HI GUYS! WOW I have some exciting news (which you probably already guessed from the title of this post)… IT’S COVER REVEAL TIME!
I have been working on this creation for what feels like forever, but it’s finally finished and I’m so excited to share it with you!
This cover was a real challenge for me. I went back and forth a lot on the concept and design of it for so long. I am a huge perfectionist, and it felt like nothing I did could ever be exactly what I wanted. Even with a degree in graphic design, it felt like I kept hitting a wall so many times, over and over again. I debated hiring someone to design it for me; I got so, so close to having someone else do the cover, but financial issues and creative differences kept pushing back. It was so infuriating, because as a graphic designer, I had a vision in mind, but I just couldn’t get it out of my head.
So I finally pulled my family in and asked for their help. After I clumsily explained the general vibe and idea I had in my head, my sister drew up a beautiful concept that I immediately knew would be the one. It was simple, but still conveyed the type of meaning that I wanted. It was perfect.
And now, I’m happy to finally present this cover to you! Drum roll please…
And here we are!
I could not be happier with how this turned out! It works so wonderfully with the story, and I love the the simplicity of it. I’m so grateful for the help of family in a time of frustration and need! ^_^
Like so many bookworms, Paige Turner loves escaping into the world of stories. However, unlike other bookworms, she can literally escape into the world of stories through the ink on the pages.
When two strange men set out to kidnap Paige and her friend Markus, she is terrified. So used to hiding from her problems in the world of books, Paige doesn’t know what to do when the trouble begins to spill into her real life. And when the danger looms and threatens the safety of her family, she realizes that terrified or not, she must fight back. And to do that, Paige and Markus must use the gifts to discover why these strange men are after two innocent teenagers.
But the truth turns out to be far stranger than fiction, and it twists their entire world upside down. Can Paige find the strength to battle her anxiety and use her extraordinary gift…or will she lose everything and everyone she ever cared about?
So tell me, what do you think? I’d love to know your opinion on this cover! Let me know in the comments down below! And don’t forget to mark your calendars: Imprint releases August 1st!
Hey guys! What, two posts in one day? What is this madness? Or should I say…March madness? 😉
This is just a short one though, as I’d like to let you all know that…
I have my own newsletter now!
That’s right! I’ve finally taken the plunge and I’ve started up my own newsletter. I plan to send out letters once per season (winter, spring, summer, fall) with occasional special updates in-between. In the newsletter, you can expect to read about my writing and publishing journey, general life happenings, and thoughts and opinions on the stuff I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. Plus when you sign up you get access to a special page on my author site where you can find a collection of three short stories I wrote!
That most certainly doesn’t mean I will be leaving the blog! I still plan to post once or twice a month. You can’t get rid of me that easily. 😉
You can sign up for that using this link! I want to thank all of you who have been following this blog for so long. I appreciate all of you and I hope you’ll join me on my writing journey!
Hey guys! I have some MAJORLY EXCITING news to bring you today! Let’s get a drumroll…
I’m going to be self-publishing Imprint this year!
Hopefully summer time! But we’ll see. AGH my very first book, finally going out into the world! The thought it both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. 😀 I’ve been working on this story for so, so long now, and I’m thrilled that it’s finally all coming together, as Kronk would say.
So to celebrate, I thought I would answer some questions about what writing this novel has been like and what exactly this book is about! (I like to think it’s gotten easier to explain my novel to people over the years, but I’d be lying if that were true. XD)
So what is this story about?
Fairytales are not what they seem…
Paige Turner, an anxious young bookworm, has been able to travel into her favorite stories ever since she could remember. She never imagined it would get her into trouble. She is nearly kidnapped one day by a magical man, and things only get more complicated from there. And soon, in spite of her best efforts, Paige and her friend Markus are caught up in a deadly chase against a vengeful wizard. As Paige and Markus hop back and forth between the worlds of books and reality, she finds out that maybe the world of fairytales isn’t all that it seems. And if she wants to survive, she’ll need more than just book smarts.
