Monthly High Points: July

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Like that photo up there? I just thought that it’d be nice to have a picture of snow in the middle of summer. Hehehe…

Well, this month was insane.

Writing

Most of the insaneness came from all the writing I did. As most of you know, I did Camp NaNoWriMo this month. I was part of an awesome cabin. We got so many words done. I mean so so many.

First off, I did about two thousand words a day. I started a new dystopian novel (though I haven’t even finished my fantasy novel). Just think anarchy, okay. Then you’ll have a good idea of what it is about.

But when I started I didn’t really have a plot for the novel, so I decided to do a backstory for my main character because I had figured most of that out. And well, I’m still writing his backstory. So I think that it is going to be its own novel.

Then something crazy happened. I can’t believe my cabin mates convinced me to do this.

On July 18th I wrote TEN THOUSAND WORDS in ONE DAY!!!

It was insane. I about died. I’d only ever written maybe three thousand in one day. I don’t even know how I did it. I started about five in the morning and then finished around eight in the evening.

Then grandparents visited for about a week and I probably got about a thousand words that whole time.

After that, in the last four days I managed to add ten thousand words. So I got a total of 60,169 words for my new novel and it is not yet close to being done (and it is only a backstory).

Reading

Since I focused so much of my time writing, I read a pitiful amount of books this month. There were even days that I didn’t read anything at all. *gasps* I know. What happened?!

  1. The Wildcat of Braeton (The Rise of Aredor: Book 2) by Claire M. Banschbach
  2. The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 2) by Marie Rutkoski
  3. The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 3) by Marie Rutkoski
  4. Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe
  5. The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe
  6. To The River by Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Six of Crows (Six of Crows: Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo

The Wildcat of Braeton: I loved it! I’m sad now that it’s over. How can this be???

The Winner’s Crime: This was intense. So many lies and secrets. One slip and everyone could die. THAT CLIFFHANGER!

The Winner’s Kiss: I liked how this ended. It was surprising and unexpected. It was just what I could hope for from a trilogy full of strategy.

Six of Crows: This was so cool. A book about bad guys! Yeah, it was a cool twist on the normal type of story and I really enjoyed it.

So you see, a pitiful amount.

Currently, I’m reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

One Thousand Gifts: Again, I didn’t read any this month.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex: This is very interesting and sad. It is amazing how many miraculous stories there are out there that are actually true.

Music

Well, I listened to a lot by The Flashbulb. It’s just electronic music that is really great to write to.

And I’ve been listening to Hamilton almost every day. I am so very addicted. I love the story it portrays.

OtherThings

I SAW GLADIATOR!!! AND I LOVED IT JUST LIKE I EXPECTED I WOULD. I flail about it here. Gah!!!

I watched Star Trek Beyond the day it came out! It was so cool! I hadn’t even been expecting to see it. It was my first Star Trek movie that I’ve seen. I had watched a few episodes of the original tv show, but that was it for what I had see of Star Trek. But now that I saw the movie, I started really watching the show and I love it now.

There was such epicness (Is that even a word?) like this.

I finished the tv show Merlin! And now I understand why everyone’s upset at the ending. AGH!!! 😦 It was terrible.

Then I saw Jason Bourne the day it came out too! The whole time I was in the theater watching it, I couldn’t stop moving. I kept uncrossing my legs or crossing them or tapping my foot or something. It was so intense. It was really good.

Because everyone needs this gif.

So yeah, I got to see quite a few good movies this month.

How was your month? Did you do Camp NaNoWriMo? Did you see any of the new movies that came out? Tell me all the things!

-G. Paige 

 

Monthly High Points: June (Including Snippets of My Novel!)

Monthly High Points

 

WritingI have only written a couple thousand this month, but I know I’m getting so so so close to the ending. So, do you want to know a bit about it? Well here is a short teaser of what my novel is about:

And this is about my main character, Anar:

A few sentences from my novel:

 

 

 

 

 

 So? What do you think? Are you interested in it? Tell me your thoughts!

I’ve come up with a new story to start with Camp NaNoWriMo which is starting this July. I have a goal of 50,000 words! I hope that I can do it and maybe more, but I’m not sure. I may just be going crazy. 😛

Reading

I didn’t get to many books this month, but I read some good ones.

  1. Rogue (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 3) by Mark Frost
  2. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  3. A Time to Die (Out of Time Series: Book 1) by Nadine Brandes
  4. The Rise of Aredor (The Rise of Aredor: Book 1) by Claire M. Banschbach
  5. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive: Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson
  6. House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus: Book 4) by Rick Riordan
  7. Unstrung (Unwind Dystology: Book 1.5) by Neal Shusterman
  8. Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction
  9. The Valley of Unrest by Edgar Allan Poe

I also read the Bible book The Song of Songs.

Rogue: It was a really disappointing ending. So many things were left undone.

The Sword of Summer: Really really good! I think this will be a better series than The Kane Chronicles!!!

A Time to Die: *screams like crazy* THIS WAS AMAZING! It was so different and beautiful.

The Rise of Aredor: I was not expecting to like this so much, but I did! It has this exciting and fun Robin Hood feel.

