GOODBYE MAY | 2018

May is over! As we enter June, we officially are HALF WAY through 2018. I’m blown away and pretty excited because… a lot has happened so far and there’s more to come.

LOVELY LIFE

  • Our precious Ziibi, our Ojibwe stallion, went home to heaven. He wasn’t healing, despite our hard work to try and help him, and we finally had to make the choice to put him to sleep. We thank God so much for the time we had with Ziibi. He was a sweet boy and we find joy in the fact he’s healthy and running in heaven, now.

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  • Our ancient Rosie went home to be with Jesus, too, but she passed away in her sleep. I’m glad she’s in heaven because she can see again now. ♥

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  • Mom, Dad, Kody, and I went to Maryville again for a week. Mom’s doctor appointments went well!
  • I only drove once. I wanted to drive twice, at least, but some things came up and it didn’t happen.
  • I’ve read my Bible consistently, but will focus more on actually finishing it from now on.
  • I graduated 10th grade. Whoohoo! Summer break has been great so far.
  • Worked Paparazzi. Also, would any of y’all be interested in a ‘late night speed shop’ on Facebook? I’ve been thinking of doing live videos for Paparazzi – but late at night, because I’m a night owl and I think it’d be fun to party like that. If you want in to shop and party with me, let me know!
  • Spread Lyme disease awareness. We’re doing the Kill Lyme Pie Challenge 2018 today, guys! Be sure to check my Youtube challenge out soon.
  • I started journaling again. And making lists. Because I’ve grown to have the mind of a goldfish and must keep up with things. Organization is a must. 😛

 

WORLD OF WRITING

May was a pretty busy month, as far as writing and all went. I’m grateful to God for all I got done!

  • Editing The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon with help from beta readers. My betas are fantastic! I thank y’all so much. I’m so excited to publish this novella and am praying/working really hard to make it happen sometime between June-July.

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  • Have a cover (pretty much) completed for TT,TD,TD. It isn’t complete but I actually have what I want it to be – which is a big step forward. I was getting desperate on deciding what to make the cover, but then, God showed me… though I can’t give any hints to y’all. You’ll have to wait for the cover reveal. 😛 And HUGE thanks to Kellyn Roth for giving some tips and helping me! ♥
  • I’ve been researching a lot on self publishing, also. Which has helped but I’ll be asking friends as I go along, too. And I’ll need my parents’ help setting Amazon up and all. But anyway!
  • Outlined some more for Seek. As soon as my novella is published, I plan/pray on hitting Seek again hard. I gotta finish draft three. I don’t know if I’ll be publishing it this fall/winter, but if I don’t, I’m aiming for early 2019. I’ll be working hard and listening to what God leads me to do. I really want to share this story with y’all!
  • Finished a few short stories and outlined others. I didn’t win one contest but am still waiting on results for the other one. Either way, one of the short stories has turned into a fantasy novel or series… so I’ve been jotting ideas down for it.
  • Planning for Camp NaNo July! At the start of 2018, I’d planned for July to be a pretty casual month. I set it aside for focusing on short stories, for practice and all. I’ll be working on short stories for Camp, along with writing Seek’s third draft.

 

BOOKISH

The Silver Branch, by Rosemary Sutcliff | 4/5

Paperboy, by Vince Vawter | 3/5

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo | 4/5

Sleeping Handsome, by Rebekah Eddy | 4/5

The Deadly Curse of Toco Rey, by Frank Peretti | 5/5

The Secret Of The Desert Stone, by Frank Peretti | 4/5

A Week Of Werewolves, Faeries, And Fancy Dresses, by Nicki Chapelway | 3.5 or 4/5

Kiera, by Kate Willis (beta read) | 4/5

Quest For Leviathan, by Amanda Tero | 4/5

Pioneer Horizon, by Denver Evans | 2.5/5

No Match For A Good Story, by Rachel Kovaciny | 3/5

The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon, by Angela R. Watts

I read 12 books this month! Yes, I’m including my own. 😛 It counts.

 

MY NOOK

The Mystery Blogger Award

Blog Tour | The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch

 

JUNE GOALS

  • Read at least 3 books in the Bible.
  • Drive 2x.
  • Keep helping with Paparazzi.
  • Work with Taloowa and Mini.
  • Post at least one vlog on Youtube. Hahaha. Haha. Ha.

