May was a month of beginnings and ends, of surprises and new experiences. Out of all the months I’ve covered in my Somethings posts, this one might be the most filled with important happenings.
I was formally interviewed for a job for the first time! I was pretty nervous, to be honest, but it went well. Did I get the job? No, only because I would be missing orientation.
I had a graduation party! At first I was anxious about being a host (no, not to an alien parasite), but in the end I had a blast! I was overwhelmed with gratefulness at everyone’s support. My introverted self wanted to curl up in some obscure corner for a year after the party, but I still enjoyed myself.
I graduated High School! It’s strange; a huge part of my life is over, for good. Time to move on and be an adult! *less enthusiastically* Yay.
This month I went on a trip to New Hampshire with my family. We hiked, rock jumped, watched whales, and had an all around good time appreciating each other’s company and God’s creation.
I got to pet a baby cow!
I warned you it was random, but it made me happy.
As I mentioned earlier, my family left on a trip to New Hampshire. When we came back, we discovered that our indoor/outdoor cat, Sally, had drowned in our pool.
From pushing open my door at night to joining me on the piano bench as I played my favorite song, Sally was a blessing wrapped up in white fur. I’ll miss you fluff ball.
Something Related to Writing
My goals were:
-Write an article for Kingdom Pen: Did I achieve this? Sort of. I haven’t finished the article yet (but don’t tell anyone :).
-Write a non-fiction article for another website: No. But I may have stumbled upon a good idea, an idea so good I might end up saving it for this blog instead of the intended website. Ah well.
–Finish editing my current novel/WIP (work in progress), Eclipse Awakening:
I did not finish editing EA, and to be entirely honest I don’t think I will. I’m not continuing the series (to my knowledge. The voices in my head might say otherwise someday), and have already moved on to a more promising idea. It’s all a bit depressing, if I do say so myself.
Alright, enough of the writer counseling session.
-Blogging: I think I was rather successful at posting last month, so yes I did achieve this part. Chinese food!🍜🍣
-Outline and world build my next planned WIP (work in progress):
This one is complicated. You see, I outlined the basics of the plot, so it is on paper. I did a lot of world building compared to my previous world building attempts, but I still haven’t finished that part of the process.
I have, however, started writing the book itself. I tried to hold myself back, but I was so excited about my new characters that I had to start. Shame on me, I know.
And it is no longer the nameless WIP. I’m currently calling it Rook.
My goals for June:
-Finish my KP article
-Work on a mystery writing project (cue evil laugh)
-Write one or two Sam stories (yay!)
I enjoy hanging out with other writers in online writing communities. The writers in these communities are usually book worms.
And when I say they’re book worms, I mean they obsess and rant and love books to a thousand pieces.
Don’t get me wrong, this is great. People should read. However, being surrounded by all these crazy book worms reminds me that I haven’t been reading. It’s discouraging when everyone around me is going on about some great book that I should have already read. It’s not that I don’t want to read, but writing comes first, and it’s hard to balance the two without giving most of my time to one or the other.
But the week before my vacation and during my vacation itself, I read not one, not two, but five books (and a novella)! Here’s three of the five I read:
A Time To Rise: The book was satisfying and surprising, a great end to a fantastic series. I seriously recommend this book. The main character is one of the most realistic (and awesome) characters I’ve spent time with.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25: If I wasn’t so addicted to rich language and deep POVs I would have liked this book. It was written on a lower reading level, so I shouldn’t judge it too harshly (though my inner writer was bothering me the whole time, crying SHOW NOT TELL! WHAT IS HE FEELING? I’M NOT CONNECTING WITH THIS CHARACTER CAUSE YOU WON’T SHOW ME HIS REACTIONS! The entire time).
Throne of Glass: This book contained the stupidest love triangle in the history of stupid love triangles, which was pretty much there for nothing other than romantic tension. I wasn’t happy about it at all and decided not to read the rest of the series.
Starting Rook. I think I drove my friends crazy talking about it.
An article of mine was published on Kingdom Pen! A little flash of panic raced through me when I realized the article was officially up on the site. Kingdom Pen is the biggest platform I’ve been published on. A lot of people can read my writing. I guess a mini panic attack is just my knee-jerk reaction to public exposure.
Well guys, I’m officially a graduate. I suppose I have to go change the world now.
Have a terrific week!
-Gabrielle Pollack (A.K.A. The Great Rising Puzzlement)