Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On Repeat: April 2016 + Life Update



This is a feature where once a month I share the top ten songs I've had on repeat!


So I did camp NaNo this month so I had me a camp playlist that grew out of control... It was also my birthday so I had a birthday playlist that frustrated me to put together and basically, as always, I listened to a lot of different random things!

The month started out with a lot of American Authors and Owl City. That made up most of my Camp/writing playlist. Then I got into Marianas Trench again after realizing I hadn't listened to them in FOREVER. I also got on a badass female singer kick. So yes, I actually feel like I didn't flip flop back and forth as much as usual. So here is this months on repeat!

April On Repeat:





By the way, that first song, See You Again, super sad right? That's because one of my favorite series ended and I realized it fit perfectly. 

Monthly update/recap:

I've decided to make these posts also my quick monthly recap posts.

This month I did NaNoWriMo, if you're curious I did a whole Letter From Camp update here. It was my 20th birthday! It felt weird to turn 20 but now...eh. I feel the same. I mostly even forget that I'm now officially 20. BUUUUT because I turned 20 I got a new true love...okay, that sounds weird. My new true love isn't a person, it's a computer. *heart eyes*

Also new speakers that I love almost more than the computer...

Basically, my old love, Henry, died last July and I finally let my mom replace him. This is my new computer (part of it any way I didn't take a picture of the actual tower) his name is Tom... Someone ask me why... it's a RIDDLE. (high five if you're a Harry Potter fan and got that pun).


I also got some Funko Pops... I have a small problem wherein I've started collecting quite a few of these. I blame my brothers who are completely obsessed with them. We literally drove down to San Francisco one weekend to go "pop hunting" But it's fun and they're so cool! Um, yeah, so my mom - because she's the best and knew I couldn't actually buy them myself - bought me a bunch of Harry Potter ones, Luna is my favorite. And it a friend surprised me with a whole set of Hunger Games pops which I have been wanting FOREVER.






Please ignore my crappy picture and the alarm clock and my Raven King cover and the pink Harley Quinn pop who just wanted to chill with the Harry Potter gang...and Olaf who's in the background along with my orange rainbow Batman...


What else happened this month? I haven't been posting and I'm not going to make excuses or anything the truth is for a long time now I've just been going back and forth on blogging. I LOVE blogging. I love all you, my lovely blogging friends. But it's a constant up down thing, one day I'm loving blogging and having fun, the next it's a chore to post and so basically I've given myself permission to just post whatever, whenever for a while now. When I force myself to blog, I stop loving it and I don't want to stop loving it. I am going to do a better job of commenting though, even while I'm not posting much because I love you and I miss all my favorite blogs and I hate feeling so out of the loop; what is going on in everyone's lives right now???

AND THEN I DIED. Er...I read The Raven King and... Feels. And...feels. And um yeah, if you've read it and finished it and everything then please please please message me on Twitter or Goodreads cause I've discussed this with half a dozen people but I'm still not over it and I just need to talk about it, okay???? Cause...GAHHH. You know?

Oh and I did this thing... Was it this month or last month? I don't know but I maybe posed some of my Pop figures... I'll just leave this here for you:




Okay, next month! I am doing things probably. Um, I'm editing The Grand Adventures Of Ren & Farrah (what do you think of the new name? it used to just be Ren & Farrah). I'm going to read things... I don't know. New Rick Riordan book comes out and GAH! Excitement! Who knows what I'll listen to, I'm in a music slump? Is that a thing? Someone please leave me all your music recommendations in the comments!

Okay, what are you listening too? What should I be listening to? And most importantly, what's going on in your life??? What are you doing? What are you reading? What are you currently obsessed with??? Are you team Iron Man or Team Captain America? Tell me everything I need to know about your life right now!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Letter From Camp


Dear lovely blog friends,

Hello from Camp NaNoWriMo! You may have noticed I haven't been around much this month but I've been at camp, writing. The lovely Jameson (Lovely Whatsoevers) had the idea to write letters from Camp so here we are.

At the moment I'm staring out the window by my top bunk, watching birds fly through the perfectly clear blue sky and feeling a little homesick but also a little sad to be at the end of the month.

How's the month been? HECTIC. But fun. Actually, the hectic-ness hasn't even come from NaNo things and writing, just general things. LIFE getting in the way when all my life is supposed to be is READING and WRITING.

Camp is practically over, I'm sending this on the last day and like always it's bittersweet. I've spent the month writing lots but also it feels like, with all the other stuff going on, I haven't had much time at all for writing even while meeting my word count and everything. Which, I met my goal of 75k earlier this month!

It's been strange this month, because I haven't been writing something new. I took something I wrote forever ago, my very first novel, scrapped it and rewrote the whole thing. And while so much changed between versions it's still a story I know down to its core, to its bones. It's been fun rebuilding it though, even while it hasn't felt...I don't know. The same? It's deferent to rewrite something even if 90% of it is changing than to write something completely new and that's not a bad thing it's just been weird. Rewriting the first thing I ever wrote...maybe like surreal and scary cause I'm supposed to know more of what to do and how to write these days than I did when I was 16!

So I went the big bonfire this year (the forums before camp started) and did some mingling (it was scary) to find cabin mates and my cabin has been so much fun. We got one of the big cabins over by the purple lake and no one got eaten by bears this year (that happened once last year, tragic really). And we told ghost stories and I took up my mantle of NaNo Cheer Coach (I'm really good at this job! Just ask Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)). There were dragons and mermaids and ghosts (seriously, ghosts everywhere). Snacks! So many snacks...

My novel is Dragon Heir: It's MG and it's fantasy and DRAGONS.

So the main characters of this book are a pair of baddass 14 year old girls. They're the POV characters anyway, really it's based around a group of eight characters. The baddass girls, though, one's the leader of their group; the other wants to be the leader. One cares way too much for people; the other is not a team player at all. Among the rest of the characters is an awesome boy who can shapeshift and often shifts into the form of a duck when he's nervous.

There are dragons and centaurs, fae and magic and I had so much fun writing this book.

I started out writing this book, this genre MG fantasy, and since then I've gone all over the place genre-wise, most notable getting really into YA contemporary for a while and basically I've been thinking a little about what I want to write. What I want to be known for. And I've been kind of realizing as much as I love everything I've written, as much as I've poured my heart and soul into it and editing things...MG fantasy is kind of my soul. It's what I always imagined writing. What I always imagined being and it's been really fun to kind of surround myself with that again.

Word Count At The Moment UPDATED because I finished my novel with over an hour to spare of the last day of camp!

Goal For The Month: 75,000
Current Total: 112,714
Most Written In One Day: 13,503

This feels crazy to me cause I fnished my first draft of the third completely rewritten version of my first book idea. I wrote the oringinal first draft of this novel in 2012. Is it just me or is that crazy?


Next Camp is in July! And it's my goal to convince some of you to join me! (I'm looking at you Val and Shannon and Jillian and anyone else that I might have a hope of convincing).

Wow, this letter is like two pages. I have to go pack and there's the final bonfire tonight and I'm supposed to meet people at one of the lakes...I don't remember which. Plus, I do actually have a few chapters to finish! Gah! Bye!

XOXOXOXO,
Shay