6 Little Things to Help You Take Care of Yourself

Little Things to Help You Take Care of Yourself

Hello friends! It’s been a crazy February for me so far…life has been chugging along and I’ve kind of been feeling a bit dragged by my heels. Do you ever feel like this? Like you’re just holding on for dear life? Like you’re just trying to ‘get by’? Just putting along the road of life, trying to keep it together, and feeling like you’re failing?

I do. All the time.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my future. If I should go to school, if I’ll get married, how I’m going to make a difference in the world…It’s all really scary to think about, honestly. And thinking about all that deep, heavy stuff, feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders…is not good for your body.

I’m learning this little by little, but your physical body is so, so important. Stress most assuredly takes tolls on your mental and spiritual health, of course. But I feel like sometimes we forget about our actual bodies.

According to God’s Word, our bodies are temples where the Holy Spirit resides (1 Cor. 6:19-20). That’s kind of crazy to remember. But in that light, I believe that it is incredibly important to take good care of not only our mental health but our physical health as well.

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• Get good (and enough) rest every night

This one is a toughie. Too often I find myself shutting my lamp off at midnight. But the best kind of sleep you can get is in the hours before midnight. Think about it. Midnight is the middle of the night. If you’re awake in the middle of the day, you should be asleep in the middle of the night.

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And don’t have your phone or other screens with you in bed. The light is really bad for your eyes, and it can affect your circadian rhythm. Read a book, or listen to soothing music or noises instead.

• Eat good food

Another tricky one. I love food about as much as the next guy, and that can really get you into trouble. (You know it’s bad when the main reason you’re excited to go on vacation is because of all the yummy, new foods. XD)

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Colorful fruits and veggies are your body’s friends. So are lean meats, calcium-rich milk and yogurt, and oats, brown rice, 100% whole wheat pasta and bread. Stick by unsaturated fats and naturally occurring sugars and stay away from saturated fats and added sugars.

This is basic stuff, but I was reminded just how important it is to eat good foods when I was getting sick and tired after not eating those foods. That’s not to say that you should never have any treats. Moderation is the key to eating healthfully.

• Remember the small things

Herein lies my biggest struggle. Remembering little things, such as

  • Cutting your nails often
  • Brushing your teeth well
  • Getting your hair cut regularly
  • Sleeping on a good mattress
  • Brushing and cleaning your hair

is REALLY HARD. Don’t say taking care of yourself is easy. It’s not the easiest. Sometimes you just wanna forgo brushing your teeth one night when you’re tired, or just ignore your nails until they’re crazy long. But these little things add up, and then they become not so little things. They become big problems and bad habits.

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Don’t forget about them. They’re just as important as any of the big things.

• Find things to smile about every day

This might not seem like a big deal. I know some days I would just rather frown and scowl at everything and everyone. Why should you have to find happiness in such a grim world?

Well, because it’s good for you. It’s a proven fact.

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I could get into how endorphins and serotonin are released into your brain, which then helps your body relax and ease pain and lift your mood, but let’s just say that smiling has real physical benefits. Plus it can make others happy too!

• Exercise

I don’t think this one really needs an explanation. We all know it’s good for us. It boosts your mood, it lubricates your limbs, and helps fend off depression and seasonal-affective disorders (which I go through every winter, not fun, lemme tell you).

If you don’t like the idea of lifting weights or tread-milling, then consider a sport, like soccer or basketball. Something that will get your cardiovascular muscles working. I personally like dancing. Whether it’s Just Dance on the TV, or swing dancing or square dancing at a party, it’s a lot of fun, and it gets you sweating (sometimes embarrassingly so…especially when you’re with a partner XD).

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• Keep out the garbage

My mother taught me a simple acronym when I was younger. GIGO.

Garbage

In

Garbage

Out

She explained to me how everything that I put into my body, both physical and mental will eventually come out in some way.

If you eat bad food, you probably won’t be feeling at your best, and you might start to snap at people.

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If you don’t sleep well because you were up late watching YouTube, you probably won’t have any energy or drive to do anything in the morning.

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If you don’t eat well for an extended period of time, you probably won’t feel very well, and might get sick.

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It all comes out, one way or another. Remember to be conscious of what you put into your body, both mentally and physically.

• Pray and read your Bible every day

Possibly the best thing you could do for yourself on this list. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus tells us that ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ That’s pretty powerful. If Jesus is telling us that food, the thing that we love so much, the very thing that keeps us moving, is not enough to live by, you know He isn’t kidding around.

