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! ❀

February Goals: 2022

Hello, my friends!

Happy February! Are you excited for another month to work on your goals for the New Year?

I am excited! And I’m going to set some new goals for the month and break up the ones that I already set for the New Year so I can hit them. So here we go!

  • Hit a word goal of at least 20K

    I am not expecting to get a very high word count as I will be outlining, and not drafting this month, but I do hope to hit at least 20k.
  • Finish my outline for The Bensons

    I hope to start writing in March once I finish the outline this month – It’s historical fiction so I need to do a lot of research. I will most likely be sharing some snippets on here, and more about the story soon.
  • Hit 80 followers on my blog

    I am super close! Only 9 away. And if you’re subscribed, thank you so much for helping me get this far. And if know someone who would like to follow me, send them to this page to follow.
  • Read at least 7 books

    I slowed down on reading in January and I want to pick back up again to hit my goal of reading at least 50 books this year. I need to get started on that!
  • Make sure at least 1 of the books I read is nonfiction

    As I write nonfiction a decent amount, I want to get started reading more to get better at writing it.
  • Set up my bullet journal

    Alright, *cringes* I haven’t worked on my bullet journal as much as I want to be. I’ve worked on it once. But I only got it a few weeks ago, so I hope I can get it started again.
  • Memorize at least 4 Bible verses

    I memorized two verses in January – But I hope to memorize 4 this month to get back on track to hit my goal of 40 this year.
  • Keep up with my Bible reading

    At this point, I’ve stayed on track to read the whole Bible this year – so I want to keep that up and stay on track so I won’t fall behind.

And there are my goals for February! Let’s chat in the comments – Do you have any goals for February? How are your goals for 2022 coming?

Writing Wednesday- In which I share about my new project.

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oday, I thought I’d share about a new project of mine!

Title: 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕖’𝕀 𝕒π•₯ Cπ•’π•žπ•‘ π•Žπ•šπ•π••-π•Žπ•’π•₯𝕖𝕣𝕀

Genre: π•„π•šπ••π••π•π•–-π•˜π•£π•’π••π•– π•”π• π•Ÿπ•₯π•–π•žπ•‘π• π•£π•’π•£π•ͺ π•—π•šπ•”π•₯π•šπ• π•Ÿ

If you read last Wednesday’s post, you got to read a short snippet about The Marbelle’s that I wrote using the inspiration from a writing prompt.

After writing that and thinking about it afterward, I decided I wanted to use The Marbelle family again in a different story. And at that moment, I didn’t have a WIP (work-in-progress). So, it seemed like a perfect idea.

And since that moment, I officially have a new WIP. *cheers*

Anyway, I am pretty excited about that. I don’t have much brainstormed yet, but, I’ll share the bit I have.

Basically, it is about the five Marbelle Sisters, who go off to Camp Wild-Waters for three weeks in the summer and have the adventure of their lives.

I have started outlining it. I am so very excited to meet them and to introduce them to you! I plan to introduce each of the girls to you in December on Saturdays during my interview posts.

I apologize for the very poor and short description. I do not want to share too much, since I am sure will share snippets on my blog, and I do not want to spoil it. πŸ˜‰

But, I will give you a peek at the cover I was playing around with. (It’s not my best work though)

Have you started any new projects recently? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

Until next time,