  • Work on publishing TT,TD,TD — even if I don’t manage in publishing that month. At least prep it for July.
  • Prepare outlines and such for Camp NaNo’s projects. But don’t actually stress myself out too much.
  • Go for a late night walk once. Because why not. It’s summer. Be dangerous.
    • Narrator voice: And so, Angela never returned to her blog, because when she was out walking, she was swallowed whole by a giant frog. The end.

 

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That’s a wrap for this month, folks! I’ll try to keep notes through June so I can give y’all funny bits, and more day-to-day life. =D Sound cool? God bless!

-Angela

 

HOW WAS YOUR MAY? WHAT ARE A FEW GOALS YOU HAVE FOR THIS SUMMER?

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GOODBYE APRIL | 2018

April showers bring… oh. OK. This spot of Tennessee completely skipped spring it appears and it’s hot like summer now. Well, then. Hm.

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LOVELY LIFE

  • Spent over a week up near Knoxville/Maryville for Mom’s Lyme disease treatments. See the whole post here!
  • I drove at least once. And… might need glasses. Ha. Because my eyes started giving me a headache after I drove and later this month, I had trouble reading a sign in the Goodwill… we’ll see if I need glasses or not but, hey, I drove without killing anyone.
  • Caught a fish.
  • Worked with Taloowa. She is the smartest, sweetest thing, y’all! And she likes picking up the lead rope in her teeth like a dog. (I need to get a video!)
  • Worked Paparazzi! It’s too funny doing live shows with Tory. 🙂
  • Planted flowers. And I also bought two cacti and an aloe plant! I plan on getting more lil’ plant dudes… so cute!
  • Bought more chickens! We have over a dozen egg layers we just bought! So cute.

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 WORLD OF WRITING

April was a very busy month and in all, I did succeed in writing endaevors, though perhaps not as heavily as I might’ve figured. I did manage to be flexible with my writing but I focused on life for the majority of this month.

  • I participated and won (after many challenges) Camp NaNo! Read the post here on what happened and what all I did…
  • I wrote a short story. And submitted it. So… who knows what’ll happen with it. It isn’t one I plan on thickening so if it doesn’t win the contest, I doubt any of y’all see it. Unless I use it as a little freebie in a newsletter or something. Who knows.
  • Got quite a few ideas for new stories/novels/novellas. Which is good… I haven’t sat and focused on them, simply jotting down what comes to mind and moving on.

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  • Also, got an author Facebook page this month. Pretty cool.

 

BOOKISH

The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter | 3/5

Yep. Once again, I read one book.

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MY NOOK

CAMP NANO | WEEK ONE | APRIL ’18

SUNSHINE CLINIC LYME ADVENTURE | APRIL ’18

BOOK SPOTLIGHT | AT HER FINGERTIPS BY KELLYN ROTH

GOODBYE CAMP NANO | APRIL ’18

 

MAY GOALS

  • Drive 2x. Because I haven’t driven like at ALLLL and gotta. Geez.
  • Work on Seek. Probably won’t finish it this month.
  • Finish short stories and send them in. This is already a ‘done’ thing because this post is a week late soo…
  • Work Paparazzi.
  • Work with Taloowa and Mini.
  • Read Bible 2x daily.
  • Post a vlog 2x.
  • Graduate 10th grade.
  • Begin researching about what it takes to indie publish.
  • Catch up on reviews. 
  • SPREAD LYME DISEASE AWARENESS! May is Lyme disease awareness month. Have questions or wanna help spread awareness? Contact me!

 

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That’s a wrap, folks! God bless!

– Angela

HOW WAS YOUR APRIL? DID YOU WIN CAMP NANO?

SUNSHINE CLINIC LYME ADVENTURE | APRIL ’18

My Mom has had chronic Lyme disease for about 3 years now. The Lyme also has damaged her nerves. My family made a week long arrangement for mom at the Sunshine Clinic in Knoxville… This time, instead of doing a few treatments and that’s it, she had a week to steadily get treated and not have to leave. It was a crazy event but God made a way!