What inspired you to write Imprint?
The idea started a looong time ago, back when I was just starting to discover that I loved writing. I’ve always loved the idea of being able to travel into stories and books, and when I started to think about writing seriously, this was the first of my ideas I decided to pursue.
It’s really interesting, actually, since usually the characters come to me before the story, but in this case it was the opposite. I had an idea, but no characters. That was a challenge in the beginning, but I’ve grown to love all my Imprint characters dearly.
Who was your favorite character to write?
It really varies depending on the time period I was writing it in! I really, really love writing my main two, Paige and Markus (his dialogue is so fun XD), but I also love my two reaper boys Celthic and Zyke. It’s so hard to choose just one!
But if we’re basing this on how naturally and easily they were to write, I would have to say Markus. He just flew onto the page with his big personality and easy dialogue.
What have you learned from writing this book?
The first draft will most likely look nothing like the finished product. This story went through so many revisions that it is unrecognizable from the first draft I wrote back in 2015. I’m so glad that I learned this, because when I first started out, I was under the impression that the first draft would be mostly done. Sure, I might need to change a thing here and there, fix a few things, and call it a day.
That is not the case. XD
And being a mix of a perfectionist, a procrastinator, and a person with a lot of self-doubt doesn’t help either. It definitely makes for an…interesting writing process. But I can honestly say I’m very happy with how it turned out.
What was the hardest part of the story to write?
I have a very hard time with beginnings and endings. I can’t tell you how many times I rewrote the beginning because I just wasn’t happy with it. And the ending. Ugh, it took so. many. tries. until I got what was in my head down on paper (and that was after I finally even figured what I wanted the ending to be).
How long did Imprint take to write?
From its conception to the final product, it took about eight years.
An insane amount of time, I now realize.
I’ve already started working on the second book, and I can tell it’s definitely not going to take quite as long. XD I think part of having such a long process was that I was (and still am!) learning a ton.
When I first started out, I didn’t have any experience with writing a story. I didn’t know anything about structure or flow or tone (if I’m honest, I still don’t really have a good grasp on it). But this novel, this whole trilogy, actually, has been the greatest writing course I’ve ever taken. And reading articles and books and blog posts (a lot of them from all of you!) about writing have been invaluable.
What kept you writing?
I considered giving up on this project several times. Tucking it away for a couple years at a time only to drag it out and look at it and fall in love all over again. It was probably the characters that kept me stayed on this story for so long.
I found so much of a connection with Paige, who has an anxiety disorder. I know what it feels like to go through what she goes through in this story.
I love Markus’s sparkling wit and unabashed humor. He’s the guy friend I never would have thought I wanted.
I love Celthic’s inner struggle and frustration with his life.
I love Zyke’s sarcastic quips that hide his desperate need for approval.
They’re all so interesting and unique in their own ways. And I realized I couldn’t just discard this story. It’s stuck around this long for a reason. No going back now. So here we are. 🙂
I’m so excited that I’m finally going to get to share this story with you all! It’s been a wild journey, and I know it’s only just the beginning. Tell me, what are your writing goals this year? I’d love to hear about them down below!
You approach the large theater hidden in the folds of the dark forest, wrapping your cloak tighter around your shoulders to fend off the autumn chill. As you draw closer, you hear laughter and merriment coming from inside. A ceremony is about to commence, and you don’t want to be late.
You pick up your pace and quietly slip into the echoing amphitheater. Hundreds of people have already filled the seats, all talking and laughing with each other. You find an empty seat in the back, hoping no one will notice you.
The red curtain on the stage begins to lift as the lights dim. Everyone falls into a hush as a spotlight falls on a man standing alone on the platform. His posture and expression command attention. He holds a faded scroll in his hands. You know him to be Strider.
“Welcome to our annual ceremony, friends,” he speaks to the audience. “We’re glad to have you here. I’m sure we are all eager for the ceremony to commence, so I will begin without further delay.” He unravels the scroll and begins to read.
