybe I’ll talk to her about focusing on that during our Saturday writing time.

Reading

High: I promptly set aside everything I was reading in order to read our Talking Dead series … and then didn’t pick anything else up. Fail.

Low: See above. Also, I’ve been buying too many books and not reading enough off my To Read Bookcases. I need to get back on that goal.

Wrestling

High: OMG HOW MUCH DO I LOVE THE SHIELD’S STORYLINE RIGHT NOW? Seth joining the Authority and becoming the Goddamn Batman. Dean letting go and becoming way Moxley than he was before. (Ambroxely!) Totally loving his new ring gear, too. I’m a fan of jeans, that style of belt, and white/gray/black tank tops. Roman #foreveralone. I kid, I kid, I love Roman, but Seth and Dean’s feud is definitely stealing the show.

Still loving the Usos beyond the telling of it, too. Plus I started watching season one of Total Divas now that it’s (sort of) available on the WWE Network, and while I was already enjoying Naomi in the ring, how much do I freaking adore Trinity? A ton. I want Naomi and Nikki to team up and be Team Athleticism and Brawn. They are BADASS.

Low: WELL LET ME TELL YOU. There was a big return on Raw recently. Raw airs live on Monday night, but a condensed version becomes available on Hulu on Tuesday. WWE knows this. Plenty of people watch via Hulu. AND YET TUESDAY MORNING I GET AN EMAIL FROM WWE SPOILING THE FUCKING RETURN ON RAW. The email came out before Raw was even available on Hulu. I understand that spoilers happen. I intentionally stay off social media Mondays and Tuesdays until I can watch Raw. HOWEVER, I CAN’T STAY OUT OF MY EMAIL. THAT IS HOW PEOPLE COMMUNICATE WITH ME. THAT WAS SOME BULLSHIT RIGHT THERE, WWE. ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT.

I don’t normally hate wrestling spoilers all that much (though I’d prefer not to know), but goddamn it, this was the first chance I’d have to really fucking mark out at something. I’ve only been watching wrestling a bit over a year, so I don’t have the same reactions to returning wrestlers that I’ll have when I’m more informed about the history, but GODDAMN IT, THIS ONE I WOULD HAVE MARKED OUT OVER, AND MARKED OUT HARD.

Yup, still bitter.

Social

High: Sister had a birthday, and it was awesome. Belated fathers’ day celebration was also awesome.

Low: We crammed the birthday and the fathers’ day celebrations into one day, because it was the only time that all my siblings would be in the same place at the same time. That was A LOT of socializing for me, even when it involves my family whom I love.

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[monthly review] May 2014

Pursuant to my goal to blog (somewhat) more regularly, I have decided to start doing a monthly review post, in which I plan to (briefly) discuss the highs and lows of that month.

Writing

High: Sarah and I have outlined our first short story. This is exciting. Whether or not we actually finish and submit it, at least we have determined we can work on short stories together as well as novels.

Low: We still haven’t finished Monster Mash. There are good reasons, of course, and we’re way ahead of schedule anyway, but we’re close enough to the end of the first draft that I just want it to be done immediately. I am really looking forward to reading all five books in a row.

Reading

High: How much did I love Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall? SO MUCH. It is all about family and sisters and magic, and it is an absolute delight. I also really loved Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire. I read the version that was originally published a few years ago as monthly short stories, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the collection, but it is better than ever.

Low: No reading lows, except that I don’t have enough time to read.

Wrestling

High: How amazing has the Shield been lately? Extreme Rules was obviously a highlight (Seth Rollins leaping off the stands was particularly fantastic), but they have just been amazing. I can’t wait for the Payback PPV, which, because I am late with this post, has already happened, and it was wonderful, but I will discuss that in June’s monthly review.

Low: Daniel Bryan’s surgery. However, it was particularly interesting listening to his two-episode interview with Chris Jericho on Talk is Jericho. (He doesn’t discuss the surgery, it was recorded before the public announcement, but still interesting listening to it and knowing what was announced not long after.)

Social

High: I took a weekend trip to my hometown, where I still have some friends and family. I had a fantastic visit with my father, delightful meals out with siblings and friends, and a nail polish night with two of my favorite people in the world. (I did not do any nail polishing myself. I am no good at it. They did mine for me, and it was awesome.)

My dog has finally learned to play with other dogs at the dog park, and it is a joy to watch her run with them.

Low: Nada.

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