10 WEBTOONS for You to Check Out

Hi guys! This is just a really quick post coming at you (and the last day of the month no less 😅) since I’ve been working behind the scenes on big stuff happening for my book release. Stay tuned for that!

But for now, I’ve really been reading WEBTOONS a lot lately (more than reading actual books, frankly), and there are just so many good ones, I had to share some of them with you guys.

Matchmaker Hero

cute art style | absolutely hilarious | romance | aliens | sarcasm | general mayhem

The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn

weirdly delightful | spooky | ghosts | quintessentially British | complex narrative | gorgeous art

House of Stars

whimsical | magical | beautiful illustrations | adventurous | fairytale-esque | Studio Ghibli-esque

Raining Knives

heart-wrenching | emotional | crime | mysterious | haunting | brother relationship

Third Shift Society

paranormal happenings | detectives | magical | adulthood | weird but fun | urban fantasy

Ctrl+Z

will mess with you | insane | gripping | thought-provoking | clever | almost dystopian

Death of a Pop Star

hilarious | unique | pop star life | but also death | romance | fun art style

Live With Yourself!

bizarre in the best way | mind-bending | goofy | surprisingly complex | playful art style | chaotic

Bluechair

slice-of-life | cartoony art style | relatable | laugh-out-loud funny | weird | comforting

Relatable Doodles

adorable | frogs | life | but seriously frogs | cuteness overload | majorly relatable

This was definitely not my usual type of blog posts, but I’m really busy working on stuff for my book coming out this summer, so I hope you can forgive the chaotic-ness of this post. 😂 Have you read any of these? Do you have any other WEBTOONS or online comics that you would recommend?

The March Muchness Blog Tag! // hosted by Christine Smith + others

Hey guys! I’m back this month with another tag, and I’m very excited to get into it because it was created by the lovely Christine Smith with the help of eleven other fantastic bloggers listed in the featured image above. Go give them all some love, and let’s jump right into March Muchness!

List six impossible things you’d love to do – wild and crazy answers 100% welcome!

  • I would love to visit the lost city of Atlantis. It’d be so cool to see all the fish and maybe a mermaid or two!
  • I’d like to sprout wings for a few days, fly around and explore the forest. Fairies have always enchanted me, so I’d love to be one for a while.
  • I think it’d be neat to be a superhero. I’ve always had a deep desire to help people, and being a superhero would make it so easy to help others with impossible things!
  • I’ve always liked the idea of traveling back in time. I’d love to see what life was like in the 1800s, 1700s, or even 1600s. It would be so fascinating having a broader view of time.
  • I would totally love to have telekinesis. You would not BELIEVE the amount of times I’ve wished I could grab something or turn something off that is out of reach. It would be so helpful.
  • I would love to live in a world with a little dash of magical realism. What would it be like if simple magic was just another fundamental element of our world? It would make life a lot more interesting, that’s for sure…

What is a topic that grew curiouser and curiouser the more you studied/researched it?

I have this really niche interest in defunct, abandoned, and old amusement parks, attractions, animatronics, and rides. I stumbled on a YouTube video one day (by Defunctland, actually), and I was immediately intrigued. Twenty videos later, I was hooked. There’s something, eerily fascinating and weirdly nostalgic about old theme park lore.

If you could invite three fictional characters to a tea party, who would they be?

I would choose three people who I was sure would get along, so there wouldn’t be any weapons drawn or fights broken out. Based on my previous 5-star reads, a tea party with Jonathan Strange from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Jeremiah Goodbye from What Blooms from Dust, and Angel from Dark is the Night would be a real interesting time. 🙂

Which Wonderland character do you feel you’re the most like?

I could see myself as the Dormouse. Always halfway asleep, haha. “You might just as well say that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!”

If you could drink a magic potion that changed one thing about you, what would it be?

I think I would be scared to change anything about myself, honestly. Well, maybe I would settle my mind to keep it from buzzing all the time. Teach it to calm down once in a while! Give myself a quieter brain. Goodness knows that would be nice when I’m trying to fall asleep at night and all I can think of is that random, embarrassing thing I did 10+ years ago…

How IS a raven like a writing desk?

I think the real question is how ISN’T it?

If you were to make an enemy of Father Time, what time in the day would you choose to repeat?

