It’s official – we’re in the fall months now! School had finally started back up for me, and things are starting to get busy in my life again – which explains why this post is going up a little later than usual. As always, thanks for being patient with me. It’s been a bit rough transitioning from the summer to the school year, but we’re getting there.
There was quite a bit happening this month, so if you’re interested in seeing a quick summary of what I did this month, check out my 1 Second Everyday video for August!
And in case you missed anything on Maggie’s Musings this month, I blogged about:
- Why re-reading books is something we should do more often
- Wolves At The Gate’s song “Wake Up” and the meaning behind the screaming
- The criteria for being considered a true gamer
- What I learned while working at my school this summer
As a whole, August was a pretty crazy month with a lot of transitions. That doesn’t mean it was bad – on the contrary, I got to do a lot of exciting stuff this month in-between the busyness.
Back at the beginning of the month, I had another game night in my dorm room, and a lot of the other summer works came by to play MarioKart, Resistance, and Mafia for a few hours. It was wonderful to see everyone who came! It was kind of a “last hurrah” for me before we started getting ready to transition back to the school year.
Speaking of which, I also moved from my summer housing assignment to my fall housing assignment last month. Even though I was really just moving across the street (I didn’t even have any stairs), my family came to help me move all of my stuff and settle in. It was great to be able to spend the day with them, especially after being apart for so long.
On a related note, my brother turned 18 in August, so that was exciting! He just started his first year studying music at a different school. I wasn’t able to be there on his move-in day because of my job, but I’m glad he’s able to pursue what he loves.
Towards the end of the month, I took a week off from work to participate in leadership training with Minds Matter, the campus group I’m a leader with. We went on a retreat that weekend (and played a lot of gaga ball). When we came back to campus, we spent a lot of time planning and setting goals for the upcoming semester. I’m so excited for everything we have planned!
Finally, on the last day of the month, I helped with my school’s big move-in day events. A lot of what I did involved taking pictures of events and other happenings on campus. The day wrapped up with a candlelight service for all of the freshmen and their families, and it was nice to be there to watch that.
Somehow, I still had time to enjoy a few other things here and there, such as:
Mostly YouTube videos. I did go out to the drive-in with some friends of mine one night and saw Christopher Robin and Ant-Man and the Wasp (again), so that was fun. I can check that off of the summer bucket list!
(As a side note, I didn’t know beforehand that Haley Atwell was in Christopher Robin and that kinda made my day)
Stars Above and the two Wires & Nerve graphic novels by Marissa Meyer. Actually, to be completely honest, I actually listened to Stars Above as an audiobook, which is a first for me! I’m growing to love audiobooks more, especially when I’m re-reading things. I’m so glad I was able to finish The Lunar Chronicles “canon” before the end of the summer.
I also read Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a great read revolving a lot around online culture (the main character is an internet-famous webcomic artist), which doesn’t always get presented well in fiction. This book was a really great (if not sometimes challenging) read, and definitely a contender for “Favorite book of the year.”
Not a whole lot, honestly. I started re-planning my fantasy novel from last year’s NaNoWriMo, but I’m still on the fence about participating in the challenge again this year. I want to, but with my heavy schedule, I’m not sure it’s feasible. We’ll see!
A lot of Okami! They just released the HD remake on the Nintendo Switch, and I snatched it up immediately. Now that I’m a few years older than I was when I played it on the Wii, I understand the game better, and it’s much more enjoyable. I love the art and the music (Waka’s theme is my favorite, even if the character himself annoys the heck out of me). It’s not a super hard game for me, so it’s been my way of unwinding a lot lately.
Some of the new songs from Twenty-One Pilots (I like “My Blood” and “Jumpsuit“), as well as some tracks from Fit For A King’s upcoming album Dark Skies (“The Price of Agony” and “When Everything Means Nothing” are my favorites). Yes, I know those are two very different genres. Shhhhh….
On a more serious note, I also added “Promise Me” by We Came As Romans to my playlist this week. I haven’t listened to WCAR in ages, but after hearing of their lead vocalist’s sudden passing, I looked into some of their recent music. I haven’t listened to all of the album, but I thought this song was particularly beautiful.
Around the Internet
- Blimey Cow’s videos on being sheltered (with a quiz!) and why they still have their old videos online
- Hannah Heath’s blog post on 9 Ways to Keep Your Character From Being Boring
- Miranda Kulig’s post on how important it is for writers to be present (she also has her debut poetry collection coming out soon, so check it out!)
- Paper Fury’s post on friendships in Young Adult books (highly underrated subject!)
- Jordan Taylor’s DIY hovercraft video
- And finally, this mashup of “Cowmoonity” (fans of Blimey Cow) creators based on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer. I thought it was rather clever.
As a side note, I also became a Blimey Cow patron in August! It’s been fun to connect with other fans I share a lot in common with.
This month, I’m grateful for people who are excited to read my stories, finally catching a Mewtwo (thanks Jess!), naps, cookie dough, cozy nights inside, Game Theory live, new Fit For A King music, settling into my new room, noodles, Burn Notice, good books, passing my van test, and donuts.