I feel like a lots been happening in the month of October. I decided last-minute (which wasn’t the brightest idea because only like two or three people were able to participate) that I was going to host a writing meme/challenge called Spooky Quilling.
This was my first time hosting something like this and it wasn’t a huge success but fun anyways and I will be doing it next year and announce it much earlier so more people will be able to participate. Anyways, I’ll be announcing winners at the end of this post!!
The Sweet Hereafter // 3.5 Stars. Read for school.
Breaking Magic // 4.5 Stars. Really enjoyed. Filled with magic and great writing.
Echo After Echo // 4 Stars. First f/f romance I’ve read as the main focal point.
Illuminae // 3.5 Stars. Was disappointed… but still enjoyed.
I’ve finally gotten over my slump and it feels so good!! Now I feel like reading all the books!!
I don’t know what happened this month but I got SO MANY email requests from authors asking me to read and review their books. It got to the point where I had to start declining them (something I never imagined I’d have to end up doing).
Agoness and Prodigy Prince are two of the books I agreed to read and review for authors. And then Alex C. Vick, the author of Breaking Magic, which I reviewed this month sent me an ARC of the next book in her series, Surviving Magic.
Annie On My Mind is a NetGalley book that I’m a bit more than halfway through on the day I’m writing this post and I won an ARC of Foolish Hearts on Goodreads, which comes out on December 5, so I’d like to read that this month as well.
If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to read a book just for fun.
Okay then… I thought I had at least one more book review written this month, but I guess I was wrong. But I will be posting two on November 1 (y’all would have already read them by the time this goes up).
Tags & Awards:
I did a lot more book tags this month than I’ve done in a while! I also created a tag, The K-Pop Book Tag, which I’m really proud of and hope to see other people around the blogosphere doing in the future.
Most Popular Post:
My most popular post from this month is *drum roll*
Beautiful Books 2017 // Introducing My NaNoWriMo Novel!! This is expected given there’s a link to this post on Queen Paper Fury’s blog. I got 49 likes on this one!
I don’t think much happened really… we’re still trying to sell our house. We’ve been holding Open Houses every Sunday. We’ve been getting visitors and people seem to like the place, but nobody’s made an offer yet 😦
But, when we’re having these Open Houses, my dad and I take our small dogs with us somewhere for a few hours while my mom and sister stay to welcome people. We went to the lake a few times and the other week we went fishing and I caught my first fish!! It was a small catfish that’s only about 12 inches but I felt so proud of myself (nobody else that was fishing there had caught anything yet). My dad caught a slightly larger catfish. They didn’t give us much meat, but it was still fun.
There was also a three day fall festival that me, my mom, and sister went to. My parents have a Real Estate brokerage so we set up a booth for that there. We had a pumpkin ring toss and a lot of people seemed to like it. I dressed as a cat for day one, wore my Ravenclaw robe for day 2 (my sister and I also went on the haunted trail thing they had which was so freaking scary and a hayride), and I was Wednesday Addams for day three!
What I Watched:
My family started watching Hawaii Five-O on Netflix, and we’re already on season five. We also started Season 2 of Stranger Things, but only made it one episode in so far. As a family we also watched The Babysitter on Netflix, which is such a stupid and ridiculous movie haha.
As far as my K-Drama watching goes, I watched more Oh My Ghostess this month. I’m now on episode 12 out of 16, so I’m getting close to being done! And I watched Train to Busan Halloween night. THAT MOVIE. WHOA. Seriously, that movie was amazing!! I’ll have a review for it up on the blog within the next week.
I also watched NO.MERCY on YouTube. If you didn’t already know, NO.MERCY was a competition show created by Starship entertainment in order to find their next K-Pop boy band, which ended up becoming Monsta X.
i think kihyun might actually be my favorite member
and yes i figured out how to make text small #smartie
There are also a few videos I discovered this month I’d like to share.
I actually saw that twist at the end coming!! Let me know if you saw it coming as well.
I feel so bad for Tae, but he does make a good Snow White xD
I also loved the BTS Run #25 (I really need to watch all the other Run videos, they look like so much fun). I would leave a link but the video I watched on YouTube got deleted so… I think you can watch it on vlive. It’s hilarious!
What I Listened To:
This is all of the stuff I listened to in the month of October (that I remember). Nu’est came out with a new album under the temporary name Nu’est W (one of their members was enlisted in the army, W stands for waiting). I also discovered a solo singer I fell in love with, Jeong Sewoon, who’s debut mini album is on the playlist as well. And BTOB is a K-Pop group a friend of mine on Twitter recommended to me. I also got into Monsta X like I mentioned above, so one of their albums is on the playlist as well.
YOU GUYS!! I LOVE Y’ALL SO MUCH!! This month I’ve hit a record-breaking 1.8k blog views!! And my blog is now comfortably resting at 580 followers, SO CLOSE TO 600!!
Thank you so much for this, I was started to get discouraged last month because my views were down but this month totally made up for it. ❤
Like I mentioned earlier, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year! This will be my first year participating and I’m so hyped for it. I’m happy that I did Camp NaNo twice earlier this year because it was a nice practice in prep for the real thing. During October I just outlined the first few chapters of my NaNoWriMo book and developed the characters.
