Five Photo Friday

Mountain Visits

Happy Friday everyone, hope the week has been gentle with you and you’ve got something nice planned for the days ahead! I’m happy to report that I actually managed to make a journey into the mountains happen on Monday, far up Highway 49 and beyond to Eureka-Plumas State Park. While my husband grew up in the area and had taken a number of field trips to the park, it was my first time visiting and I have to say- although it was small, it was a nice place to visit and one I’m looking forward to returning to in the future.

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Comic Review

Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu

Rating at a Glance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I came across this book while browsing the ARC shelves after work one day- usually I just sort of skim over the YA section out of curiosity more than interest, but when I noticed Marjorie Liu’s name I might have screamed a little in excitement. Everything I’ve read by her (Monstress volumes 1-5 and her short stories) is beautiful and poignant, so of course I jumped at the chance to read this!

It’s very much a work in progress (especially the art), but I’m already invested in this story and it’s characters, and I can’t wait to pick it up again once the book is complete! I laughed, I cried, I got excited for the story and where it’s going, and it even presented some fun twists and turns along the way!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Books on My Fall 2021 TBR List

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! Hope things are going well in your part of the world and that you’re staying safe, sane, and healthy! This week I’m showing off some autumn releases that I’m particularly excited for; including the newest Mary Roach, the next volume of Monstress by Marjorie Liu (swoon), the final volume of Ascender (OMG), and more!

Onward!

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Five Photo Friday

Summer Dies so Softly

Hey guys! It’s hard to believe we’re half way through September already, isn’t it? I feel like the last four months of the year go by so much faster then the first eight, it’s sort of crazy… maybe it’s just because I’m dreading the holiday season a bit, or maybe it’s because my novel is going to have to be read for the first time by someone who isn’t me, and while it’s exciting, it also makes me want to vomit literally everywhere…

Sorry, bad mental image there.

You can tell summer is fading, though it’s still warm. We got our first rain in months last week, while it wasn’t much and didn’t last long, it still felt like pure magic stepping out into it, hearing the soft roll of thunder high above, smelling the damp earth and watching it streak down the windows. I’ve always loved the rain, but living on the west coast… it means so much more then it used to, ya know? It’s a promise, a gift, something to hope for and cherish when it does arrive. I grew up with floods, I never thought I’d wish for that sort of rain again…

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Top Ten Tuesday

Books With Numbers In the Title

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope things are going well for you in your corner of the world. I’m keeping myself busy with work and writing and actually getting a little bit of photography done, too! Though I’ll admit that reading has fallen a bit to the wayside lately. Ironic, considering how many new books I’ve acquired lately- but I just don’t have a ton of time. Maybe someday, but for now I’m getting by with graphic novels and manga, and… you know… fan fiction.

ANYWAY! This weeks topic is book with numbers in their titles, split between titles I have and haven’t read yet. There’s Japanese poetry, Tamsyn Muir (twice), and more below the cut!

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Five Photo Friday

Flowers for You

The smoke has cleared a bit over the last couple of days, and if this trend holds, I’m hoping to get out into the world soon an get the last of the summer flowers before they give way to the doldrums of September. Rain is still a distant dream, and most likely will be for another two months, but hopefully I can find the time and energy to go out and take a ton of pictures (just not today, today was leg day, and my legs are DONE, my friends, done).

Onward!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

Uuugh, I’m going to try really hard to not just put my usual books on here and it’s going to be hard, but you know… who doesn’t love a challenge after only getting 3-4 hours of sleep that was full of nightmares? Right? Right?

Woo!

This weeks topic is all about books that made me smile, which usually means they’re sarcastic or satire in some way, though we do have a handful of gentle books full of fluffy cinnamon rolls who were just a delight to read about. There’s Phoebe Robinson, The Princess Bride, Diana Wynne Jones, and so much more below the cut!

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Five Photo Friday

Memories of Spring

Happy Friday guys! Hope September started off on the right foot for you all. Things are smokey and hot hear in the land of California, and it’s getting harder and harder to escape. As such, I haven’t been able to get out and take new pictures much, but my work schedule is a little less hectic now and I’m hoping it will give me some time to take a day trip high into the mountains or to the coast or somewhere far enough away from all the fires that I can take some descent pictures without inhaling toxic air.

What does this mean for 5PF? It means we’re having to dig back a few months to cooler temps and cleaner air, to a time where it didn’t make me feel ill just going outside. To a time where I was sleeping. When it actually rained.

Tally ho!

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Monthly Wrap Up

August 2021 Wrap Up

Once again I am asking you to tell me where the month has gone. Like… it was just July a second ago, and now it’s nearly September? How? When? Also can I just skip right over the remainder of fire season and get to cooler weather? We’ve been close to having to evacuate once already, and I have to imagine the threat will continue to loom for the next two or three months at least. I want to move to Pennsylvania and have things like rain and fireflies, both of which don’t exist in California.

This month has been crazy productive at least; I’m deep into editing my novel, which has actually proven to be really enjoyable. I love refining and focusing the story, while adding lovely character moments that have made me fall in love with my leads and the supporting cast even more then I already did. Work at the bookstore has been largely enjoyable (if we ignore a few high maintenance/annoying customers), and it’s given me a chance to learn more about photography and Photoshop.

In the wake of this however, reading has taken a bit of a back seat. I have gotten through a handful of graphic novels and little else… as long as you don’t count the long term relationship I’m developing with a particular fanfic author and her pitch perfect stories.

In other news my cat is high maintenance and I could use some more sleep! Woo!

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