A Day in the Life - March 17, 2016
Hey y'all!Post-hiatus, I'm gathering a lot of material for the blog. It's been a tough month, and I just needed some time to get the other parts of my life together (academics, writing, family) before college decisions come out in full swing.In any case, whenever I have to leave the blog for a while, I always like to update y'all with everything that's happened. Here goes.It’s been a while (since the fall) since I’ve done one of these, but for those of y’all who haven’t seen it before, A Day in the Life is a feature post I do occasionally to tell y’all about what’s going on with me, my reading, and news in the publishing world!
I didn't have a ton of reading time last month - because lacrosse eats up my afternoon - but I can tell you that I've been devouring Eastern fiction. That ranges from our book club pick to the recent foray into Arabian fiction that's been so present in YA lately. (And I've been loving it.)
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra | GoodreadsThe Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac | GoodreadsThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury | GoodreadsThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | GoodreadsThe New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding | GoodreadsThe Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye | GoodreadsThe Glittering Court by Richelle Mead | GoodreadsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | Goodreads
So last time I was on the blog (a few weeks ago, before wedding and spring break craziness), I had a few posts that I was really excited about posting. First of all, I hosted the lovely Moïra Fowley-Doyle, author of my favorite book of 2015, for an interview. She had some really thoughtful responses to my questions about magical realism and her characters. I also talked about some music that I really really loved in January. Aside from that, I spotlighted a few titles in Waiting on Wednesdays and In My Mailboxes.
Life has been quite overwhelming lately: all good things, just ones that have been detracting from the bookish side of what I do.The spring, for me, is characterized largely by the lacrosse season. At my school, doing a sport is all-encompassing. You dedicate every weekday afternoon to it, and then barely have enough energy to come home and study. A lot of kids in my grade know where they're going (I, unfortunately, do not.)As of now, I've gotten into University of Virginia, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (which is where my twin sister has decided she's going), University of Georgia, and University of Florida. The rest of my decisions come out April 1, except for one which releases next week.Aside from that, my writing has had the spotlight this year. I slaved over my portfolio all fall so that it could get a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (!!!) and then I've had a specific project that's seen a lot of attention. (I'm dealing with that now, and it's so bittersweet.) That has been taking up a ton of my spare time.I told myself all spring that if I could just make it to the wedding, I'd be alright. If I could make it to the wedding, I could make it to spring break, then I could make it to prom. If I could make it to my prom, I could make it to the week after: prom in Delaware with one of my favorite people. And then a college visit or two. And then I'll know where I'm going and it'll all be okay.The first of those events made 2016 so sweet already. My older sister Darby got married, which was really heartwarming and stressful and wonderful. Her husband, Tommy, has been a brother to us for the past five years. In some ways, it felt strange to see her take on a new last name and a life together. On the other hand, it felt perfectly natural because we wouldn't be able to picture her with anybody else. This year, three of us will be in college and one will be married - so I've been spending a lot of time with family while I can. Pictures haven't come in yet from the wedding, but I promise I'll share some when I get them!The week after was the last week at school before spring break. I had a test every day and was still running on post-wedding fumes, so I was exhausted! Luckily, I had something to look forward to afterwards.Senior spring break is a bit of a tradition at my high school. Some kids rent out houses on the beach (with so many people, the cost is usually pretty low!) and others figure out fun excursions to do with their friends. We happened to find a cheap cruise to the Bahamas, so that was my Christmas present: to hang out in the Bahamas with some of my closest friends.Most of us had never been on a cruise before, so that in itself was an experience. We went to two ports: Nassau and Freeport. I personally liked Freeport better, but I felt so lucky in being able to travel.We found this little beach in Freeport, Taino Beach, that was gorgeous. I've been to the British Virgin Islands before, but I forgot how blue the water is in the tropics. We ended up swimming and kayaking and hanging out, and then just napping the day away. I didn't get in as much reading as I was expecting, but I was okay with that.I still have a few days left of spring break, so I'm doing a few things. I'm revising (being on submission is very stressful and so worth it), reading (catching up on the many many books I've been dying to read), homework (ew), and finally prepping the blog for the tail end of spring. We can do this, y'all.