“Let us begin. Our fifth place winner is a man who always has a clever quip at the ready, a man who some might consider rather pessimistic, but a man with a good heart, who cares for his friends and family. Our hero, Nick Beasley.”
You see a furry figure rise from the audience, and you crane your neck to see more clearly. It appears to be a Minotaur-like beast, sporting a shabby coat and vest. Horns protrude from his maned head, while a tail swishes behind him as he walks up to the stage. He doesn’t look thrilled to be in this position.
“I was really hoping I wouldn’t be looking like this for the ceremony,” Nick mutters. “But isn’t that just the way it is.” He reluctantly takes a small bow as the audience gives an appreciative round of applause.
“Thank you for being willing, all the same,” Strider says. “You may return to your place.”
The beast lumbers off the stage, muttering under his breath. You can’t tell what he’s saying, but it sounds disgruntled.
“Thank you, Nick,” Strider says. “And now our fourth place winner. This is a man who has been through many trials. He is as mysterious as he is noble, and despite his troubled mind he continues to push onward, even when his past…well, enough of that. Please welcome, Artham Wingfeather.”
You see a winged man rise, his expression stoic. He slowly approaches the stage, and you notice his fingers end in talons. “Thank you,” he says quietly. He dips into a simple bow to the audience’s applause.
“Thank you for being here, Artham,” Strider says with a smile. “You may be seated.”
The man returns to his seat without a word, but a quiet smile on his face. You can’t help but feel he has been through much more than any man should.
“Our third place winner, we can all agree, is a friendly soul. He is not only good-natured, but quick on his feet, of a sharp mind, and takes his responsibilities very seriously. Our hero, Will Treaty.”
You see a young man leap from his seat and quickly make his way to the stage, waving at the audience as he does. “Thank you all for supporting me,” he says as he approaches Strider. “It’s an honor to be here.”
“We’re all to pleased to have you here, Will.” Strider turns to the audience. “Everyone, please give our hero a round of applause.”
The audience breaks into a hearty applause for Will, a few whoops even being heard. Will bows deeply and then hurries off the stage.
“A fast one, he is,” Strider comments as the audience dies down. “And now, our second place winner. This young man displays a deep selflessness that is hard to come by. He would do anything to protect his family and is unafraid to take charge and be the leader his siblings need. Let us welcome, Janner Igiby.”
You see a young boy stand and make his way to the stage. You note that he is tall and lanky, all elbows and knees. He approaches Strider with a quiet confidence. “Thank you for having me,” he says with a bow.
“Thank you for being here, Janner,” Strider says. The audience needs no encouragement as they break into applause for the boy.
“You may return to your seat,” Strider says, gesturing to Janner. “Thank you.”
The young man returns to his seat, and you notice that he is sitting by Artham Wingfeather. Perhaps they know each other. The thought makes you smile but you don’t have time to reflect, because Strider clears his throat.
“And now, the moment we have all been waiting for. There is only one nominee left. Can you guess who it is?” Strider smiles.
The audience begins to chant. There is so much noise you can barely tell what they are saying. But you manage to pick out the name:
“Zero! Zero! Zero!”
The amphitheater vibrates with excited energy, and you strain to see the winner in the commotion. A man with spiky white hair and frigidly pale skin emerges. He looks intimidating, with his piercing gaze and blank expression.
“Is all this really necessary?” the man says as he approaches the stage. He crosses his arms and glances out into the audience before looking to Strider. “I don’t think this is necessary.”
Strider just laughs as he hands Zero the gold medallion.
“It appears the people have spoken,” Strider says with a grin. “You are the most epic hero of the 2021 Silmaril Awards.”
As the crowd wildly claps for their winner, Zero’s face remains emotionless as he accepts the medallion. But you can tell the man is secretly shocked he was chosen. Maybe he isn’t as cold as he first seems?
Strider pats Zero on the shoulder and gestures for him to return to his seat, where you see that he is sitting with two other men, both with smirks on their faces. Zero ignores them.
