Dear Diary: July 2015

Happy 35th birthday, Harry Potter! I hope all is well and your scar doesn’t hurt.

I’m feeling GOOD, friends. I am on vacation and OH, HOW I NEEDED IT. It feels like pouring restoration right into my body.

Here’s my July in a handful of pictures.

My basement is coming together, slowly but surely. Sneak peek:

july basement

I cut off A LOT of my hair (5-6 inches, I’d guess):

july haircut

I finished writing the new scenes for my book and got them organized into chronological order:

july calendar 3

july calendar 2

july calendar(Some of those dates probably have 6-10 post-its on them!)

I went on a retreat to Duluth. We watched Divergent and made Dauntless cake:

july dauntless cake

It was marvelous.

One more month till Truest is released.

It might be the vacation speaking, but I feel the best I have since, oh, March or April.

Tell me how you all are! What’s the best thing that happened to you in July??

Eight Themes

I wish I could remember where I read it– I’d have loved to link to the article!– but somewhere around the internet I read the suggestion to boil my novel down into 7-10 major themes and post them where I could easily see them.

As I write Mill City Heroes, these are the themes I keep on my radar in image form (my computer desktop’s background actually!):

themes mch

Clockwise from top left: poppies, winter, feline, slavery/freedom, red, Peter Pan, city (particularly Mill City, i.e. Minneapolis), ravens.

So, are you intrigued? Confused? A little of both?

I can’t wait to tell you more as this novel takes form!