Saturday, May 6, 2017

April Wrap-Up

Good morning, Dragons! *waves* *yawns* I'm really tired... which may or may not be from staying up late during our congregation's gospel meeting (but yes, oh yes, it's been so worth it). (Lord willing, more on the meeting during the May Wrap-Up. 😉 )


  • I got a new laptop. My old one, Nameless (*coughs* Yeah, I never really thought to name him...), went kaput, so I got a new one named... *drumroll* D'artagnan! And I'm in love. A half-decent camera, a working disc drive, great speakers, and a six- to twelve-hour battery life... *sighs dreamily* ❤
  • Thirty-four days until summer! *straightens bowtie* 😏
  • Our congregation had a bonfire a couple weekends ago! I meant to grab my camera on the way out the door, but... I forgot. *shrugs*
  • My grade gets a week off from school, soon! *cheers* We're one of the only grade levels that doesn't have SBAC testing (thank God), so, even though there'll be a bit of homework, still -- no classes!
  • I memorized the Unit Circle... -_- Surprisingly, I aced that part of April's math test. Still not sure how I managed to do that.


*sings* Matildaaaa! In our school talent show, our theatre company performed When I Grow Up. I honestly remember nothing from being in the actual show. I remember the other acts and whatnot (and also getting yelled at for pacing prior to the show... our sound board director/assistant stage manager knows that pacing prior to a performance = Liv might die. 😛 ), but I remember little else.

*sniffles* And this is our director's last year at MEA before she leaves for college! *wails*

(On a less sad note, here's the song we performed, with the original cast of Matilda doing it... and in case you were wondering, the answer is yes, we did all sing with British accents. 😉 )


I can't not have collected more books this month, now could I? (Don't answer that.)

Books I collected:
  • The Hagenheim series (books one through five) by Melanie Dickerson
  • The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson
  • Maggie's Hope Chest by Amanda Tero
  • The Blades of Acktar series by Tricia Mingerink
  • How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson


So my goal of finishing all those books I mentioned last month didn't actually work... I finished two out of three of them, one of them being Laura Story's book, which I set aside for the time being, since I'm trying to get through a massive pile before Realm Makers, this summer.

Books read (not including academic reading):
  • Halayda by Sarah Delena White
  • Scarlet Moon by S.D. Grimm
  • Bellanok by Ralene Burke
Oh! Speaking of Halayda, I joined the Fellowship of Fantasy book club! And it's fantastic, ya'll -- I highly recommend it! It's amazing, and it covers indie Christian fantasy, and there are so many perks. Check it out on Facebook here!

  • Death Comes to Pembereley (2013). I've seen this miniseries before, but my, it's so good. It's like The Princess Bride -- each time you watch it, you learn more about the plot/storyline.
  • Ella Enchanted (2004). I haven't seen this since I read the book... and the movie's as bad as the Percy Jackson films. So many inaccuracies!!!!
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). It's still my favourite HP movie. The characters, the magic, everything... Gaaah!


I listen to a lot of different types of music, so here are just a few highlights:
  • Brittany Jean
  • Megan Rae
  • Ministry of Magic
  • The Hamilton soundtrack
  • The Once Upon a Time: The Musical Episode soundtrack


So I might have developed a cookie-baking addiction... Hee hee hee. I made two batches, one of which was a no-bake (and a total fail), and the other which was an already-tested batch of deformed, sugary, peanut-buttery goodness.

I also found a new mac-and-cheese recipe! It's vegan and not terribly difficult; you can check out the recipe here.


Camp NaNoWriMo and that 10k I was aiming for did not happen. I'm hoping to play catch-up in May and June. I seriously overestimated the time needed to dedicate to finishing my outline.

I did finish the map for And Did the Waters Tremble's world, though!



The 2017 Goldstone Wood fan art contest is live! There are so many gorgeous pieces; voting for only three was definitely a challenge! (You can check out the submissions here.)

Here was my entry:

It's nowhere near the others in skill, but I've had the idea for several months, and it was fun to finally do. 🙂

  • Read three (or more 🙂 ) books.
  • Finish outline.
  • Write 5k.


How has your April been? What books did you read? Did you participate in Camp NaNoWriMo?



  1. Love that you finished reading Diamonds, Liv! I hope you enjoyed it. ;) Also, love your new laptop's name! (I name mine, too!)

    1. Thanks, Rachelle -- and I most certainly did!

      Hee hee, and thank you; I love D'artagnan's name, too. ;)

  2. Ooooh, a new laptop?!? Mine's new, but I wish it was Apple. *pats it* It is also Nameless. xD

    You MUST read The Blades of Acktar series, okay? I just started them and omw they're AMAZING.

    Btw, I tagged your for the Voices of YA tag, if you'd like to do it :) Here's the link:

    1. I'd had Nameless several years before I started blogging, so I never thought to name it! But three years in the blogosphere have certainly provided me with an idea or two. ;)

      I'm so excited to read The Blades of Acktar! I don't usually buy a whole series all at once, but... I kind of knew I'd want to read/own the whole series. :D

      Thank you so much for the tag!! Lord willing, I'll have a post with it up, soon. :)

  3. Sounds like you’ve been really busy. I like all those movies you mentioned!

    1. I have, so I can't wait for school to be out so I can have a little time to myself! :)

      And yes, the movies are all such fun to watch! :D

      Thanks for the comment, novellaandbannabelle!


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