“And now, we have come to the end of it.” Strider takes a bow. “I am always so grateful to host this award, and I thank you all for coming to the ceremony. We appreciate all of you. To heroes!” he adds with a shout and a raising of his fist.
“To heroes!” the audience returns, raising their fists together.
“To heroes,” you say in a whisper, smiling to yourself. You rise to leave, quickly, before the mad rush of people.
Hiding under your cloak, you exit the theater into the cold breeze of the forest. You smile up at the moon as the leaves crunch under your boot steps. Maybe someday, your character will be awarded the most epic hero medallion. Who knows? Anything is possible. 😉
Thank you to all of you for participating and joining in the fun this year! This wouldn’t be possible without all of your support. Give yourself a round of applause! And feel free to congratulate Zero in the comments. I’m sure he’ll love it… 😂
Plus, be sure to head on over to Sarah’s blog tomorrow to see who the winner of the Most Majestic Ruler award is!
Hi guys! This week, I’ve decided to take on Kenzie’s newest tag, the Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag! I love the name so much 😂 I’m really excited to get into these questions, so let the GIF-filled fun begin! But first:
Rules and Regulations:
thank the blogger who tagged you, and leave a link back to their blog
leave a link back to the creator of the tag >> (I mean, technically this bit is optional, but I’d really appreciate a link back, especially if you enjoyed the tag!) [I’ll kill to birds with one stone by thanking you Kenzie, for this awesome tag!]
answer the questions honestly, and include at least one (1) gif of a pelican >> it’s in the rules, folks. you have to do it.
tag 3+ friends to do the tag on their own blogs! >> and make sure to give them cookies. because that’s always fun.
What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?
Without a doubt, it is definitely fantasy. But not the epic kind. I’ve found that I enjoy urban fantasy and magical realism more than the orcs and goblins type of fantasy. There’s something about reality and fantasy mixing that makes so many amazing, crazy, extraordinary things seem possible. And the AESTHETICS THO.
What genre would you NEVER get caught writing? . . .EVER.
This is really hard, because I don’t ever like to rule out the possibility of writing something. I’m honestly open to nearly every single genre! But…okay, you’ll probably never catch me writing a horror. I don’t think I could do it. I’m down with adding some scary to my stories, but a full-on horror novel?
What fictional genre feels most like home to you?
This is a hard one! I’ll probably say fantasy again, just because it’s what I’m most familiar with writing and it is very special to me. But if we were talking about reading, I probably would’ve said historical fiction. It’s so cozy and comforting! I’ve always wanted to write a historical fiction novel, but the facts and dates and just general knowledge about a specific time period I would need is insanely daunting to me 😳
If you could transform your real life into any genre of your choosing, which would it be?
A magical realism life would be pretty cool. Just some soft little magic vibes. It’d be nice. Or something heavier like the Raven Cycle books would be interesting. Kinda scary, but way cool ✨👻
What genre does your real life most resemble at the moment?
Right now, it’s kind of feeling like a coming-of-age story. A lot has been changing for me in my life and my family, and sometimes it feels like too much to handle. It’s a time of growing and facing new challenges head on, and I never feel as cool as the main character 😅
What’s a genre you’re interested in writing, even though you’ve never written it before?
I would LOVE to someday write a steampunk story. I have a vague idea of one in the back of my head, but I’m afraid if I let it percolate too much I’ll have to actually write the thing 😂 You don’t see a lot of steampunk books on the market, which is sad because steampunk is SO COOL. I’d love to contribute something neat to the genre.
What genre is your most recent plot bunny, and where did it come from?
Um…kind of hard to explain, honestly 😂 This happens a lot, where I come up with ideas that don’t really fit nicely into one, two, or sometimes even three genres. But I’ll try. My most recent idea is kind of a mix of science fiction, fantasy, and thriller where a reality-warper is asked to assist the military against fighting a chaotic force of nature that wants to consume the earth. But things aren’t as they seem, and our reality-warper friend realizes something much darker is actually going on. Yes, I know that’s vague but I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s been on my mind for weeks now and I STILL can’t properly explain it 😂
How many genres have you written thus far in your writing journey?