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Getting into the habit of reading and praying every day is something I’ve struggled with for years. I still struggle with it. Every time I think I’m doing better, I’m suddenly reminded again how feeble my attempts are.

One thing that I’ve been working on is reading just a few verses a day, preferably in the mornings. It’s not too much to take in, it gives me a simple idea to think about throughout the day, and it’s less pressure when you’re only reading one or two verses. If a good thought or conversation with my family comes out of it, then that’s wonderful, but if not, then at least I know that I’ve read His Word today, and He can show me something wonderful the tomorrow. It may seem like small potatoes, but it means a lot in the long run.

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Just so you know, I can say all of this to you guys, but I’m really not an expert at any of this. I’m actually really bad at…well, all of these. Part of the reason I wrote this post is because I’ve been having a hard time taking care of myself. And I’ve learned that when I’m going through something hard, thankfully, I’m usually not alone.

So I hope this post serves as a sort of ‘wake up call’ for you, if you’re struggling, and that it would encourage you to live the life God has in store for you.

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This was kind of a different post than what I normally put out, but I hope you guys enjoyed it. Have you been struggling with one of these things? Let me know down below, so we can talk about it and not feel so alone! ^_^

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The Fandom Tag // by None Other Than…Me

The Fandom Tag

Hello friends! Wow…what is it with me and coming up with tags…? Is there something wrong with me? XD

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Let’s not dwell on that fact, and instead delve into my latest creation! Since Valentine’s is fast approaching, I thought this would be a great time to talk about the things we (or at least I) really love!

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Rules //

• Include the graphic somewhere in your post!

• Answer the questions!

• Tag two fangirls (or boys, I suppose!)

(If you don’t know what a fandom is, it’s basically a group of fans of a particular thing, like Star Wars or Harry Potter.)

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Le Questions //

  • What’s the first fandom you remember becoming a part of?
  • What’s the newest fandom you’ve come to enjoy?
  • What’s a fandom guaranteed to give you feels?
  • What’s a guilty pleasure fandom of yours?
  • What’s the weirdest fandom you’ve heard of/are a part of?
  • Favorite popular/widely-known fandom?
  • Favorite bookish fandom?
  • What do you consider your ‘homebase’, a fandom you can always come back to?
  • What’s a fandom you know all about…but aren’t actually into it?
  • Which fandom has the best characters?
  • Name your all-time favorite ship.
  • What’s a fandom you’re curious about joining?

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• What’s the first fandom you remember becoming a part of?

Though I didn’t really know what a fandom was at the time, Disney and Pixar have been around for me since I was, well, born. I grew up watching the classic Disney movies, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, in particular. And I remember watching Monsters Inc., Toy Story, and The Incredibles many times too. I guess you could say it was the start of an obsession for obsessions…XD

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• What’s the newest fandom you’ve come to enjoy?

That would be Over the Garden Wall! It’s a very short mini series, only ten episodes long, about two brothers who get lost in the forest. It’s surprisingly deep for a cartoon, and the animation is gorgeous. If you have an evening, give it a watch, it’s quite entertaining.

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• What’s a fandom guaranteed to give you feels?

That would be Undertale. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, it’s an epic video game with wonderful characters and a crazy, twisted story that you don’t figure right away. Getting to know the characters and how the game works is what really makes my heart hurt. And the fans don’t help with this in making some awesome fan art and fan fictions. It’s a deep, twisty game that will have you crying and laughing at the same time.

• What’s a guilty pleasure fandom of yours?

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• What’s the weirdest fandom you’ve heard of or are a part of?

There are so many weird things out there, but to give a classic answer, I’ll say Gravity Falls. It’s the definition of weird. There’s unexplained phenomena. There’s weird and wonderful creatures. There are deep, dark secrets. There are crazy, but lovable characters. THE WHOLE WORLD ALMOST–you know what? Never mind. I’ll let you watch it. You’ll love it, trust me.

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It also has the best gifs, so…yeah. There is that. XD

• Favorite popular/widely-known fandom?

That’d be the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. I’m fairly sure almost everyone in the world has heard of this, and for a good reason. Though I’ve only seen the movies, I’ve come to love the characters SO MUCH. It’s magical, it’s epic, and it has Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortenson, so really how can you lose? (Thorin is myyy preeeecious.)

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• Favorite bookish fandom?

The Lunar Chronicles!! CRESS IS A DARLING AND THORNE IS A JERK BUT I LOVE HIM. Also, WOLF AND SCARLET ARE SO ADORABLE. AND JACIN AND WINTER AGGGGHHHH. *ahem* Yes. I really like the Lunar Chronicles.

