Technically, I’m not back from my hiatus yet, but, well, I’ll explain.
I’ve been having this problem with some of the muscles in my face, kinda like an RSI, but it gets worse and gives me bad headaches whenever I do anything that causes a lot of eye motion or anything that causes the muscles to move. So pretty much everything, but especially reading, using the computer (which includes blogging, gaming, and writing), watching TV, drawing—everything I love and am able to do. And if I can be honest with you all, I’m worried that this is something that isn’t going to go away. And this is, of course, on top of chronic illness and my other chronic health issues and the neverending dental disaster that, yes, is still going on.
I know, this post is a real downer. I’m feeling really down right now though. I’d appreciate any good vibes you can send my way. I’m still trying to find a specialist who might be able to help.
So that’s why I haven’t been replying to comments or really visiting blogs. I miss you all. I’ve still been posting because I have a bunch of posts already made (the rest of this post was already put together for July), and because I’ve worked hard on this blog for over four years and was finally getting more views everyday, and I don’t want to give that up if I don’t have to. But I don’t know what’s going to happen yet with my blog.
If you have any suggestions for things I might be able to do to pass the time that don’t require a lot of eye movement or physical exertion, let me know. I’ve also been trying out some accessibility features like screen readers and text-to-speech and narration for Netflix movies, but they’re difficult (and the screen reader I downloaded is free, so probably not the best). You can let me know if you know of anything else. I can use a screen reader for reading comments, so don’t worry.
I do have one piece of art from July. It’s someone holding hands with the monster under the bed.
Nothing this month.
Books I Received for Review:
Moth & Whisper was from Edelweiss. Fortuna Sworn from the author. The others from NetGalley.
Books I Finished:
I got a lot of books read because some of these are children’s picture books, graphic novels, short stories, or audiobooks.
There’s a lot here, so I’ll just mention the standouts. I loved the Baal’s Heart audiobook series by Bey Deckard and really came to love those characters. Sins of the Son, The Last Hope, and The Shotgun Arcana all had fantastic characters and relationships/friendships among them. Spellbound was super cute. Salt Magic, Skin Magic (audiobook) was a bit absurd, a bit intense, and overall great. Moth & Whisper was a fun start to what I think will be a great comic series. Static (audiobook) had such an awesome premise and exploration of gender. Carry On was super cute and I really liked it.
With the exception of one that I had multiple issues with, the rest were not bad and ranged from “ok” to “enjoyable.”
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
I’ve never played the game, but this video cracked me up so much.
In Case You Missed It:
Here are the highlights:
– I talked about July/August 2019 sci-Fi/fantasy book releases to get excited about, in this post and this post.
– I talked about upcoming indie games to get excited about in 2019.
– I shared opening lines of ten different books and asked which was your favorite.
– I reviewed Spellbound by Allie Therin, a super cute m/m historical paranormal fantasy.
– I reviewed Sins of the Son by Christian Baines, a great addition to a m/m urban fantasy series with complex characters and relationships.
– I reviewed Underground by M.N. Arzu, an amazing addition to a merfolk series with lovable characters and adorable family.
– I reviewed Moth & Whisper Vol. 1 by Ted Anderson & Jen Hickman, the first in a cyberpunk comic series with a nonbinary MC.
– I added a page to my blog to help everyone find diverse books easier.
– I reviewed The Last Hope by Krista & Becca Ritchie, an emotional conclusion to a great sci-fi duology.
– I talked about September/October 2019 sci-fi/fantasy book releases to get excited about.