Genres that I’ve actually written in, like as in WIPs or finished pieces…have actually really only been urban fantasy. My Ink Press trilogy I’m working on publishing (hopefully sometime soon!) is an urban fantasy story. Last year I started writing the first book in my superhero trilogy Cause and Effect, but only about 30 pages of a first draft are done.
As for ideas and concepts I’m working on…oh boy. There are a lot 😂 Fantasy, science fiction, and superhero are the main culprits, which more sub-genres than I care to admit 🙈
This tag was so fun! Thanks again to Kenzie for creating it and for tagging everyone who wants to participate! Now tell me about what genres you typically write or want to write in. I’d love to hear about what you’re working on right now!
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.
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
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!
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. 🙂
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!
Hello friends, and welcome! If you’ve read the title you can probably guess what this post is going to be about already…
This ol’ blog has been around for a grand three years. It’s seen some changes, both good and bad, but it has come through.
I, as a blogger, have changed quite a bit myself. I’m almost nineteen years old now, and it’s hard to believe I started blogging when I was a wee fifteen-year-old. It seems so long ago…XD
Shall we take a gander at an old post of mine? This one dates back to April 4th, 2016, my very first blogiversary.
[Titled Short & Snappy Blogiversary]
Well, it’s been officially one year since I started Short & Snappy. Can you believe it?
It’s been a crazy year. I’ve posted so much, and yet it feels like so little. XD I’ve had a great experience, reading all of your comments, discovering new blogs, and making new friends. It’s been great fun. ^_^
And so, to celebrate, I’m thinking about adding a new segment called Character Conversations, where I’ll (try) to post an interview of my characters every Saturday! What do you guys think?
Thank you guys for making my first year blogging a great one! ❤
Quite painful, to say the least. Did I attempt to put any sort of effort into this post? I’d like to say I’ve grown as a writer since then…XD
This blog has seen a lot of traffic during its lifetime. Over 3,000 of you guys have visited my little corner of the internet, over 170 of you have made the descison to follow my adventures, and nearly 2,000 comments have been dropped on a total of 225 posts. Gosh, that’s a lot of people. I’m truly touched by all of your generosity.
And now, for that special announcement! If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I’ve been considering creating a movie review blog. Well, I’m glad to say that this has become a reality!
This is a website with dozens of ambience and music tracks with tons of different places and moods. It’s especially helpful when you want to really place yourself into the atmosphere of whatever you’re writing. I tend to use the Fantasy section most often, but they sections with really awesome Sci-Fi and Historical tracks too!
You’ve probably heard of this one. It’s my favorite thesaurus/dictionary to use, with a really friendly interface and a forgiving search bar. You can search ‘give someone the creeps’ and it will come up with results. It also has a translator and a rhyming dictionary, which is all kinds of handy.
If you ever want hundreds of different names (not just fantasy, as the name implies), give this a look. It comes with more classic name generators, with names from different countries and time periods, while also having made-up names for different mythical creatures, place name generators, pop culture name generators, object name generators, and even description generators. I highly recommend if name-giving is not your specialty. And also if it is, too, because it’s just super fun to explore. 🙂
Sorry for this shorter post, I have something fun planned for next week, so be on the watch for that! Are there any websites you recommend for writers? I’d love to hear them!
Well guys, we made it. Another year has passed, gone like a blink, like 2017 was just last week.
But then again, 2018 has felt like the longest year of my life. So much happened, and I’m still trying to process what being an adult feels like…
Time is weird, amiright?
Anyway, I wanted to highlight some of the great things that happened this year, as well as some tentative goals for 2019. Oh, and stick around for a fun announcement! 😀
My 2018 Goals //
My loose plans are to work on outlining a TON. I don’t think these ideas can stay in my head for much longer. I need to write them all out so my brain isn’t so strung up on details. XD
Welp. Didn’t…quite get to that…I did some outlining, but it wasn’t with a new project, I was fixing an old one. Guess I’m still strung up on the details.
