January Wrap-up

Whoa, January’s like…. done already.

Yeah honestly I’m not surprised, this month felt very long to me when I look back over it.

Anyway. First monthly wrap-up of the year! Let’s get into it.


[the writings]

Odd Team Out is officially on the shelf for later. Again.

Because I now have over 15k words and almost 50 pages on my time traveling story and I’m not letting up anytime soon.

Ohhh I’m having a lot of fun with this one, guys. Seriously. And I also sorta don’t know where I’m going so that adds to the fun.

I feel like I’m pretty decent at plotting stuff out when I put my mind to it and do it? But flying by the seat of my pants excites me. And I get more done that way apparently. Even if it might be a bit of a mess.

Aaaand I also did a little more work on that alternate universe story with a friend. We’re up to like 50 pages on that as well.

I can justify it because apparently I need to have something going where I’m writing Wolfgang at all times. And also we’re planning to cowrite a book together and this is practice okay?


[the musics]

Hm. Remember how I apologized last month because I was still listening to a ton of Lord Huron after doing that all November too?

Well I think we can safely say I’m still going strong on that and it’s probably even worse this month. Especially seeing as I’m now writing a whole new book based on one of their songs. xD

BUT I do have a legitimate reason. Because I just figured out about the connecting stories through their albums and it’s like…. super cool figuring out the plot though them. Also I still stand by loving the vibe in the Strange Trails album. I even made a little vibe collage, see?

And of course there were other things too. 

Switchfoot came out with a new album, for one! I’m still working on listening intently through the album, but there are a few I really like.

I found a few new good songs from a band called Shiny Penny. And I got some favorite songs from a friend, which included some by Colter Wall. I’d never heard of him before and he’s very… gravelly and sad folksy sounding. But there are a few I like. xD

Also another friend sent me the song “Leave a Light On” by Tom Walker and man it’s good. 


[the stories]

Ohhh there’s lots here. Because guess who just got into a very well stocked library system? -eyebrow wiggle-


I got a Han Solo comic book on my first trip to the library. Can’t remember the author, but it was really fun and good. Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan. Not as good as some of his other stuff? But very exciting.

The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater. For some reason I was under the impression that this was like… set in Arabia? Maybe it was like… mention of sand or something. Plus scorpio/scorpion? I dunno man. BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY LIKE CELTIC. AND I WOULD HAVE READ IT WAY SOONER IF I KNEW THIS. It was super duper good and I loved it. I cried at the beautiful ending. Horses and good characters and Celticness. ❤ Sean and Puck were awesome. Though there were a couple of… kind of bloody horse trampling/munching descriptions. And a bit of language, so I wouldn’t recommend to younger audiences. 

And a book about MBTI/Enneagram/other personality test stuff caught my eye so I read Reading People by Anne Bogel. I really liked her perspective on how to use it, so that was nice.

A few gems I stole from some OYANers’ top books of 2018:

Truly Devious. A cool mystery and I finished it very quickly. But also I did not know I was signing up for a trilogy. -growls- Beyond The Bright Sea was an amazing, cozy, sweet book that had a really awesome nautical feel + a father daughter relationship. But I really would have… augh, I wanted more backstory on one of the characters and it kept hinting like I’d get it so I was a little disappointed there. xD Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Basically a long, freestyle poem about a boy who’s going to avenge his brother. Then a bunch of ghosts of people he knows or something show up and ask him if he really wants to do this. And then it’s a very vague ending. So. -squint- idk, there were some really good descriptions and feelings and stuff, but c’mon with that ending, dude.


Bumblebee! I did a review on that and it was super awesome. I rewatched Solo pretty much right after we moved in. And I still love it to bits. Another rewatch of Mission Impossible 1 because this new library had ALL THE MOVIES JUST SITTING RIGHT THERE I couldn’t not take advantage.