• What do you consider your ‘homebase’, a fandom you can always come back to?

Gosh, who made these questions so hard? (Me. It was me.) It would probably be the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I started watching in 2015, and I remember going to the theater with a big group of people to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. I had watched the previous movies in order with my family, but it was when I saw that movie that I really started loving it. And I’ve seen every Marvel movie in theaters since. It’s a very comforting, familiar fandom for me. (EVEN THOUGH IT’S KIND OF ON FIRE RIGHT NOW BUT IT’S OKAY EVERYTHING’S FINE.)

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• What’s a fandom you know all about…but aren’t actually into it?

That would be Star Wars, for me. I watched the prequels, (well, kind of…I kinda skipped over the third one because I was cringing too much…XD), and I know the entire original story and all about the newer installments. So I know everything. I’m just…not that in love with it. It’s fun, and goofy, and entertaining, but…it doesn’t quite grip me like other movies or books have.

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• Which fandom has the best characters?

ALL OF THEM. ALL OF THEM ARE GOOD. Ugh, if I really had to choose though…It’d be a three-way tie between Undertale, Marvel, and the Lunar Chronicles. IT’S TOO HARD. Why did I make these questions so hard? XD

• Name your all-time favorite ship.

Hm. NYAGH THERE ARE SO MANY. But I pick Cress and Thorne, because I think they’re really cute and they both support each other so well, her being quiet and whimsical and naive, and him being rough and cocky and a joker. It mixes so beautifully, I could cry. Cress + Thorne =

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• What’s a fandom you’re curious about joining?

Sherlock! All I hear is how amazing it is, and I want in on some of the epic-ness! Though I worry for my mental health’s sake…too much emotional trauma may just ruin me… Tell me below if this is a good idea, please. XD

That’s the tag! I nominate Deborah @ The Road of a Writer, Christine @ Musings of an Elf, and Kenzie @ Smudged Thoughts for this tag! And if you’d like to do this tag, feel free! I’d love to see what fandoms you love the most! ^_^ Also, there will be no post next week, since I’ll be on vacation!

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3 Websites That Are a MUST if You’re a Writer

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Hey guys! I just have a short post for you today, due to working on some other projects (wink, wink 😉 ), but I hope will benefit some of you!

As writers, we all know the internet is severely distracting and procrastination-inducing, but it isn’t all bad for us writers! Here are 3 websites that I use like crazy when I’m writing.

Tabletop Audio

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!

WordHippo

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.

Fantasy Name Generators

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!

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Three Bookish Things Tag

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Hello friends! I have a bit of a shorter, more laid-back post for you this week, becaaaaause… I’ve been working on my newly announced movie review blog, getting some shiny new posts up and ready for the release date! I’m pretty darn excited about it. XD

But on to today’s post, a tag! Shocking! I know! I almost never do tags! XD I feel like tags are always what I fall back on when I have no ideas for posts, but I’M NOT ASHAMED. It’s nice to have a pre-planned post every once in a while, ‘kay?

‘Kay. Let’s do this.

I originally saw this on Cait’s blog, and she said she got it off of Instagram…so…not entirely sure about the rules…I know you list three bookish things…And that’s the extent of my knowledge. But let’s just jump into the questions, maybe I’ll tag a few people at the end, I don’t know, we’ll see.

ANNNNNNND GO.

• 3 Favorite Authors

Oh my word, HOW. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION. Maybe this tag was a bad idea…XD

Okay, let’s see…

Marissa Meyer writes one of my most favorite series of all time, she’s pretty neat.

• I have to give credit to Shannon Hale, since she’s the one who got me into reading. Her Princess Academy books, and her Books of Bayern will always stick with me.

• Oof. I think the last one is a tie between Anne Elisabeth Stengl and Heather Dixon. I LOVE Anne’s Tales of Goldstone Wood, but Heather writes some AWESOME standalones, particularly Illusionarium…AGH. I can’t choose.

• 3 Weirdest Things Used as a Bookmark

Oooooh, this is an interesting question!

• I’ve definitely used napkins before. They weren’t dirty, of course.

• I use library receipts waaaay more than I’d rather admit to. XD

• Hmm…I think I used a popsicle stick one time. And it wasn’t a clean one. It was one where I had just finished the popsicle part. I was a little kid, okay? Don’t judge.

• 3 Series Binged

This one’s kind of hard, because I’m usually waiting for the next books to come out, so I really can’t binge read. But…

• I remember binge-rereading the Lunar Chronicles a while back. I should really do that again…

• The Bright Empires series (by Stephen R. Lawhead)! I can’t say I reeeally binged it, I remember reading a different book or two in between some of them, but I got through the whole series pretty quick.

