5 Ways In Which I Procrastinate Writing

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After missing a whole week of blogging, I am finally back at it. I didn’t have many ideas for today, so I hope that you all enjoy this! Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!Read More »

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Monthly High Points: March

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AH! I apologize for this post being so late. It has been insanely busy. So when I finally have a little bit of a break, I watch some tv or read a little. And I’ve just had no motivation to write.Read More »

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: May

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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

Monthly High Points: April

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I finally, finally got to some writing this month! *runs around screaming with happiness* Camp NaNoWriMo was absolutely great. Thank you, Nadine Brandes, for letting me join your cabin! That word war we did together was amazing. I hope that we can do more together soon.

I got to about 30,070 words. It is not as big a number as some people did, but I’m proud of it. Now my novel that I started in November is about 80,320 words long. I did not even know that I could write something this long and it’s not even done yet. I’m hoping that I’ll finish it around 100,000 words. Then on to editing!

Reading…

I have to say…I read some amazing books this past month.

  1. Siren’s Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy: Book 3) by Mary Weber
  2. Glass Sword (Red Queen: Book 2) by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Samara’s Peril (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 3) by Jaye L. Knight
  4. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus: Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Steel Scars (Red Queen: 0.2) by Victoria Aveyard
  7. Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood: Book 2) by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  8. Alone by Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
  10. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  11. The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Siren’s Song: Woah… This was so good. What a ending.

Glass Sword: This was intense. These characters will all DIE! I’m sure of it.

Samara’s Peril: I’m so glad that I got to read this early. But now I get to wait extra long for the next one. This is one of my favorite series EVER! The characters will make me go insane. Or, at least, make me sound like I’m insane.

The Lost Hero: It’s great to again enter one of Rick Riordan’s worlds. The humor was awesome. But, this is still not as good as Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

The Scorpio Races: OH. MY. WORD. This was so good. I loved this so much. It was gorgeous. It was beautiful. I’m in love.

Steel Scars: Shade! I just need a book on Shade now (thank you very much).

Veiled Rose: This took a long time to get into, but the ending so made up for it.

As you can see, the rest of the stuff I read was poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. I love his crazy and weird stuff. It is like the only horror that I read.

I’m currently reading…

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel: Book 1) by Emmuska Orczy

I am also reading the Bible book Ephesians.

One Thousand Gifts: I read nothing of this, this month.

The Scarlet Pimpernel: This is a little slow, but very good. This will probably be one of my favorite classics.

Music!

You. Must. Listen. To. Twenty. One. Pilots. I’m still addicted to it… But I have been a bit into George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong. I love that feel that this type of old music gives you.

Other Things!

Having Amanda and her family over was so great! We did so many awesome thin together (like going to this rainforest called El Yunque). I was such a sobbing mess when they left. But I hope we can see each other soon.

I started watching Firefly. It’s pretty unique. It’s kind of a mix of Han Solo type adventures, country, and futuristic stuff (spaceships, technology, etc.).

On April 29th, I started on the show LOST… I’m already addicted. It has a good bit of scariness to it that it kind of refreshing in a way.

I’m patiently (Actually no, I’m kind of freaking out!) waiting to see Captain America: The Civil War. Go Captain America! Protect Bucky!

By the way, you see that photo up there? That’s what I’ve been feeling like I’ve been doing all month: running like crazy.

Also, May the fourth be with you!

-G. Paige

Monthly High Points: February

Monthly High PointsWriting…

No writing was done at all this month. Ugh…

Reading!

I read a good amount of books this month.

  1. The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman
  2. Miracle in the Hills by Mary T. Martin Sloop
  3. Siren’s Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy: Book 2) by Mary Weber
  4. Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good
  5. Red Queen (Red Queen Series: Book 1) by Victoria Aveyard
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 3) by Marissa Meyer
  8. Fairest: Levana’s Story (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 3.5) by Marissa Meyer
  9. Thunder (Stone Braid Chronicles: Book 1) by Bonnie S. Calhoun
  10. The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller
  11. Season of Fire (The Remnants: Book 2) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

The Finest Hours: This was great, but at times it almost felt like a history book.

