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I'm going to skip my usual monthly books review, and dedicate an entire post to my favourite series, The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. The last book, Return of the Thief, came out last Tuesday, and it took me a record of 1.5 days to finish it.
I took a short break from translating my novel and made some artwork. I was actually hesitant to take a break, because the translation for the last few chapters have gone really well. I felt like I didn't stumble as often over little words, thanks to the vocabulary I've learned while working on the previous chapters. I also learned to manage my time better.
I spent much of this month feeling like I was in a book slump, so it's a little surprising to see that I managed to finish 5 books. But I think the slumpy feel was due to the fact that, with the exception of Toy Box, I wasn't really into any of the books I read.
I started July with some heavy nonfiction books, but partway through, I picked up some middle-grade novels for levity. These were the ones I ended up finishing within the month.
At the beginning of the month, I sat down and started the first ever Tagalog draft of my story, The Malicious Wind. In the last year, I've been trying to hone my Tagalog skills by reading a lot more in this language. So while I didn't think the translation process would be smooth sailing, I thought I could churn out perhaps a chapter a night of translations.
It was crunch time at work last month, so most of the reading I did were lighter -- I stuck mostly to manga.
I forgot to write this post at the beginning of the month, but better late than never, right?
I know it's only been one week since I released, but I think it's good to let you all know what I'll be up to for the rest of the year. I have been planning my next steps even before the release, so might as well share the plan, right?
I feel like Sano is a good character to discuss right now, because he's the type that can pull through difficult challenges without losing his spirit. He's someone that I personally find inspirational during these uncertain times.
Ah, I am so excited to finally be able to share my novel with you all! It's been a long time coming, but I can finally say that it's officially done.