Saturday, December 29, 2018

#AMCURRENTLY // december 2018

Welcome, friends, to a different kind of monthly wrap-up than usual! I got the idea of the format from Quill Pen Writer, the blog of the endlessly amazing Melissa (though I know the #AmCurrently hashtag is nothing new). In fact, I've had so much fun putting this post together that I'll proooobably be formatting all my monthly wrap-ups this way from now on.

And, just fyi, at the end of this post I have a VERY exciting announcement! So stay tuned. ;D
Christmas is a beautiful but hectic time of year, and I have to say that though I was excited for it when it started, I'm now relieved that it's ended. (That's usually how it goes, lol.) I got a bottle of perfume for one sister, a bookmark for the other sister, and a gift card to a dessert place for the brother. One magical thing about Christmas shopping, despite the stress of it, is that you can step into the mall having no clue what you're going to buy for family, then step out of it an hour and a half later thrilled over what you've found.

This month, I've been consumed by holiday church activities, last-minute school assignments before break, and lots of exciting email conversations. Oh, and I started driving, so that's fun! (for real, actually, I found it pretty fun.)

December was sort of up and down, as every month is, but it's truly been epic.

Memory of the month:  Watching It's a Wonderful Life while snow poured down outside the window, covering my world in a thick white quilt.
I recently finished book 3 of the Wingfeather Saga, The Monster in the Hollows, and I honestly think this might be the most emotional a book has ever made me. I didn't shed any tears, surprisingly, but you better believe my HEART was weeping. All I have to do is think for a single moment about a certain something (or two) that happened in the book and my heart shatters into a million pieces all over again.

Now I'm reading An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, which is kind of all right but NOWHERE NEAR as good as I was expecting it to be. After that - and I'm almost done, which is good because I need to finish just one more book to complete my 2018 Goodreads challenge! - I'm going to pick up A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Because I thrive on heartbreaking books, apparently.

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I've done some book 1 editing and book 2 plotting this month, but not a lot. In 2019 I'm going to hopefully be upping the editing game, though, and I'll also start first-drafting the sequel! *squeals forever and ever* If you've been around this blog for long enough, even my old blog, you know I've been waiting a LONG while for the right time to begin book 2. I started plotting, scrapped that and started plotting again, and did the same thing several times - with character sketches too. Now I've finally settled on what works for me!

I'm not quite done with the character sketches, but I'll try to finish the most important ones by the time I sit down to start writing. EEP.

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I wanted to finish plotting the book completely, but I just can't figure out the rest of the climax and the ending, no matter how hard I brainstorm. So I've decided to figure it out either as I write or when I get to the end of what I've already plotted.

Thus the pantser in me rears its head. XD

Other than Christmas music, December has been a month of Lauren Daigle's "Look Up Child" album and Matthew Parker's "Daydreamer." I almost guarantee you've at least heard of "Look Up Child" (who hasn't lol), but there's a good chance you haven't heard of Matthew Parker's new album. If you have, bonus points for you! Some of the songs sort of share the same sound, but they're wonderful anyway. "All I'm After" and "Paradise" are the BEST EVER.

"like an angel up above, i'll be with the One i love
just like a dream, don't cry for me"
paradise // matthew parker

"i can't stop thinking about, i can't stop thinking about,
i can't stop thinking about Your goodness"
remember // lauren daigle

"You're the only thing in the world that matters"
all i'm after // matthew parker

"i've searched the world to find my heart is Yours"
this girl // lauren daigle

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Spiritually, I've been learning a lot about what it means to have that gentle and quiet spirit which is so precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4). I've been asking Him to soften my heart and strengthen my relationships, and He's been answering. I'm still so very flawed, of course, but the change I can see and feel happening reminds me that God does hear and He does answer.

Through that, I've also been learning the importance of praying for things consistently. Daily. Every time it pops into my head. God isn't annoyed by that; He WANTS us to be persistent in our prayer.

