Monday, January 8, 2018


Why do I say one thing, and then do the opposite?
I don't want to stay this way.

I suppose I'm a little late with my 2017 wrap-up post, but it's still pretty early in January - we're still saying our goodbyes to the past year, still storing all its lovely memories in a safe place in our heads, where they won't slip away.

2017 was a good year. It really was.


I found some new top favorite books this year, The Lunar Chronicles and Gallagher Girls most notable among them. Those series are GOLD, I tell you. <3

This was also the year I stepped out of my bookworm hole into the community side of a website I almost guarantee you're familiar with - Goodreads. This bookish social media site has been annoying at times, challenging at times, and fun at times. Fun most of all, of course! There's nothing like fangirling over books with fellow bookdragons. :D But through the Goodreads community, God has also taught me important things - about showing love to people who aren't showing love to you, about refraining from reading a book you know you shouldn't read even though it's SUPER popular (the struggle is more real than you think), about the way the world's standards and viewpoints are changing and how that is affecting YA literature.

2017 highlight: I became acquainted with Goodreads, and I'm thankful for the site because I love the community, and because there is quite a lot to learn from it.

2018 goal: Knock A BUNCH of books off that TBR.


My 2017 writing journey was a wild ride of awesomeness, from spending lazy summer days typing away on Draft 2 of my fairy tale retelling Dusted Red, to the especially exciting adventure that was my entry for Five Poisoned Apples.

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This contest is one of the most exciting thing ever, because 1) just the opportunity and anticipation of it all, 2) I legit edited a story for the first time, and 3) I shared a story with beta-readers for the first time. Sure, I've been sharing stories with writer friends since 2016, but it was exciting and surreal in a different way, with The Seven Huntresses. There were giant smiles and bubbly giddiness because of enthusiastic fangirl comments. There were multiple whispered "thank-yous" because of incredibly helpful feedback.

Besides, I've never laid a story so earnestly and completely before Jesus' feet like I laid The Seven Huntresses. Because of that, there was a whole new layer of excitement and purpose to writing it.

2017 highlight: I wrote a story for the Five Poisoned Apples writing contest. (let's all cross our fingers for April 2nd, shall we?)

2018 goal: Let God into my writing life even more.


I feel like I already blab way too much about bloggy stuff. xD Here's a summary of great blogging-related things I have come to appreciate throughout 2017.

- The amazingness of blogger friends (YOU GUYS ARE THE TEH BESTEST <3 <3 <3)
- Rebellious Writing
- and now this new blog!!!

2017 highlight: Befriended some awesome fellow bloggers + RW + yeah, everything

2018 goal: Work hard to provide quality content here on The Red-Hooded Writer


My relationship with God throughout 2017 was such a whirlwind of adventures - joys and sorrows, rises and stumbles. Most notably is the mission trip I was part of in early 2017 - the most amazing time I've ever had. *wipes tear* God did so, so, SO much, and throughout the whole experience brought my relationship with Him to a whole new level. It seems longer than only a year ago that it happened, and yet at the same time it seems like it was only yesterday. <3

Fast forward to MUCH closer to the end of the year. I don't keep up with politics, but I did hear about our President making the decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem, and - in so doing - officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel! There is world-wide controversy about his decision - you can read CNN articles, Fox News articles, the Jerusalem Post, etc., etc. It's really interesting. But did you know that this very event lines up with prophecy in the Bible??!! I could probably say more about it, but suffice it to say - hearing about this important event was exciting. Stuff. Is. Happening.

Anyway, back to my smol life. :) Soccer seasons, church events, birthday, school, funeral, book club, new room, Christmas, movie nights. The fun, the tough, the bittersweet. Wow, guys. 2017. Twenty. Seven. Teen.

2017 highlight: Too many to choose from!!

2018 goal: Live every day for Jesus, in light of eternity. Lord, help me.

Thinking of it makes me extra excited for this new year, and all the unexpected blessings and struggles that await! We've already spent about a week of it, guys. That leaves 51 weeks left (if the Lord tarries, of course). Best of all, Jesus will be with us every single step of the way!

~ Lila Kims

How has your first week of 2018 been? What are something awesome things God did in your life in 2017?

