Jan 7, 2021

Happy 2021 (plus a blog tag!)

*runs in* *skids a bit too much and crashes into the wall* *runs back to where I’m supposed to be* heyoooo guys~! Sorry that this post is so late! Happy 2021! Wow. 2020 is over and done with.

“Well, that was very anticlimactic.”
-Literally every movie like ever

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2020 was definitely a hard one for all of us — some more than others. Anxiety and depression fell like a thick curtain over us all. Isolation is a less than ideal place to be. We’ve all learned that in one way or another this year.

2020 started out as an amazing year for me. I turned 14 mid-January. I started hanging out twice as much with my best friend. I joined the student leadership committee at my youth group. I had a surreal time at camp with my friends. Life was finally turning up for me. I was getting the hang of my classes. I was making new friends. It couldn’t have gotten better than that.
March seventeenth. My friend texts me, “Hey! Have you heard about the new executive order?” And, of course, sheltered me is like, “What do you mean, executive order?” “Everybody has to shelter-in-place.”
None of us had ever heard those words before. ‘Shelter-in-place’. It was foreign; alien. We expected to be out of it by Easter. We were Americans, of course. We were better then this virus. Little did we know that, almost a year later, this would still be happening. 

Right when my life started going a bit downhill, I met a group of wonderfully amazing Christian teens online. Since then, they’ve helped me through so much, from depression to writing ruts. I love them so much, and they’ve shaped my life for the better. ^-^
June, I started my first ‘official’ novel. Many obstacles crossed my path while writing this story, but it was all definitely worth it. At the moment, I don’t expect to ever be able to salvage that story, but that’s beside the point.
September, I finally got my act together and decided to take some initiative in planning my NaNoWriMo story. I knew I couldn’t go in blind like I did with my first novel. I finished NaNo with 12K (7K on the actual story, though). This story is temporarily being sat aside, and I hope to pick it up again some time this month.

All in all, 2020 was a rollercoaster. There were many bumps in the road, but it’s made me wiser. It’s given me strength. And it’s shown me that I am not alone, no matter how many times my mind tries to convince me otherwise. 

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Anyway. The wonderful, amazing Lavender Bleu has another blog tag for us. ^-^
*drumroll*
And without further ado, I present to youuu-

THE NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS TAG!!!!


Rules
  • Link back to the creator of the tag (Lavender Bleu @ Always Write The Good Write)
  • Link back to the blogger who tagged you (Lavender Bleu @ Always Write The Good Write)
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag 1-5 more people
  • Keep at least 5 questions from the person who tagged you and make at least 5 of your own (Basically you can replace up to fifteen of my questions with your own.)

Questions

1. What was the best thing that happened in the past year?
Hm, that’s a tricky one. I guess I’d have to say, meeting so many wonderful people on the NaNoWriMo forums site. ^-^

2. What was the biggest challenge that you faced in the past year?
COVID, but like everybody would probably say that. πŸ˜† Quarantine definitely took a toll on my mental health.

3. What was the most memorable book you read in the past year?
Go ahead and hate me, but The Hunger Games.

4. Did you succeed in completing your new year's resolution in the past year?
Uhhhh
Let’s just say, I didn’t have one. 
Or any. πŸ˜‚

5. What was something new you tried in the past year?
NaNoWriMo! And it was an amazing experience and I’ll totally will be doing it again in the years to come. ^-^

6. Do you any any last parting words for the past year?
And a bah humbug to you, too, 2020!! πŸ˜‚

7. What does your To Be Read list look like for the new year?
It’s not super large at the moment, but my goal is to read 100 books.

8. What is your motto for the new year?
Yes. It’s from google. πŸ˜†
“I am whole. I am learning. I am letting go. I am free. I am talented & courageous. I am protecting my joy. I am brave. I am healing. I am loving myself unapologetically.”