• And when I was little one summer I zipped through the Magic Treehouse books in a matter of days. That was fun. Kinda miss that.

• 3 Characters You Love

This is so hard because there are so many characters I love so dearly! But here are some that stuck out in my mind.

Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles is my favorite roguish bad boy in fiction. He likes to pretend he’s a hardened tough guy, but he’s actually just a soft marshmallow underneath.

Rin from Forest Born (by Shannon Hale) was a really inspirational character for me when I was younger. She didn’t really know her place in the world, and she felt so alone and scared. I used to get really scared and anxious when I was a kid, and knowing that I wasn’t alone was a real comfort to me.

• I think this is a three-way tie for Kell (from A Darker Shade of Magic), Percy (from Percy Jackson), and Leo/Lionheart/Leonard (from Tales of Goldstone Wood). Kell is a character I’ve recently come to love, as is Percy, and Leo…well, he’s Leo. You know what I mean if you’ve read the books. He’s just a human. Trying to figure things out. Sometimes Usually making mistakes.

• 3 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Young Adult is an AGE GROUP, not a GENRE. It’s a category, like Children or Adult. It always annoys me on websites like Barnes and Noble or Amazon when they list all the book genres and then stick ‘YA’ at the end. 😛

• I…didn’t really like Archenemies (by Marissa Meyer). I loved Renegades, but Archenemies just felt like the same story over again, except with more romance between Adrian and Nova. 😦

I don’t really like contemporary books. They seem really dull and boring to me. If I wanted to read about realistic life…why wouldn’t I just go out and live?

• 3 Popular Bookish Opinions

I love deckled edges! I think it makes a reading experience even more magical!

E-books will always be inferior to a real, physical book. Always. Not that e-books are bad or anything, I have like a hundred of them. XD I’ll just always prefer a real book.

Nothing is better than a shiny new copy of a book! I will buy used copies, or get them from the library, but nothing beats a new book.

• 3 Favorite Book Covers

There are soooo many gorgeous ones…how can I choose just three?!

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• 3 Book Goals for the Year

Try to read 30 books!

Read some more outside of my main genre (fantasy, in case you didn’t know, but you probably did). I’d like to dip into some historical fiction, some sci-fi, maybe even a bit of contemporary…despite what I said above. Just ignore that. XD

Read some of the e-books I have on my Nook! I’m so bad about keeping up with these. I have so many I’ve gotten for free and there are so many I’ve bought too. I need to get through some of them this year.

Well, there you go, the Three Bookish Things tag! I think I shall tag Kenzie @ Smudged Thoughts, Laurel @ We’ll Be Fine, and Faith @ The Writer’s Song.

Here are the questions for easy copy-paste //

3 Favorite Authors

3 Weirdest Things Used as a Bookmark

3 Series Binged

3 Characters You Love

3 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

3 Popular Bookish Opinions

3 Favorite Book Covers

3 Book Goals for this Year

Do you have any unpopular bookish opinions? Who are your favorite authors? Let me know in the comments!

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2018 in Review

2018

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?

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Some of my wonderful peeps! (picture courtesy of Deborah)

• 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

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GUYS. I’VE GOTTEN INTO THIS SHOW. IT. IS. SO. GOOOOOOD. I will now proceed to use as many gifs from this as possible.

Writer’s Desk //

Nothing really significant happened on the writing scene this year, but…

I WON NANOWRIMO FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!

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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.

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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!!!

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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!

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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*

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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…

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My face while watching the end.

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*

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*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.

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• 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.

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• 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?

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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!

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Pitiful Prose // Bad Guys…?

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Hey guys! Oh, and…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I can’t believe it’s already 2019…It sounds so…futuristic. XD

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The past few weeks have been pretty busy for me, with Christmas and New Years and trying to get back into the normal way of life. I’m planning on posting a 2018 year review, along with some goals I have for this year sometime this month, so you can watch out for that. 🙂

Anyways, I’m back with a pitiful bit of prose just for you! This little scribbling is what partially inspired my superhero trilogy that I’ve had in the back of my head for years. It’s really clunky, really cheesy, and I hope you laugh.

Two men came in.

I knew those two baddies, so I hid behind a table.*

*Stellar opening, 10/10.

Jake, the boss, went up to the water park*, while Jasper, the asisstant, stood guard at the bottom.

*…up?

I decided to have some fun. I walked up to where Jasper was guarding (which was Manager Hofsteads office)* and said, “Hiya, Jasper!”

