July 2017 Monthly Look Back

wElP. I am here. My apologies for the sudden and un-intended hiatus. I’ll just dive into my highlights instead of explaining my address up here.

 

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Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 6.21.17 PMTBH, July started out as an hard month. I’ve been struggling a lot with stress/depression/anger.

It hasn’t been fun, but it’s partially my own fault. I haven’t been spending enough time in God’s word, and I had a friend/mentor/teacher/sister in Christ pass away this month. It was after a year’s fight with a rare cancer… I’m sad at the same time I’m happy. It’s grief. She’s finished her fight, her pain is over, but her family doesn’t have their mother.

But then, I went to my absolute favorite place, a Christian art camp that never fails to lift me up. The community, the encouragement, the love of Christ just flows through the people there. It never fails to just take my heart, squeeze out the darkness and pain, and then fill it back up again with Jesus. 

Since I’m going to be a senior this year, it was my last camp. But… it was so good. I’ve so appreciated the last four years. My heart is full.

That’s been the overall look at my month… some other highlights, though:

  • I got grand champion on a drawing at the county fair and now I get to go to state? Fun times. XD
  • I WENT AND SAW SPIDERMAN HOMING WITH MY BEST FRIEND AND OH MY WORD IT WAS SO GREAT.
  • I’m so excited to go back to that camp as a counselor after my mandatory gap-year.
  • At camp, I got to spend the week writing and talking with an author who’s published a dozen or more books. I just sent him my first few chapters for him to look over and possibly link me up with the industry.  (that was a run-on, oops.
  • I’m really excited about art right now for some reason?? XD

 

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I kinda sorta failed in the whole “reading books” thing this month. Our library was holding their summer reading program until July 15th, and every book you checked out meant you could get a slip of paper to enter into a drawing. I was going for the mini fridge orrr the 40$ B&N gift card. I won neither, even though I’m pretty sure I checked out well-over twenty books. Oh well. xD

But I have been stressed out and not left with much time to read… or I’ve been avoiding it.

Probably avoiding it. I avoid things that are good for me? This is a fact about me and I don’t know why. XD I read THREE WHOLE BOOKS. Two were graphic novels and literally took me an hour or two to read. Go read Real Friends by Shannon Hale IT WAS SO GOOD.

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Wel wel weeeel well wel wel welllllll.

Writing has been kinda sorta hard this month too?! I started strong going for Camp NaNo, but then fizzled out. I got stuck on a scene and then kinda sorta backed away? *hides*

But…. I’ve had some good talks with some good peoples. I’ve been stepping back and surveying the damage I’ve done writing series.

I’m trying hard to, well, not try hard. Praying about it, thinking about it, not thinking about it. I’m prepping to query now… or something like that.

But everyone needs a breather sometimes, right? After having gone to camp I feel refreshed and more ready to tackle stuff. I wrote a short story at camp, as well as two little paragraph thingys, one of which got read by the drama studio at camp. It was beautiful.

Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 6.23.03 PMOh, man. I’m going to have to schedule some posts. Why? Because I’m leaving this week for a camping trip/DC trip/road trip that’ll last till mid-august. Things will be SPARSE on twitter and Instagram, but I still love you all. No worries.

I may end up posting some of the stuff I wrote at camp, some pretty book pictures I’ve taken, or… hey, if any of you want to guest post. Contact me and maybe we’ll work something out.

 

See you all in August!

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7 Things About My Writing Process.

I haven’t done a beautiful people post since March… but these questions looked really good, so I chose some and here we are. 😀

(beautiful people is hosted by Cait of Paper Fury and Sky of Further Up and Further

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1. How do you decide which project to work on?

Well… I’ll be honest. All the projects I’m currently working on are in a Trilogy. So deciding which to work on first has been relatively easy: I’m working on them in order. XD All three have been written, but the first book needs to be finished or I can’t pitch the trilogy to an agent.

 

2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

Confession time… I have never actually “finished an entire book” until this year. And even then, I’m not sure Sparrow is done yet. I need to read through her again. But to finish a first draft? That usually takes 30 days, because NaNoWriMo is the best.

 

3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

I have gone through several writing spots in my life time, (my chair, a desk, my chair covered in a blanket, etc…) That’s really pretty much it. The only other thing I do is music. That was an acquired taste, though. Last January I started to see that people listened to movie soundtracks while writing. I thought that was cool… so I built my own playlist and have been building it ever since. XD

 

4. What time of day do you write best?

My writing time, as of late, has been all over the place. I’ve been writing in the morning (like, 45 minutes after I get up) but also sometimes in the midmorning around 10am. For a long while I wrote around 2pm, when I finished school work… but I also love to write late at night? Ugh. I need to get my game together.

5. Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I started writing stories because they were in my head, and I wanted to tell them. It’s that simple. I loved to read and I loved stories, so I came up with some, wrote them down, and got hooked. Well… in between my other hundred hobbies. Writing was neglected for a while, until I took it up hardcore at the end of 2015/ beginning of 2016. Now I’m trying to make it more than a hobby.

I keep writing because I have a story that’s written, and I want it to get better and better. I want to share it.

6.What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

Oh man. Probably the death of this girl in a historical fiction novel that I wrote. She and a friend, one of the slaves her father owned, were escaping into freedom… but the girl nearly drowned in a river and escapee friend had to bring her back to the shore… then she died. And the escapee had to deal with the consequences that a white girl drowned trying to save her.

oops lol

7. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

Well, lemme treat this as my mid-way-through-the-year-goal-check-up and let’s see what goals I set for myself in January…

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  • Finish editing Sparrow Singing // YES. I finished that round of editing. Now I’m on another. oops.
  • Get Sparrow to another round of betas // check check check.
  • Give Truth Remaining a single read-through edit //… um… well, we’re working on this for Camp this month.
  • Prepare all the necessities for querying agents. // this is also in the works! I have a small folder of agents to query, and this month I’m hoping to meet with another author to get some help on this.

 

That was fun! You’re welcome to steal my chosen seven questions, or check out all ten of them over at Cait’s blog.

See ya’ll next Sunday. :3