And then little guys movies I sat in on. Ice Age (the first and second ones are surprisingly better than I remembered? Also the 4th one is worse. So much worse.) Aaaand Smallfoot. I appreciate yetis and I laughed a few times. But just… no. Not a great movie. Yetis don’t rap about their history. Also like a ton of subliminal messages in there.

tv shows:

So I watched Sherlock last year, but didn’t watch the Christmas special. And so my brother and I watched the Christmas special. xD It was very fun to see the Victorian world. But also it was as weird and abruptly ended as I expected so. -shrug-

A leetle bit of Great British Baking Show. Kind of a winter thing around here I guess. It’s cozy.

Transformers cartoons for my little bro’s birthday. -nostalgic sigh-

And the big one: Doctor Who season 7 + The Day of the Doctor + The Time of the Doctor.

There’s a lot there. 

Basically just this:

That was all just… awesome. And very sad. And very well written. And had a really good soundtrack. And The Day of the Doctor is probably my new favorite Doctor Who thing. 

I’m gonna limit myself and leave off fangirling there. 


[the cookings]

New section here! Because for the new year I’m gonna try and make a few new/challenging recipes each month. 

And I have some pictures to show off.

The new recipe I tried was homemade pocky. You can completely blame an OYAN friend’s novel for this one. She was writing about characters making homemade pocky and I was seized by the sudden irresistable urge to make them myself. 

I think I made them a little big and they flattened out a bit. But hey.

They tasted pretty dang good.

And another thing with all the birthdays this month, I was able to make some little brothers food presents at their request.

Little Mr. 9 year old wanted raspberry mango macarons. He has a sophisticated palate apparently. 

4 hours making these and I’m very proud with the results, even if they were a bit crackly. 


And then little Mr. 7 year old wanted homemade mint oreos. Which I hadn’t made in forever and quite enjoyed revisiting.


So yeah. That’s what’s notably been going on in the new kitchen recently, as far as my cooking. xD


[the funnies]




[the life things]

Pretty much. 

Well moving is the pretty obvious one. The beginning of this month was pretty crazy with getting everything settled in and unpacked. Still working on unpacking and all that, but we’re living. And it’s cool. I really like the new house and area that we’re in too.

Birthdays! Three lil brother birthdays in January. A lot of good food and fun movies… all that jazz.

SNOW. I’ve already raved about snow, but yeah. It’s been very cold and snowy. And I love the snow a lot.

And, along with the moving thing, I have my own room now! First time since I was a teeny weeny baby. New and fun experience there. A quiet place all to myself to write and read + decorate all the way I want? I’m groovin’ on it. -nod-

Also I’m gonna show off some pictures because I can. 

My postcard collection + old Washington license plate have found a good new home. ❤


My nautical wall. The ocean is still with me in spirit, even while I remain landlocked. xD


And my bed. I’ve been appreciating my warm TARDIS blanket much more this month, I’ll tell you that much. 

Also I have a windowsill to keep my succulents on now! Yay! 😀


[up next]

Hopefully gonna relocate my temp job from down where we were before to up in the KC area. So… work, I guess?

I see a lot more writing happening. And more settling in. Probably more Doctor Who watching. Maybe more snow. 

I actually don’t have a ton of plans in place. But hey, it should be fun. xD


So, that’s my take on January. 

How did your year kick off? Tell me in the comments!


26 thoughts on “January Wrap-up


    Ahem. Had to get that out of the way before I could say anything actually coherent. XD
    Wow, you’ve been up to so much cool stuff!! My month has been almost completely… school… And some Doctor Who. Because after years of harassing by friends, enemies, and distant internet acquaintes, I finally caved. And now I can’t crawl out of this fandom hole of time travel, cheesy special effects, and pain I now find myself in. I’m currently on… series 5 of NewWho. Plan to watch the original series eventually once I’m caught up here. I started with series 11, despite the fact that a lot of peeps in the fandom didn’t seem super pleased with it; I see now that it’s certainly not as well-written or heavily connected to past storylines as previous series were, but that turned out to be fantastic for me, as I needed that low-key jumping-on point to actually get me started on this mammoth of a show. Also I *love* Jodie’s performance as Thirteen, even if the character could use more development.
    That was a ton of information that you didn’t ask for, and I’ve just realized that I’m not sure if we’ve even talked directly to each other before. But I’ve been reading your stories for a while (and I LOVE them, btw), so I feel like I know you quite well. Amazing how reading things people write can have that effect. XP