Late morning, like 10:00-11:00 is one of my favorite times of the day, so I wouldn’t be too upset if I had to live forever in that period. It’s just so nice and peaceful, the day has begun, but isn’t quite in full swing. And the sun is out (well…usually) but it’s not the heat of the afternoon yet. It’s a nice time.

If you fell down a rabbit hole, what would the land you pop into look like?

I think it would be an upside down world, since underground is kind of just the reverse of above ground. Trees that grow from the sky, and birds that pitter-patter on the ground. Everything would be topsy-turvy, but it would make sense if you really looked at it. It’d be a weirdly pleasant place.

If you could have the body of one type of creature and the head of another (for example, the Mock Turtle has the body of a turtle and the head of a calf), what would that combination be and why?

Oof. I like being a human, thank you very much. 😂 But I guess if I had to choose, I’d like to be a mermaid or a centaur. It’d be fun to be able to swim well underneath the waves, but it’d also be fun to be able to gallop and run with the wind in your hair. Or, ooh, have you seen those bird women, with the head of a lady and the body of a sparrow? I don’t know…

Have you read or written anything stylistically close to Alice in Wonderland? Tell us about it.

Alice in Wonderland has such a distinctly whimsical and improbable style that I don’t think I could replicate properly if I tried. But I have delved a bit into weird fiction. A while ago, I wrote a short story about a guy working at DQ who encounters three strange, unearthly visitors, who actually turn out to be shapeshifters. It was a fun exercise, and it had that eeriness and otherness that I get from AiW.

If you could either be as tall as a tree or as small as a mouse for an hour, which would you choose and what would you do?

I would definitely rather be small. I could sneak into so many places! And explore things from a new perspective. It would be so fascinating seeing everything from such a tiny point of view. I think it would make me think differently about things, and it would definitely spark some story ideas!

If you could give your younger or future self one piece of Very Good Advice, what would it be?

If I could give my younger self one piece of Very Good Advice, it would be:

Don’t be so afraid.

I was the nervous, anxious tween and teen who had a mini heart attack when I got invited to a sleepover. I had a really hard time making friends because I didn’t trust anyone and I thought everyone didn’t like me and thought I was weird.

Being older now, I see that just isn’t true. I still have trust issues, and I still have anxiety, but I would try to drill into my younger self’s brain: stop being afraid. Of everything. Of people. Of relationships. Of life. It’s not always going to be so hard, and you need to realize that this is such a small, small portion of your existence. It’ll be okay.

Wow, I didn’t expect to get so personal there. Now that you know my deepest, darkest secrets… 😅

Well, that’s the tag! These were such fun questions! I’m glad I got my answers in before March is over. I’d love to know how you would answer these questions! Let me know down below!

my bucket list

Hi guys! I thought I would go with a simpler type of post this month, and because I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do in life, I’m going to share my bucket list with you! Maybe we share some aspirations, who knows 🙂

see Stonehenge

This is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was just a kid. There’s just something so mysterious and intriguing about it, set against a dreamy English countryside. Kind of ties into another dream of mine…

visit England

But wouldn’t it be fun?? Visit a nice little town, explore old ruins, all that good stuff? My vision of the place may be a bit glamorized, but I still think it’d be a neat place to see in person.

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see the Colosseum

Again, I love the idea of old ruined buildings. There’s so much history behind them, and seeing them in all their splendor is such an enticing thing to me. Plus Europe just seems like such an interesting place.

go on a road trip across the entire USA

Apparently, there is a predetermined route that you can take that will lead you through all of the states and one of the greatest things about that state (barring Hawaii and Alaska). Yes please!

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visit a castle

I don’t know of any castles in the US, so I’d probably be heading off to Europe again (can you tell I wanna see Europe? XD). But just imagine: ruined or still functioning, seeing such an incredible building would be fantastic, no?

go to Disney World

So I’ve basically wanted to visit Disney World ever since I knew it existed. But it’s just so darn expensive! I haven’t given up hope yet though. One day, maybe, I’ll get to visit the so-called “happiest place on earth.”

