Monday, August 26, 2019

#AMCURRENTLY // august 2019


It's been a while since I wrapped up a month! My last #AmCurrently was in January and now fall 2019 is almost upon us... Yeah, I'd say it's definitely time for an update. XD

August 2019. It's crazy to think about. THE MONTH IS ALMOST OVER. SCHOOL HAS STARTED. THIS TIME NEXT YEAR I'LL BE IN COLLEGE. I'M MORE THAN 60K WORDS INTO BLUE LIKE SAPPHIRES.

*cough* I'm getting ahead of myself. Clearly, I have a lot to talk about.

First things first:

- I started senior year of high school. Which is crazy to think about. It feels like just a second ago I was starting junior year, and now I'm a senior?? Like... WHAT?

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Naturally, though, I'm incredibly excited to be so close to finishing high school! And I'm loving the way my homeschool schedule is set up. Credit to my mom for that; brain is happy. :D

- The soccer season started. I've been running trails and greenways in my area to keep my exercise up all spring and summer long (which, in the summer, has meant getting up ridiculously early to catch the semi-coolness before humidity chokes every living thing to death). I'm excited to finally be back into soccer! I get to hang out with friends again whom I hadn't seen or talked to in probably around a year. Mostly that means running around with them on the field, but that's just how it is with soccer friends. And I love it. XD

- Spent a lot of time with friends before school dared to swallow us whole. Pterodactyl-screaming with two besties in the river because the water = COLD. Meeting with another bestie at the library to write together and trying to peek around the table at the other's WIP. Floating in the lake with a noodle (I'm tellin' ya, those floaties are lifesavers for people like me who can't do deep water) at yet another bestie's birthday party. Eating ice cream together. Being silly + giggly together. Having deep conversations about the Christian life together. FRIENDSHIP IS AMAZING, OKAY. <3
Lately reading has taken a backseat to writing, which I'll get to in a moment. XD I have been reading, though, and my current book is Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, book 2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood.

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Yes, I've FINALLY gotten around to this series! Heartless was an absolute gem, and I'm already loving Veiled Rose. It's weird but great, and the CHARACTERS. <3

My favorite thing about Stengl's stories so far is her way of incorporating Christian allegorical elements. So beautifully unconventional! In fact, they're so different and subtle that "allegory" hardly feels like the right word for it.

I'm especially looking forward to Moonblood because everyone seems to like that one the best. O_O

Right, so I'm over 60k words into Blue Like Sapphires. :D

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Hence all the excitement and doubt and screaming and anxiety and feels that comes with the word-vomiting stage. XD

MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH EEK.

As for Dusted Red, I finally finished draft 4 and sent it to a handful of people! *SCREAMS FOREVER* My general and VERY TENTATIVE plan for this novel in the future goes like this: Start draft 5 content edits in December; finish draft 5 content edits by Christmas; start a line-edit partway through January or February; finish line-edit twoish months later (not sure XD); put out a call for beta-readers (*more screaming*); ... yeah.

Keep in mind, this is a tentative plan; however, I do want to recruit beta readers and get feedback that way before college starts. I just DO, okay?? And I'm tired of keeping people waiting. (If I waited until after college started, I don't know if it would ever happen. *sobs*) So. Telling you this will keep me motivated, I'm sure!

I've also been planning for the sequel to Blue Like Sapphires - book 3 in my Dusted Red trilogy-thing - and brainstorming for some other standalone novels + my reboot of The Seven Huntresses. You can view aesthetics for my aforementioned standalones HERE and HERE. They won't get written for probably a thousand years, but I can at least brainstorm for them and make aesthetics and listen to my playlists for them on repeat. *shrug*


~ tiny snippet ~

Traumatized was exactly the word I would use to describe my trip to Neverland. ~ Blue Like Sapphires


Behold, my current favorite songs! LISTEN. TO. THEM.



Thank you, Faith, for introducing me to this one. ^^^ It's more beautiful than words can say. <3




This one ^^^ is kind of only a favorite because it's the theme song for a certain character from Blue Like Sapphires - and book 3 - whom I love very, very much. It fits him so well it's kind of scary. O_o Everything from the lyrics (THIS BOY *cries*) to the sheer sound of the song.

Watching: I started watching BBC's Merlin this month! Three episodes in and I already love it. A lot.

I mean... LOOK AT THESE CHILDREN.

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Journal snippets:

"When I think about it, surrender should be relaxing. It should be refreshing. And it should be peaceful. If it's stressful, it's probably not real surrender. 
Surrender is sitting back and letting God work through every area of my life. It's not pressurizing; it's releasing all the pressure I put upon myself. Every situation, every moment. It's important to be awake and aware, but it's also important to cast every care upon Him. The two are not contradictory."

"Walking with Jesus is, every moment, a fight. A fight to surrender and let Jesus fight for me, because He always wins. A fight against the very real darkness trying to tear me down and burn me up (in the subtlest ways). A fight against me, a fight for me. I just need to remember that and press on.

Lord, help me to remember."


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Onto September, my friends. <3


The Lord's Truly,
Have you any tips for a high school senior like me? XD Have you read Tales of Goldstone Wood? Have you seen the Merlin show? What has God been showing you lately? Let's hang out in the comment section! It's cozy down there, I promise. :D

28 comments:

  1. EYYYY Senior year for the win! *high-five* We've totally got this. I mean, we probably don't, but...we got this. *nods firmly as though this will help the situation*

    Tales of Goldstone Wood *heart eyes* I adore them allllll. So beautiful.

    And you are so welcome for Remembrance! I'm glad you liked it as a song and not just, erm, as me torturing you xD

    Have a wonderful September!!!!!! <3

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    1. YES, SENIOR YEAR BUDDIES. *returns high-five* We totally got this. XD

      I'm adoring them myself! <3333

      I truly do! Yeah, I'm glad as well. XD (*still crying*)

      Thank youuuuu!!!! You too, girl! <3

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  2. Whoo-hoo, congrats on entering senior year! (From what I hear, it’s easier than Junior year, but we’ll see, I guess. XD)

    And congrats on hitting 60k!!! That’s AMAZING!

    Have an awesome September, Lila! <3

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    1. Thanks, Nicole!! (I've heard that too; here's hoping it proves true. XD)

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I'm super excited. :D

      You too, Nicole! <3

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  3. THE MERLIN GIF!!! (There isn't enough wholesome Merlin content in this world *cries*) I really like that series, but I wish there was a way to re-do the entire series. Like, the chemistry between the characters is amazing, but it was filmed back in the day of 'every episode has it's own little plot which is neatly wrapped up in the end'. TV series have evolved so much from then, and I get sad thinking about what the series could have been had it been filmed in 2019.


    Ahh, good luck with school! Just think, it's almost over...
    I Just Happened

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    1. YESSS, ANOTHER MERLIN FAN. (Ugh, I can already see that. We must put more wholesome Merlin content into the world. :P) I happen to find the way the episodes are set up pretty fun so far, but I TOTALLY get what you're saying. The series could be even better as a 2019 film. XD

      Thank you!! Yep, almost done! *squeals*

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  4. AAAAAH WHY IS EVERYONE GRADUATING AND GOING TO COLLEGE? (I say as if I'm not two weeks into my sophomore year.)

    AND DUSTED RED! BLUE LIKE SAPPHIRES! *SCREAMS* CONGRATS ON THE PROGRESS!

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    1. VERY GOOD QUESTION. TIME FLIIIIIIES. (XD)

      *SCREAMS WITH YOU* Thank you so much, Mary Kate, I'm excited!!!!

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  5. Instead of telling you all my advice for senior year, I'll just link you this post from my blog: http://theonesthatreallymatter.blogspot.com/2019/05/six-things-ive-learned-since-graduating.html

    (not intended as a self-plug, I promise xD) BUUT if you don't have time to read that right now, I'll just say one thing: DON'T RUSH IT. I know, that's like the most cliché advice ever. But really. In a year you'll look back and think WHAT THE HECK because it will feel like it just FLEW by. o.o

    Yayyy for all your writing progress!! :D

    theonesthatreallymatter.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Emily, I'll read that for sure! I appreciate the link and your words so, so much. <3

      Thank youuuuu!!! :D

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  6. AHHHHH I NEED TO READ HEARTLESSSSSSSS

    I have the ebook, I just have so. much. to. read. first.

    But I am all for reading Dusted Red. Like, not even to beta, I just wanna READ IT

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    1. YES YOU DOOOOOOOOOO

      Bump it up higher on that TBR, ma'am. XD

      Awwwwww, that means so much to me! Maybe we can work something out very soon!! :D

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  7. EEEEEP CONGRATULATIONS ON 60K!!!!! *confetti*

    Great post, Lila! Yep, soccer season has begun and my legs ache...but it's worth it XD. And Happier is such a wonderful song! Have a wonderful September <3 <3 <3

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    1. THANK YOU, ASH!!!! :D

      Soccer is absolutely worth the aches and bruises. XD And yesss, I really like that song!

      Thanks, girl, you too! <33333

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  8. Congratulations on your word count!! <33

    And Happier!! Love that song!!!

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  9. Merlin is so good! I love those songs too!
    That snippet is everything!!!
    Your word count is stunning, I really need to work on mine.

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    1. YES YES YESSSS. So glad you like the snippet! :D

      Thanks, Skye! I'm sure your progress is FANTASTIC, and I'm cheering you on!

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  10. The fact that you are watching Merlin, makes me so happy!!!! The ending will bring you to tears (just a warning to get you warmed up ;) )

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    1. I'm so glad that could bring you happiness!! XD

      Tearjerker ending? Why am I not surprised??? *is scared* O_O Thanks for the warning, Kara. ;)

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  11. I see remembrance and think of Faith instantly. xD
    Love this recap. SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!

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  12. Ahh, congratulations on being a senior!! So exciting!! :D :D

    And yes, isn't Merlin awesome?! I love that show so much!

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    1. Thanks, Emrys!!! :D

      YES, it really is! The characters are fantastic!

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  13. Oooh--I totally need to watch Merlin! I think that I put it on my Netflix "to watch" list, like, a year ago and I still haven't watched an episode. *hides in shame*

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    1. Based on what I've seen of it so far, I recommend it! It's a super fun show. :D

      Oh, don't be ashamed, I'm way behind on the fandom myself. XD

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  14. Ahhhhh I hope I get a chance to read Dusted Red when you put out the call for beta readers!! :D Well done on getting so much writing done! *high fives*

    Take deep breaths throughout your school year, and seriously, enjoy it! While grades are important, from my experience, I found it much more worthwhile to create memories with people who I'd soon have to say goodbye to. :) You'll do great!! *hugs*

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    1. YESSSSSSSS. I would looooooove to have you as a beta reader when the time comes. :D :D <3 <3

      Thank you!! And thanks for the encouragement. It means so, SO much to me. *hugs back*

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