Tuesday, February 25, 2020

HELLO, I AM BACK // update on all the things!


Hello, bloggy friends! It's been a HOT MINUTE since I last posted, hasn't it? (Or maybe a cold minute, considering it's February and sadly still winter.) I confess that I've barely thought about blogging lately. In my absence I've been slaving away at school, growing a lot in my spiritual life and mental health, and trying to get my hobbies back in order. I'm excited to be back, though! The new year threw everything off somehow, but I think I've finally whipped my various responsibilities and motivations back into shape. I'm hopeful that blogging will finally become a regular part of my life again. I can't promise a post every week, but I HAS PLANS. To be more consistent, and what to be more consistent with.

Looking back at my most recent post, it appears that I promised nostalgic 2019 wrap-ups and a blog birthday celebration (unlikely that anyone remembers I said that because I certainly didn't). Clearly, none of that happened. But today's post includes plenty of thoughts and reflections on how my start to 2020 has been, and I still want to host some kind of celebration - probably your traditional Q&A - in the nearish future. As a belated (VERY belated) celebration of how far this lil corner of the internet has come.

But all that's coming later. For now, let me catch you up to speed on all things life, writing, books, movies and shows, music, and God. <3

Warning: It gets long. XD

snippets of Jan. - Feb. 2020:

~ ringing in the New Year with an amazing youth group, complete with yelling and party horns

~ sleepover with a fellow writer friend (which included eating pizza, talking into the wee hours of the morning, and acting out scenes from our novels)

~ babysitting (lots and lots of babysittingggg <3)

~ going on a four-hour road trip in which I did all the driving (I was completely exhausted by the end)

~ stressing over an essay like I've never stressed before and feeling so, SOOOO relieved when I finally finished it!

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~ getting back into running and falling in love with the glorious pain of it all over again

~ listening to lofi hip hop while doing school and watching aesthetic university vlogs to procrastinate on inspire myself to do said school

The start to 2020 has been crazy, but since when does life ever calm down? I've already stored up countless lovely memories, and many more are waiting to be made. Tomorrow, next week, next month, six months from now. I'm looking forward to all the blessings coming my way that I can't even imagine yet.


I haven't done much first-drafting since the end of NaNoWriMo. Flecks of Green has lain untouched for a while and I don't have plans to continue with it at this point in time. I couldn't be less inspired.

And I've found that I'm okay with that.

BECAUSE.

I'M GOING TO START WRITING ANOTHER BOOK.

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AND IT'S AN ENTIRELY NEW BOOK. NEW WORLD. NEW CHARACTERS. AND IT'S NOT A FAIRY TALE RETELLING OR FAIRY TALE INSPIRED (actually Tangled is a comp title for it, but that hardly counts).

I won't say much about it now - just know I'm planning to start writing it in March and couldn't be more excited! More info and aesthetics are on the way.

Besides planning for that, I've been editing. Mainly Blue Like Sapphires line-editing so I can send it to my alpha reader, but also a little bit of Dusted Red editing. I'm almost ready for Dusted Red beta-readers, guys. When I am, I'll be putting out the call here on my blog so any of you who have ever wanted to read my book will finally - finally - have the opportunity to do so!

Reading so far this year has been, to put it frankly, SLOW. I've been distracted by school, life, social media... Basically anything you can think of that might distract me from reading has distracted me from reading. Pushed me into a bit of a slump, if we're honest. However, I have managed to squeeze in a few books. And better yet, I'm finally out of said slump! My love for reading has been restored and I'm going at a much faster pace now. ALL THE BOOK-DEVOURING.

Here's what I've read so far this year (not counting all my school reading lol):


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~ 3/5 stars


~ didn't quite live up to my expectations, but a fun and twisty read with a love triangle I thought was well-done for once!






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5/5 stars ~

OH MY HEART this was breathtaking and heart-wrenching and made me want to read nothing but historical fiction for a while ~







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~ 4/5 stars


~ It was amazing. And Eanrin is the most amazing.










I don't watch a lot of TV, but I like to catch a few minutes here and there of what my family is watching. They're going through a few shows, whereas I remain faithful to just one:

Merlin

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We're in the middle of the fifth and final season, and I am NOT OKAY. Bad things keep happening to my precious children, and it doesn't help that I accidentally spoiled myself for something REALLY bad that happens at the end. (I knew I shouldn't have made a Merlin Pinterest board... My home feed doesn't know I haven't finished yet *sobs*)

Merlin is incredible, though. Everything from character development to humor to plot twists is absolutely perfect. 10/10 recommend!


