I can’t believe May is here. 0_0 Someone stop time, please.
What did you do with your April? I spent mine working, writing, and crying over people that don’t exist.
I live in a state where all four seasons can happen in a week.
Last month, winter would not let go. Don’t get me wrong; I like snow. But spring is still my favorite time of year, and when winter oversteps its bounds, it’s not ok.
I spent most of April wrapped up in a blanket, glaring at the white stuff covering the ground. Winter, you have officially overstayed your welcome. Now, GO AWAY.
I know I mentioned my involvement in Story Embers last month, but most of the stuff I was involved in happened after my March Somethings.
First, the site launched, and we were all excited and happy.
Then came Pinterest, which I was in charge of. Let me tell you, pinning around 800 images, writing prompts, and quotes all in one day is exhausting.
Next came guildmastering. For those of you who don’t know, I’m in charge of a small online writing group (a guild) at Story Embers. We do fun stuff like wage war against the other guilds, discuss storytelling stuff, and analyze stories.
My wonderful guild is named Avensbeck, and my guildpeople have taken to calling themselves Avensers/Guildmates. They’re pretty fantastic, not that I’m biased or anything.
Something EPIC (and Emotionally Traumatic)
If you’ve been following this blog for a little while, you’ll know that I’m a slight fan of Marvel.
Avengers: Infinity War came out last month. It was kinda a big deal to me. Marvel has been building up to this film for years.
At first, I was concerned about the movie. It’s crazy hard to balance so many POVs, and there were so many expectations surrounding the story. It had to accurately portray legends like Iron Man, Captain America, and Spiderman. On top of that, it had to create a crazy baaaaad villain, since it’s been foreshadowing Thanos since he appeared in the first Avengers. This film had a lot to live up to.
And man did it surpass my expectations. The film was emotional and unexpected. It was full of intense, amazing scenes and an interesting theme to ponder.
If I had time and the desire to spend it in such a way, I’d write a review and share all my writerly thoughts.
But I don’t. So just go see the movie so we can cry together.
My sister celebrate another birthday! :0 She’s oooold, man.
Which means I’m getting old. Yeesh.
But all in all, I’m glad I’ve been given more time to get older. Or else I’d be dead.
Here’s for blessings!
The shelving units in grocery store aisles make me bristle. You know that sign on the top shelf that always says, “ask for assistance to reach top shelf?”
I may have a small, illogical part of me that sees those signs and says, “No way. I am a tall, strong, independent woman who don’t need no help to reach the top shelf.”
So, every time I see those signs, I choose to ignore them.
And guess what? I always get what I want without assistance.
I may or may not end up knocking down half the aisle to get what I want, but it’s ok. I still reached it. Without help.
In your face, top shelf.
I met another one of my online friends! 😀
I met Drake, a fellow writer, at the National Air Force Museum last month.
There are a few things more agonizing for a socially anxious person than waiting to meet an online friend in real life. But I gathered up what small bit of courage I had and took the plunge.
It was totally worth those few seconds of pure terror before the words “Are you Drake?” came out of my mouth. We had a blast. We hung out at the museum most of the day, talking about Sacred Cows, Thermonuclear bombs, fangirls, and tons of other random things.
Something Related to Writing
I didn’t finish Rook’s third draft but considering what I had going on at SE, I’m not too disappointed.
It does put me behind schedule, however, so I’m going to be writing like crazy to catch up.
This month my goals are:
- Start beta reading a project I agreed to beta read.
- Finish Rook’s third draft and send it to betas
- Write something for Story Embers
- Bother Edward enough to give me another writing mistakes lesson
Something Related to Reading
I did not finish the Count of Monte Cristo, but by this point, that shouldn’t be a surprise.
I did read the other book, the Wounded Shadow, so that still counts as something.
My goals this month are to:
- Finish COMC (I think I’mma buy myself a cupcake or something if I finish this month #positivereinforcement)
- Read Storm Siren by Mary Weber (she’s an author I want to meet at Realm Makers, so I figured I should actually read her book before going. My sister and Tori have been raving about it, so it must be good.)
Something Naturey (AND SNAKES)
I went up to Cedarville to spend some time with Hannah and Tori. After writing while they studied, Tori and I went spontaneous hiking. Mind you, I was in my lovely black heels and was not prepared for hiking. Here’s what I learned:
Life lesson #1: Spontaneous hiking is fun.
Life lesson #2: Spontaneous hiking in heels is also fun but in a this-is-slightly-challenging-man-I-hope-I-don’t-break-my-ankles sort of way.
Life lesson #3: Spontaneous hiking while barefoot because you don’t want to fall and die in your heels is also great until OUCH YOU STUPID ROCKS OH MY GOODNESS IS THAT A SNAKE happens.
Then it’s even better.
I really enjoyed my time with Tori, even though my feet weren’t too thrilled.
I hope you had a fantastic April! What are some of your Somethings? Did you have any thrilling encounters with wildlife?
Till next time,
Gabrielle R. Pollack