Hello, my lovelies! I know I recently got back into blogging from a rather long and unannounced hiatus, and it looks like that may be happening again (tho, quite not as long).
Stuff is just really crazy with the end of the school year, a music competition, and dance recital, and I have legit no time to come up with something worth gracing your feeds with. That and my creativity level is 0. And rather than giving you posts that aren't worth the time of day, I rather wait till I can give you something good.
To those who have been beta reading What Time We Have Left and have emailed me: I'll be trying to get to replying soon! I have seen what y'all have written and it has made me so happy! But yeah, I'll try to reply soon!
I don't know how long this break will last, but it is one I need to take.
Well......I'm still alive so that's something.
Classes are ending soon but guess who has a bunch of school left?
Besides that, life has been going alright. I went to prom at the beginning of the month and that was fun! But then I was out with the flu for the next week. I also found out that I'm going to Delaware with my dad to visit a college and that I got accepted to a camp that I really wanted to go to.
And freaking swim team. Not kidding y'all, I get the weirdest tan line *fp*
A Noble Masquerade, Kristi Ann Hunter; The Edge of Over There, Shawn Smucker; The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater; North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell; The American Heiress, Daisy Goodwin
A Noble Masquerade: Y'all know that this is one of my favorite books of all time. It's funny. Has spies. Has romance. And is historical fiction. Oh and banter. I love it so much xD
The Scorpio Races: Another of my favorite books. You forget how good it is every time you read it.
North and South: I had been wanting to read this one for a while (because I loooove the BBC adaption with Richard Armitage) and I really, really liked it. There were some characters who bugged me but honestly, it's amazing.
The Edge of Over There: This book was just.....eh. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't love it. Read my review here!
The American Heiress: So I liked it A LOT. But there were some content things that kept me from putting this in the loved category. Lots of Downton Abbey feels, but I really wouldn't recommend because of the content.
Miserere // Gregorio Allegri
Love Like This // Lauren Daigle
I'll Keep On // NF
Mine // Taylor Swift
Gilmore Girls, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Finished this! To be honest....I really did not like Rory as the series went on. BASICALLY JESS MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER
Ehhhhhhhhhh. It's good. Not amazing but good.
OKAY SO WE'RE BEHIND. We've only seen the first two episodes cause Sundays have been hectic but dang I LOVE THIS. It's a little weird watching tho because I keep expecting them to burst into song.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2
These are sweet and funny movies
Honestly......I don't even know what to think about this one
Y'all. If you didn't see this. You missed out on A LOT. This was.....this was amazing. (random fact right here but my mom and I are going to Abby Johnson's Pro-Woman conference at the end of June!!)
I did Camp Nano....and did not complete it because *cough* school.
I discovered this brand new story idea that has me really psyched (maybe I'll share more about it later). And I finished What Time We Had Left! I sent out a call for betas, but the sign-ups are now closed.
This Month's Posts:
How was your April? Doing anything exciting this month? What have you been reading? Writing? Watching? Listening to?
Oh my goodness y'all, I am soooo excited about this post!!! It has been quite a journey to finish this first draft and I can't believe it. Well, I hope you enjoy this!
What Time We Have Left
So yes, our setting is Hampshire, England. I was looking at pictures and it looks like it is a very green, very pretty place.
Ashby Manor (name subject to change)
And most of this novella (basically all if I'm being honest) is set in Ashby Manor. Because I messed up with the title (the title of a person and their last name are different), it will probably *something else* Manor once I figure out what title to give the Ashby's. There is this manor in England (not sure where) called Gravetye Manor and it fits my mental picture of Ashby Manor to a t.
The only difference between Popplewell and Ava is that Ava has bright green eyes. Besides that, Anna Popplewell IS Ava Pennington.
She is my FMC. A very sweet, very mellow person. She can be funny when she wants and she loves to read.
Mr. Charles Pennington
He is Ava's father. A lawyer. He cares a lot for Ava and is also worried about her health. His wife died a few hours after giving birth to Ava.
My MMC. He's also rather mellow and doesn't get angry very easily. He cares a great deal about the Penningtons and for his family.
Jameson's younger brother. He turned out to be most people's favorite character and will be getting his very own sequel.
Lord James Ashby
He is Jameson and Johnathon's father, Mr. Pennington's best friend, and Ava's godfather. He is the 7th Earl of something (STILL COMING UP WITH THAT PART).
Lady Amelia Ashby
Married to Lord Ashby. Mother to Jameson, Johnathon, and John. Motherly figure for Ava.
Older brother to Jameson and Johnathon. Was never really the same after being sent away.
Oh my gosh y'all. I am so freaking excited about this!!! I really hope you enjoy What Time We Have Left, because I really enjoyed writing it.
Here are just some stats if you were wondering how long it was and other things.
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Chapters: 20 + Epilogue
Word Count: 32,963
Other: There is one part that I tried to make vague, but a friend told me that I had made it too vague and it made it seem like something else happened, so yeah. Still need some opinions on that.
Ahhh, I hope you enjoyed this and I hope you sign up! What did you think about all the info I gave you? Are you interested? Think this might be right up your alley? If you do sign up to be a beta, I'll be sending out an email sometime before May 10th!
EDIT: Wow.....y'all have blown me away with your sign ups! Unfortunately for those who did not get a chance to sign up, I am closing the form.
And we're back in the final installment of the Shared WIP Tag! It's been a lot of fun participating in this round and reading everybody else's posts (sorry I haven't been commenting, time is something that is a rarity in my life lol). Enjoy this final post!
What is one of the BIGGEST dreams or goals you have for your life?
Wow, um, I guess it's being able to get to heaven but I'll say something else.
I suppose at this moment some of my biggest goals (besides the aforementioned one) is graduating high school and college without losing my sanity.
Which may or may not be already lost
Name the wildest goal you’ve got! (Don’t worry: we won’t judge.)
I think it would be either publishing a book or becoming a successful music therapist
What goal scares you the most? Why?
One of the goals that scares me the most is going to college. Why? Well, my mom likes to tell me that I like to suffer in advance, so I guess I'm a bit scared of how I'm gonna pay for college, where I'm going to college, if I'm going to do well in college, etc.
What steps do you need to do to reach some of your goals?
Lots of studying and hard work.
Have your ultimate goals changed? Have you decided not to do something, or to do things differently?
To be honest, I think my ultimate goals have remained the same ever since I knew what I wanted to do.
Do you plan to finish your current story ideas and then do other things in the future, or do you see yourself always having some story in the works?
Honestly, I can always see myself working on something. Mainly because it takes forever for me to finish a story and also because I'm always getting run over by the story idea monster truck.
If you could get only one book/trilogy/series published, what would it be?
Wow, it's like you're asking me to pick a favorite child. But if it could only be one, I would choose the Kingdoms of Ilia to be published.
Realistically, where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself in college working my behind off.
Reality aside, where would you like to be in the future?
I would like myself to be a college student who is doing well in college.
I need help lol
Do you see yourself as a Writer, or just someone who writes?
I see myself as someone who writes. I don't know if I've said this here, but I'm going to study music therapy in college, so that is what I see as my future profession.
I hope you enjoyed this round of the Shared WIP Tag! Make sure to check out the other posts!
Julian @ Saver of Memories
Catherine @ Catherine's Rebelling Muse
Faith @ The Writer's Song
Sarah @ Pen of a Ready Writer
Nicole @ Legend of a Writer
Ariel @ Scribes and Archers
How did your Camp Nano go? What are some of your ultimate goals? I have a very important post coming Wednesday, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled!