Happy July, everyone! As promised, I’m switching over to a month-in-review format for the time being, and I’m happy to bring you my June in review! This month really got me into the swing of the summer, and between working hours at my job, I got the chance to do a lot of other fun things too.
If you want a quick (literally 30-second) overview of my month, check out my June 1 Second Everyday compilation! I’ll admit I forgot about this a few days, but I did make up for it. Enjoy some glimpses from the last 30 days of my life!
In case you missed anything on Maggie’s Musings, this month I blogged about…
- Everything you need to know before going to a concert (especially this summer!)
- The various character tropes in YA Fiction and whether or not they’re worth redeeming (+ an awesome quiz)
- The best fathers and father figures in TV shows and books
- Why writers really ought to go outside more often
I did a lot of traveling this month – mostly between my school and my house, but I still consider that traveling (the 90-minute drive can really take a lot out of you). At the beginning of the month, I went home to see my brother’s last School of Rock show, which was themed “Night at the Movies.” The band played songs that had been prominently featured in famous films, like “Stayin’ Alive” from Saturday Night Fever. It’s been cool to see how much my brother’s skill has grown throughout these shows.
The week after that, I was back home again to see Paul’s high school graduation (which, thankfully, was significantly shorter than mine). We also had his graduation party the same weekend, so it was nice t connect with some friends and family.
Two weeks later, I was back home again for the most exciting event yet… a dentist appointment. I’d made it before I knew I’d be working at my school for the summer, so I decided to make a weekend out of it. I got to spend time with my family and see some old friends too.
Finally, on the very last day of the month, I attended my friend’s wedding. The ceremony was beautiful, and I had a wonderful time seeing some other friends from school who were there as well. It was a great way to wrap up the month!
In between those busy weekends, I’ve also had a lot of other stuff going on, like:
I went to go see Solo: A Star Wars Story and Ocean’s 8 in theaters this month, and I really enjoyed both of them! It was a fun excuse to get out of the house (er, dorm).
I also started my second attempt to watch Chuck, but I haven’t’ gotten very far yet (sorry Olivia). I might start watching at the gym instead of waiting for free time.
SO MANY BOOKS. I went to the library and picked up Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo on a whim (not realizing it was a sequel series to her other books #whoops), and I LOVED it. I loved it so much that I bought a pin on Etsy and borrowed the e-book of its sequel, Crooked Kingdom, immediately after I finished it.
Later in the month, I read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, which I enjoyed okay.After that, I was really in the mood for some nonfiction, so I picked up Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan. I’m always interested in gaming trivia and history, but to be honest, this book was just not good. You can see my full roast review on Goodreads.
I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July, so I spent a lot of last month preparing for it. I’m writing a “companion story” to “Summertime.” Some same characters, but the story is self-contained (at least, that’s the idea). I just recently updated my “Writing” page, if you’d like to hear more about it! It’s called “The Show Must Go On” (towards the bottom of the page)
Mostly Breath of the Wild, to be honest. I bought the DLC package and spent the last few weeks completing The Champion’s Ballad quest. I had a lot of fun with it, actually, and it was very satisfying to finish. The Trial of the Sword… well, not so much. I’m content just searching Hyrule for hidden items, thanks.
Fortnite was released for the Nintendo Switch for free, so I decided to give it a shot. I’m not very good.
I’ve also played a lot of Pokémon Go, which is surprising since no one’s really around to play with. I did go out for Community Day and caught some shiny (unusually-colored) Pokémon, so that was fun. And the “friends” feature has made it easier to stay connected to my group from school.
Around the Internet…
- “Why All Writers Should Have a Twitter Account” – Miranda Writes
- “You might NOT Be A Homeschooler If…” – Blimey Cow
- Kass’s Theme from Breath of the Wild, played on an actual accordion
- “What if Your Story Isn’t Original Enough?” – Quill Pen Writer
- “Pre-Meal Prayer Rules” – John Crist
- E3 Announcements from Nintendo (but let’s be real, we only want to see the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement)
This month, I’m thankful for safe travels, clean cars, Goldfish crackers, my plants, haircuts, movie nights, mint milkshakes, Christmas music (don’t judge me), tea, good puns, and packages.
Readers, how was your June? Did you go on any fun adventures? What hobbies have you been enjoying? Let’s talk in the comments!
I can’t wait to tell you all about how Camp NaNoWriMo went at the end of July. Until next time!