April Ishness + Hiatus Notice

Hey guys! It’s May and I’m here with an Ishness post to recap Camp NaNo and my reading/watching/listening of April . . . and also to announce a blogging/social media hiatus for the rest of May.

Firstly . . . Camp NaNo!


I successfully completed my Camp NaNoWriMo goal with 10,336 words! *throws confetti*

This was a really interesting Camp NaNo. It wasn’t technically a very large goal, but I’d been really stuck all year before Camp, so I’m just really happy I was able to make it — and, more importantly, to write regularly a couple times per week.

I usually try to stay ahead, but I also tend to binge-write a bit and then miss a few days. It was very noticeable this time and I joked all month about the staircase I was building. XD

But the fact that I was able to regularly sit down just twice weekly and get 2K in every week, despite how busy I was . . . this was a huge boost to my writing confidence and just happiness in general. It’s given me hope that I might be able to keep that up sometimes in the future!

It also really helped that I had a list of the upcoming scenes, and between that and wordwars with amazing friends, I made serious progress on Operation Foxtail, which has now passed 60K words! I’m. so. excited.

I also had a short story attack my brain near the end of the month. This story made me frantically type up notes and snippets on my phone at 2 a.m. XD Here’s hoping I can get back to that and see what comes of it! And I’m hoping to continue on Operation Foxtail as well, but we shall see.

Shout-out to my amazing cabin-mates! I had so much fun hanging out with so many awesome writers on the NaNo site. And thanks, too, to all the people who cheered me on over on my social media. So encouraging!

Overall, Camp NaNo was wildly successful and I’m happy I got about three chapters written and started a short story.


Not a lot of reading happened, but what there was, I found to be absolutely lovely! You can read my brief thoughts on these on my book blog’s post.


I re-watched a handful of fun things:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier — Always re-watch Bucky. πŸ˜€
  • The Dark Knight Rises — I’m fascinated to realize that I like this one better than The Dark Knight (even if Batman Begins is still my favorite). I always thought of this one as the dark one and kind of put off re-watching it, but the ending is actually fabulous and makes me happy. So it was just the memory of not knowing what was going to happen while watching it the first time, and how intense it was, that pegged this one as darker (to me). So I like it better than the Joker one, apparently. XD And Blake is awesome.
  • Despicable Me — This was fun to see again. XD (Not pictured.)
  • So . . . apparently superheroes, ish?

I also saw a DVD concert of Celtic Women, which was lovely! I’d picked it up at a library sale years ago and never watched it until now. It made me happy. πŸ™‚

And a smidge of NCIS, also not pictured.


  • I did actually follow through with my plan to listen to Andrew Peterson music. Help, I’ve fallen into this amazingness and can’t get up. Actually, don’t help, because I’m happy here. I listened to a lot of his music across several albums, particularly for Easter, and I love it so much!
  • Brittany Jean’s new album All the Love was another delightful thing I listened to last month! More happiness. πŸ™‚ Do check it out! ❀ (CD here. Links for online listening.) You can listen to the title song, All the Love, which is probably my favorite, on YouTube here! The songs are lovely and catchy and I often find them dancing through my head. πŸ˜€ (There’s even a gorgeous version of Never Enough from The Greatest Showman!) Brittany has a lovely voice and I’ve been enjoying her new songs muchly. ^_^
  • Also, Tide Lines had a new song, Innocent and Beautiful, and I listened to that several times. πŸ™‚ Go give it a watch. I believe they have a new album releasing this month. :O
  • I meant to listen to audiobooks again but . . . entirely failed at that. Whoops. XD


Book reviews:


For me, April was one of the busiest months ever, actually. I was quite occupied with work and copyediting (yes, both from home), and throwing Camp NaNo on there meant that I felt terribly busy basically every day of April. I’m kind of exhausted. πŸ˜›

Since there’s not much to share in the life category, here, have a couple of photography attempts and some Easter cake!

A genuine yellow rose of Texas. πŸ˜‰




I will leave you with today’s Instagram photo! I’m so glad I was able to get these lovely flowers the day before Hobby Lobby closed. o.o

Anyway, I’m really tired and just need to take a step back after running non-stop since basically September? I often end up taking hiatuses in May. XD

So I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the rest of May, and also getting off of social media — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads . . .

But! You can absolutely still get in touch by email, and I’ll still be checking Messenger/Instagram DMs, etc.

(And there are a few book releases I’m super excited about . . . so I mayyyy pop back on for a couple of those; we’ll see how I’m feeling. XD)

Thanks for reading, and let me know in the comments how your April went! I love you all and I hope you have an amazing May, and I will see you on the other side!

12 thoughts on “April Ishness + Hiatus Notice

  1. YOU DID SO AWESOME WITH CAMP NANO EEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! *THROWS ALL THE CONFETTI* I’ve absolutely looooved watching the progress of your “staircase”. It’s been so great. XD Coolest stats bar ever! So, so happy it was a good Camp. πŸ˜€

    I’m glad you got to squeeze in some good entertainment too. Allllll the yes to Winter Soldier! ❀ And Celtic Woman and Despicable Me and Batman toooo! Man, it's been SO long since I've see those Batman movies. They are WAY past due for a rewatch. I remember really liking them but…that's about it. I barely remember what happened in them. XD

    Those pictures are so lovely! THE RAINBOW. *heart-eyes*

    My goodness, you did so much in April! I'm glad you're going to be able to take a breath this month. I know you need it! I do hope you have the most amazing May, m'dear! *HUGS*

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    • Thank youuuu! And you’ve been sooo encouraging along the way! So glad we got to do Camp together! πŸ˜€

      Yesss, Winter Soldier!! Batman is always worth a rewatch. πŸ˜€

      Aww, thanks!

      I’m hoping so! Thank you so muuuch! Hope you have an amazing May tooo! *hugs back*


  2. Meep!! Congratulations on winning Camp NaNoWriMo!!!! I just broke through 60k on my own manuscript, as well, so THE EXCITEMENT. IT IS REAL. XD

    I’ve never seen Captain America (okay. I saw it ONCE a super long time ago and remember nothing about it. XD) But I’m thinking that, now that we have Disney+, I maaaaaaaay have to watch it??? Maybe??? XD

    Enjoy your hiatus!!! Judging by how busy your April seemed, you DEFINITELY deserve this!

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS on Camp NaNo!! That’s so fantastic!!

    THE WINTER SOLDIER. Yes, yes, yes. Always rewatch Bucky (my heart aches for him…) and Cap and Natasha and Fury…all the awesome people. πŸ˜„ Despicable Me is a fun one, too. 😊

    Andrew Peterson is amazing! He’s one of my favorite authors AND singers of all time!

    The pictures are lovely! (And that cake looks absolutely delectable πŸ˜„)

    I hope that you have a wonderful, refreshing hiatus!

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    • THANK YOU!

      Buckyyyy and everyone! Such a good movie.

      I definitely need to read more of Andrew Peterson’s books!

      Thank you! And I did indeed have a good hiatus and am finally back which is why I took so long to reply to this. XD Thanks so much for your lovely comment!

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