The 14th of April, my  parents, Kody, and I drove up to Knoxville and we got situated in an AIRN&B house. The next morning, Tory, Roger, and the kiddos arrived, too – Tory stayed behind at home Saturday night to do a live Paparazzi fundraiser for mom! (The fundraiser went AMAZING. SO many incredible people shopped to support my mom… We are so grateful to everyone for their prayers and love.) My dad and Tory’s husband Roger drove back home the next morning, which marked the first day of Mom’s week-long treatments at the Sunshine Clinic.

Each day, mom had at least one appointment. Kody and I would go also and babysit, usually in the playrooms that the clinics had. Overall, they behaved alright, though Gabby started teething (who knew a 3 month old baby could grow teeth?! I didn’t…), Reyna had whiny bouts, and Laney… well, we don’t talk about Laney, haha! She’s an accident waiting to happen… she fell down plenty of times but the memorable moment was when she locked herself in the upstairs playroom. Tory was telling her to unlock the door, Laney proceeds to say “I will!” and “Aw-right.”, and when Kody got the room unlocked, lo and behold: Laney is in the middle of the room playing with the toy vacuum. She wasn’t trying to unlock the door a all (shocker). Sooo besides her being crazy, the kiddos behaved. 😛

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Gotta make Tory laugh at the clinic… ;P (ft. Laney dropping a baby doll on its head…)

Mom’s Lyme symptoms are improving since the treatments. She detoxed a lot during the week visit and, the past week we’ve been home, continued to do so. She also still has viruses and such. Her immune and gut health are still weak from years of fighting but God is in total control. We also found out that mom’s shoulder injury is, indeed, an injury – she pulled a tendon in her left shoulder (which happened during the crisis when we lost our dear Ulu…). It’s been very painful for her and still is, but we now have an idea of the physical therapy that must be done and she’s taking small steps at home to heal. These visits to Sunshine Clinic have given answers and hope… and that’s amazing.

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I tried to do a writing log for the week but didn’t succeed – it was too busy and by the time I settled down for the night, I was tired (so I watched Frasier. We all watched Frasier for the week to get our laughs in…). I did a few fun updates on my Instagram though, so that’s better than nothing! So, yes, the week of the treatments, I was WAY too busy and/or brain dead to write Seek. The week before that and after, we were preparing to leave, doing lots of school, and getting in the swing of things… so while I didn’t manage to write more in Seek, I’m not too bummed. God had other plans! ♥ My total word count for week two-three for Camp is now 22,223 words… so I wrote over 5,000 words… not much but better than nothing, considering all else I did. 😉

One thing I learned during this adventure… So often, I mistake God’s love for many wise rules I must obey and if I mess up, I gotta go back and fix it… gotta always be strong, never doubt, never fear… while God tells us not to fear, and to stand bold as lions… He also tells us to rest in Him. I forget this, y’all. I try to find strength in facing everything head on with God… I don’t want to be held by Him. I heard the song Just Be Held by Casting Crowns again and realized the truth – I didn’t want to be held because I just wanted to keep fighting, nonstop, to make things better. Because one day, things have to be better, right? I’ve found strength in just fighting without doubt, never letting myself think twice because I didn’t want to sin like that… but you can find strength in God’s comfort, too. There is strength and bravery in being still, trusting God that He’s fighting for us, too.

Being home now, things are still steadily busy. Mom has a long road of recovery and healing ahead but we have faith and trust in YAHWEH! He is the Greatest Healer and He loves us. Let us rejoice and be glad!

I’ll part now, go write in Seek some, and leave y’all with a vid of Kody and I being excited over our DOUGHNUT stop on the drive home… when Fall Out Boy came on the radio! =D God bless!

– Angela

Doughnuts and #falloutboy on the radio! Whoo!

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GOODBYE MARCH | 2018

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March definitely marched right by, hahaha. Ha.

My March was dandy and let’s jump into some of what it entailed. 🙂 And also, yes, the photo in the post picture is my lil’ baby, JUMP. Goshers, look at it… anyway.