Miracles in the HillsThis was interesting and funny at points.

Siren’s Fury: I was reading this instead of watching the Super Bowl! I did start out reading while watching the TV but the TV just got distracting so I went to my room. It was intense.

Counted Worthy: This made my eyes watery. I liked it way more than I expected.

Red Queen: I think this was the best book I read this month, but I’m not sure. That plot twist though! I wasn’t expecting that at all.

To Kill a Mockingbird: The author died during the time I was reading this. Coincidence? i think not. It was amazing.

Cress: I loved it! Cress and Thorne are adorable together!

Fairest: Levana’s Story: Creepy. Woah… I can’t believe some of the stuff she did.

Thunder: Pretty good. There were some writing inconsistencies though.

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: A short and easy read with some very good points.

Season of Fire: Very good and a bit stressful, but there was something that didn’t catch me like the first one.

I’m currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Winter (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 4) by Marissa Meyer

One Thousand Gifts: I haven’t read any this month.

Winter: I love Jacin and Winter! He is so protective and she is so strange.

Music!

I’m still listening to Twenty One Pilots like it is going out of style. I’ve never been so addicted to one artist (and I think I got at least one of my family members to really like it). Go listen to them right now!

Other Things!

I started watching When Calls the Heart on February 22nd and I don’t think I’ve ever squealed and grinned during a show before this one. I’m not usually into this type of show but it got me hooked. I love it and I already finished season two on March 3rd.

Schoolwork has been pretty good this month. But…it’s school, so I’m excited for this summer.

I saw The Finest Hours movie and it was really intense and neat. Those waves… It is such an amazing true story. They did change it from the book, of course.

So what have you been up to? Anything you’re excited about for this month? I’d love to hear from you and chat a bit.

-G. Paige

Monthly High Points: January

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I did a teeny tiny bit of writing. Like 125 words. *hides* I know, it’s been two months now since NaNoWriMo. I really need to get back to it. I need a boost or something. Help me out!

Reading!

This was another month of pretty good reading.

  1. Ashburn (I.C.E. Agency Series: Book 1) by Julia Erickson
  2. The Exiled Queen (The Seven Realms Series: Book 2) by Cinda Williams Chima
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter: Book 4) by J.K. Rowling
  4. In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
  5. The Elfstones of Shannara (The Shannara Trilogy: Book 2) by Terry Brooks
  6. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 1) by Marissa Meyer
  7. Stormbreaker (Alex Rider: Book 1) by Anthony Horowitz
  8. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  10. Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes
  11. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 2) by Marissa Meyer

Ashburn: This was very fun and exciting! There was lots of action.

The Exiled Queen: Why did I read this? It ruined my favorite character through the actions he chose.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: I recently had rewatched the movie version of this so I just had to reread the book. So good.

In His Steps: Great book. It gives you such motivation to truly live for Christ. I had forgotten most of it so it was great to reread for school.

The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Chronicles (a new tv show) is based off of this book. I really enjoyed this book, but I didn’t get as into it as the first one. But I can’t wait to read more.

Cinder: I was a little nervous at starting this. I mean, a cyborg? But only a little bit into it, I knew I shouldn’t have worried. It was fantastic!

Stormbreaker: Good book, for a kid. To me, it felt a bit unbelievable and had too many coincidences.

Up From Slavery: A very interesting autobiography Just not really my thing.

Unbroken: Oh my word!!! This was absolutely amazing. It was so so so good. I mean, what happened to Louis wasn’t great, but it was a very powerful and moving story. Everyone needs to read this at some point in their lives.

Mama’s Bank Account: Such a funny set of stories…with great life lessons.

Scarlet: It wasn’t as good as Cinder, but it was still wonderful. It was kind of creepy too. I wasn’t expecting it. But I love Wolfe!

I’m currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman

One Thousand Gifts: Sadly, I haven’t read any of it this month. I need to get back to it.

The Finest Hours: Really neat. Almost unbelievable. I can’t wait to see the movie!

