Month In Review: July 2018

Happy August! I gotta tell you, July flew by so fast. It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over, but I’ve still got one more month to go.

I’ve kept busy with Camp NaNoWriMo, fun trips with friends, and other adventures here and there as well. If you want a quick summary of my month, be sure to check out my 1 Second Everyday video compilation from July – just a quick glimpse at what the last 30 days of my life were like.

And in case you missed anything on Maggie’s Musings, here’s what I blogged about this month:

I also made some changes to Maggie’s Musings this month (including a new domain name and a Facebook page). My About Me and Writing pages are newly updated!

Overall, my July was pretty low-key, but I did have some exciting happenings.

There were a handful of Pokémon Go-related events this month, so I went out with a few friends from school that live nearby to catch rare Pokémon. I know it seems kinda silly, but I had a good time with them and it was a great excuse to get out of the house a little bit!

I also hosted a game night in my room this month, featuring MarioKart and some card games that I’ve accumulated. A couple of other summer workers stopped in throughout the evening, which was a lot of fun! I played Bananagrams for the first time, and I really enjoyed it. I’m having another one soon, and I’m looking forward to it!

On a somewhat random note, I picked up loom knitting. I’ve been wanting to try a new hobby for a while now, and this seemed like a good place to start. I know, it’s the middle of the summer and no one wants a hat, but at least I’m getting practice now before winter comes!

July 2
My first hat

My big thing this month was having two of my friends, Noelle and Lindsey, come to visit me for a few days. Our original plans fell through, but we were able to do some other fun stuff instead. We had dinner together, went to a wildlife park nearby, and just talked and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a great way to end the month!

July 3
Lindsey, me, and Noelle

Though all that’s kept me busy, I’ve also been doing some other stuff, like:

Watching…

A bunch of movies! When my friends were here, we watched the Disney movie Atlantis and another movie called Batteries Not Included. I’d never seen either of them before, and so I had fun watching them. I also went to go see Ant Man & The Wasp in theaters, which I really enjoyed! I was surprised when I liked the first Ant Man movie so much, and the sequel did not disappoint.

July 4

I also started watching Halt and Catch Fire, a TV show that takes place during the computer boom of the 1980s. It’s alright so far – I’m only a few episodes in. I’m told it gets better, and I believe it, but I’m just having a hard time watching TV shows lately.

Reading…

So many books! I finished all but one of the nonfiction books I got from the library, and by the time I was done, I was ready to read more fiction. I decided to jump into re-reading The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, since that’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I got through all 5 books (including Fairest) in a matter of weeks, and now I’m re-reading her short story collection, Stars Above, and the spinoff graphic novels, Wires and Nerve. I missed these books a lot more than I thought!

July 1
Me leaving the library with the entire Lunar Chronicles series

A new thing I did this month was listen to some of these as audiobooks! I used to have a hard time following audiobooks, but that’s not actually the case anymore. I listened to most of Fairest, part of Winter, and all of Stars Above. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, especially since it means I can knit and read at the same time, so I’ll probably start doing it more often.

Writing…

For Camp NaNoWriMo! I finished my first draft of “The Show Must Go On” and exceeded my goal with 38,069/35,000 words written. Overall, I thought it went well, though there were some times where I felt stuck or worried I wouldn’t meet my goal. I wasn’t really on a time crunch, it was more of a “I don’t know if there’s enough story left to tell” crunch.

NO MOTIVATION
Some days, NaNo felt a lot like this…

I know this story is going to need a lot of work before it’s ready for other people (other than the inner circle, perhaps), but I’m still proud of what I wrote. I’ll probably let it sit for a while before looking at it again. Now, to get ready for November’s NaNo…

Playing…

Metroid Prime for the most part. I actually enjoy it a lot more now that I know what I’m doing, even if the Space Pirates still scare the heck out of me. I enjoy exploring Tallon IV, and although I don’t know much about the world of Metroid, I find it very fascinating.

