It was the best of months. It was the worst of months. Seriously, though, September was slam packed, and most of it was awesome!

FIRST THINGS FIRST, it was my birthday! I am officially 24 years old! I celebrated my birthday with friends by going to a bar/arcade with two of my best friends and Chris! I kicked ass at DDR and also played some pinball. I got my butt kicked by a like 10 year old at Mortal Kombat II, and it was great.

While you read this, I’ll be at my parents’ house celebrating with them, my best friend, and my grandma. It will be good, and restful, which is exactly what I need after the last month of ridiculous busy-ness.

 Books I read:

City of Strife by Claudie Arsenault | Talon by Julie Kagawa (DNF) | Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust | Electric Arches by Eve Ewing | Nyxia by Scott Reintgen | The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee | #NotYourPrincess Anthology | Murder, Magic and What We Wore by Kelly Jones | Peter Darling by Austin Chant | Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari |  A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang | Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor | 27 Hours by Tristina Wright | The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera  (DNF) | Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older* |

Posts I Wrote:

Review:: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken | Review:: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust | Review:: Electric Arches by Eve Ewing | Review:: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen | Review:: #NotYourPrincess Anthology | Review:: City of Strife by Claudie Arsenault | Author Interview:: Cal Spivey | Author Interview:: Maria Hollis | Character Interview: Kiko Himura from Starfish | Review:: Murder, Magic and What We Wore by Kelly Jones | Review:: Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari | Review:: Noah the Narwhal by Judith Klausner |

Links I Liked:

Where is the Queer Black Male Voice in YA?Breaking Barriers: Against Restoring Monarchy in Epic Fantasy | The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People | Twitter Pitching Tips | Louis Sachar, the Children’s-Book Author Who Introduced Me to Style | The Author Of “My Immortal” Is Telling Her Truth In Her Upcoming Memoir | Muslim Representation I Want More Of | Saturday Night Author Fever #16 with Miri Castor | How I Use Goodreads | What journalists can do better to cover the disability beat | Loyalty Nearly Killed My Beehive | How to Organize Research Material | Cover Reveal: Front Desk by Kelly Yang | Women aren’t nags – we’re just fed up |

Journalism I Did:

Appeal filed over zoning process for pipeline in Pittsylvania CountyYears after water study, talk begins on cleanup for Birch Creek and Dan River watersheds | Leaders say Danville, Pittsylvania County fiscally sound | New company buys Ringgold solar farm project | Intertape to invest $7M, add positions to Ringgold facility | ‘GO’ group gets going to pump up workforce | Sheriff pushes need of parade, protest ordinance in Pittsylvania County | Police raid apartment in search of shooter | Man shot in chest; marks three Danville shootings this week | County supervisors mull need for code of conduct | County firefighters protest funding shortfall | Funding coming for long-awaited emergency radio towers | Fraud charges come to trial for defunct Danville company | Testimony continues in federal fraud trial in Danville | Blast rocks recycle center in Danville; worker suffers minor injury |

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