Hellooooo everyone and welcome back to the third installment of my mail art series thingamabob. This is coming out….. admittedly later than I wanted but I got it done and that’s what counts! It’s been a long month LOL
ANYWAYS enjoy the art!
I literally replied to the last letter yesterday so let’s get this posted before I get another letter to reply to 😂
I like this one a lot! And I almost forgot to take a picture of it! I always seem to have a lot of flower stationery for some reason so I put it to good use in this letter. AND LOOK!!! Even the stamp matched! I’m my not-so-humble opinion, flower stamps are much more fun than American flag stamps.
Aw I like this one too. The calligraphy is just lovely. Honestly, the simpler designs always end up being my favorites.
LOL I did this one right after my birthday in September. I’d gotten a lot of celestial stationery and I wanted to use some. Soooo I did!
And isn’t the back lovely?? I also got a wax seal kit for my birthday and I was eager to try it out. Unfortunately, I don’t have an actual stamp, so I just used the lid of my glasses’ spray cleaner XD Whatever works!
One of the ladies at my church gave me a little stationery set because she knew I liked to penpal. The paper had a little flower border so I decorated the envelope with — surprise surprise — my flower stationery! (And the stamp was a flower too) I made this one kind of flippantly but it ended up being one of my favorites.
Funny how that works LOL
Ah yes. An autumn-themed letter. I had to find a way to use all the fall stationery Anabelle sent me! I actually really like this letter. It looks so minimal. And that film is actually real film from back in the olden days when you had to go to Walmart to get your pictures developed. I believe the pictures on this film were of my parents in Alaska. But you can’t tell unless you hold it to the light.
Oh yeah. I sent a lot XD I sent her a bunch of stickers and chipboard embellishments and also some cute little decorations I got ages ago. And that painting of a girl reading (on the right LOL) I actually did myself! I’m trying to expand my watercolor skills. It’s actually a lot easier than I thought.
Aside from that, I also sent some washi tape, a q+a card, and some pressed flowers. I have A LOT. It’s a bit of an issue. But there’s so many pretty flowers that bloom around here! What am I supposed to do, not press them? Ridiculous!
Oh I love this letter so much. The calligraphy is so elegant, I just wish the downstrokes were smoother.
Ah yes, I participated in a secret Santa snail mail thingy that one of my friends hosted and this is my letter to the girl that I was assigned to! I love how it turned out. There were a couple of times in the process where I was like “Oops I ruined it” but it all came together in the end! And Anna must have liked it because we’re penpals now!
And this letter went to a different Anna that I was already penpals with XD It’s so simplistic and I love it.
This one isn’t my favorite but I still like how it turned out. I was kind of rushing through the process and I guess this is what happens when you rush. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts!
I think this one is my favorite in the whole post. IS IT NOT GORGEOUS??!?!! It makes me think of a wedding invitation or something. It’s just…..perfect.
Ew, why on earth does the envelope look yellow? LOL anyway, this letter went to the girl that sent me a Christmas card for that snail mail secret Santa thing I mentioned. So I got two new penpals out of it!
It’s been awhile since I did a green theme and I really like how it turned out! I spent an embarrassingly long time trying to decide which girl I wanted to stick on the envelope 😅
EEP I LOVE THIS ONE!! All the colors just matched so perfectly with everything and ahhh it’s perfect.
This letter had an orange theme and I think it turned out quite nice! It completely cleaned me out of orange stationery though heh.
Welp I hope y’all enjoyed seeing all my mail art! I enjoyed making it! XD
This post is going to be different than last year’s goal post. Last year, I jumped straight in and recapped my goals for 2021, then made new ones for 2022. This year, I’ve decided I’m going to recap my 2022, mainly because I have a passion for yearly recaps that can’t be explained, but also because of how hard and inspiring and beautiful 2022 was for me. God used last year to grow me in such strange and wonderful ways. I started the year very optimistic and excited for what would unfold and ended the year older, wiser, and way more sentimental than I used to be.
So let’s recap the most beautiful year of my life.
TRIGGER WARNING: This post discusses suicide, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. If you feel that any of these topics will trigger you in any way, please don’t feel obligated to read. ❤ And you’re always welcome to skip past the recap and just read my goals. I won’t judge ❤
On this blog, I try to keep up a consistent façade. Well, okay, it’s technically not a “façade” per se, because this is exactly how I am in real life, but I basically live my life as a sarcastic side character. All throughout 2022, in all my posts (except the reflection posts, those are a little different), I’ve tried to stay this bubbly cinnamon roll with sarcasm that would greatly impress middle school Mia. I think I’ve been pretty good at that. In real life, however, I struggled a lot. I struggled in ways I’d never struggled before and never thought I would struggle. And it was so out of the blue, too. I came out of 2021 on a high from my newly discovered social confidence, something I’ve literally never had. I was finally gaining the courage to step outside my comfort zone and talk not only to girls, but to guys as well. (This is a big deal as I was always terrified of guys before.) I was learning to combat my anxiety in a healthy way.
It might have been a healthy way but it wasn’t the right way.
In February of 2022, God allowed Satan to break me.
And He used my brokenness to bring me back to Him.
Am I better now? No. None of us are “better”. But I’m not as broken as I was. I’m not aching. Lonely. Empty. Shattered. I’m simply me. A broken sinner with a Jesus-shaped hole in my heart. This year, it is my goal to never return to the same broken place Satan dragged me to in 2022. I know that, alone, I could never have clawed my way up from the hole I was dropped into. But I have a perfect Savior.
Goodness, what would I do without Him?
I discovered Twenty-One Pilots music for the first time and promptly fell in love
I received a glass dip pen that I’d ordered ages ago and wasted no time in making an absolute mess with the ink
I started writing songs on the computer instead of by hand, which did wonders for my creativity
I started texting with three of my church friends, one of which was my crush at the time
I quickly got over said crush after finding out he was in a long-distance relationship with a girl in Maryland
I started penpaling with said girl in Maryland
We celebrated Christmas with the cousins
Me and my sister got a new bookshelf for our room and my sister named it “Bill”
I had multiple selfie photoshoots for no reason other than the fact that the phone I got for Christmas had a way better camera than my last one
I drew the aforementioned crush and gave him the picture, much to his surprise (I wonder if he still has it)
I started wearing makeup
I also stopped wearing makeup because it’s too much trouble to apply every morning
I slapped a guy and, to this day, our friends still reference it
I had my first suicidal thought, much to my shock
I had my first panic attack moments after
And I told nobody
I met one of my dearest friends in person for the first time literally the next day
One of our online friends committed suicide that same day and we found out a few days later
I watched Encanto for the first time and promptly fell in love with everything about it (especially the soundtrack and Camilo)
My dad got bees
My sister turned nine and had a birthday party, which is where my fabulous hat came from
I finished the main plot of the third book in my series and started adding notes to it
I started cutting myself
I drew my best friend for her birthday and gave the picture to her (and to this day, it’s one of my favorite drawings)
I told my other best friend what I was going through and long story short, she conspired with my sister to bring my parents’ attention to my deteriorating mental health
My parents helped me get counseling from a lady at our church and she helped me put my feelings into words, which was huge
I saw a cool bug
We visited Georgia Southern’s wildlife center and the boys had a blast
I started getting better (:
I pressed some flowers and then completely forgot about them *facepalm*
We sang for the Christian Women’s Club and I also played my ukulele
I caught up on all my late assignments (finally)
I discovered BookTok and became obsessed (as proved by the long TBR list in my journal)
I started orchestrating the soundtrack of my musical
I completed the first draft of my musical without orchestration
I took the SAT (and almost froze to death)
I slowly started overcoming my anxiety again
I discovered my intense fear of cockroaches after having a panic attack at three in the morning when I saw one
I successfully orchestrated 1/3 of the soundtrack
Drama Camp started
Drama Camp continued and finished mostly uneventfully and with way less drama than the year before
We went on a trip to Kentucky with our youth group to visit the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter and I, of course, had a panic attack in the middle of the night *sighs*
One of the guys got kicked out of Dillard’s because he was going up on the down escalator
I also fell asleep on that guy’s shoulder because the ride up was exhausting LOL
I started playing percussion on my church’s worship team
I went book shopping despite having an already miles-long TBR
I gained an obsession with watching Minecrafters freak out over the Warden *nervous laugh* Ummm don’t ask XD
Technoblade died ):
I got COVID
I discovered Danny Gonzales’ videos and became obsessed with commentary YouTubers
I played Minecraft Java Edition for the first time
I finally finished school and had a week-long summer break before we started school for the next semester *facepalm*
I discovered electro swing music and fell in love
I rewrote my idea for the ending of my series
We saw a double rainbow on the way home from church
I rejoined YWW after a year of being away
I redesigned my blog, which was long overdue
I applied for work at Starbucks
They ignored me
I applied for work at a barbecue restaurant and was hired!
