Hi, long time no see.
It’s been two weeks since my last post, and I usually post at least once a week so this is weird for me. Sorry for disappearing! Anyways, since a certain TERF’s transphobic book was announced in September, I’d like to direct you to this thread containing donation links and petitions to sign in order to help Black trans lives.
School is taking up a lot of time as always. I had a few important tests to study for in September, so that’s why I had to take a step back from blogging. Honestly, as much as I complain about school, I’m being given a reasonable amount of work and time to finish them. My problem is just that I suck at paying attention!! I’ve always had trouble listening in class, and now that school is online and I could easily open another tab—plus, most of the assessments that carry weight don’t require me to listen to the teacher because they send powerpoints, notes, etc.—I just tune out quite a few of my classes.
Luckily, I’m getting by with my friends’ help and the material teachers send through google classroom, but I’d save myself so much time if I just listened to all my teachers and retained what they said. Do you have tips for paying attention in online class? They are very needed.
Something that’s really trivial but made me happy in September is the fact that one of my tweets went viral. And, of course, it had to be one about my inability to be a useful human being.
I’ve always wanted one of my tweets to go viral, and I can’t believe one actually did! Now I know what it’s like and can die in peace. Except the tweet originally had 141.8k likes and Twitter decided to delete 500 for some reason. [insert annoyed face here]
On the topic of social media, follow me on bookstagram! I post, um, once a week even though I have pictures to post because I’m too lazy to write captions. :”)
I made a surprising amount of writing progress in September! I think I was able to do so because during the school week, I don’t have the energy to read or blog, but I do have the energy to think/daydream about my WIP. I didn’t write any actual words, but I figured my main character and basic premise out. This is long overdue considering how long I’ve been planning, but what matters is that I can finally start outlining and hopefully do well on NaNoWriMo!
I also came up with two new WIP ideas and they’re both gay, hehe. It’ll probably be a while before I try to get an actual premise out of one of them, but when I do I’ll probably be much faster than I was with my current WIP… I don’t know why my current WIP took so long to plan.
Since this is a writing section, I feel like I should post snippets, but I’m too self-conscious to post ones from my planning process. It mostly consists of me jotting down gibberish in a document anyway, so instead I’ll share a poem I wrote for one of my classes!
It’s called a textula, and it’s in Tagalog. I tried my best to translate it to English, and I came up with: The dog is happy // Because it is free // It is not sad // It roams and roams. Obviously, it’s not the best poem ever, but I’m proud of myself for managing to make each line have seven syllables and follow an AABB rhyme scheme!
I read five books, and considering how unmotivated to read school makes me, I consider that a win. I only manage to squeeze reading in during the school year by forcing myself to finish a book during the weekend.
My ratings this month were surprisingly high. I mean, I had one 2-star read, but I rated three books 4 stars, which is really good for me. I’m currently reading and loving Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, so I hope the good ratings continue for the rest of the year!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown– This was… not for me. I’ve never been a fan of royalty books, and sadly that’s exactly what this book is. I just didn’t care about the characters or what was happening, which is one hundred percent a me thing. Also, I’m SO tired of characters developing feelings for each other just because they stared into each other’s eyes and interacted a few times. Please give me a reason for these two to fall in love other than the fact that they’re in a YA book.
With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo– This is such a great story about an Afro-Latinx teen mom! The writing and food descriptions were on-point, and Elizabeth Acevedo is a queen.
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko– This was a well-written fantasy debut, and it had such great themes of found family and female empowerment. Fantasy countries that are just real-world countries with a different name and friends to lovers where the development of the romance isn’t shown are some of my pet peeves, but overall I’d still recommend.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz– This did not resonate with me like it has with so many readers, but I’m glad I reread it because I definitely got the message more. If you’re looking for a quick read, I suggest this book because the writing is on the simplistic, stream-of-consciousness side, and the chapters are so short!
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle– I read this white cishet romance for the serotonin and it delivered! The beginning is a little rough and the writing wasn’t my cup of tea, but the last chunk made me believe in love.
I’ve been such a bad blogger for the past few months! I think I just have to accept that my time and energy to blog has gone down the drain, and it’s okay not to prioritize blogging. Honestly, if I didn’t want to hit 1,000 followers before the end of the year, I’d be lowkey about blogging with no guilt, haha.
I feel bad about how behind I am on replying to comments and blog hopping. It’s been a while since I’ve talked to you all, and there are so many good posts on my Reader! Maybe I’ll set aside time to interact next week, but no promises.
Also, I’ve run out of post ideas. Whenever I think of one, I immediately shoot it down or shrivel up inside because of how much time it’ll take to write. If you have any post suggestions, you are more than welcome to comment them down below!
On a more positive note, I won Best Teen Blogger in the 2020 Book Blogger Awards hosted by May and Marie!! Thank you so, so much for voting for me if you did. Best teen blogger is huge, and I’m so happy that so many people seem to enjoy my content! I never could’ve imagined this when I was still a baby blogger finding my blogging voice and putting out poorly-formatted posts. 🥺 Congrats to the other winners, but remember that awards don’t define your worth and your voice always matters. ❤