Summer Goals {2022}

Hello, my friends! Happy summer!

I have lots of goals for the summer, and I always love reading goal posts, so I thought I’d do one–I hope you all enjoy it. ❤ =D

Writing GOals

  • Write 100 words every day for 100 days

This summer, I decided to participate in the Go Teen Writers 100 for 100 Challenge where you write 100 words for 100. It’s been a wonderful motivation so far, and lots of my other writing friends are participating, which makes it all the more fun.

  • Brainstorm / outline / plot another novel

I recently finished my last novel and I’m starting to brainstorm a new idea. I’m still figuring everything out with this project but I am quite excited about it. Hopefully, I’ll have this project ready by the end of August so I can start writing in September, but we’ll see.

  • Write two short stories

I am terrible with writing short stories, every time I try to write one, it either turns into flash fiction, because it’s too short or a novella. 😛 I’m going to try to actually write two stories and keep them short. Get three new monthly theme badges.

  • Read 30 books

As you already know from my monthly reviews, I often lag in reading, but I hope this summer will be different! I’ve already 6 so far, plus, some other friends and I are doing a reading challenge, and it’s been a ton of fun so far and a way to boost my motivation.

  • Hit 130 subscribers on my email list

I have 25 more subscribers to go before I hit this goal. 🙂 We’ll see how it goes, but I’m currently brainstorming and thinking up some more fun things to do for my email list, so that should help.

Life Goals

  • Grow in my relationship with Jesus ❤

This is my top goal, hence, the highest on my list 😂 A few smaller goals that go along with this main one are finishing reading the Psalms, memorizing at least 30 verses, and reviewing at least 20 of the verses already have memorized.

  • Start an art journal

I’ve seen plenty of people do these kinds of journals and they look like so much fun. I think it will also be a really fun way to document the happenings in my life and be creative at the same time.

  • Run at least 4 times a week

I’m trying to get back into the habit of running and exercising more. I’ll be doing swim team too, which will definitely help me be more active.

  • Do another sibling’s photoshoot

My siblings and I have had a blast doing photoshoots. They’re a lot of fun if you have younger siblings (or older ones, if they cooperate) to do. There was plenty of laughing and wonderful moments in our last photo shoot, and I’m excited to do more of them.

  • Spend less time on the computer

I’m not the only person who can get caught up on the computer for hours, right? I’ve noticed that I spend too much time on the computer somedays, and I end up abandoning all my in-real-life responsibilities and people. I also want to spend more time with my friends and family, since I can be quite introverted at times and spend my whole day holed up in my room. 😛 So, hopefully, this summer I can improve on that.

What are your goals for the summer? Have you ever done a sibling photoshoot? What are your thoughts on art journals? What’s one thing you’re most excited about for the summer?

Thank you all so much for reading and may you have a lovely day!

Monthly Review: May 2022

Hello, friends!

Today, I bring you my May 2022 Review! Once again, we’ll be going over the three categories, Life, Writing, and Reading! I hope you enjoy. =D

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Writing

May was a HUGE month for me writing-wise. I finished my first full-length novel at around 52 thousand words which is beyond exciting! I wrote it in less than thirty-one days which was a fun challenge. I know I still have a long way to go but this is a big accomplishment for me.

All other writing except blog posts basically got pushed aside since I was writing nearly 2-thousand-words every day, but I have another exciting update too which most of you already know. At the beginning of May, my email list hit 100 subscribers! (Well 107 now.)

I already sent a big thank you email out, but I’m going to say it again. Thank you all so much for reading my writing and supporting me! I appreciate you so much. ❤

I’m planning to do something to celebrate still–I’m not totally sure yet, but it will be exclusive to my email list, so if you’re not signed up yet, I’d love to have you! ❤

rEADiNG

I *kind of* failed in reading this month. I spent so much time writing that I hardly had any free time to do much reading, plus, I can’t seem to find any good books to read that I’ll enjoy and that is clean. But I did read some, a grand total of three books. 😛

I read Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner which was a very sweet story, and I enjoyed it.

Then I reread the sixth and seventh books of the Main Street Series by Ann M. Martin, along with listening to the ones before in the series on audio. (I love audiobooks if you haven’t noticed. :D)

And the reading stopped there. I’m hoping to read more this summer and I definitely will since some of my writing friends and I are doing a reading challenge. I’m hoping for thirty books. We’ll see if I end up finding enough to read. That could be a problem.

LIFE

Life-wise, May was rough but there were some good things too. (And the hard things weren’t necessarily bad. . . they were just hard.)

