The first two weeks of September were great! I started writing a novel again, went to dance class/rehearsal for the show, went to a new small group, and hosted a Bible study. The last two weeks were pretty awful—my health flared up big-time and I was in so much pain I couldn’t sleep and so nauseous I couldn’t eat. I basically didn’t leave the house for two weeks and had to cancel my trip to South Carolina for a writing conference. However, I did go to some new doctors and take some steps forward.
Fun stuff this month (in addition to dance and Bible studies): The Wises and my family came over to cook out and swim for Labor Day. I went to an artisan market with my favorite two-year-old. I babysat at church, took my pastor’s daughter to lunch, and saw Mamma Mia! with my dad.
This month I’m…
Reading: Little Heathens, Mildred Armstrong Kalish. The Silence Between Us, Alison Gervais. Alex Approximately (reread), The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (reread), and The Lady Rogue, Jenn Bennett (reread). Somewhere Only We Know, Maurene Goo. More Than We Can Tell, Brigid Kemmerer (reread). Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson (reread). The Land of 10,000 Madonnas, Kate Hattemer (reread). Loki: Where Mischief Lies, Mackenzi Lee. The Downstairs Girl, Stacey Lee. Hope and Other Punchlines, Julie Buxbaum. 12 total. (I also speed-read and reviewed four nonfiction books for work.)
Watching: Thor: Ragnarok (showed it to Joshua and we laughed so loud we kept scaring the cat). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1. Girl Meets World season four (rewatch–my fave show ah). Roommate Hunters with my family. Do All Disabled People Think the Same?. Tom Holland Goes Undercover on Reddit, YouTube, and Twitter. As/Is YouTube channel. Hadestown Broadway.com vlogs and other random theatre videos. Shawn Mendes Tour with Alessia Cara: The Final Week (and SOBBING).
Listening to: SO BEYOND OBSESSED WITH ALESSIA CARA’S NEW THIS SUMMER EP, especially October (#emotions) and OKAY OKAY (dance party!). All We Know and Growing Pains (Acoustic), Alessia Cara. What A Time, Julia Michaels/Niall Horan. Teeth, 5SOS. What a Wonderful World, Brooklyn Duo. When I Grow Up, Matilda the Musical. When You’re An Addams, The Addams Family. Livin’ it Up on Top and When the Chips are Down, Hadestown. Cell Block Tango, Chicago. Bad Reputation (MTV Unplugged), Shawn Mendes. Home, Gabrielle Aplin. Holding Out for a Hero, Footloose. Money, Money, Money and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Mamma Mia. Love Has a Name album, Jesus Culture.
Loving: Champion School: Inside USA Cycling’s junior development program, VeloNews. Pregnant on Broadway: “Beautiful” Star Kara Lindsay on the Shocking Realities, Backstage. Grace Anne’s Tuesday email newsletters.
Writing: The floodgates opened and a novel–the YA contemporary road trip novel I started last year at this time–emerged. I wrote 15,000 words of it during the first two weeks of this month and also hired an editor, so I have to finish it now, lol. I had so much stamina and felt like I could write the novel in a week! I also wrote 3,000 words of fanfiction this month.
Work happened, too. But between my poor health and my fun creative hobbies, freelancing isn’t really my primary focus anymore; I just do the bare minimum I have to do to pay the bills.
Eating: Organic champagne raspberries. Stir frys with meat and fresh green beans. Then for the last two weeks of the month, either nothing or nausea-friendly foods like pudding, bagels/peanut butter, smoothies, and Cheerios, lol.
Grateful for: SPIDER-MAN IS BACK IN THE MCU (thanks Tom Holland). Sitting on the grass feeding Noah raspberries while he signs “please.” Sweet thoughtful letters from a friend at college. Meeting people and instantly connecting with them. Feeling very confident. Writing a novel! A man at church stopping to bring us popsicles.