Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 2016 Favorites

The first Favorites of the new year! I'm kind of upset that it's the new year because that means that Christmas is over. Everyone is saying it's 2016, but I'm over here hanging on to the ornaments, wrapping myself in lights as the tree is dragged away. I hang on to Christmas. I believe that Christmas should be celebrated until July!
 

Anyways...                                Book
This month there isn't just one book. 

Storytime: A little before summer started, I decided to re-read a lot of the books on my shelf, but there was just one problem... I had a stack a mile high of library books that I needed to read. No biggie, I'll just finish those, return them, and then start reading the books I own. That sounds easy enough, but I wasn't taking into account my weakness for acquiring more books. Every time I would go to return the books I had read, I would find even more that begged to be taken home.

I would bring home the new stack of books and begin to read, determined that I would get through the pile. Fast forward seven months, and here I am, reading the books I own. I finished the last library book yesterday. I am now reading Elizabeth: Red Rose of the House of Tudor (from my own shelf!). The book this month is dedicated to those lonely books on my shelf that will finally be read again.

Music

This soundtrack is amazing. I am so in love with the light, trilling melody of the main theme that echoes throughout the soundtrack. This had to have been composed by a magical unicorn. 
Or
I've been listening to the Anastasia soundtrack like crazy. My favorite will forever and always be "Once Upon a December". I really want a music box that plays that melody. 

Character
My favorite character this month is
 

Sherlock! I watched "The Abominable Bride" when it aired the second time, and it was fantastic. Even more fantastic though was Victorian Sherlock. He was so completely and utterly the same Sherlock we know while being a different person. This episode/special was overall a wonderful thing to watch. It was terrifying (especially at 11:00 at night when one is alone), hilarious, and simply perfect. 

Drink
This month we tried a new tea. It's Vanilla Cinnamon black tea that tastes like a warm hug. It's absolutely perfect for late-night reading. 

Food
MOD PIZZA IS MY LIFE. *ahem* I have recently become acquainted with the glory that is Mod pizza. The pizza tastes top quality while being reasonably priced. Mod pizza is one of my new favorite foods EVER. 

TV Show

I know I've already listed this one, but I finally finished it. MY HEART. Through the entirety of that last episode, I was on an emotional rollercoaster. I'm sad it's over, but I'm glad it wasn't drawn out until I was begging for it to end. 

Movie

This movie was...amazing. I'm very glad I watched it. 
Though I was quite shocked to find that a certain detective was in it. 

I had a bit of a heart attack when he came on screen. *ahem* Anywho, this movie was an absolute joy to watch, and I have to admit that I teared up once or twice. It was so powerful and incredibly moving.

My favorite quote was definitely this. 
 

It's so simple and true. I loved this movie tremendously. 

And that's it for January Favorites. 

Toodlepip

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Blogging-About-Blogs Tag

I was tagged by Hamlette to do this, and I'm pretty excited. 
Note: I don't know a ton of blogs, so many of my answers might repeat. 

The Rules
Thank the person who tagged you
Answer the questions
Tag some blogging friends

Blog that makes me laugh - Hmm, I'd have to say Life: Close Captioned. The blog author doesn't post a ton, but when she does, her posts give me a chuckle. She also has a YouTube channel that's just the greatest. lilywhy 

Blog that makes me think - The only one I can think of that truly makes me think long and hard are posts by Meanwhile, in Rivendell . Every once in a while she'll post on faith or kindness or other things like that. The posts are so refreshing and pleasant to read. She'll make connections that seem so obvious, but that I've never connected myself, and I'll sit there, staring at the screen as I mull it over. My favorite of those kinds of posts is Search Me. Every word resonated with me in some way.

Blog that teaches me things - I have to say...Hannah Heath. It's a writing blog that I follow that I have learned a lot from. She is quite sarcastic and entertaining while being informative. I enjoy reading the witty lines mixed with really good writing advice. She also references Batman, so obviously she's legit. 
Yes, yes you are. 
Blog with beautiful headers - Morgan and Heart has a header that I absolutely love. It's so simple, but the design has a vintage look. Meanwhile, in Rivendell has quite beautiful headers. Revealed in Time's headers are usually quite bookish and vintage, two of my favorite things.

Blogger who takes great pictures - I don't follow a lot of bloggers who take their own pictures. 

