Where I Went and What I’m Thinking

*crashes into your blog post feed* HEy. Remember me? Jeneca. Yep. I haven’t been blogging hardly at all lately.

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I thought I’d give a quick snapshot/over view of what the hey I’ve been doing in the month of August, and why I haven’t been blogging. (tbh it’s because I’m a leetle lazy) 

  1. Washingtonnnn+Maryland+Charlottesville,VA

This is the bulk of why I’ve been so silent over here. August 3rd through August 13th, we were gone traveling. And now that I’m back I can tell you/ show some preety pictures. 

We camped in Maryland in the mountains and it was gorgeous! Toads! Mushrooms! Trees! Rocks! (basically all my loves.)

I MEAN LOOK AT THAT. Those mushrooms. They’re precious. And that toad. And those trees. The mosquitos weren’t that bad there, either which is incredible. Sure, it rained a lot, but rain is cool too.

(Even if the only thing protecting your from a torrential shower is a basically a tarp. lol.)

We also went into Washington DC, rode the metro, walked (a lot) saw the Washington Monument  (is it bad that one of the first things I thought about after seeing it was spiderman??) + museums. 

We also got to see the Vietnam memorial, which was pretty humbling and so cool to see in person.

Then we drove down to Charlottesville, VA to see Monticello. We ended up stayin in an airbnb outside the city and went to Monticello the next day… while the riot was going on. That was unexpected. We drove through the city on our way home that night and man. It was eerily empty, police everywhere, an emergency help space set up…

But Monticello was INCREDIBLE. Getting to tour Thomas Jefferson’s house (and see his grave site) was super cool. That dude is intriguing in many different ways.

 

2. Decompressing from Washington 

After I got back from camping n such, I had to decompress and spend a few days feeling depressed.

It felt so good to travel and have friends to talk to… even if there were stressful moments. Coming home and back to life and stress and family… good and bad, good and bad.

3. College Strugglessss

But now that it’s September, I’m at the brink of another semester. I’ve been facing more college struggles.

I’m sure in the past I’ve mentioned that I do dual credit classes at college(s) whilst in High School. This year is my last (It’s my senior! year!) so I’m trying to soak up these cheap credit hours. I’m doing more Spanish (yay!) and I somehow got into a 4 1/2 night drawing class that’s once a week. So that should be interesting.

If you have the opportunity to do dual credit classes while you’re in highschool, do it. It allows you to get college credit (and high school credit at the same time!) for majorly discounted costs, like $50 a credit hour.

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I’m at this point though, that I’ll be graduating with about fifteen credits to my name. Which is great, woo-hoo, but now? I’m a transfer student. Which means less scholarship money if I go to a different college.

Which was how I intended to go to college.

I don’t want to be crushed under the weight of student loans, so scholarships were going to be my saving grace wherever I ended up going.

I still need to talk to my counselor at one of the college(s) and find out if there’s any loopholes…  but the past week or two has me been thinking about “Majors? Which school? Mergh -.-” even though I knoooow people change their majors when they get into college. They discover new passions. God opens doors. But there’s just some… deciding factors between schools.

A. Super pricey tiny scholarship school with my desired major?

Or B. Incredible cheap tons of scholarships school with not necessarily my desired major.

 

(Sorry that was a rant. Cookies for you if you didn’t just skim it like I might have.)

But I know I have to let that go.

I know that no matter what, God is in control and my life is in his hands. He holds the plans. We’ll see what doors open and close and… yeah. 🙂 This “being a transfer student” could totally end up making me stay where I am and realized “oh hey I needed to be here the whole time!!” 

WHO KNOWs.

 

4. I’m other places beyond my blog, too.

If you ever find yourself sitting around thinking, “Oh, man, I wish Jeneca would post a blog post!” (cut me some slack on my humor skills, I haven’t blogged in a month) I have good news for you!

I! Am! Other! Places! On! The! Internet!

I have my ever faithful twitter page, @jenecawrites and I also have my art instagram page @jenecadraws, which I’ve been *trying* to build up recently.

I wanna be an Illustrator as well as a novel-writing-author, my dudes. Like, do book covers and stuff? The cool ones that are like actual pieces of art and not stock images?! WOULDN’T THAT BE COOL?! Best of both worlds.

But I keep doodling little pictures instead of spending an hour to three hours on piece LIKE I SHOULD BE DOING LOL.

But yes. I’m other places on the inter-webs. I’ve also been considering starting a Youtube channel this winter/next semester. It would be a writing/life/art channel. Let me know if that sounds cool. I used to make videos a loooong time ago (in another era, in another genre of life) and I really liked the whole video editing thing.

It would be good to get back into it. ^.^

Have you been on any trips recently? What are your thoughts going into this semester?

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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!