Junishness {2016}

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Ishness of June 2016

Oh. Hello, July. How did you get here.

CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO FREAK OUT ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE YEAR IS OFFICIALLY HALF OVER???

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH.

Okay. Thank you. Freak-out is done.

…Ish. (*internally shrieking*)

Ahem.

On with the regularly scheduled Ishness of the last month…

EXCITING THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN MY LIFE

Dead internet, often, agaiiiin. Joy. So I’m still behind on everything due to that. Surprise! XD But fortunately it’s been back for a little while now so maybe that will be over. πŸ™‚

I went to a library sale. I normally spend hours and hours… but this time I was done in a record 45 minutes. It was a very tiny library sale, evidently. XD But I found few gems…

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We kicked off The Silmarillion Awards! Nominations are ending TODAY (July 1), and voting for the top five nominees in each category will start early next week!

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skinmapStephen Lawhead commented on my book blog, on my review of his book The Skin Map. … GUYS. STEPHEN. LAWHEAD. He thanked me for a “splendid review”, said I seemed to have “got” it, and was curious what I’ll think of the rest of the series. (FYI, The Skin Map was one of my favoritest reads last year. SUCH AN EXCELLENT BOOK. You should totally read it — highly recommended.) I’m still recovering from this amazing happening. Saying my day was made is a huge understatement. *flails around*

WRITING

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I wrote closer to 3,000 words than to 2,000, which is a feat for me these days. (Okay, so it was 2,693. BUT STILL.)

Mostly writer dares from my writing group (thanks, Shelby and Ellie!), some snatches of The Other Half of Everything, as well as randomly rewriting an old flashfiction story of mine called Midnight Fear. Which was… interesting.

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I also may or may not have started thinking about possibilities of what I might write for NaNoWriMo this year. …Yep, that’s a thing.

What? NaNo’s four months away. Might as well start preparing… *cough* Pleasedon’tkillme.

Speaking of alarmingly fast-moving time and writing…

We’re officially halfway through the year and I’ve written a grand total of 10,000 words this year, which on the one hand is WRITING but on the other hand is rather sadly small…

READING

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Once again, I didn’t read a lot, but these were enjoyable all the same. πŸ™‚ To be fair, Defying Shadows was HUGE (and also AWESOME. O_O) so… beta-reading that kind of counts for a couple books, I’d say, which is why I didn’t read as much. Anyway. Brief thoughts on them all are here on my book blog. ^_^

BLOGGING

I kinda-sorta-almost-maybe-perhaps mayyyy or may not have roughly planned out ideas for what I might blog about for . . . the rest of the year.

Um.

That might be a thing. >.>

I mean, hey, I technically only post usually once a week sooo that’s only 4 per month, right? No idea if it’ll actually HAPPEN but one can hope. XD

What can I say, I’m an obsessive planner and haven’t done something like this in awhile, and I kind of wasn’t able to actually BLOG very much due to said internet, sooo planning happened…

*crickets*

…I’m obsessed and insane, aren’t I. -_- *faceplants into desk*

Ahem.

Postses on le blogs of mine werrrrrre:

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Here:

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The Page Dreamer:

Random: I’ve made 40 posts on my book-blog since starting it on New Year’s Day! πŸ™‚

LINKS ELSEWHERE

I’m sadly very bad about remembering to save links to posts I loved, so I can share them on my blog… but I DO remember a small handful from this month:

VIEWING

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(I’m fully aware of how weird these movies look together; hush)

I actually don’t usually watch movies much, but libraries happened, so I saw a bunch of weird, random movies for some reason…? So you get to suffer through me rambling about them… πŸ˜›

