january recap [2018]

February 04, 2018




HELLO FEBRUARY!!!

hurray and yay - January is over!! In case you are wondering why, I'm just looking forward to warmer days when I get to go out more. Being at home because of rain is four fifths of the month occurrence here.

so ... moving on ...

on the page ...
  • I actually ... did read quite a lot?
  • the best american travel writing and the conde nast traveller book of unforgettable journeys vol. II.
  • they were informational, educational, adventurous ...
  • one can learn plenty about culture, history, and writing from them ...
  • but sometimes, I found, stupidity masqueraded as adventurousness ...
  • also it was so observational that it came of as apathetic D:
  • everything was viewed as culture and art - not right or wrong or how this affects the human beings??
  • how to be a travel writer was everything you need to know in a concise little gorgeous  book
  • it was one of my late-arriving Christmas presents
  • ok but two of our books ordered for Christmas presents got lost in the mail (whaaat)

   The Best American Travel Writing 2013     The Conde Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Volume II: Great Writers on Great Places     How to Be A Travel Writer (Lonely Planet)

  • I also tried to read how to train your dragon!!
  • I borrowed the four first books and I ... skim-read ...
  • I'm not counting them for this month's books read though because I didn't actually finish them??
  • the movies were sooo much better (sorry)
  • and the books were waaaay more obnoxious (like ... don't read before meal times)
  • but I can draw parallels between the book and movie so?
  • I think Cressida Cowell had an A+ sense of humor
  • this is something I'd be playing with my sister in a game lol

How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)    How to Be a Pirate (How to Train Your Dragon, #2)    How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon, #3)    How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon, #4)

  • what light was light and fluffy and 100% Christmassy
  • renegades was mostly awesome (except for an issue or two *sigh*)
  • I'm glad I have it, though, because I can reference to it when I write my superhero story
  • also marissa meyer IS still one of my favorite author so ...
  • then there was wuthering heights, and rereads of let me be a woman and in 27 days (aloud to my sis for the third time haha) and I began an ember in the ashes!!
  • i beta read seek too (that counts, yes?)

What Light    Renegades (Renegades, #1)    Wuthering Heights    An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

  • AND ME AND MY SISTERS ARE FINISHING THE WINGS OF FIRE SERIES 
  • before the 11th book is released this summer that it lol
  • moon rising, winter turning (as audio book), escaping peril, talons of power and darkness of dragons
  • YOU NEED TO GO READ THIS ALL ASAP 
  • I'm actually drafting a post as to why you should ...
  • and some friends began an epic book chat on hangouts so it's always a good thing to go fangirl XD

Moon Rising (Wings of Fire #6)   Winter Turning (Wings of Fire, #7)   Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire, #8)  

 Talons of Power (Wings of Fire, #9)   Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10)
       
    


in the notebooks ...

  • ha. ha. ha. ha.
  • ^^ that means nothing was accomplished
  • I also blame school
  • and being sick
  • I was working on Broccoli Queen but not quite as much as I would have wanted to
  • oh well TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (what I mean is, it's a new month to try to accomplish things hurray)
  • I didn't quite get to write 30 pages of the three new wips I mentioned in the "2018 goals" post but ...
  • I did get some plotting done so that I can start more earnestly now XD
  • in case you are wondering, I'll just reveal the titles: made of dust, the first boy toothfairy, and the 101st human
  • I love my titles ^.^

on the playlist ...
  • this is kind of a totally new section XD






in #life ...
  • went to a wedding for the first time in 15 years
  • wow
  • was sick for a week and missed two days of work and had feverish dreams about disasters occurring there because I was not present (hahaha)
  • putting my 2018 planner into full use!!
  • got string for my guitar (which some friends randomly gave on Christmas eve)
  • my dad's tuning it and I'm trying to self-teach myself here (hey, be proud of me, Abbie lol)
  • studying all about job interviews and resumes and employers' responsibilities 
  • in science: how humans are polluting the world
  • wish me luck with all my school
on the blogosphere ...




on inkwell ...

OH WOW LOOK I HAVE A NEW OBSESSION WITH JOT NOTES. let me know if it's ok for reading. is it too distracting?

HOPE THE FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR WENT AWESOMELY FOR YOU <3 Happy February, kids :DD

BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU THIS MONTH?
BEST SONG YOU DISCOVERED?

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34 comments

  1. aHH. Lisa - binge reading my blog?? that's the best compliment you could ever give a blogger (but those old posts are so embarrassing tho #ohwell XD) oh my goodness!! that grapic - I just cannot. you are so sweet :''')

    sounds like you had an amazing first month to the year! i hope february even more amazing <33

    sarah » the introverted extrovert

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    1. yes - BINGE READING YOUR BLOG <3 awww thanks Sarah. I actually didn't get to the beginning of the posts yet so THEY HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD SO FAR! I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKE THE GRAPHIC <3 it was the best quote of the month, for sure!!

      yes, thanks girl! I hope February is fantastic for you too :D

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  2. I'm saving this post for all the book recommendations :P It sounds like you've been so busy this month! Don't stress about interviews and resumes. You totally got this!

