First thing's first: the Little Women read-along.
I am so, SO sorry, Dragons, but the last two posts for #WinterWithLouisa just won't be happening. I feel so bad about it and I'm so sorry that they're not coming!
I know this is an excuse I often use, but that doesn't make it any less true: school makes life difficult. Especially this year, which (although easier than my previous two years of high school) involves a LOT more work, thanks to college prep and college-level courses (one of which is MATH *cue the screaming*).
On a less depressing note, I've picked up an editing job! I'm currently proofreading and formatting a memoir for a family friend. And once I finish that, I GET TO MAKE A COVER!!!! *flails* I'M SO EXCITED!
Another thing I've completely failed to mention over the past few Highlights posts: my mom started a blog!!!! I helped her design it waaay back in August, it's called Lilacs & Lace, and you can visit it by clicking here!*
*Be proud of how discreetly I've dropped her blog link three times throughout a three-sentence paragraph. 😜
No pics this time, I'm afraid! But perhaps I'll include them in my official December Highlights post?
- Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins. Scotland. Magic. Mystery. Disappearing children. All packed into a cozy li'l MG novel? *nods enthusiastically*
- Once Upon a Princess: Beauty's Curse by C.S. Johnson. I was a part of CJ's blog tour back in October, and was delighted to win the first novella of her Sleeping Beauty retelling series!
- Wanted: a Superhero to Save the World by Bryan Davis. MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS WITH SUPERPOWERS. That's all I'm gonna say, guys. 😻
- Mice & Marriage by Sophie Dawson. A girl terrified of mice? A cute guy who's totally prepared to help her? UM, YES.
- A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden. I own a copy of To the Farthest Shores, one of Elizabeth's other books, and I've heard such good things about her writing!
- Where Do I Start? by Molly Evangeline. In other words, one of my favorite indie authors wrote a book on HOW TO INDIE PUBLISH. And so I finally bought it! On Black Friday! IN PAPERBACK! *cheers*
- Children of Blood & Bone ARC by Tomi Adeyemi. After anxiously awaiting its arrival via a Goodreads giveaway, it finally showed up on my doorstep! It releases in March 2018, so keep an eye out. 😉
- The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. So I don't actually remember buying this, but I do remember wanting to read this and then stumbling upon a copy whilst reorganizing my bookshelf. And this is a newer book, so I'm not quite sure how it got there, but okay, I'll take it!
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Reliving the day you die? WHAAAAT. *grabby hands*
- Chasing Shadows by Ashley Townsend. I met up with Ashley again back in November, and, being in the midst of her gorgeous book Rising Shadows, was ecstatic to pick up a copy of the next in her series!
1. Night by Elie Wiesel [4/5]. This was a difficult one to rate, seeing as I didn't really like it (it was really disturbing, guys), but I also had to keep in mind that it's a historical account. For such, it was excellently written! It just wasn't my jam. *shrugs*
2. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay [2/5]. I usually reserve two-star ratings for either (a) content or (b) boring school reads. I really expected to like this because so many of my friends liked it, too, but... 'twas a solid nope from me. 🙁
3. Rising Shadows by Ashley Townsend [5/5]. *sings* THIS BOOK, GUYS!!!! If you haven't read this, then READ IT. If you have read it, then buy another copy and read it anyway! BECAUSE THIS BOOK = SO MUCH YES + WILL IS A COMPLETE DREAMBOAT AND MAY I MARRY HIM PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
4. The Brightest Thread by Tracey Dyck [5/5]. I know, I know -- it's probably not proper to rate books that are still beta projects. But this story, guys... I LOVE IT SO MUCH. And I can't wait for the day it makes its way into YOUR hands!! 💞
Olaf's Frozen Adventure! And The Greatest Showman! And Taryn Harbridge's singles, Lindsey Sterling's Warmer in the Winter, and Lana del Rey's hits! I also made a playlist for 2017:
My word for 2017 was
adventure --and I'm so thankful for how 2017 played out. I've looked back at pictures and writings from January, and Dragons... I'm not the same person now as I was then. I've grown since January, both mentally and spiritually. 💜
My word for 2018 is
light.I've spent 2017 adventuring beyond my comfort zone, expanding my knowledge and connections, making new friends. I want to spend 2018 being a light to those people, whether it be through talking, writing, emailing, acting, whatever. I want to be a light for God. 💕
I've been hard at work outlining The Scent of the Stars, and I'm very excited for where it's going! I might even have a few snippets for you, come January or February Highlights. 😉 For now, here's the Pinterest board:
November/December Goal: Outline TSotS.
Current/Overall Goal: Finish draft one by spring 2018.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER BLOG ROLL
ELSEWHERE IN THE BLOGOSPHERE
- Nadine Brandes revealed the cover for her new book, Fawkes!!!!
- Hannah S.J. Williams and Anne Elisabeth Stengl announced the very first Tales of Goldstone Wood coloring book! *flails* My copy arrived on Wednesday, and GUUUYYYSSS... IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. 😻
- Shantelle Mary @ Between the Pages of this Bookish Life turned twenty-one! *throws confetti* HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, SHANTELLE!!!!
Q&A: THE WRITER'S "WHEN YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT ME" QUESTIONAIRE
Thanks to Deborah Kelty for creating this and tagging me!
1. WHAT WAS THE FIRST STORY YOU WROTE?
The first one I remember was a short little piece I wrote just before I turned five. It was about a ballerina who was having a birthday party. 😉
2. WHERE DO YOU GAIN INSPIRATION?
Music! The song Welcome Home, Son by Radical Face is sure to get my creative juices flowing.
3. WHO/WHAT ENCOURAGED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?
For me, it was simply a calling. And then I read Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl... and suddenly, I started taking writing seriously.
4. IF YOU HAD A CHOICE BETWEEN PAST OR PRESENT TENSE, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
I typically use the present tense for first person, and past tense for third.
5. WHAT'S YOUR "KRYPTONITE"?
The INTERNET. *screams* It's-- so-- DISTRACTING!
6. WHAT'S YOUR "SUPERMAN"?
Breaking down the "how-to"s. I'd like to think I'm rather good at that. 😛 If you're ever in the mood for some writing tips, I have a whole page on that.
7. GUILTY PLEASURES?
Description! I might be a little too obsessed with the details. 😜
8. WHAT GENRE WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN WRITING, ONE DAY?
*bursts into song* STEAMPUUUUNK! I already have a trilogy planned out, and I look forward to starting it, someday!
9. FAVORITE WRITING SNACK?
I don't always eat while writing (because I get distracted CRAZY easily), but when I do,* it's CHOCOLATE.
*See what I did there? 😏
Thanks for bearing with me through this rather blunt post! 😬 2018 resolution no. 1: set aside proper blogging time, and TAKE BREAKS!
Speaking of breaks, I plan to be gone until January sixth. I'll also take a social media break, but that won't start until this coming Tuesday or Wednesday. I'd tell you why, but all I can say now is TOP SECRET REASONS. And I CAN'T WAIT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THEM!!!! I should be able to tell y'all in January. 😉
Until then, merry Christmas and happy New Year! Have delightful and safe holidays, my Dragons. 💜