End of Summer Recap

Hey guys!

Once again, I have come back from the dead to post here. I kept thinking that I would post more over the summer since I had more free time, but I ultimately decided to relax and soak up that free time as much as possible before it ran out. But I’ll be making up for that by posting three times this month: this post, a fun blog tag I was nominated for, and my summer reading highlights.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

What have I been up to?

Writing

I ended up dropping out of the 100 for 100 Writing challenge towards the end because moving back and settling into school was quite the busy and time consuming process. However, I did make a TON of progress on The Lockbox prior to dropping out (39,347 words worth of progress to be exact), and I’m in a really great place with it. I’m only a few chapters away from the end of the second draft, and after that, I’m going to start really diving into specific issues, like my magic systems/world building, characterization, plot holes, continuity errors, research, and things of the like. I’m not sure how long that will take, since this promises to be a very busy school year. But I’m just gonna keep at it until I get there, even if that means chipping away at it bit by bit during small scraps of free time.

Some concept art I did for the aforementioned fantasy story I’ve been toying with. The plot is still a little shaky, but I have lots of good ideas in mind.

In addition to Lockbox progress, I also played around with characters and worldbuilding for a fantasy idea I got back in January, wrote some poems, and started an effort to keep better track of the countless little story sparks that flit into my brain on a daily basis. So that was really great. Daughter of Gollerus is still on the back burner. I have a general outline for it and a semi solid cast, but the actual writing of it will require a good amount of research. I’ll get back to it though, one of these days.

Other Little Fun Things

I managed to complete an entire summer’s worth of waitressing shifts without dropping a single plate, which I call a huge success. I also went on a few fun trips to Maryland and Rhode Island with my family, hung out with my friends, and got my room in semi decent shape. So that was great.

I did not get the chance to finish reading the Narnia series, however, someone did give my mom a box of Turkish delights for her birthday, so naturally I did a photoshoot with my copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

And my dad helped me stain that box I bought back in May to make it look more like the box from Lockbox. We managed to match the color to the image in my head almost perfectly. We still need to put new latches on it and carve the poem into the inside of the lid, but that will be a winter break project.

Back to School

I moved back to campus last Sunday. I’ve got a pretty good room this year, some fun classes to look forward to, and a whole lot of extra curricular responsibilities ahead of me. Do I tend to overbook myself? Yes. Do I sleep much? No. But am I having fun? Yes. And will I be attempting to reduce my workload anytime soon? Hahahahahahahaha heck to the no.

In all seriousness, I am looking forward to this next semester. I’ll be busy, but I work well under pressure (at least I think I do). It helps that I have multiple planning notebooks, calendars, and color coded schedules.

A screenshot from a video of me doing karaoke at an event my school hosted the day I moved in. I sang “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles. I sounded terrible, but I had fun.

I think the key to managing any cluttered schedule is to remember why you do everything that you do and to give yourself breaks when you feel like you’re about to burn out. I hope to apply both of those principles to my life in these next few months. Will it be easy? No. But will it be worth it? Yes. And that’s what I’m going for. Because I really love everything that I’m involved in here at school- my classes, my clubs, my friends, the overall experience of being here, and I want to try and make the most of it. I have a chaotic whirlwind ahead of me, but I’m looking forward to the ride. (Wish me luck though!)

That’s all for today. I’ll be back within the next week or so for the previously mentioned blog tag, and after the seasons officially change, I’ll give you guys a look at some of the lovely books I had the chance to read this past summer.

Until then, have a great day, and good luck to anyone else starting school right now!

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