I had an anxiety attack on my first day *sighs*
I started plotting the next-to-last book in my series
I listened to a good chunk of Imagine Dragons music and became re-obsessed
I took a personality test that matches you to characters from a bunch of different franchises and I got all the cinnamon roll / airheaded characters which actually made me pretty happy LOL
I was accidentally roped into the K-pop world by B2TSM (aka TwoSet Violin) and I’m still mad about it
I came up with a backstory for my portal world
Tinfoil Chef died ):
I turned seventeen
I watched Hamilton for the second time with my sisters
My sister started gymnastics
I went to a family reunion and sat in the rain
I joined the YWW Minecraft server and built a base with my best friend
I started working out and started regaining my confidence
I got my driver’s license
I finished the plot to the fourth book
I caught a butterfly
I became obsessed with aesthetic images on Pinterest
YWW reached 1000 users!
The queen died ):
I regained my obsession with the Dream SMP after Dream’s face reveal
I got my debit card
I quit my job after having multiple breakdowns over it
I officially finished plotting my five-book series after three years of work
My siblings started bringing one of the kittens inside and we named her Lily
Lily slept on my pillow with me
I painted my siblings’ faces for Halloween
I finished a sketchbook after two years of on-and-off arting
I went through an intense obsession with Quotev DSMP personality tests
I discovered I am rather adept at figuring out people’s Hogwarts houses just by looking at them, despite never reading the books or seeing the movies
I wrote eight billion college essays sheesh
I was accepted into Bob Jones University
I won NaNoWriMo
I visited my future college
I got a Google account
The YWW Minecraft server was hacked and several bases were destroyed
I became a Sprint Guardian on YWW
My favorite ornament fell off the tree and broke (of course, right after I imagined telling my future kids all about how much it means to me *facepalm*)
Two of my cousins got engaged within days of each other
I almost witnessed a wreck LOL
I drove without my parents for the first time (unrelated to the above point XP)
I discovered AJR and fell in love with their music
I realized just how fleeting every moment is
Lily fell asleep under the tree and discovered how cozy it was under there
I started working at Claire’s and pierced two noses and 14 ears
I acted in my last youth Christmas play
I got YWW merch for Christmas
Two of our goats had babies
I played six air hockey matches in one day
I rang in the new year with my sister
My last Christmas as a child ❤
2022 Goal Recap
Let’s recap last year’s goals, shall we?
1. REACH 100 FOLLOWERS ON MY BLOG ❌
Nope. I’ve kind of flatlined at 87 followers. But I’m grateful for every one of y’all ❤
2. FINISH PLOTTING MY FIVE-BOOK SERIES ✔
Success!! I’m so happy I managed to get this one done. I didn’t think I’d be able to do it when I made this goal but I definitely surprised myself!
I didn’t bullet journal the whole year but it definitely came in handy during school months.
3. DRAW MY FRIENDS ❌
I only drew two ):
1. LEARN 10 NEW SONGs ON THE PIANO ✔
I think I got this one? My sheet music binder is bursting at the seams anyhow LOL
2. WRITE 25 NEW SONGS ON PIANO OR UKULELE ❓
I have no idea because I STILL CAN’T FIND MY SONG NOTEBOOK. I’m so upset. I think I passed this goal but I have no actual idea.
3. LEARN A NEW INSTRUMENT ❌
4. GET VOICE LESSONS ❌
Also no, but I started lessons from my mom yesterday soooo. . . .
1. PERFORM IN AT LEAST ONE SHOW ✔
I was in two! One church show and one semi-professional show!
2. WRITE A NEW PLAY FOR MY SIBLINGS ❌
3. LEARN TO DANCE ✔
Technically, I had to learn the Charleston and how to waltz and stuff for Drama Camp. I’m still terrible at dancing but I guess this counts?
1. MEET AN ONLINE FRIEND IRL ✔
Technically, I met two! It was such a wonderful day and I made so many wonderful memories. They were only here for three hours but ahhh it was amazing.
2. EXPERIMENT WITH BEAUTY PRODUCTS ✔
I tried out makeup and a little bit of hair chalk and abandoned it instantly XD
3. GET A JOB ✔
Technically, I got two but I finished out the year just with the one at Claire’s.
4. GET MY DRIVER’S LICENSE ✔
Yep! I can’t get my full license until I turn eighteen but I have the next best thing.
And now for my goals for this year, 2023!!
1. Finish My NaNo Novel (And Possibly Start the Next in the Series)
I’m literally so excited to finish the first draft. I know I sound like a broken record but this project has come such a long way and means so much to me.
2. Journal Every Day (Or At Least as Often as Possible)
I’ve decided that I want to journal as often as possible about any events in my life so I can remember everything that happens this year. After all, a lot can happen in a year and, Lord willing, a lot is going to happen this year.
3. Post Two Blog Posts a Month
This will definitely be harder to maintain when I go off to college but I’m tired of going so long in between posts. It’s depressing.
4. Try Out Book Reviews
I got a reading log from Amazon (here) and it is SO COOL. It has so much space to write my thoughts with various prompts. I want to read a lot more this year and I figured I could post reviews on my blog and just see how I like them. I’m not always a huge fan of reading book reviews but sometimes they’re nice. *shrugs*
1. Find a Stlye of Annotating That Works for Me
I like the idea of annotating and I really want to enjoy it. I really enjoy writing my sarcastic comments in the margins so I’m sure I can find some kind of style that works for me. I got a bunch of different colors of sticky tabs for Christmas and I can’t wait to use them LOL
2. Read 50 Books (From My TBR, Not Like, Comic Collections LOL)
The other day, I counted all the books on my shelf that I haven’t read or haven’t read in awhile that I want to read and I came up with 48. o.0 I think I better get reading LOL
3. Regularly Read My Bible
I’m still trying to figure out what Bible study kind of thing I want to do but I do want to make an effort to read my Bible more. I saw a clip from a Ray Comfort sermon talking about how we should treat our Bible reading like we would food. Don’t eat until you read your Bible. I’m trying to remind myself of that LOL
1. Draw My Friend
I’ve wanted to draw him for awhile and he’s moving away in the summer so I guess this is a good time XD
2. Calligraph-ize a Bible Verse Every Week
I don’t think that’s a word. BUT, I’m memorizing a Bible verse every week and I’m lettering the verses I memorize! I definitely need practice but I think it’ll be fun.
I figured I could just draw my favorite character from every book I read. Could be fun *shrugs*
1. Officially Finish My College Application // Audition
It’s due in March!! Ahh!!
2. Actually Go to College LOL
It starts in August!! Ahh!!
3. Successfully Complete My Photo-A-Day
I’m doing this thing where I take a photo of myself every day and then I can see how I change over the year. I think it’ll be fun!
4. Buy a Laptop
I need one for college. I shall get one for college. I just need to get a little richer first LOL
To Be Read
This is just for me but y’all are welcome to read the books that I want to read this year!
Gone With the Wind ~ Margaret Mitchell
The Wingfeather Saga ~ Andrew Peterson
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
North! Or Be Eaten
The Monster in the Hollows
The Warden and the Wolf King
The Impossible Quest ~ Kate Forsyth
Escape From Wolfhaven Castle
Wolves of the Witchwood
The Beast of Blackmoor Bog
The Drowned Kingdom
Battle of the Heroes
The Unblemished Trilogy ~ Sara Ella
The Curious Realities ~ Sara Ella
The Wonderland Trials
To Kill a Kingdom ~ Alexandra Christo
The Penderwicks ~ Jeanne Birdsall
The Selection Series~ Kiera Cass
A Winter’s Promise ~ Christelle Dabos
Crown and Jewel ~ Jeri Massi
Stargirl ~ Jerry Spinelli
The Lunar Chronicles ~ Marissa Meyer (I’ve read the first two books)
Warriors ~ Erin Hunter
Into the Wild
Fire and Ice
Forest of Secrets
A Dangerous Path
The Darkest Hour
Heirs of Neverland Duology ~ Kara Swanson
Death of a Cozy Writer ~ G. M. Malliet
Alexander Hamilton, American ~ Richard Brookhiser (this is not a schoolbook and I don’t have to explain myself to anyone 🙃)
Millie’s Fiery Trial ~ Martha Finley // Mission City Press
The Ice Curse ~ Theia Grace
The Hunger Games ~ Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Dear Stranger ~ Meg Mullins
The Girl Who Could See ~ Kara Swanson
Outlining Your Novel ~ K. M. Weiland
Once Upon a Broken Heart ~ Stephanie Garber
Jesus Freaks ~ dc Talk
Shadow and Bone ~ Leigh Bardugo
Do Hard Things ~ Alex and Brett Harris
And there we have it! A recap of my 2022, a recap of my 2022 goals, and my goals for 2023!! 2022 was such an amazing year. I didn’t love every second but I am so so thankful for everything that happened. The good, the bad, and the in-between. Everything that happened shaped me into a beautiful person and has done so much for my empathy and writing skills, funnily enough. I can’t wait to see where 2023 takes me and what God does for me ❤
I hope you guys have an amazing year and see God’s hands in everything.
