It’s a Holly Jolly Season

It’s that wonderful time of year! Christmas season is well underway and the streets are lit up with fairy lights. As much as I love fall weather, snow and cold is also lovely. There’s something about icicles on bare tree branches that is just absolutely beautiful. It really gets me wanting to write something in an attempt to capture the magic of the season.

Of course as much as I want to write, I also want to go out and enjoy the weather. There’s so many wonderful and festive things about December. Be it holiday shopping, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, Christmas Bizarre’s, the festival of lights, ice skating (which I’m fairly bad at), hot chocolate, or just hanging around with friends and family–there’s just so much to do! I recently decorated my Christmas tree (and pretty much the entire first floor) while listening to Christmas music and it was just so divine. One of my favorite parts of decorating is being able to go around and look at all the ornaments we’ve had. Almost every single decoration has a history behind it–a story of whytree and when it was purchased or made. Some represent family trips, others friends, some are from childhood, others derive all the way back to my mum decorating her mother’s tree. Putting all the decorations up is like re-reading a good book-happy to turn each page and relive the moments once again.

In particular, I’ve noticed just how many angel ornaments we have. I wonder if that’s why I took to angels in my book series? I wouldn’t put it past myself. We also have an angel atop our tree instead of a star. Funny thing is that angel is as old as me. Apparently the year I was born, my parents didn’t have anything to put on top of the tree and my two-year-old brother asked our mother why there wasn’t an angel at the top. I think she was a little perplexed as to why he specifically asked about an angel and not a star like most Christmas trees. Either way, she decided to trek out all the way to Michael’s and found pretty much the only angel they had left. Then she had to call our father to pick her up from the store for some reason and when he asked why she was all the way out there she recounted the story. So that’s why we have an angel sitting atop our tree. She isn’t a fancy angel–her wreath is falling from her hands, and she almost never sits properly at the top of the tree, but somehow this year she did. Maybe that’s a good sign. I’m sure we could all use some luck or guidance.

I also have a TON of holiday shopping to do before Christmas (as well as other events). So much that I’ve actually considered using my Youtube channel at last and doing a 12 days of Vlogmas up until Christmas. It’s a good excuse to kick my butt into actually posting content on my Youtube. What do you guys think? Anyone interested in 12 days of Vlogmas? Let me know! A link to my channel can be found in the social media pins.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season! Make sure to spend time with your family and friends. Be nice to each other and enjoy the holidays!

Don’t forget to seek out adventure!

xxx

 

 

Old friends & Coffee

Over the summer I found that a lot of people I used to know managed to apparate into my life again. It all started with my friend who, out of all things, lives down the street and whom I hadn’t talked to in a while. ¬†Once the best of friends we grew apart and yet connected last January again over coffee. During the summer I saw her a few more times, either dancing or having coffee dates. It was a little awkward but overall nice (a subject we touched on). It was nice because even though we’d both changed and it was a little strange at first, before we knew it it was like no time had passed at all. It was like we were back in the days when we talked about everything and had fun. It was just that we were older and instead of drinking lemonade we were drinking IPA’s.

Aside from her, I bumped into other friends (a few of which also live in the same neighborhood as I and her. How ever did we grow apart?) and the same kind of things happened with them (I bumped into most of them at bars/lounges) and it was both fun and still weird. You see, while we all felt like we were all in the same place in life (nowhere), we also seemed slightly…competitive. As we chatted it was a huge game of who has done more things and who has had the craziest “adult” life yet (can I say adult if we’re only like twenty-two?). The more I spent time with old friends the more it seemed that since we all knew we were in the same rut, it was only a matter of who had the best time getting there. It made me wonder about that scenario you see played out on television where at the high school reunion you go to flaunt off your success. But again, this time it wasn’t so much success as it was how fun things are.