Blogger whose recommendations I trust - Meanwhile, in Rivendell. I've found quite a few things that I now adore (Amazing Grace, Leverage, etc). 

New blog I'm enjoying - To the Barricade! is one that I found less than a month ago. Her blog is very bookish and fun to read. As she said, "If you're looking for sarcasm and lots of gifs, you've come to the right place."

Blog I've followed the longest - Either Swicked (which is a private blog, otherwise I'd link it), Meanwhile, in Rivendell, or A Piece of Me. 

Blog I've started following the most recently - Sunshine and Scribblings a blog that I found as I was reading through this tag on Hamlette's blog. I'm glad I found it. :)

Now for the tagging. 

I tag Meanwhile, in Rivendell. :) 
I tag Revealed in Time.
And I tag To the Barricade! 



Toodlepip

Friday, January 22, 2016

2015 Recap - Blogging

This is Pt. 2 of the 2015 Recap that was inspired by To the Barricade!

The best of blogging/bookish stuff in 2015

New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015
Confession: I don't actually follow that many book blogs. I just follow people writing about random stuff in their life or fandoms or even just stuff that matters to them.

Favorite review that you wrote in 2015
I don't write a whole lot of reviews, and that is something that I want to start doing more of. I have to pick my Cowboy and Aliens review just because it was so fun to write.

Best event that you took part in i.e. author signings/virtual events
Does NaNoWriMo count? 

Because I don't go a lot of places.


Best blogging moment of 2015
When I gave my blog a makeover and stopped writing those horrid, boring posts about my life when nothing was happening. Branching out was one of the best decisions I made about my blog.

Most challenging thing about your blogging/reading life
Weeeeell, for the most part my blogging went great.
My reading life on the other hand... I didn't read nearly as many books as I did in 2014. My life has grown way more busy and there seems like there is always something to do that is more productive than reading.

Most popular post on your blog this year
Oddly enough, the most popular post on my blog is one that I wasn't a huge fan of. Balancing Comedic Relief was one in my Harry Potter Writing series thingie. 

Post you wished got more love
Probably my NaNoWriMo Update/Tea Appreciation post. Mainly because I love tea and NaNoWriMo, not to mention the great pun that will make your life at least 3% better. 

Best bookish discovery
I'm going to have to piggyback Aimee's answer. Thriftbooks has helped me so much! I've gotten 3 books from Thriftbooks for the price of one from Amazon. It rocks.

Did you complete any reading goals or challenges that you set for yourself at the beginning of this year
I should have set some reading goals...

And that's it for the 2015 Recap. Onwards to the new year!

Toodlepip

Monday, January 18, 2016

Alice vs. Alice

Alright, this is something I've always wanted to do. As the title suggests this post will be all about Alice Vs. Alice.

Disney's Enchanting Tale of Young, Whimsical Alice.
Image result for alice in wonderland tim burton
Tim Burton's Crazy Story of a Mad World with Even Madder
Special Effects.

These two movies are both very...interesting.
Disney's Alice in Wonderland

This movie always struck me as, to put it plainly, annoying. Alice was too naive and cutsie to be enjoyable. The characters were too...fluffy, and the musical numbers were extremely catchy, but just as annoying as the rest of the movie. Before you Disney enthusiasts that love all Disney movies start a riot outside my door, let me redeem myself.

After re-watching this movie recently, I was able to find some qualities that I enjoyed. The characters were slightly endearing with their zany qualities and proportions. I love the animation and handdrawn aspects of this movie. It is simply to die for. My favorite scene will always be the one where Alice is singing in the field of daisies. It always seemed so serene.


This is my favorite still. I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT!!
I love this scene because it feels so fitting. You really get to see Alice's dreaming side instead of her annoying nieve  other side. I like the reading bit with the sister when she gets bored because I can  relate to it, but I don't like the fact that the movie insists that it was all a dream.


I've always liked to entertain a little bit of belief in Wonderland, like it was that piece of adventure and wonder that was always just out of reach. I wish that it left it to the watchers to decide what they thought it was. I mean, if I was a little kid watching this movie, I would be crushed if it just flat-out told me it was a dream.

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Oh boy, where do I start.

This movie is confusing for so many reasons. The parallels are unexplained, it's overdone visually, and odd beyond all reason, but somehow it just feels like...Wonderland.