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visit the biggest library in the world

There’s debate if the British Library or the Library of Congress is considered the largest library in the world, but I would honestly take either. I can’t even imagine being surrounded by so many books. It would be amazing.

be an extra in a movie

Come on. You can’t tell me you’ve never while watching a Marvel movie thought about how cool it would be to be a person in the crowd. Maybe that’s just me, but if it weren’t for how terrifying California is I would totally love to be in a movie scene.

record my own album

I’ve actually thought about doing this seriously quite a few times, but I’ve just never been able to pull all the necessary resources together for it to actually be good, you know? It’d be neat to rent a recording studio for a little bit and create something cool, but I imagine that would probably be a bit over my price range XD

be part of a flashmob

You might not know this about me, but I love dancing, particularly square and swing dancing. I’ve always thought it’d be SO much fun to be a part of a huge group dance, surprising people out on the streets.

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meet a celebrity

This is one of those things that would be cool in retrospect. Being able to say you met a hero from an iconic movie would be such a cool thing to tell your children.

go to a drive-in movie

This seems like such a simple thing, but I’ve never actually done it. It’d be really fun, especially if there was a fun old movie showing, like a classic Disney movie, or an old black & white film.

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pay a stranger’s bill at a restaurant

It always feels amazing when you’re able to help people in a big way, and I’ve always wanted to do something cool like this. That or tipping a waiter a $100 bill.

be one of the voices in an animated movie or full-cast audiobook

Voice acting has always been a profession that I look up to. It takes a lot of talent and hard work to be able to do it, and I’ve always thought it would be so cool to tell someone that I was the voice of their favorite character in a movie or TV show. Same with audiobooks too. A good narrator/cast can totally immerse you in the story.

own a grand piano

A life-long dream of mine, ha. There are some really neat-looking ones that would look so cool in a sitting room or music room. Plus they sound sooo nice.

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Well, there you go, a little peek into my bucket list. Would you want to do any of these things? Have you done them already? Please, tell me all about it in the comments!

graduation reflection (+ gifs)

Wow, does this feel weird or what. I feel like I haven’t actually written a post for fun in such a long time…two years, actually…

Yeah, I graduated.

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It’s kind of weird, because I feel like so much has changed, and at the same time, everything hasn’t. I started in August of 2019, and the first semester was good. If you don’t know, I was studying to be a graphic designer, so in that first semester I kinda felt like I was hit with everything all at once. I took classes like coding and computer graphics, as well as more design-related stuff like typography and color theory, and “graphic visualization” (which is just fancy for “drawing”). The HTML and CSS class took the hardest toll on me. I was starting to realize that college was going to be a challenge, which I was excited for, but also terrified for.

But I made it. And second semester was a lot of the same stuff, just advanced. Learning all about the Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), was fun, if stressful. Photography and psychology were surprisingly nice breaths of fresh air in the stress that was learning how to use the Adobe interfaces (seriously…I still feel like I don’t understand everything Adobe has to offer 😳).

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literally me

I had a nice summer break, and then I was back at it again. Third semester was more advanced web design, photography, and business. I learned a little bit of animation (I suck at it lol), and I took a short story class for fun. We got to read famous short stories and talk about them, and it was kinda like a little book club. I liked it.

This last semester has probably been both the easiest and hardest. My portfolio class–the culmination of all that had learned–was a HUGE learning experience, I’ll tell you what. But I had fun creating it, and I’m happy with it. Since the portfolio class was such a major thing, the other classes I took were less intense. I took a Microsoft Excel class (a bit boring, but it’s nice to know how to use the program now), a social media class (yes, this is real, and it was a lot of fun), an art class (art history is weird), and, my favorite, a creative writing class! It was so, so nice to be able to write and have it actually count as school.

Because that’s really what I missed most in school: writing. I feel like I haven’t had a real, productive writing session since I started college. It’s kind of sad…

But I’m back! And I’m working on some big projects. I’ve been writing everyday (which feels amazing; you’ll never know what you miss until it’s gone), and…*glances both ways and whispers* I’m going to self-publish my Ink Press trilogy.

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YES. I’ve finally decided. Self-publishing is the best option for me. And okay, it means a lot of work and hiring an editor and a cover designer* but I’m willing to take that leap. If all goes well (hopefully I’ll be financially stable soon *nervous smile*), I’d like to publish the first book towards the end of this year or early 2022. We’ll see. It’s a big “if.”

*I considered doing this myself, and I’m still kind of debating, since that’s literally what I want to specialize in with graphic design, but…for some reason it feels weird? It’d be like self-editing my book. I could do it…but I feel like I’m too close to the story to think logically 😂

How will I become financially stable, you may be wondering?

