Happy May! This is arguably the best month of the year (not that I’m biased or anything… it is my birthday month after all), but April was also a great month! I’m excited to share just a little bit about what I did this month, but first, in case you missed anything I wrote about…
- Bullet Journaling: Third Time’s The Charm
- In honor of siblings day, my favorite siblings from books, movies, and TV shows
- Looking for a way to learn some facts? Check out some of my favorite nonfiction books
- Reflecting on taking days off and enjoying rest
- My favorite lines from my April Camp NaNoWriMo project
You can also check out my 1 Second Every Day compilation for April!
April is a pretty crazy month at school (in a good way, for the most part). Our school has a chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, so we had the induction ceremony at the beginning of the month. I somehow got elected president (which is really just an empty title, but hey, it sounds cool).
I also found out that ANBERLIN IS GOING ON A NORTH AMERICAN TOUR this summer! If you couldn’t tell, I’m excited – I got tickets to see them at their Philadelphia show in July, and I’m really looking forward to it.
A bunch of my friends were in a hip-hop dance show April, so I got to go see their performance too. It was really neat to see all of their hard work from the past school year come together – they did such a great job!
My brother surprised me by coming to my school one Saturday afternoon with a couple of his friends. They had a friend who’s a first-year student at my school, so they had come to visit him. It was a fun to spend a few hours together!
The weekend after that, I went home to go see my family for Easter, which was a much-needed break. I got to see my mom at her new job, work on some projects with my dad, and see my brother play guitar during the church service on Sunday, so it was a great weekend.
At the end of the next week, my friend Sarah gave her senior honors presentation, where she read from her upcoming book of poetry and also shared some clips of the short film she made based on the book. I had the privilege of helping (well, being asked to help – I’m not sure how much help I was) her with the project from close to the beginning, and it was wonderful to see it all come to fruition. I’m so proud of her, and I can’t wait to read her full book! If you’re interested in updates, you should check her page out on Facebook.
I also got to see my friend Noelle twice last week, which was amazing. She was visiting some other friends at my school earlier in the week, so I got to spend a little bit of time with her. Then her school’s crew team had a competition (called a “regatta”) near my school, so I went to watch for a little while. Unfortunately, the weather was bad for rowing, so I didn’t see any races, but we did get to talk and catch up for a while, which I think was a lot more meaningful in the end.
And then to top off a busy weekend, I went home again for a dinner that my parents were hosting. My dad is leading a service trip with our church again this summer, and they were hosting the teens and adults going at our house to celebrate and answer any question. Since I’m going on the trip this year, I figured I should be there too!
Even in between all of that craziness, I also had the chance to do a lot of other stuff, like…
Season 2 of the Ace Attorney anime, which I was finally able to finish. The final case of the season is one of my favorite all-time AA cases, and I thought the anime did a pretty good job of adapting it. I also went to go see Avengers: Endgame this month with some friends of mine. Since I’m still wary about spoiling things, I won’t say any more than that – but maybe in a few months we can come back together and chat about it.
Some books for fun this month! I read the Antiheroes short story anthology by the Phoenix Fiction Writers, featuring some of my favorite indie authors (Hannah Heath, Nate Philbrick). The stories were really unique and interesting, so I’m glad I picked this up. I also listened to The Spies That Bind, the Gallagher Girls prequel audiobook by Ally Carter. I did a lot of driving this month, so this was fun to listen to in the car. And for school, I read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Free stuff from the Epic Games store! I’ve been getting their biweekly free PC games ever since I got Slime Rancher, so this month I tried out The Witness. I really like its unique approach to puzzle games, though I have gotten more frustrated with it! I also picked up my old copy of Dragon Quest IX because I needed something to scratch an RPG itch I had. Oh, and the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC was released this month, featuring Joker from Persona 5. I’ve never played the Persona games, but Joker is quickly becoming one of my favorite SSBU characters.
Wolves At The Gate’s new music! They’re releasing a brand-new album this summer, titled Eclipse, and they recently released their first single, “The Cure.” I love it, and I can’t wait for the album’s release!
I’ve also been listening to Hadestown, a musical that Kiara introduced me to. It retells the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in a Depression-era America setting, which was what interested me originally, but the music is also really catchy. You can listen to a live recording on Spotify right now, but the music just opened on Broadway, and there’s a cast recording coming out this summer! I’m excited.
(Look at me, talking about musicals and stuff as if I’m some kind of cultured person)
Mostly my “Quest” project for Camp NaNoWriMo. My goal was to write 25,000 words, and I ended up exceeding that by writing 26,546 words. I’m pleased with how much I was able to get done, and I’m hoping to continue working on it through the summer – but first, I have to get through my exams…
Around the internet
- EVERY BOOK OF THE BIBLE RANKED WORST TO BEST (April Fools Joke)
- Kotaku: “An Easy Mode Has Never Ruined A Game”
- Blimey Cow: “The Top Five Most Cliché Guys of All Time”
- Blimey Cow: “Avengers: Endgame was the first MCU film he saw.” (ENDGAME SPOILERS)
- Did You Know Gaming: “Reggie Fils-Aime: From Pizza Hut to the Nintendo Switch” (mild language)
- SonsaKay: “Phoenix Wright for Smash Bros Concept”
So remember when I talked about my dream DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? This guy gets it. And they go way beyond what I even thought of.
This month, I’m thankful for having dinner with friends, new cardigans, naps, getting an apartment, days off from school, warm weather, breakfast at work, quiet mornings, new books, clean cars, American Women’s Writing, tomato soup, seeing long distance friends, air conditioning and oscillating fans.