🎵Life Changes by Thomas Rhett (it perfectly mirrors everything that happened last year, I think)🎵
I had a nice Christmas. I spent it with my family and friends and gave and received lots of lovely presents. I even worked retail on Christmas Eve, which was the peak Christmas experience if you ask me. I’ve seen it all now.
Overall, it was a great season. But now it’s over and it’s time to ring in the New Year! (Well, technically it’s already been rung in, but y’know.) I’ll be recapping my 2022 in my next post (whenever that is LOL) and in this post, I shall recap December.
*sighs* I already miss 2022.
Okee, let’s go!
I finally got a new job! I applied towards the end of November and my first day was December 2nd (I think). I work at Claire’s and I’ve loved every second of it. It’s so much more chill than my other job and wayyyy easier. There are two Claire’ses in my city and I work at both of them interchangeably (well, more or less). I love every one of my coworkers and I don’t dread going to work like I used to. Honestly, I didn’t want to work retail, but in a small department store like Claire’s, I can deal with it.
I also got to pierce my sister’s ears for her birthday, so that was fun!
Right after I started work, my entire family got sick and I was out for a week so. . . . that was fun. It was the flu. I think. And then my brother got pneumonia. I think. Honestly, the whole thing was a blur LOL I just know that we were sick for a super long time and I don’t think I got anything done. I genuinely do not remember.
Wait wait wait, I remember some stuff now. I was super cough-y and stuff and then we performed a Christmas play at the end of the week and yeah it was a whole thing. But the Christmas play went great. Mostly. I’m working on a blog post of all the mishaps. Because there were a lot. But it still went great.
I did a bunch of drawing, so that’s fun. I finally got to start a new sketchbook XP And then I fanarted the heck out of my friend’s Minecraft fanfiction that she wrote super long ago. That was a major nostalgia trip, ngl.
I FINALLY got some YWW merch and I’m SO excited about that. I got a hoodie and a t-shirt and I’ve been wearing the hoodie nonstop. I love it so much.
Both of our female goats had babies on, like, the same day just a few days before Christmas. Wait, I have pictures.
Behold! John Jacket and Angel!
(John is the brown and white one and Angel is the tan one. And the other tan goat is Angel’s mom, Sally.)
You didn’t hear it from me, but Sally was an awful mother. She would scream for her baby but she wouldn’t let him nurse. So, the only logical solution to such a situation is for us to spend $25 on goat formula and bottle-feed Angel. I think Sally’s figured out that, as a mother, you have to actually feed your baby if you expect him to survive. So now, we keep Sally and Angel in the bunny pen (with the bunny) and they just kind of vibe out there. Angel is so sweet, though. He runs over to us whenever we go out and waggles his little tail and yells at us and eats my hair. I call him Li’l Buddy.
Which. . . . sounds like a rapper’s name.
I would love to see Angel drop some bars. That would just be. . . . I would just drop dead right there, wow.
Christmas was great but there’s just too much to tell about it. Just know that it was cold, but I had a nice day regardless. One of the cats meowed at the door until we let her inside and she wandered around the house while we opened presents.
We had a youth party on the 30th and I played six air hockey matches with four of the guys. I lost all but one (and that was against my brother) but I was winning against the best air hockey player 7-0 in the beginning, so that’s pretty cool. And then I woke up the next day and every muscle in my body was hurting so. . . . I think I was a little too into it.
Anddddd, I think that’s basically it. Sooooo much happened, but it was all Christmas stuff and I don’t feel like writing every single detail about my Christmas.
I did almost have a meltdown on New Year’s Eve because 2022 was ending. I’m not ready to let 2022 go. I don’t know why. I’m just. . . . so emotionally attached to that year, as strange as it sounds. Normally I don’t really feel this way but. . . . 2022 was. . . . a year. It was awful and beautiful and frightening and I feel like I lived 50 years in that one year. But I better not get too sentimental in this post. That’s for next post.
December Goal Recap
1. COMPLETE MY DUAL ENROLLMENT CLASSES WITH A’S AND B’S ✔
I did it! I got an A in my English and History classes and a B in my Literature and college Algebra classes. I’m very proud of myself for achieving that and somehow surviving the amount of essays I had to write during NaNo and Thanksgiving.
2. MAKE AND MAIL ALL MY CARDS ✔
Okay, technically I didn’t send one because I changed my mind at the last minute, but I mailed all the ones I needed to mail, wrapped others, and handed out the rest on Christmas Day at church. I love seeing people’s reactions to receiving a handmade card with a heartfelt message inside. That’s my favorite part of making cards ❤
3. WRITE A SONG ✔❓
My songwriting notebook is still missing (despite me cleaning everything out from under my bed where I thought it was going to be) and I have no idea where on earth it could possibly be but I wrote half a song. And another half a song. And two halves make a whole!
4. FINISH MY NANO NOVEL ❌
Nope. I was too busy for that. I did write a little bit more though.
5. MAKE/BUY ALL THE GIFTS I NEED ✔
Yep! And I had so much fun giving the gifts to everyone and seeing their faces light up. It was a good month.
1. Memorize Four Bible Verses
I made a goal this year to memorize a Bible verse every week as part of my morning Bible study. So I should be able to memorize at least four.
2. Post at Least Two Blog Posts Besides This One
My to-do list is just full of blog posts I need to write LOL It’s a bit of a problem.
3. Journal Every Day
I’m making an effort to recap every one of my days because I have such trouble remembering things when it comes time to write these posts. It’s an issue and I’m trying to resolve it.
4. Learn My Audition Songs
To finish my college application process, I have to sing three audition songs. I have my three songs picked out, I just have to learn them and memorize the lyrics. And then I have to record them and submit them before March. I’m stressed LOL But I’ve got this.
5. reply to My Poor Penpals
I have letters from October to respond to. To Anna, Anabelle, Lizi, and Bea, I apologize. I’ve been insanely busy and lazy. I’ll get to it eventually.
6. Start School Up Again
I haven’t done any school since the first full week of December and I still have high school stuff to finish. I’m shooting to get done in March sometime but we’ll see how that works out with work and all.
Blog posts published: 3 Letters written: 0 Letters received: 1 Art done: 13-ish Words written (outside of blog posts): 1512 Journal entries: 8 Songs in playlist: 790
Cheers to a New Year.
🎵People You Know by Selena Gomez (I usually don’t like Selena’s music but this song is pretty good)🎵
I’m not trying to put a damper on what is arguably the second best holiday on the American calendar but I just wanted to write a post.
This is my last Christmas as a legal child.
Well, technically, I’m called a “minor” but I’m definitely not a piano chord and I’m fairly sure we left the coal mines in the past. Besides, we all know my maturity never aged past middle school.
I am a child.
Next Christmas, I won’t be a child. I won’t be allowed to get excited over Christmas shopping and the Walmart toy aisle. I won’t be allowed to wake up at five am and see if Santa came. I won’t be allowed to have the choice between buying for my family and friends or not.
I’ve been practicing this year. Getting ready for how next year is going to be while I’m in a safe environment. Buying gifts. Working retail during Christmas (I actually don’t hate that part, I love my job). Driving on crowded roads.
Even though it’s stressful and sad, I still love this season. I’m always filled with so much joy during November and December. And then it’s the New Year and I get sad, but that’s not what we’re talking about. I love looking at lights with my little brothers. I love buying gifts. I love opening presents. I love watching my siblings open presents (their excitement is always so entertaining). I love attending Christmas church services. I love listening to Christmas music. (I was not listening to Christmas music when I wrote that sentence, but don’t worry, I’m listening to Pentatonix Christmas music now.) I love the food. I love wearing my Santa hat.
I love what Jesus came to earth to do.
It’s not like it’s going to become illegal to love all these things next year (at least I hope!) but it will be harder to appreciate them when I’m away from my family and having to worry about adult things like. . . . the things adults worry about.
I’m absorbing every moment from this Christmas season like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser I am. It makes me sad to think that I’ll be in a stinky old college dorm during the Christmas season instead of home with my siblings marveling at lights and watching Christmas movies and singing everysinglesong on the Shelly E. Johnson Christmas is Beautiful (Deluxe Edition) album.
At least there’s Christmas break.
This has been a reflection post by the wild and intriguing
Tune in next time to hear the VeggieTales version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / your undies on display / la la la la la la de / La la something Christmas day
I am literally so proud of myself for writing 50,000+ words in 30 days. I am so happy with how well plotting worked for me and how well I was able to stay motivated, despite writing ten thousand college essays during the month as well. I stayed focused and motivated and pushed through burnout to produce an almost-completed rough draft that I am so very proud of. I love every inch of my novel.
Honestly, way better than I was expecting. The first couple of weeks, I found my groove and I was cranking out 2500 words in an hour and a half. Unfortunately, I lost my momentum when I took a break to go on a trip with my parents and sister. I took three days off, and when I came back, I was only writing roughly 1500 words a day. And then I got sick. But I still managed to finish on November 29th.
Aside from NaNo, November was just busy in general. I had that three day trip, like I mentioned, but I was also having to deal with four college classes, Thanksgiving holidays, and various other things that were taking up my time. So props to NaNo Mia for finding time to fit it all in.