I…I don’t really know yet 😅

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I’m currently working with my uncle’s roofing company as a website manager and ad designer, which is nice. I’m working on starting an Etsy shop (selling stickers!) which will hopefully be up soon (aka whenever I can afford it 😅)

There’s still a lot of unknowns, which is kind of terrifying. But I’m confident that the Lord is going to guide me and complete a good work in me. I don’t know what that looks like yet, but I’m excited to find out.

WOW have I missed you guys! Tell me, what have you been up to for the past two years?! I’m hopefully going to be blogging 1-2 times a month, so this isn’t the last you’ll hear from me. Lemme tell you, I have like a dragon-size horde of ideas that have been in the back of my mind for months. I can’t wait to share them with you! It’s good to be back 😊

The 2020 Silmaril Awards: Nominate…The Strangest Characters You Know (CLOSED!)

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(Thank you for all of your nominations! The voting round will begin soon!)

Hello my friends! I am incredibly excited to announce that the 2020 Silmaril Awards have come upon us!

And this year I am quite pleased that I will be hosting the Strangest Characters ceremony! I will be interesting, to say the least, and I can’t wait to see who appears in the comments below!

Now, remember, the strangest character is someone who is… quite strange. Perhaps not at first glance, or perhaps at very first glance. They stand out from the crowd, in either a good way or a bad way. They aren’t quite like anyone else. They have eccentricities people find downright odd. But maybe they have a heart of gold, hidden under all that strangeness. Or perhaps a heart of coal…Whatever the case may be, these characters are always entertaining!

A few rules before you scamper down to the comment section:

  • NO Lord of the Rings characters. Most of them will be presenting the award winners, and, well, how awkward would it be to accept your own award?
  • No previous winners. If you don’t know who those previous winners, check it out on our site!
  • Only fantasy characters are available for nomination. If a solid argument can be made for a certain book or series that you think is technically in the fantasy genre…we’ll allow it (such as The Lunar Chronicles).
  • Be sure to mention which book/series the characters are from. Us mods consider ourselves fantasy experts extraordinaire… but we haven’t read every single fantasy book out there. It really helps us out!
  • Nominate and second as many characters as your dragon-loving heart desires. All you have to do is comment down below! The top 5 MOST seconded characters will go on to the final round, so seconding is important!
  • Authors are NOT allowed to vote for their own characters. But you can definitely encourage your fans to vote for them!

And be sure to nominate your favorite characters in all the other wonderful categories too!

We also have a super epic bookstagram challenge going on right now, so be sure to participate and include our hashtag #silmarilawards2020 so we can all see your amazing photos!

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And guess what else? We are holding an awesomely amazing Rafflecopter giveaway for all you lovely folks! You could win goodies, books, or even a $50 Book Depository gift card! How awesome is that?! Follow this link to put your name in the raffle, as well as complete some other fun assignments for more entries!

Now be off with you! The nominations round is open Aug. 31st to Sep. 4th, so go forth and nominate!

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Life Update // Busy Summer!

Hey guys! I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things lately with blogging, reading, writing, all that good stuff, and I thought I’d just give a little update on what’s been happening in my life at the moment.

Life

I decided to be a missionary this summer. Yeah. That happened. It kind of came out of nowhere? But I felt a really strong need to serve in that way this summer, so here I am. XD I’m not going anywhere exciting. No leaving the country for me. I’m going to be doing local stuff, teaching in towns close to me where I’m sent.

I went through a two week training process where I learned how to teach Bible stories to young kids. I got to meet a lot of really neat people and it was a really great experience. It was a lot of work. I came home exhausted every night and by the time the two weeks were over, I was basically dead. That was almost a week ago that I finished the training, and I am STILL tired. XD

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But I think teaching this summer is going to be a really amazing experience and I can’t wait to see what God uses me to do.

Writing

I’ve been writing again! YAY! I really didn’t write all that much the past few months, and then missionary training came up and I had zero time for that. Coming back to it feels like coming home, honestly. Not to be sappy or anything, but it really does. 🙂 I’ve had a lot of new ideas simmering in my head and I REALLY want to get them down on paper. But they kinda have a tendency to just live up in my head for waaay longer than I want them to…

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me whenever i try to write ANYTHING down because my brain doesn’t work

I’ve also been querying to literary agents. So far, I have gotten…6 rejections. It’s kind of weird, I’m actually enjoying the rejection at this point. Like, I’m anticipating it, and then when I get the letter, it’s like…a rush of adrenaline, for some reason? Maybe I’m crazy. XD But nevertheless, I’m keeping on. And lately, self-publishing has been in the back of my mind too. It’s not what I’ve always dreamed of, but it’s always an option.