I have no plans to do JuNo or NaNo, but I’m not against it. I’ll have to see how open my schedule is at the time and decided from there.
Whoot-whoot, I did NaNo!! And it was INSANE.
And as a last goal, I really want to try and not put too much pressure on myself. I’ve found that I am VERY hard on myself and I don’t know when to stop. So if I need to take a hiatus, then I will. If I need to rework my blog schedule, then I will.
And that’s not just for blogging. Reading, writing, and life too.
Hmm…well…kinda majorly failed this one. I’m still incredibly hard on myself. But maybe I’m getting better. I can’t really say, myself, honestly. I think I did take several hiatuses this year, and I reworked my blog schedule to a post every two weeks for a bit there…So…I guess I kind of achieved this goal? XD
So I half completed my loose goals last year, half not really, but I think I did fairly well. But enough of that, let’s get into the details (that I’m apparently strung up on XD)!
Life Stuff //
Now that I’m looking back, all of these things happened in the summer. Huh. I had kind of a crazy summer…
• I made it through my very first Summer Reading Program as a library aide! It was…utter insanity. Kids, books, paper, they were everywhere. And even though it’s a part-time job, I was still exhausted. I worked almost every day, aside from Thursdays and Sundays (and every other Saturday).
It was intense and I may have desperately wished to quit on a few occasions, but in all, it wasn’t bad! I stayed busy, came home tired, but fulfilled, and really savored the time I had to myself.
• I went to a week-long Bible camp as a cabin counselor in June. It was the longest I had been away from home, by myself, essentially. My dad and brother were there with me, but we were apart for most of the time. The first few days were awful. I wanted to cry quite a few times. And I don’t cry. Hardly ever.
But as the week progressed, things got better. I got to hang out a bit with an old friend, and I met lots of new people. I’m glad I did it, but if I ever go back, I would ask to be a worker, helping cook in the kitchens or cleaning. I’d feel much more comfortable that way. 🙂
• And last but definitely not least, I attended Realm Makers for the first time!!! It was so amazingly fun, and I really hope to go again this year! I so enjoyed meeting my blogging buddies! It was so nice connecting with you in person, and just talking to other writers! It was lovely and I highly recommend attending if at all available.
• Also, I turned 18. That’s. Kind of scary. I’m an adult now, guys. I got my braces off, I have a job, a car…I’m so close to reaching peak adulthood! XD
Writer’s Desk //
Nothing really significant happened on the writing scene this year, but…
I WON NANOWRIMO FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!
I’ll link to my experience post so you can see the insanity I went through the month of November. It was so much fun, and the novel I was writing was actually a rewrite of Imprint, a book I’ve been working on for SO. DARN. LONG. I think I’ve gotten it to how I like it, so, after I let some close friends give it a run-through…I may consider sending it to some beta-readers. Sometime this year. Hopefully soon. So. Keep an eye out for that.
I spent a lot of time perfecting Imprint this year, but I still somehow I managed to come up with two new ideas (one about two prince brothers who rule the kingdoms of light and darkness, and the other about an alternate dimension involving cartoons, magic, and mischief (note: EXTREMELY EXCITED ABOUT THESE), and worked on some character profiling for my superhero trilogy I want to get started on.
Book Nook //
Another exciting thing… I won my reading challenge for the first time, since I joined Goodreads!!!
I only gave myself 20 books, but I’m still kind of happy with my accomplishment! 😀 I suppose this is a year of firsts for me, huh…?
Some highlights of this year //
Renegades by Marissa Meyer // SO. EPIC. I love so much superheroes, so this was a fantastic read!
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard // So many twists and turns, plus amazing characters and a neat setting!