*high-fives past self*
2. Did it turn out as you expected or completely different? How do you feel about the outcome?
I plotted the whole novel a couple of years ago and I had to wait to write it while I plotted the other four novels in the series. Then I had to come back to my old plot and make sure everything made sense, because obviously my idea of the series had changed a lot in two years. Despite putting so much time in plotting, I knew there were a lot of specific details I could have added but didn’t. Actually, a lot of the plot points for the first two books are pretty vague because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to go there and I figured I could come up with something when I actually had to write it.
I regret that decision now, but y’know, it seemed smart at the time.
Some of my characters turned out a little differently than I was expecting, but they’re mostly the same. There did end up being a couple that aren’t as prominent in the story as I wanted, but they’ll pop in more in the later books, so it should be fine.
3. What aspect of the story did you love writing about the most? (Characters, plot, setting, prose, etc.)
Everything???? But especially the dialogue. I put a lot of effort into writing dialogue and I feel like it shows. Part of that comes from hyperfixating on the way I talk and the way other people talk, and the other part of it comes from reading a lot of Tumblr memes and building up an absolute unit of an internal dialogue.
I have issues, I know, thank you for telling me.
4. What was your least favorite part?
Ummm. . . . I’m not sure. The scenes with less action were harder to write. And there are certain characters that are just more difficult to write for some reason.
5. What do you feel needs the most work?
Grammar!!!! I never can get my commas right. There are also some descriptions that I’m not sure how well they’re going to come across. But that’s what Alpha and Beta readers are for.
6. How do you feel about your characters now? Who’s your favorite? Least favorite? Anyone surprise you? Give us all the details!
I still love them. I’m never gonna stop loving them. They are literally like my children. I just. I love them.
My favorite is definitely Voro, my villain. I didn’t understand anything (anything) about him before I started writing. When I reached his first scene, I just wrote with my gut and my gut decided he should be an Instagram pretty boy with an Elvish accent. But he is so sarcastic and good-natured and silly and he has an accent and he speaks my own original language— *sucks in breath* I mean, what’s not to love? Okay, he is the villain and he did try to possess my protagonist and he also hit his daughter, but otHER THAN THAT—
As for least favorite. . . . I mean, I have some boring side characters. I didn’t make them boring on purpose and they’re all distinct and special in their own way, but I just don’t always like writing them. Also Ryan. Ugh. He’s my main character’s love interest and he’s just so. . . . unrealistic. I think I’m just writing him too much like I would a girl character. So he needs some work.
OH AND MATTHEW!!! In the original Masters of Fate draft, I wanted Matthew to be serious and mysterious and dramatic and then he ended up being funny and sarcastic and not at all like I wanted. So while I was plotting, I made sure I was careful to make Matthew the serious guy. And then I wrote him. And he tried to be funny again. *sighs* They never listen, do they?
7. What’s your next plan of action with this novel?
Well, I have to finish it first. Then I’m going to edit it. Then maybe one day I can publish it. We’ll see. Right now, I just have to focus on finishing it.
8. If you could have your greatest dream realized for this novel, what would it be?
I would love for MoF to have a fandom like the PJO or KotLC fandoms. I want to see all the fanart and textposts and memes and just. . . . everything. Having a fandom would be wild. And a dream come true.
9. Share some of your favorite snippets!
*rubs hands together* I won’t hold back this time.
[WARNING: Unedited snippets ahead. Continue at your own risk.]
Eno beckoned his group further across the room, putting a good distance between his group and his brother’s group. Several training dummies were lined up in front of the wall, surrounded by weapons of varying intensity and size.
“Why are all those dummies lined up like that?” Evan asked, pointing.
“Are they about to have a race?” a short boy asked, scratching his head.
Eno closed his eyes and pinched his nose. “I see how this is going to go,” he muttered.
“HEY!” someone from Tro’s group shouted. Violet whipped around and saw Iris waving at Eno’s group. “HEY! IS THERE ANYONE OVER THERE WHO CAN GIVE ME A CRASH COURSE ON HOW TO KILL SOMEBODY WITH A TOOTHBRUSH??” There was an awkward silence before Iris said, “NOBODY? OKAY. THANKS FOR THE HELP!”
Okay, context. The powerlings were having training time with Eno and Tro, who are brothers, and they’d been split up into two teams. As for why Iris wanted to know how to kill someone with a toothbrush, your guess is as good as mine. She crazy. But we established that in the last KtN post.
“Wake up, coblari!” The deep voice tore into Violet’s strange dream. She was soaring through the bright blue sky, but it turned gray, then black, and Violet fell, farther and farther and farther until she could fall no more. “Nort veepin, eck coblari!”
Violet opened her eyes. She was groggy, but she managed to make out a tall, dark man. His hair was well-kept but his outfit was covered in dirt and twigs.
“Finally!” he cried, throwing up his arms. He started ranting in a language Violet didn’t understand as she slowly resurfaced from her dream state. She suddenly became aware of the uncomfortable chair she was trapped in. Course ropes cut into her wrists and ankles, and her hair was in her face, obscuring her left eye. As her consciousness returned fully, she whipped around, trying to escape her bonds. The room she was in was dark and claustrophobic. She could just barely make out a few human-like figures behind the man in front of her, standing against what appeared to be a door.
The ranting man stopped. He peered at Violet, and she was instantly self-conscious, wondering what he was staring at.
“Eck ne human?” he asked, taking a step closer.
“What do you want from me?” Violet asked, her voice threatening to break.
“Ah, youi, you are,” he said.
“I’m what?” Violet demanded. “Where am I? Where are my friends?”
“Friends?” The man laughed. “They are not here.”
Violet stayed quiet, knowing she would burst into tears if she made a sound.
“You can understand my accent, youi?” the man asked, looking a little frustrated.
“I can understand you just fine,” Violet mumbled. She’d thought the halting tone to his voice was just him struggling to speak English. “You have an accent?”
“You insult me,” he said, smirking a little.
“I thought you were just incompetent at the English language,” Violet said, her confidence growing a little.
The man laughed. “You think I am incompetent?”
“Seems that way.”
“I could make this accent go away,” he said in a perfect American accent. “But I prefer not to betray my people by abandoning the Elvish accent. You understand, I’m sure.”
“Elvish?” Violet asked, her confidence waning.
“They have not told you my name?” he asked, looking offended. “Min amin?”
“You’re Voro, aren’t you?” Violet said, the realization making her heart drop like a stone.
“So they did,” Voro laughed. “Perfect.”
“I—I wasn’t imagining you this way,” Violet murmured, trying to make her mental image match with the man—the elf—standing before her.
“They did not tell you I am hailum?” he said, a smirk adorning his face again.
“I don’t know what that means,” Violet said, “but I certainly wasn’t expecting an Elven pretty boy with perfect hair and a chiseled jaw.”
Voro smoothed his hair. “Ah, you think my hair is perfect?”
Violet shrugged. “Perfect is relative.”
“I do not know what that means, but I do not care,” Voro said, bringing his hands behind his back in a classic “handsome villain” pose. “I have learned to take compliments when they come.”
Check the Elvish! This is one of my favorite scenes in the whole draft. It was the first time I got to implement my original Elvish and the first time Voro entered the story. I had such a fun time writing it. I didn’t want it to end.
“I hope everyone is ready because we are going to have an intense training session today,” Eno said, breezing by them.
“Wait, Mr. Eno, sir!” Evan said, rushing after him.
Eno stopped. “What?”
“Um. . . . how old are you?” Evan asked.
Eno stared. “Why do you need to know that? Will that save you on the battlefield?”
Evan twisted his fingers. “Well, no, but I just thought—”
“Then I’m not telling you how old I am.” Eno took a step, but Iris appeared in front of him.
“We have ways of figuring you out,” she said, steepling her fingers and trying to look menacing.
“Oh yeah?” Eno crossed his arms. “And how are you planning to find out my age if I’m not going to tell you?”
“By cutting you open and counting the rings!” Evan suggested. Everyone burst out into laughter.
“Wrong living organism, dude,” Ryan laughed, clapping Evan on the shoulder.
Evan pursed his lips. “Counting the points on his antlers?”
Hehe, the dialogue in this scene came from a random conversation in Sunday school between the teacher and one of the highschool guys. I knew I would have to use it in my novel because it was just too funny to pass up.
Anddddd those are all of my favorite snippets that are spoiler-free. Maybe one day, you guys will be able to read the entire novel.
10. Did you glean any new writing and/or life lessons from writing this novel?
Time management was a huge one. Of course, that also had to do with my massive heap of college assignments, but I had to learn to fit it all in and push through the burnout to reach something I’m proud of. I’m so in love with this project. It’s amazing.
