June Monthly Look Back

June is over. What?


Well, last month I didn’t have too many goals. I mentioned art, writing, and reading. Annnd that’s basically what I’ve done. Not too much else has happened in terms of other stuff. XD

  • I started an instagram for my art/illustration (as that’s one of the things I’m considering pursuing in college.) It’s @jenecadraws, if you’re interested. 😀
  • This happened earlier.


  • Lot’s o’ swimming has gone on, and it’s been reasonably warm, too.
  • I took the SAT. All went well, really. Hopefully. I guess we’ll find out when I get the results. XD
  • I tried making and posting “creative people problems” comics on my twitter. If I make enough, I’ll put them all into a blog post. Here’s the first one, though:

    ‘scuse the chicken scratch handwriting ;p
  • I’ve been checking out book after book at the library. I wonder if they’ll ever get sick of me interlibrary loaning everything? Stay tuned.
  • So many people I know have been traveling this month and it’s making me restless to just go somewhere. Is this a highlight? Probably. Because I’ve been thinking about traveling all month, to beaches, Cali, down south, England. Just everywhere.
  • Anndd thinking about tiny houses.



This turned out to be *such* a good month for reading! Probably the best I’ve had since last year. I was partially inspired by my library’s reading program, though. I requested and checked out allll the books I’ve been interested in lately. Why?

Every time  I check out a book, I get a slip of paper where I can put in a box for a prize drawing. But not some dinky prize, no, a prize like a $40 barnes and noble gift card or a mini fridge.

But back to books: CAN WE TALK ABOUT CODE NAME VERITY? AND THE SEEDS OF AMERICA SERIES. Both of them are so. stinking. good. If you want to read Code Name Verity, please, get the audio book. It made my cry, but I couldn’t get more than a few tears out because I was sitting there, gaping and staring in disbelief.

except i was on the verge of crying

Ugh. So good.



Writing. Well, I did write some this month. Actually, I got quite a bit done… before I fizzled out at the end, that is.

I think I talked a bit about writing in my rambles post mid way through. For the most part, writing stopped after that.

I finished incorporating beta suggestions (for the most part) as well as beta typos. Then I compiled the thing in scrivener, and opened up the 330 page file in open office (which is free Microsoft Word, essentially)

I now need to read through it, a final-ish read through, to make sure the voice is good, I didn’t leave andy funky typos, and all of the plots of efficiently woven in.

hopefully this will all be done in time for me to leave camp where I can talk to the resident author that’ll be there all week? and can help me figure out how to query? yeah.




I’m incredibly excited for July. I’ll be selling at the farmers market again for a bit, then going to my favorite camp in the whole world for a week, and then at the very beginning of August, I’m going to head to the east coast for a while with some friends.

Yes. Travel. It’s not California… but it’ll do. 😉

That means basically three weeks without blogging or writing… but no worries! I’m going to set up a bunch of posts for ya’ll. It’ll be good.

But also in July: I’m attempting Camp NaNo again! I’m just doing the same book I did last April, the sequel to Sparrow that I wrote in 2015. Since camp started yesterday, however, I have yet to write a single word… I was busy all day July 1st.

I will finish this thing. XD 

How was your month of June? Do you plan on doing Camp NaNo this July?




… I am at a total lack of inspiration to blog. No ideas, no goals, no desire. Blergh.

And that, friends, is why I am here writing a blog post write now. Swallowing my frog. This is the end of non-inspiration.


Stuff has happened in this past month that have forced me to  set blogging aside. Not necessarily because I wanted to, but because I had to. I’m using this lovely borrowed idea from Katie Grace to just let you know what’s happening currently. I’ll still have a monthly wrap up post, no worries about that. 😉


I’ve just finished the Lunar Chronicles and oh man, was it good! All around the inter-bookish-webs I heard that Winter ripped peoples hearts out wherever she went. I promise not to spoil anything, as I hate spoilers too, but Winter didn’t quite rip my heart out. It drug it through the mud a few times, sure, but it’s still beating. XD


I also just got my copy of Martin Hospitality in the mail! It’s sweet so far, and the cover is absolutely beautiful. ❤


I’ve been trying not to think about wishing. There are many many things I’m wishing and wanting for (like a wacom intous pro drawing tablet?? books from amazon? ice cream? a steady income? my dog to stop slobbering on me??) but those obviously aren’t going to bring me real happiness. Over the course of the past day, I’ve tried to put all those wants aside. (okay, perhaps not the dog slobber one. I’d still really like that to happen)

After all, I have food and clothing. Not to mention a roof o ver my head with four walls and heat for when it’s cold, and a beat-up car to drive about and wi-fi…


Oh so very random, but I just finished breakfast in which I had a smoothie bowl. Never heard of them? Well, it basically looks like this:


Essentially you make a smoothie and then cover it with toppings. Granola, fruit, PB, chia seeds, chocolate, pecans… the combinations are endless.


ha ha ha ha. Does editing count as writing? I hope it does. If it doesn’t, then I haven’t written in weeks. So much as gone on this past month I’ve had little to no time to read through Sparrow Singing again and do a line edit. However, If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you might have seen that I printed SS out… and didn’t do it double sided.



It’s dauntingly massive and exhaustingly heavy, and it barely fit in the binder. I was hoping to get through a round of printed line edits, and put them in the computer for a fresh round of betas by March but… we’ll see. I will definitely keep you updated.


Yesterday morning I was listening to Mere Christianity and feeling grateful for  C. S. Lewis’s arguments and clarity, and also Jesus.

But this evening I got to feeling nervous. I’m in an Alice and Wonderland play, and as I am Alice (thankfully not the only Alice. There are two of us.) I basically have  the entire script to memorize. So I imagined myself climbing on stage and getting ready to say my monologue in the beginning and… not being able to remember a single line. 

But that’s irrational. I have till the first week of May to have everything memorized. It won’t be *that* bad.



Well, I’m for-sure planning on memorizing lines for the next two months. But also, I’m planning on editing this stinking novel, more betas, more editing, writing synopsizes, querying agents…

But besides that, working on the artwork for our drama t-shirts, as well as more pieces to put up in my redbubble shop I opened this week! It’s similar to society6 and other shops like that. Except you can buy vinyl laptop stickers on redbubble.

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Looking Forward To:

Sunday evening. Then Monday. Then Tuesday. And then? Wednesday. Sunday at 9pm Victoria comes on, Monday my friends and I are having a ukulele jam session during lunch, Tuesday is my 8am class, and Wednesday is drama practice.

Then after all that, I’ll just be looking forward to Friday evening and the start of the weekend.

So how are you currently? Read any good books? Working on any big projects?