I’m Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey friends! How have you been?

I’ve missed all of y’all, but I enjoyed my break, needed my break. It was wonderful not to be pounding the keys at midnight Friday, which is what I do every week. ***epic fail.***

But I’ve come back from my hibernation refreshed, rested, and with some blog post ideas (yay, I’m ahead!)  I’m excited to share with you in the future.  

I never wrote a blog post for March, and one for April is due, so here is what I’ve been up to lately.

Books 

 

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – [0/5] I have a long rant on why I didn’t like this book, which you can find on Goodreads here.

Fairest – by Marissa Meyer [4/5] I loved Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles series, so when I had some extra money, I bought Fairest. I didn’t enjoy it and I can’t really point out why. Marissa Meyer’s writing was excellent, I just….. didn’t like it.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling — [5/5] I mean, it’s Harry Potter, enough said. This is my second (maybe third) read, and I can definitely say that The Half-Blood Prince is my second-favorite Harry Potter book, and I can’t say why, cause spoilers.  

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — [5/5] This is my favorite Harry Potter book, for so many reasons. J.K. Rowling did such a superb job wrapping everything up.  ***Gah. All the feels.**

Worlds Beneath by K.A. Emmons – [5/5] This book was so good. K.A. Emmons is a fantastic writer. I enjoyed her first book, and was thrilled to be able to read book two ahead of it’s release date. Y’all, the second book was better than the first, and I loved the page turning tension (except I was reading on my computer, but you get the point). You seriously have to read her books, there are no excuses. 

 

Other

It’s that time of year again, folks. Crawfish. That southern delicacy that Louisiana does right. You haven’t tasted real crawfish till you’ve tried ours. #SouthernersDoSeafoodRight

*** They are not crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, they are crawfish. Sponsored by the people of Louisiana for people who get the name wrong. 

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I’m going to the OYAN workshop, and as always, I’m beyond excited. It’s kind of hard for me to believe this will my 5th OYAN workshop. I mean seriously, where did the time go? It’s almost a month till I leave, and it’s never too early to start packing. 

 

That second picture is of organic Purell. Something I was extremely ecstatic to find. 

I updated my Pinterest account to a business account. Not huge news, I know, but I love it.

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I’m still in the process of redecorating my room, and here are my new book shelves. I’m insanely in love with how pretty they are. 

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The World of Writing

Ashes Like Frost. 

Yeah.

I was a lazy scum who didn’t take prime opportunities to write, write, write. I wish it was physically possible for me to kick myself, because I would. I wrote about five thousand words in April, which may seem like a lot, but I can usually get eight-ten thousand.

You know that feeling when things you outlined months ago start to come together? When those things mesh with other characters’ stories, when you can add things that won’t jar the story? 

I have that feeling now, and it’s exciting, thrilling, and totally worth fan-girling over. Yes, I’m twenty-something years old and fan-girl. 

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I was asked to write a review of Nadine for the OYAN newsletter which I was ecstatic to do. She is definitely my favorite author after Tolkien.

 

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How has your month been?

Chat with me in the comments?

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The Month of February

I started to write my end-of-the-month post last week, and realized that February still had some days left to her; February always gets short-changed because she’s such a short month. 

It’s finally warming up a little here, though the South usually skips spring and chugs right into summer. We’ve had some pretty days though, and I took advantage of one the other day to write outside.  It was so invigorating. Fresh air does wonders for your creativity and clears your mind. Take advantage of these spring days my friends before summer hits.

I rewatched the first five Harry Potter movies this month; watching that much TV in a month is a feat in and of itself for me. I hadn’t seen them in a year and felt I was pretty much due. Even though the books are always (ha! see what I did there?) better, the movies have a magic all their own that I love to go home to once in a while.

 

The World of Writing

I got my first rejection letter this month. Technically it was an email, but my first ever submission was rejected. And you know what? That’s okay. John Otte said you need to write a million words before you consider publishing, and I’m pushing forward to meet that and be the best writer I can be. 

I’ve struggled with Ashes Like Frost, not only because of sickness (yay wisdom teeth surgery) but I was at a place where I was stuck. I knew what I wanted to happen, but wasn’t sure how to write it. Then I accidentally threw away a scene I had written down on notebook paper. 

