Saturday, February 22, 2020

It's Okay to Stop

It’s okay to stop 
You don’t have to run now 
Take a moment and breathe
In and out 
Let this weight fall off your shoulders
You don’t have to keep the world spinning
You can take a rest 
So step back 
Let it go 
Get off social media 
Let your room be messy 
Don’t worry about what needs to be done  
Sit down on the floor 
Look up at the sky 
Feel sunshine on your skin 
Breathe in God’s rest 
And breathe out peace 
Take a moment 
It’s okay to stop
I promise 

Friday, February 14, 2020

January Highlights

I can hardly believe we are already a month and a half into the year. Time is flying right now!

This month, my sister Sarah and I made good progress in watching through Star Trek voyager (skipping episodes). It's been fun to see this installment of the Star Trek world.

I re-did the walls in my room. I was getting a little tired of how I had the decorations on my wall, so I took them all down, got rid of some, and put up some fresh ones. It's been nice to have a different 'view.' ;)

My frisbee group started meeting again! It has been a year since we have met on a regular base, so it's awesome to be back at it. We're a pretty small group, but it's still really fun!

Me at the zoo. =)

It's been too cold to go to the zoo lately, but in January we finally had some warm days and were able to go twice!

Allllll my jobs started back up this month. My babysitting jobs are mostly just in the school year, so they started back up. My hours are very different this year then last year, so it's been an adjustment, but I love working with the kids. One of my jobs is for a bible study, and I'm helping watch 6-10 year olds. This is my first time watching that many kids that are above the age of three, and it's been a big learning curve.

I got my hair cut! I've been wanting to do it for a while, so finally, my sister and I did it together. Quite honestly, my haircut did not turn out how I had intended, (the layers are super short compared to the rest of my hair) but it's still nice to have something fresh. =)

I started editing my NaNo project, Hiding. It's been slow going, but I really love this book, so it's been good to dive back into! I'll hopefully be posting more about that soon.

I started piano lessons with my sister Sarah. I have been intending to start them for years, and never quite worked up the gumption. But, seeing as it was a goal for the year, I knew I should go ahead and dive in.

I did a good bit of re-reading this month, so my favorite new book I read was The Bookshop Girl. It was delightful!

Bowing Low Firth out of Ten
Winter Photo Dump Aria Lisette
My 2020 Bookish Goals Once Upon an Ordinary
January 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Now All I Know is Grace
2020: A Look Ahead & Current WIP Whimsical Writing for His Glory

How was your January? What did you do? 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Your Guide to Epic Buddy Reads (A Blog Collab with Kate Willis)

So, my friend Kate and I like buddy reading. We just finished reading our fifth book together and we thought it would be fun to do a blog post on buddy reads! We're sharing ten tips, so Kate has tips 1-5 over on her blog, and here I have 6-10, so make sure to check out her post!

6. Take notes if needed. (You don’t want to forget important details) 
I am the queen of forgetting details, so I always keep a running note on my phone of things I want to discuss with my buddy. Normal notebooks work great too! (Or you might be one of those epic people like Kate who doesn't need notes. In which case, I applaud you.)

7. Make a shelf on Goodreads.  (It’s really fun to look back over what you’ve read together.)
A Goodreads shelf lets you look back over what you've read with your buddies, and see what you've already done together. (Just for reference, here is mine, and Kate's)

8. Libraries are your friend! (Sometimes we don’t both own a book so we often pick them up from the library.)
Going out on a limb to buy a book your not sure about is not always fun, so picking it up from the library can be a great alternative! Some even let you barrow things online, which will allow you to put it on an e-reader.

9. Make sure each buddy knows they can DNF the book whenever. (We’ve never had to do this before, but it is good to talk about)
It's important to decide ahead of time that if either one of you gets uncomfortable with the book that you can stop. You don't want to make your buddy feel guilty if they feel like they can't finish it! I would recommend having a plan in place in case this happens, like having a backup book!

10. Eat cheesecake at the end. (We’ve done this over Skype.) 
This is one of the most important parts. It was originally Kate's idea and I wholeheartedly endorse it. Eating cheesecake is a great way to celebrate finishing a book, and the nice thing is, you don't even have to be in the same place to do it!

Don't forget to go check out Kate's post here!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Never Have I Ever Tag (Writers Edition)

I saw this tag on Jenna Terese's blog and it looked like so much fun I decided to do it! So here are some things that I have, and have not done as a writer!
Also, I finally updated my profile pictures and the ones in the "about me" page! The photos in this post are ones I had left over. =)

Never have I ever…

…started a novel that I didn’t finish…
Yes, but only once, and that's because it was a co-write that the other author did not want to finish. The only other novel that I have started and not completed is simply waiting for a few months until I get time to finish it. 

