Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Where has May GONE??

I know, that's a weird title for a monthly wrap-up post...but it EXACTLY describes my feelings. Seriously, I feel like I've been in an enchanted sleep for the last three weeks and just awoken (without the kiss, thank you very much) to find that May has disappeared into thin air. So...now I'll let you in on a little secret: my life has been crazy busy this last month. Oh, you KNEW that already? Mind-readers. Or perhaps, BLOG readers would be a better name for y'all. ;)

Ok, here's what's happened in the last month...

As some of you know, at the very beginning of this month, I had a Senior Recital with one of my best friends.
We got showered with flowers from teachers and friends.
They were so supportive of us.
Can you tell we're glad to have it over?

Playing a flute duet.
We also played the piano, and sang.
Kathryn played the cello.

Right now, she's working on uploading the songs we did on YouTube, and after that I'm planning on posting them here. Despite a horrible (really, it was AWEFUL) practice performance the day before the real deal, our actual performance went surprisingly well. Of course, it wasn't perfect...but it was better than we had hoped for. Which is a GOOD thing.

A week later we packed ourselves up, and headed to the Oregon Coast to enjoy a well-earned vacation. Some of you have already heard about our exciting time there, so I won't go into details. But if you haven't, just go HERE.
A ukulele belongs down on a beach. ;) So I took Patrick there. (Yes, he's an Irish ukulele. Don't judge.)
One of my favorite pictures. I love the reflection.

After a week at the ocean, we came back and spent a week with a very special family. Namely, the Divakars. This included a trip across the Puget Sound to Blake Island in a boat, (more on that trip later) talking, walking, talking, drinking tea, talking, learning the ropes of being a chaperone, and more talking. It was fun. ;)

Then, two days after they left, we had a Memorial Day picnic at our house...then I woke up after that enchanted sleep I was talking about and found that May was gone. It was a bit of a shock I can tell you! :P

As promised, here's a list of the books I've read this month along with their covers. One of these I will be doing a review on in a week or so. I think the pole is up on the side of my blog...but if not, it will be soon.
Like I've said before, I'm a sucker for cool covers...can you tell? ;)

I wasn't as thrilled with the cover of this one, but I read it as an e-book, so the cover wasn't really why I read the book.

This one I got on recommendation from Jesseca Dawn. It was a fun read. I started it and finished it during the trip to the ocean. ;)

This may be my favorite cover of all the books I read. You've got to admit it: it is pretty cool. :)

Another cool cover. Told you I was a sucker. The book was pretty awesome too. :)

This book I found sort of by accident at our family's favorite used book store in Cannon Beach...and I bought and read it on a whim. It was surprisingly well written and I really enjoyed reading it.
I also got this one at the same used book store. You know...in the name of research. And it's a cool book. So why not, right?? ;)

Ahhh! I just can't get enough of these cool covers! This one probably comes in as my second favorite cover. :)

Absolute awesomeness. This one ties with "Worlds Unseen" in favorite covers. A cool story is hidden inside too.

And...that's all I managed to squeeze in between things this month. Vote on the pole. That's an order. ;)

Actually, despite the crazy schedule, and writer's block, I still managed to get in some writing.
You will be glad to hear that I finished one chapter of "Beyond the Galaxy"...which is pretty good considering how much trouble I've had with writer's block on that one.
"The Princess & I" has gotten three chapters written. (Thanks to actually having an outline on that one. ;)
And after telling myself to write 100 words a day, busy or not, without my computer or not, without "Beyond the Galaxy" and "The Princess & I" or not, I started a couple short stories.
 >>Out of Darkness
Genre: Historical fiction
Time-period: Sometime right before and during the French Revolution
Basic plot: A young man awakens to a lump on his head and finds that he has absolutely NO memory of the past. When taken in by an aristocratic French family, he frantically tries to find out who he is while helping his adopted family survive the French Revolution.
>>Ocean Mist
Genre: Fiction
Time-period: Modern-day
Basic plot: Three PKs get more than they asked for while on a vacation to the ocean with their dad and mom.
>>A New Name
Genre: Fiction
Time-period: Future-modern-day
Basic plot: In a nation that calls Christianity and homeschooling "backwards" and "uneducated", Abigail is a forbidden name. Not only is it a name from the past, but a biblical name nonetheless. Taken from her parents because they chose to teach her about God and homeschool her, she is given a new name and a new family. But the government's plan backfires when Abigail decides to use the separation to lead others to Christ. Against all odds, and in defiance of the earthly authorities, she becomes a ray of light in a land of spiritual darkness.