*Okay, but, like, what exactly is he guarding? The entrance to this manager’s office? Or…the water park that is apparently on top of it? Couldn’t he be used in a more useful way? -_-

Jasper whipped his head at me* and stuttered, “M-M-Melody,”

*”Right in the head, he just smacked me with his face.” XD

I held back a giggle. “I didn’t know you had a job as asisstant manager!”

“I….d-d-don’t,”

“Then why are you standing in front of Mr. Hofsteads door?”

“I…..”

“What are you doing Jasper?”

“I……he…..”

“He who?”

“Jake,” he said slowly.

“I didn’t know he was out of jail,”

“He is……”*

*I’m…really, really unsure what is supposed to be so funny about this exchange. What……was I……..thinking………..with…..all……..of………these………..ellipsis…….?

“What was that?”*

*Is this supposed to be a sarcastic remark? Or did she actually hear something and we just don’t get to know that?

Jasper stopped talking, and let me through.

Mr. Hofstead was in there, and I decided not to worry him.* His office is like a door into a room and then another door in the back that leads up to the water slide. So his office under the Water Slide.

*Another thing: what is there to worry about? So far, these two dudes, bad guys, whatever, have done absolutely nothing to indicate that they might be doing something nefarious. Melody is just assuming that because they’re bad guys…they’re going to, I don’t know what, blow up the building? Rob from…the waterpark? I really just don’t know.

I tried to walkd Stealthly* to the door but he was walking out. I was thinking that Jake must have used the ladder on the side of the office.*

*Grammar, little me. Grammar.
*…why is there a ladder?

“Melody, can I help you?”

“um, going up this way?”

Mr. Hofstead looked reprimending, but he said “Alright.”*

*Did I think I sounded smart? And also, really dude? You’re going to just let this kid…use your office to…get to the top of the…waterpark…? I’m done. I can’t figure this out.

I raced up to the rood* to listen in on what Jake might be saying.I had flipped on my side and was using the little hole at the top to listen.* I heard Mayor Galvin, Wait and his daughter!*

*I’m assuming this is supposed to be ‘roof’, but with the way this story is going, it really could be anything.
*..little hole…? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!
*Feels like I should acknowledge this development, but just really doesn’t care at this point.

I gt off the roof and sneaked in. Jake must have seen me sneaking under the second floor, because he stepped on my hand, which threw him a little off balance.*

*That…that wouldn’t throw you off balance. That would just hurt your hand really bad.

I ran up to the second floor, the highest spot in the park.*

*What even is this place? What’s the layout? Where are we??

“I have got to get a new asisstant.” Jake said grabbing his knife. “Oh, well, you’re too late anyway!”

I saw the Mayor and his daughter, hanging on to the ledge of the slide, but Jake was in my way.

“Let them go!” I said.

“Never!” he said, cutting the rope.

I had to stop him. “Wait!” I shouted. Jake stopped. “What if I took there place?”*

*… … … what?

Jake looked at me, “You would do that?”

“Of course I would! If it would save there* life,”

*PLEASE JUST USE THE PROPER WORD PLEEEASE.

Jake thought, then said “It would be funner, but I have to do them in for other purposes.”*

*Can Jake talk like a normal human being? Answer: no.

I took a deep breath. Here goes.*

*…”My sanity.”

The rope snapped. I leaped to grab it, but then Jake grabbed me. He wasn’t strong enough, so I managed to grab the rope, But then we were dangling by a hand. My hand.*

*…I’m so confused. What happened here? I have no idea what happened here.

Jake came closer and said “Wonderful! I’ll finish you all off!” and then he stepped on my hand.*

*See, it DOES hurt.

I had to think fast. Then I remembered a trick I had learned. It’s called the Switcheroo.* I mustered up all the strength I had, grabbed Jake’s foot, and swung the Mayor and his daughter up to safety.

*For some reason this reminds of something a cowboy would say. Not exactly the feeling I wanted to invoke here, I’m pretty sure.

Now I was dangling with Jake hanging on for dear life. I pulled myself up and pulled up Jake too.

Jake was to flabbergasted to speak but the Mayor thanked me and decreed that Jake and Jasper go back to jail.*

*JASPER HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. WHAT ARE YO U DOING.

The Mayor left happily with his daughter. As I handcuffed Jake, he didn’t struggle.* As I walked him down and handcuffed Jasper, strangly, he smiled.*

*And just like that, folks, he’s given up. Why? …We don’t really know!
*Strangly…he wants to strangle you. Is that what that means?

I brought them outside and called the police. Before they got hauled away, Jake quietly said “Thank you.” and then he was gone.

