So, great news! I’ve kept to my word! I’m still participating in Formtober, a month-long prompt list, and it’s been a lot of fun. I also finished that book I said I was going to finish.

Then finished another.

And by this time next week will have likely finished another.

This week in creating, I’ve been toying with a lot of sound. As I finish my latest revisions wave on my novel, AUBADE, I guess it’s natural for me to gravitate to another medium.

It’s kind of terrifying, how much time I’ve spent on this manuscript. I mean, it was my obsession as a teenager, but I’d say it only started getting good a couple of years back.

What I did try out this week, though, was something ENTIRELY new.

Or, well, new in concept. I wrote a monologue! And then recorded that monologue! And then produced a backing track for that monologue!

I even made cover art.

Also, because I’m unhinged, I made it take place in the same universe as my digital novel, Freakspotters. Expect a whole post about this thing later on.

I don’t know what it is about my brain, but I just love sticking a bunch of stories in the same universe, so they’re all just vaguely interconnected. So there’re all these little consistencies, continuities, and so on. I joke that I’m being held hostage by my own imaginary worlds, and I guess in a way, I am.

But also, isn’t that just art? These ideas are going to live in my head until I do something with them.

Anyways, here’s the monologue, if you’re inclined to mediocre acting and weird sounds.

Now, as for consumption. I mentioned that I finished two books since my last post, right?

One of them was, thankfully, the new Night Vale book. No spoilers, but wow. WOW!!

And then, I fnished the latest in the Wayward Children series. One of my Internet friends had recommended it to me. I don’t remember the exact pitch, but I was told there were gay, neurodivergent main characters, and that it essentially took place in one of the coolest reimaginings of the portal fantasy ever. It basically asks: when kids fall into magical worlds, have adventures, and come back, what happens after? What if they’d wanted to stay?

And what if kids who wanted to stay all went to a boarding school together?

I’ve read all five books in about two or three months, and if there’s one thing I can say, it’s that more people need to read this stuff.

The worldbuilding is immaculate, the writing is simultaneously gorgeous and hilarious, and every character is a gem. My favourite is probably either Jack, a lesbian mad scientist with OCD, or Sumi, a wacky young woman from a literal Candyland, or Christopher, who went to a magical land of dancing skeletons and wields a flute made of bones.

Seriously. Please read this stuff. It’s gorgeous.

Also, the official art? Also gorgeous. Look at this.

A Travel Guide to the Worlds of Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children Series |  Tor.com

Are you looking at this? Yes? These are in the books. They’re gorgeous.

Also, I want to have conversations with more people about what kind of world they’d end up in. I need more than one person to understand what I mean when I say I’m definitely High Virtue and Logic.

Anyways, I’ll be counting down the days until the next book. And finishing the other book on my nightstand, which you’ll probably be hearing about next week.

Until next time!