  • Pan: Okay, so this was BIZARRE and they changed a ton of things and — it wasn’t really my favorite and was really NOTHING like Peter Pan, buuuut all in all I enjoyed it okay and was really surprised at that. o.o Mostly that I really really really loved James Hook. XD …I know that sounds bad. But he wasn’t Evil-Captain-Hook yet! And he’s also a funny, self-centered, kind-of-epic, Indiana-Jones-ish character played by Murtagh. What is not to like? I mean… y’know, other than the fact that he’s supposed to become an evil villain. >.> Ahem. *cough* The fact that this movie was basically “a buddy movie of Peter Pan and Hook” is… WEIRD. Like WHAT EVEN. But it was also fun. So. *shrug* I’ll just pretend it’s an alternate universe version of Peter Pan. πŸ˜› (Also, the last lines. *flail*)
  • Red Riding Hood: Um. Creepy. o.o Mostly too creepy for me, I guess, but I did enjoy parts of it, and it was interesting trying to guess who the wolf was… Everyone was SO suspicious. I guess it’s like a mystery/not-quite-horror/medieval retelling of Red Riding Hood. Very… different. But I kinda had fun with it anyway. πŸ˜›
  • Snow White and the Huntsman: Apparently I was in for dark fairytale movies this month? I . . . was . . . kind of really surprised at liking this. I expected it to be awful? But it was surprisingly okay. Not brilliant exactly, and a bit creepy, but I enjoyed it. I haven’t seen Kristen Stewart in anything and I know she gets a lot of nastiness from viewers because of Twilight but c’mon, she was kind of nice in this. XD It was interesting to see Snow White retold like this, and it kept a lot of the original stuff. (It even had a touch of Christianity, which really surprised me and I liked. πŸ™‚ …Yes, I do consider a character saying The Lord’s Prayer on-screen, and another character speaking of heaven and angels to be Christian.) It also had Thor Chris Hemsworth (and Finnick Sam Claflin) so that was a plus. πŸ˜‰ Chris Hemsworth had a Scottish accent, which was WEIRD. O_O He was fun. πŸ˜€
  • The Lorax: This one was okay. Not my favorite, but I guess it had its moments, particularly some humor and the cute creatures. πŸ˜› I liked it over-all. πŸ™‚ (I also missed part of the ending because it was a scratched library DVD. PEOPLE, PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH LIBRARY DVDS.)
  • Inside Out: I liked the idea of it, and some of it was brilliant and perfect, regarding memories and stuff. Pixar stuff is always fun and I enjoyed this one. Again, not a fave (I’m seeing a trend here… enjoyed but not favorites… I DON’T EVEN KNOW, GUYS. Apparently I just enjoy movies. *shrug*) but it was a pretty good movie and gave me feels and stuff, so. πŸ™‚ Plus, like I said, mind stuff is fascinating! Anyways, pretty good! πŸ˜€

Aaand I’ve been rewatching The Lord of the Rings, because that’s always a good idea. πŸ˜‰

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(pinterest; I’m… just gonna leave this here. Yeah. Sorry but I liked him. XD)

JULY PLANS

  • I have a couple books I need to read, and then I’ll hopefully be back to reading anything I want… which means I want to read a LOT this month. But we’ll see.
  • My calendar has started to fill up so I think I’ll be busy… Good busy, but still busy.
  • We’ll have the rest of the Silmarillion Awards this month, so yay! Voting for a couple weeks, and then the awards will be presented and partying will ensue. It’s gonna be great. πŸ˜€ *nods*
  • I also will probably post a couple of reviews around here so watch for those…
  • I would like to write again, please and thank you, but we’ll see.
  • I’m not doing Camp NaNo, but for all of y’all who are, I wish you the best of luck and happy writing!

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That ’twas my June. How fared ye, travelers of word and page? And, most importantly, HOW IS THE YEAR HALF OVER? *incoherent shrieking noises*

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30 thoughts on “Junishness {2016}

  1. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THE YEAR IS HALF OVER LIKE WUT. (And also, I reallllly don’t have time to comment, but whatever, I’m doing it. :P)

    Whoa, Stephen Lawhead commented on your post???? :O :O :O THAT IS AWESOME. I haven’t even read any of his books, but stilllll. EPIC.