Reading

I haven’t been reading like I want to lately. 😦 It’s been so busy (and chaotic) for me, and I’ve been having to choose between a lot of things. This or that. And right now, it’s been reading or writing. And it’s probably not right to choose between those two, because they are supposed to go hand-in-hand…but that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m ashamed.

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I have read a couple good books this year though! I plan to have a review for one I absolutely ADORED up on Goodreads as soon as I can. (Here’s a hint: It’s electrical. 😀 )

So there’s a little peek into my life lately. How has your summer been faring? Any vacations planned? Writing projects you want to conquer? Let me know down below!

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Life Update // Quarantine Sucks!

Wowza. It’s been quite a while since I posted. Had to dust off the old monitor, brush off the keys, and hope that all of my friends haven’t abandoned me. XD

As I’m sure absolutely everyone knows, the world’s going through a bit of turmoil currently. Millions and millions of people are sitting at home, going insane from lack of sunshine and fresh air (oh, that’s just me?) The Virus™ is causing quite a panic and I’m really, really sick of hearing the word…*coronavirus*…EVERYWHERE. You have no idea. I want to bash my head into the wall any time I hear or see that word.

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So I have abundant amounts of free time, what with college being placed on hold, and I’ve been trying to entertain myself from the confines of my home (which you wouldn’t think would be too hard, being an introvert and all, but WOW it’s actually really hard).

So, to fight the boredom and utter insanity of it all, I’ve devised a list of 15 things to do while stuck at home.

1. Read

Now’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on the million unread books lying on your shelves! At one point, I was in the middle of reading 5 different books…wouldn’t recommend that.

2. Write

It’s kind of hard to feel motivated to do anything during this time, but writing is a great distraction from all the craziness going on outside. I’ve made some great progress in a few story ideas of mine, and hey, look at me, I’m blogging again!

3. Video Games

I love playing video games, but I always feel guilty about playing them when I could be doing something more productive. Well, with more hours available in the day, now I can play freely without being crushed by guilt! XD A couple games I suggest that really suck you in would be Terraria (yeah, I’m old), Omensight, Portal, and Undertale. Probably not Plague Inc. though…a bit too soon.

4. Watch

As with video games, I never really felt like I had time to watch movies or TV shows. But now that I have nothing to do, I can enjoy some screen time. I watch so many cartoons (Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated is actually really good, shockingly), but I’ve been experimenting with some live-action shows too, like A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Office and Parks and Rec is always good too.

5. Learn Something New

Maybe you want to feel a bit more productive and not have your face glued to a screen all day. Understandable. So how about learning something? I’ve been getting into animation recently (even though I can’t draw), and I’ve been learning a lot about onion-skinning, layers, and coloring. Duolingo is a great app for learning new languages, and Mimo is a lovely app used to learning coding. There are a lot of great resources out there, you just have to pick an interest.

6. Games

I’m not talking about video games. I’m talking board games. Card games. Games to play as a family and laugh and forget about your troubles for a while. LIFE, Apples to Apples, and Clue are always fun. If you’re just playing with yourself, solitaire is a fun one that gets your brain working.

7. Discord

Discord has been such a great thing in that it makes it so easy to talk to people without physical interaction. It’s not quite the same as being face-to-face, but it’s better than nothing, and you can send each other funny memes. So. I mean, why not?

8. Clean

It’s spring cleaning time, and that means going through your room and throwing stuff away! I seriously couldn’t believe how cluttered my room had become before my Dad pointed it out to me and helped me spruce things up. It made a world of difference and helped improve my mood immensely.

9. Chill With a Pet

It’s scientifically proven that sitting with a dog or cat can improve your health. If you don’t have a pet…I mean, I guess stuffed animals work too?

10. Music

Music can get you through a lot of hard times. So be sure to play it all the time, sing out loud, and dance like nobody’s watching. Because no one is. Because you’re in quarantine. XD In all seriousness, I’ve discovered some great new artists just by browsing Spotify and YouTube.