It's a little dark, really crazy, and so perfectly befuddling. I've never liked the Queen of Hearts, and I liked her even less in this rendition. She seemed too ridiculous, and I suppose that's what makes her be the Queen of Hearts, but for once I would like to see her backstory and what made her that way. I would like to see a humanized Queen of Hearts.

The Mad Hatter is...strangely satisfying. As a rule, Johnny Depp is a wonderful actor, and he portrayed the Hatter as an unhinged, kind of disturbing, but full of heart character that you couldn't help but root for. I feel like in this case, we were given a backstory that we maybe didn't need. It took away from the age old mystery of what made the Mad Hatter so crazy. For some odd reason, Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter always reminded me of the Joker.

I think I have to mention my absolute love of the costumes. My internet is being really slow right now, so I can't add them, but the colorfulness and creativity of them make it feel all the more like Wonderland.

The aspect of the Jabberwocky being included was just heartwarming. I've always thought of the Jabberwocky as misunderstood. Even from my early days of reading Alice In Wonderland like it was necessary to life, I loved the idea of the Jabberwocky hatching and imprinting on a little Queen of Hearts. They grow up together, but as the Queen grows bitter and insane, so does the Jabberwocky. I know, it's just a mindless monster, but...I don't know, I've always liked it.

The epic, and slightly ridiculous feel of the whole knightress (is that the proper word?) in shining armor felt a little forced to me, but I applaud their effort.

Now we come to the thing that practically ruined the movie for me.


Image result for alice in wonderland tim burton the white queen


She was too....everything. I felt like she tried to be sweet, crazy, dangerous, funny, and lovable all at the same time. She stood out like a sore thumb, and her attitude was breathy and just....arrgg!! She annoyed me so much in the movies, not to mention her affinity for white. I understand she is the White Queen, but couldn't she be just a bit more...colorful? I want to see an Alice in Wonderland where the White Queen is the one that takes up the sword and saves her people. I get that Alice is the heroine, but once in a while, I like a supporting character to surprise me. I wish that the White Queen had a little more depth to her character as well.
I feel like I have to mention the Mad Hatter dance scene. This is so unneeded and just...WHY??? It should go.

Conclusion:
In the end, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland wins out. I love the fact that Alice came back to Wonderland, and I love the fact that it showed that she had been there before doing the things we have all come to expect from Alice.

So, with that, I must go.

I just love that hand-drawn look.
Toodlepip

P.S.



No!! Not the Jabberwocky. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 Recap - Books

I got the idea from To the Barricade!. It looked interesting, so I thought 'why not'.

2015 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 170-ish

Number of re-reads: Too many to count

Genre you read the most from: Fantasy/Sci-fi? 


Best Books of 2015

Best new book of 2015 - Gah, there is no way I am narrowing it down to one. 

Magnus Chase was one that I had been waiting for, and when I finally read it, I couldn't have been happier. 
Airborn was a complete surprise for me. I never expected to like it--or relate to the characters--as much as I did.
The Fog Diver was a nice break from my reading hangover (I re-read Harry Potter and Percy Jackson). The characters and conflicts were all compelling.

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love, but didn't?
The Throne of Glass series. I had heard so much about these books that I expected them to be spectacular. When I read the first book, it was fine, but it was too obvious that it was a YA book...if you know what I mean. Too much focus on the romance that was immature, unrealistic, and honestly annoying, and not enough focus on the plot that was interesting and had so much potential.

Most surprising book
Black Like Me was a book that I was initially reading for school, but I got really enthralled with the brutal honesty that was displayed over and over in the writing. It was a little bit of an eye-opener for me.

Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did!)
I CANNOT EXPLAIN HOW EXCITED I AM!!! So I have a bit of an obsession with Percy Jackson (where else did you think this was going?), and any chance I have to recommend that series, I do. Most of the time people roll their eyes and make empty promises to read the books, BUT some friends of mine finally did. And that makes me very very happy.

Best series you started in 2015
Storytime: I am on Pinterest, and I run across quite a few excited people gushing about a series that I had never heard of before. Keeper of Lost Cities. I google it, and it looks interesting enough, but then I finally read the first book, and I am hooked. The first three or four chapters were a bit slow, but then something clicked, and I couldn't put it down. I quickly read the next three books (in less than four days) and am now patiently waiting the release of the fifth book.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2015
Shannon Messenger fo sho. She is the author of the Keeper series (see above answer). She writes in the same style that I strive for. She is really quite funny and involved with her readers (as much as she can be), not to mention she is a Whovian, Sherlockian, and Potterhead. She is fantastic. 