I felt a little twinge in my heart. I didn’t know what to do.

Okay. Yup. That was. Wow. Okay. If you read this entire mess, you deserve a cookie. ^_^ It doesn’t really make sense, but…I was really proud of it when I first wrote it so…that counts for something, right? Let me know if you enjoyed this ridiculousness down below!

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Christmas Time is Here // A Smattering of Poems

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I will love Christmas songs forever.

Forever I will sing songs. I will have a Christmas love in my heart.

Love is forever a Christmas tradition that I will sing with songs of joy.

Songs I love will forever be remembered and I will never not love Christmas time.

Christmas songs I love shall I sing forever with a passionate will.

Will Christmas be around forever? So I may sing songs of love?

Forever will I treasure them. I love Christmas songs of love and joy.

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Gingerbread sensations tingle on your tongue,

The smell of warm sugar and familiar spices

Sweetening an icy interior.

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There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy.

When smiles are genuine and the world feels lighter.

There are colored lights spread across the town, and life feels merry.

When gifts are situated under the tree, shiny with bows and ribbons.

There are hearts all aglow, filled with love and joy.

Christmas time is here. Fun for all. The most wonderful time of the year.

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Quiet heart. Careful hands.

Rosy cheeks. Soft embrace.

Peaceful night. Touching scene.

Wondrous sight. King of kings.

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Just a bit of Christmas poetry for you. It’s nothing fancy, but I think it’s kind of nice. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday! ❤

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Know the Novel: Part 3 // Writing and Beyond {NaNoWriMo 2018}

Hello guys! It’s been a good while since NaNo, and I’ve enjoyed my guilt-free solace of reading books and watching movies so far. Plus, CHRISTMAS IS COMING. How is it upon us ALREADY?!

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Anyway, today’s post is a writer’s link-up created by Christine, and I…unfortunately, missed out on the second part of this challenge. I had taken a little hiatus during the month of November, and so I didn’t get the chance to answer the fabulous questions about the writing process.

But! I’m here now! And I can’t wait to answer these questions!

Firstly, how did writing this novel go all around?

For the most part, I think it went really well. It had its crazy up and down moments, but I’d call it a successful NaNo. And it’s my FIRST TIME WINNING. So yeah. Still pretty stoked about that. 🙂

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That’s my novel in the background. XD

Did it turn out like you expected or completely different? And how do you feel about the outcome?

It mostly went according to plan. I had my outline all typed up and ready to go, and the first half went really great!

But then, as the month ambled on, new ideas started springing up out of nowhere. And by the time I reached the ending, there were choppy, cut-up bits of story, text pasted in random spots, trying to piece the story together, and my main character had basically gone insane. (Okay, not really, but she took the strangest turn, let me tell you.)

I don’t regret it too much. I got the general ideas down, and now they just need to be rewritten and polished so it all goes smoothly. And I probably need to cut…a lot of stuff in the climax. But other than that, I’m very happy with how it turned out!

What aspect of the story did you love writing about the most? (Characters, plot, setting, prose, etc.)

Characters for sure. I always love my characters the most. They’re what motivate me to keep going. Plus over the years and years of writing about them, I feel like I’ve come to know them so well. They feel like old friends. I know exactly how they’ll react to things, what they love. It’s a good relationship. (I sound like I’m crazy…XD)

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How about your least favorite part?

…I hate to say the plot…but I’ve gotta say, it was probably the plot. My project was to rewrite Imprint, which I’ve been working on for years. I was proud of my outline, and I was really excited about it…until I started finding little plot holes.

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Those put little ruts in the whole process, which was kind of frustrating. I wish I could spot those little suckers easier, and before I take the leap into writing the story for the whole month. But I kept track of them, and I’ll just have to go back and fix them, along with some rewriting and editing, hopefully in January.

What do you feel like needs the most work?

Well, I kind of just answered that in the question above. XD But rewrites and edits aside, I really think what this novel needs…is a voice.

I’ve always had a hard time with finding my ‘writing voice’, and I still don’t know exactly what that is. I’d like to say I’ve gotten better with practice, but when I read over my work, I notice how devoid of personality the prose tends to be. It’s almost robotic.

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I could really use an editor…

How do you feel about your characters now that the novel is done? Who’s your favorite? Least favorite? Anyone surprise you? Give us all the details!

Oh man, such a hard question. XD Of course I love them all, even the villains. My favorite character is probably one of my main characters, Markus. He’s hilarious, and tends to goof off, but also really caring and unafraid to have an optimistic attitude.

