June Wrap-up 2019

Well folks, time to see what I’ve been up to while being absent for almost the whole month! xD

Buckle up, I’ve got a lot. 

[the writings]

For summer workshop, I had to get my critique group excerpts together from Long Lost. And…. you know… get them critiqued and critique other peoples’ stuff. So that was a project.
I also had a mentor session thing and pitched Long Lost to a publishing guy so I have some good rewriting ideas to work with there. -thumbs up-

My friend Megan and I have been planning to do a collaborative novel for about a year now and have come up with a lot of characters and vague ideas. And since we met up this month and hung out for a while, we actually got stuff plotted out for… the plot! -gasp- xD So hopefully that’s gonna be a thing a little sooner now.

Aaaand it’s been a while since I actually wrote fanfiction. But I’m back. I wrote multiple small Leverage fanfictions and don’t plan on stopping. So sue me. It’s fun. I’ll probably be sharing some of the less spoiler-y ones. xD


[the musics]

A grab bag of musics, as usual.

And we get a second playlist because this was our roadtrip to summer workshop soundtrack. xD

Bastille also came out with a new album this month? So that’s pretty cool.


Also I was introduced to Da Coconut Nut song. Which is an experience. My little siblings love it and probably sing it too much now.


[the stories]


Since Clare Vanderpool was coming to speak at SW this year, I reread Moon Over Manifest. Still love it just as much as I did before, if not more. ❤ The ending doesn’t feel as crazy amazing in an adrenaline rush way as it did the first time around? It just feels more cozy. xD

I read Tuck Everlasting in this past week and…. mixed thoughts? Really good writing, fascinating concept and interesting questions brought up. But I feel like it could have been brought to a lot better end and we kind of missed out on having a distinct thematic tie-up. I mean…. still good. I just feel like it could have been done better in the ending. 

Also rereading some of What Blooms From Dust by James Markert. ❤ More cozy, nice book. And the beginning is way less confusing when you already know the backstory stuff. xD



Got Gifted from the library. Because of Chris Evans being a dad figure. And I mean that element was cute. His interactions with the little girl were so sweet and I loved their banter. Didn’t really love the random relationship with the kindergarten teacher that got thrown in there though.

Bumblebee! A rewatch with my dad + the rest of the family for father’s day. Still the best transformers movie, no competition. 

How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World. More mixed feelings. Because it was so beautiful! And it was How to Train Your Dragon, come oooon, it’s hard to not love. But also that plot really needed more thought than it got, I found a lot of plot holes. (Honestly though that ending scene made me want to just forgive everything. xD)

Somewhere in Time. So I recently finished writing my time travel story, Long Lost. And my mom remembered that she’d seen a movie a while back that had a time travel romance and a pocketwatch involved, so we got this from the library to check it out. Oh my gosh this movie…. it was so appalling but so wonderful. xD I think it crossed the line into “so bad it’s good”. Creepy weird stalker romance with so much melodrama and an extremely confusing main character and way of doing time travel. But my family had a wonderful evening making fun of it, so I have no regrets. (Also it made me feel really good about my time travel romance story so bonus points for that.)



More of Agents of SHIELD season 6. And they’re finally getting their heads in the game here! I’m invested now and the plot is looking much more promising, so I’m happy. I’m actually intrigued by evil Coulson now. And we got Mack smiling. ❤ Also Fitzsimmons and Enoch continue to be awesome. (Plus though we haven’t seen a lot of him, I’m so glad for Deke. xD)

And Leverage. My family has officially finished watching all 5 seasons of it. And the spot of favorite show is forever taken in my heart. That was amazing. Everything I could want from a show and I 500% recommend. 

(I wasn’t just watching chronologically this month as well, since I got the opportunity to introduce some friends to it. Extra fun. <3)

Aaaand I also glanced briefly at the Australian crime show, Harrow, because of Ioan Gruffudd. I ran away quickly. Not anything that deserves Ioan Gruffudd’s presence, thank you. I’ll stick to rewatching Hornblower.


[the cookings]

My friends and I planned to do some sort of fun cooking project while we hung out together before summer workshop, and we decided on turkey/red pepper empanadas. 

They turned out quite beautifully and we had a fun time making them. ❤


[the funnies]


[the life things]

I got a dogsitting job! It’s like… a very short ways away in my neighborhood, and it’s two very sweet dogs. So I’m quite happy with it. ❤ (One dog’s name is Zorro and he has this black mask marking over his face and I love that so much. xD)

Shavuot happened, so there were river baptisms and a swimming excursion, then a late night filled with cheesecake, coffee and deep discussions. It was fun.

Aaand the big thing of this month, the One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshop! Which kind of deserves a mini-list of its own so here it goes. xD

  • I hung out at a friend’s house for a few days beforehand and it was super fun. ❤ we went to a zoo, went hiking, played games, cooked and generally had an awesome time. 
  • Roadtripped back to home before heading to workshop. There was a ton of good music and plot brainstorming/writer talk in the car, plus driving through a very short and very intense storm. 
  • Meeting up with all the whole rest of the extended OYAN friend crew at workshop itself! So, so, so many awesome people. 😀 ❤ A little bit of a smaller crowd this year, but I really loved being able to talk to everyone more. 
  • I ran a critique group and it was super fun. ❤ We developed a lot of in-jokes, brainstormed a lot of good story things, had snacks and generally became buddies. 
  • I was a student speaker! Terrifying beforehand, but it wasn’t as big of a deal as I thought it would be and everyone seemed to like my talk, so yay! xD (Hoping to put my talk notes down into a blog post sometime within this next month, so stay tuned for that.)
  • Too many other awesome things to list. Cosplays and fun activities and late nights and amazing speakers and random conversations and, again, soooo many wonderful people. ❤ It was an amazing week and I had an awesome time. 

