Happy April, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the transition between seasons like I am – we finally started getting some warm weather here in the past few weeks, which is a relief after such a long winter.
I’ll tell you a little more about my month in a moment, but first, here’s what I blogged about this month in case you missed anything!
- What songs I listen to when I need something to cheer me up
- A thank you note to the women in my life who’ve made me who I am today
- When it’s okay to break the (little) rules
- A brief introduction to the three main characters of my current writing project
I’m still keeping up with my 1 Second Everyday project as well – here’s March’s compilation!
If you remember from February, I was a part of my college’s humanities symposium on a panel about young adult literature and the common good. I now have the video from my presentation, and you can view it below!
March had its ups and downs, but overall it was a pretty great month. I celebrated my roommate’s birthday with her and some of her friends, so that was a lot of fun. My roommate and I have conflicting schedules, so I don’t get to see her that often. It was nice to spend time with her!
August Burns Red announced their 10 Years of Constellations tour in March as well, and I was able to snag a ticket to go see them at their hometown show in June. I’m going with a close friend, so I’m really looking forward to it!
I was starting to think I might actually get through the school year without getting the plague (a.k.a. the common cold), but I spoke too soon. I got sick the weekend before spring break, but I stayed inside all weekend, drank a lot of water, and was pretty much recovered by Monday. Which was good, because I had a midterm that week.
Then I went home for spring break and got to spend some time with my family. My brother’s spring break only overlapped with mine by a few days, but it was still nice to have all four of us home together. I also got to visit the remodeled public library near my house, get Rita’s Italian Ice on the first day of spring, and make a day trip to see my brother at his university, so it was a great time!
Aside from all that, I’ve also been…
Season 2 of The Dragon Prince. I finished it earlier this month, and I adored it. While the first season was good, there was a lot lacking in it, and this new season remedies a lot of those issues. This season really solidified my standing as a fan, so if you’re been interested in the show but haven’t started it, I highly recommend it.
In terms of movies, I watched Legally Blonde with some of my friends. I’m not a huge fan of films like it, but I did enjoy watching it (and occasionally making fun of it) with my friends. I also went to go see Captain Marvel in theaters, which was marvelous (pardon the pun). Even if you don’t follow the MCU, this was a great movie to go see.
All stuff for class, actually. In my American Women’s Writing course, we read The Old Order by Katherine Anne Porter, Citizen 13660 by Miné Okubo, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I also read Holy Land by D.J. Waldie for my Urban History course. Even though it was required reading, I actually found myself enjoying a lot of these books, so it didn’t feel too much like classwork.
SLIME RANCHER. I’d only heard of this game briefly, but then I found out it was free through the Epic Games store and downloaded it on a whim. I’m kind of addicted now. I need to take care of my slimes. I can’t stop.
(Although in my defense, I do listen to my Jane Eyre audiobook while playing, so I am productive.)
Way too much stuff, probably. I decided to apply for departmental honors at my school, so I’ve been working on the proposal for that. I won’t share any details now, but I’ll be sure to tell you if I get accepted!
I spent a lot of my spring break working on my cosplay project – I kinda stalled on it the last couple of months, but it’s finally coming together! I finished the undershirt for the tunic, and purchased a few other detail items like the gloves. I’m hoping to wear it this fall at a local comic con, so I’m hoping it’s all done by then.
I spent a lot of time this month preparing for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo this month – my plan for this project is pretty much all sketched out, so I did a lot of freewriting for fun and filling out character/location sheets. I’m five days into NaNo now, and the preparation is helping me a lot!
Speaking of my Camp NaNo project, my friend Kiara commissioned some artwork of my main characters from an artist who goes by Viria – she’s popular for her fanart for Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and many other things. The finished product is really special to me, and you can check it out on my Instagram if you’d like!
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In the summer of 2017, I started working on a fantasy project, wrote a draft that fall, then pretty much abandoned it in hopes of one day having the ability to do the story justice. Almost two years later, I feel like I'm finally ready to give this another go, and I'll be starting next month (aligning with Camp NaNoWriMo so I can use it as motivation). I'm so excited to get back into this world again! ••• @kiarakalmey has listened to my incessant rambling since the beginning, and honestly, a lot of this probably wouldn't have come together without her help. She commissioned this art piece of my three main characters for me from @viria94 (who is also a fantastic person), and now I can't wait to get started writing. ••• I don't talk about my writing much around here, but I'm pleased to introduce you to Myrina, Adrien, and Silas! I hope that one day I'll have the privilege of sharing their story with you. ••• (If you're interested in reading more about this project, check out mmusingsblog.com/writing/quest)
Around the Internet
- Stranger Things season 3 trailer
- com – “Her Stories: Inspiring Tales of Women in the Game Industry”
- Jordan Taylor – “I built the gift my wife has always wanted”
- Quill Pen Writer – “Five Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write”
- Hannah Heath – “8 Tips for Creating a Compelling Magic System”
- Blimey Cow – “Five Awkward Situations for Sheltered Kids”
- The Verge’s interview with the creators of The Dragon Prince
- Wanderer’s Pen – “On Putting a Cap on Your Creativity” and “So Your Character is Cyberschooled” (featuring yours truly!)
- Charmaine Lim’s NaNoWriMo series
I’m thankful for a two-hour delay, clean sheets, sleeping in, film projects, naps, trivia nights, DayQuil, catching up with friends, playing “nine square,” Hobby Lobby, Radio U and audiobooks, Wawa hoagies and chocolate milk, Stranger Things, spring weather, walks outside, and berry smoothies.