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews // I always thought the first book Cait would publish would be an epic fantasy, but instead she came up with this genius contemporary Beethoven retelling that I love to bits and pieces.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater // I can’t recommend this, since there’s quite a bit of content, but SERIOUSLY. THIS WAS AMAZING. I immediately read the second book, and I’m itching to read the third book!
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // Dark, twisty fantasy with alternate dimensions and magic and THE CHARACTERS. THE CHARACTERS ARE EPIC.
Movie Theater* //
I saw a lot of movies this year, but here are a few I really had an opinion about //
Black Panther // I loved this movie, but I could be biased. It’s a Marvel movie. I’m going to love any of the MCU movies. That’s just how it works.
Avengers: Infinity War // WAIT. NEVER MIND. I CHANGE MY MIND. MARVEL YOU HAVE BETRAYED ME. *quiet sobbing*
Incredibles 2 // This was really fun! The action sequences were soooo gorgeously animated, and the humor was delightful! I didn’t quite like it as much as the original, the villain in particular I didn’t enjoy, but…the original just really can’t be topped, in my opinion.
Ant-Man and the Wasp // Loved it. So much. Scott and Hope’s relationship is so adorable, and I thought the villain was really interesting, more like an anti-hero than anything else.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation // These are older, but I just recently got into them and WOW I’m a fan! I really need to see Fallout…
Star Wars prequels // These were…interesting, I’ll say. I disliked the first one, (except for Qui-gon, he’s legit), the second one was better, but then…I could barely watch the third one. The dialogue was just too cringe for me…At least with the originals you’re expecting the cheesiness…
Wreck-It Ralph 2 // I…wasn’t a fan of this one. It…didn’t work as a sequel for me. It seemed to go backwards in character growth, and it almost totally disregarded the events of the original. It was one of my least favorites of last year. That ending…man…
Christopher Robin // This was so innocently adorable. It was such a nice, fresh change from what people have been putting into theaters lately. Watch it to be filled with sweet nostalgia.
Aquaman // I technically watched this one this year, but since it came out last year, I’m counting it. Oh gosh…it was not for me. I thought the story was bland, I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and most of the action scenes were underwater, making them blurry and hard to understand.
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse // AAAAHHHHH JUST WATCH IT OKAY. MY FAVORITE OF 2018!!!! *cries over beautiful animation*
*Okay, small aside, but is it just me or does it seem like all Hollywood puts out is sequels, reboots, and book adaptations? Is it just me?
Goals for 2019 (oh my word, just typing ‘2019’ scares me…) //
• Try to do one, big thing that’s outside of my comfort zone.
I feel like I miss out on so much in life, just because I’m scared to do it. I’d love to be able to just dive right outside my comfort zone. Even if it’s something simple. Like going somewhere I’ve never been, or taking some college classes, or even getting another job somewhere. I don’t know what to do just yet, but I’m going to try to be brave in the coming year.
• Send Imprint to some beta-readers and then…possibly…start querying for an agent?
This kind of terrifies me, but I think I’ve worked hard on my novel, and I want to get it out there. I want my writing to inspire and entertain others, like it does to me.
• Read 30 books.
If I can do 20, I can do 30, so help me.
Alright, remember what I said about making some kind of announcement? Well, here it is…
• I’m going to attempt to start a movie review blog.
That’s right. Another blog. Movies have always been special to me, and I have a lot of opinions about them. So I decided, why not start reviewing them?
This idea is still pretty new, but I’ve always had it in the back of my head that I’d like to start another blog. I would probably have to work out yet another new schedule so I don’t die trying to churn out so many posts a weeks, but I think it could be worth it!
It’s called… Reel Thoughts | Honest Opinions on the Latest in Entertainment
I’d like to include some game and music reviews as well as movies, but nothing is for sure yet. I’d also like to get this brainchild of mine up by Short & Snappy‘s anniversary, which is sometime in March (Hello past me, nope, it’s April). We’ll see how that works out. But keep a look out!
How was your 2018? Do you have any amazing goals for 2019? Share your thoughts with me down below!