11. Cook/Bake

Food makes everything better. Homemade food is the pinnacle of the human existence. Make it often. Get creative (especially since the grocery store probably doesn’t have half the things you need). Just don’t get frustrated and end up creating a massive explosion of butter in your microwave. (Yes, I have experience.)

12. Exercise

Now more than ever exercise is incredibly important in keeping healthy and happy. It doesn’t have to be strenuous. Just go for a walk. Run on a treadmill. Dance to some music. Even host your own indoor Olympics (it’s a lot of fun, really).

13. Grow Closer to the Lord

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It’s a gloomy, hard time right now, and I believe that the Lord puts us through hardships in order to make us stronger. Pray without ceasing, morning, noon, and night. Read your Bible daily. Do a devotional with your family and/or friends. And read some good Christian non-fiction. I recommend Morning and Evening Devotionals by Charles Spurgeon, and The Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley. They’re both really, really good.

14. Write Letters

Snail mail is a dying art form that I think we should resurrect. Send your friends and family handwritten letters. Maybe include some cute origami in the envelope too.

15. Podcasts

This is a recent interest of mine. There are so many informative, funny podcasts out there, and they can be listened to while you do pretty much any kind of mindless work. I listen to them while I’m exercising or cleaning. It makes the time go by so much quicker. One podcast I really love right now is The Create Unknown. It’s a laid-back, conversational format where the hosts bring in different creators, specifically YouTubers, and discuss how they got to where they are now. It’s really interesting.

There you go, some ideas to keep you busy. It’s been a wild couple of months for me, and now all this virus business is enough to tip me over the edge, to be honest. XD How are all of you bloggers doing? I’ve been trying to keep up with everyone. What do you think of this COVID-19 mess? Let me know!

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A Little Update (I’m Not Dead!)

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Hello guys! Wow…it’s been quite a while…Do you even remember me? Do I even remember me…?

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Anywho, this post is just a little update, half an explanation of why I’m not posting, like, at all, and half an update of what’s happening in my life.

Well, to begin, the short answer to both of those questions is:

College.

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Yeah, college is kind of taking up a lot of my time…more time than I anticipated it would. Which is really sad, because I haven’t had the time to really write, read, blog, or do any of the things I really want to do.

I’m going to an online school, so I’m able to set my own hours and work at my own pace, which is really nice for me, but it also means I tend to…overwork myself sometimes. Still trying to find a good balance between regular life and school. XD

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But aside from it taking up my entire life, I’ve actually been enjoying it a lot. I’m majoring in graphic design, so that means designing websites, advertisements, logos, brand identities, all that good stuff. I’m also kind of growing an interest in animation (which is hilarious, because I am…well, how shall I put this…not the beeeeest artist ever XD), so that’s been kind of fun. I’ve been experimenting with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, all kinds of software, and it’s been really interesting!

In short, I’m still trying to figure out this whole college thing. I’m kinda stinking at it. Hence the lack of posting here.

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I haven’t been able to devote the kind of time I’d like to, reading my friend’s blogs, socializing on social media, all the stuff I was pretty capable of doing before college hit.

So that’s why I’ve been away. It’s not forever. But until summer rolls around, it’s gonna be pretty quiet around here. Thankfully I get a winter break, so I get to give you a little update (man, I forget how much I love just blogging XD).

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I hope you have all been doing well. I see all of your posts, and they always make me smile. I have a list post going up on my other blog Reel Thoughts sometime soon, and a book review coming out on Goodreads soon as well.

Thanks for reading! Do you have any wonderful plans for Christmas? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! I’ve missed you all! ❤

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Realm Makers 2019

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during Mr. Batson’s continuing session | picture credit goes to Mary!

AGH SO REALM MAKERS HAPPENED. AND IT WAS AMAZING. I honestly don’t even know where to begin. I don’t know if the wonder that happened in those three days could be summed up in a post.

But I guess I’ll try. XD

Thursday I went to the pre-conference about writing series by Robert Liparulo which was SO interesting. I learned about the different types of series, the pros and cons of writing a series, how to plan a series, and how to market a series. It was all so informative and it really helped me, since I’m planning on publishing my first books as a trilogy! I also got to meet with some friends who also went to the pre-conference for lunch, which was SO FABULOUS.

After that, there was an opening welcome and keynote given by the RM faculty and Brent Weeks, which was hilarious and also very encouraging!

