Friday, December 1, 2017

Looking Back—October/November 2017 edition


Hi guys! It's been a while, I know, but it's time for another edition of Looking Back! I figured I could put together a substantial post for once. After all, it has been two months and a lot has happened since then.

Family and Friends
  • A family emergency popped up on my mother's side of the family, so she had to fly out for three weeks which left my younger sister and brother and I to cook and clean for ourselves. Guys, that is HARD. My sister and I might do a collab post series on our many adventures while she was gone, so stay tuned for many instances where we might have burned the house down, locked ourselves out of the house, and other fun adventures.
  • Halloween Night I went trick or treating with some friends. You can read my post about that here
  • Over Thanksgiving break I got to go to my Grandmother's and spend some time with my fabulous cousins. We had a lot of food, although my sister and one of our cousins did eat all of my grandfather's private ice cream reserve unwittingly. XD

Writing
  • I did NaNoWriMo and I won! you can read more about that here. My goal was 30K on the Young Writers Program, and I ended up writing about half of my novel, Shadowskin. 
  • I have an endless supply of story ideas. My newest one is currently titled "Out Thoughts Are Our Ghosts," and it's a kind of paranormal murder mystery set in a fictitious city in Britain called Grey Sky. And I worked on developing a contemporary that carries the name "Colorful Uknowns" but that could change very soon. It's about art and math and seeing reality from different views. Not to mention I came up with a sequel to Divided but shhhhhhhhh. 
  • For the most part I participated in Carol's Cameras and Pens Challenge. or CPC. You can read my stories here. I didn't get to enter every entry (so sorry about that, Carol!) but I did as many as I could and added to my blog series Seven

Reading

Yup. Still in that reading slump. I did read a lot more in October though, so here's what I got through.

   
 
   

Meditating...

On stress. Yes. I've been stressing about stress. I discovered several ways to relieve stress, which is a mental thing. If you would like to see a post about that, comment below and tell me. I'll see what I can do. :)


Blogging
  • November 26th was Mirror Me's two-year blogiversary! I didn't celebrate this year, due to the NaNo craziness and all, but I might be doing something soon. Keep your eyes peeled. 
  • I left WBW words for good. I am leaving the blog up, so the posts are available any time. But I might change it to private since it is WordPress. 
  • Wild Pennings has had a great two months so far since I started it! I've gotten responses and I can't say how much fun I've been having blogging on my new writing site. 
  • I re-designed the theme of Mirror Me and the featured images. I'm going to be using more of my own photography so I don't have to rely on Unsplash so much. The featured image above is one of my own favorites. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions?


What did you do/read/think last month? I love to chat! 


Smiles!
Nicole

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Quick Note

Hey guys! Sorry about not posting for the last two weeks. Last week Nightfall cam out and I was too busy binge-reading it to put together a proper post, and this week I gave the blog a makeover!!! What do you think?? I made it so it matches my button a little better. I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments. :) 

Honestly, I'm so tired right now I can barely think straight and I still have to write like 5K something words for NaNoWriMo. But I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I am still alive!! Yay!! I have been posting a little more on Wild Pennings though, so my writerly updates are all on there if you haven't checked it out yet. I'll try to have a proper post up next Friday so log as NaNo doesn't strangle the life out of me. 

Oh!! And this week is Thanksgiving break!!! Which means I will have plenty of time to pre-write posts and actually get them up and catch up on NaNo. But I kind of feel bad for being so obsessed about writing, that I basically don't post about anything else. What would y'all like to see? Suggestions are appreciated! I'm trying to plan out my posting schedule for 2018 and I would love to write stuff that interests you.

Speaking of which, 2018 is in less than two months!! What?! Where did the time go? I honestly feel like I blinked and suddenly I arrived at Mars. What are your plans for Thanksgiving break? The rest of this year?? Let's talk!

Smiles!
Nicole

Friday, November 3, 2017

In Which I Impersonate the Very Animal I am Allergic to

So Halloween happened on Tuesday, and so I thought I'd do a post recounting my adventures. Also, this is a quick post because of NaNoWriMo and I forgot to post last week. Sorry about that! The post I had scheduled was missing photos that my mom has on her phone and she's traveling right now so I can't get to them. :/ 

Anyways, here's a recap of my Halloween. 

I decided to dress up as the Cat in the Hat and turn my sister and her friend's twin costumes into a trio. >:) They were my evil minions, Thing 1 and Thing 2. I made the hat and the bow tie myself, but the rest of my outfit I already had. 

On Saturday evening we went to a trunk-or-treat at our church, and that was okay. I had to babysit a bunch of my little cousins but at least I got candy! I'm supposedly too old to trunk-or-treat, but they let the youth go around anyways at the end to scrape up the leftovers. I forgot to bring a bag, so instead I gathered my candy in my hat. I unofficially won the prize for coolest trick-or-treating bag ever. 

That night I separated all of my candy into containers and labeled them as rewards for NaNoWriMo. I haven't eaten any of it yet, but that's because I stocked up on some for before NaNo. :P


On actual Halloween, a couple of my siblings friends came over to trick-or-treat in our neighborhood with us. I had to do a whole bunch of housework that afternoon so WHADYA KNOW BUT I FORGOT THAT WE NEEDED TO CARVE OUR PUMPKIN. *facepalm* So I made my siblings gut it (ew) and then let them pick out designs. We each wanted to do something different, so we carved three different carvings on it. :P 


Danielle chose to do a fancy moon. It looks really nice, ja?


My little brother chose to do the letter pi because he had seen a picture of a pumpkin with Greek letters on it and thought it looked cool. My precious little math-head. XD


I was clever though. Hamilfans, I chose to do the Hamilton logo. My sister was jealous of my genius. Which do you like best? (You know it's mine. XD)

PUMPKIN CARVING HACK: If you accidentally cut off a part of your pumpkin that is necessary to tell what it is (I definitely didn't do that, who are you looking at?), toothpicks and pins or needles make really good supports. Just stick your piece of pumpkin on the toothpick/pin/needle and stick it in your pumpkin, and voila! Beautiful patched-up pumpkin. See Hamilton example above.

Our pumpkin was really tall, so we had to use tongs to put the candles inside ours. For some reason everyone thought that my idea to just light the whole thing on fire was a bad one. 

After that, we got in our costumes and the five of us went trick or treating. I felt strangely like a celebrity because as we walked down he street kids were like, "IT'S THE CAT IN THE HAT!!" One little girl actually came up to me and said, "I'm going to hug you for no apparent reason." Her costume was fluffy, so I didn't mind. Also, there was this fluffy black cat and I wanted to cuddle it to the end of my days but it ran away from me. :( It probably knew that I was allergic to cat hair. *sigh*

via Unsplash//unsplash.com
(I don't even like candy corn but I can't find any other candy pictures for some weird reason.<--not important but whatever) 
I didn't trick-or-treat until the last couple of streets though, because now that I'm older it kind of feels like I'm stealing candy from little kids? I mean, I LOVE candy, but I'd rather wait until all of the little kids have gotten their fun. But I felt kind of bad, because people kept asking me if I was sure I didn't want candy. #conflicted

When we were done stealing gathering candy, we back to the house and thus commenced the great tradition of the trade-offs. I had almost nothing to trade since I had a total of nine pieces, but I got some free stuff from my siblings. :P 

I ate almost all of it. 

The end. 

So how was your halloween? 
Did you get a lot of candy? Did you eat it all in one shot? 
What did you dress up as? 
Do you have any costume plans for next year (so I can steal borrow them? Jk!) 

Smiles!
Nicole