No more going down and up and down so selfishly
No more going up and down and up
You take the lead


  1. 2017 seemed to be a year of up and down for everyone, though I guess that would be every year.

    This wrap up is amazing! 2017 was amazing. I didn't know about the prophecy thing. I will have to research that. :)

    Great post. I can't wait to see where God takes you in 2018! <3


    1. Definitely! As they say, life is a series of ups and downs. Very interesting and unpredictable, life is. xD

      Thank you, Ivie! 2017 was indeed amazing!! And yeah, you should check it out, it's really cool to read about and I don't even like reading about political stuff most of the time! :)

      Thanks again, friend, and I can't wait to see where God takes you either!! <3 <3

  2. Wow looks like you had an incredible year Lila! <3 Here's to the best year yet <3

    I love that quote at the end. xxx

    1. As long as God is incredible, life is incredible. I had my tough times, when I all I wanted to do was melt into floor, or at least curl up and cry, but it's always an adventure. <3 I hope you had a good year too, Anna, and AMEN to that toast!!! <3

  3. It sounds like you had an exciting year! I pray the Lord leads you on an equally exciting path this year!

    1. It was rather exciting! And that means SO much to me, Sarah, I pray the same for you! <3 <3 <3

  4. 2017 was such a great year! :D

    I can't wait to see how our year of blogging and writing and reading and everything 2018 goes! Great post, friend!

    1. Looking back, I've come to the same conclusion!! :D

      ME TOO! It's going to be awesome! And thanks so much. <3

  5. Living for God is definitely the key! Nice post!

    1. Yes, it is! It's not easy (it can be downright HARD sometimes, can't it?), but it. is. the. key.

      Thanks, Penny!! <3

  6. Wow, eventful year for us all! I don't think anyone that I know has had a boring 2017, that's for sure.

    God did a lot for me (as undeserving as I was). He protected me from some really nasty stuff at grad school, helped me gain new friends, and set a new purpose for me.

    Here's to an even better 2018 (which hopefully will bring "Dusted Red" to the bookstore shelves...*wink wink*


    1. I know, right?? Life seems to become more and more of an adventure as it goes on!!

      That's so awesome, Catherine! <3 God certainly has a plan!

      AMEN TO THAT!! (and hahahaha, well... I don't know about that, but thank you anyway!! *tackle-hugs* <3 <3)

  7. I hope your 2018 is even better, Lila!

    1. Same to you, Gray!! <3 God has so much in store for us!

  8. First off, I love that Moriah Peters song! I love pretty much all of her music, honestly.

    The Lunar Chronicles and Gallagher Girls are two of my favorites! Both of them are so much fun, and I love all of the characters dearly.

    Congratulations about your Rooglewood short story! I'll be praying for its success - I know it must be amazing.

    I'm glad you had such an amazing 2017! It was a pretty great year for me as well, and I'm already having a good 2018.

    Also, just wanted to let you know that I tagged you in my most recent book tag that I literally just published like five minutes ago, lol. :) Here's the link if you want to check it out:

    You don't have to do it, of course, but I just thought I'd let you know!

    1. EEP, Moriah Peters's music is SO LOVELY!!!

      Aaaaahhh, yes, TLC and GG! I feel the exact same way - I get nostalgic whenever I think of the stories or characters. <3 <3 <3

      Thanks so much, Abi, that means A LOT to me! I hope you'll get to read it sometime soon, but we'll just have to see what happens. :D

      Same to you, friend!! I had a great start to 2018 too - God is so good. <3

      Oooooohhh, A TAG!! *scampers off to read the post* Thank you so much, Abi!! xD

  9. We learn things every year. Despite what may be hard, or even when things are easy, we are learning, we are growing. We just have to be able to look back and see what God has done for us.

    Can't wait to see how the Rogglewood contest goes!!!

    Here's to an epic 2018! *raises forkful of lunch*

    1. *nods head vigorously* That is so true, Julian. Often it seems like we're not growing, but God is always moving in our hearts. Often it's not until we look back from a way's down the road that we realize how far we've come. :)

      ME NEITHER, OH MY WORD!! The anticipation is real!

      *raises forkful to join you in toast* *food slops off fork* Yessss, an epic 2018!! :D


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