Best book from a genre you don't typically read
Uglies. This is one that I have grown up hearing about. My sister read it a while ago and loved it, but at the time I was too young to read it. Finally I did, and surprisingly, I enjoyed it. It's a YA dystopian with a powerful and independant female lead who-don't-need-no-man-to-be-strong. Most dystopian books these days (it seems like) are trying to be the next Hunger Games or Divergent, but this book was actually pretty good.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year
Probably Keeper of Cities: Neverseen.

Book you read in 2015 that you're most likely to re-read in 2016
Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus, Harry Potter, and The Hermit Thrush Sings (which I want to review, one of these days). The Hermit Thrush Sings was the first dystopian-ish book I read, and to this day it remains one of my favorite books ever. The utter beauty of that book...

Favorite cover of 2015

I love this cover because it's so simple, yet it somehow encompasses what the story is about. It has a hand drawn look that is truly beautiful.

Most memorable character of 2015 

First of all, love this book. Second of all, love this girl. I've been reading Hoofbeats since I was a wee lass who got swept away in her sister's love for horses (I still have nightmares about those flashcards, Edna, so...thanks for that). Lara is the exact person I want to be  strove to be wanted to be. She was smart, headstrong, determined, wondrous, and extremely relatable. When I re-read this book, I was once again amazed at what a character she was.

Or Keefe from Keeper of Lost Cities. He is the joker that hides a past/darkness. He made a huge mistake that I am still waiting to find out if everything's okay now. 

Or Batman. Because...Batman.

Most beautifully written book of 2015
Airborn This book just drips whimsy, sarcasm, adventure, innocent romance, and stars. Oh, the stars in this book. The stars become a wonderful metaphor that carries the MC through the conflict.

The most thought provoking book of 2015
Black like Me

A book you can't believe you waited until 2015 to read
*cringes* The Fellowship of the Ring/the LOTR trilogy
Lemme 'splain. I have loved these books for a long time, but I never read them all the way through. I would read them about 3/4ths of the way, and then get swept away by some other book/life/holiday/busyness. I finally read them all the way through. *throws confetti* 

Favorite quote/passage from a book in 2015
"The sky pulsed with stars. Some people say it makes them lonesome when they stare up at the night sky. I can't imagine why. There's no shortage of company. By now there's not a constellation I can't name. Orion. Lupus. Serpens. Hercules. Draco. My father taught me all of their stories. So when I look up I see a galaxy of adventures and heroes and villains, all jostling together and trying to outdo one another, and I sometimes want to tell them to hush up and not distract me with their chatter. I've glimpsed all the stars ever discovered by astronomers, and plenty that haven't been.”

This is from Airborn, and I love how it all just flows together so beautifully.

Shortest and longest book you read in 2015
Shortest: Riding Freedom
Longest: The Thickedy? 

OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship) 
I'm assuming that this means OTP from a book. Excluding books that I re-read *coughPercabethcough* *coughCaleocough* *coughFrazelcough* *coughJaspercough* I actually don't read a whole lot of books that the romance grips me or anything. Usually it's kind of a 'meh' or 'I guess they're cute together' so....
Sophie and Fitz from Keepers of Lost Cities. But if we're talking shows/movies, I could go on forever. 

Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure
...Nada

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015
...Keefe. I'm a sucker for characters like that. *swoon*

Best worldbuilding/vivid setting you read this year
Definitely Mistborn. That worldbuilding and description... *blissful sigh* T'was gorgeous.  

Book that put a smile on your face/was FUN to read
Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green was just a fun book to read. It had an exotic setting with a dash of mystery and sinister plots. 

Hidden gem of the year
You guessed it, Airborn.

Most unique book you read in 2015
Granted, this is a re-read, but still... Dragonspell has been a favorite for a looong time. It is so unique and utterly fantastical. 

And that's it for this 2015 book recap. Be on the lookout for Pt. 2 of the 2015 Recap thingie, Blogging edition. 