Friday was a whole whirlwind of sessions and electives and I loved ALL OF IT. I learned about writing my Christian worldview organically into my writing (Morgan Busse did this class and it was my absolute FAVORITE CLASS of the entire conference, she did SUCH a great job), I learned about writing fairytale retellings with C.J. Redwine (which gave me waaaay too many plot bunnies, if I’m being honest XD), and had a great time in Wayne Thomas Batson’s continuing sessions about balancing life and writing. It really convicted me and made me realize I need to be better about juggling everything.

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on our way back from a quick Starbucks break | picture credit goes to Christine!

I also got to hang out with some AWESOME friends! Seeing all of my friends from last year, and also some new faces was THE BEST. I wish I could’ve devoted all of my time to talking and hanging out with all of them, but I had to settle with sitting together during sessions and eating meals together. It was so magical, seeing everyone again. I LOVE YOU GUYS. <333

And then, of course, there was the big Awards Dinner, which is ALWAYS a blast! I must have taken a hundred (blurry, of course) pictures of everybody in their costumes. This was probably my favorite part of the entire conference, honestly. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time, and when I got back to my hotel, my cheeks hurt.

For this year’s dinner, I decided to dress as a favorite cartoon character of mine…Dipper Pines from Gravity Falls! I was sure hardly anyone would know who I was (and I did get mistaken for a Camp Half Blood resident more than a few times XD), but I was pleasantly surprised by how many people came up to me and complimented me on my choice! I even had one of the waiters bringing food to the tables come up to me and ask me where Mabel was. XD

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from top to bottom // Mary as Steampunk Ariel | Tracey as Tris Prior | Christine as Kuzco | Josiah as Phoenix Wright | Savannah as Peggy Carter (though that photo does NOT do her gorgeous outfit justice)

Saturday was the big day. At least for me. XD I decided I wanted to pitch my novel Imprint to Linda Howard at Tyndale publishing this year and my appointment actually went really well! I did flounder a bit, struggling with what to say and feeling all of my nerves strain any sense from brain right out my ears…XD But Mrs. Howard was very nice and understanding, and after talking with here, I would really LOVE to work with her. She was so kind and told me all about Tyndale’s publishing process and she even asked for more chapters of my novel! I WAS ECSTATIC TO SAY THE LEAST.

Before said pitch took place, however, I was a ball of jittery nerves. I could barely eat anything and when I had to leave mid-class (Jill Williamson’s worldbuilding session, which I was a bit bummed to miss 😦 to get to my appointment, I thought I was going to pass out from my body shooting so much adrenaline into my veins. I could barely hold my pencil and when the time came I had to take several deep breaths to keep my heart from pounding out of my chest. I wasn’t hardly as nervous as my body would have me believe I was. But my body does betray me, often times during stressful situations. XD As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about and it went very well.

After another amazing session (Ronie Kendig’s class about capturing your reader’s attention, which was absolutely fascinating), and a wonderful closing keynote by Brent Weeks, I went out to Panera with my buds one last time. It was such a great time and I ALREADY MISS ALL OF YOU SO MUUUUUCH. Then we all went to the book festival together and I had to say my goodbyes. It was so SAD. Thank goodness for the internet, so we can all keep in touch!

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from top to bottom // Lisa | Skye | Christine

That last day of Realm Makers was one of the best days of 2019 for me. It was such an incredible time and Sunday morning, it felt like reality just came crashing back down on me. It felt so weird, that it was just…over. But I’ll never forget it. ^_^

Vacation wasn’t entirely over for me just yet though. Me and my family got to go a bit farther down Missouri to Branson, where we got to visit the College of the Ozarks (a college I’ve been considering attending, and now after visiting, I am SO AMAZED by and interested in) and stay at the Keeter Center, which is a hotel run by the students of the college! It was incredibly nice and I’ve never stayed in such a nice hotel. I really felt like a country hick, amazed by everything in the room. XD

After staying there for a few days (going to Silver Dollar City and the Butterfly Palace), we topped off our final day in Branson by going to see Samson live at the Sights and Sound Theater! IT WAS SO AMAZING GUYS. I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT HOW AWESOME IT WAS. You should seriously consider going to a production there. The tickets aren’t the cheapest, but IT IS WORTH IT.

