March has come and gone, but this month didn't seem to fly by quite as quickly as the past two...or is it just me? Either way, let's delve into specifics. XD
// Life. //
>> Getting woke up at 3:53 AM because every phone in the house is buzzing with an amber alert. Not fun. XP
>> I got new glasses!! :D They're blue/green and brown/gold-ish and I LURV them.
>> I had weird/random conversations which is totally normal for me. *coughcough*
>> I found out I have the same personality type (INFP) as this lovely human. Which is like...super awesome. XD
>> I basically lost an hour of my life because #DaylightSavingsTime Meh.
>> I followed the Iditarod with my friend Rebekah which was a lot of fun! :)
>> We went to the homeschool convention!! And I bought books!! (More on that down below.) But most amazing of all, I met Mrs. Susan Marlow. EEPPPSS!!! :D She is such a sweet, amazing lady, and I so enjoyed chatting with her and Mr. Marlow. ^_^
>> My little bro had a birthday. *nods* 'Nough said. (14...like, WUT?!)
>> When you realize... Most teens are 'trying' drugs and alcohol, and I'm just over here sniffing books... *coughcough* No, I totally did not just say that. Nope.
// Books. //
Reading and book-buying was AWESOME this month. :D
I read 22 books this month...eeps!!
Jude -- 5 stars
More Perfect Than the Moon by Patricia MacLachlan -- 5 stars
Then Came You by Becky Wade -- 3.5 stars
Grandfather's Dance by Patricia MacLachlan -- 5 stars
The Other Side of Infamy by Jim Downing -- 5 stars -- Review HERE.
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? by Ellen Emerson White -- 3.5 stars
Only Children Chase Sawdust by Willowy Whisper -- 5 stars -- Review to come.
Micah -- 5 stars
Philemon -- 5 stars
Half a Man by Michael Morpurgo -- 5 stars
Andi Saddles Up by Susan K. Marlow -- 5 stars
Andi Under the Big Top by Susan K. Marlow -- 5 stars
Drums of Change by Janette Oke -- 4 stars
66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild -- 5 stars
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines -- 5 stars
Dark Storm Rising by Jesseca Wheaton -- 5 stars
Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate Willis -- 5 stars
The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo -- 4 stars
Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter -- 4.5 stars
Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg -- 4 stars
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner -- 4 stars
Crafting Unforgettable Characters by K.M. Weiland -- 4 stars
Acquired 15 books...
~ 2nd & Charles
A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson
Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock
The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan
Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
Elsie's Endless Wait by Martha Finley, revised by
~ Homeschool Convention
Andi Saddles Up by Susan K. Marlow
Andi Under the Big Top by Susan K. Marlow
Along the Western Trail compiled by Susan K. Marlow
Behind Enemy Lines: A Young Pilot's Story by H.R. DeMallie
A Promise is Forever by Robin Jones Gunn
Katy by Mary Evelyn Notgrass
Almost Home by Wendy Lawton
The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
To Get To You by Joanne Bischof
A Question of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton
All the pretty covers!! *sighs dreamily* *dies happy*
// Writing. //
~ Total word count: 18,056
So a major thing that happened in In March was beta-readers. I actually sent my precious book to 20 different people for them to love (or hate) and edit (or tear-apart). And it was lovely. So far 1/2 of said people have been able to mark the book as 'read' on Goodreads, and my precious little Dandelion Dust now has an average rating of 4.73 stars. *beams*
As far as writing goes, I worked a lot in A Soldier's Story -- which I talked about in my recent writing update. Actually, just last night I figured out what the 'missing link' was to that story, so I should be able to finish it up pretty painlessly now. :D (After April, of course *ahem*.)
I also worked on some short stories (and finished two). Those will be popping up on here sometime soon. Want a teaser for the story that is currently my favorite of the three? (Or is it my second favorite?) Well, here you go...
In April, I'll be participating in Camp NaNo *internal screaming*, and I'll be doing weekly recaps every Saturday like I did last July... So be on the lookout for that. :D
// Movies & Music. //
Hmm...not much to add to this segment. I saw I'm Not Ashamed and afterwards just sat there for about ten minutes like "WOAH". *nods* Twas good.
I did some re-watches (Faith of Our Fathers, God's Not Dead 2, and Secondhand Lions), but that's all I can recall. ;)
Music? Well, I'm currently in love with Never Been a Moment by Micah Tyler. So fab, y'all.
// Goals. //
~ March Goals
>> Send Dandelion Dust to beta-readers (and try not to die in the process). I DID IT!!! *happy dance*
>> Catch up on emails (AKA give my inbox some love). Ehhh...pretty much, yes.
>> Get caught up and stay caught up on my current two alpha-reading projects. *cough* I got caught up in one, I read *some* in the other...yeah, I'm so bad.
>> Read 12 books. Haha, definitely. XD
>> Write 10k in various projects. Yup, yup!!
>> Keep up my Chosen Vessels posting schedule. Um...for the most part I did?
~ April Goals
>> Survive and win Camp NaNo (while eating AND keeping up with school).
>> Write 40,000 words. *points to above*
>> Finish first draft of War Tears (YES YES YES ITS MY CAMP PROJECT *SHRIEKS*).
>> Stay semi-caught up on emails. (During Camp? Heh.)
>> Alpha-read consistently.
>> Read 10 books.
>> Post on Chosen Vessels and Stories by Firefly once a week.
>> Stop making so many insane goals for myself. *grins*
So let's chat. Did you have a good March? Looking forward to something special in April? Are you doing Camp NaNo? TELL ME ALL YOUR SECRETS, PEOPLE. *ahem*
P.S. Did anyone notice I skipped the blogging segment? If so, did you miss it? If not, should I bring it back next month? There was a ton of good posts this month, but I just wanted to see if y'all enjoyed that part or not so much. ;)