The Way of Kings: WHAT???!!!!! NO WAY! This book is probably the reason I didn’t get to as many books this month because it was like 1,200 pages LONG! But it was so good, and I can’t wait to get to the next one on my shelf. It is EPIC FANTASY!

House of Hades: This was good, but it had some inappropriate stuff (like one character having homosexual feels towards another) that I wasn’t fond of.

Unstrung: This was great, but it didn’t tie up all the loose ends of Lev’s story and it was too short. I MUST HAVE MORE!!!

Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon: Awesome. It was a great comic that portrayed Hawkeye really well. But there was some inappropriate things.

I am currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • The Wildcat of Braeton (The Rise of Aredor: Book 2) by Claire M. Banschbach

One Thousand Gifts: I did not read any this month.

The Wildcat of Braeton: SO GOOD, OKAY?

Music

So…Aimee and Katie got me interested in the Hamilton (Broadway musical). So I listened to it on Spotify and was immediately hooked. I will warn you that there is little bit of language in almost every song. And some sexual stuff in a song or two. But besides that, I absolutely love it so much. I’m addicted.

And of course I’m listening to Twenty One Pilots. You didn’t think I wouldn’t mention it for once, did you? THEY HAVE A NEW SONG AND I MUST’VE LISTENED TO IT AT LEAST 5 TIMES IN A ROW!!! I LOVE IT!OtherThings

I finished the tv show Firefly. What a fun show! I can’t believe that it got cancelled after only the first season. It’s so sad.

But it was nice to watch the movie Serenity and see all the characters from Firefly.

Yep. That pretty much sums up the show and the movie.

-G. Paige

Monthly High Points: May

Monthly High Points

WritingI didn’t really write this month. I probably did about five hundred words total. I am hoping to get much more do this month.

Reading

I read some fanatic books this month.

  1. The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel: Book 1) by Emmuska Orczy
  2. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus: Book 2) by Rick Riordan
  4. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus: Book 3) by Rick Riordan
  5. Defy (The Blades of Acktar: Book 3) by Tricia Mingerink
  6. Unwind (Unwind Dystology: Book 1) by Neal Shusterman
  7. Judge (Books of the Infinite: Book 2) by R.J. Larson
  8. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy: Book 1) by Marie Rutkoski
  9. King (Books of the Infinite: Book 3) by R.J. Larson
  10. The Paladin Prophecy (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1) by Mark Frost
  11. The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe
  12. Alliance (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 2) by Mark Frost
  13. A Dream within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

I also read the Bible book Ephesians.

The Scarlet Pimpernel: This is probably one of the best classics I’ve read. The adventure was exciting. The romance was so romantic. I love romance set in an older time period.

Stars Above: I loved all the stories. But ‘The Princess and the Guard’ and ‘Something Old, Something New’ were my favorites! I just ship Jacin and Winter so much! Along with Kai and Cinder! I’m so sad the series is over.

The Son of Neptune: Finally! I’m reading about Percy again! This was fun and intense.

The Mark of Athena: Maybe even better than the one before it? I’m not sure. They were both great. But it was so cool to see Annabeth’s point of view for the first time!

Defy: *runs around screaming and squealing* THIS WAS SO SO SO AMAZING! Agh! The torture!

Unwind: This is one of those books that you keep thinking about long after you’ve read it. And the more you think about it, the more you like it. It was unique and twisted, but very good.

Judge: This was better than the first, but probably only because it had more of Kien.

The Winner’s Curse: This is now one of my new favorites. I love the style of writing. There were so many good quotes.

King: This was good, but I didn’t think it was that good of a conclusion. It was definitely a bit rushed at the beginning too.

The Paladin Prophecy: For a reread it was as good as the first time. What a adventure!

Alliance: Totally not as good as the first one. It was choppy and didn’t flow well.

I’m currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Rogue (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 3) by Mark Frost

I’m also reading the Bible book Philippians.

One Thousand Gifts: I’ve read one chapter and I got to say that the writing is amazing. It is so poetic.

Rogue: This is interesting. I’m hoping that it is better than book two.

Music

Of course I’m listening to Twenty One Pilots. It is addicting. I’m trying to memorize all the rapping parts of all the songs.

I’ve also repeatedly played Lost Boy by Ruth B and Dead Hearts by Stars. They are catchy.

OtherThings
May 12th I went and saw Captain America: Civil War. I survived. I won’t give any spoilers, but what a great and heartbreaking movie. I loved how it ended, though I now want the next one so badly! Help!

LOST is turning out to be one of my favorite shows e.v.e.r. I love that there are so many characters and they’re all so fascinating and intriguing. Gah! It is creepy and scary, but I like it that way. It is different from other things I’m watching.

On May 29th I started Downton Abbey. Hmmm… It is interesting, but I have already seen some inappropriate stuff and I’m only on the third episode.

Have any of you seen any spaghetti westerns? I watched two this month: Joe Kidd and High Plains Drifter. I am loving them! They are so fun! The music, the long instances of silence, the gunfights, the land, it is all so neat.

I also saw this movie called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That was interesting, really interesting. I watched it in Chinese with English subtitles. And what a strange ending.

G. Paige