Warm and Fuzzy... or Not?

Hello, fellow bipeds, and happy fall. To all those in school, I hope the semester is treating you well. Having learned my lesson from the spring, I’m taking only two classes, which has given me time to take up a long forgotten pastime: crocheting! I’m working on a sweater pattern that I’m hoping will serve me well soon as the colder temperatures approach.

I'm learning as I grow older that tactile projects help me process and stay sane during high stress periods of time. Taking time to just progress on a tangible project centers me, helps me regroup, and enables me for a second wind.

But now for the fun part! As I haven't done much movie going, Preston and I have been slowly working through Borderlands 3 **excited gurgles inserted here**, and the fall TV lineup has barely begun, this post shall be libro-centric.

Book Adventures:

September saw me finishing up two books with my good reading pal and fellow book dragon, Deborah Brannon. I love having a friend that, no matter what is happening in our lives, we fight the tide with the adventure of reading. If you in the writer's community haven't yet had the fortunate chance of getting to know her, I highly advise it, because her creative brain is amazing.

The first book that we finished -- or rather began -- our sojourn was Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.(By the way, Susan is doing a choose your own adventure Twitter thread that is highly addicting, and you should start voting on the fate of hive Winnie before it's over.) This book proved a solid first book in a fantasy series -- the magic system was well established, and we encountered a dynamic cast of characters. The fact that I have to wait until the next book to find out what happens between Safi, Merik, Aeduan, and Iseult is... well, it makes me wish that a typical day held more hours just for reading. Some of the pacing made following the plot hard to follow for me in the beginning, but once the main story got underway, all the aspects of this story shone like multi-faceted gems. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the journey once we get through our planned lineup.

And part of our planned lineup also included the culmination of the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake, Five Dark Fates. To get the mundane parts out of the way first, I will say that at times the pacing was a little disjointed. For instance, I read two dialogue paragraphs, and it took a double take to realize that the scene had changed between those two paragraphs. That being said... I have to give a million and a half props to Kendare Blake to writing a beautiful end to an exquisitely constructed series. Mirabella, Katherine, and Arsinoe became women that wanted to know -- that I wanted to understand better. They surrounded themselves by a dynamic cast of characters that made every turn a shocking yet pleasant surprise. It didn't end at all how I was expecting it, though the entire series kept me guessing throughout, so I don't know that I would have anticipated such a surprising yet satisfying ending. I'm glad that Preston made the passing joke that it was "Battle Royale with queens". It was that... but so much more.

As I want anyone first encountering these books to make their own journey, I don't like to give too much away, so I'll leave you on that cliffhanger. The month of October has Deborah and I diving into Garth Nix's newest venture, Angel Mage. I can't tell you how excited I am to read this. Hopefully, I have good news the next time we meet. Or, I may have new thoughts on the final season of The Good Place! **cue uncontrollable sobbing** Either way, may your October adventure be a good one!

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