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    1. oh wow that's a compliment :P I HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTINGLY BUSY YES xD Ahhh I need that wise advice, girl, thanks <3

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  3. Amazing post! I love how you formatted it, honestly. (I agree about the httyd books and movies because I've done soooo much research on the books, I know what's in them and I hear a lot about them, so T.V/movie is sometimes better. (I know, I'm a bad bookdragon.)

    That exerpt from Sarah's post is just *heart eyes*

    Have a spectacular February. I hope you're feeling better.

    ~Ivie|Ivie Writes

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    1. THANK YOU <3 I'm glad you like the format! (Lol I knew your opinion and I have to agree XD) I KNOW THOUGH THAT QUOTE REALLY STUCK WITH ME!! xD

      OMW YOU'RE THE BEST! HAVE A SPECTACULAR FEBRUARY TOO <333

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  4. I love how you formatted this! Super cute!! :D

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  5. Hannah Kerr! HTTYD (although i get your dislike of the first ones, they were kind of meh for me too. but the later ones are amazing <3)! The formatting!

    I'm so glad January went well for you! <3

    ~ Abby

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    1. YES HANNAH KERR AND HTTYD!!! Oh my, maybe I should push through the series a bit harder and see how it turns out?

      Thank you for your comment Abby <333

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  6. First off, I LOVE THIS FORMATTING. The bulletting does make it pretty easy to read. :D And I don't feel like I have to slug through long long long long paragraphs. ;)

    WINGS OF FIRE!!! That series was so so amazing. I didn't finish the second series of Wings of Fire though (future-telling and other mystical stuff that I don't like to read) but those books are soooooooooooooo good. :D

    And you're learning guitar? I love guitar. :D

    *cough* I joined the blogosphere too. ;) XD That was a great thing that happened. But I also had pancakes. So that was pretty exciting. And I finished a novel. Life is good.

    Great wrap-up post!

    D.G. Snapper | silverphoenixwriter.blogspot.com

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    1. WELL THANK YOU SNAPPER! I know, sometimes the "look" of things can be intimidating, including formatting XD

      YES WINGS OF FIRE!! I'm so happy you think so too! We enjoy it SOOO much! and yeah, the later five books were more complicated and full of mystical things and though I really liked them, I can understand your point of view :D Did you read about Prince Winter though? HE'S MY BABY <3

      YES I'M LEARNING GUITAR! It's a great instrument, isn't it?

      OH MY GOODNESS YES I SO INTENDED TO INCLUDE YOU IN MY POST BUT IT'S SO HARD TO REMEMBER EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED!!?? I'm super happy to have you among our *gang* though XD It's so good to connect with other people and I'm so glad you started a blog ^.^ THOSE ARE AWESOME THINGS THAT HAPPENED YES <3 life is sooo good :)

      THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN GIRL!

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  7. YES Seek counts! ;D And thanks for beta-ing, girl, means a lot!
    Oh man, I hope you're not sick anymore! My bro's sick and it's no fun. And hey, guitar sounds awesome! =)
    God bless,
    -Ang | thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

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    1. HAHA THANKS! Oh it was my pleasure to beta for you and I can't wait to see what you do with it later!

      Oh I'm quite recovered now, thanks for your concern :D guitar is cool! I used to play when I was 10 so this is mostly relearning! XD

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  8. Hey, the jot notes (bullet points?) are great!!! I love using them myself, either for blogging or just writing lists - they get everything in a nice little order. :)


    I just had my instruments restrung in January (or was it late December? I don't remember...) as well. I've been playing for years, but I still have trouble doing strings myself. I mean, I /can/ do them, but I have so little coordination, it comes out pretty badly. Still playable, and they don't slip or anything, but it ain't as neat and pretty. Plus I just didn't have the time. So I had them professionally done...but now I'm a happy girl with clean new strings!

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    1. *high five* YEAH I JUST GOT OBSESSED WRITING BULLET POINTS A MONTH OR TWO AGO ... you might see it pop up a lot in my blogging from now on lol

      AHHH YOU SHOULD DO A RECORDING FOR US TO HEAR!! Is it a guitar or ...?? Another stringed instrument? My dad is my pro so HAHA HE DID THE JOB FOR ME. I'm happy you got it professionally done! I wish you all the beautiful playing! ^.^

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  9. Great recap, Lisa!!!

    oh no!! I hate it when things get lost in the mail...

    I'm listening to "Warrior" by Hannah Kerr, and it is really awesome!!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. THANKS CATH!