9. Do you have any big plans for the new year?
Not exactly, but I do want to try to tackle a milwordy (1,000,000 words in a year). I will probably (definitely) fail, but I think it’d be fun!

10. What would you try if you knew you wouldn't fail?
A milwordy, probably. πŸ˜†

11. What in the new year are you anticipating the most?
Hopefully, winning NaNoWriMo.

12. How would you like to spend your free time in the new year?
Writing. Arting. Reading. Doing ze other things which bring me joy. 😜

13. Where would you like to go on vacation in the new year?
A national park near me which I will not divulge the name of because internet safety. 

14. What time-wasting activity could you part with?
A lot of things, really. Knitting, for one. And YouTube. Always YouTube.

15. What is your new year's resolution?
Let’s see… *flips through a few pages of resolutions* Do I have to pick one, or?
My top one is definitely ‘keep up with (school) assignments’, though.

16. What would you be most happy about completing?
‘Read 100 books’?? I don’t really know, tbh.

17. What book would you like to read by the end of the year?
Dragon’s Bane. πŸ˜† I can never find time for it, so it’ll be a miracle if I ever finish.

18. What can you never seem to find the time to do that you’d like to find time for this year?
Drawing. I only seem to do it if there’s nothing better to do.

19. How can you add 15 minutes of joy to each day?
Writing a poem. Reading between classes. Writing a blog post.

20. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
Writing, I suppose. It’s one of the only things that truly helped me cope.


Tagees
I can never find anybody that’s up for a blog tag, so I’ll just tag them and tell them after the fact. ;D

R.M. Archer @ Scribes And Archers
SJ @ When Ice Sings And Stars Fall
Allie @ Rainy Days And Stardust Veins
Winter Flower @ Waiting For Spring
And Mattie May @ The Blossoming Writer

Dec 29, 2020

The Twelve Days Of Christmas Blog Tag

Hey guys! This post is incredibly late and I apologize. Life has just been crazy lately.

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Rules
  1. Link back to the creator of the tag (Lavender Bleu @ Always Write The Good Write)
  2. Link back to the blogger who tagged you (Lavender Bleu @ Always Write The Good Write)
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Tag 1-5 more people


Questions

1. What is your favorite Christmas food?
Usually cranberry sauce. πŸ˜‚

2. Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Several, actually, but my favorite is probably code names. My parents come up with a different theme every year and we each are a different thing in that theme. And, also, my parents don’t tell us our code names ‘til Christmas Eve night. 

3. Did you believe in Santa when you were little?
Most definitely. ^-^ I barely slept most Christmas nights because I was so excited. 

4. How do you like to decorate your Christmas tree?
We usually have two small trees, and we kids pair up to decorate each with our own personal ornaments. This year, though, we had one big tree and we all decorated it. 

5. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts?
IMO, both. I know it sounds really weird, but I personally find equal joy in seeing the receiver of my gift’s face and seeing the giver’s face. πŸ˜‚

6. Have you ever gone caroling before?
Yes; at a retirement home a few times. 

7. What's your favorite holiday song?
I like most of the general ones, but my favorite would probably have to be Walking In A Winter Wonderland. 

8. Do you usually put a star or an angel on top of your tree?
We have done both before, but we usually have a star.

9. What is your least favorite flavor of candy cane?
I don’t really have one, but I also haven’t had any others beside peppermint. 

10. What's your favorite holiday movie?
Polar Express. 9918373782910192/10. πŸ˜†

11. Does your pet have a stocking (if you have a pet)?
Yep! We have one that says “Meow” for the cat and a winter scene one for the dog. ^-^

12. What is your favorite part of Christmas?
This is an old tradition that we did before my great-uncle refused to host us again, but getting to see my extended family. ^-^ 

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Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Until next time, Farren ^^

Dec 7, 2020

I Am Thankful For…

 Anddd, I knew this would happen. *facepalm* Sorry for not keeping with my intended schedule, guys. Life’s been pretty crazy lately, what with school starting up again and then preparing for Christmas. 

