Monday, September 10, 2018

THE BALANCING ACT CALLED LIFE // sept. 2018 general update

Won't you stay alive?
I'll take you for a ride
I will make you believe you are lovely
~ "Lovely" by Twenty One Pilots

Why did you go on an unplanned blogging hiatus? Why has editing of your novel-in-progress slowed to a crawl? Why have your comments on other blogs become so short? 

Why are you too brain-tired by the late afternoon to do anything except listen to music, watch YouTube videos, or read? Why are you always rushing out of the house to yet another out-and-about acitivity? Why are you so busy?

Yeah, well, life happened.

Because liiiiiiiiife. *headdesk*



It may seem like it, but I'm not illustrating the questions I think you may be asking me (blue), then providing the answer I want to give to your questions (red). What I'm illustrating are the questions we can sometimes ask ourselves (blue) and then the answer we always give. To ourselves. (And yeah, to our blog readers too. XD)

But lately, I've been wondering about this common answer. "Life is crazy. Life is rude. LIFE HAPPENED, UGH." I know it's a joke, one I use all the time, but it still makes me wonder sometimes.

Why do we complain when life keeps us busy?

Life is an adventure. I would even argue that it's most adventure-like when it's busy and crazy. We have to make a choice: Are we going to let the craziness stress us out, or are we going to trust God that He's taking us on a ride, that He holds us in the palm of His hand and only the circumstances He allows to come in can come in? Are we going to let the busyness annoy us, or are we going to accept that God has certain priorities for us? Are we going to humbly ask Him if there's anything He wants us to let go of to make room for those priorities, or are we going to try to stubbornly hold on to everything and let ourselves crumble under the weight?

Believe me, I get stressed out. I get anxious. I get nervous when the activities of life thrust me out of my comfort zone. But God is helping me to see that amidst all its challenges, even amidst all the jump-scares and mistakes and regrets, life is an adventure. An adventure with Jesus. And every morning of this adventure, His mercies are new. His forgiveness, love, and peace are never-ending.

So, if you're feeling stressed out or annoyed by the craziness of life right now, remember that life is an adventure and Jesus is taking you on a ride.

Stay alive, my friends.

cross stand under purple and blue sky


Life is an adventure, but it is also a balancing act. And we writers sometimes struggle to balance our writing with everything else, don't we?

The struggle is REAL for me right now.

Last time you heard about my progress on Dusted Red, I told you I was about to plunge into EDITS. Well, now I'm about fifty/sixty pages into said edits and it's a tedious process, especially here in the beginning where I have whole scenes and chunks of scenes I want to rewrite or write in. Or, I'll look at a scene I want to keep and think, I can execute this so much better. Hence, further rewriting. XP And I distinctly remember from my note-taking in July that I have loooooots of rewriting to do in the latter quarter of the book too. LOTS.

I have to say, it's kinda annoying. But at this point in time, what would be even more annoying is to get behind in school. So yes, I'm willing to sacrifice some of my writing time for the sake of my academic responsibilities. *nods*

Still, though... writing is my passion and I itch to devote more time to it. I hope I can get back into the swing of things soon. Editing is a lot of fun, it's just that it feels like more work to do, and after a day of school "more work" often doesn't appeal to my tired brain...? :P (And that's not counting the several evenings out of my week when I'm out running or socializing.)

In summary, progress is slow but not at a complete stand-still. ;)

Movies: Well, I watched Black Panther a few weeks ago. SO GOOD. I can't think of any others, but there are a lot of movies I have yet to watch and can't wait to! Infinity War, Incredibles 2, and Christopher Robin, to name a few. :D (Oh my gosh, that rhymesssss.)