In a nutshell, December has been a beautiful month with Jesus. <3


My Blog Posts:

KNOW THE NOVEL - PART TWO // participating in a link-up one day too late

3 BOOKS GOD USED TO INSPIRE ME // that may inspire you!

TIPS FOR WRITING BITTERSWEET ENDINGS // at least... how i wrote one!

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS THINGS // songs, movies, & memories!

Favorite Blog Posts of the Month:
(of the blogs I follow XD)

3rd Place - WIP Special Part 5 || I harass my characters // Jem Jones @ Jem Jones, Writer

2nd Place - Loving Toxic People // Keturah Lamb @ Keturah's Korner

1st Place - a small dream // Olivia @ Important Nothings


And now for that announcement you've all been waiting for. I was going to wait until later, but after Tracey announced the same thing, I knew I couldn't keep quiet any longer.

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I'm getting a short story published on Havok in January! EEEEEEEEEP!!!

I'll have a post dedicated to that on the publication date to shout from the rooftops provide the link so you can read it. And you'll especially want to be on sharp look-out for that post because my story will only be free for ONE day. I'M SO EXCITED, YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE.

So that's been a huge highlight of the month, for sure. XD

The Lord's Truly,

Well, that just about wraps up my December! And my year, come to think of it. How was your month? Have you read the Wingfeather Saga? Have you heard about Havok Publishing (you should definitely check it out 'cause it's the bessssst)? Scream with me about everything in the comments below! :D


  1. Love how you did this wrap-up, and love that you have a "learning" section and love what was in that section. I HAVE THREE THREE FRIENDS NOW BEING PUBLISHED IN HAVOK IN JANUARY!!! Which makes me super excited. Congrats, Lila! That's awesome. Also, thanks so much for sharing my post! Totally wasn't expecting to see my name there. Made my day ;) Happy new year!

    1. Thanks, Keturah!! Good to know you like the format too! :D <3 <3

      THAT'S SO EXCITING!!! And thank you!!! :D :D

      You're welcome; I LOVED that post of yours! <3

      Happy New Year!

  2. MONSTER IN THE HOLLOWS *screams forever* That ending is crushing and I know exactly which scenes you're talking about. And to think you still have the fourth one... *bites nails* *grabs bucket of popcorn*

    My month's been pretty okay! We got to go visit the Newport Mansions in Rhode Island as a Christmas getaway for my mom and it was awesome. Unfortunately I have a cold now and my head feels like it's going to split. :P But I can't complain--overall it's been a pretty good month. I no longer have a job, which means I have free time, which means TIME TO EDIT! Pentegreens books 1 and 2 are both getting massive editing treatments in the next couple months and I'm terrified of them, the massive behemoths. *awkward grin* *this is definitely because of size and not because of what, ahem, actually happens within the story*

    I NEED TO APPLY TO HAVOK! and ahhhhh I'm so glad you got accepted! Your story is the BEST. <3

    Your month sounds like it was marvelous! :D I wish you the best of Januarys!

    1. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS, MONSTER IN THE HOLLOWS DESTROYED ME. I can't wait to read Warden and the Wolf King... *bites nails too*

      Ugh, sorry about the cold. That's no fun. :P That trip sounds like it was a lot of fun, though!! Lol, yesss, TIME TO EDIT. *shifty eyes bc I've not been very good lately at disciplining myself to edit Dusted Red*

      YES, YOU REALLY SHOULD, IT'S THE EPICEST THING! I'm sooooo excited too, tbh. Thank you! <3 <3 <3

      It WAS wonderful! I mean... it was a hard month, like every month. But God is so, so, SO good through all the challenges. <333

      Same to you!

  3. Oh my goodness, CONFRATULATIONS ON GETTING YOUR STORY PUBLISHED!!!! That’s so awesome!

    Have a great rest of December, and happy January!