    Anyway, I hope you have a great last-few-days-of-January, as well as a fantastic February!! 😀
    – Shay

      It’s such a gooooood shooowww aaaahhh ❤
      Yeah I watched things a little out of order too. xD Ninth doctor, then part of ten, then part of eleven, part of ten again, and then finishing eleven. Aaaand now I'm gonna be hopping back to ten. I'm still working on selling myself on twelve. -squints at him-
      But man it gets so much harder to pick your favorite doctor as it goes on. xD
      I watched a little bit of 13? like the first episode and it was pretty good. -nod-
      Hope you have a good February too, fellow whovian! 😀 -salute-

  2. Andrew Klavan is one of my favorite authors! I have been wanting to read Crazy Dangerous. He has a new book coming out in March. Counting the days.
    Macaroons are so good! Those look awesome!!
    Your room is so cute!!
    My month was busy. I will be posting about my moth on my blog soon. 🙂


    1. He’s reaaally good at writing tense stuff. o.o Have you read “The Last Thing I Remember”? That one has to be my fave. I finished it in like a couple of hours.
      Thank you!!

  3. Love reading what you’ve been up to! ^-^


    So last time we chatted about Lord Huron, I said I didn’t like their new album – ha. Hahahaha. It’s all I’ve been listening to for the past week cause it fits my sci-fi novel to a T.

    Plus, I mean, Lord Huron. How long did I really think I was going to go without listening to it?

    1. Eyy glad I can be interesting. xD
      I KNOW RIGHT OH MY GOSH. I just about died when I figured out I’d been listening for this long and hadn’t figured it out. (Surprisingly what tipped me off was actually listening to a couple of songs in order instead of on shuffle for once and seeing how Yawning Grave and Frozen Pines led into each other. And then I just flipped out realizing it was a whole story. xD)
      My new serial story thing is based in Lost In Time And Space, from Vide Noir. ❤ so like… a few other songs from the album fit, now that I realize that one's a story too? But not completely since I just went off the rails with that one song creating my own scenario of what was happening. xD
      Vide Noir isn't as good as Strange Trails for sure. But there are a few really good ones.

      1. Yesssss, the story is so cool!

        O-O OH MY GOSH THAT’S THE SONG THAT FITS MY CHARACTER. Most of Vide Noir does, honestly, since he’s an immortal being from a species called “Travelers”

        I agree, definitely.

        1. DUDE THAT’S CRAZY
          It’s such a good song tho
          It was just kind of giving me the vibe like it was some sort of time traveller who had been looking for his long lost love for so long that he’d forgotten like everything about himself except that he was supposed to be looking for her. And hence I made a story. xD

  4. The living room carpet scarf one. 😂😂😂 So fun to read your wrap-ups. Hope you don’t get drownded in life. Such a nice new room! I LOVE how clear and straight and quiet everything looks. *fingerguns* I joined chamber orchestra again this Jan. with my sister, and also have been drowning in English town names because I’ve been researching because hopefully we four oldest kids will be going with our dad on a TRIP TO THE UK AND IRELAND THIS SEPTEMBER. *dies* So that’s been fun. For the record, English town names are cuter than American…

    1. That one made me snort-laugh out loud. xD A lot of these did actually, which is why I save them.
      Yaayy glad they’re enjoyable to read. ❤
      English town names are the best okay.

      1. I WILL TAKE YOU WITH ME IN MIND xD And we just heard yesterday that we’re actually going in May now, so WHOA. XD
        We shall return speaking proper British accents.

  5. Girrrrrrl I love your room. The sunlight is so pretty. ❤
    Also how much are you into Enneagram?? I've been working on figuring out the types of certain fictional characters and I'd love your input if you're pretty knowledgeable about the types as well.

    1. Thank yooouuuu ❤ Yes, I love having the big windows there.
      I'm not as well versed in enneagram as I am in MBTI? But I'm trying to get more into it and it's really interesting + I know a bit more after reading that book. xD So I'd 100% be down to talk about it.

  6. Ooh congratulations on getting a room to yourself! I remember the good ole days. When my room was only mine… Wow its been a long time. XD

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