Saturday, January 26, 2019

First Step into the New Year: Monthly Wrap-up and Update

A year is like a staircase. The staircase has twelve steps, and each of those steps takes you someplace new. Sometimes that means the slightest change in temperature, and sometimes it means a portal-like thrust into a new setting. Either way, eventually you get to the twelfth step, and before you know it you're at the base of yet another staircase, trying but failing to gaze far enough up to see what's at the top.

But the analogy doesn't end there. With each step, each set of steps, you're climbing higher and higher and higher. Sometimes it feels like you're gliding, or taking two at a time rather than one, but even when it feels like you're tumbling DOWN the stairs instead of ascending them, you're still going up. You're still making it over each step to the next one, and then over to the next one, and so on and so forth...

And the more you climb, the stronger your muscles become.

Here, at the end of January 2019, all of us have taken this year's first step and are now preparing for the second. But this month was rather exciting, so before we go any further, let's take a moment to recap. :D


Books to Read in 2019: Recommendations from the RW Team

In which each of us gives you a clean (or nearly clean) reading rec! These are some of our favorite books, compiled in a nifty list for your 2019 TBR. ;)

In which Melissa Gravitis provides some beautiful writer-ly encouragement. It's a reminder we all need sometimes. You are not alone. <3 

In which Catherine puts her foot down about the importance of the "fairy tales of old," backing her points with powerful quotes from renowned historical figures.

We have lots of exciting/epic content planned for the next few months, and we're looking forward to sharing it all with you. However, we are still open to guest posts and would love to receive, review, and quite possibly feature your work here on the blog! Apply to contribute HERE (scroll down to the "Orator" section). We're also - and particularly - in search of book scout reviews, so if you're interested in that, all the simple info concerning how to be a book scout is on the same page as previously linked. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Gray Marie changed her blog title to Sunshine and Joy. Click to read her most recent post, and maybe leave her a sunshine-y comment!

Faith Thompson wrote a personal, emotional, and extremely encouraging reflection post called Free Indeed.

Nicole Ann wrote an awesome, in-depth review for a book called How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat.

Several friends have participated in Liv K. Fisher's Language of Worlds Link-Up #4, including Melissa Gravitis and Nicki Chapelway. Click to read about their novels - they sound amazing!


It's almost February. For many of us, that means it's cold outside. Spring and warmer temperatures can seem excruciatingly far away. But no matter how wintry you might feel on the outside, don't let beginning-of-the-year blues quench that fire in your soul. Keep writing and reading, living and breathing, with that blazing passion in your heart not to conform to the low standards of this world.

It's going to be a great year!


  1. Yes! I love this wrap-up, Lila! I really enjoyed reading comparison of the year to steps, it really fits!

    1. Thanks, Clare! The analogy came to me almost on a whim, actually... XD

  2. I love that analogy! Great wrap up :)