Until then,
Toodlepip 

Monday, January 11, 2016

5 Weird Ways I Get Inspired

Being a writer, I find inspiration in some weird places. I'll be talking with someone and all of a sudden my mind will be flooded with ideas, and scenarios, and beautiful settings that offer themselves to poetic description. That leaves me staring off into the distance, forgetting most of what the person just said, and I'm going to be honest, that happens more than I care to admit.
What can I say?
Anywho, this has a point. And the point is...what was it again? Oh yeah. 5 Weird Ways I get Inspired!!!

So, there are the normal ones like reading, jotting down thoughts in a journal, and looking at artistic pictures like a sunset. So pretty.

Then there are my weird ones.

#1. Music.
Getting inspired by music isn't the weird part, it's the music that I get inspired by. I'll be listening to Panic! at the Disco or Fall Out Boy (yes, I listen to those. No, I'm not trying to be emo). Those bands are both pretty pop punk/rock and roll, so I should become inspired to write a hardcore battle scene or a car chase when I'm listening to them, but no, I get inspired to write dramatic scenes and emotional deaths, etc. It's so weird, and I don't know why, but that's just how it is. On the other hand, classical music, most of the time, makes me want to write a battle. Just listen to Vivaldi's Winter (PianoGuys). After listening to it, I always want to go write something hardcore.


#2. Words.
I don't mean reading. I mean literal words. Lists and lists of words that I'll just read and have entire scenes form around. I have so many word lists bookmarked that it's not even funny. Just reading them and the definition sparks the poetic side of my writerly brain. (Writerly is not a word, I get it Google. Wait, it is a word, Google is just telling me it's not. Weird.)
writ·er·ly
ˈrītərlē/
adjective
  1. of or characteristic of a professional author.
  2. consciously literary.
 Ahem, back to the point. Words like mellifluous, ineffable, hiraeth, nefarious, etc. just really inspire me.
Isn't that just the best word ever!!
#3. Rain.
"Rain is a lullaby to the writer's soul." What a beautiful quote, ammiright? Rain is usually something that a writer would look out the window and think, "Oh how peaceful." But in my case, my thoughts go something like this---> Would you look at that drop of rain falling faster than that one on the window? Hmm, what if someone in my story died faster than someone else? Hmm, and what if... And on and on. I swear I'm not completely insane (only partly), I'm a writer.

#4. Tea.
Something about tea just really sparks my creative. When I've just made a hot cup of tea (in my Hobbit mug no less), I become British. I'm not kidding. I can't help it, but everything becomes British when I have just made a cup of tea. I start talking to myself in a British accent, but in like, a cool way. 
As if there was a cool way to talk to one's self in a British accent. 
I also always have in my mind the picturesque rainy day (or snowing) where I'm sitting in front of a fire in our fireplace (that we haven't used in...forever), reading Shakespeare or something sophisticated. From there I start thinking about my characters doing the same thing, how they would react, what they would be reading; then before I know it, I've come up with an alternate universe for my Arabic, illegitimate princess -- all so she can drink tea in front of a fireplace.

#5. Songs in different languages. 
I listen to a lot of songs in a lot of different languages, some of my favorites being "The Windsong" from Mighty Joe Young (one of the best movies you will ever see), "Fear a Bhata", and "Soldatino aka Nico's Lullaby" (Soldatino is only partly sung in a different language, but it's still just wonderful). I prefer it when I don't know what they mean because then I can imagine different stories that the words are telling. Something about songs in a different language is so peaceful and inspiring.  

Anywho, those are five of the many weird ways I get inspired (like another is bird calls. What is up with that?). What are some ways that you get inspired? Weird or not, tell me in the comments!!

Toodlepip 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Spoiler-Free) Review

First off
 



Okay, okay, I'm good. 

I watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 10:00 am on December 25th. I was almost shaking I was so excited, but this isn't what I promised. I promised a review. Here we go.


Caution: I am going to say the synopsis that was already out before the movie. If you do not know what this movie is going to be about and want it to remain that way then do not read this next paragraph.

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey, a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo to make sure the Resistance receives the information.

Synopsis done. You're good.

I'm going to start out with the characters. 
Rey: I cannot stress how much I love her character. She was clearly quite independent and able to handle herself. I've never understood how people in Star Wars seem to understand the beeping of droids as if it's their own language, but she did, so....go her? I loved when she first met Finn...that was hilarious. I am a huge fan of characters who can fight, I mean really fight. 

Finn: I also loved him, but for different reasons. I liked Rey because she was just overall awesome, but I like Finn because of his flaws. His flaws are so...human and relatable

And now for everyone's favorite...


