Friday, April 28, 2017

Hightlights of A P R I L + Hello May

Guyyys April is over and everything is turning green and Summer is just around the corner and I'M SO EXCITED. So here are some of my highlights for this month, or at some of them

RANDOM LIFE HAPPENINGS 

My sister and I got some new roommates XD 

Alllll the thunderstorms. I say dreamily, but what I really mean is REALLY AGGRESSIVE THUNDERSTORMS THAT WAKE YOU UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. 

Hanging out with one of my friends who I had barely seen since like October so that was awesome. 

Jumping on our new trampoline.

My mom, sister and I started watching The Great British Baking Show and it kinda makes me really want to bake  XD

Discovering just how crazy fast my room can turn into a wreck when I suddenly get a really awesome diy idea, like, "Just ignore the glue gun in the corner and the bin of twigs and water on my desk, thanks" 

Ahem, our dog killed a rooster and left it under our deck. O.o 

Celebrating Easter. 

Almost not buying neon coral converse cause I thought I wouldn't actually wear them, buying them and then wearing them two days in a row. 

Awkwardly realizing that most of my wardrobe really is blues and grey. *also realizes I'm wearing blue and grey as I'm typing this* 

We got a cement tortoise, his name is Sheldon, and according to my mom he's the best pet we've ever had. 

Blasting music really loudly when left home alone. (Yasssss)

Walking in to find my sister sitting on her bed with the rats sitting in her lap, reading them  bedtime story. TELL ME THAT ISN'T ADORABLE. 

Being left home alone for four hours (which pretty much never happens) and then randomly deciding to make pastries. 

Spontaneous trips to Michaels and Jo-anns 

Finding out a book series I thought was a trilogy HAS A FOURTH BOOK THAT JUST CAME OUT and it's like, I thought it was over, forever, but nope. So know all I have left to do is wait two days because bless Amazon Prime. XD

I somehow managed to cut my finger with a butter knife, (I didn't know this was possible???) 

Dogsitting, which is great and all, except for when it's not, I'm trying to be positive about it though and remind myself that someone actually trusts me with their 5 dogs.


R E A D S 
Cinder - Marissa Meyer (I started it at the end of March but read a majority of it this month so it counts XD)

Brightwood - Tania Unsworth

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Cress - Marissa Meyer (Actually not finished yet but it counts still) 

I read more this month than I have in months so that's good, especially since one of my goals this year was to read more than I did last year. 

GOALS 


 Waste less time on social media   Also something I hope to continue to work on next month. 

Reach my word goal for Camp Nano. LOL NOPE. Check out my last post. 

- Make macarons and hopefully not fail miserably  SUCCESS! 

Film a vlog I almost did this one, but somehow never managed to get around to it, oh well, maybe next month? 

NEXT MONTH
- Read 5 books

- Take more walks outside 

- Attempt to make eclairs. 

- Have a photoshoot. 

I'm sure there are more, but other than some personal goals those are all I can think of right now. 

What's something awesome/random/crazy that happened to you this month?
~Hannah~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Confessions of a Camp Nano drop-out


Well...I didn't want to say that I actually quit Camp Nano...but considering that there were only three days this month in which I actually wrote. It's kinda the truth I suppose. 

I don't know why writing fell flat this month, I don't think it has anything to do with taking such a long break, because the few times when I actually was writing and making progress and the words were flowing, it felt awesome and I was thrilled to be writing again.
Until I realized that this book just wasn't going to work. 
And maybe I could've pulled through, wrestled my perfectionism and plunged fearlessly into this new book knowing it was going to be a laughably-poorly-plotted-mess, IF I COULD HAVE AT LEAST GOTTEN PAST THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS and had even the barest of basic outlines to consult. 

And you know what? I'm not stressing over it. This month has been pretty awesome so far, I've been reading a lot more lately. and just living life and stuff. I really do want to get back to writing, and it's not like I'm short on book ideas, *glances at abundance of Pinterest boards* So maybe I'll spontaneously start something new, we'll see. 

I hope you guys don't think I'm lame, I don't think I am sooo *shrugs* 
Shout out to all you guys who actually made progress in writing this month cause you guys are awesome. XD 

Also, I randomly got the idea the other day to make a tiny bird's nest and I'm honestly so happy with how it turned out, even if it took me a while to actually figure out the best way to do it. And also making my mom suspicious by sneaking a bin of water in my room (to soak twigs) but not telling her why. XD 
~Hannah~

Saturday, April 15, 2017

HE IS RISEN + Problematic glue and my photogenic rabbit.

Uhm, excuse me, can we talk about how cute this bunny is???
Easter is tomorrow! 

