Well, well, well... It's that time again. There's monthly highlights/recaps/wrap-up posts popping up all over the blogosphere (my inbox is proof) so I reckon it's my turn.
I'm really not sure what I did this month other than stay semi-caught up with emails/blogging. I mean, I didn't read (much), I didn't write (much), so what did I do?
Let's find out.
The Ups and Downs of My Crazy Random Life...
>> First off, I spent the first week of August camping with some awesome friends! :D Somehow, though, we managed to hang out together a whole week and not take a single photo. O.o BUT, thankfully we did use their GoPro quite often for...stuff... ;) Here's a couple screenshots from that...pardon the extreme fuzziness.
>> August is usually 'garden month' for us. We're usually about drove insane with produce coming in like crazy. This August...wasn't that way. Our garden did pitifully. :P I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not...
>> Apparently it rained a lot...as you can see by the squishy mud in this photo of...my feet. And my purple crocs. XD
>> I took pictures of doggies... :)
>> I rearranged my bookshelf my color...I'd saw it on Pinterest, and then a friend mentioned doing it and...I just had to. :P
It was super pretty, but having all the series divided up drove the perfectionist in my C-R-A-Z-Y!! So I changed it back within a day or two. ;)
>> Mom and I went to a Tim Hawkins concert. Guys, I can't BEGIN to tell you how hard we laughed or all the hilarity we heard. XD IT WAS AWEOME, PEEPS. So then, we got out of there at like 10-ish. And when we got home (close to 11) our twin seven year-old cousins were there...and remained until after 12. I'm pretty sure we were all falling asleep during church the next morning. :P
>> I started an American Sign Language class! So excited for an awesome year. :D Finding out I already knew one of my classmates was certainly a plus... B-)
>> My summer work study at the Art center ended... :( I hate to see it go, but it's been an awesome experience and one I'll always remember. :)
>> And lastly, an exciting something that happened just yesterday... I GOT MY LICENSE PEOPLE. O.O *shrieks*
The Books I Read, the Books I Got...
>> I found an AWESOME new (well, new to me. :P) used bookstore. Eeps! I'm so excited. XD They literally have books stacked in every nook and cranny... #happybookworm #whereallthemoneygoes
>> I got 12 new books this month! Yay! :D Here's they are... (You know you want to see 'em.)
(Unless otherwise noted they're from the bookstore mentioned aforhand. ;) )
Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart
Jonas & Olivia by Victoria Minks -- Giveaway win. -- Review HERE.
Once Upon a Summer by Janette Oke
The Winds of Autumn by Janette Oke
Winter is Not Forever by Janette Oke
Roses for Mama by Janette Oke
Heart of the Wilderness by Janette Oke
Drums of Change by Janette Oke
Revel Knox by Michael Shank -- Giveaway win.
Pony Pals: The Wild Pony by Jeanne Betancourt -- Giveaway win.
Journal (It's so cute. It still counts. Okay.)
Although acquiring books went splendidly, reading books did not. I only read five books this month...coming to a dismal, measly 779 pages total. :(
Aren't those covers lovely, though?
Summer of Dreams by Elizabeth Camden -- 4.5 stars
With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin -- 5 stars
The Lady of the Vineyard by Kellyn Roth -- 4.5 stars -- Review to come with the blog tour. :)
This Hostile Land -- 5 stars -- Review HERE.
I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis -- 5 stars
The Words I Wrote, the Stories I Formed...
Writing didn't go so well this month.
After writing over 30,000 words last month, I didn't even hit 6,000... And the depressing part is that less than half of that was in my main WIP! -_-
In War Tears I wrote 2,755 words. And in 6 other 'projects' combined I wrote 3,237. Coming to a not-so-grand total of...5,992 words. Bleh.
(Okay, so maybe that's pretty good, but compared to what I'd hoped for...yeah, not so good. XP)
Movies, Songs, All the Cool Stuff...
>> PEOPLE I SAW STALAG 17. Like, what even?! It was soo, sooo, soooooo good! I'll definitely be watching it again, and probably getting it myself. ^_^
>> The songs of the month were...
In the Mood ~ Glenn Miller
Brothers ~ Dean Brody
Dear Younger Me ~ MercyMe
1945 ~ Jamie Gracs
Drops in the Ocean ~ Hawk Nelson
You're Not Alone ~ Owl City, ft. Britt Nicole
Greater ~ MercyMe
You Are ~ Colton Dixon
Kings & Queens ~ Audio Adrenaline
Some of these were carry-overs from July, because I apparently forgot this segment in that post. :P
The Blog Posts I Thought to be Awesome...
Emily Ann Putzke got to go Flying in a B-17 (I'm so jealous. XD)
Jesseca's guest post on Blessing's blog was...just...so good (in other words, go read it.)
My Goals for September...
>> Start school. (Rather inevitable, don't ya know.)
>> Read six books. (Hopefully.)
>> Hit 65k with War Tears. (Fingers crossed.)
>> Finish two short-stories. (Have to. The contests have deadlines, don't ya know.)
>> Make curtains for my room. *cough* (Yeah, I still haven't did that...)
Your turn! Go ahead and tell me how your month was. :) Have you did these things, read these books, hear the songs, saw the movie, wrote the words? (okay, that last one would be awkward.) Tell me alllllll.