This Past Month: November

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
(a.k.a. craziest writing month of my life)

Welcome to the end of this beautiful month of November.
It's been a crazy month. Blogging, writing, school, living, being thankful....

I want to take a moment to reflect back on these past 30 days.

 (Pictures from Pinterest. One last fall leaf spam)

Almost December!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2016
First off, can you believe that!?! It's Christmas next month, people!! 2017 is almost here!!!!!

I know. I'm way ahead of the season right now.

*clears throat politely*

How was your Thanksgiving?

 (Pictures from Pinterest) (I know I'm spamming you with fall leaves right now)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I hadn't planned to write this post (you may not even be reading it on Thanksgiving), but I just woke up this morning and looked around blogsphere. So many other people were spreading the joy of thankfulness, and I suddenly couldn't contain mine either. So I just had to write a late post XD

Happy thanksgiving bros!!!!! - ivy (Raven):
 (Pictures from Pinterest)

Everyone's with their family and friends today, and even if you aren't, here's a spreading of joy and thankfulness from me to you. Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, take a moment to be thankful for something today. I think it's amazing how we can always find something to be thankful for: I'm alive, I walk the Earth, I have a family, I have a roof over my head....

2016 has been a huge year for me personally. I've tried to think up that one thing that I am most thankful. Finally, all I could came up with is

I am here.

I have made it to this point in my life. I never even imagined this point existed at this time last year. Isn't that amazing? So many times in these past months I've asked God, "Where are You taking me with all of this?"

He brought me here.

Here's to God bringing us to where we are now, and a bunch of other random things I'm thankful for, since I'm only allowed to list one tonight ;-)
(I'm going to ramble in a pretty random order)

- God

- Family

- My church

- Writing

- School

- The Bible   

- Blogs

- Inspiration

- Pinterest (Seriously, I've soaked up so many amazing quotes on there.)

- And all YOU people who are reading this. 

Happy Thanksgiving! (now go eat something yummy!)


- Audrey Caylin

As I sit here listening to Christmas music already, what are you most thankful for this year? 

One Week Of NaNo

Saturday, November 19, 2016
 So last week I started Nanowrimo eleven days in. You heard that I panicked and went insane, and you're probably wondering about my mental health after a decision about that. ;-)

Here it is:



That just about sums up how I am right now. I even decided to take the day off from writing because I'm so brain-dead and just can't do it today. But I'm proud of myself for surviving this late start. Here's a summary of what I got done:

55,035 words

Insane, right? 55,035 words and one week. *raises hands* check me for cheating, but I put a lot of things on hold to get this done. Like eating and sleeping and breathing... but I had a wonderful family that understood my desperation to write 50,000 words in a week. I created that deadline myself, something which I am infamous for. It was insane. I wouldn't do it again. Okay, I'll stop rambling and give you the blow-by-blow account. 

 (Pictures from Pinterest)  (No I did not go crazy on caffeine)

I Think I've Gone Over the Edge = NaNo + Snakes? & A Storyboard Reveal

Saturday, November 12, 2016
I have officially gone over the edge.

I've been talking about rest and waiting to do NaNo lately. But no. Apparently, the plot bunnies aren't going to let it go like that.

So let me tell you the story of how I decided to do NaNo after eleven days in.

It starts with snakes.

 (Pictures from Pinterest)

Snakes + Bunnies = NaNo

A Time to Rest

Thursday, November 10, 2016

It's ironic that I'm writing this during NaNo, but the topic of rest has been on my heart a lot this week.

 (Pictures from Pinterest)

(If you haven't already guessed from my use of references from the Out of Time series, I'm reading them right now. Awesome books.)


We writers really work ourselves hard. There are always stories ideas or editing worries or character arcs spinning around in our heads. Maybe you're an artist who's always planning your next masterpiece, or are just so wrapped up in life in general that you don't have a moment to breathe.

Please breathe.

NaNoWriMo, Writer Rants, and Some Updates....

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Yay!!!! It's National Novel Writing Month!!!! *throws confetti*

 (Pictures from Pinterest)


To make a blogfession, I didn't know about NaNo until this past year (*horrified scream in background*). Once I looked it up and found that writers to NaNo is like cats to catnip, I was hooked. Then I looked at all my WIPs and groaned. So many ideas. So many unplotted novels. And a self-made deadline of finishing Found by the end of November. 

I plan to watch all the craziness this year and join in next time. I probably wouldn't sleep if I tried to work on two novels at once or set aside the vicious plot bunnies of Found.

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