    Hey, don’t beat yourself up over your writing! Seriously, don’t even go there. (I mean, I wrote like 608 words in June so. >.>) Almost 3,000 words is AWESOMENESS. YES. THAT MEANS WE WILL GET MORE DEBORAH WRITINGS SO YAYYYY. I’ve been really bad at writing this year so far, too, so it seems we’re in the same boat. Hopefully Camp NaNo will change that for me. *tries very hard not to panic*

    Um…SO WE’RE APPARENTLY BOOKTWINS AGAIN. I read four books this month, too! Which is…a lot less than I had hoped. >.< I've only been on summer break since the middle of June (HOW HAVE ALMOST THREE WEEKS ALREADY GONE BY??) so I guess that explains some of it. BUT STILL. I NEEEEED MORE BOOKSSSS. *dies*

    Man, I wish I had all of *my* posts planned out for the rest of the year. XD I loooove having things planned out, but unfortunately, everything has been spontaneous and stressful recently, which has just made me an anxious wreck. UGH, I NEED THE PLANS. I NEED STRUCTURE. HELP.

    HEY, I REWATCHED FOTR, TOOO. So much twinning! O.O And gosh, I LOVED Inside Out! It's one of the few Pixar movies I actually really really liked. *cough* Yeah, I just said that. πŸ˜›

    WELL. This comment blew out of proportion…again. I hope you have a frabjous July, dear friend! Hopefully it entails stable internet and lots of fun bookish things! ^_^ AND WISH ME LUCK ON NANO. I'M TRYING NOT TO HAVE A PANIC ATTACK.

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    • ISN’T IT TERRIFYING?? O_O I dunno… this year… *shakes head* (Aww, I’m so honored you took the time to comment when you didn’t have time. *hugs* BUT YES YOU SHOULD BE WRITING. XD …Sowwy for distracting you with my long blog posts. XD)

      YES. It was so exciting! And you should totally try some of his books someday! πŸ™‚

      Aww, thanks. YOU DA BEST. ^_^ You make me happy. ❀ And EEEEK CAMP NANOOOO!!! πŸ˜€ Don't panic! You're going to do awesome! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I just KNOW it. BEST OF LUCK!!!

      Yay booktwins! I hope you'll have more time to read soooon!

      Eheh, my post plans will probably fall apart soon, but I like to hope. XD Planning is fun! But I totally understand everything being spontaneous and stressful… Aww, I'm sorry! D: I hope things will get less stressful for you soon! *huggles*

      Yay for Fellowship of the Ring! I love that movie. πŸ˜€ TWINS YES. Inside Out was fun, yesss; glad you liked it too! And I like a lot of Pixar movies, so. πŸ˜‰

      THANK YOU MARY. ❀ I love your long comments, just so ya know. πŸ˜‰ THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH AND I HOPE YOUR JULY IS AMAZING TOO. AND I TOTALLY WISH YOU LUCK ON YOUR CAMP NANO YESSSS!!!!!!! DON'T PANIC DARLING. JUST BREATHE AND WRITE AND HAVE FUN WITH IT OKAY? ^_^ *huggles* I will be cheering you on, and feel free to flail at me about it anytime, okay? HAPPY NANOIIIING! ^____^

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  2. No way! That’s so cool that Stephen Lawhead commented!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ I’m freaking out for you! πŸ˜›

    I enjoyed Pan, even though it was a little strange. But yeah, I really like the actor who plays Hook.

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  3. IT IS NOT HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THIS ABSURDITY. *smashes through Time’s door with a battering ram* WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING, TIME???

    Ahem.

    June just seemed to be a crazy, ridiculous month with little pockets of happiness in between for us. xD But those pockets were AWESOME. I mean, STEPHEN LAWHEAD COMMENTING ON YOUR BLOG. And OHE and Midnight Fear and their EPICNESS. 3k words for a month is GOOD, Celti! Plus rewriting an entire old piece of writing is a huge feat. YOU DID AWESOME. And I’ve been thinking about NaNo a LOT lately myself. o.o Maybe because so many people are talking about Camp NaNo right now…? I DON’T KNOW. I just keep thinking about it. But hey, by the time it rolls around (and at this rate it’ll probably roll FAST) maybe we’ll be prepared!