But after blood, sweat, tears, and more tears, I made it through three difficult scenes, and now I’m a t a place where I can just go full speed ahead.

February was a month of growing for me in that I learned to get going even when it hurts and to pound those keys till my fingers crack and bleed. Because I have a story that I love and it’s worth fighting for.

 

The World of Reading

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The Princess Academy [3/5]  – I’ve heard great things about The Princess Academy, and went into it with great expectations, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.  I found the dialogue rather dry, and the whole quarry speech thing annoyed me. My lack of love for it may be because I’m reading it as a young adult, so don’t let my bad review sway you from trying it yourself. 

 

Other

So two years ago I inherited my parents’ old room, and its three closets. For the most part, the third closet collected junk, junk I didn’t know what to do with and had no time to take care of.  It was easy to shut the door and pretend it didn’t exist.

That all changed last year when I read Marie Kondō’s, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, rolled up my sleeves and had a massive clean out, leaving me with an empty closet. 

And I obsessed over that wasted space and what I could do with it (I blame HGTV for my never ending desire to stage and use everything efficiently). Then it came to me — why not put book shelves in there and make a little library? 

I got to work, taking out the shelves (actually I bribed brothers to do that) and puttied the holes. Then I painted, and it turned out better than I could have hoped. Thank goodness Youtube tutorials exist.

 

                            You know what color I used? Ocean Silk 😊

I literally can not get over how pretty it is. I still have this many books in my room itself, and it’s hard to see how I was even able to walk when these were still in the room. 

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How was February for you?

 

 

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                                                                           Rebecca                                                   

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The Month of January

Here we are. January is over, the first month of the new year over and gone. I don’t know about you but I’m glad January is over. It was a rough month in more ways than one–the main reason being that I had my wisdom teeth out last Friday, and I spent the majority of the month dreading that.
As the doctor’s assistants were getting me ready, they asked what I wanted to do, and I said write. The female nurse smiled real big, and exclaimed, “Wow! You may be famous one day!” To that I don’t remember responding since they had already started the aesthesia and I went under. Sometimes I feel embarrassed when people say that, especially strangers, but I blame that on my shy, introverted self. On bad writing days I just remember that a stranger thinks I can do it, and that gives me confidence.

January also had its good things. I attended the OYAN Winter Workshop (you can read my blog post on that here). I had a blast seeing Nadine again, and hearing Jenn Bailey speak.
I have no pictures, but my little corner of Louisiana got its second snowfall of this winter. That’s right, the second. Though this was mainly ice, and the road in front of my house was a solid sheet of it. My brothers and I watched 18- wheelers back up a hill rather than continue down the highway. They even had police cars out slowing down the traffic. Thankfully, no one was hurt outside our house. But I can now write about ice because I’ve experienced it. 😊

 

The World of Writing

Inspired by my friend Addison, I began trying to write a poem a day. I bought a special journal, and I have loved the feeling of cracking it open and writing. Some days I’m not able to write, especially this past week with my surgery, but I still feel it’s teaching me commitment and to write every day.

In my novel, I did no writing. I wanted some time away from it after coming home from the workshop. And then, horror of horrors, my computer crashed. Everything was safely backed up by Carbonite, but it was still scary.

 

Books

I didn’t finish any books In January, which is very sad.

 

So how about you? How was your January?

 

Books to Re-Read in 2018

It’s a new year. A year to do new things, and learn new things. It is also a year to find new books and fangirl over them. And, it’s a time to re-read favorite books. 

You’re never too old for re-reading a book, though it’ll never be the same as a first time read. I love The Lord of the Rings, but I can never get back that first time experience of being in Middle-earth. But each time I crack open my worn covers, I smile and say “I’m back.” 

That is what I hope to do with these re-reads this year. These are books that I love and adore and have left a mark on my heart. 

So this is the list I’m hoping to re-read. It doesn’t count the new books sitting on my shelf I want to read, or the new books coming out. 🙂 

 

1. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

I’ve been putting off re-reading these for several years now. However, Andrew Peterson is going to be at the OYAN Summer Workshop, so it’s definitely a prompt to get cracking and revisit his world.  