This will probably be my last time attempting NaNo for a few years, since I’m going to be at college starting next year (LOL, fingers crossed) and I know for a fact I will definitely not have time for NaNo. Between being a music major, being four hours away from home, and, of course, holidays, I know for a fact I will not have the time, patience, or energy to write 2000 words a day. But that’s okay. Maybe I can attempt it again after I graduate. Or drop out of school. At this point, it’s a toss-up LOL
I am very much proud of myself for what I was able to accomplish. I literally have no words. A’s and B’s in my dual enrollment classes, a completed NaNo novel, surviving multiple trips for the holidays and Other Important EventsTM, and just. . . . the amount of personal growth I went through outside of all the chaos. I don’t want to grow up, we established that in my last post, but I am growing up anyway. And I’m proud of myself for that.
Welp. I’ll see y’all in the next post. Not sure when that’ll be, but we’ll see.
🎵 Don’t Throw Out My Legos by AJR (I’m obsessed I can’t get this song oUT OF MY HEAD) 🎵
I think we all know by now that Christmas is my favorite time of year. I’ve got my Santa hat on and I am READY to GO BROKE on CHRISTMAS GIFTS!!!!! WOOP!!
*sigh* I love the Christmas season. Although it’s kind of crazy that it’s already the last month of the year. Where did the time go??? I wish it would slow down. Especially because in less than nine months, I’m going to college. Every time something happens, like my siblings’ birthdays or a special tradition around the holidays that my family has, there’s this little voice in the back of my mind that’s like, “This is the last time.”
I don’t want to grow up.
Oof, I’m getting teary-eyed thinking about it.
I mean, I’m very excited for college and I can’t wait to get out and make friends and study my passions, but I always take my time with my family for granted.
I once heard someone say that 90% of your time spent with your parents is before you turn 18.
My 90% is almost over.
Maybe I’ll write a song about this.
LOL, sorry, didn’t mean to get all depressing on y’all like that XP
Gosh, where do I even start? November was amazing. It was such an amazing month. I grew up so much during November. I’m definitely not the same girl I was when October ended. I mean, we all grow in a month. Thirty days is a rather long time for literally nothing to happen. But I can’t always see where I’ve grown after a month is over. I can see it this time.
First off, I won NaNo! It’s my first time winning NaNo, my first time writing 50,000+ words, my first time writing from a full plot. There were a lot of firsts with this project. I’m so deeply in love with it. I fall in love with my characters every time I read over my almost-finished draft. I love them.
I had great momentum the first couple of weeks and I was a week away from finishing, when I had to take a trip with my parents and sister and went three days without writing. After that, my motivation kind of faded and I was really burnt-out towards the end of the month. And then I got sick. But I won NaNo at 11:20 PM on November 29th and no one was awake so I couldn’t celebrate until the next morning LOL
Let’s see, what else happened?
Oh, I finally got a Google account in time for NaNo, so I can stop mooching off of my dad’s Google Docs and use my own! It’s very exciting.
I read the ninth Keeper book.
Chapter forty-two is amazing.
If you haven’t read it yet, I would recommend not reading chapter forty-two at three in the morning. I had to refrain from screaming so I didn’t wake the whole neighborhood up. Aside from that, it was a wonderful experience.
I got accepted into college, so that’s pretty rad. All that’s left to do is audition for the music school and get accepted into that, and I’ll be good to go, I think. I have until March so I’m going to not think about that for as long as I can LOL
I got a cold two days before we went to visit the campus so I had to deal with that while we visited ✨my future college✨. It was freezing cold but the entire two day trip was amazing. I was thoroughly exhausted but I loved every second of it. And it evaporated a lot of fears I had about going to college. It’s going to be great.
Anyways, so much happened on the trip, so I’ll probably write a separate blog post about it. It was this little event thing the college hosted called “College Up-Close” (or CUC, which is not an acronym I’m completely comfortable with but I’ll get over it LOL) and we got to go on campus tours and visit classes and meet faculty and it was just an amazing time. Everyone and everything there is beautiful and I have so many stories.
The Minecraft server I’m a part of with a bunch of my writing friends was hacked and several bases (including mine and my friend’s) were destroyed. It was a whole thing and I found out while I was at my grandparents’ house and yeah that was a weird day.
I’m a sprint guardian on YWW now! My job is to make sure everyone is competing correctly during writing competitions. I’m literally so happy. Of course, right after I found out, I was off YWW for almost a week because I was so freaking busy. *facepalm* That’s the way it goes, I guess.
Thanksgiving was awesome. I was just so unbelievably happy all day. The older I get, the more introspective I get, and the more introspective I get, the more joyful and thankful I am. The first thing I did was text my friends and tell them how thankful I am for them. I don’t know what I would do without them. To be completely honest, I don’t think I’d be here without them. Most of them don’t know that, but that doesn’t change what they did for me.
I love you guys ❤
We went to the grandparents’ for Thanksgiving and ate with them and hung out and had a good time. I decided it would be fun to practice handstands after years of not practicing handstands and also while standing on a hill and I somehow hit an almost perfect handstand and broke my spinal cord in the process. It was great. I came inside and smelled like sweat, dirt, and the neighbor dog, Chipper.
That evening and the next morning, me and my sisters helped our Nana set up her snow village and decorate their tree. Nana has a huge snow village. She’s been collecting buildings and people for years and we help her set them up every year. It’s awesome. My favorite building is this little garage sale she has. It has so many pieces and it’s so fun to set up.
We came home that afternoon and an hour later, we went out and bought a Christmas tree for our house, and then decorated it! This year’s tree is named Vincent. Vincent is a jerk. He broke my favorite ornament the other night. I’m mad at him.
I just gave him a glare and he glared right back.
*grumbles* Stupid Vincent.
He stands there in the corner looking all menacing but he pretends he’s cute. I see right through you, Vincent. That angel on your head doesn’t change anything.
Thanksgiving Saturday, we went to see the cousins. My best cousin-friend-whatever she is’s brother and sister both got engaged within days of each other and their fiancés were there for most of the time. You know I fangirled over the rings. So pretty.
The entire day was spent in gossiping with my cousin. She spilt a lot of tea. I spilt some too. We didn’t bother cleaning it up. We love spilling tea.
That paragraph read like a Twitter meme. I’ve been on the internet too much.
Guys okay storytime.
My dad’s sister (who owns the house we did Thanksgiving with the cousins at) lives two and a half hours away from us. I drove there and back. It was fun. However, for some reason, when I’m driving, everyone on the road just becomes dumb and decides they need to pass me at whatever chance they get, despite the fact that I always drive four-ish over the speed limit. I don’t know why they feel the need to drive faster than the speed of light but they do. I just keep driving and let them do their dumb taking-risks thing.
On the way home, it was dark out and rainy, so I had my cruise control off for better control. We were on a hilly road, so my speed was kind of fluctuating. There were two cars behind me. The first car passed me and I was like, okay, that was kind of dumb but you do you. The second car was a truck and I thought he would behave because he was going a little slower, but no, he decided he would be dumb and pass me on a hill.
When I say I almost witnessed a wreck–
The car in the opposite lane literally had to stop to avoid being hit.
And I was just cruising along in shock like “oh no he did not”
I actually forgot I existed in that moment I was so surprised, but if I’d remembered, I would have stopped. It just happened so fast.
Remember kids. Safe driving saves you money.
And also the sanity of the car in front of you that was going FOUR OVER THE SPEED LIMIT I’M NOT EVEN DRIVING THAT SLOW WHY DO PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO PASS ME WHAT THE HECK
Oh, and there was also a red light that I was pulling up to, and there was this car in front of me that I stopped behind. The light turned green and he started driving, then this car does a left turn in front of us through a red light, and the car in front of me TURNED ON ITS RED AND BLUE LIGHTS IT WAS LITERALLY A COP I’M CRYING
I didn’t even realize it was a cop until he chased after the car that ran the red light. It was hilarious.
Remember kids. Safe driving saves you from becoming a laughing stock on the internet.
Yeah, that was an eventful drive.
Ooh, speaking of driving, I drove without my parents for the first time. We had a late rehearsal after church for our Christmas play, so my dad just left his truck in the parking lot and I drove me and my sisters home! It was great!
I got another job! I started on the second. I really like it! It’s great!
Anyways, I think that’s everything.
Well, except school.
*narrows eyes* School……
I’m taking four college classes right now, okay. Two are English classes, one is History, and one is Math. The first three require a good bit of writing, but that’s okay because I already write a lot and I’m basically a pro at writing essays at this point. Since I took that three day trip to college, I got my school done early so I wouldn’t have to stress that week. I thought that was the end of it.
It was not.
Last week. Thanksgiving week. I had to take three quizzes. Give three well-rounded responses each to three discussion forums. Write a 3-page (MINIMUM) reading comparison essay. Give a paragraph answer each to 13 history questions.
The real kicker?
I had to write an EIGHT PAGE ESSAY.
WHO MADE THIS COURSE.
Small mercy in that I only had to do 33 math problems. But just. Whose idea was it to assign me this much work during Thanksgiving week??? Thankfully, my classes end next Friday, so I’m almost done. I won’t have to take anymore dual enrollment classes after this.
November Goal Recap
1. WIN NANO ✔
I finally did it! In thirty days, I wrote 50,052 words. I’m not actually done with my novel just yet. I still have six plot points left. But I won NaNo and I’m so pleased.
