Okay, so I first tried this one year ago on my old blog, Memoirs of a Taleweaver. By “this” I mean writing a monthly “Doings” post. The first one went okay. I’m not sure if there ever was a second one, or if I just slacked off with my posting so much after that that I just didn’t bother. But since it’s the end of the month and I really can’t think of anything else I want to talk about, I figured I’d give it a whirl.
After comparing last July and this July to the other months of the year, I’m starting to get vibes that July is consistently becoming by far one of the craziest months of the year for me. Last year that meant going to events like NYC, teen camp, and family camp. This year that meant things like going back from New Hampshire from my grandfather’s last knee surgery, moving, renovating a house, working in the family camp kitchen, and coming back for my grandfather’s next knee surgery. So between all that, you could say things have been pretty busy.
All things considered, the craziest part of the month was the reno. I got home from New Hampshire, and the first night it was time to dive right in. That was just cleaning a couple fans of the drywall dust, though. The next day it was time to start tackling the basement, and that was.. Intense. There was a lot of ripping out drywall and cabinets and ceilings. There was also a few minutes that felt like a small eternity in which Mom was having trouble with her phone, called in to Apple, hit #1 for “Contemporary” music. It may have been “contemporary,” but it was also mostly in other languages, and not even good songs in other languages! That… Yeah. That was torture. It’s a miracle we’re still alive.
The second craziest part was probably working in the family camp kitchen. Still, this year was much better than last year. (Last year was a kind of ridiculous I won’t even try to describe.) I had a good time with my mom and aunt, who were running the kitchen, and got to spend some down time making friends, hanging out, and taking pretty pictures like the one above. (Yeah, I took that. Kinda proud of it. That and it was just a gorgeous spot, so that helps.)
Still, it hasn’t all been one hundred percent stress and insanity. Getting to finally put my room together has been fun. And it’s blue! Such a pretty, dusky, gray-blue. I have this gorgeous feather picture in one corner over my reading chair, and a little metal leafy thing over one of my bookshelves, and metal cutout birds in branches over one of my other bookshelves… I just love it so much. It’s a little writerly paradise, with all the books (and old books!!), and bird/tree-related art.
The painting that inspired it all was the feather. It was so blue and gold and gray, and it reminded me of my sirens so much I just had to have it! And of course I loved the branches and the birds, since the branches make me think of my body snatchers, and the birds are kind of related to my sirens. The painting just made me happy.
Speaking of sirens and dryads and things, Camp NaNo has also been going well. Okay, so that’s been kinda crazy, too, even though my word count is only 10K. Turns out doing Camp NaNo with worldbuilding plus an explosion of a month and only being able to work predominantly on your phone makes even a word count you used to be able to do in a day a bit harder.
But in spite of all that, I still made it!!! I was cutting it kind of close, but I still managed!
Now, I know our cabin is a little behind, but we’re all doing our best, and it’s been a really crazy month for all of us. Shoutout to all my fellow Mitchtams!
Even though it was such a low word goal for me, this Camp has been quite productive. I’ve gotten to play a lot with my body-snatching dryads, flesh out where the sirens live, describe the handmade mountains of my human-like race, and decide that instead of merpeople, I would have cecaeliae (what I’m deciding is the plural of “cecaelia.”) What are cecaeliae? They’re half human, half octopus hybrids. Kinda like Ursula from The Little Mermaid. I kind of like them better than merpeople. I always have a hard time imagining merpeople in a non-cartoony way anyway. I also got to swap the entire world from being a frozen wasteland to being tropical. I get to thank my newly-exposed mantle for that. It’s quite fun, really. After all, tropics means a lot more trees, and a lot more trees means a lot more body-snatching dryads, which means MORE DEATHS!!!!!
I’m a writer. Not a serial killer. Really. I promise.
*clears throat* Moving on.
Soo, let’s see, what else is there other than Camp NaNo?
Ah yes! I actually got to read a bit this month! I got to finish Douglass Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and right now I’m in the middle of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. They’re all rather amusing, though really weird and kind of blasphemous. It’s just so completely different from any other book I can remember reading that I just don’t know how to describe it. I’m considering writing a review when I finish reading the Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which has all the Hitchhiker’s stories in it. We’ll see though. Like I observed in my last post, I’m not that good at writing book reviews. 😛
In a bit of rather exciting news, I’ve been accepted to Ohio Christian University’s dual enrollment program! I’m going to have lots of fun courses this fall, like Introduction to Literature and English Composition 1. Okay, so the English Composition is probably going to be mostly stuff I learned when I was in like fifth grade, but a refresher never hurt.
The most recent development around here was my grandfather’s knee surgery on Wednesday. This one’s a lot more sore than the last one, so we’re all just hoping and praying it’ll get better soon. We’re all confident though, that when it’s healed, he’ll be 100% better, and able to do a lot more than he was able to before the knee replacement. Prayers are definitely appreciated!
So how have your months been? Any comments on this month’s Doings? See you in the comments!