I was sick twice, and currently have allergies. *shakes head* I hope the rest of you didn’t spend most of your month sick.

BUT despite being sick a lot, May was a gorgeous month, seeing all of the flowers bloom and the woods turn green was definitely amazing. I love spring, don’t you? I especially loved this beautiful dogwood tree, looking out my window and seeing it all bright and full of blooms made me so happy. But after about a week, all of the blooms died. Oh well, I’ll have to wait until next spring. But I got tons of pictures of it so it won’t be forgotten. 😀

We planted 500 trees (and some bushes.)! That was a lot of work but fun too. Click here to see the post I made with more photos.

I did a lot of art during May, being sick gives you plenty of time to do art and write. 😂 Most of it was in my bullet journal since I ran out of room in my last bujo. I got this one off of Amazon and I love it! It’s a lot nicer than my last bujo so I’m happy to have it. 🙂

My younger siblings and I did a super fun photoshoot (Well two of them actually! One with just the girls and then one with everyone) and that was a blast.

All in all, May was a hard month, but I learned a lot and had some fun.

Anyhow, that wraps it up!

How did your May go? What was one high and one low from your month?

WORDS BLOG TOUR: STOP #7

Hello, my friends! 

I have a super fun post today and one that I really enjoyed putting together! One of my amazing writing friends, Kaley, is doing a blog tour to celebrate the launch of her author blog, Words. The tour has been amazing so far and if you haven’t already, go check out the first post here!

Today, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Kaley–She has some fantastic answers, and her WIP (work-in-progress) sounds amazing.

Anyway, let’s get started! 

Welcome, Kaley! In case some of my readers haven’t met you, would you mind introducing yourself? 

Thanks for having me, Pearl! I’m a teenage author and musician with a passion for the Lord and helping others through relatable characters that go beyond stereotypes or the norm to be as unique and supportive of those around me as possible. 

What is your writing mission statement? 

My mission is to give everyone a mirror that shows how beautiful they are through powerful words and relatable situations. I love creating characters that are normal, not super pretty girls who happen to be in the dork group and hence they act like fools and the mean girl hates them for no reason. Everyone is deeper than that. I’m trying to write the reality of the soul, not just the stereotypical teen.

What’s your current WIP about? 

I would say my most current WIP is one I’m not ready to explain, but I’ll tell you a little bit about the one I recently finished, What Matters Most. It’s about three teen girls in their first year of high school getting lost in a desire to be worth something and nearly losing the very people who saw it from the beginning. It’s about realizing that your worth doesn’t come from Tricia liking your hair or Lily thinking you’re fat or Mike having a crush on you. It comes from who you were inside, all along, and I believe that true friends are those that see it in you.

I also believe that this worth was predestined by God, long before even the world began. He loves us and so we have worth, not because we’re good or perfect but because He chose us and we are His. I don’t highlight this point as much in the book in order to reach even those who don’t believe in the Lord, but I believe it with all my heart. 

What is one thing you like to do, besides writing? 

I spend most of the time when I’m not writing (or doing school or wasting time, for that matter) on photography and music. Music is like putting on a stethoscope and magnifying the heartbeat of writing and I love it so much. I play guitar and ukulele (and technically piano). Writing songs isn’t counted as writing for me because I rarely get writer’s block or lose motivation. I just feel the flow or I don’t. Photography is seeing the simple, basic things from a whole new angle, appreciating how they are and what they are. Really, all of my hobbies are about changing the light cast on everything and learning to love things that a lot of people don’t care about.

What is the first book that made you cry? 

I’ll be honest here: I’ve never actually cried over a book or movie except my own. And I only cried over my own once, when reading a sad part out loud. But I came very close to crying over Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt… it is the saddest book I’ve ever read, starting from chapter one, but he inspired me to really think about people in a new light. His books make me write how I do.

Who is your favorite author? 

Gary D. Schmidt gets first place, but Kara Swanson is a very close second with Jonathan Auxier as a third. They all take things from the perspective people think of first and swap things around. They play with the rules and make classic things their own. I love it.

What is your favorite character that you created? 

A month ago my answer would have been different, but I’ve become really appreciative of my character Amelia. She’s a lost teen in her first year of high school, unsure of why she really wants what she wants but knows she wants it. I thought her character was weak at first and then I realized that no teen girl one hundred percent knows who they are, especially not when they have nobody to look up to that isn’t on a screen. So I’m letting her remain just a little lost, just a little unsure. She has interests and desires but she is growing and that’s what matters to me. 