2. MEMORIZE ALL MY LINES FOR THE CHRISTMAS PLAY ✔
There’s one line that I keep forgetting for some reason, but I know it, I just don’t know my cue. It’s fine. We perform next Saturday and I am terrified because no one knows their lines.
3. WRITE A THANKSGIVING SONG (OR SOMETHING) ❌
Aww, I forgot this goal again.
4. PLAN OUT MY CHRISTMAS CARDS ✔
Yep! And I’ve already sent out one. I just have to make and send thirteen more. I’ve totally got this.
1. Complete My Dual Enrollment Classes With A’s and B’s
I would say all A’s, except math is hard. So A’s and B’s are fine.
2. Make and Mail All My Cards
I failed this goal last year, so I’m going to try my best to hit it this year. The card designs I have planned are fairly simple so hopefully it won’t be too difficult.
3. Write a Song
I have some ideas. And ideas are good. Although I need to find my songwriting notebook. It’s missing.
4. Finish My NaNo Novel
May as well finish it off. Then I can write the next one in the series. And the next one. And the next one. And the next one!
5. Make/Buy All the Gifts I Need
I made a brainstorming page in my bullet journal and I think I’ve decided on what I’m going to get everyone. I just need to actually get the things.
Blog posts published: 2 Letters written: 1 Letters received: 2 Art done: 1 Words written (outside of blog posts): 50,052 (oh wait. There’s also the essays I wrote but *barf* those don’t count) Journal entries: 0 Songs in playlist: 732
It’s funny. Last year’s November recap ended with me complaining with how unproductive I was. But this year, I feel like I did so much and learned so much and changed so much. I’m growing up.
Also, I’ve been listening to AJR this entire time and I relate a lot. I think I’m an AJR fan now.
Anyways, I hope y’all have a wonderful Christmas season, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. See y’all in the next post.
It’s November! And I’ve already hit 25,000 words! I’m so impressed with myself. I think this is the most words I’ve ever written on any WIP, much less for NaNo (my previous NaNo WIPs were 22,000 words and 4700 words). I’m literally so happy and I’m somehow discovering new things about this project and my characters. Oh, and I finally know what my villain looks like, so that’s good LOL Up until now, he was just a faceless orb XD
Anyways, like I said, I hit 25k last night and I think that’s a good time to do this post! Halfway through NaNo, let’s do the second part in Christine Smith’s Know the Novel linkup! I’m so excited. Let’s go!
LOL, my sisters are currently chasing our kitten around the house. Usually she just naps all the time, but she’s feeling rascally today XP
1.How’s the writing going overall?
It’s been good! I was getting kind of burnt out around the third day, but then I introduced new characters and started really getting into the action and I’m cranking out 2500 words like it’s nothing! I’m trying to stay ahead because the next few weeks are a little chaotic for me, so I want to get as much words in as I can so I’ll have a little wiggle room.
2. What’s been the most fun aspect about writing this novel so far?
Hmm. . . . before yesterday, I might have said my sarcastic purple squirrel Tallie. She’s a unit. But now, I think my favorite part is writing scenes with my villain, Voro. He speaks English as well as the Elven language, and I’ve had so much fun sprinkling a few Elvish words into his speech. Last night, I was just sitting at my computer with a notebook in my lap, filling in my Elvish dictionary with words I hadn’t come up with yet. I came up with an exclamation of excitement which literally translates to “of excited spirit”, and the word combines my Elvish words for “of”, “excited”, and “spirit”. It’s been great. I love coming up with my own language.
3. What do you think of your characters at this point? Who’s your favorite to write about?
Oh man, I love all of them so much, but I think my current favorite to write is Voro. He’s sarcastic and coy and Elven. . . . I mean, what else could you want? I also really like Ciela. She’s a dog hybrid and she’s incredibly smart and quick. Asyma is another of my favorites. She’s a cat hybrid and best friends with Tallie, the aforementioned purple squirrel. I was originally planning to make her kind of cold and aloof, but she ended up being friendly, so that happened LOL I love all of my characters, though. It’s been fun exploring their personalities.
4. Has your novel surprised you in any way?
How long it’s getting? I’m only a fourth through the plot and I’ve already hit 25k???? I was fully expecting to fall short of my goal, but at this rate, I’m going to go over it substantially. That makes me happy though, because my novels usually end up being too short.
5. Have you come across any problem areas?
Well, aside from feeling like everything’s repetitive when I write it, not really. And it’s not repetitive when I read over it, it just feels that way when I write it. Although, battle scenes are going to be difficult when I start writing those because I know almost nothing about fighting. But that’s what Google’s for! XD
6. What’s been your biggest victory with writing this novel at this point?
Everything, dude. From actually sticking with it and finishing the plot, to being motivated to write every day, to finally hitting 25k, the most I’ve ever written. It just makes me so happy. Even though I haven’t won just yet, I still feel like I have because of the amazing strides I’ve made. I went from not writing any words at all to writing between 1500 and 2500 a day. Wild.
7. If you were transported into your novel and became any one of the characters, which one do you think you’d be? Would you take any different actions than they have?
I think I would be Harmony. She’s my main character’s best friend and a hopeless romantic. She’s friendly, she takes things literally, she gives good pep-talks, and she hopelessly ships Violet with her crush. I actually had a mini existential crisis when I wondered if Harmony should be my MC, but that passed quickly. It just makes more sense for Violet to be the protagonist. But that doesn’t mean Harmony can’t get her own ✨spinoff series✨!
8. Give us the first sentence or paragraph then 2 (or 3!) more favorite snippets!
My first sentences kind of suck. They start with dialogue LOL
The prologue starts with:
“Ready?” Violet yelled, crouching as green sparkles surrounded her hands.
Then the first chapter starts with:
“Up! Up!” Ricky clapped his hands, marching around Violet’s room and opening all the curtains.
(Ricky is Violet’s dad.)
So yeah, not that exciting. As for favorite snippets. . . . oh boy. I’m spoiled for choice LOL
I would put the first scene with Tallie here, but it’s kind of long, so maybe not. I can put a little snippet of it here though!
Violet couldn’t believe her ears. “There’s no way I’m not dreaming.“
Tallie grabbed Violet’s arm and bit it.
“OW!” Violet shrieked, jerking away and slapping Tallie, sending her flying into the wall.
“Unnecessary!” Tallie shrieked in response. “I already know I’m not dreaming!”
Hehe. I love that squirrel.
Here’s a snippet from chapter three when Violet, Harmony, and their friend Chase come across the ball of insanity that is Iris. I love her. She is mad.
Before they could start walking in any direction, a rainbow-haired girl holding a thick book appeared out of thin air next to Chase’s elbow. Chase screamed and staggered backwards, causing the girl to laugh in a way that reminded Violet of windchimes clanking together on a windy day.
“Did I scare you?” she asked in a baby voice, poking her lips out.
“I’m Harmony,” Harmony said, stepping between Chase and the girl. “This is Violet and you’ve already met Chase.”
“My name is Iris!” the girl said. “I like Cheetos. Also regular toes. I’m not that picky.” She shrugged, her smile never wavering. The others just stared.
“Um. Okay?” Chase stammered, backing away.
“Sorry,” Iris apologized, still smiling. “There’s not much going on up here.” She pointed to her skull and made a face. “It’s like my brain is spaghetti, but the spaghetti is slithering snakes and the snakes are all wearing party hats and shooting fireworks around my skull to hear the echo. But sometimes I say something coherent.”
Chase just stared.
“My friends say that I’m so air-headed, the only reason I’m not floating away is because of how much I weigh,” Iris continued.
“H-how much do you weigh?” Chase asked, without thinking.
“I don’t know, about fifty squirrels, WHY DO YOU WANNA KNOW, SOYBOY?!” Iris shrieked, holding her book above Chase’s head threateningly.
“Did someone say SQUIRRELS?!” Tallie asked, flying headfirst onto Chase, who screamed and fell to the floor in fear.
*cringes at the unedited-ness*
Here’s a snippet from the first battle training session. Ryan and Levi are in a fight and they’re on the floor wrestling, while everybody’s watching. Honestly, this bit makes me LOL
“Ugh, what are you, twelve?” Levi muttered, trying to punch Ryan and missing by a foot.
“On a scale of one to ten, absolutely!” Ryan answered, pulling Levi’s hair.
“Did you steal that from Tumblr?” Chase shouted.
“Absolutely!” Ryan said again, elbowing Levi in the nose.
There’s like a thousand more I could choose, but I’ll just leave y’all with those.
9. Share an interesting tidbit about the writing process so far! (For example: Have you made any hilarious typos? Derailed from your outline? Killed off a character? Changed projects entirely? Anything you want to share!)
Oh, hilarious typos?? I posted this one on YWW because I almost fell out of my chair laughing at it.
