Happy October! Depending on where you are in the world, it might finally be starting to feel like autumn for you (yes, we had 80-degree days here in the middle of September). Midterm exams are coming up at my school, but I’ll be going home for Fall Break in less than a week! I’m looking forward to it.
And in case you missed anything on Maggie’s Musings this month, I blogged about:
- The best books to read for going back to school (or anytime in school, really)
- Tattoos I would get if I had the guts to get a tattoo
- Different ways that fictional characters can be intelligent
Classes started in September, and even though I had a rocky start, I finally got into the swing of things after a week or so. This semester, I’m taking five classes: World Literature, Young Adult Literature, and Non-Fiction Writing for my English major; Social Media Marketing for my marketing minor; and Education Sub-Saharan Africa as a gen-ed “nonwestern” class. As you can probably guess, there’s a lot of reading (which I knew when I signed up), but I’m doing alright with it.
At the beginning of September, Minds Matter participated in an Out of the Darkness Walk with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. There were seven of us who went altogether, and it was really great to be able to experience such a powerful event together. The rain even held off for the most part!
I got to spend a lot of time with my friends this month, which meant a lot to me after being (mostly) on my own over the summer. Our Pokemon Go group hung out a few times, and it was good to have most of us together again. It always strikes me as weird (but not in a bad way) that I made friends through something as geeky as Pokemon Go.
I finally met one of my internet friends in September! I met Hannah through our mutual friend, Lindsey, since we both have extremely similar tastes in music. She spent the weekend at my school, and the three of us hung out a lot. I tried sushi for the first time, we bought some old-school Christian rock albums, and went to my favorite smoothie place.
I’ve already blogged a little bit about what I did at the end of the month, but I’ll give a quick recap here: Noelle, Lindsey, and I went to Hershey Park for the day, ate less chocolate than expected, but got to ride every rollercoaster in the park. I also drove out to visit Hannah for an afternoon, and we went to one of Disciple’s acoustic shows, which I loved.
Of course, there’s been so much other stuff going on, such as…
Mostly movies: I watched To Kill a Mockingbird for my YA Lit class, but I also saw Incredibles 2, and I watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before with Lindsey. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like TATBILB (is there a better acronym?), since I’m not that into romance movies, but it was really enjoyable.
I also watched the Netflix animated series, The Dragon Prince, which I enjoyed for the nine short episodes it lasted. The show has its shortcomings, but I was really interested by the fantasy aspect of it, and one of its writers also worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Season 2 just got confirmed, so I’m looking forward to that!
A lot of books, like I mentioned above. They’re all for school, but so far I’ve read: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), Monster (Walter Dean Myers), Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson), Challenger Deep (Neal Shusterman), and Silence (Shusaku Endo). And it’s only been a month! At this rate, I’ll reach my reading goal in no time.
Not much, just like last month. I’ve been working away at my re-outline of last year’s NaNo novel when I can, but I mostly write short little scenes with my characters as a way of relaxing. At this point, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do NaNoWriMo this year – so much going on – but I might use that time to finish my outline in time to do my own “JaNoWriMo” in January next year.
Okami for the most part, but I did pick up Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulation and Breath of the Wild again towards the end of the month. I’m nearing the end of Okami, which I’m happy about, but I have to do a sort of “boss rush” (refighting all of the bosses in the game), and I just… don’t want to do it. The boss fights are almost too easy, and I find it tedious. Maybe over Fall Break…
Still a lot of Dark Skies by Fit For A King (seriously, go listen to it). I also broke down and bought Cold Like War from We Came As Romans, and I picked up Albatross (The Classic Crime), Where Do We Go From Here (Pillar), and The Beautiful Letdown (Switchfoot) from 2nd & Charles.
On a related note, Fit For A King released a music video for “Oblivion” in September and it’s so amazing and powerful. If you’re into that music, please check it out!
Around the Internet
- John Crist’s sketch on a fantasy draft for celebrity pastors
- Blimey Cow’s videos on responding to homeschool haters and the awkwardness of making friends as an adult
- Hannah Heath’s writing lessons learned from Stranger Things
- Melissa’s Top 5 Resources for Writers
- GameInformer‘s look behind the scenes of how a Pokemon card is made
- Tori’s tips on juggling responsibilities (something I really needed this month)
- Did You Know Gaming’s trivia about Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, two of my favorite games
This month, I’m grateful for a new haircut, going on walks, seeing my friends again, friends and “enemies,” Dungeons & Dragons, stupid jokes, writing for myself again, chocolate covered pretzels, safe drives, Chick Fil A, a clean e-mail inbox, 5.2 gigabytes of music, and weird bubble drinks.