And then kind of crashing after getting home. xD Took a nap for a couple of hours right off the bat and then woke up developing a minor cold that I’m still fighting off. My body is Tired. 

But it’s great to be back with family and homemade food and normal activities after like two weeks solid of exciting things. ❤


[up next]

My present to my dad for Father’s Day was a raincheck to go see the KC Royals at some point. And so we’re doing that on the fourth of July and I’m pumped. 😀 It’s been way too long since going to a baseball game with my dad and it’s always very fun. ❤

Probably more dogsitting things. The dogs have gotten used to me by now, so the excited jumping has gone down and I’m glad for that. xD It’s a nice little part-time thing to get a little money for the summer. 

Also probably seeing the new Spiderman with some siblings. Because…. Spiderman. And multiverse things. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

July is the second Camp Nanowrimo! (aka, the Nanowrimo you can participate in while still having a life since you set your own wordcount goal. xD) I’m kind of using it as an excuse to cross a lot of random things off my writing to-do list. More plotting for the dieselpunk book and probably writing a few snippets. Doing a bit of edit tweaks on Say Uncle and prepping that to publish. Writing more Leverage fanfiction. Aaaand a bit of work on a certain new Blank Mastermind crew book I’ve been thinking about….



How was your June? Having a good summer so far?

Hope everyone has a great July! And I’ll see ya around. 🙂 ❤


28 thoughts on “June Wrap-up 2019

  1. Ahhh I love reading these posts
    For the first time I get to listen to the entirety of your spotify playlist because I have spotify now, yaaay!
    And, I’m doing Camp NaNo too!
    But everything you mentioned in your upcoming writing projects… I’m so hyped for

  2. Sounds like you had fun at OYAN!
    Summer has been going good for me. 🙂
    Have a lovely July!


  3. THE BELLY BUTTON SONG!!! (I’m sorry for the random outburst but I laughed far too hard at seeing that edition in your first playlist 😂😂)
    And also I Am The Doctor YUSSS!!! I plan to get that as the ringtone for my phone sometime soon. And also to record my own voicemail message to the tune of the original Spider-Man theme. Because I actually have a phone and voicemail to do it now with and why not. 😆

    My June has mainly consisted of craziness connected to an upcoming move for my family and my attempts at versions forms of traditional artwork. Oh, and watching lots of Original Doctor Who!! I mean the OLD black-and-white episodes from the ‘60s. I’ve got my baby sister into it somehow and we watch together almost every night. 😄

    Hope your July (and the rest of your summer and all your plans!) go fantastically!! 😊

    1. YES THE BELLY BUTTON SONG. xD That was a SW thing. A few OYANers have been doing these silly song parodies for years and this year they did that one. xD
      YES. All the fandom phone things, I approve. ❤

      Ahaaa that sounds fun! I actually haven't watched any of old Who, but I'm glad you're enjoying it! 😀 The first Doctor, I'm guessing?

      Thank you!! You too! ❤

  4. the math teacher meme is hilarious. Also I feel the gif of collapsing on the floor. That is the mirror image of my entire being at the moment. college is stressful especially when I don’t know people with my identical sense of humor to destress by being an idiot with at college yet. When I am an idiot with people it is a display of trust and friendship that means we are probably going to be friends permanently.

          1. Teaching. It’s an adventure; I’m learning so much and some of it just makes so much sense. I definitely understand much better why I’ve liked some teachers better than others and why homeschooling works so well. I’m specializing in math and history, math because I’ve had so much trouble that I know where the trouble spots are and can teach them, history because I just love history. ❤

  5. Leverage!! I get excited whenever I know somebody else watches and enjoys that show 😊 so well written!
    More Blank Mastermind you say… hmm… 😎

      1. Oh goodness! 😊 *hugs back* Eliot is my favorite overall, but I love the dynamic that everyone has with each other! One of my favorite episodes was the DB Cooper episode, something about watching the actors pull double rolls in a given episode was just too cool! How about you?

        1. Ahhhh yes yes yes ❤ ❤ It's super fun when they have the double roles. 😀
          My favorite…. it's so hard because I love them all so much, but probably Nate is my favorite. (I didn't like him at all at first, but his character arc just… -dies of feelings-)
          My favorite episodes are probably the Rashamon Job or the finale episodes of season 4. There's so much good stuff in the whole show though, I love it. ❤

    I'm totally fine.
    That's so cool that you got to hang out with peoples before SW! Sounds like you had an awesome time. 🙂 And your talk that you gave was wonderful!!! I enjoyed it very much. 😀
    And heeehee, those melons. X'D
    I hope you have a wonderful July!!!

  7. Aww man, sounds like you had so much fun this month. I’m so happy. ❤ Just in the last few days we had a sort of mini KP reunion thing, with about ten peeps from KP/similar circles coming to visit, initially on a canoeing outing for Kate's late b-day celebration. (Her b-day was actually in March. xD) And then we just hung out for a couple days, hiking, playing games, talking, s'mores, etc. It was a surprise for her, and man, if you could've seen her face when all those peeps walked up. XD We'd met several of them in person before, but STILL. It was so much fun.

    Also in June we watched the last Mission Impossible!!!

    *sniff* *solitary tear* whyyyyyy oh why so sad. But also happy. But…also really sad.

    1. Ahhh sweet! I think I saw some pictures of that on Hope’s instagram. 😀 It looked so fun! I guess this is the month of internet writer buds meeting up. xD
      That one was definitely the most intense of all of them. I absolutely /love/ what they did with Ethan’s character in that movie though wow.

  8. It was awesome. 😀
    Yes yes dear ol’ Ethan. It seems like the movies are getting progressively more character-development centered as they go. IT’S SO NICE. ❤

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