Music

Okay. Twenty One Pilots. ‘Nuff said. Well…maybe not. It is absolutely addicting and about the only artist I’ve been listening to since early December. I hardly listened to Christmas music because of it! Oh my…

Other Things…

The Blacklist. What did I get into? I just finished season two last night. And I started it January 2nd. That is forty-four episodes in how many days? Yeah, I know. But it is so amazing. James Spader plays the main character and I just love him! He also does the voice of Ulton in Avengers: Age of Ultron. His voice is. Just. Awesome.

G. Paige

Infinity Dreams Award

So I got tagged by Shantelle Mary Hannu to do the Infinity Dreams Award! Thanks, Shantelle!

Tell us eleven facts about yourself.

  1. I play the piano.
  2. I know how to knit.
  3. I did ballet from age four to ten.
  4. I do not have a phone.
  5. Over two years ago I just about hated writing. *gasp* I know. Now I’m blogging and have written 50,000 words for a novel.
  6. I love to swim (breaststroke is my favorite).
  7. History is my favorite school subject.
  8. I love almost anything that includes some sort of bread.
  9. I like to bake (mostly breads and desserts).
  10. I’m a Whovian (the Tenth Doctor is my favorite).
  11. Many of my shirts are men’s t-shirts. That’s because they have all the cool MARVEL, STAR WARS, Doctor Who, etc. t-shirts.

Answer the eleven questions.

How many books do you hope to read this year?

I have set my Goodreads status for 150 books this year. But who knows if I’ll get that far…

What’s your favorite song?

Ooh, that’s hard. Recently, I have loved Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots and The Parting Glass by The High Kings.

What’s your least favorite holiday?

Halloween. Some of the history on the origins of Halloween are really just wrong. Many churches have uplifted the holiday and done some good through it, which is very nice.

Why do you blog?

To share my faith and tell people about all the wonderful books out there that people need to read! So go check out some of my book reviews and read my favorites. You won’t regret it!

Favorite dessert?

Ice cream. Mint, cookie dough, or cake batter flavored.

One movie coming out in 2016 you want to watch?

Captain America: Civil War. Oh my goodness. I’ve heard what happens to Captain America in the comics on the Civil War…I hope that the movie doesn’t follow it!

Some books set for 2016 releases you want to read?

  1. Samara’s Peril by Jaye L. Knight
  2. Siren’s Song by Mary Weber
  3. Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  4. Lady Dragon, Tela Du by Kendra E. Ardnek

This is all that I can think of for now. But I’m so excited for all of them!

What historical era intrigues you most?

Ancient Greek and Roman times. I love all the history behind it. The gladiators are really interesting.

Where would you love to visit?

I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand. To go see the waterfalls, kangaroos, and koalas. Besides that, New Zealand is where The Lord of the Rings was filmed. So…win, win!

Some of your favorite blogs?

Amanda at Scattered Journal Pages

Katie at A Writer’s Faith

Hope at Stitches of Freedom

I follow a lot of other amazing blogs, but I think that these are my top three.

What things inspire you to write/blog?

I think it is just so neat to see how just letters put together can create something amazing. All my blogging friends (especially you, Amanda, who helped me start a blog in the first place) are great inspirations. Also, there all these great homeschool authors (you know who you are) that I’ve met by way of Goodreads or blogs have really given me the courage to start writing my own novel.

Guidelines:

  • Use the Infinity Dreams Award picture
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Tell us 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Tag 11 bloggers

Tagged:

To those I didn’t tag and you want to do it, go ahead and consider yourself tagged. Leave a link to your post in the comments!

Now, here are your eleven questions:

What do you like about blogging?

What is your favorite hobby?

What is your favorite genre of books that you like to read?

What is your favorite movie?

What is your favorite TV show?

Is there anything that you “fangurl” about? If so, what?

Do you have a favorite music artist that you listen to about every song of theirs? If so, who?

Is there anything new that you’re hoping to do this year?

What do you hope to be when you are “grown-up”?

What is your favorite way to travel?

If you had a TARDIS (time machine/spaceship), where would you go?

I hoped that you liked this post! Tell me what you think! Do we have anything in common?

-G. Paige