    1. THANKS SO MUCH, NICOLE!!! I'm so excited! :))

      Thanks, girl, and SAME TO YOU! <3333

  4. I watched It's a Wonderful Life (again) on Thursday, and I think I cried the entire second half. That movie is so good!!!

    I have never heard of any of those songs... *goes to youtube*

    Congrats on getting published in January!!!!!! That is so exciting!!

    1. I always come sooooo close to crying when I watch that movie! First it's like :'( and then it's like :'). Either way it's time to cry, amiright?

      YESSSSSSSSS, they're awesome!

      Thanks, Clare!!! I can't wait for it to go up! :D :D :D

      Happy New Year. <3

  5. Yuss!! You love It's a Wonderful Life too??!! *High fives* it's such a great movie!

    Such cool reading stuffz! XD. I was already interested in Wingfeather saga, but now that I've heard one of the books is sad I'm...... Even more excited, which is probably messed up, but oh well 😂 and I think you're gonna really like A Monster Calls. EsoEspecia since you like sad books :D

    It's also really great to hear about all the updates of what God is doing in your life. It's so awesome and uplifting to hear about how Good is softening your heart and strengthening your relationships!

    And oh my goodness!!! Congratulations on the story!! I'm super stoked to read it! It's gonna be great!! :D

    1. I LOVE It's a Wonderful Life! So much it hurts! *returns high-five*

      Lol!! :D You definitely need to read Wingfeather Saga ASAP!!! IT'S BEYOND AMAZING.

      Goodness, I'm halfway through A Monster Calls already and really enjoying it. :'( [it's kinda mind-boggling how "really enjoying it" and a sad face often go together when it comes to books...]

      I'm so blessed by the fact that you were blessed by that!! I do love sharing about what God is doing. :) Sometimes I feel like I don't share enough about the valleys I trudge through, but God has absolutely lifted me up too many times to count. He's so good.

      EEEEEP, THANKS!!! I can't wait for you to read it either!! :D

  6. Loved this style of wrap up. Congrats on getting published, that's amazing!!!

    1. Thanks, Skye! I really liked the style myself! :D

      And thank you, I'm excited tooooooooooo!!! My first publication. <3 I know it's been a little while, but congrats on YOUR publication! *squeals*

  7. Congrats on your publication!!! That's just so awesome!!

    It looks like you had a great December! I hope January (and all of 2019) treat you just as well!!

    1. Thanks, Sarah!!! I'm so excited!!!

      I did have a great December! Hope you had a great December too! Happy 2019!!!! <3

  8. AHHHH ANOTHER HAVOK story coming out by someone I know!!! So cool!!! (Okay, so I scrolled down to read that first, no shame here.)

    Jem's posts are always hilarious. :)

    The Wingfather Saga is THE BEST.

    1. YESSSSSSSSS, SO MUCH HAVOK-NESS!!! :D (Lol, I don't blame you. ;))

      Ikr, Jem's awesome!!


  9. OMW, congrats, girl!!! I can't wait to read your story. This is so exciting *screams with you* :D :D :D

    Another thing I want to mention is that I've read and enjoyed An Enchantment of Ravens. I will admit that the beginning was a little slow, but by the end I thoroughly enjoyed it so hang in there :D

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Nicki!!! EEEEEEEEEEP!! Can't wait for you to read it either! :D :D

      I ended up giving it three stars, though I did reallllllly like the concept of the fair folk and their courts. And the writing was stunning. <333 I can see why you liked it!!

      Happy New Year!!

  10. Lila is going to be published!!!! *framtically runs in circles* AHHHH!!! Congrats freeennn! <3

    Sounds like you had an amazing December. (Also hopes to edit more in 2019)

    And yay for driving! XD

    Once again, love your posts. <3 Happy new year!

    1. I know, I'm freaking out TOOOOOOO!! I was going to email you soon if you didn't comment something bc I wanted you of all people to know, but here you are! ;D Thank you so much, Danielle!!!! I'm running around in circles too!!!

      Thanks!! I love your posts too. <333 Happy 2019!! :D


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