…written a story completely by hand…
No. Halfway through writing my very first story by hand I couldn't stand it and I switched to the computer. 

…changed tenses midway through a story…
I don't think so. But that's because I rarely ever use anything other than first-person past tense.  

…not researched anything before starting a story…
All. The. Time. I hate research. Most of the time I write contemporary stories that require little to no research. 

…changed my protagonist’s names halfway through the draft…
I feel like this is something I would do, but I never remember actually doing it. ;)

…written a story in a month or less…
Several times. Most of my stories are novellas, so writing them in a month is pretty easy. 

…fallen asleep while writing…
More times then I care to count. In a family of eight late at night is the quietest time, and one of my favorite times to write, but I don't normally stay up late so I fall asleep easily.

…corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online…
Only with my family, and most of the time just for fun because we never mind. I try to never do it online, or in person. Mostly because I believe it's really rude, but also I do not have fantastic grammar myself.

…yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of a novel…
Yes. Mostly on bad nights in the middle of NaNo. 

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse…
Yes. Sometimes during NaNo, or when I have a deadline I've set for myself, I will put other things off for my writing. 

…killed a character that was based off someone I know in real life…
No. I rarely ever kill characters, but when I do it's rarely the ones based off real people. 

…used pop culture references in a story…
Yes! But not often. Actually, it's been a long time since I've done that. 

…written between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m…
No. I do not like staying up past midnight and I am not really awake until seven at the earliest, and I don't really write before nine. 

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing…
No. I hate coffee. I do not drink it at all. 

…written down dreams to use in potential novels…
I have actually written a story based off of a dream. But I do write down notable ones. 

…published an unedited story on the internet/blog/Wattpad…
Yes. I published a short story on my blog that was only edited by me. 

…procrastinated homework because I wanted to write…
Honestly, it's been a while since I've been in school, so I don't know. I don't think so, though. I always liked getting school done before writing. 

…typed so long that my wrists hurt…
All the time. My wrists are not super strong. ;D

…spilled a drink on my laptop while writing…
Once, a very long time ago I spilled a drink on my mom's laptop and ruined it. Now I never keep drinks near my computer. 

…forgotten to save my work/draft…
My word document automatically saves, so I never really forget. But I have had it incorrectly save before. 

…finished a novel…
I have finished two full-length (50K) novels and over thirty stories everywhere from 5k-40k. 

…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene…

…cried while writing a scene…
Twice. But both of them were not actually that emotional, but I cry at weird times.

…created maps of my fictional worlds…
Once, I think. I keep a pretty good map in my head and it does not transfer to paper well. 

…researched something shady for a novel…
Of course! It also helps that my brother is a nurse, so all my stabbing/shooting/general medical questions can be directed to him.  

So, when do you normally write? Ever yell at yourself in all caps?

Friday, January 24, 2020

When Life Gets Crazy Busy

I'm used to a really laid back schedule in life. Really, really laid back. Up until recently, I would go out of the house at the most three days in a week, but most of the time just two.
I have now been out of the house every day for a week. And I won't have a home day for another full week. I accepted two more babysittings, so I am now working three days a week (all only a few hours at a time though), and I am trying to keep up with Bible studies, and church.

On Wednesday evening I was just about ready to cry. I do not like spending this much time out, even if it is for work. Some of the kids are not the nicest (go figure, they're human too), and trying to make sure I had enough food, sleep, time to relax, and time to work on my other projects was looking overwhelming.

I was sitting on my window seat, and I was thinking over all the stuff that I've had going, and I realized something: I wouldn't give it up even if I could. Even though it's making my life crazy busy, I'm learning a lot from these jobs that I would if I was just sitting at my desk all day.

The kids are definitely teaching me patience, and they're showing me that sometimes you just have to let go of your facade of control. I can't micromanage ten kids, and I was never supposed to. Admitting that has made my outlook on my job a lot better. Cause honestly, me thinking I controlled ten six through eleven-year-olds is rather laughable.

This week God has shown me so many ways that He is there for me. From giving me patience when I desperately need it, to sending people to help me, to just giving me little kids who want me to hold them. I've got just about the sweetest job ever, and I may not always be as grateful as I should be but I am so glad God gave me this opportunity to grow.  Life will slow down again, there will be new lessons to learn, but I want to thrive in this time God has given me.