Psych

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This is quite possibly the funniest TV show I have ever seen. Which is saying something, because there are a lot of funny shows out there! But Psych is just TOO. FLIPPIN'. GOOD. The hilariously eccentric main character, the iconic bromance, the unique concept and general feel of the show... I can't with it. Suffice it to say, I catch as much of Psych as I can when my family puts it on. XD

They're also watching The Cosby Show and Bewitched, which are very different comedies but both very funny.
I've sped through the first couple months of 2020 blasting NF into my poor, abused eardrums. I've liked NF for a long time, but right now I'm obsessed. XD The biggest fan I've ever been. These songs in particular have been on repeat:

~ Like This

~ PAID MY DUES

~ You're Special

Other recent favorite tunes:

~ Up Again by Dan Bremnes (vibe - don't worry about it, you'll be just fine)

~ Nobody by Casting Crowns (vibe - shining for Jesus is priority)

~ 21 Years by TobyMac (vibe - *sobs*)

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Okay, so let's talk about senioritis. A nasty parasite. Hard to cure.

At the beginning of the semester I was really struggling with a lack of motivation to do school. And I still struggle with it, especially when I'm struggling spiritually (i.e. when I'm distracted and not focusing fully on God). Lately I've realized that my disliking school has nothing to do with the school itself but with my own mind. People are always talking about the huge influence mindset and attitude have on productivity and general happiness, but I didn't fully realize the truth of that for myself until recently.

As I've grown in my walk with God, I've learned more and more what it means to have joy. The more I focus on God, the more joyful I am. The more joyful I am, the less tolerant I am of anxiety when it comes back to bite and the more aware I am that anxiety deserves no place in my life. The less anxious I am, the more motivated I am to conquer my schoolwork. And not just schoolwork but everything else too - hobbies, chores, exercise.

It's all connected. And it all traces back to how I'm doing in my walk with God.

In short, I'm learning a lot about my mental health, which is exactly what I've needed because my biggest struggles are always in the mind. My brain is a crazy, messy place that I'm sometimes convinced is trying to assassinate me lol. And the only One who can protect me from it is Jesus.

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If you stuck with me through that entire update, you're amazing. *hugs* I'm honestly SO glad to be back! I missed blogging a lot more than I thought I was. A tag (or two) is coming up next, so be on the look-out for that in your inbox/feed. I aslo have plans to try out some different kinds of posts and post formats. I've experienced a lot of change already this year, and I want my blog to reflect that. I don't want to keep on doing the same old thing for years and years. I wanna shake things up.

We'll see what happens, I guess. XD


The Lord's Truly,
I've missed reading and responding to comments meep. What have you been reading, watching, learning lately? Comment belowwwww <3

25 comments:

  1. *screams* THE NEW BOOK THE NEW BOOK THE NEW BOOK!! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEW BOOK <333 You and I both gonna start a new book soon EEP!! 0.0

    Okay but this year has been awesome so far! All the fun things and all the God moments. <3 Love reading your posts, my fren! <333

    *runs away into the void screaming about NEW BOOK*

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    1. NEW BOOKS GALORE EEEEEEK!!!! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOURS TOO. *high five* This is gonna be EPIC.

      Agreed!! So many blessings! <333 THANK YOU, FREN

      AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!

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  2. A NEW BOOK? HOW EXCITING!!!! CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ALL ABOUT IT!!!

    My year has been good! (I mean, there was the occasional brush with death...but besides that, its been great!!! Glad to see your back! I've missed your posts!

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    1. THANK YOUUUUUUM I CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE MORE!!!

      That's great! (I think... *squints* XD) Thank you, MK, I'm so glad to see your comment!! <33

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  3. Okay, but BETA READERS EVENTUALLY??? A NEW BOOK??? LOFI???? *screams forever* IT'S ALL SO AWESOME!!!

    So happy to see you're back, Lila! I've missed seeing your posts in my feed. *hugs* I hope life slows down just a little bit and senioritis stays away. ;)

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    1. YES YES YES!!!! I'M PUMPED. And so excited that you're excited oh my goodnesssss. Thank you in advance, Nicole!!! <3333333

      Awww thank you! I'm so excited to BE back. *returns hug* (and yes that senioritis can stay away thanks)

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  4. EAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    *screams*

    That is all.