I am thankful for internet. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to contact my friends, access my homework, or go to virtual classes. 

~ Farren

Nov 28, 2020

I Am Thankful For…

 Hey guys! Yesterday was pretty crazy what with my brother’s birthday and all, so I didn’t have a chance to post my thankfulness then. 

Today, I’m thankful for sleep. I know, that’s a pretty weird one, lol. But I’m a huge sleep lover and if I don’t get my beauty rest, well, you will not want to be around me the next day. πŸ˜†

What are you thankful for today? Post it in the comments if you’d like. 

~ Farren 

Nov 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Hey guys! Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of this wonderful holiday, I am going to try to post one "I Am Thankful For..." thing daily. Hopefully, it will help me get into a good routine of posting more often. No one wants to subscribe to a blog where the author rarely posts, am I right? That's just boring, and, in my opinion, annoying. 

You guys are welcome to post some things you're thankful for in the comments, too!

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I am thankful for... running water.

~ Farren

Nov 23, 2020

Why I Decided to Throw in the Towel for NaNoWriMo 2020

 Eeepp. It's been almost a month since I last posted. 

Anyway, here goes. 😜

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Those who know me well, know that I am a very slow writer. On a good day, my writing speed is 10 wpm, but typically it falls under 5. I’ve also never written anything that’s over 10K before. (And that one took me three months to finish draft one. πŸ˜†) Plus, I kind of knew at the beginning that I probably wouldn’t reach 50K by the 30th.

Now, to be honest, I’m not quitting because my story is horrible. I am in love with my story. Besides, this is my very first NaNoWriMo and I went in completely blind and unprepared. For starters, we were in a whole other state for the first week of November. School has also been a hindrance this month. I wasn’t able to successfully start until the 11th because of it. 

Quitting will give me a lot more time to the other things I love and will put less stress on me when it comes to finishing 50K in 30 days. And maybe next year I’ll be able to go in prepared and ready because of this. aND, I have April and July to practice! So, maybe next year's the year. ^-^

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So, yeah. 

Many thanks to those who took time out of their day to read this. 

Until next time, Farren ♡

Oct 31, 2020

A Look at October and November's Goals

 Wow! Another month has past! Can't believe it! 

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WRITING: OCTOBER October went pretty good in this area. I wrote several poems, and a short story. Let's see, my goals were:

  • Prepping for NaNoWriMo
  • Working on my poetry
  • And writing a short story for world building my NaNo novel. 
Prepping for NaNoWriMo went pretty good, actually. It was a bit hurried towards the end because I didn't start as early as I should've, but I got the main things down.
My poetry also went pretty good. I have, in total, 5 new poems!
The short story didn't happen, but it would've been tricky to manage with my schedule.

WRITING: NOVEMBER GOALS

  • Write my NaNo novel!

SCHOOL 

School's a nightmare right now. All my teachers decided right around the start of mid-term that they're going to assign twice as much homework. So. I've been struggling through boatloads of overdo work.


ARTING I think I did a bit of journaling at the beginning of the month, but it sort of petered off. I did make some colleges for my NaNo novel's main characters.

READING: OCTOBER I finished Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and started Mockingjay. I also finished To Kill A Mockingbird. ^^ And I started Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

READING: NOVEMBER GOALS 

  • Finish Prisoner Of Azkaban. 

  • Finish Mockingjay. 

MISCELLANEOUS GOALS: OCTOBER The novel journaling and prayer journaling didn't happen. As well as the "be more active on my blog" goal. πŸ˜‚ I did write more, though! And I found a good site to publish poetry. It's called allpoetry. I suggest it if you want an easy-to-use, free poetry site. It does have a premium membership for those who are interested.

MISCELLANEOUS GOALS: NOVEMBER

  • Post more often on my blog.
  • That's about it, I guess.

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Good luck to those who are participating in NaNoWriMo! Stay safe out there guys!

Until next time, Farren