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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.”
mark twain
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currently listening to bethel kid's christmas ep, y'all.  WOW.  That's intense xD 
BUT ANYWAY how are you all doing? I felt like today's pictures were kind of a little random, but sometimes inspiration hits you in the middle of the chaos and randomness, right? :P Lately I've kind of just been in this "Trust God; the best is yet to come" phase, and yeah.  There's so much out there.  The world is crazy.  Big.  Full of potential.  Frightening.  God's the only one who is a faithful Guide.  He's the only one who can, and always will.  It's a crazy but good life.  

What's some wisdom you've had lately? You all always blow me away with your wise words, I'm not even kidding.  How's life? Does it feel like fall yet? I'm telling you, it definitely feel like it here.  Trees are changing color and I'm listening to Christmas music...like, what even is this.  :P

-autumn 

THE WRITING TAG

SO a while back I noticed this tag on Micaiah's blog, and it looked really fun.  AS YOU MIGHT HAVE REALIZED, I'm a writer...but I don't really talk a LOT about my writing here on the blog.  Which is completely a paradox considering the fact my blog's title is: Autumn's Readings & WRITINGS.

*ahem*

The writing part is something I scarcely ever touch on, so I figured this post would be a good way for me to actually talk about that a little and tell you guys a little more about what's going on in my WRITING LIFE.  Woo.  (also please don't ask me why my blog is named what it is, ok thanks) 



OH MAN.  I write about so many different things, honestly.  Obviously, I have a novel in the works, which is a Christian contemporary fiction.  And I write a ton of short stories; most of them are kid's stories that I write for a few kid's magazines.  I also write devotional articles for another magazine, so it honestly varies a lot.  And if I feel like it, I'll try venturing into something different--like poetry or something.  Over the years I've also tried writing different genres too, but IT'S HARD, BRO.* So, yes, basically--I write about pretty much everything and anything.  It's good.

*Allow me to rephrase: WRITING IS HARD, BRO. 
 A VERY LONG TIME.  Ever since I could, honestly.  I remember making "books" when I was so little xD I've always just had this passion for words and a camera, honestly.  I don't remember a specific age when I started writing; it's just something I've always done.
 Numero uno, I write for God.  I write to inspire. I write to express.  And honestly, I write because I believe stories are one of the most beautiful expressions there is, words are beautiful, and there's something so magical about words weaved together to create something amazing. 
So for a long time I never really thought I had a "favorite time of day to write", but now, I'm pretty sure I'm a night writer.  WHICH IS INSANE OK.  I love mornings.  I love getting up early and watching the sun and all the nice things.  But, I'm telling you, if I stay up late and actually stay productive, I WILL write 2x faster at night.  I do not understand this logic at all.  WHAT!?


I love the feeling when I finally finish a first draft xD But I also love when I know my writing inspired someone.  I love the feeling when you have so much to say and the words come flying out of your fingertips and it feels right and good and just comes naturally.  Kinda makes me feel like an actual writer lol 
And, I don't know if I can say I necessarily hate any part of it, because ultimately they're all for the better, but there are definitely some parts I intensely dislike.  *coughcougheditingcoughcough* also writer's block.  arhg.

computer, desk, hand
OH LOOK AT THAT the next question is about writer's block xD Erm, well, *fidgets*, I don't know? I don't have a tried-and-true method of overcoming writer's block.  (Some people don't believe in it.  THAT IS HELPFUL.) But when I get writer's block, I usually just stare at the screen and get really frustrated, honestly.  However, one thing that does help me sometimes is reading my words out loud.  Just throwing that out there.  Also disconnect from wifi and force yourself to write.  I've heard it works.


Yeah.  A novel.


XD well, and I'm also brainstorming short story ideas and writing them as soon as I can :))
WELL, this year is flying by and will soon be over, BUT.  Some goals I have for myself in the near future: 1) finish my novel, 2) write short stories more consistently, and 3) plot for a future novel/sequel.  (Plot, because I'm the worst at that xD) 

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SO WHAT ABOUT YOU? How's your writing going? Any big projects you've been working on? let's talk! 