Besides prose, I finished three poems...one of them I just shared with you, and the other ones "Lady Wisdom" and "Thoughts", I'll probably share with you soon.

I'll have my hands full, I know. But I'm excited to share the completed stories with you all later. :)

Goals of May:
Technically, I didn't really post any goals last month, but I set some for myself anyways. Here they are:
1: See if I can get 25 followers or more. (Thanks to you all, I've accomplished that!!)
2: Write AT LEAST 100 words a day. (With a little stressing out on some days, I did manage to complete this.)
3: Post all the tags I've been given this month. (One remains to be done...the "It's Show Time" tag. I'll do it this month. That's a promise!)
4: Check up on the blogging world more than once a week. (*fist pump* Been there, done that!)
5: Finish five chapters in both of the books I'm currently working on. (Sadly, this one wasn't done. Better luck next time, right?)

Goals for June:
2: Keep writing at least 100 words a day.
3: Write five chapters in "Beyond the Galaxy" and "The Princess & I".
4: Finish one of the new short stories.
5: See if I can get 35 followers. (Risky business. I'll need your help. ;)
6: If tagged, try to post the tag within a week.
7: Do another Pet Peeve Post.

Whelp. There you have it. Hope you enjoyed reading about my last month of life, seeing the books I've read, the things I've written, and the goals I've reached and made. How was your month?


  1. Hmm, I'm beginning to think that May must be missing some days. How else could everyone be so busy? :)
    Good job on your writing goal!

    1. It seems possible right now. :) Hopefully Jun remains 30 days long...otherwise I may just go crazy. :P
      Thanks! It took some work, I'll tell you that! ;)

    2. June is spelled with an 'e'. I knew that.

  2. I seriously think May is missing days. There is NO WAY it is June tomorrow!!! Ahhh! May was crazy for us, too! It seems that May has been crazy for everyone.
    I've listened to a couple of the recital videos that your mom shared on FB, and my mom showed to me. You guys did an awesome job! It's so pretty!
    I'm glad you enjoyed 'Where the Light may Lead'! I had fun reading through it. :)
    And I love your June goals. They're reasonable. ;) Mine aren't, but .. when were they ever?! I can't wait for August. I want it to be here already!!!
    And, wow, you did a great job on your writings goals. Even with traveling?! That's amazing! :) I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories!

    1. I know, right? My life needs to SLOW DOWN big time...but that probably will never happen. ;)
      Aw, thanks. :) It was so fun to preform with Kathryn!
      Is August when you graduate?
      It was tricky...but I've managed so far. ;)

  3. Your month sounds lovely and crazy busy, just like mine. Your vacation and senior recital sound amazing and all of your stories look awesome!

    Out of curiosity, how do you go about recruiting new followers? I have had successful and unsuccessful months. I shot for +16 this last month and only got +5. But my only trick is using social media and finding new blogs to stalk *shrug*

    1. I guess May has been hectic for everybody...not that that's necessarily surprising considering that its the school wrap-up month for most homeschoolers. And apparently a popular vacation month. ;)
      I don't really try to recruit. I probably should be more active than I am, but yeah, I basically find new blogs, follow them, and hope they check out my blog and follow me in return. Not that it always works... :) I just hope against hope that my blog is a blessing to those who decide to follow. And those who don't? *shrugs* It's their loss. ;)

  4. *high fives* Hey great job doing a hundred words a day! :) I didn't write at all some days... VEGAS THOUGH. #excuses XD
    Also I didn't know you played the ukulele... (but wait is he reaaalllllyyyyy Irish? XD)

    1. I was worried about not getting any writing done during my vacation too, but thankfully I was inspired to start "Ocean Mist" while there, so that kept me occupied and able to keep up while away from my computer.
      I do. ;) #fullofsurprises (And yes, I asked him and he said he was. So unless he's lying...)

  5. Congratulations on the recital, Rebekah! :) Your green dress is sooo pretty.
    Looks like some good books. ;) I'm participating in a challenge to write 100 words (or more) for 100 days, so good luck with all those goals! :D


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