The Grand 2k17 Wrap Up + Did I Finish My Goals?

Can you even believe 2017 is over? Tomorrow 2018 will be here… that’s a little wild, honestly.

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I thought I’d break this year up into five categories, to try and organize it better. I’ve not been very fond of the way I’ve been doing my monthly look backs… so here’s an attempt at freshening them up lol. 

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…Wow. I’ll just say that. This year, a looot of stuff happened. I’ve been seeing everyone else wrap up their year and say how it was ‘life changing,’ or ‘so different and incredible,’ ‘so much better than 2016.’

For me… if I’m being honest, it was quite a hard year. Lots of triumphs, of course, but lots of struggles too… like any year that we experience. But this one was rougher than most. That doesn’t mean there weren’t some gems that happened this year…I’m still alive, aren’t I?! >.<

Anyway, it’s probably easiest if I break it down month by month… (and this is a little inspired by Abbie, who wrote a post about looking at what we accomplished this year, not just the goals we didn’t accomplish.)

January// got the role of Alice in my drama troupe’s Alice in Wonderland production + another semester of dual credit classes

February// winter jam concert + stress stress stress 

March// art for alice + practice for alice + sewing for alice + memorizing for alice

April// did i mention i was in an alice in wonderland play and it consumed my entire semester lol +camp nanowrimo

May// PRODUCTION WEEK (alice is over it went well thank you) + FINALS (goodbye junior year)

June// turned 18 + started selling my art at a farmers market 

July// spiderman:homecoming with my bestie + last year at my favorite camp<3 +camp nanowrimo

August// traveled to Maryland/Virgina + started dual credit classes again 

September// school + stress + re-writing Truth Remaining

October// nanowrimo prep + lots of work for dual credit classes

November// NANOWRIMO + lots of photography gigs 

December// school is DONE + digital art with my new tablet + flordia!

 

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Oooh man. Well… according to My Write Club, all this happened:

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So. Many. Read. Throughs. And this doesn’t even show everything that got finished. I just completed one after NaNo, typing up all my line edits (again. that’s the second round of that kind of edit this year. XD)

I also completed a read through of book two, Truth Remaining! I’m a leetle disappointed that I didn’t do much with the third book, Ember Burning… but perhaps that’ll be in my goals for 2018 post. *starts to think about the goals I haven’t set yet*

Also, this year I managed to do NaNoWriMo (and camp… but that was many moons ago and I don’t remember everything that happened.) You can read allll about that on my NaNoWrapUp post. XD

it was almost the death of me but we made it.

 

 

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This year was seriously a good year for reading. I mean, it started out that way. Towards the end it kinda dipped down again… but it was still really, really great.

You are maybe possibly wondering what the best book I read this year was? Well, if you were, here you go:

CODE NAME VERITY by ELIZABETH WEIN. 

Seriously. Incredible. I also ready a loooot of other incredible books, like the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (sqUEE) and The Lost Girl of Aster Street by Stephanie Morrill and the Seeds of America trilogy by Laurie Halse Anderson and Some Kind of Happiness by Heidi Heilg and also WARCROSS by Marie Lu. (ugh *needs book two*)

It was an incredible year for reading, really.

This year, I re-read the hunger games. And that Alice script, you might me wondering, was for the play that I was in where I was Alice. And I read probably a dozen times.

Goodreads has a wonderful thing called #MyYearInBooks. If you use Goodreads, it’s a pretty nice way to wrap up all the books one read in the year.

 

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Yes. I’m adding a new section. Of course, this is primarily a blog about writing and books and stuff, but its also about me, slightly, so I thought I should include my art as well.

 

So as I mentioned above, I got to sell at a farmers market this year! I mostly sold cards and stuff… it was really, really cool. It provided the opportunity for conversations, possible commissions, and just general good things. I really, really enjoyed it, and made a little bit of money on the side, too!

This year, I started a photography page for my instagram, too! It’s here:

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2017 GOALS?

That’s kind of crazy that nearly one year ago, I set out to accomplish things in 2017… and now the year is over. And we’re setting goals for next year. WHAT?

So this past year, I really didn’t set that big of goals. They may seem big, but they were more just things that I’d either been putting of or *needed* to get done:

 

Finish editing Sparrow Singing// Yes. I’m going to say yes. I think it’s pretty much mostly done.

Get Sparrow out to another round of Betas// YEP. I finish this one back in March, thanks you all you lovely people.

Give Truth Remaining a single read-through edit// Yep! Sure, this took a lot longer to actually finish… but I did it in September. XD

Prepare all the necessaries for querying agents// NEWS FLASH I’m actually almost complete with this! I have a query letter written, I think I wrote a cover letter (somewhere) and now I need to write a synopsis… or fix the one I wrote in the summer.

 

Wow. that was a lot! This year has been pretty incredibly huge, even if my blogging as a little sub-par. Chocolate to you if you actually read the whole thing, or even skimmed the whole thing… (i understand, we all do it. XD) I appreciate you.

No matter what comes and whatever junk mountains life throws at us to climb… we can make it trusting in Him. You see, the trick to that is actually doing it. Actually trusting Him. Not just saying that and then… not doing it. Believe me, it’s a lot better to just do it.

 

I’m going to kick it into gear next year with my blogging, and hopefully get you all even more content… like maybe video content? we’ll see… 😉

Keep your eyes peeled!

 

What were some of the highlights in your year? Did you achieve the goals you set out to do? How did your writing or other hobbies go?