And can I just say how exciting it’s going to be to see him. The choice also lies before me of, do I give him this whole stack and ask him to sign them, or pick my favorite one? 🙂

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2. The Hobbit

A year just isn’t a year without The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings in it. I’m re-reading The Hobbit for the I-don’t-know-any-more time. The only thing I have to decide is what copy to read from. 🙂

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3. Harry Potter

I was going to re-read these as the illustrated copies came out. But that is a rather slow process so I’ve gone to using these copies instead. The first time I read Harry Potter was in 2016, so a re-read may be rather soon, but J.K. Rowling’s world was so vast and epic I feel like I missed half of it. 

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4. Numb by John Otte

As someone who isn’t a huge fan of science-fiction books, I was amazed that I loved, loved, loved this book. It’s been almost two years since I first read it, and I need more Numb in my life this year. If you haven’t read it yet,  you need to. It’s so good and fan-girl worthy.  

 

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5.  Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien / Christopher Tolkien 

I love Beowulf, and it’s been about four years since I read this, so it’s high time to come back to this amazing tale. To me, the tale of Beowulf is real, and not a myth.  

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So how about you? What are hoping to re-read this year? 

Things I Discovered in 2017

2017 has eleven days left, and I honestly am having a hard time coping with that. It went by so fast. I know that’s something we probably all say and throw around but it’s really true. I’m another year older and somewhat wiser. I did new things, learned new things, and read things that changed me. Today, I want to share some of my favorite things I discovered during this fabulous year of 2017.

 

MUSIC

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{Artists}

I got to see Guy Penrod perform at my local fair and he was amazing. I had heard him years ago when he sang with the Gaithers, but this was my first time hearing him since he went solo. If you like Southern Gospel that’s been jazzed up a bit, you’ll love him. Guy has an amazing voice and a big heart for God.

 

{ Single songs }

Even if by Mercy Me // Never Stop by Safety Suit // Thy Will by Hillary Scott //

 

MOVIES

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The Last Jedi

I loved loved loved this movie.  It’s my favorite Star Wars movie after The Force Awakens. I love Porgs and Adam Driver was amazing. He’s definitely joined my list of favorite actors.  The funny thing is, I used to not really like Star Wars, until this year. Now I have a new deep love and appreciation for a galaxy far, far away.  The Force Awakens is my favorite by far, though nothing will ever top the love I have for Middle-Earth.

 

Beauty and the Beast

This movie was gorgeous and I loved it so very much. The story of Beauty and the Beast has always had a special place in my heart, and this movie captured it flawlessly. Though seeing Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan Mcgregor) as French men turned antiques was a little disconcerting. 🙂 You can read my blog post on it here.

 

 { Other movies }

Dunkirk // Moana // Brave // Annie // Mulan // 

 

 

 

BOOKS

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The Lost Girl of Astor Street

Stephanie Morrill

This book was so, so, good. I’m usually not one for mysteries or something set in Chicago, but this book had me hooked from the first page. Stephanie Morrill did an excellent job and her writing is breathtaking. This is definitely a book I’m going to be re-reading soon. 

 

Pax

Sara PennyPacker

If you want your heart ripped into teeny tiny pieces, read this book. That is all I will say.

 

The Lunar Chronicles

Marissa Meyer

I’m  not a huge fan of science-fiction, but I do love fairy tale retellings, so I decided to give this series a try, and I’m so glad I did.  It is so good, and I loved the way Marissa weaved all the characters’ stories together.  And speaking of characters, they were all so real and flawed you could connect with them on so many levels.

Advice: Don’t start Cinder (or any of the books in the series for that matter) at 10:00 pm. You will stay up past midnight and suffer from aching eyes in the morning.

 

{ Other books }

// An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir  // Unblemished and Unraveling by Sara Ella //

 

Blogs Discovered

Abbiee

A Writers Faith

The Left- Handed Typist

 

Things I Did This Year

Got my drivers license

Got my first job

Finished my first novel

Got a cat, whom I named Rey, after a character I admire.

Had a mentor session with Steve Laube.

 

Goals for 2018

Finish Ashes Like Frost

Rewrite The Princess and the Pirate

Write a fan-fiction novel on Rey and Finn

 

I’m going to be taking a break from blogging from now till January 13 for Christmas, New Year’s, and of course the WW.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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