Tuesday, January 17, 2017


well hello world! I'm sorry for the long absence. November contained a lot of writing, and then with finishing up projects and finals for school, the holidays, the Winter Workshop, and starting school up again, somehow blogging slipped through the cracks. But I'm back now and ready to fall into the swing of things again!


drinking... wild sweet orange tea from Tazo. I added a squirt of honey this time, which made it especially yummy!

listening to... pirate music. I've been listening to so many different styles and artists lately, but I wanted something I hadn't heard in a while. The playlist is mostly the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks, along with sea shanties. Otherwise, I've been listening to a /lot/ of musicals lately. Current favorites: Into the Woods and Phantom of the Opera. So good!

reading...I just finished reading the first place winner in this year's OYAN novel contest! The winner is Chromeheads by J. Buller, and it's a lot of fun to read. Hopefully he'll get it published so everyone else can read it too! which reminds me...

celebrating... the fact that I took second place in the same contest!! I don't think I've mentioned it on S+S before, but Ten of Hearts, the first book in the Cardmaster Trilogy, landed second place. I was so blown away when they announced the winners, and I still have a hard time believing it! While there is still so much work that needs to be done to the story (and the whole series!) before I can begin querying agents, it's so incredibly encouraging to know that other people see the interest and value in my story. And who knows? it might be a bestseller yet!

writing... speaking of Cardmaster, I did end up finishing 50k words for NaNo. It was quite a push to the end, but I developed a nice rhythm, which I was very proud of. I ended up writing with a friend and we finished at the same time, which was a really amazing experience. If you haven't yet, I would highly recommend finding a fellow writer in the area! While online friends are amazing, sometimes face to face can be just the encouragement you need :)

missing... the Winter Workshop! If you've never heard of it, the WW is a 18+ writing conference put on by the One Year Adventure Novel gang. It was perfection this year, and I learned so much about writing and my own personal life, and deepened and formed lifelong friendships. I am so beyond grateful for OYAN and the blessings they bring <3

learning... however, as amazing and refreshing as WW was, one must return to reality at some point. I am currently taking a J-Term class, which only lasts for the month of January. It's a lab class, and while I really do enjoy lab, we have 3 hours of lecture in the morning, and another 3 hours of lab in the afternoon. I'm ready to learn about something new!

enjoying... life as it is. Class is a lot, but it's okay and we're halfway finished. Work is good, and I'm excited to see pieces starting to come together. I've found more time to just create this month, without deadlines or end goals, and that's been really nice. I'm doing my best to learn how to slow down, and take some time just to have fun.

What have you been up to lately? I'd love to hear about it! Hopefully your year is off to a great start, and the rest of the year will only be better <3

Sunday, January 1, 2017