In our family we like to do 'Easter-basket-Easter' on Saturday, y,know, candy and stuff like that, (and wayy to many peanut butter cups XD) so on Sunday we can actually focus on the true meaning, I am so continuously awed by the fact that My King died for me, gave His life up for the people who least deserved it, thinking about it makes me tear up a bit, it's something I never, ever want to take for granted. 
It also makes me think about, how, if Jesus could sacrifice Himself for the very people who wanted Him dead, then the very least I could do is try to love the people who don't deserve it, the ones who are hard to love, like, seriously. 

Also yes I'm sooo proud of Miss Margaret for holding still when I was taking pictures of her yesterday, XD usually she's all over the place, (and most of the time she was while I was taking these pictures) but sometimes she surprises me and I'm like HOW ARE YOU SO CUTE. 

I learned something yesterday. 

Trying to do something as simple as drawing with glue is wayyy harder than it sounds. 
I was trying to draw designs on this jar so I could paint over it, simple enough, right? 
Wrong, I tried filling a sandwich bag with glue and snipping a teeny tiny corner off and piping it out, which sort of worked, other than the fact that it kept smearing when I tried to do overlapping lines, and eventually I ran out of glue. 
Next I tried hot glue, which was what I originally planned to do, hot glue is HARD. It kept either coming out in thin strings that didn't even stick to the jar or big globs that I still don't know how to get off. XD 

WHY IS EVERYTHING SO MUCH EASIER IN MY HEAD. 

^^ story of my life. 

Your thoughts on Easter? 
Have you ever had a total DIY disaster? 

~Hannah~

Monday, April 3, 2017

My room has rats + LIFE UPDATES

C'mon, how could you not think that's cute.
Uhm, guys, I just moved into my room last month, and already it has rats living in it.

And I'm totally not complaining because they're so sweet and adorable and my sister and I unexpectedly ended up taking care of them last week, possibly for good because our brother doesn't have enough time for them, THEY'RE SO CUTE. Honestly, yes, I used to hate rats, (totally cliche, right?) To most people they're just unappealing I guess, but in reality they're actually pretty cool, super smart and super sweet. 

What else is up? 

- Going to the library for the first time in forever and finding out they have The Lunar Chronicles there which I've been wanting to read for a long time, finishing reading Cinder and now not knowing what to do with my life until we go back to the library. (also WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THESE BOOKS) 

Desperately needing to write and then doing literally anything else except for writing. 

- Randomly making cookies and putting pretzels in them because honestly why not

Hopefully moving my bunny's cage back outside on the porch soon, (if it ever stops raining) She lives on the porch in the summer and in the garage in the winter, I really don't like having her in the garage, she's very much an outdoor bunny. XD 

Well, this post pretty much came out of nowhere, anyways, bye guys, I'm going to go continue trying to figure out my life. (and hopefully write???) 

Do you like rats? Do you have any pets? I love to talk about pets. XD 
Have you read The Lunar Chronicles? 
How is Camp Nano going for you so far? 


~Hannah~

Monday, March 27, 2017

Highlights of March


Yes, I know, I'm kinda early, but I don't care. XD 

It was a pretty awesome month guys, just for so many reasons, like WINTER IS OVER, and Camp Nano is happening next month, and a whole month dedicated to writing is just what I need after a four month break, (FOUR MONTHS!?) 

Anyway, onto some of this month's highlights. 
REAL -  L I F E 

- In no particular order - 
Spending THE ENTIRE MONTH trying to make plans with a friend for her to come over AND EVERY SINGLE WEEK it ends up not working out. Being super excited about finding my sister an ostrich shirt. (She really loves ostriches) 
Finding a super cute tiny cactus at Target but then not buying it cause it ended up being like 8$...o.O
Going to see Beauty and The Beast
Camp nano plotting. (Or therefore, thinking about how I should be plotting but then getting distracted and also endlessly daydreaming about my characters and already having favorites) 
SPRINGGGGGGGG *frolicks in the sunshine* *slips and faceplants in a mud puddle instead because reality* 
Falling asleep to the sound of rain. 
Trying avocado toast for the first time. (Don't look at me like that, it actually tastes good) 
Vaccuming my desk O.o 
Forgetting to mention that YES I FINALLY GOT A DESK and so yeah I'm pretty happy.
Fnally having a glue gun in my possession and now I HAVE ALL DA POWER. 
Being struck with the realization that you can just walk into Target and buy a potato. 
Is it weird that whenever I find myself in a mildly uncomfortable situation I remind myself that I've put my characters through way worse?
(I'm a terrible person jsyk)
Having weird dreams about my characters and then randomly remembering them like...'what...' o.O
Spring/summer clothes shopping. 
Finally finding my rabbit a toy she doesn't complete ignore, (why is she so picky?!?) 