-autumn

August Wrap-Up | September Goals

Ha.  WHAT?

Wait...so is it actually a thing, guys? Is, um, September actually next month? *cough* LIke, in, um, two days to be precise? I'M SORRY BUT WHAT.  HOW.  Yo no comprendo, mi amigos.  This is crazy.  2017 is actually coming to the 'end' season.  YO.  That's insane.



+ I started school.  So this is probably the most outstanding event of my August.  I went back to school.  Yay.  I mean, not going to lie, it's going good so far.  So yay.

+ Went to the zoo.  Again.  Apparently the Philadelphia zoo is the biggest one apart from one in California, but even so, having gone to two different zoos this summer, I can safely conclude that all zoos are pretty much the same.  Animals.  So I won't bother putting up a ton of pictures again xD But I did film a little there and so I'm putting together a small cinematics video.  Woo.

+ Mini-golfed. So earlier this month before school started I actually met up with a few friends and we went mini golfing, which was actually pretty fun.  (also ice cream + learning that half the people at school who I don't know very well started dating over the summer.  woo.  how nice. *note sarcasm*)

+ Picked peaches.  This was just something that I'd wanted to do pretty much all summer, so I finally did it a few weekends back.  Let's just say, even though I wuv peaches, they apparently have no interest in being cooperative with this kid.  I got peaches TWICE this month, and both times, the day after I picked them they started rotting and getting all kinds of fungus on them and such disgusting things.  YIKE.  It was nasty.  But I persevered, guys, and cut them up asap. So. Yep.  Peaches.  Nice. (also the peach tree we have? someone came and picked them all.  the freaking nerve, man.)





+ Almost finished my painting project.  Wait, what is this actually true.  Did Autumn, the ENFP procrastinator, actually almost pull through on a project? Well, I'll be. xD But all sarcasm aside, YES I got the majority of this project done! Woo! Thank you, Fixer Upper! Well, actually thank you, Jesus, but yes!!

BUT it's not totally done, all things said.  I might want to give the walls another coat of paint, and I need to touch up the ceiling edges (PAINTING FRENS: this is my dilemma--I painted my ceiling first, and then I did the walls.  But when I was painting the walls I rubbed the paint onto the edges of the ceiling.  IS THERE A GOOD WAY TO GET RID OF THE YELLOW PAINT ON THE CEILING THANKYOU), plus I need to paint the trim.  So.  Not QuITe done, but close :)


+ Start school successfully.  yeahhhh I think so.  It's been good so far.  Just trying to live every moment to the full & stay on top of studies, y'know?

 + Pick peaches.  Um,  YEAH.  That went well.  (it was nice though :))

  + Finish painting & decorating room. Noo, because technically I'm not done painting my project room, and no my room isn't perfect yet to me either.  *sigh*

+ Be a better bloggerEh, sure why not.  I did post consistently this month (!!!), and I finally got caught up on all your blogs :)) (If I don't know about your blog yet, leave a link in the comments.  I'd love to check you out!)

  + Hustle.   So, "hustle" was my theme word for August.  I accomplished this one somewhat, I guess.  I could've done better, I feel like, but at the same time, I'm proud of what I did get done.  Progress, not perfection, right? xD



+ Do fun, fall things.  Hey, one-month-from-now Autumn, make a list of what all you did in September, ok?

+ Feed myself spiritually.  This is something I always need to work on, but even more right now at this point in life.

+ Eat healthy.  Because this is a necessity for lyfe.

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We'll just see how September goes, y'all.  I STILL CANNOT GET OVER THE FACT THAT IT WILL BE SEPTEMBER.  HOW?!? Like this is basically my reaction:


It's just too crazy to fathom.  HOW.  Oh. oh. oh. 

BUT HOW ARE YOU, MY FRENS? What was your August like? Eventful? Boring? Did you go back to school yet? (To all the homeschoolers: blessed are you.) Any ideas on how to motivate myself to finish painting that room? (actually wait i know.  watch more fixer upper. that's it.) What did you eat for brekkie? What's up in your life?! LET'S TALK! 

-autumn