I'm slowly crawling along with two of my original stories. I try to write 15 minutes a day on at least one of them, but I've been concentrating a lot on finishing up my semester at school. I believe I have one last essay to write, but then it will be Christmas Break! I'm really hoping to write at least 12 stories of some kind throughout 2016. Since I'm a very slow and not very prolific, that will be a huge accomplishment for me, but we'll see how it goes.
Current Music:Salt in the Snow (Revisited) - The Classic Crime
I'm wandering back to livejournal again. Every time I try to commit to spending more time on here, the time just runs away instead. I get so caught up with social media (the less writing type of social media) and then I get angry with myself for wasting so much time on facebook! But I recently had my husband change my facebook password and not tell me what it is, so I don't spend as much time on there.
Which leads me right into the biggest news of my life. I am a newlywed of almost four months! I married James on July 2nd in a small, intimate courthouse wedding. We are currently planning a reception in June of next year where I will wear my pretty dress, have an all you can eat candy buffet (Okay, still convincing James on this one), and spend quality time with the people I love. I can't wait!
I also recently went to the first Nerdcon:Stories in early October and I will share Hank Green welcoming the attendees and talking about what Nerdcon is and how it was birthed. The weekend was fantastic. James and I got to see Hank and John Green (the vlogbrothers on youtube) in person and got to sit in on several different panels about different topics with very talented storytellers. I got introduced to Rainbow Rowell, author of "Fangirl" which is currently my favorite book. I had heard of Maureen Johnson before, but I read one of her books for the first time entitled "On the Count of Three" which was a refreshing read about coming of age and sexuality. If you happen to be near/around Minneapolis and you love storytelling in any of its forms, there's going to be another in 2016 and my husband and I will be there!
Hank Green introducing "Nerdcon:Stories"
I have been making a conscious effort to read more. I'm rereading the first three books of the "Heir Chronicles" by Cinda Williams Chima (Fun fact: for years, I thought her name was Cinda Chima Williams) which has been one of my favorite fantasy series for years. She recently published two more books of the series and I've been rereading the previous books before reading the new books. I have also been attempting to write more (how many times have I said that?).
My last major piece of news is I have a new nephew! For those of you keeping score that is now five boys and one girl. I have only one neice. She not lonely yet, since she's only two, but I feel like she might be if we don't get more girls in my family! Anyways, Kaden Oliver came into the world on July 11 (which made my sister, Auntie Willow happy as that was her birthday), and I've gotten to meet him once. And needless to say, he's pretty freakin' adorable!
Once again, I will really try to spend more time on livejournal. No promises, but I will try!
Yesterday, James, my sister and I went to Fargo to see Reese, who is basically my adopted brother. He has spent the last several months in Texas in Basic Training and AIT training after he joined the Air Force. In about two weeks, he will go to Colorado where he has been stationed.
It was an amazing day. Reese really wanted to meet James, and the two really enjoyed hanging out together. We went to Lindenwood Park in Fargo, which is a park that my siblings and I used to go to with my grandparents when we were younger. It's so beautiful, full of camp sites, walking paths, and playground equipment all surrounding the river. We had an absolute blast there!
My uncle was also in Fargo and he is from Arizona so I don't see him very often either. He also was able to meets both James and Reese and that was also a lot of fun.
It was so nice to have a day when I didn't have to worry about money, or the fact that my hours at work got cut to practically half of what I generally work, or all the other adult stuff that has become apart of my life. It was just me with three of the most important people hanging out, having fun and catching up.
It was amazing.
On a side note, I have started a White Collar fic, but no promises since my muse has all but deserted me for the last couple of years. But I am trying.
I got accepted into College! This fall, I will be starting at Bismarck State College. Eventually, I will be pursuing Interpretive Sign Language, but for right now, I am just going for a Bachelor's, probably in Business or English.
I just spent the weekend in Pembina. I went back for two of my best friends' graduation. For the most part, it was a really good weekend. I actually slept at my parents' house instead of the Johnsons for the most part. For those of you who maybe don't know or don't remember what happened at the beginning of 2013, you can read about it here and here.
Anyway, after all that, my relationship with my parents had finally gotten to the point where I almost walked away completely because I figured that if I couldn't have a healthy relationship with them, maybe it was better to just not have one. But after this weekend, I'm beginning to think that maybe there is hope for this relationship. Which is amazing!
I got home this morning and was able to spend some times with my boyfriend James, and read some fanfiction, posted some recs to my gen comm fandomgen, which I haven't done for a while. Tomorrow I have to take my new car--my old one died on me, so my new one is a 2002 Ford Focus which actually starts when I need him to, which is a plus--to have the brakes fixed and the coolant replaced before going back to work for the first time in 5 days.
However, I have decided that I will try to be more active on livejournal. I have gotten out of fanfiction a bit due to life being so. freaking. busy, but I am hoping to jump back on the wagon. I haven't written anything at all in nearly two years, I that has got to start up again as well. As it is, I am working on a book plot idea--one that I have been working on for more than a year and it's coming together slowly, and I am super excited for it. Hopefully that will all work out.
But for all you old friends, I am back, and I can't wait to figure out what's been going on in your lives!