BLOGGING THINGS 

I got a new blog design! (Which is obvious) I just love how much more clean and simple it is compared to my old one, I love it. 
Finally started to emerge from the blogging rut I was finding myself in. INSPIRATION HAS RECLAIMED ME.
Trying to figure out why my profile picture keeps disappearing?!? 
Talked about how real the struggle is when you have a lot of main characters in your novel
Flailed over warm weather and rambled about life

THE WORLD OF WRITING 

I am not a plotter. And if you've read any of my first drafts this is laughingly obvious. XD I don't have an artfully crafted outline for this new book with everything in it's place, everything figured out, nope, I have a vague idea of what I'm doing but as long as I feel like I  have enough to write about and enough to figure out the rest along the way, I'm ready.

I did not edit this month. Editing...specifically with this book...maybe it's just a first novel thing? I mean, come on, I'm only 14 and it's my first novel and I've never edited anything before AND HONESTLY THIS BOOK IS A MESS, call me lame or a quitter if you want, but nobody is forcing me to edit this book to perfection and it's not like it's ever going to be published, yes I did fantasize about getting it printed out once it's finished. And before anyone asks, no, I'm not going to do this with all my books, I can already tell that when the time comes to edit my other novel it is going to be a lot easier.


G O A L S  

Recap of March's goals 
Keep my new room clean. 'Cept for my desk which inevitably always seems to end up messy again XD 

FINISH EDITING. Listen, okay, I don't want to talk about editing, can we save that for another post that I'll avoid for as long as possible ? 

Wake up early more  At the beginning of the month I started waking up earlier and I guess I've kinda made a habit out of it, which is totally awesome. XD

Go see Beauty and The Beast.  Yesss my sister and I went to go see it last week and gah it was amazing. 

April goals! 

Waste less time on social media (*cough* Instagram and Pinterest *coughcough* 

- Reach my word goal for Camp Nano 

- Make macarons and hopefully not fail miserably 

- Film a vlog (anyone interesting in seeing my face??) 

How was your month? What inspired you? We should totally chat. 

~Hannah~

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

IT'S SPRINGGG + Just let life happen


GUYS IT'S SPRING  I went outside to take pics yesterday, spent like 5 seconds trying to find shoes and then decided to just forgo wearing shoes altogether cause it was SO WARM OUTSIDE and yeah I'm totally ready for spring/summer/all the things.

(except for camp nano, cause I'm not one of those people who spends months in advance carefully plotting out the entire book, I usually end up just jumping in with what I do have plotted and see what happens, my word goal for next month is 45k, just an easy breezy goal that I'll probably change, the book itself is def going to end up being longer than that but that's just my minimum goal for April) 

Lately I've been thinking about how like, we constantly try to plan things in our minds and try to figure out life and want everything to be organized when really WE DON'T HAVE TO BE IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING and how sometimes the best things are unexpected and how you never know what life is going to throw into your face even when you think you have everything figured out. 

And how there's over a million billion stars and that they all have names and the moon is constantly pulling on the ocean which is 95% unexplored and how life is just amazing and we should just LIVE instead of thinking we need to be in control of everything. Just let life happen you guys. 

(Also, if you happen to be home alone, get some music going and sing your heart out, doesn't matter if you're not good at it, it makes you feel alive inside) 

What's your word goal for Camp Nano? 
Do some things just...blow your mind? 

~Hannah~

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Giving every character a purpose - CAMP NANO is HAPPENING


Katie Grace reminded me yesterday on her blog that Camp Nano starts in 20 days (well actually 19 days now) AND I'M TOTALLY NOT READY, I've got a bunch of messy notes and a genre that I've never written before BUT I'M TOTALLY EXCITED TO BE STARTING THIS NEW STORY.
(I haven't written since November...*shivers*) 

Somehow, I ended up with 5 main characters in my new novel. Not all of which I have an established role for or goals or backstory or anything.

I do, however, have an aesthetic Pinterest storyboard that I've been adding to since January so obviously I have my priorities in check. XD


^^^
This is always important, but it's especially a key to managing a lot of main characters, when you just have characters wandering around not really knowing what they're supposed to be doing because for some reason you felt like they had to be the story and you find yourself trying to cram them into scenes, that's when you end up with problems and possibly end up cutting people out which complicates things.

So yes, GIVE EVERY CHARACTER A REASON TO BE IN THE STORY. What are their goals? How do they contribute to the plot? Are they a main character or a supporting character? Would the story be any different without them?

This is what I'm working through with some of my characters, although I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing with most of them and where they fit into the plot, it's still important to make sure all your characters exist for a reason, no matter how small the reason.

Have you ever struggled with this in any of your stories? 
Are you doing Camp Nano next month? 

~Hannah~