LOVELY LIFE

 

  • Rey’s birthday party! Reyna’s birthday was on the 23rd and we celebrated her party on the 25th with friends. She loved her presents and the cake. Yum, that cake.
  • Drove! Not much but hey, we survived. Just kidding. I’m not a terrible driver but I’m not ecstatic about it. Nonetheless, practice is a good thing.
  • Bought over 80 chickens. 45 meat chickens and then like 30 or so more a week or so after. Yeah. We’ve got over 80 chickens right now. We’ll be eating all the meat chickens, though, ha. I helped the guys build the new chicken run for the meat chickens and we set them up in it today – the 45. The 30 will grow a bit more before we let them in the cage. And then, we’ll be getting more, if we can.
  • Worked Paparazzi some. It’s so fun, y’all!
  • Took pictures of adorable kiddos ride Sugar Baby. 
  • I didn’t compete in the USEWF championships – I got very sick and missed it. Pretty disappointed but Tory went to video Kody compete so I got to see him! Kody won second place in kata – I am SO proud of him, he did epic!
  • I drew 3 times. Favorite drawing was this squirrel I did for my Papaw’s birthday.

 

 

WORLD OF WRITING

 

March was a busy month in the world of writing for me! I did a fun writing update post, so be sure to check that out for the details!

  • I finished Jump on the 8th and ordered copies for fun. Also, Kody started it and likes it so far. 😛
  • I plotted/wrote a novella in a week. The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon is finished and I ordered a paperback copy from Lulu! (Huge thanks to Kell for helping me figure some things out so I won’t have the issues I had with printing JUMP before. You rock, girl.)
  • I wrote a short story and submitted it. Yes, I did! And I didn’t die from having to keep is actually short. ;P
  • Seek – I finished rereading (well, it was a skim, ha) and wrote down notes for revising major parts. Also started going through beta comments and sorting through those. And can I add how awesome it feels to take a red pen and just draw a line through a whole page that’ll be deleted? It’s fantastic.

 

 

BOOKISH

 

I read one book. One book. One. Book. Y’all. Besides my own.

The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff 3/5 (lovely writing but too sad for my taste. Yes. I’m a baby.)

 

 

MY NOOK

 

WRITING UPDATES | MARCH ’18

LOVELY LITTLES

I PRINTED JUMP!

 

 

APRIL GOALS

 

  • Drive. This is gonna be a monthly goal for a while, so I can feel good when I do… 😛
  • Win Camp NaNo. I don’t know my goal for sure – it’ll probably be tracked in hours, though – but I’ll be editing/revising Seek. As much as I can.
  • Work with my horses. They deserve love and it’s gotta be sunny/less windy at some point. Ha.
  • Plant flowers.
  • Read Bible daily, 2x.
  • Keep working Paparazzi!
  • Post at least one vlog on my Youtube channel. 
  • Catch a fish. Hey, we’re going fishing and I’m allowed to put this as a goal.

Well, that’s all folks. God bless!

-Angela

 

How was your March? What are a few goals you have for April?

 

 

LOVELY LITTLES

 

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My niece Reyna giving me a drawing of a dinosaur and it was really good wow.

Holding and kissing baby Gabby – so sweet!

Wearing fuzzy socks like a pro.

Drinking coffee in my favorite mugs.

Laney now calls me by my name and it’s so cute to hear her yell for me across the house.

Reading the Bible aloud with my family.

Babysitting.

Petting Mini – she is such a fluffball!

Me: dad I want an AR-15 dad: why do you need one? me: why not? dad: that’s my girl.

Laney dancing and singing with me to for king and country.

Amazing and encouraging beta readers – y’all rock yo.

Baby chickens!

Car rides in the rain.

Practicing kata.

New notebooks (because my mom is awesome)!

My dad is awesome and brought home his bag of m&ms for me.

Driving kid bikes with my brother because we are teens and very serious. haha

Birthday party = happy kiddos.

Revising/editing my novel with the reward being pizza + Frasier episodes.

Working Paparazzi – alll the pretty jewelry, y’all. Yess.

Cuddling with Waylon.

Watching the birds.

Helping the guys make another chicken run/coop.

The smell of books.

God showing me His gifts and blessings daily.

 

Sometimes, it helps to give thanks for the little things – what are a few little things you love right now?