What genre do you write?

 

I write realistic fiction most but I write in whatever genre best fits my latest idea. I have a plot for a thriller floating around, a new realistic fiction in the works as well as the sequel to What Matters Most, a sci-fi/fantasy on the back burner, and one without any specific genre at all at the worldbuilding stage. 

What do the words “writer’s block” mean to you?

Writer’s block is really a mental block where your brain says “I can’t write right now because I don’t know the perfect words for this part.” I’ve learned to not let it win when I write and it rarely gets in my way now, although I still deal with it sometimes.

When did you start writing? 

I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. Forever. The moment I could form letters on a page and spell enough words is probably when I officially wrote my first story. I’ve lived in many worlds, and this earth is just one. 

What is your blog going to be about? 

My blog is about my passion for words and for others. I’m a little bit of a Christian Abbie Emmons blogger for teens who’s determined to remind you how much WORDS MATTER. Because they do. They’re so important. So you’ll find anything and everything words on my blog. I try to keep it simple, keep it free, keep it fun, and keep it positive. That’s my goal.

And that’s it!! Thank you so much for reading friends, and have a lovely day! Thank you Kaley for the wonderful interview. ❤ 

Click here to check out the next stop on the tour which will go live tomorrow. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the tour. 😀

And then click here to check out Kaley’s blog!

About Kaley

Kaley Kriesel is a 15-year-old Christian author from Oklahoma, USA, where she pursues Jesus and studies from her home. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and when she isn’t writing, learning, or socializing, you can most often find her playing ukulele or reading a book. She has two blogs, Words and Sketch Scribble Scribe. This tour is for Words.

Monthly Review: March 2022

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Happy April! Today, I bring you my Monthly Review for March. I hope you enjoy reading!

Writing

As writing goes, my friend Anna and I finished the project we’ve been working on for months now called Love Times Two – It’s a little over 10K, which was about the word count we were aiming for. As of right now, we’re working on editing. We may indie-publish it later down the road, but we’ll see. This project has been so much fun to write, and I am blessed to have such an amazing co-author. ❤

I’ve finally made some progress in my main work in progress (WIP), The Bensons – I’ve been trying to get the motivation to just sit down and write on this project, and I finally did that. I wrote almost 5K on it the past two weeks. (Which is a low word count for me, but I’m getting somewhere I think!)

I finished my article for The Young Writer Blog and submitted it! Right now, I’m just waiting for it to be published, I’m hoping it will be sometime this month, but we’ll see. That’s been a lot of fun and hard work to write, but I’ve really enjoyed the process.

That wraps up writing for this month!

Reading

I’ve done a lot of reading this month again; I just got some books from the Library too when my younger siblings went to get their library cards. A few of my favorite books from this month:

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

This book was amazing! A friend recommended it to me a few months ago, and I finally got around to reading it.

The wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

I had to read this for school; I was kind of dreading reading it because I haven’t enjoyed a lot of the books I’ve had to read this year, but wow. I was wrong! This book might be one of my new favorites, at least one of my favorite middle-grade mysteries. If you’re looking for another historical fiction, middle-grade mystery, this book is for you. I also really enjoyed the audiobook version of it too.

the teacher’s funeral by Richard Peck

This book was really hilarious in a lot of different ways, but with a good plot too. Like The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, I was not expecting to enjoy this, but once again, I surprised myself and I did! Apparently, I need to slow down in my judging books by their covers, yes?

Annie’s war by Jacqueline Levering Sullivan

I’m not yet finished with this one but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It has a really interesting plot, and it carries an intriguing message. I’m really excited to finish it and see how it ends.

Doing

Goodness, a lot happened in March! A few highlights:

Our trip to Lutsen! This was a super fun trip, and it was such a blessing to be able to go and ski there again. You can check out my blog post on it if you want to hear about it more.

We also had our last ski trip of the season too! We snuck in one more trip the week after we went to Lutsen, it was so slushy; there were puddles at the end of a lot of the runs, but I guess that’s what it’s like when you ski in the Midwest in March. :p By the end of the day, we were skiing with no gloves – And Malachi and Tyler, our cousin, skied in short-sleeved shirts the whole day. It was so warm!

We made pretzels one afternoon which was quite fun! I’d been wanting to bake them again for a while, and I finally got my chance.

All the younger kids enjoyed helping roll them out and getting them into pretzel shapes.