After all that craziness, we drove home. And now I’m back and just now getting over the exhaustion. XD It’s going to be tough going back to work and the drudgery of ‘normal’ life, but I think I might surprise myself. It’s always a good feeling getting home from an adventure. 🙂

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the gang at Panera | picture credit goes to Jenneth!

That was my experience at Realm Makers, very, very briefly summed up. I could go on and on about what went on that past weekend, but we would be here for ages. XD I miss all you Realmies dearly! I hope we get to see each other again soon! And those of you who didn’t attend this year…I WISH YOU COULD’VE BEEN THERE. It really was a magical time!

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A Life Update

Hello guys! You may have been thinking I was dead at this point, but HA I fooled you all!

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Anyway, I wanted to give you guys a little update about what’s been going on with me, why I haven’t been posting regularly, etc.

Life

Some of you might know that I’ve been working at the library for almost two years now. While it’s a very nice place to work, it’s not a place I was planning to stay for very long. It’s a part time job and the pay is just above the minimum wage, and I would like to move onto something a bit more permanent (and perhaps with better pay).

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I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and I’ve decided to pursue my passion for music. I’ve always wanted to help people using my talents, and so I’ve considered going to school for music therapy. But college is expensive and there are only two schools in the entire state of Minnesota that offer a music therapy degree. And only one of them calls themselves a Christian college. Yeah.

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But I didn’t stop there! My parents stumbled upon a school near Branson, Missouri called the College of the Ozarks. They have a Piano Major (which would be AWESOME), but I’ve read they only accept people from the Ozarks region (which I am NOT in).

I’ve also considered just being an independent performer, handing my card out to different businesses and institutions that might want a piano player. I even designed a fun-looking business card!

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shhhh i know it’s tiny it’s a business card okay

It’s been an interesting task, trying to find a school or job, and I haven’t made a ton of progress. But it’s in the back of my mind (slowly moving to the front XD).

Writing

I’ve been working hard at editing Imprint and I’m veeeeerrrry close to finishing the thing! AND I’M SO EXCITED. I’ve already got an outline for the second book written up, and I have the third book simmering in the back of my head. IT’S ALL COMING TOGETHER AND I LOVE IT.

Aside from Imprint, I’ve also been working on my superhero trilogy idea and a few other ideas that WON’T LEAVE ME ALONE NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY TO DETER THEM. *ahem* Anyway…you can look at the progress of those on my books page if you so desire. 😀

I’ve been thinking a lot about traditional publishing, independent publishing, and self publishing too. I set up an agent appointment for Realm Makers (AND I’M KINDA NERVOUS), but I’ve also seriously been considering self-publishing or independent publishing. I’ve done some research (aka I watched Abbie’s video and looked at like three websites XD) and it’s gotten me thinking about other options.

On the one hand, I think it could be a really great investment if I were to self publish…

…But then on the other hand, I think of all the work and blood and sweat and tears that would happen, and then independent publishing looks pretty good again…

…And then I imagine seeing my book in bookstores across the country…and I look back at traditional publishing. XD

It’s this cycle going on in my head and I’m kind of at war with myself here.

 

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I would LOVE to hear some of your opinions about this topic! Please tell me about your experiences (if you’ve had any) with traditional, independent, or self publishing! I’d love to hear them!

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I forget if I’ve already announced this but I’M GOING TO REALM MAKERS 2019. (As…I mentioned about about the agent appointment. XD) BUT ANYWAY YAYYY!!

I’m sooooo looking forward to seeing you guys again and meeting some more of you for the first time! I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL. I’m also kind of nervous because I get kind of quiet around people and I’m kind of an anxious awkward bean. BUT I WILL ATTEMPT TO SOCIALIZE. I PROMISE. XD

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I’ve been debating who to go as to the banquet…I’m really stuck between these two ideas I really love and IT’S KILLING ME. But I’m not telling you guys beforehand. I want it to be a surprise. *grin*

That’s…really all.

So much is going to be happening in the next few months, and I’ll probably only be posting twice a month (if I can claw my way from life’s clutches that is XD).

If you haven’t heard, I have a movie blog. It’s pretty fun. I talk about movies I liked and didn’t like, and I think my next post is going to be either a Detective Pikachu review or some kind of topical piece. We’ll see.

Thanks for reading! What’s happening in your life? Is it as crazy as mine right now (doubtful)? Let me know down below!

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