I don’t think I could choose a least favorite, honestly. I love all my characters too much! I will say, Zyke, a side character, has been a bit of a challenge for me. It’s not like I don’t like him, I love him… It’s more like I can’t figure him out. He just won’t let me into his head. I’ve been trying to find his motives and stand on things for a long time, but he remains a mystery to me. 😛

A character that really surprised me was actually my villain, Zedidiah. He’s so much more than your typical villain. He’s human. He cares about things. He just wants what’s best for people. Sure, he’s out to rule the world, and he’ll stop at nothing to get to the seat of power, but it’s only because he doesn’t want to see people suffer. (…Even though…he’s the one making them suffer…)

What’s your next plan of action with this novel?

Let it settle for a bit longer, then rewrite, edit, do whatever needs doing to get it polished, and then…let my family read through it, consider their edits, revise, and send it to some beta-readers. And then after that…maybe considering pitching? idontknowimscared. :S

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If you could have your greatest dream realized for this novel, what would it be?

I want to share this story with the world. I write what I want to read, and if I love this story, then I know at least one other person will too. And if it ends up in bookstores, has a sizable fan-base, and people absolutely love it and want more…that’d be great too. XD

Share a snippet of one of your most favorite scenes!

*wades through trash to find something suitable*

Here’s a conversation between my two favorite reaper boys. It’s nothing much, but it’s really a testament to their relationship.

“You’re an actual idiot.” Celthic slammed his dagger down on the tile. It left a jagged mark, right where Paige and the boy had been.

Me?” Zyke shouted indignantly. “It was your idea to try to snag them here!”

“What a load.” Celthic whipped around to glare furiously at his friend. Though right now, he would’ve rather referred to Zyke as colleague. Or maybe associate. Definitely not friend, by any means. “This was your idea that I agreed to. I never said it was good.” He crossed his arms. “This is why I don’t let you lead.”

“Well aren’t you just the king of clever,” Zyke said scornfully. “You think you’re so amazing, Celthic. I’m surprised you even fit through that door with your head being so big.”

Celthic scooped up his dagger and held it dangerously close to Zyke’s neck. “Look, I’m done arguing. Either we do this together, or we don’t do it at all. And that’s not going to cut it.” He nimbly slid his blade into his scabbard. “So stop being mouthy and let’s get this stupid thing over with.”

Zyke whipped out his scythe, leaning gently on it and examining his nails. “You’re something, Cel,” he muttered.

Celthic ignored the statement. He ignored a lot of things. Life was easier that way. “We’ve given ourselves up. They know what we look like now. From now on, we work discreetly. In, out, done.” He wind-milled his arms, opening a gaping violet portal. “We’re splitting up. Let’s go.”

They’re two huge dorks, in case you were wondering. And I love them.

Did you glean any new writing and/or life lessons from writing this novel?

Never think that your work is stupid. Even if it is. XD Because if you don’t have confidence in your own work, why would anyone else? Own your novel, and don’t worry about it being perfect, because we all know that’s not possible. In fact, imperfections are sometimes what makes a novel great.

And also, don’t slack off on the last week of NaNo and in a fit of panic, barely make the 50,000 mark on November 30th, 11:45 PM. Really wouldn’t suggest that. Not a smart choice.

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This was me at the end of the month. XD

There you go! A little glimpse into my newly rewritten Imprint! Thank you again for this awesome link-up, Christine! Tell me about your NaNo experience in the comments! And also MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Look out for a special little post on Christmas Eve! 😉

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Pitiful Prose // The IM Conversation

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Hello guys, and welcome back to the latest installment of Pitiful Prose, the segment where I belittle and bemoan my younger self’s writings.

I wrote this little ditty back in…2013, I think? Phones and texting were really becoming this huge thing, and I was eager to try my hand at writing an IM chat log. (For…some reason that I don’t know…)

It’s quite cringey, it will possibly make you laugh, and I hope you enjoy! 🙂

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MaddieGladdie* –  R U coming 2 Mi house?

*This was back when I self-inserted myself into my stories. I changed her name to Madel, and gave her my nickname, so this was…really not that subtle.

JackinaBox* – I’ll be there @ 6. Kay?

*I actually kinda like this one for a username? It’s kinda cute. XD

MaddieGladdie – Sounds good. Is any1 else online?

JackinaBox – dont know.*

*Can I just say, it took a lot of willpower to make myself misspell words on purpose. So. Give me a round of applause.

MelMel – Hello??

MaddieGladdie – Mandy! u’re here!

MelMel – u’re here 2!

JackinaBox – any1 else?

