April was busy–I use a different color pen for work, softball, church, etc. on my calendar, and every day looks like a rainbow! I focused on writing (new freelance jobs + Camp NaNo), coaching softball (we had two games per week–well, except for all the rain–and so did my brother’s baseball team), and closing out the school year with after-school tutoring at my nonprofit (I was there 1-3 afternoons a week, finishing the month with a fun meeting about summer camp). Also, I decided on a new church home (which I LOVE) and my family decided on a separate church.
As far as “fun stuff,” I was able to go to the park with friends; see Black Panther and go to dinner with Brooke N; see our friend Jesse play baseball a couple of times with various friends and family; see The Miracle Season with my dad; and see family friends in Les Miserables with my dad. AND, for Emma’s nineteenth birthday, Hannah and I drove up to her college and surprised her! We had a dorm room picnic, she opened gifts, and we walked around campus.
This month I’m…
Reading: Inner Lives of Deaf Children, Martha Sheridan. Thunderhead, Neal Shusterman. The Girl who could See, Kara Swanson. The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis. Do More Better, Tim Challies. All the Light we Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (reread). Lady Midnight (reread) and Lord of Shadows, Cassandra Clare. Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Barbara Hughes. Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan. Ana’s Story, Jenna Hager Bush. Betsy Was a Junior and Betsy and Joe (both rereads), Maud Hart Lovelace. 13 total.
Music: Home, Morgxn. How Can It Be Time Already, Adeline Hill. What About Us, P!nk. Found Tonight, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt. Riptide, Vance Joy. Johnnyswim’s Georgica Pond album. The Theory of Everything soundtrack. My WIP soundtrack, especially Warsaw Zoo 1939. Hillsong Y&F Youth Revival acoustic album, especially Where You Are. Do You Hear the People Sing, Les Mis.
Watching: Bruin Banter. Kidsmeet. Rise. Black Panther (for the second time). The Miracle Season. Dunkirk (my new FAVORITE movie ever). The Zookeeper’s Wife. The Book Thief (re-watch). We got a Netflix DVD subscription this month, and I’m excited to watch more movies.
Loving: 25 Unexpected Life-Transformative Secrets I Learned from 3 Days with Katie Davis Majors, Ann Voskamp. THEIR BLOOD BE LAID: PART 1, by Aimee. We Need Higher-Quality Christian Art, by Grace. Wanted: People to Lead Us in the Way of Wonder, The Gospel Coalition. 10 Reasons I Love Books About Siblings, by Cait.
I blogged twice this month: Meet My Camp NaNo Novel! and The Book Life Tag. I also blogged twice at THC: Jordan-Paige Sudduth: Hardworking Creative, and How to Advertise Yourself on Social Media (without being obnoxious).
Writing: I broke 30,000 words of my novel World on a String (exclusive snippet below), therefore winning Camp NaNo! The novel isn’t over yet, but I’m so proud of myself. (Also I killed a character on day 1, which I feel like is some kind of record.) I took Joan Dempsey’s dialogue class and had a great mentor session with Annie Twitchell. My publisher, Story Shares, sent me a Kindle with 6 months of Kindle Unlimited as a reward for being their bestseller. I had devotionals published on Reckless Abandon, The Life, and Love is Moving. I completed trial assignments for a couple of companies. I applied to 15 freelance jobs, pitched 6 magazines, and submitted fiction to 15 publications. And finally, I did some work for a marketing company and wrote 6 reviews (2,000 words each) for Runnerclick.
Grateful for: A random receptionist at my brother’s orthodontist who was just so happy and cheerful. Slow days at work when I sit in the main room organizing with our teacher, coloring with our kindergartner, and complaining about Common Core with tutors who come by. Friends I can unload on after doctor visits. My mom getting me a battery for my laptop so it no longer dies after twenty minutes (I thought that was a normal length of time for a battery…). Playing singing Catchphrase with my family (“the hurky turkey makes me turnt”). Friends who invite you into their dorm room on very short notice and make you peppermint tea, and friends who let me borrow their college campuses when I want to hang out on one! Talking on the phone about freelance writing to writing friends. Sunshine and music and mountains.
Tell me everything you did in April! And what’s your weather like?