I’ve been around, lol. Not on my blog of course, though I’ve nearly caught up on a few others, leaving comments in December to posts that w...

Where is She Now?

I’ve been around, lol. Not on my blog of course, though I’ve nearly caught up on a few others, leaving comments in December to posts that went live in August. Sorry about that. I’ve kind of accepted that I will be eternally late in the blogosphere, but your posts are all so thought-provoking and entertaining and well-written that I have to read them at some point, even if it is when they’re three months (or more) past new.
I’ve actually gotten some reading done, more in the past couple of weeks than I’d managed in the past couple of months before that. If you follow me on Goodreads, you’ll see that I have rediscovered an incredible love for picture books. This is a direct result of my new position at the library, which puts me in closer contact with more than just the YA section (I’m in charge of ALL the displays of new books, so whenever a new book enters the library, I have to deal with it and its display at some point. As a result, my reading list has exploded). Picture books are the bomb, you guys. You should be reading them for their lovely illustrations and adorable childlike purity and, often, really fantastic, really simple life lessons you've already forgotten by the time you're 21. At least if you're me.
I also realized recently that I have not been writing, which is a terrible affront to my future career and must be rectified immediately. I was introduced to Imogen’s blog by a link on a fellow blogger’s site (forgive me, I can't remember who the other blogger was), and discovered her post where she says “never, ever write off the power of a free five minutes. I intend to use that advice to restart my writing career in 2019, writing even just five minutes per day if that’s all I can manage at the time.
I’ve listened to a lot of music, but mostly the same wonderful stuff over and over. Right now, it’s Pentatonix, Riley Clemmons, Imagine Dragons, and Bea Miller. I’ve also discovered that indie music and other genres that are just kind of out-there may be my favorite kinds of music.
I’ve spent a lot of time with my family, especially over Christmas and New Years’: watching TV shows and movies, shopping trips and hanging out at home, playing games and playing with dolls, we’ve done it all and we’ve done it a lot. It’s been pretty fun and pretty full. Much different than I normally like to spend my holidays (sequestered away in my own book world or one from the mind of another crazy author), but it’s been good and I’m glad to have spent it that way.
I’m not much for New Years’ Resolutions; I prefer to simply change my life whenever I come upon the idea that I ought to. But I do hope to blog at least a little more this year than I did in the last months of 2018. We’ll have to see how it goes, because honestly, my life situation hasn’t changed very much, so I don’t exactly know where I’m going to fit it in, only that I will be trying harder to fit it in. Maybe I can be smarter with those spare 5 minutes and see if they can make a novel and a blog post now and again, eh?
Like I talked about at the beginning, I have not written any posts of my own (except this one), but I have read multiple others. Here are a slew of my favorites from the final few months of last year and the beginning of this one.
Spend Wisely by Keturah.  Profound. At the time that I read this, I really needed this reminder: that, just like time, money is meant to spent to the glory of God.
9 Stupid Writing Rules that Aren’t Worth Following by Hanna Heath. I love that she talked about these—and in such a classic, humorous way too! Also, the gifs are on point.
When It All Seems Cliché by Vanessa. “I am what makes cliché original.” I love that quote!
Balanced Writing: Guest post by Jessi Roberts on Rebellious Writing. Very interesting post. It gives you a lot to think about regarding what you should portray as an author and, if you choose to, how you should portray it.
Spreading Hope by Faith. A lovely reminder that even though darkness is real, exists, and must be acknowledged, it shouldn’t be our focus. Our focus must be light.
Live Now So You Can Live Later by Vanessa. I just love the message here! Especially since that’s something I’ve really been trying to focus on lately: living now. Right now. In this moment. Whatever’s going on, don’t stress, give it your best, and live your life right now.
Elements of a Strong Female Protagonist by Imogen Elvis. I absolutely LOVE what she has to say here! It’s not about physical strength and the character can be as girly as she freaking wants and still be a fantastic female character. Altogether, some pretty solid tips in here.
The Language of the Worlds Link-Up-October by Skye. Because the more I hear about Cynfael, the more he intrigues me. Seriously, the characters she creates are just incredible.
When “Diversity” Leads to Bad Writing by Jessi. Definitely a thought-provoking post. Racial diversity is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but if the characters don’t make sense for the story, good writing has got to come first. Nobody likes token characters anyway. :p
Can Erasing Your Social Media be the Solution to Living a Better New Year? By Keturah. Love what she says here! Social media is just a tool—it’s not the devil, and it’s not your savior. It’s just a tool that each of us has to learn how to use properly for our individual lives. 😊
Seven Magic Mirrors Blog Tour—But One Life by Skye. Her review is so good, and this book sounds amazing! I’d love to pick it up sometime.
Mini Reseñas Feat. A List Of Cages (Esp) by Grace. I think it’s super cool that she also does reviews in Spanish! Also, one of these days, I’m gonna get around to at least trying that new Marie Lu series maybe in 2035, but hey, one of these days.
A Review Of Karen Kingsbury’s/Hallmark’s The Bridge by Emily. I’m generally not much for pure romance stories, but her review makes this sound so good! Adding to the reading and watching list!
Smile Every Day, Then Write Down Why by Keturah. This is such a beautiful idea! I plan to start doing it as well, and I hope you’ll join us!
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And that’s all I’m going to list, because this is kind of a ton, but I read SO MANY beautiful posts by all of you over winter break! Thank you for being just an incredible, encouraging community with such wise, amusing, informative, and inspirational posts! Love you all, and I’m glad to contribute when I can. 😉
Hope you enjoyed the post, and that you have a wonderful New Year!