    Can I just say again the amaziness that is you planning your blog posts for the rest of the year? BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING.

    D’awww, you linked to my blog post. You’re the sweetest! ^_^

    I love the crazy mix of movies you have there. xD Honestly, even though Pan upset my Peter Pan loving heart, I…really liked Hook too. O_O He was just so coooool! I couldn’t help it! I guess seeing it as an alternate Peter Pan universe works. Lol!

    I’ve been really curious about Snow White and the Huntsman. How clean was it, do you think? Isn’t Chris Hemsworth’s normal accent Scottish? I was thinking he WAS Scottish but I may be waaaay off. xD

    Anywhoozle! Here’s hoping for an awesome (and maybe less stressful and crazy…) July! And a FANTASTIC last half of the year. (Even though it’s totally not halfway over yet. Nuh-uh.)

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    • Battering ram. Yes. Good idea, Lauri… *joins you in bombarding Time’s home and demanding that he account for himself*

      Yep, June was nutty and up and down, but still with some good bits. πŸ™‚ EEK YES STEPHEN LAWHEAD! I’m still flailing in happiness! πŸ˜€ And aww, thanks. ^_^ Heehee, glad I’m not alone on the NaNo thinking. πŸ˜‰ Could be because of Camp, yes. And yeah, it’s actually coming sooner than we think so it’s probably better to be more prepared than less. πŸ˜›

      Thank youuuu! I’m glad you approve of my blog planning. πŸ˜€

      OF COURSE I DID. I LOVED YOUR FANTASY POST. ^_^ Your posts are all the best, honestly.

      YAY HOOK! Eheh. I can totally understand you not liking the movie though. *nods* I’m kind of bothered that I liked it at all. πŸ˜› Ahem. (But Hooook. *cough*)

      Hmm… I’m not sure? It wasn’t too bad. πŸ™‚ It’s kinda pretty violent (think LOTR) and gritty and there was a scene where the evil queen kills the king on their wedding night… but other than that it was fine I think. I don’t even think there was language? But I don’t remember. I only saw it once so I don’t remember all the details. Anyways it’s PG-13 and didn’t seem like it needed to be R or anything. πŸ™‚ You know, I don’t know what Chris Hemsworth’s normal accent is, but I’m pretty sure he’s Australian, so… XD Anyways it was weird hearing him Scottish since I’m used to Thor. πŸ˜›

      YES! Thank you! And I hope you have a marvelous July/rest of the year yourself!! ^___^

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  4. I knowwwww. It’s so weird that the year is half-gone already!
    Also, TV totally counts as movies. Which I say because the last two YG movie nights have been all or partially spent watching Hogan’s Heroes. (Which is awesome and I need to find somewhere to watch it more . . . except I don’t because NO TIME. I say that a lot, don’t I?)
    And for the record . . . I try to prewrite a lot of blog posts. I am successful in prewriting rather fewer of them. But I do try, just to give myself a buffer. I should probably work on that this weekend, if I have time.
    What’s your new flash fiction about?

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    • This was like the fastest half-year ever. O_O

      Haha, glad it counts! XD What’s a YG movie night? And ooh, I’ve heard good things of Hogan’s Heroes. πŸ™‚ That’s cool. (But yes, lack of time is definitely a thing. *cough*)

      Hurray for prewriting posts!

