Hey, warriors! Welcome or welcome back to Words! Today’s post is a little different from my usual ones, and, if you guys like this, let me know so I can make it a regular thing! I’m just going to give a brief life update and writing update (not all that much… these posts aren’t meant to be stressful or cause anger/offense/jealousy!) I’ll divide it into four sections. Let’s dive in!


Me

  • I have been pretty tired lately, which has meant less productivity.
  • I got back into a blog schedule, which means that if you follow all of my blogs you’ve seen some fun content!
  • I recently helped with my church’s VBS. I’ve never worked harder and this was my third, but it was so worth it… even if I did wake up early and come home with a headache every day.
  • I took my first ACT test and went to a public school building for the first time since second grade! That was interesting….

My Blog

My Writing

  • I got back into journaling for the most part after struggling during VBS
  • I’m about to dive into the alpha edits of WMM
  • I rediscovered an old story that… if I ever get time… I might fix.
  • This month hasn’t been the best, writing wise.

You

This portion will be where I feature my favorite little snippets of writing (no more than 2,000 words please and try to keep it short and very clean), photography (again, clean please), or art (you know by now) that you guys send me through my contact page! (For photography and art you will need me to respond before you can send the files.) I’ll try to feature as much as possible but I may not be able to feature yours, although I will try to respond with positive feedback because everyone rocks! If you guys like this, I might start adding themes. For this month, I’m going to feature Maggie’s amazing short story, since it really embodies the theme of Words!


“More.” The little boy’s smile was contagious as he

watched the teenager add a scoop of strawberry ice

cream to his cone.

“More.” The woman took the cup of water from her

husband, who held her hand while she went through

the pangs of childbirth.

“More.” Adjusting the tire pressure slightly, the man

grinned at his grandson as they admired his very first bicycle.

“More.” The young woman winced as the dress was

tightened, then smiled at her beautiful wedding dress in the mirror.

“More.” The man’s greedy hands closed around the

coins, tossing them to his comrade.

“More.” Taking a couple flower pedals from her

husband, the woman sprinkled them over the new

grave of her son.

Words.

More words.

But less words.

mean more.


Isn’t that amazing?! I love it so much!


Now I’m going to take this last paragraph to ask you some questions because you guys rock! You can answer as many or as few as you want, but this is my chance to get to know you better and to learn what you guys want from me! So here we go. What have you done this month so far? How are you doing? What would you all like to see from me in this next month? If you’re an author, what’s your current project? What are your plans and hopes for your writing? Do you like this post? Would you like to see more of these? If I do more of these, should I do themes or leave them open to anything? Let me know in the comments! See you soon!

16 thoughts on “Middle-of-Month Check-In

  1. Ooh, I like these post ideas! And wow, that story was awesome. Almost felt like a poem.
    Answering some of the questions:
    – Currently, I’m taking a break from my main WIP after finishing the first draft. I’ll start editing after the summer—but it’s weird to not be working on it. Was What Matters Most your first novel, Kaley?
    – Plans and hopes for writing: publication, and helping people. Words are powerful, obviously, so I want to use them for good.
    Should we submit writing to you to have it featured? If so, how long should it be?

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    1. Thank you! I know, right?!
      – That’s awesome! I know how that feels, but break time is reading time, so I love it personally. No, it wasn’t. My first novel was Universe, and I’m hoping to bring it back later.
      – Those are great goals! They most definitely are.
      I would love that, yes! I would like them to be under 2,000 words, preferably around 500-1,000 words. I’ll edit that in.