What I meant was that she pushed them up the bridge of her nose onto her face, but it didn’t quite come out that way XD
10. Take us on a tour of what a normal writing day for this novel looks like. Where do you write? What time of day? Alone or with others? Is a lot of coffee (or some other drink) consumed? Do you light candles? Play music? Get distracted by social media (*cough, cough*)? Tell all!
Well, I usually don’t do any writing until the evening, after I get all my dual enrollment work done for the day and the house is finally silent. I usually start at 8:00 PM and then write till 10:00-ish, which is when my dad makes me get off the computer and go to bed LOL Depending on how much I enjoy the scene I’m writing, I can write 2000 to 2500 words in two hours, which is terrible, I know, but we’re working on it.
So, basically, I hop on the computer around 7:30 and check all my notifications on YWW and my email, etc. Then, once I have nothing else I can do to procrastinate, I turn on my music and start writing! I have a playlist for my book, but I also made a playlist for all the instrumental music I listen to, just in case I’m having trouble focusing because of the lyrics. I really need to organize my playlist according to song color, because yesterday, while I was writing the scenes with my villain, I kept getting peppy music, which was not helping me get into the right headspace for writing a VILLAIN XD
And then I just write for a couple hours. Sometimes I get distracted and pop over to YWW for a minute, or obsessively check my WordPress notifications, but then it’s right back to writing and working.
Around 9:57, I update my progress on the NaNoWriMo official website (that stats page is a huge motivator in and of itself–) and sometimes I go back through and read what I just wrote and make some small edits. And then I’m all done for the day!
I must say, I am pleasantly surprised with how well I’ve been able to keep myself writing. I haven’t missed a single day so far, although I haven’t always hit my word goal oops. But I’m 6000 words ahead, so I guess that’s alright.
Helloooooo ladies and gents and other air vents, welcome back to another installment in “Mia recaps the previous month and forgets everything that happened because she has a squirrel brain.”
My favorite series.
Did you guys get a lot of candy for Halloween? I bought two big bags a few weeks before, then my grandparents sent two HUGE bags the day of, so we had more candy than we needed. It was fun though.
We are in the middle of NaNoWriMo right now, and I’m feeling good! I currently have over 10,000 words after just four days of writing, along with juggling school, college and job applications, and other stressful things. I’m trying my best to stay ahead because the last couple of weeks of this month are going to be all over the place, especially once Thanksgiving comes and we start decorating for Christmas.
And to those of you who have already started decorating for Christmas, I say phoo! Phoo on you! Wait till Thanksgiving is over ya crazies!
Anyways, I have a lot of words to write for NaNo today, so let’s get this post done so I can go WRITE!!
I started this month off by going through an obsession with the Dream SMP again. My Pinterest board expanded substantially. Most of the things had to do with Dream’s face reveal. I still can’t believe that was only a month ago.
The trees are starting to turn here, but there are a lot of pine trees around that don’t turn, and my friend from the ✨north✨ has been sending me pictures of pretty trees and that made me realize just what we’re missing down here in the south when it comes to trees. But I don’t mind because if I lived up north, I would positively perish.
I got a debit card! I’m still not used to using it because I always feel better about paying with cash, but it is fun to finally get to use it. So far, I have bought lots of candy with it. Andd, that’s it. I was going to buy some gloves with it, but I just paid in cash.
OH! And in the same week I got a debit card, my driver’s license came in the mail! So now my wallet is full of ✨cards✨. Except for a credit card. I’m not sure if I would trust myself with that LOL
I went to a family reunion/anniversary party with my mom, my grandmother, and my sisters (and one brother) and spent the whole day hanging out with a cousin that I rarely see. We talked about college stuff. I had a good time.
I memorized the entire first half of the Christmas play we’re doing, and I’m working on the second half. We perform in like, four weeks. *dies*
Speaking of church, in Sunday school a couple weeks ago, we had a conversation about fruity coffee. *ahem* Yeah. It was strange. Oh, and we were learning about Joseph that same Sunday and it was Pharaoh’s dream, and the Bible describes the plump cows as “fat” and “attractive” and I cried. It was the funniest day of my life, I swear.
I finally started wearing long sleeves and socks!!! This is a momentous thing because I LOVE the cold, but it’s currently 80 degrees here, so. . . . yeah. I will burn up if it means I can be cozy.
I ended up quitting my job a couple weeks ago. That was stressful. But my boss was nice about it and he was very sweet. So now, I’m currently on the job hunt. But not aggressively because the longer I can stay at home and be lazy, the better, amiright? XD Anyways, I ended up quitting not because of the people or the place, but just because I don’t really like working with food. It was fun while it lasted and I learned a lot, but now it’s time for me to find a place I can actually semi-enjoy working at.
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, that’s all I’m going to say. But I love Hermitcraft and I love lore so this is the best thing ever–
Oh, and I finished plotting the fifth book in my series, which means that I am basically 100% done with the plotting of Masters of Fate!!!!!!! It took me almost three years to get to this moment, but it was worth it because I am enjoying writing it for NaNo. I did get a little burnt out on the third day, but then I introduced a new character who is literal insanity and that kept me going XDDD I cannot wait to finish NaNo. There are so many fun things for me to write about!!!
Oh, and I almost forgot! We have a child. Her name is Lily. Everyone calls her Baby except for me. I call her the Lady of Fluff. Because she is fluf. Lots of fluf.
We played dress-up with rubber band bracelets. And don’t worry, the one I put around her neck was plenty loose. She fell asleep with it on. I had to wake her up to take it off.
For Halloween, I painted my siblings’ faces with ✨Amazon face paint✨ that didn’t ✨dry completely✨, so by the end of our little party, my four-year-old brother’s panda was a smudged, gray mess. We had a good time, though. We played a bunch of party games and ate candy and laughed and it was fun! I’ll probably do a post about it sometime. Maybe.
I think that’s everything notable. Oh, besides my siblings’ birthdays. My brother had a birthday and then my sister had a birthday and we all went broke! My sister got a bunch of good books though, so I can’t wait to read them! In my nonexistent spare time.
October Goal Recap
1. POST AN ART DUMP ✔
I did! And it got the most views this month. It’s here if you didn’t get to see it.
2. FINISH THE FINAL PLOTTTTT!!!!!! ✔
Yesssss!!!! I finished everything the day before NaNo started, and honestly, I’m so happy and so in love with my story and my characters. I love everything about this project.
3. GET SOME JOURNAL SPREADS DONE ✔
I didn’t get a lot done, but I did a few and that’s better than nothing!
4. PAINT MY SIBLINGS’ FACES (FOR HALLOWEEN??) ✔
I did and it was fun! And everyone enjoyed it, too.
5. MAKE SOME CHARACTER COLLAGES ✔
I didn’t make any for my characters, but I made a couple concept collages. I definitely need practice, but they were fun to make!
1. Win NaNo
This is my third year attempting NaNo and I’m going to WIN IT. I can FEEL IT. Third time’s the charm!
2. Memorize All My Lines For the Christmas Play
I love acting, I love performing, I love pouring my heart and soul into the part I play, but memorizing lines is annoying. My sister and I play the two main girl characters, and we like to kidnap our other sisters to read the lines and help us memorize them at random intervals throughout the day, usually on weekends. I’ve memorized the first half so far, and I don’t have all that many lines in the second half. I mostly just stand in the background.
3. Write a Thanksgiving Song (or Something)
I made this goal last year and I totally forgot about it LOL So I’m gonna try to follow through with it this year.
4. Plan Out My Christmas Cards
I’m starting early this year so I can send out a bunch of cards! I had high ambitions last year, I just started too late. So early start it is! I’ve already made a spread in my bullet journal for planning cards, so I am prepared!
Blog posts published: 3 Letters written: 5 (ish) Letters received: 7 (also ish) Art done: 0 Words written (outside of blog posts): A load for plotting, but that was handwritten and I don’t wanna count them Journal entries: 3 Songs in playlist: 702
Wow, I completed all my goals! Honestly, kind of surprising. But I’m proud of myself. I’m keeping my goals simple this month because I am busy busy busy. Next week is midterms for my dual enrollment classes, then the next week, I’m taking a trip with my family, then it’s Thanksgiving and we’re going to start decorating for Christmas the day after, then the Christmas season starts and I will not be slowing down AT ALL for that, so.
Anyways, I hope y’all have an awesome Thanksgiving, and to those of you that are doing NaNo, good luck!
My apologies for that very confusing and obnoxiously long title.
Well, ladies and gents, we’re getting close to the end of October, which means that November is coming up, which means that National Novel Writing Month is almost upon us.
I’m so PUMPED for NaNo this year!! I’ve attempted it twice in the past couple years and I failed both times. One more so than the other…. But I have a clear goal for this year and I know what I’m doing and I’ve been preparing for this for a long time. You guys’ll see what I mean in a bit.
ALSO, this is my second time participating in Christine Smith’s Writer’s Linkup. Last year, I did the first part and then……didn’t do the rest of it?? So I will do all three parts this year LOL
Okay, that’s enough yammering from me. Let’s get this done with!
So First, A Little Background. . . .