Which of course got me thinking…why were we all out there dancing and drinking and “enjoying our twenties” when all we talked over coffee about was jobs, books, adult life, and the troubles we were having? Well, it wasn’t hard to figure out. You see, we’re all coming back into town after graduating college and the funny thing is none of us did what we set out to. We never got the ring to Mordor, we didn’t find the Horcruxes, we didn’t even get the lantern into the pumpkin in time. That’s not to say we didn’t do anything in college. We all had great times, got our degrees, and acquired mass amount of loans, but none of us are coming back bragging about that amazing job or internship that is lined up for us straight out of college. Most of us can’t even give the amazing love story of meeting their Marshall or Lily during college Most of us can just say, “yeah, well I’m looking for a job to save up to do…[insert goal here]”. Which makes sense. Life isn’t what our high school mindset thought it would be and that’s okay. It never is, and maybe we have to drink our troubles away to forget how everything isn’t working out for us at the moment but that’s okay–well, at least for now. It just needs time and patience and it’ll be fine. It may not be what we expected but it’ll be beautiful anyway. Plus, until then we can always chat over coffee when we run into each other. If there’s one comfort, it’s familiarity in the changing world of life after college. And it’s great to be with familiar people, dancing the night away so we can relax from our worries for just a little bit.

And I guess even as I scour for jobs still and edit my book (last edits I swear! Then to query agents), I have it a bit better than others. After all, I got my best freak friend (That doesn’t sound nearly as endearing as it is) that’s a constant amongst all the other people who come and go like the tide.

Now then, since this is titled “old friends AND coffee” I guess I should mention coffee a bit. Of course, I just mentioned coffee because most of my old friend’s always want to get coffee! I guess that’s because coffee dates are the thing to do in your twenty’s (and beyond). Anyway, here’s some last minute wisdom! When in doubt, ditch the phone talks for a nice heart to heart over coffee. Good company and a soothing drink are sometimes exactly what you need.

That’s all for now. Thanks for sticking with this rant and I hope you’re having a lovely morning/afternoon/evening whenever and wherever you are!

Don’t forget to seek out adventure!

xxx

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Nye Beach & Character Names

This past weekend some of my friends and I decided it was time for a coast trip due to one of their birthday’s. Out of all the beach towns we chose to stay at, we chose Newport. I hadn’t been to Newport for at least ten years. When we arrived and walked to the beach, I was amazed that the name of the beach was none other than Nye. Why was I surprised though? Well you see, one of my protagonists is named Nye and I never really knew where I got the name from. I thought up the character back in Elementary school and his name had always been set in stone. So…I suppose that makes sense actually. Most likely I named him after the beach that I had so many happy memories of. It is a little strange though that even as a child I unconsciously chose a Welsh name for a character. I suppose that just means I’ve really always been fascinated with Wales and all things Welsh.

Aside from the strange name revelation, my friends and I had a lovely time. We walked up and down the beach, collected stones, drank some mead, and even went to the Oregon Aquarium (if you’re ever there, the shark tunnel is a must). At the aquarium entrance you take a picture of your group and have the option to purchase it later. We ended up doing this only because our picture was so epic that it made the aquarium staff laugh (anime poses always work). Overall, our days at the beach were a complete success. It was a nice end to the summer and a good getaway from the city. Plus I managed to get quite a few pictures of signage that said “Nye beach”. My fellow author friend and I couldn’t stop making jokes while thinking of my character. As we left the beach we waved to it saying “Bye Nye” (I’m pretty sure we’re the only people who think we’re funny).

In addition there was a stretch of beach that reminded us of my fellow writer friend’s own book (which I’ve read). If you want to check out her author site here it is:¬†https://minaeverse.wordpress.com/welcome-to-verses/

Well, I think that’s about it for now. Does anyone else have any interesting character name origin stories? I’d love to know.

Don’t forget to seek out adventure!

xxx

First Blogpost EVER!

This is the first time I’ve used this blog and sadly there is not much to say. Currently I am still in the process of editing the first book as well as sending it out to a childhood friend who wanted to read it (fun fact: they inspired one of the characters).

Aside from that, I’m taking a publishing lab at my university and we just put on a huge writing conference. Though I was working, I managed to put a flea in one of the agent’s ears and received his business card. Could it lead to endless possibilities? Well maybe not. He’s not a big fan of angels. Oh well. There’s always more to seek out, more to ask about, more to hope will pick up your manuscript.

I’ve also learned quite a bit about querying agents so that’s a plus. I’m going to have to start writing my query letters soon for real. But first I should probably finishing editing the last 110 pages…

…or maybe I’ll get working on that youtube channel I wanted to start up. Yeah. Probably that due to my procrastination tendencies.

That’s all for now.

Don’t forget to seek out adventure!

xxx