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        1. *nodding* When you aren’t pouring, you should be drinking to stay healthy, if you know what I mean.
          Thank you so much! Make sure you share the blog with a person or two then, because I’m going to have it ready before long for the moment I hit 100 followers. 🙂 Of course, still up to you. No pressure. XD

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  2. I like your reading list page! I haven’t read any of those books but it looks like I might enjoy some of them. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  3. Hi Kaley! I’m sorry writing hasn’t gone as you’d like. Lol, actually my friend and I are going through some similar problems this month. I hope it gets better! We’ll be cheering you on 🙂

    By the way, that’s a great short story!
    Congrats on reaching 50 followers already! I created a tag for bloggers with 50 or more subscribers; if you’re interested, I can give you the link to check it out (no need to feel obligated, though 🙂 )

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  4. What have you done this month so far?

    I went to Tennessee, Summer Camp, my Grandma’s house, and more stuff planned… heh. busyyy busy busyyyy

    How are you doing?

    fatigued…

    What would you all like to see from me in this next month?

    What Matters Most content.

    If you’re an author, what’s your current project? What are your plans and hopes for your writing?

    Currently I’m doing *literally nothing*

    Do you like this post? Would you like to see more of these? If I do more of these, should I do themes or leave them open to anything?

    Yes, yes, and leave it open to anything!

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  5. AHHHH HI!!! i’m new to your blog BUT IN LOVE WITH IT???? the graphics look AMAZING AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED READING THIS POST!!! i’m sorry this month has been rough so far BUT REALLY REALLY HOPING IT GETS BETTER FOR YOUU ❤❤ ahhhh your current novel project SOUNDS AMAZING!! i can’t wait to hear more about it AND ALSO READ IT SOMEDAY AHHHH!!! ALSO OMGGGGG CONGRATS ON 50 FOLLOWERS!!!!! YOU 1000% DESERVE EACH ONE AND SO MANY MOREE!!! THIS POST WAS SO MUCH FUN TO READ AND I CANNOT WAIT TO READ MORE FROM YOU AND INTERACT MORE TOO!!

    okay, so for the questions: school has been keeping me really busy and i’ve also been trying to keep up with blogging and am absolutely exhausted actually 😩 BUT SUMMER VACATIONS START IN A WEEK AND AM INSANELY EXCITED FOR THAT!!!
    ahhhh i LOVED LOVED LOVED reading this post!! and am looking forward to reading absolutely ANYTHING you write as long as you enjoy writing it!! and YESSS would absolutely LOVE to see more of these posts (MINI UPDATES POSTS ARE LITERALLY SO!!! MUCH!!! FUN!!! TO READ!!! AND ALSO I LOVE BULLET POINT LISTS AHHHH) oooh what do you plan on including in the themed posts???
    yes, i do like to call myself a writer sometimes. although the correct title would probably be procrastinator who likes dreaming of writing W O R D S someday. BUT TIME IS EVIL SOMETIMES 😭😭 i’m currently working on outlining a fantasy novel idea about haunted houses and ghosts and monsters, featuring waffles and swords and thieves!! and also trying to keep up with a blogging schedule. which, admittedly isn’t going so well *sobs*

    ANYWAY. DID I MENTION I AM OBSESSED WITH YOUR BLOG AND MIGHT LOVE TO MAKE IT MY HOME??????? I CANNOT WAITT TO READ MORE FROM YOU AHHHHH

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    1. Thank you so so much! I really appreciate this comment! I can’t wait to interact with you more, too! Hopefully my book will come around soon, but I need amazing people like you, so thanks for being part of the journey!

      School is painful sometimes, I can definitely agree. I’m blessed to have been on vacation for a little bit now, but when you’re a teen with blogs and a book, it’s not much of a vacation. XD I hope you have a ton of fun on vacation! I’m glad you love this post! Nothing makes me happier than knowing people appreciate my words even the slightest bit. If I do themes, I would offer a prompt to my readers for their submissions and I’d include my favorite submissions in posts like these!
      Hey, calling yourself a writer and believing you can if the first step. The second step is to keep trying, which it sounds like you’re doing! And yes, time is a monster sometimes. Your book sounds amazing! I love anything involving waffles and swords, as well as mysterious places.
      I am so happy you enjoy this blog! This is literally the best and sweetest comment I’ve ever received… Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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