I don't really believe in astronomy, but I do believe that when we are born and events in the universe do affect us (because everything is connected together), and I think Mars Retrograde really messed with me this month, haha. I got into a super major slump midway through April and I couldn't bring myself to do much. It has been a long month. Lots of rain has really brought me down because I'm so beyond ready for nice weather. But actually looking back I did quite a bit and have been moving out of that slump and I'm really happy about the things I did for April!
Okay, so poetry. This month I submitted a chapbook to a contest and should hear back in September about it. It's about a one-in-a-million chance and writing contests are so subjective, but I'm so happy I finally did it.
Yoga was a bit off and on again. I did really good the first two weeks and then fell off the last two. But I also started doing a bit of hiking and (once again) as the weather gets warmer, I'm excited to start doing it more often.
This month I read two books. One was The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. This was in my Kindle recommendations a long time ago and I read the preview and didn't like it, but then a couple months ago I saw it in Powell's in the kids section and--duh, it's a kids book. So I picked it up now knowing it was a children's book and I absolutely loved it. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt and it's not reeeally based in a convincing reality (especially the ending), but if you go into it just taking it as a fun read, I think you'll enjoy it. The second was Sara Baume's new book, A Line Made By Walking, which I had pre-ordered a long time ago. Best mail surprise ever. And like her first book, this one was also so beautiful and poignant and I really identified with the main character. I really hope and can't wait for her next book.
I don't even want to mention New Zealand planning because taxes straight destroyed our savings. So I'm starting from scratch in saving money, but hope is not lost yet.
For my book that I'm writing, April was a great month. I'm getting into a good habit of writing almost every day, no matter how long or short I do it. And I'm almost at 20,000 words which blows my mind. Very happy with how it's starting to shape up.
Other things that happened in April:
- Matt and I took a trip to Bend to see our friend Spencer and it was way too much fun.
- I finished my Into the Woods project which fills my heart with such joy. The project has really meant a lot to me and I am beyond blessed to have been able to create it.
- We went to the Radiohead concert! Matt and mine's relationship had it's humble beginnings listening to Radiohead, so when they came to town, we couldn't pass it up. It was magical. The best concert.
- I also spent most of April planning Matt's surprise birthday party. It was Matrix themed and was a little challenging to put together without him knowing, but last night we celebrated and it was a huge success.
And I think that's all! I can't believe we are already at May. Here's to warm weather, new adventures, and more creative projects.