So, yup. January has come and gone, but y'all... It was SUCH an epic month. I read a ton, wrote a ton, laughed, smiled, and learned to cherish my time better. Let's take a closer look...
// Life. //
>> WE GOT SNOW PEEPS! XD About 8 inches and it was so pretty. <3
>> I paired up my friend with one of my characters. They're both against it, but whatever. #matchmaker #iwillchangetheirminds #J+Dforever
>> My brother put my desk chair in the shower. *cough* Yeah, long story. I'm just glad he didn't turn the water on.
>> My lil' bro was also doing chin-ups on the trim above the washer machine. And somehow knocked the laundry detergent to the floor. And demolished the spout. Mom was pleased.
>> I saw these perfectly stacked oranges in the grocery store. And I reeeallyyy wanted to go pull one from the bottom just to see what would happen. B-)
>> I saw one of my characters in Chick-Fil-A. (Hey, you. Stop laughing. I'm dead serious.) But it was kind of awkward because I'm like "wait, you're not supposed to be here." *nods* #awkward
>> It has been discovered that Walmart now sells PKs. *nods* Dontcha want one?
Ssshh. Don't tell on me.
>> Another Tucker-stunt (I'm beginning to think he needs his on section of the recap. Adventures of Tucker, anyone?) was when he was building a fire in the old cookstove. Which resulted in a lot of smoke and coughing. But it ended well.
>> I came up with a reward system for myself while I was writing my book. Works well. XD
>> I learned that half-and-half is not a substitute for milk. Like, don't eve try it. *gags* (Translation: Faith wanted cereal, but there was no milk so she tried to make it work. Bad idea.)
>> I found a flower-y thing (weed, maybe?) in the field and it made me go all deep-thinker-ly.
>> I took pictures of myself...while sitting in the car...in the bank parking lot... (I was apparently bored.) #weirdme #mustache
// Cherishing. //
Yup, new addition to the monthly recaps. My 'word for 2017' is cherish, and I've been doing pretty well so far I believe. My main focus has been my time, and this month I've spent a ton less time aimlessly browsing Goodreads, Instagram, and Pinterest, which has given me more time to get important stuff accomplished. *nods* Tis a good thing.
// Books. //
Um, okay, so I kind of read 26 books this month. *cough* A lot of them were short (under 150 pages) but still. XD
Word After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan -- 5 stars
Everlasting Light by Andrea Boeshaar -- 2.5 stars
Joseph of Arimathea by Sarah Holman -- 5 stars
The English Son by Wanda & Jean Brunstetter (The Amish Millionaire series 1-6, book-1) -- 5 stars
Whispering Leaves Saga by Willowy Whisper -- 5 stars -- Review here.
The Stubborn Father, book-2 -- 5 stars
The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs -- 5 stars
The Betrayed Fiancée, book-3 -- 5 stars
Left to Die by Ivy Rose -- 5 stars -- Review here.
Hartly Manor by Amanda Tero -- 5 stars -- Review here.
The Missing Will, book-4 -- 5 stars
The Divided Family, book-5 -- 5 stars
Meet Caroline by Katheen Ernst (American Girl: Caroline series 1-6, #1) -- 5 stars
The Selfless Act, book-6 -- 5 stars
Caroline's Secret Message, #2 -- 5 stars
A Surprise for Caroline, #3 -- 4 stars
Caroline Takes a Chance, #4 -- 5 stars
Caroline's Battle, #5 -- 5 stars
Changes for Caroline, #6 -- 5 stars
Racing for Time by Olivia Nickerson -- 4.5 stars -- Review to come with the blog tour.
Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield -- 5 stars
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens -- 5 stars
A Whisper and a Wish by Robin Jones Gunn -- 3.5 stars
The Red Geranium by Janette Oke -- 5 stars
The Gift for All People by Max Lucado -- 5 stars -- Review here.
Secret Sabotage by Andrew Eddy, Sarah Eddy, & Tori Larson -- 4.5 stars
I also got several books this month (AND THEY ARE LOVELY OKAY.)
A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg
Fan Stories from the Circle C by various authors
Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke
Beyond the Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton
The Old River Road by Ivy Rose
The Silver Flower by Rebekah Eddy
*grins* No words needed.
// Writing. //
Okay, so writing totally rocked this month, y'all. In case you hadn't heard, I FINISHED MY BOOK OKAY. *beams* Take a look at this...
Total word count: 27,162
Dandelion Dust: 26,354
*shrieks* I IS SO THRILLED. How did it happen? I honestly don't know. This may've had something to do with it...
Yeah, this one too. Late nights (or mornings?) and caffeine. Chocolate. Candy. SUGAR. *nods* Late nights can also lead to things like this though...
*dies* I'm going to blame that one on autocorrect. *isnt even sure what it's supposed to be*
// Movies & Music. //
I re-watched the entire three seasons of When Calls the Heart (I need season four SO BAD), along with other movie re-watches like Fireproof, The Sound of Music, Beautiful Dreamer, Seasons of Gray, and some of the Love Comes Softly goodies. ^.^
AND NEW CDS BECAUSE MY MOM IS AWESOME. *nods* MercyMe is on repeat.
(I'd also love y'all's opinion on whether or not I should cut this segment of the recaps?)
// Goals. //
My January goals were...
>> Read 10 books. Yup!
>> Finish one beta-reading project and start alpha-reading another. I conquered! I'm only one chapter into the alpha-reading project but still. XP
>> Finish Dandelion Dust. HOORAY HOORAY YEEESSSS.
>> Complete the first (and possible second) edit of Dandelion Dust.
>> Read 12+ books.
>> Read a minimum of 15 chapters during alpha-reading.
>> Keep up the Chosen Vessels posting schedule of quality posts every Saturday + book reviews throughout the weeks.
Also, a couple announcements before I check out. 1) I'll be closing the blog survey in the morning, so expect a post sometime with some results from that. And 2), there's something super fun coming up this month that is being kept top-secret. Let's just say...well, I suggest keeping a close eye out. You certainly aren't going to want to miss this. ;)
So, let's chat. How've y'all been? Was January a good month for you? Did you get SNOW? Did you catch the section of the recap that I left out? XD
Tootles! *passes pudding to everyone*