Much has transpired since my last Somethings. So much, in fact, that I had to split this Something into two parts.
Actually, I was simply too lazy to edit the entire post before sending it to my editor/error checker. But it is a really long piece, so it worked out.
Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen. The last two months were a bumpy ride.
Something Awesome (that happened in December)
Save me. My house has been invaded by a small vermin with claws and a strong need for attention.
Meet our new kitten, Cinder-Molly.
Her original name was Cinder (an epic name, if I do say so myself). Mother dearest didn’t think so and wanted to dub her Molly.
“Molly” is too normal, especially for a member of the Pollack family. So we compromised and named her Cinder-Molly. Aren’t hyphens lovely things?
Cinder-Molly is the kitten version of a two-year-old. The moment she sees you’re awake she’ll stick herself in your face, demanding love. She steals my stuffed animals and leaves them everywhere. She jumps on my lap when I’m not paying her a satisfactory amount of attention and interrupts my writing sessions by walking all over my keyboard.
Despite all this, I still can’t resist her cuteness. Welcome to the family, Cinder-Molly.
Something Refreshing (December)
The Saturday after my sister and I left school we packed up the car and headed to Florida.
I’m glad my parents take us on these trips (and pay for them). I spent the week reading, writing, and gallivanting with my family. Here are the highlights:
- My dad and I watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi as part of our father-daughter movie watching tradition. We then watched it a second time with Mom and Hannah. I will admit, half the reason I went twice was because I wanted to watch my sister react to the movie. She is extremely expressive. At one point during the film, she had her legs pulled up and was hugging her knees like they were going to run away from her. She was absolutely enthralled.
- I made friends with Steve.
- Anyone who’s read a good book knows that those awesome stories must be shared with people they love, partly because those people need to enjoy the stories as well, and partly because you need someone to discuss the adventure with. In order to get Hannah into the same stories I love, I read the books aloud to her. During our trip, I read part of Monster in the Hollows (the third book in the Wingfeather Saga) to her. She reacts to books the same way she reacts to movies, so I once again enjoyed watching her reactions.
Something Hard (December)
I quit college in December.
Seriously, I knew adulthood would be full of hard moments, but I didn’t know it would entail this many.
Anyway, if you want to read my thoughts on the temporary end of my college career, you can find them here.
Humans do funny things.
And when I say funny things, I mean stupid things. And when I say humans, I am referring to me.
I somehow thought it was a great idea to write a book with only a vague picture of what the story’s world and overarching plot look like.
I discovered this is not a good strategy. Thanks to that sudden strike of obvious wisdom, I spent a considerable amount of time making up animals, establishing governing systems, creating maps, and working on other world building and plotting tasks this month.
There’s a little-known musical floating around theaters called The Greatest Showman. I’m sure you haven’t heard of it.
Sarcasm Sarcasm. Anyway, I’m a big film critic. I tend to discover flaws in movies whether I want to or not. I don’t bestow the status of “awesome” on many films.
The Greatest Showman earns that status, along with a bunch of other flattering compliments. I’m not saying the film is perfect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The songs fit because they sharpen the main character arcs in multiple different ways. The theme is integrated into the character arcs, and the MC and the rest of the main crew are pretty dimensional. It’s not my genre of choice, but it’s still a good movie.
*Is still listening to the soundtrack* Have you seen it? If so, what’s your favorite song?
This terrible version of O Holy Night.
I like nice things. But I also like my money. I usually only fork out enough cash to buy snacks, books, and gifts for other people.
However, I broke my usual buying habits this month and bought my first pair of heels.
I will admit, it’s a bit strange that I don’t own any other heels, but in my defense, I’m tall (5”8). Tall girls don’t normally wear tall shoes.
I have now decided I don’t care what tall girls normally do or don’t do. Besides, towering over everyone makes me feel powerful, like an evil overlord.
After I bought these boots, I started noticing a slight trend in my shoe choices.
You can’t tell I like black lace-ups, can you? I promise I have other shoes. Do I wear them? Not if black boots are an option.
I’ll see you guys next week with the second part of my Somethings. In the meantime, did you enjoy the first month of the new year? What’s a Something of your own?
And how many of you folks are still writing “2017” on your documents? 😉
-Gabrielle R. Pollack.