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March Summary

Hello! I hope that wherever you are, you are getting some nice spring weather! Whether it's rain or shine - spring has something for everyone it seems (at least here in Oregon). Here is my summary for the month!

Words Written This Month:

1155. I know it's not a lot. Work deadlines have been...well. A lot. So I've been working through lunch, and focusing my evenings and weekends on fun easygoing things. I finished my outline for Act 3 though, and I'm excited for Camp NaNoWriMo next month, so writing numbers should be up!

Books read this month (follow me on Goodreads for full reviews):

I am happy to report that I've picked up the pace in my reading, and this was a diverse month too!

I loved that I read this in its original 6 part format. I had read the first 4 and then for some reason.. just stopped? I don't even know why. But reading it in serial format meant I didn't have to start from the beginning again, I could read the recap in the beginning of the book to get myself back up to speed. This story is wonderful. It's a different kind of horror for sure - a haunting, strange, beautiful horror.

This was the bookclub book this month. I liked the world building and I could tell the politics and social norms and everything were well thought out - I just think it was a little over my head. I haven't read a lot of sci-fi so reading something that is so 'high sci-fi' was tough for me (just like high fantasy is), but I learned that this author also has a collection of short stories and I really wanna check those out.

This one is sort of a cheat since at the time of writing this, I haven't finished it - but I only have one chapter left and I read in bed so I will finish it while it is technically still March :) I really liked this book. The chapter on the T-Rex was like a smart love letter to the dinosaur (and my favorite dinosaur). There's a lot of info packed into this book and sometimes it can feel a little dense, but overall I really do think this book is accessible and is a must for adults like me who never grew out of their dinosaur really. I LOVE dinosaurs - I'm in my 30s and have a dinosaur themed bathroom.

Video Games:

I finished Five Nights at Freddy's 1! I also finished the 6th night, but I didn't do 20/20/20 mode. I'm not that much of a completionist. As of writing this, I started Five Nights at Freddy's 2 and am on night 3.

I also finished this game! I really liked it. It felt like Tim Burton meets Studio Ghibli meets Laika was definitely not something I had seen or experienced before. I thought the story was really interesting - scary but in a whimsical sort of way. I liked that there was no dialog or context - it just sort of let you do that on your own and come up with your own world surrounding what you see in the game (although Little Nightmares II is a prequel I guess so it will be cool to see how my own thoughts compare to that). The enemies were definitely scary and for someone like me who doesn't play a lot of video games, the boss fights were difficult (and sometimes frustrating), but beatable.

For those unfamiliar with this game - it's a puzzle-platformer. You play as a little girl named Six, who must escape the Maw - a ship like vessel full of twisted weird beings. There are statues to break and gnomes to hug and if you were to do all of that, I'm sure there are achievements you could unlock - but again, I'm not much of a completionist.

Here are some screenshots. This game is spooky and beautiful.

Other Highlights:

I'm afraid I don't really have any right now. Work has been a lot so that's taken most of my focus. However, my SO is out of town currently so I've resorted to making paper hats for my cat.

She loves it.

Until next time!

B. Strong &;

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