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January Monthly Wrap Up

Wow! The first month of the year is coming to a close already.

This has been a pretty interesting month for me. I feel like January is a month of transition and figuring stuff out for a lot of people. It's the start of a new year and everyone's making new goals and implementing new schedules and plans. There have been lots of ups and downs, lots of introspection and figuring things out and lots of work that got done.

January Writing: I did a lot of writing in Golden Touch this month! I love this book so much... It's probably the most "me" book I've ever written as Victoria Schwab would say. She was talking on her Instagram a few days ago about The Invincible Life of Addie Larue (her adult book coming out this year) and how this book has the most of her in it than any of her other books. And as I read Golden Touch I really feel that. This book has the most me, the most of myself in it than any of the other books I've written. It's both scary and amazing and I both want to share it with the whole world and keep it all to myself because it feels so vulnerable. Overall, I'm loving every moment of writing this book. It's all coming together so perfectly.

The same... can not be said for Cursed haha. I've enjoyed working on it, but it's definitely been a difficult experience. Sequels are always so hard for me. It took me like two years to write and rewrite and edit and revise Project Hellion, so I don't know why I thought Cursed would be any different. Luckily though, this book isn't taking me two years. It's just taken me a few extra months to figure things out. I finished the dreaded read through last week and am finally feeling like I'm making progress on the story this week.

January Reading: My January reading has been sort of pitiful... I have been the slowest reader in the past few months! Like ridiculously slow! But I've had a lot going on, so I guess it's OK...

I started out the year right by reading Hannah Brencher's Come Matter Here. It was so, so amazing! Like I love this book so much and Hannah really changed my perspective on things and by reading that book I sort of figured out my voice when it comes to writing nonfiction. It was really cool. Come Matter Here drew me closer to God and really fed my relationship with Him. If you need a book to read I highly recommend Come Matter Here. It's spectacular and Hannah is an amazing person and an amazing writer.

I also read Linger (the sequel to Shiver) this month and absolutely loved it! Uph, I love this series so much. I keep saying that, but its true! Sam and Grace and Cole and Isabel are the absolute best! Maggie Stiefvater is such an out of the box kind of writer and I love every minute of it.

I started Forever (the final book in the trilogy) and even though it's taking me forever to read it, I'm loving it too. Sam and Grace are swoonworthy and their romance is TVD-level epicness. Cole is the character I thought I'd hate but actually ended up loving and rooting for.

Also! Because I love the Renegade X series so much and Chelsea M. Campbell came out with the next installment this month, I started reading that too. I just love Damien a whole lot. He's hilarious and fantastic in every way and this next one promises to be just as awesome as the last four.

January Life Stuff: I started a new indefinite babysitting job. I get to watch one of the sweetest and funniest little girls every Friday morning. If things work out well in the next few months, I might get to watch her a few other days in the week too depending on what happens. I tried to make that work with my Wednesday childcare job and... it didn't work out the way I was hoping. It felt overwhelming just with classes going on and having the Friday morning thing too. My anxiety may be better under control but I still get stressed and overwhelmed pretty easily (its a work in progress haha). Plus... working with kids you're pretty much guaranteed to get some sort of sickness and I can't risk that with class stuff and this new Friday gig. So that was a little disappointing, but I know it's for the best.

I drove more than I've ever driven before. I made learning to drive a priority this month and it really paid off. If I keep at it like this through the rest of Spring and Summer, I think I'll be ready to take the driver test in August. Maybe even June or July. :)

I also made God a priority this month. Every morning I read my Bible and I pray. Every day either in the morning or night or the middle of the day I journal or prayer journal or both. It's been really amazing to feel the leaps and bounds in that relationship with Him. I feel closer to Him than I have in a really, really long time and it's just an awesome feeling.

Looking Forward to February: One of my little brother's birthday's is in February. He was born the day after Valentine's Day and he'll be thirteen this year! 😱 I can't even believe it. But I am looking forward to celebrating that with him and everyone. Also, I'm pretty sure To All the Boys I've Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You is coming out the week of Valentine's Day! I adored To All the Boys and I can't wait for the next one!! Lara Jean is one of the best and most relatable characters!

The Clone Wars season 7 comes out February 21st and I am absolutely freaking out! They just released the final trailer for that last week. It all looks so amazing. We get to see young adult Ahsoka! Maul is back and that's just absolutely perfect in every way. I love his character so much in Clone Wars and Rebels. And him and Ahsoka fighting it out? That'll be epic! There's just so much in that trailer I am so excited for. I already know I'm going to cry. I cry every time I watch the end of season 5 of Clone Wars and I know there is definitely going to be some tear jerking scenes between Ahsoka and Anakin in this final season. I'm so ready for it!

I plan to finish edits on Cursed and polish that up and have it ready for some beta readers. Hopefully there will be a cover reveal in February too. Probably near the end of February. I also would be happy if I could finish the first draft of Golden Touch (even though I kind of don't want this first draft to ever end haha).

Also, I'd like to finally finish Forever and start reading Chosen by Kiersten White. I want to keep making driving a priority and read through all of Deuteronomy too.

So, yeah, that was my January!

How did your January go? Also, what was your first read of the year? 


  1. Oh, I bought the second book in the Shiver trilogy years ago, not knowing anything about it. When I realized it was the second book, I was like, "Should I keep it? Should I just unhaul it? Do I really want to make this series a priority right now?" It was really interesting to read your thoughts on it. I might hold onto it for a little while longer and see if I find the first book at some point.

    Isn't it such an amazing feeling reading your writing and being like "this is me. This is who I am"? One of my books was exactly like that and it's so awesome, but also really vulnerable because it's soooo me.

    Hope February is a lovely month for you!

    1. I actually got the box set of the Shiver series years ago too and it's been sitting on my shelf. Last year, I wanted to read the series so when November rolled around and I didn't have anything else to read I decided to jump in. I'm so glad I did and I'm glad I kept them all these years.

      It really is! I've never had this feeling before and it's just incredible! But yeah, it's also super vulnerable. I have this weird mix of excitement and fear at the thought of sharing it with others haha.

  2. Oh, I'm so glad you're enjoying Shiver!! Her other series--The Raven Boys--gets a lot of hype, but I enjoyed this one so much!

    I feel you! I have several younger siblings, and they are all getting old this year. What is happening in my life?!

    Congratz on making driving a priority!! That's awesome that you're seeing such progress!

    And I know what you mean about feeling closer to God. I've been setting aside some time to go deeper in my relationship with Him as well, just by listening to some different teachings and really sitting and meditating on it instead of just moving to the next thing. And it's really just... indescribable to come away with that feeling of, "Wow, I really met with God. And I genuinely know Him better and am a different person now than I was just a little while ago!" It's truly just something else.



  3. Lots of great things! I didn’t know the final season came out so soon! I really enjoyed the original show and I was so mad when Cartoon Network cancelled it over the dumbest reason ever. Best wishes with your new job and writing! I’m also rewriting a sequel for like the fourth time haha.


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