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:
- The best songs to listen to this summer
- Fictional characters sorted onto Pokémon Go teams (+ a quiz!)
- Books that people don’t talk about, but are definitely worth reading
- Why using walkthroughs in video games isn’t such a bad thing
- What happens when planners (like me) don’t have a plan
- Character Questionnaires for the main characters of my Camp NaNoWriMo story: Chey Cooper and Spencer Rose
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!
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!
Though all that’s kept me busy, I’ve also been doing some other stuff, like:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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
- Did You Know Gaming: Breath of the Wild
- “Faculty Office Hours” from Arizona State University (randomly came across this and found it amusing)
- The Myths of Pokémon’s Origin – Culture Shock
- The Importance of “Play” in Writing by Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer
- The official music video for “Hatchet” by As We Ascend
- Jordan Taylor’s video on waking up at 5am
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.