MelMel – ummmmm….*

*Who writes an ‘um’ that long? Seriously? >_>

SmartCookie – Im here.

MaddieGladdie – hey Anna!*

*Why are you even bothering to use usernames if you’re just going to call each other by your names?

SmartCookie – hi. Sorry Im late.

MaddieGladdie – no big.

CoolKate – Hi!

MaddieGladdie – hey kate! Is Lia there with U?*

*…Why did you capitalize Lia…but not…Kate…?

CoolKate – just a sec, BRB*

*…where are you going?

JackinaBox – So… R U all coming 2 Mad’s house?*

*Nobody shortens Madeline, or even Maddie, to Mad. Literally nobody has ever done that to me.

MelMel – I am!

SmartCookie – me 2.

MaddieGladdie – Kate?

CoolKate – Im back! and Lia is logging in right now.

MaddieGladdie – kay!

XOLiaOX* – hey every1!

*Could I be more creative with these names? XD

MaddieGladdie – hey Lia! so is every1 here?

MelMel – yep.*

*Why are you taking the time to use punctuation, but still not capitalizing words and misspelling them?

MaddieGladdie – ok, great I need all of U @ mi house. can U make it?

CoolKate – Im free.

XOLiaOX – me 2!

MaddieGladdie – SO U’ll all come? CYA there!*

*I think my eyes are bleeding.

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*{Insert graceful cut here}

I log off and race to the door. as usual, Lia is here first. “hey Madel! Whats so Important?”

“I’ll wait till the other are here.” I say.*

*Ooh, who is the other? Are they the bad guy?? :O

Its just after dinner so everyone has to ‘wash up’ and clean themselves.*

*Wouldn’t you do that…before dinner? I’m so confused. -_-

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There you go, my first chat log! I don’t think I’ve ever written one since then…probably because even I thought it was cheesy and…pretty much pointless, plot-wise. Like, what even is happening in this scene? This whole thing could’ve taken less than a paragraph if I cut out all the ridiculous filler. XD

Does this look like a realistic text exchange to you? Or like an automated robot trying to be hip wrote it? Let me know in the comments!

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NaNoWriMo 2018 in a Nutshell // I DID IT!!!

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Hello guys! Wow…it feels like ages since I last wrote a blog post…or even interacted with the outside world…XD But I’m back, and currently swimming in tons of other blogger’s posts that I need to catch up on.

Don’t let anyone tell you NaNo doesn’t take over your whole life. They are liars.

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Has anyone did their yearly re-watch of this one yet? *raises hand*

But anyway, I am SO STINKING EXCITED to announce that…

I DID IT!! I REACHED 50K WORDS!!!

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That really doesn’t seem like much, when I see other writers hitting word-counts up into the 100ks…Seriously, you guys are speed demons. XD

BUT. This will mark my first ever year of actually winning NaNo! I’ve been doing WriMos since the year 2015 (or 2014? My memory is foggy…), and I have NOT ONCE completed the challenge. I’ve come SO. SO. CLOSE. But those last 10,000 words were always out of my reach.

BUT NOT THIS YEAR!

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I’m definitely going to be setting my mess of a novel aside for the month of December and focusing on some more casual writing (like blogging 😉 ) for the rest of the year.

It was such a crazy time, let me tell you.

I started off pretty strong, staying far ahead of the daily word goals for the first couple weeks. But then it’s like a massive wave of nothingness flooded through the rest of the month. I was 10,000 words behind schedule, at one point. That was a terrible feeling.

I stayed fairly low, wordcount-wise, through the Thanksgiving weekend and fretted that I wouldn’t be able to make it.

But those last few days…oh my gracious. I was pounding out as many words as possible, not quite caring if they even made sense or not. I just had to get these words on the page.

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Does anyone else remember this short? XD

And so, at no later than 11:45 on November 30th, I hit 50k.

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Batman approves.

And then I immediately went to bed, my brain half-dead with exhaustion, half-hyped-up on the fact that I had won.

So…yeah. That was my experience. And now I have this dandy little badge to prove that I did it.

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Isn’t it just BEAUTIFUL??

I would share some snippets, buuuut…I haven’t dared to look through my manuscript just yet. XD I’ll probably do an aesthetic post with some of them sometime in the middle of December, but for now, I’m glad to just let it rest.

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Sorry if this is kind of a shorter post, I’m still kind of reeling from last month’s insanity. XD CONGRATULATIONS to all you writers who completed NaNo!! Tell me a bit about your experience down below! I’d love to hear I’m not the only one who kind of went a bit crazy… 😛

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