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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The Mystery Blogger Award

The sweet Sara at R5:3-5 tagged me for the Mystery Blogger Award! Thanks so much, dear! This was fun. =D

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma

 

Rules

Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog

• Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

• Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award

• Answer the questions from the person who nominated you

• Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one

• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

 

3 Facts About Me

  1. I’ve never been in an airplane or on a boat (well, I was on a boat, but that was in my mom’s womb, soo… I don’t remember it, ha!)
  2. I’m scared of heights but if I could fly as a superpower, I would. Weird, right?
  3. I’ve been in two states at once.

 

My 5 Questions To Answer

 

1) Why do you love to write? 

Words are a gift from God and He gave me this gift when I was born… I’ve been writing since I was little and have always enjoyed stories. I love writing because it’s my way of learning about the Lord, seeking Him, and glorifying Yahweh.

2) What are things that you are passionate about?

Many! I’m passionate about sharing God’s love, pro-life movements, helping kiddos, and being the best I can be – with God’s help – for my family and friends.

3) What was the last historical figure you read about?

Hmm… I don’t remember for sure!

4) What was a time that you or someone else accidentally did a typo that proved to be hilarious (or embarrassing)?

Uh, I don’t know… I guess I don’t message folks enough… I need funny typo stories! xD

5) If there was one place in the world you wouldn’t live, where would it be and why?

I’m a total Gypsy at heart so I’d be game for living pretty much anywhere – for a short period of time. I don’t want to ever live in, say, China. No, thanks.

 

I Nominate…

Kellyn @ Reveries

Lisa @ Inkwell

Faith @ Stories By Firefly

Kaitlyn @ Twin Thoughts

Natasha @ Simple Things 

Kate @ Once Upon An Ordinary 

Maggie @ Dreaming Of Guatemala 

Megan @ Simply Megan Joy

Penny @ A Southern Belle With Stories To Tell

And YOU! If I didn’t tag you, consider yourself tagged now, if you wanna do this!

My 5 Questions for You…

  1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
  2. What are three hobbies you enjoy doing in the summer?
  3. One hilarious thing that has happened to you during a summer?
  4. Have you ever done something very spontaneous? If so, what?
  5. Do you have any pets?

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Thanks again, Sara! That’s all for today, folks. I’ve been super duper busy because 1.) We got back from our week long trip in Maryville for Mom’s doctor appointments. 2.) It’s SUMMER so we’ve been doing lots of outside stuff/chores/etc. 3.) I’m editing The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon and prepping to publish it later this summer! I’m praying very hard about publishing and have lots to do, but God is in control!

God bless,

-Angela

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY | THE REBELLION BY LIVY JARMUSCH

I’m so excited to share with y’all that Livy Jarmusch has released The Rebellion, book two of the Tales of Tarsurella books!

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SYNOPSIS

Something is brewing. Like the far off rumble of a train in the distance, a rebellion is stirring. A cry for change arises in the midst of a traditional monarchy, where King Addison has inherited the throne. Who are the underground troublemakers? What is stirring their defiant banner and demand for change? Find out in The Rebellion! (The Tales of Tarsurella #2) Vanessa Bennett lands her dream job working at the Palace in Tarsurella. She struggles to balance everything on her plate: life in a new country, stressful deadlines, crabby co-workers, college classes at the local University, and blossoming feelings of romantic adoration toward her boss–King Addison. Keeping up with her To-Do list, while trying to earn respect in Addison’s male-dominated administration, presents its challenges. Nevertheless, she can’t help but fight a reoccurring thought and the excitement rising with it: is Addison interested in her? Addison is adjusting to his new role as King. Rumors of a rebellious uprising among the youth in Tarsurella intensifies, as acts of violence and protest break out across the city. Addison is determined to uncover the hidden instigator who fearlessly blogs democracy-driven ideals with a secretive pen name. Will Addison discover and expose the fiery rebellion leader? Or will his efforts fail to stop the rebellious thoughts spreading like wildfire, causing a heartbreaking rift in his divided nation?

AMAZON (BUY IT HERE!)

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AUTHOR BIO

Livy Jarmusch is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. She enjoys crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she’s not writing, you can usually find her playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning her next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies.

GIVEAWAY!

Enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch! Click the link below!

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

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That’s a wrap, folks! How SWEET does this book sound? =D I am so excited about these books. God bless!

-Angela

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?

GOODBYE CAMP NANO | APRIL ’18

 Camp NaNo (April, 2018) is FINISHED. 

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That… happened. Wowza. Finally, it’s over.

This Camp was a bit more difficult for me than the past three Camps (yes, this was my fourth time!). My original goal was 50 hours, then I knocked it to 30 hours, then 30,000 words, and then, finally, 25,000 words. I won Camp at 25,000 words, over 23,000 of that being in Seek’s third draft.

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I’m not bummed at having such a bumpy track of goals this Camp. In fact, I’m grateful. A large portion of the month was spent in traveling with my mom, siblings, and nieces for mom’s Lyme disease treatments, and the time it took to prepare for that trip and settle back down at home, and working on school and Paparazzi. The month was a steady one of hard work and planning as a family, with lots of prayer.

I learned more this month as I began Seek’s third draft. I saw how much Seek has remained the same story… but I’ve changed so, so much in these past few years. When I wrote up Seek back in July 2016, it was inspired by a crazy dream and some plotting like I’d never done before (I’d never plotted a book). And the story then was an out pour of my grieving heart as I searched for Jesus.

And I’m still seeking Jesus. I’ll never stop. The difference is I’m older now and that search is different. My fears are different.

That was a block I hit when editing/rewriting this draft. I’ve grown as a writer, and so when I started crunching down on scenes and adding things to clean/thicken the plot, I worried. Silly worries like ‘what if this is too short now?’ or ‘what if I make it worse by *doing a thing*?’ I began to let my fears of wanting to succeed bog me down… And that’s not what I should be seeking. I should never seek praise, glory, or success.

I must seek God. At all times. Always.

When I had trouble writing Seek – even though, yes, I had things plotted and had no reason to be hitting a wall with thing – I knew it was God trying to get my attention.

Sure, I had a ‘plan’, but I didn’t have God as my focus. So I now am aborting the fear and silly train and going for SEEKING JESUS and doing as He wills. If it doesn’t feel right, I gotta listen to Him!

I talked with Tory and my family some, trying to think outside the box on how to stay true to Seek’s story but also polish it up to be publish worthy. The new rough idea is to absolutely stay true to the original message/themes, clean up the writing, but not necessarily doing the whole draft from scratch. Sound like a vague plan? Well, it might be. But I’m going back to leaving things as such. It gives God more control.

Seek is on its way to being finished. I am still praying to be blessed enough to have it ready to publish by October. There’s still a lot of planning for that and things to do (eek!) but first, the novel must be done, ha! So I’m trusting God and taking things step by step.

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Also, this Camp, I completed a small short story and entered it into a contest. It was my first actual short story in quite some time so I was happy about taking that first step back into small pieces, even if it doesn’t get accepted. I’ll be entering another short story contest this coming week, also… so… *runs off to write*

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And I gave brief outlines/plots to a few novella/novel ideas this month. Just so I didn’t forget them all. And check out my Pinterest because a few of those story ideas got boards…

I got a Facebook author page! Ahh! Go like my page so we can hang out and have fun together!

 

That’s a wrap, folks! God bless,

– Angela

HOW DID CAMP NANO GO FOR YOU? DO YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO RAMBLE TO ABOUT YOUR STORIES/GOD?