Another year, another January, another month in review. I’ve always thought January is kind of a strange month. On one hand, it feels like thirty-one Mondays in a row, but on the other hand, everything feels so fresh and exciting! That’s the approach I try to have, but when it’s dark by 5:30 p.m. and the temperatures are freezing most of the time, it’s hard.
On the bright side, there was a lot of new and exciting stuff to keep my spirits up this month! I’ll talk about all of that in just a second, but first, here’s what I blogged about this month:
Siblings. Love them or hate them, you’re pretty much stuck with them. They’re always there for you in when you’re knocked down… sometimes to give you a hand, sometimes because they pushed you. Such is life.
In case you don’t know, I have a younger brother (just one – the header image is of me with my brother and my cousin). So as someone who’s experienced having a sibling, I feel like I can be a pretty good judge of when someone writes sibling relationships well… and most of the time, they don’t. They usually fall into one of two extremes: always getting along 24/7, or hating each other’s guts. Going off of my own experience and what I’ve learned from others, sibling relationships usually fall more in the middle.
But anyway, just because most people can’t write siblings to save their life doesn’t mean there aren’t good, well-written sibling relationships in stories. I’ve compiled a list of seven of them, just to prove it. So here we go.
Congratulations on making it through the first month of the year! I don’t know about you, but January seemed to go by fast for me… which I can’t say I’m feeling too upset about, since it’s been bitter cold here in Pennsylvania for most of the month. Despite the below-freezing temperatures though, I had a great month!
Before I share all of that though, here’s what I blogged about this month in case you missed it:
What I want to accomplish in 2019 (and what I did in 2018)
Cleaning a bunch of books off of my to-be-read list (in two parts!)
What we can learn about writing from Avatar: The Last Airbender
By the way, I’m also back to doing my 1 Second Everyday videos! You can watch January’s compilation below:
There’s a stereotype of children’s entertainment being overly simplified and poorly written, and unfortunately, that’s true for a lot of children’s shows. Every so often though, there comes someone who puts time and effort into what they create, because they understand that children can be just as smart and perceptive as adults.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of those shows, and today I want to talk about just a few of the things we writers – even adult writers – can learn from it.
Two years ago, a little app overtook the world. This app was Pokémon Go, a mobile game based on the popular video game franchise that used GPS and augmented reality technology to bring the cartoon creatures to the real world.
People everywhere grabbed their smartphones and left to explore their towns and neighborhoods. Even today, the game still brings people together regularly. I’ve made some great friends at my school through the game, and there were dozens of people at a local park for the most recent Community Day.
In Pokémon Go there are three teams: Team Valor, Team Mystic, and Team Instinct. Once players reach a certain level, they join one of these teams and then compete against the others.
The choice of team is arbitrary, but each one embodies a certain set of characteristics. Knowing this, it got me thinking – if fictional characters played Pokémon Go, what teams would they be on? I’ve decided to “sort” a handful of them and give a few reasons why. Plus, if you’ve always wanted to know what team you should be on, I have just the quiz for you!
Father’s Day is a day meant to celebrate our dads, grandfathers, and other male role models in our lives. I’ve been blessed to have a great relationship with my own dad, but unfortunately, fathers in fiction tend to get a bad rap. They’re usually portrayed in a negative way, if they’re present in the story at all.
Despite this, I still believe there are a lot of good fathers and father figures in stories, you just have to look closely for them. Since I did something similar for Mother’s Day, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite fathers, grandfathers, and father figures in fiction.
This week was the first week of school, and I’ve been pretty busy with stuff already, so this WIR is gonna be short (by the way, quick question for you all at the end of this post, if you enjoy sharing your opinions). Anyway, this week, I shared 6 Tips on Surviving College as an Introvert, so if you’re in college, this one’s for you!
As for the rest of the week, here’s a quick wrap-up!
It’s been a crazy week since I last posted – as I mentioned last week, I arrived back at school early for a leadership training week with Minds Matter. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, Minds Matter is a organization on my school’s campus that promotes positive mental health through educational events and fun activities. I’m the Vice President of Media for MM, and so I was invited to go early for leadership training and planning. It’s been busy, but I’m really having fun and I’m excited for the new school year!
This week on my blog, I shared two new posts! On Monday, I shared some Writing Lessons from Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that took the world by storm a few years ago, and on Wednesday, I participated in the Beautiful People linkup for August! I really enjoyed writing both of these posts, so be sure to check them out sometime!
I’m back with a regular WIR post this week, finally. We have a lot to catch up on this week, but I’ll try to keep this post at a reasonable length. No promises, though…
Also, I know that normally I summarize my month goals at the end of each month, but with everything that happened over the past two weeks, I didn’t really get a chance. Without going into too much detail, I think I did pretty well with my goals in April, especially with my skill-related goals. Hopefully I can keep that up!
In case you missed it, this week I wrote a list of 19 Things I Want To Do (In The Next 10 Years). I guess in a way it’s like a bucket list, but hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish some of these things before I turn 29. Especially #2.