I’m not starting a new project for NaNo. In fact, I’m going to be writing the first book in the series I’ve been plotting for about two and a half years now. I started writing this book in April of 2020, shortly before I joined the Young Writers’ Workshop. After I joined YWW, I realized that there were a LOT of things wrong with my novel. After I got burnt out on it in June or July of that same year, I decided that I would scrap the original draft and try plotting. I took all the ideas I’d had for the series when I first was inspired and figured out how they would work and what book they would happen in etc.
So, for the past two years, I’ve been plotting this five-book series, making sure everything is consistent and makes sense and works. I’m at the very end of the plot for the fifth book as I write this, and once I finish it, I’ll do one last macro edit of my plots and make sure all the threads are tied and everything makes sense. And then, I’ll be ready to write!
1. What first sparked the idea for this novel?
Well, the very first version of this project was inspired by a Minecraft fanfiction series called “Diary of an 8-bit Warrior”, specifically the sixth book. Something about that book made me want to write something like it. So, I wrote down some of the aspects I liked about the book (things like plot twists and character details that I liked), and started brainstorming. And the rest of my inspiration came from Lego Ninjago. Specifically season four. That was where a lotttt of my ideas came from. Especially the whole “elemental powers” thing. Actually, the main reason I scrapped the original draft was because it felt like a cheap knock-off of season four of Ninjago, even down to some of the scenes. I changed things, sure, but any fan of Ninjago could tell that it was uncannily similar.
Now, when it comes to the current version of this series, I actually don’t remember where my inspiration came from. I know that a lot has changed since I wrote the first plot point, but I don’t remember how. But it has been fun watching this project fall into place (or be forcefully shoved into place in some parts), and I’m so attached to it at this point, I don’t know if I’ll get burnt out LOL
The title I came up with was Masters of Fate. My reasoning for this title was, the characters were called “Master of _______” (whatever their power is), and, at the end of the book, they were going to break free of the force controlling them and become masters of their own fate. After I scrapped the original draft, I figured that title wouldn’t work anymore, but I kept it as a placeholder until I came up with something new. And then…..I didn’t come up with something new. I kept Masters of Fate, BUT it takes on a whole new meaning for the reboot. I can’t share that meaning because it is laden with spoilers, but yeah. That’s the title for my series (:
2. Share a blurb (or just an overall summary)!
Here, have something that I wrote just now.
Violet Blake is different — but she’s not ashamed of it. That is, until the special thing that sets her apart, her power to grow plants with just the flick of her hand, ends up killing her best friend and forcing her and her father to move across the country to start anew. Afraid that another accident might happen, Violet hides her powers — until provocation from her archnemesis, Rebecka Beauregard, pushes her too far. Violet explains away the sudden vines surrounding Rebecka, but she knows her secret it out. So, she isn’t too surprised when a talking, sarcastic, purple squirrel shows up on her doorstep. The squirrel promises her things she’s been searching for, and Violet can’t resist following out of curiosity.
After stepping through a portal and finding herself in the strange land of Brillyntr, Violet discovers that she, and other people like her, are the only way to stop the war-hungry tyrant, Voro, from changing the entire world as they know it. The quest is not without pain, betrayal, and danger, but, with the help of her friends, family, and allies, Violet discovers secrets, truths, and promises she could have only imagined.
3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects of the setting?
I’m having trouble just thinking in relation to the FIRST BOOK. I’m so focused on the latter books, I keep forgetting these questions are just for the first book 😂
The story mostly takes place in the forests of Brillyntr, at a hidden base, although there are some scenes on Earth (where? I haven’t quite figured that out yet. I’m thinking somewhere near Connecticut, but idk). I think what I like most about it is how often my main characters are going to be able to interact with the side characters. I put a lot of time into developing the side/background characters, despite the fact they don’t do too much, but I am looking forward to incorporating fun scenes with them. Of course, not fluffy scenes, the scenes will serve a purpose, but they’ll be fun for me to write and fun for my readers to read. At least, I hope LOL
4. Tell us about your protagonist(s).
Alright, my main main character is Violet Blake. The story is mostly told from her perspective, although it does switch around more in the latter books. She has brown hair, emerald eyes, and a narrow face. She can grow and wither plants with just the flick of her hands (well, not that easily because her powers have limits, of course, but you know what I mean), and can be kind of shy. Her birthday is March 11 (I have decided just now) and she is 14 years old at the start of the book (because that was how old I was when she was created).
My other main characters include Ryan Dinsmore III (Violet’s crush), Harmony Sharp (Violet’s best friend), Evan and Reese Cane (siblings and I love them), and Maple doesn’t-have-a-last-name-because-it-is-spoiler-ridden (she is pivotal and has red hair). I have never loved a batch of characters more than I love the 80+ characters I have for this series, and these knuckleheads are some of my favorites. (My other favorites come way later in the series.) I literally cannot WAIT to write them. I’ve loved plotting their scenes.
5. Who (or what) is the antagonist?
Voro. An evil elf who is hoping to wipe out the humans in Brillyntr and anyone who sides with them. I mean, he’s not quite as shallow as that, he has good reason, but SPOILERS GUYS. He also has two sidekicks, R (SPOILERS) and G (MORE SPOILERS). I think I like those two more than I like Voro himself. They’re crazy, in any case.
6. What excites you the most about this novel?
Everything????? I’ve been plotting this for THREE YEARS I’M READY TO WRITE ITTT!!!!!! Plus, all the crazy banter and happenings between my characters is going to be *chef’s kiss* I think this series is mostly character-driven (although the plot is very much important), and character development is one of my favorite things ever, so I guess that’s why I’m so attached to my charries. I love them.
7. Is this going to be a series? standalone? something else?
Series. With five books. And I’ve already started planning three spin-off serieses. Yeahhh, that might be overkill, but just in case MoF blows up, I have three other serieseses to publish afterward, featuring familiar characters *winks* And if it doesn’t, I’ll be content with just writing these novels. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m so excited to write this. I’m hoping to publish it one day, but even if I never do, I’ll still have it to read. And let my family read. And let my friends read. I’ve based several characters off of my friends, and I want them to read the series and see…..how I see them, I guess.
8. Are you plotting? pantsing? plansting?
This is the first time I’ve ever really plotted in-depth, and it’s been great. I’ve always struggled with motivation to write, but I really feel like having everything already laid out for me is going to be a huge help. And it will definitely help with consistency with the little technicalities later in the series.
9. Name a few unique elements in this story.
Hmm. . . . I’m actually not sure. I’ve pulled inspiration from so many places, I don’t really have anything “new” per se. I’m not, like, plagiarizing or anything (at least. . . . not for this version of the story XP), but I also don’t have anything super brand-new. Although, I do really like the history of how humans came to be in Brillyntr. Basically, the Brits found this portal back in the olden days when they were like. . . . invading everything, and they, predictably, invaded Brillyntr. Because that’s what the British did back then. *shrugs*
Anyway, I haven’t seen any stories with that sort of history, so I think that’s pretty interesting. I was lowkey quite proud of myself when I came up with all of it. And surprisingly, it all came from when I named Brillyntr. I had to come up with a backstory for the name. So I did!
10. Share some fun “extras” of the story (a song or full playlist, some aesthetics, a collage, a Pinterest board, a map you’ve made, a special theme you’re going to incorporate, ANYTHING you want to share!).
Hm. . . . most of my stuff is kind of personal to me, as in, it won’t make ANY sense unless you’re inside my head, but I do have a map that I can share.
Let’s just hope there’s nothing too. . . . spoiler-y in there. Also, I know some of it’s confusing. Like I said, it won’t make sense unless you’re inside my head. . . . and I hope none of you are inside my head????
Anyways, I made that map so I could have an image inside my mind of what the travel scenes would look like, because I kept getting the distances ALLLLL confused. Obviously, it’s not the best, but I’m proud of it (:
Especially because all those tiny islands took two hours to get just perfect 0.0
I also have a bunch of drawings of my characters towards the end of this post, if y’all haven’t seen it yet. I put a lot of personality into the little sketches I did, which was also surprisingly helpful in figuring out my characters.
Anddd, if you want to find out more about the old version of Masters of Fate, you can check out this ancient post which I forgot existed until today. Most of it is very outdated, but it does have a lot of information about Violet so *shrugs* that’s something.
I guess it could be a little dangerous to write my big project during NaNo, but Marissa Meyer wrote Cinder during NaNo and she’s done pretty well for herself. I do hope to publish this book one day. I just love the world and the characters too much to not! So I guess we’ll see what happens. I have to make it through the rest of Preptober before I can even start to think about that sort of thing.
I am a little worried about how my motivation is going to hold up. I’m going to be taking four college classes all during NaNo, not to mention holidays and get-togethers and work and just. . . . stress. I’ve been having a time lately. But I’m hopeful that it will all work out and that I’ll finish out November with something. It may be. . . . a mess of a something. . . . but it’ll be a something nonetheless!
Anyways, that’s all I have for now. Toodles!
🎵 Natural by Imagine Dragons (I can’t remember if I’ve recommeded this song before but it works for my novel so. . . . here) 🎵