      Ok here is a funny story ... I bought The Beggar Queen in early December for my mom for Christmas and waited and waited and waited and waited AND IT JUST NEVER CAME. So we got a refund and ordered again. THE SECOND ORDER CAME IN A WEEK OR SO. And two days after the second one arrived THE FIRST ONE CAME TOO. -_- so now my mom has two editions XD

      OH I'M GLAD YOU LIKE THAT SONG! It's so encouraging!

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  10. Great recap, Lisa! I think that the formatting was really neat - it was like following your thoughts from one topic to another.

    And another person who enjoys Wings of Fire! I've reread the series a few times (mostly right before I read a new book because it's been so long and I can't remember everything), and it's one of my comfort series. There's an eleventh book? Oh boy - it looks like it will never end!

    Also, just wanted to say, I really like that quote at the end of this post! Very inspiring.

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    1. HI TRUE THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I'm glad you like the formatting cos I'm a bit obsessed with point form haha

      YOU LIKE WINGS OF FIRE TOO?? That is so awesome! You are the third person I've met who likes that series! YES THERE IS AN 11th BOOK WHICH IS SO EXCITING. Which was your favorite book and favorite dragon?? *is very curious* it is totally a comfort series, yes *nods*

      I'M GLAD YOU LIKED THAT QUOTE. It was from Sarah's blog ^.^

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    2. Glory's book - the third one - is my go-to favorite book from the series, but I really like Quibli, too. Sunny's book was also neat, but it was a last book of the series and those always come with the bonus satisfaction of everything wrapping up. What about you?

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  11. 14 books!!! Wow!I read my first Marissa Meyer book in January and loved it ^^ In January I discovered dodie and basically listened to all her music 83 times. It's amazing; check it out if you haven't already!

    (also I really like this style! it's concise and easy to read)

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    1. I KNOW I SHOCKED MYSELF TOO!! YOU DID?!!? 0MW I'M SO PROUD OF YOU XD I'm glad you loved it bc MARISSA IS LIKE ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVE AUTHORS! 00H a new artist? *runs to check her out*

      (ok thanks XD)

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  12. YOU SHOULD LEARN HOW TO PLAY HOUSE OF GOLD OR THE JUDGE BY TWENTY ONE PILOTS ON YOUR GUITAR. It's supposed to be played on the ukulele, but guitar works too. ;)

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    1. AHA THANK YOU FOR THE RECS!! Lemme see what I can do XD (oh but I'm like a really beginner beginner)

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  13. Lisa, your bullet points through the reading section cracked me up. How to Train Your Dragon in book form wouldn’t have translated onto the screen well, but you’re right, it’s still somewhat comedic. *snap snap*

    CHRISTINE’S POST IS REALLY GOOD WHAT THANK YOU FOR LINKING

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS THANK YOU XD I'm glad it cracked you up ^.^ Yep I don't really /dislike/ the books ... I just think .. maybe I'm too old for them?? XD

      YEAH THAT POST <333 SUPER GLAD YOUNREAD IT AND LIKED IT!!

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  14. I LOVE the format of this post!! It was SO much fun to read!

    Pave! Kings and Queens! Live with Abandon! I love those songs! :D

    Lila @ The Red-Hooded Writer

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    1. Oh awesome!! Glad you found it fun!

      YESSS!! All the lovely songs! Looks like we have similar tastes :D

      Thanks for commenting Lila <3

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  15. 14 BOOKS?!? TEACH ME YOUR WAYS LISA. also i love the format of this post, monthly recaps are always my favorite :D

    happy february, i hope it's a good one! here's to another month of 14 books :P

    ~ noor

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    1. YES I REALLY SURPRISED MYSELF TOO! :p I just ... got sick and filled the dreary days devouring books I think?? I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THE FORMAT TOO :D

      *high five* HERE'S TO A GREAT MONTH OF READING FOR BOTH OF US!! ;)

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  16. Everyone keeps telling me I need to read Wings of Fire! XD Maybe I can stick it somewhere in my TBR...
    Guitar strings! That's fun! I played guitar for about two weeks self-teaching myself before giving up. I think I broke a string on my dad's guitar. Yeah...I've never been much of a musical person. XD
    The jot notes are a tad distracting, but the format is fun at the same time, so I guess I like them. ;) Happy February! (2 days late, lol XD)

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    1. YES HERE'S ONE MORE PERSON TELLING YOU TO GO READ THAT SERIES! It really is worth it!! :D

      Oh wow ... umm, I hope I last longer than that? lol XD Music is tough, to be honest. But I'm gonna give it a shot anyway!! :D

      Ahh, well, thanks for liking them! I'll try not to use them /too/ often haha YES HAPPY FEBRUARY FOR YOU TOO <333

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