I also made it to 60k words in my other book I’ve been working on for a large portion of 2017, so that’s exciting! I might have also decided to make a very large change to my book… but that’s a topic for another time.
Spooky Quilling Winners!
Since there were a lot of people that were unable to join this year, would y’all be interested in Spooky Quilling again next year? With more of a heads-up next time? Or maybe I could host another writing challenge like this for summer or something, where y’all will have more free time.
For this prompt you have to write a spooky story about how the villain of a story – a story already in existence or of your own imagination – became the villain. This has to be 666 words (I know it’s hard but try and get it exact – you never know, it may bring you good luck).
Abigail @ What Makes a Good Book. Abigail did an amazing job with this prompt. She created a wonderfully creepy villain that made me want to run for my life.
Write a spine-tingling tale chronicling a character experiencing your worst fear. This has to be written in second person and can be any length you’d like (though I’d appreciate it being less than 2,000 words for my own sanity).
Carolina Jaldin. You did such a great job with this story!! You might get extra points since I’m absolutely terrified of dolls myself so I’m happy I read this before it got dark outside.
(I’m posting the actual story on here because it was submitted as a google doc.)
Julie’s daily routine consisted of naps and playtime. Her mommy and daddy was always in her sight. She expected to wake up to coddling from her parents, as she should, given the fact that she’s only three.
Sweat and tears streamed down her face this morning, however; she had a nightmare and she woke up in tears. Julie felt compelled to grab onto her teddy bear, but she threw it instead. I’m a big girl, she thought to herself.
She grabbed her blankets and used it to wipe away her sweat and tears. She refused to close her eyes again. The image of her parents dying was still vivid in her mind every time she blinked.
There was an awful silence in Julie’s room. She wondered if she woke up a bit earlier than expected. All around her were her toys and paintings. No one ever noticed how her dolls always seemed to move throughout the night.
“Mommy,” she yelled. There was complete silence, and suddenly Julie began to worry. “Daddy!”
Her feet touched the ice cold floor, and she quickly let her blanket engulf her. With the blankets surrounding her tightly, she walked out of her room in search of her parents. The smell of breakfast didn’t occupy the house, nor did any noise.
Julie heard a quick step to her right, but as soon as she turned she was met with nothing. Her dolls laid on the ground in her living room, staring at her blankly. Still, Julie did not realize that her dolls were meant to be kept in her room. I’ll put them back before mommy and daddy sees, she made a note to herself.
She continued her search in the garage, basement, kitchen, office, and the backyard. Julie feared entering her parents’ room because it lacked color. She walked up to their plain, sticker-free door.
While one hand held onto her blanket, the other knocked on their door. There wasn’t any response, but once again, Julie heard a sound of a step. She spinned around but only saw another doll down the hall. I have too many dolls, she thought simply. She looked back at the doll and noticed that it’s been the same doll as the one in the living room.
Curiosity struck her, but she refused to pay any more attention to it. She grabbed the ice cold doorknob and twisted it. She quickly regretted this decision.
A series of footsteps occurred all at once, then a quiet thud. Her parents laid in the center of their bed, dolls surrounded their bed frame. Innocent, fearful Julie did not acknowledge the dolls. The disassembled bodies of her parents occupied her mind more.
Blood spilled all over the bed. She couldn’t distinguish which hand belonged to who. Patches of skin was peeled off her mommy’s face, while her daddy’s head was simply cut off. Two things laid next to her mommy, and she soon realized that the things were what fed Julie as a newborn. Julie remembered them as her personal pillows.
The body of her parents were all cut up into pieces. Julie noticed, quickly, that in the center of the bed contained two hands. Amongst all the blood and gore, Julie saw that her parents were holding hands.
Unfortunately, the blood made it impossible to tell which hand belonged to who.
She was so stunned, that she did not shed a tear. It was until she felt a sharp blade cut deep into her back that she finally cried. With all her strength, she turned to see the criminal.
The one foot doll stood with blood staining her dress and shoes. The blonde hair turned red, and her red lips looked as if the color was dripping.
At that moment, Julie did not know what her fate was. But she certainly would forever remember her parents’ fate.
Put together a narrative of survival. This can be anything from surviving from a kidnapping or even surviving oneself. Use your creativity in this one. You’ll need to rely on who your character(s) are and how they deal with the circumstances you put them in.
Abigail @ What Makes a Good Book. My heart was beating so fast as I read this entry. This is survival stories at it’s best!
This story is going to be all about the supernatural. Whether it be ghosts, witches, zombies, or mummies, write about a supernatural experience/entity that will make the reader stay up late at night hidden beneath their blanket. Don’t hold anything back. This one has to be 1,000+ words.
Alex C. Vick. This story was so unpredictable. It had me guessing the entire time and took my breath away until the very end, where I still had so many questions swimming through my brain.
Unlike the other stories you’ve written, this one doesn’t have to be spooky or scary. Instead, write about a group of friends (human, vampires, etc.) and how they end up spending their Halloween night. This story can be spooky if you want to make it that way, but it’s not required.
Alex C. Vick. This might be one of my favorite stories! I’d honestly read an entire book about these characters (please). I just wanted more!
Whoo. Okay, that was long! I feel like my monthly wrap ups are 2x longer than everybody else’s haha! What were some things you did this month? Did you read any great books?