    But seriously, this post is so beautiful. I love your life reflections. I love these mini book reviews. I love the writing updates (!!!!!!) and I loooooove the person who wrote all of this ;) <3

    Keep being amazing, luv. Can't wait to see what else you have for us this year.

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    1. I LOVE HIIIIIIIIIM!!!!

      *screams with you*

      Thank you SO much, Faith!! I'm so glad you liked this post. :') I love you toooooo. <333

      *cries* THANK YOU.

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  5. A NEW BOOK!!!!!! Wheeeeee!! That's always so much fun!!

    (I need to finish the Goldstone Wood books...read the first one and loved it.)

    I've been watching all the cartoon Clone Wars videos. For the first time ever. Ahhh, some of them are so funny...and I love getting to know the characters I've only seen glimpses of (Ahsoka, some of the other Jedi, Satine, etc.).

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    1. YES I'M SO EXCITEDDDD!!!!

      (You really do! The subsequent books are even better imo. :D)

      Oooooh nice! Everyone seems to love Ahsoka. XD Happy watching!!!

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  6. / 3rd time trying to comment so hopefully this goes thru - my computer has been so annoying with blogger lately /

    love this post! ok and i saw psych and i freaked out, lol. IT IS THE FUNNIEST SHOW. gus + shawn are the ultimate bromance (second to only john + sherlock). my family & i are currently obsessed with it, and i even got my roommate to start watching it. we're slowly making our way thru season 7, and it's sad bc i don't want to finish *sobs*.

    <3 <3

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    1. YAYYY it went through! (Blogger be like that sometimes, unfortunately)

      Tanks! Psych is legit the BEST and that's awesome you got your roommate into it! And I feel that... *cries*

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  7. Like the sound of a new book, but don't you dare EVER forget about finishing your trilogy, because I need the end... and the middle... and the reworked beginning... Anyway, I will be watching you, always watching, dear sister, always watching.

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    1. Ummmm I know I won't FORGET about it. XD I don't expect to abandon it, though. Not at this time anyway.

      *is scared* O_O

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  8. ASDFGHJKLASDFGHJKL LILAAAAAA *screams* YOU'RE WRITING A NEW BOOK?!!?!?! I need this ASAP ok?? Agh I'm so excited!! XP

    Anyways, welcome back!!! I'm so glad to see your posts pop up in my feed again. ;) I'll have to check out those songs, and wow that road trip sounds fun! Your lessons learned are so sweet. Lovely post, I hope you have a beautiful March as well! <3333

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    1. AAAAAAAHHHHHH ASH THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I kinda need it ASAP myself!! :D :D *squeals*

      Awww thank you! <333 It's super nice to be creating blog content again!

      <333333

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  9. You're back!!! So good to see a post from you, Lila! I've missed you!! I'm glad that you've been having a good year so far!

    NNNNNNEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW BBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEPPP!! And Beta reading is going to open for Dusted Red, soon??? YYYYEEEESSS!!!!!!

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    1. It's great to be back!!! Thanks so much, Clare!! :D <333

      YES YES YES YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE NEW BOOK!!!! And YES it is! So much yes!!!! :D

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  10. It appears I've been in the blogging world because my blog continues to have weekly posts ... but it's all my schedule. I've been off the scene, too. It's so hard to find time to catch up with all these lovely blogs.

    21 years was the saddest song ever ;/


    MB> keturahskorner.blogspot.com
    PB> thegirlwhodoesntexist.com

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    1. The struggle is real! It's nice you've had a schedule. I didn't have any posts scheduled in advance before my hiatus, so I completely dropped off the grid. XD Although I was reading and commenting on others' posts... There's so much balance, goodness.

      Isn't it??? *cries* And yet it's so good!

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  11. Merlin and Psych are both so good.
    Glad you're having a good month!

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    1. They're SO good!!

      Thanks, Skye! I hope you're having a great month too. <3

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  12. Hey I love this post!! (I'm late I know xD) What you said about motivation and mental health is SO TRUE. It definitely is all connected <3 And I need to work on that, thanks for reminding me ;)

    You're working on a NEW STORY!!! I'M SO EXCITED TO LEARN MORE!! And oh my word, a beta-reading call for Dusted Red?? Eeeep I hope I can snag a spot!!

    Glad you had a rejuvenating hiatus!

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    1. Heyyy I'm so glad!!! And I'm glad that was a good reminder for you too, you're very welcome! <3

      YES I AM EEK!! I'm excited to share more! As for beta reading, I'm SURE you'll be able to!! :D

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