 

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The Hardest NaNoWriMo Ever. 2017.

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Did I survive NaNoWriMo 2017? That’s a the real question, isn’t it?

I guess, since I’m here typing this out, then yes, I survived. The real question is did I survive this semester? (that’ll be answered in a different post. for now…. NaNoWriMo 2017.

So here is a November wrap up of sorts.

Except, I didn’t call it a wrap up or look back because I wanted a click-baity title.can you tell I’ve watched a lot of youtube lately? hmm. \ (>◡<) /

What

A dystopian. It’s pretty neat.

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short story: twin bros receive a scholarship to go the school run by the country that has oppressed their sector since before they were born… but they don’t play by the rules when they get there.

long story:

After the Culture War, after the nation went through its Second Reconstruction, things changed. No one wants to repeat incidents leading up to the war or upset the United Faction.

Living in the middle of nowhere Indiana, now one of the many sectors to receive multiple ideological strikes, two brothers receive the Scholarship. It’s a chance to leave their  and receive better education in the Unilege.  What they find, however, isn’t all golden. Whatever truths and realizations the Culture War and Reconstruction caused people to come to aren’t true, and aren’t working. Things are worse off than they were before the violence started.

No one wants to repeat the War… Zeyden and Lane are among them. But what if the first outcome wasn’t the one that needed to happen? 

(it’s dystopian, if you haven’t noticed lol)

Here’s my pinterest board, by the way. As inspired by Katie and Aimee’s absolutely stunning pinterest boards, I’ve been trying to do a better job with mine. Usually I pin everything any anything even if it doesnt match. They’re usually pretty ugly. This year was different.

Who

Lane:

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He’s INTP. Drinks his “coffee” black because that’s what they can afford. Desperately logical. Fiercely protective of his family and rarely apart from his bro.

Zeyden:

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ENFP. Ready for adventure, enjoys playing any role he can. More… experimentive than his brother and thinks on his feet a little quicker.

Norah:

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ISTJ, generally silent. considering her background, it takes a long while for her to warm up to someone to trust them All logic and wit. But once you’re trusted… you’re in.* And she’s not as stiff as she seems.**

(*ID LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOT A LOVE TRIANGLE THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS BOOK AND THERE ARE NO LOVE TRIANGLES THANK YOU GOODNIGHT people I didn’t mention like Asha the firey latina girl who like never took off her black ball cap and Charlie the smol cinnamon roll from the super supressed region of what was West Virginia.) 
**so there is a smol teeny tiny romance that didn’t really go anywhere but makes me squeal a little with delight. *cough*

week one

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All start off by saying this: this was a really, really, hard NaNo. I don’t know exactly what caused it, but I do have a general guess.

I, as you know, didn’t write anything for my Trilogy this NaNo. Since all three books have been written and now require editing… i wanted something fresh. I haven’t written anything new since, well, 2014 when I started my Trilogy. Plus, all my books are in female perspective. So this one is in the perspective of a dude. And I wanted to include family, since my other books don’t really include that. (family and dystopian don’t always go together… in this case, though…)

I really, really, enjoyed it but man oh man was it hard. I didn’t really give myself enough of an outline to go on. I hadn’t completely figured out the rules of my world, the convictions of my characters, the “theology” so to say, and motives and structure… it’s kinda a mess. Of course, I had a general idea. I knew what I wanted to do… but did I accomplish that? Who knows, man. This story sprang out of one idea that then went a completely different direction. Going into it, I wasn’t even sure that I’d like it.

 

So the first week? It was alright. Started off smooth sailing… then the bumps of week two came in.

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at least I got to include a grandfather who was fluent in memes because he grew up in the meme era of today.

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Things were just really hard as I tried to set up this whole school environment. I did the same thing to myself when I set up the Institute in Sparrow Singing. Past me hadn’t really planned everything out, so present me then had to fly by the seat of my pants for the details.

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It’s alright, though. Everything’s fine.

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And yes, I did include a grandad that knew about memes… I also may have done this:

Gotta keep things light, as this is a pretty serious book dealing with serious topics and issues and life on the line rebelling stuff.

week three

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Week three was hhhhaaaarrrrddddd. Not only was this book just difficult to write, but I got sick with something like strep in the middle of it, felt like doing absolutely nothing and everything ached, and then Thanksgiving happened.

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week four

50k on November 28th

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This week actually went… well? It picked up towards the end. Because of necessity. I’ve become a stickler about finishing my novel in the month of November, not just 50k. That will probably come back to bite me, because the end’s kinda a mess, but s’all good, s’all good. That last day I wrote somewhere around 11k? I forget, honestly. It was a lot. It was difficult. I almost died, probably.

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So that was that. My book is done. It’s a mess, but it’s done. I survived. If you’re reading this, you survived, too. so perks!

 

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you all know stats are the best. I loved stalking watching other peoples stats all month. It’s just so interesting! I don’t love math, but I love statistical numbers and word counts. XD

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I’ll see you all next post. It’ll probably be the last of the year, but with this post, my Hiatus has officially ended! My new goal is to blog once every two weeks, or at least keep up the once a week. I’m thinking about starting a youtube, so that might change up my post scheduling around here. We’ll see. ;P I really need to keep editing my book so I can query it but MORE ABOUT THAT NEXT POST. mwaahahaha

 

What do you think? Did you do NaNo? If so, how did it go and what did you write this year?