      And it’s actually an old flashfiction, I just rewrote it. *shrug* Um… it was this random nightmare about a black panther that I had, and I wrote it as a little short story, like four or five years ago. I don’t usually write scary stuff, so this was weird for me. XD But I decided to rewrite it now that my writing’s improved, so I really like it again now. πŸ™‚ It was in interesting exercise in rewriting! It’s the same story with pretty much the same details, I just rewrote every sentence in a newer, better way, and changed it to present tense while I was at it since that seemed to fit the dream-like, scary quality (even though I’m not normally a present-tense fan. XD). Anyways it was fun to try something different. I could send it to you if you’re interested. πŸ™‚

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  5. Agh, it’s so fun to comments from authors!! πŸ˜€ *squeals happily for you*
    Looks like you had a busy month! Silmarillion Awards have been SO FUN. ^_^
    Yeah, June was kind of crazy for me…Me and my family were generally crazed because my cousin just got married at the end of the month (and I was a bridesmaid!), so we were crazy busy getting ready and we’re just trying to calm down now… *phew* And then there was writing…
    BUT SERIOUSLY HOW IS THE YEAR HALF OVER I MEAN REALLY?!

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    • YES. It was a total highlight of my life. XD Thanks! πŸ™‚
      Silmarillion Awards are so fuuun! ^_^
      Wow, that does sound crazy! And all of the writing on top of that too. I hope your July will be less crazy!
      I KNOW RIGHT?? O_O HOW EVEN DID THIS HAPPEN? Time is definitely insane right now. <.<
      Thanks for commenting, Madeline! πŸ™‚

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  6. I liked Snow White and the Huntsmen too. Didn’t care for Pan because I’m a purist with Peter Pan haha. XD Yay for writing and hey I’m also planning for NaNo this early. XD I just figured out what I’m doing, and I’m really excited for it. Have a great July!

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    • Really? Yay! Yeah, it was kind of fun. πŸ™‚

      And I can totally understand not liking Pan, believe me. πŸ˜‰ I’m really surprised at myself for enjoying it in spite of myself… makes me feel like a traitor to books. πŸ˜› Eheh.

      Awesome! Best of luck on your NaNo planning! Glad I’m not alone. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks! Hope you have a great July as well! ^_^

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  7. Ohh I really like Snow White and the Huntsman! I actually really like Kirsten Stewart and her calmness. πŸ˜‚ Apparently there’s a sequel coming!?? Like IDEK when but I need it. And omg I need to see Pan but I also don’t want to because Peter Pan is my most precious favourite thing of ever and I like the 2003 version the best. ahah. AHEM.
    OH SO MUCH EXCITEMENT HERE. I’m like forgetting what I wanted to comment on. xD
    I hope it’s not too early to plan for NaNo because…I…might be too.πŸ˜‚ I’ve got two books to choose from! I’ll probably break and end up writing one of them in September or something BECAUSE I JUST HAVE SO MUCH WRITING TO DO OMG.
    And I hope writing goes better for you in July! AND I hope you get to read some excellent books. πŸ˜€

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    • Awesome! Yeah, I think I heard about a prequel or a sequel or something…
      ALL OF THE PETER PAN. You should try this one though just in case you like it. πŸ˜€ You never knowwww. πŸ˜‰
      You’re not the only one who can do loooong wrapup posts. XD
      Yay for NaNo planning! YES YES YOU SHOULD TOTALLY WRITE ONE IN SEPTEMBER. OR BASICALLY JUST ALL THE TIME. BECAUSE YOU NEED TO WRITE ALL THOSE BRILLIANT BOOKS SO I CAN READ THEM SOMETIME. ❀
      Thanks ever so much, Cait!! I hope you have a wonderful bookish July yourself! ^_^

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  8. There’s this song on the Snow White soundtrack called Gone which I just listen to on repeat … I’m gonna put it on right now!

    I hope you are enjoying July thus far. I’m gonna go and check out your review of Northanger Abbey … I LOVE THAT BOOK!

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    • Thanks Skye! πŸ™‚ And yes, I’m still freaking out. XD His books are amazing! I really need to read his Robin Hood trilogy — really looking foward to that one. *eyes it on my shelf* I need more time to read. πŸ˜›

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