Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Look Back and A Look Forward pt. 1

So, it's that time...new years. The time when everyone is thinking back on their year, regrets and accomplishments. Setting new goals for the coming year... Kissing people at midnight(though all my kissing will be done in my head with a fictional character of my choosing...). Obviously I have to do a post about it! I love doing the most cliched posts and this one does sorta fit that.



Looking Back At 2014:

Blogging wise. While 2014 wasn't the year I started blogging it was the year I switched from a random blog about anything I felt like talking about with all of 0 followers, into a book blog! Before January of last year, I had no idea there was such a thing as a book blog! Sure, I knew there were such things as book reviewers and their blogs, but I didn't know there is such a fun and awesome community! So, that happened. I met(I guess I met their blog?) a lot of awesome bloggers and discovered a lot of awesome blogs and books that I might not have discovered otherwise. That was all definitely a win!



Writing wise. So, if you've followed me for any length of time you probably know that it's my main goal in life to become a published author. I wrote my first full book in 2013, edited for months at the beginning of 2014 and then queried it...only to realize about a month later that it sucked. That's my baby, my first most precious book and it's been put on hold. But since then I've written nearly 6 books(one doesn't really count though so let's say 5) and only edited 1(currently editing another!). Anyways, the point is, and I do have a point! That while I did want to get one of those elusive agents this year and didn't...I'm not really sad about it. Actually I'm quite happy with my writing from this year because I feel like I've grown a lot as a writer, sure I haven't fixed that first book and it may take me years and years too, but I've written others and they are way better. I don't know how to explain it all exactly, but I've definitely grown and learned as a writer this year. I went from writing all fantasy to mostly contemporary and while I'll never stop writing fantasy I've kind of discovered more of my writer self from writing contemporary. So, yes. That's a win!

Real life wise. Well, turned 18 in 2014. Wasn't really a big deal though. I don't know, I feel like my biggest accomplishment this year was my writing and can't think of much to put here! Basically, there were some downsides, I've fought with my brother(who is also my best friend) way too much recently, we've had some family issues though nothing too serious. But, there were upsides too! Highlights include; the Renaissance faire, the Linkin Park concert which was the first time just my brothers and I went out of town together, then there was the road trip(really just a 6 hour drive) to San Fransisco where I went to The Night Of Writing Dangerously, and, of course, the epic snow war that I lost last night when my brother started throwing shovels full of snow at me... So, another win!



Reading wise. I've had a pretty successful reading year, I think. My goal on Goodreads was 103(one more than I read last year) and I've read 132...definitely very good. Possibly my highest yet. I kind of fizzled towards the end of the year, actually around September, what with writing and everything. Still, lots of books, lots of good books, so that's a win!

Fangirling wise. I was ecstatic with the end of Blood Of Olympus and overjoyed at all the shipping in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I fell very very hard for I'll Give You The Sun, and was slightly disappointed by The Sorcerer's Heir and Isla and The Happily Ever After. I was content with the end of Ignite Me(because ship) and conflicted by Dreams Of Gods and Monsters. The new Hobbit movie ripped my heart out and stomped on it, but I kind of loved the new Star Wars trailer. Fault In Our Stars was a very sad movie and I still don't know how I feel about The Giver. Basically, it was the year of the 
feels...



Okay, that's all I have for what is seeming like the world's longest post! Tomorrow I will be posting part 2: A Look Forward and also updating the blog with another new design!



Happy new year!
So, tell me, which fictional character do you wish you were kissing at midnight? 

2 comments:

  1. 132 books, that is amazing! Way to go! I am so happy that this has been such a great year for you, with writing and blogging and reading! Oh, you reminded me that I need to watch The Giver still. And what, no Mockingjay mention? ;) And of course, I would kiss Peeta at midnight! Come on! Happy new year :)

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    1. I knew you'd say Peeta! And...sadly...I haven't seen Mockingjay yet! I know...it's bad. Hunger Games is one of my all time favorite series, the best dystopian ever, but I haven't had time!

      Thanks so much and you should watch Giver soon! It's...interesting. I'm still not completely sure on whether I liked it or hated it...I'm conflicted! =)

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