BB-8!!!

I wasn't expecting to like BB-8 as much as I did. He was kind of like the Baymax of Star Wars. He was really funny, and I enjoyed how a droid could have attitude. He was very R2-D2-esque without feeling like a copy. BB-8 is a very special droid who, in many ways, was the most important character in the whole movie. BB-8 made me laugh, BB-8 made me gasp, and BB-8 is what I want for Christmas, birthdays, and every other holiday in between. I just want a house full of BB-8s. Just look at him!! 

BB-8 makes me wonder why I talk to anyone at all. No conversation is now going to be as interesting as a small, orange soccer ball that goes, "OOoooOO, beep beep."

The villain was amazing, and I loved him so much more than I thought I would, plus, awesome lightsaber anybody?

 

It's hard to believe that it's been since 1977 that these wonderful movies first began. One of the best things about this movie is that it feels like Star Wars. It has the same bickering dynamic between the main characters, the same mind-blowing universe that seems so huge, and yes, even the same Millennium Falcon, which I love.

I'm quite excited to have the chance to grow up with these movies since I missed my chance the first time. ;) 

I am in love with this movie, and I want to watch it over and over again. 
This post is getting long enough, so I leave you with this.,.. Go. Watch this movie now.

Toodlepip

Monday, January 4, 2016

Dear 2015

Dear 2015,

You were awesome. I thought 2014 was a good year, but then you came along, and you were great. Every year I get happier and happier with who I am, every year I come a little bit closer to finding where I fit, and every year I get a little bit more sure of myself. There were definitely some times when I just wanted you to end, and I wanted a fresh year to start over, but then I would get over those silly moments and realize how lucky I was to be right where I was. I do have some regrets about you, but I honestly wouldn't change them because I learned a lot. I grew even closer to my sister, to my brother, and to my dog. He adores me now, so that's a plus. Thanks 2015. :)

I watched Gilmore Girls, BBC Robin Hood, Heroes, and Leverage (not done with Leverage yet) for the first time. Found some new great catchphrases.

  


Some big things happened. I wrote four novels, began watercoloring, and started seriously playing the piano. We went on an amazing camping trip that had some of the best scenery I have ever had the pleasure of beholding witnessed, and I went to my first masquerade. My sister and I finally remodeled our room, changing it from a cramped room with a bunkbed and plain walls to a spacious room with a queen-sized bed and ice blue paint.

You brought a lot of change, you brought new close friends, and you brought a lot of things that I hope to remember forever.

Thanks 2015. And here's to 2016, may it be even better (if that's possible).

Cheers.
Toodlepip


Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Resolutions



Recently I've been thinking a lot about this sentence. For most of my life I've believed that since I wasn't an adult, I couldn't start my life, I couldn't be who I wanted to be for the rest of my days. 

but guess what? I've kind of decided that 2016 will be the end of that mindset. I'm going to start editing my book, not just to have a completely finished novel, but to publish it. I guess that brings me to New Year's Resolution #1. 

publish a novel. Or at least get the ball rolling. I'm kind of beginning to get tired of just writing for nothing. I want to do something with my work or at least find out what I need to do to make it better and begin to do something with it. I'm hoping that I will have my first novel ready to either self-publish or contact an agent by the end of the year. 

slow down. As I've gotten older, I've gotten busier and life has seemed to move faster. I'm always doing something as fast as I can and always looking ahead at the next have-to. My goal for 2016 is to be more aware of the moments as they pass, to look at my life as it is, not where I'm going or what I have to do. I want to take more walks through the woods behind our house, clearing my mind of my to-do list. 

spend more time with God. We only have so much time on this earth, and I want to use my time wisely. In 2016 I want to get in the habit of having a devotion every morning, even if it's just five minutes. I want to start my day the best way I know how. :)

Those are the only real resolutions I can think of. I don't really have any bad habits, I don't have a major sweet tooth  an out of control sweet tooth, and I spend a lot of my time with my family, so other than those ones, I'm good.

My new year's resolutions last year were as follows.

FINISH MY THIRD BOOK Ha! Well, I not only finished that third book, but wrote three more. I would say that I completed that one. :)

SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY Check.

START EXERCISING It may have taken me until a month before 2016, but check.

Welp, that's it. May 2016 be the year you accomplish all you wish.

Toodlepip