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12 comments:

  1. I love your update - it's so nice hearing a bit of what's going on in your life, and tbh, I don't care that your comments come from three month old posts. I LOVE IT! It makes me so happy that people are still reading stuff from that far back. And thanks so much for linking to my posts. Also, I can't wait to hear how your Calendar Journaling goes ;) And wow - you linked some intriguing posts there . . . time to go check them all out ;D

    keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, thank you so much; I'm glad to know that!

      And you're welcome!
      I've actually just been writing down something special that happened in the day as opposed to actually doing it on a calendar, but thanks, it's going well! I've missed a few days this month, but I'm trying to keep up. :)

      Hope you enjoyed them!

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  2. Thanks for featuring me! I should really check out some of these other posts.

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  3. I, too, have been guilty of just not writing at all in the past few months. It made me feel kind of guilty and like I wasted so much time. So writing more in 2019 is definitely one of my goals, too. Like you said, even if I don't spend hours a day writing, just writing for a few minutes counts for something. (And it's more than I've been doing. xD)

    Thanks so much for featuring my post! I'm definitely going to have to check out some of the others you linked to as well.

    theonesthatreallymatter.blogspot.com

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    1. Same! I think of how much progress I could've made, but it's hard to get up the motivation now that I'm out of the habit. I'm gonna keep trying though!

      You're welcome! Hope you enjoy the other posts!

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  4. Your back! I missed you so much! Sounds like you had a really good break. Spending time with family is the best!

    Thanks for sharing my posts! I really appreciate it. <3

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! I've missed being on here, posting, and reading everyone's posts!

      I did thanks! And you're 100% welcome! :D <3

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  5. Ahh I like this post so much! I've really struggled to keep up with the blogging community in the last year, and I'm not sure where I'm going with book blogging tbh. At the present, I'm cherishing every moment with my family before I cross the oceans and have to not see them for at least a year (aaaAAA). I also want to write more this year, and fint ways to manage my time. Anyway, I loved the way you expressed yourself in this post. Nice to hear from you again, Alexa :)

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    1. Thank you!! I don't know exactly what I'm going to be posting this year either, but I'm hoping to get a few different ideas up--and regularly, this time, lol

      Oh, wow, that is a huge change! I'd cherish my time with them as well!

      Thank you so much!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D

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  6. You're back, nice! I guess picture books would do me some good but my tbr has already exploded so rip tbr.

    I dunno. The blogging community has changed so much. When I first started, it was so easy to catch up with everything and now it sometimes feels like a chore and I kinda hate that :(

    And as for writing, I need to keep up with that.

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    1. Hey! And same, mine is SO HUGE right now, I just try not to think too hard about it and simply read the next book. :p

      Yeah, it can be hard when you make it a thing you have to do. Like I used to feel that I had to read EVERY post put out by EVERY blogger I followed. I've accepted now though that I'm just not going to keep up with everything, but I want to try to do at least a bit better than I have and check in more regularly.

      Same!

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