February. Get ink. Shed tears.

Or another translation of this post’s title:

February, pick up your pen and weep,
Write poems about February in sobs and ink,
While thunder booming in the background
Is burning in the black of spring.

-Boris Pasternak

Regina Spektor’s song “Après Moi” introduced that poem to me (in its original Russian) and it is all things beautiful and lovely. Check out other translations of the full poem here and here.

This Month in Writing

February underscored for me the difficult knowledge that with each book, you sort of have to learn how to write a novel all over again. Each one is different and presents unique challenges. You’re always learning, and hopefully you don’t make the same mistakes each time, but there are always new mistakes to make.

My “surprise” (to me) novella, Angelborn, will be off to the copy editor in mere days. This last draft was rough going, and I wasn’t sure I was going to make my deadline for much of the month, but last weekend brought with it the gift of six+ inches of snow, so I hunkered down in front of the fireplace with my laptop and busted it out.

I’m also really excited about Earthsinger 2… Darvyn and Kyara’s story has been making me super emotional – too many feels for one book!

This Month in Listening

I discovered the group Ibeyi and fell in love with their sound. Check out this video to get some of their funky cool twin weirdness in your life:

This Month in Watching

Sleepy Hollow had its problems, bit it was a consistently entertaining show that I really looked forward to each week. And, they get the award for best season finale in a long time! I hope they get a third season.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming back next week, but really for me it’s all about 12 Monkeys. It always delivers wibbly wobbly timey wimey goodness with the occasional paradox and some fairly interesting characters. Loving it!

I’m quite sure this weekend will be filled with binge watching House of Cards season 3. I also have to work in a re-watch of Twin Peaks at some point this year to prepare myself for the upcoming new series. My high school life was defined by three shows: Twin Peaks, The X Files and My So Called Life. This is slightly odd since according to the Internet I hadn’t actually started high school when Twin Peaks aired. It doesn’t seem like the sort of show appropriate for an eighth grader, but maybe that explains a few things about me… Hmmm. (Sidenote: I read Toni Morrison’s Beloved in sixth grade and did a book report on it. I need to ask my mom what, exactly, was going on in the parental supervision department…)

This Month in Reading

In preparation for my workshop with David Anthony Durham next month at the Hurston Wright Writer’s Weekend, I’m currently ensconced in AcaciaI’m 47% in, and I adore this novel. It certainly puts the epic in epic fantasy. My Kindle told me it would take 12 hours to finish which is mind boggling. I read extremely fast. I’m used to wrapping up an average length book in 4 or 5 hours tops – maybe because I skim the boring parts – but there’s nothing to skim here and I’m exercising my under-utilized patience muscles.

This Month in Fur

Sterlyng found a new pillow:

Not sure this is the ergonomically correct way to type…

A photo posted by Leslye (@lpenel) on

And Saybl is recovering nicely from last month’s illness. You can’t keep a good pit bull down!

Sabyl after playing in the snow
Sabyl after playing in the snow

So, how did February treat you? Let me know in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “February. Get ink. Shed tears.

  1. You should drop that friend who introduced you to 12 Monkeys. She’s obviously so jealous of your writing that she got you hooked on that show to take away writing time from your epic books;-P

  2. Okay…so, I just watched the Ibeyi video. I hadn’t heard of them before. Oddly beautiful, slightly spooky, cool. Goodness! And good luck with the edits. I know how brutal they can be. And I stopped watching Sleepy Hollow after season 1. I need to get caught up!

    1. The Ibeyi album is really good as well! Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow was a bit uneven, but I still really liked it. Thanks!!

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