Ahh, they turned out amazing! Some of them lost shape in the baking soda bath, but other than that, they were great. We used this recipe in case anyone is looking for a good pretzel recipe.

I’ve also helped a lot with tapping trees for making syrup! I’ve already done two posts on this, so I’m not going to go into detail. You can read Part One here, and Part Two here. (Keep an eye out for the third and final post coming up along with signs ups for the syrup give-away.)

It’s been awfully cold the past few days, we’ve gotten a lot of rain, snow, and hail, with few sunny days. One time we had all four of them together! The weather here can be so weird at times. But the cold weather hasn’t discouraged my younger siblings from getting out their bikes. I even have had to face the cold because I was so tired of being in the house all the time. So Mercy and I have taken a lot of walks, and there has been multiple soccer games and capture the flag too.

I wrote a lot of letters this month too, around 10 I think. I also got a second penpal too which is super fun.

I got a new set of watercolors too which have been a lot of fun to try out too. :’D

That’s about it! I ended up having a very busy March, hopefully, April will be slower, but I doubt that with Track starting up for my older siblings. 😜

How did your March go? Have you ever baked soft pretzels? What’s the weather like where you are, do you have Spring or are you still waiting?

Thanks so much for reading, friends! ❤

Monthly Review: February 2022

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Hello, friends!

Happy March! I thought it might be fun if I did a post to recap February so that’s what we will be doing today. 😀

Writing

We are going to start with a update on my writing and how it’s going this year.

Well, I am almost finished with my outline for one of my projects The Bensons (Title subject to change) and I am super excited to start writing that.

I’ve also been working on a project I am co-authoring with my friend, Anna, which we are almost done with which is super exciting! It’s a novelette that we’ve been working on for a few months now, and we’re both really excited to be finished it. It’s one of my favorites out of all the stories I’ve written.

I’ve also been working on writing an article for The Young Writer Blog which has been fun, and a lot of work too. But I’m excited to get published on there.

That’s about it for what I’ve been writing. =D

READING

I’ve read a lot this month! More than I thought I would. Overall this year, I’ve read 18 books which makes me happy. I’ve enjoyed having more time to read and reading more.

A few of my favorites from this month. . .

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I’ve actually read this one twice this year, once right at the beginning, and then I read it again a few days ago. Don’t ask me why I like rereading things so much, but I do. 😆

The Giver by Lois Lowry


I finished this one in a day. 😅 I really enjoyed the story, which suprised me because I don’t usually like books that are dystopian or sci-fi. The ideas it suggested were definitely uncomftarble, but overall, I loved it.

Needle and Thread by Ann M. Martin (Book #2 in the Main Street series)

Ahh, I love this series and book so much. The characters and everything about it. . .it’s such a sweet story, yet it’s so sad.

The Holly’s Heart Collection by Beverly Lewis

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I’ve read it at least 5 times. Anyway, I loved reading it again this month.

That wraps up what I’ve been reading this month.

Doing

And I have done a lot this month, some of which I posted about it, and some of it I haven’t. A few random photos from this month, and what I have done. . .

We went skiing six times in February which was super fun. Once we were able to go night skiing and that was awesome.

We’ve had so many gorgeous sunsets this month. :’D I love watching the sun set. ❤

My brother got a drone for Christmas! He enjoyed flying it around (and trying to fly it at us. 😂).

My younger brothers, Luke, and Levi, had the brilliant idea to go play in the mud behind our house. And they convinced me to come along. . .Let me just say my boots were nearly spotless before we started. But that was definitely a highlight from this month.

While we were playing in the mud, they also decided that it would be a good idea to try to go sledding in it. And they picked me as the first contestant. Lucky me. :’D

Ooh, there’s a rainbow in this puddle! Getting all muddy was definitely worth all the fun we had that afternoon.

There’s been a lot of different weather this month, from the weather in the 50s to below zero some days. We got two snowstorms and have had a lot of sunshine. I’ve enjoyed having the nicer weather after so much winter.

This is my science. =D

I’ve done so much school the past few weeks. I know I am going to appreciate getting done early but it seems like a lot right now.

We decorated cupcakes twice this month. Once for a family celebration, and then again for an activity at Church.

I’ve also been working on my bullet journal, and I finished my 2022 spreads (I’m hoping to do a post sharing them soon!) and my March spreads. I’ve really enjoyed bullet journaling so far.

I put together an art binder (I need to come up with a better name) for all my art supplies. (I’m also planning a post about that soon but here’s a sneak peek.)

How did your February go? Did you do anything special?