Music: DUDE, I CAN'T WAIT FOR OCTOBER 5!!!! I was salivating over Trench's tracklist the other day, and I listen to "My Blood" ALL THE TIME, pretty much. Because it's THAT amazing. :')

I could say so much more about the Trench singles they've released, and the EPIC music videos and stuff, but not to worry - I shall restrain myself. It's hard, but... *deep breath*

Books: I'm reading several books for school, including Oliver Twist and To Kill A Mockingbird. They're both REALLY good so far! Oliver is my precious darling, and Jem is my wonderful boy. <333

I finished A Tale of Two Cities a few weeks ago. Five. Star. Read. I loved it to pieces. <3 I also just started reading Les Miserables because it turns out that I have to read it for school. Thankfully, I don't have to write anything for it - I just have to read it. And I can take the whole year to do it if that's what it takes. I'm barely into it, but it's already very interesting!

Another reading highlight is that I went to a library book sale and got Cinder, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the entire Hunger Games trilogy for LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARS. My cheapskate heart is happy. XD


It's challenging to balance everything. School, writing, reading, and whatever else. The balancing act is all part of the adventure, though. I hope you guys are having fun on the ride Jesus is taking you on. He's got the wheel; He's in control. (I need this reminder all the time, haha...)

Your redemption won't grow stale
We are now just setting sail
"Lovely" by Twenty One Pilots

The Lord's Truly,
How's school going (for my fellow student readers)? How do you fit writing in amongst all the other crazy life things? Who else is pumped for the new Twenty One Pilots album???


  1. Love this post, Lila! Especially the beginning << such a powerful reminder. yes life is crazy, but God's in control. <3

    YES I'M SO EXCITED for the twenty one pilots album!!! <3 "My Blood" is amazing <3 <3

    1. Thanks, Allison! And amen to that - God's got control. <333

      CAN'T WAIT FOR TRENCH!!! I'm honestly so in love with "My Blood" rn. <3 <3 <3

  2. Oh my, yes! Such a great reminder. It is easy to get caught up in all the stresses of life.

    Oooooo, and now I have to pick up A Tale of Two Cities! I’ve been wanting to read it for a while....

    1. Ikr! The stresses of life can be overwhelming sometimes. :P It's amazing that we have a God who will never forsake us no matter what, and who will always give us strength when we cry out to Him. <3

      YES!!! READ IT, READ IT, READ IT!! It's incredible!!! :D

  3. MAN - those italics sound like my life right about now....

    Wonderful post, Lila!


  4. Ugh, schooooool :P Honestly, the balancing act of school and work is eating me alive, but I'm forcing myself to live through it. Sleep deprivation is an unfortunate side effect (as is a lack of any writing whatsoever, which is really disappointing :/)

    This post was great! Definitely a reminder that I need right now. (And now I REALLY need to reread Two Cities <3))

    1. SCHOOOOOOL. It can be fun, but I get you - school and work will suck time away like nobody's business. :P I'm BARELY getting any writing done myself, as illustrated in this post haha. It is rather disappointing. :/ We can trust God 100%, though, which is so encouraging!

      Thanks, Faith! I've definitely needed that reminder too.

      (MAN, I loved that book SO MUCH. <3)

  5. Life does take some crazy turns, but it's good to try to enjoy it too!
    Best of luck with edits, they can be tedious!
    I've been loving all of Twenty One Pilots new songs!

    1. Definitely! Life is a... *cough* crazy adventure. :D

      Thanks! They're tedious, for sure. But they're also fun. It's a weird mix. :P

      ME TOO!!! I love them. <3 <3 <3

  6. Balancing is tough at times, but it's an okay thing.

    What a great haul! Aren't library book sales the best? My local one is this weekend. I look forward to it every year and I'm hoping the hurricane doesn't ruin things for me. It'll be interesting to see what I can pick up!

    1. *nods* Amen!

      LIBRARY BOOK SALES ARE INDEED THE BEST. I was blown away by the astonishingly low prices. O__O Yayyyy, I hope you find some good books to get!!! And oh dear, YES, I hope the hurricane leaves you alone! <3

  7. *whispers* why is life so crazy, yo?


    1. *shrugs* I guess that's just how life is... :D


  8. Makes me feel guilty that I don't know when my library book sales are...maybe I should go google that...

    But The Scarlet Pimpernel is amazing...

    1. GOOGLE IT, JULIAN. Take advantage of those book sales!! XD

      I LOVE The Scarlet Pimpernel! :D


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