July 5

I’ve also played a few rounds of MarioKart with my friends, and I even picked up Fortnite again for a little bit. When Noelle was here, she told me about some videos John Green (yes, the author) was making about playing Fortnite as a pacifist. I thought the idea was intriguing, and I decided to give it a shot myself. You can see the results on Noelle’s YouTube channel (no spoilers here!)

Around the Internet

Gratitude

This month, I’m thankful for pomegranate smoothies, getting e-mails from old friends, the people who came to game night, spending time outside, songs that feel like warm hugs, The Lunar Chronicles, friends who think I’m funny, fruit snacks, Chick Fil A, my plants, and winning Camp NaNoWriMo.


Readers, how was your July? Did you participate in Camp NaNoWriMo? What adventures did you go on? Did you watch any new movies? Let’s chat in the comments!

I’ll be getting ready to start school in just a few short weeks, but for now I’ll be enjoying the rest of the summer. Until next time!

5 thoughts on “Month In Review: July 2018

  1. Awesome hat. 🙂
    Oh, re-reading! When was the last time I did that? There are so many books I want to re-read, but so many new books I need to read…And I am TORN.
    Recently I read Because You’ll Never Meet Me, and I liked it, despite a few troubling things, and a less than satisfactory ending (I am REALLY picky). Now I am reading Dombey and Son, which is…quite long. Some of it is good, but Dickens has a propensity to go on and on and on about certain characters that you don’t really care about. He broke my heart about a quarter of the way through though, and I have not recovered yet.
    I am excited for the Ant Man sequel, but I haven’t seen it yet. The first one was surprisingly entertaining. Notable movies that I HAVE watched recently include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, (which was so good!) The Man Who Invented Christmas (which wasn’t the best ever, but it’s about Charles Dickens and some of the writing problems were too relatable) and Regarding Henry (which is an old Harrison Ford movie that I had never seen for some reason and it was amazing!).
    Congratulations on exceeding your word count goal for NaNo! That octopus GIF now… I think that is me. All the best of luck for editing!

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    • Believe me, I know the re-reading struggle… There are so many new books I want to read, but there’s just something comforting about re-reading an old favorite. I’ll probably pick up some new books after I finish “Wires & Nerve,” but we’ll see…
      Glad to hear you’re enjoying the books you’re reading though! I haven’t read much of Charles Dickens myself (maybe something in high school?), but I know he has a tendency to over-describe almost everything!
      I was surprised by the first Ant-Man too! I thought it was going to be kinda dumb, to be honest, but I really like Scott Lang’s character, and they kept up the good humor and character development in the sequel. Definitely watch it when you get the chance!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. I just made an account so I could like and comment on this. I’ve been reading your posts for months now but never actually made an account??

    HELLO THERE IT”S NOELLE BTW

    NaNo was a wild ride- ended up choosing to do a word count instead of a page count goal and managed to keyboard smash another chapter or so along with the editing process of the previous chapters. real glad i’ll get to read (and comment/leave edits for) your stories!!

    also GOATS AND FORTNITE AND POKEMON WAS FUN THANKS FOR HOSTING

    perhaps i’d better get back to (what was I even doing??) oh,, right editing 😛

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    • Hi Noelle! I feel very honored that you made an account just to comment on my blog 🙂
      Keyboard smashing is a 100% valid response to the NaNoWriMo crunch, and is completely understandable. I’m so happy to hear you were able to get a lot of editing done though! I always feel like that’s even harder than writing… it takes a lot more thought!
      Thanks again for coming to visit, and for reading and commenting! Good luck editing!

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  3. Congrats on winning Camp NaNoWriMo this year! My goal was only 20k, but I did win. I’ve published the first five chapters to Archive of Our Own (it’s fanfiction) but I do want to work on some of the later chapters a bit, developing the characters’ relationships to their friends a bit, before I finish publishing the rest. I’m already getting ready for NaNoWriMo in three months! It’s kind of fanfiction, but it’s so unlike the original story that it won’t really be recognizable from the original when it’s done (canon is a futuristic dystopian world, the book I’m planning is a fantasy world with elves and has a completely different plot).

    I think it would be cool to have people to play Pokémon Go with. I play, but usually just by myself. I have four friends that I trade gifts with though.

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