Friday, March 4, 2016

February is gone. . .March is here.

I think there is a reason I have never actually come up with the titles for any of my WIP's. I'm horrid at titles, be it blog posts or otherwise.
But anyways, I thought I'd do a quick posts of our month-in-review.

So. . .what happened in February?

--Well, it started out nice and warm! We've had weather in the 60s and 70s most of the month, which was awesome! Dad took us to one of the state parks that's about thirty minutes away and we spent the first Saturday of the month hiking. I think (if I remember correctly) that we walked a total of seven miles. Toward the end it got harder because both my little brothers wanted to be carried.

Everyone who went on the hike. One of my sister stayed home with mom, convinced that hiking was the worst possible way to spend a Saturday. 
--Two of my younger siblings celebrated their birthdays, so that was a lot of fun! We celebrated them at our grandparents, and. . .yeah. We've been told that when our family comes places, we have "controlled chaos". I'm just glad it looks controlled to people. Cause sometimes I'm convinced it's not. :P 

--I read a total of eight books, and around 2,395 pages.  Which, after reading twenty books in January, made me feel like I had hardly read at all. But I learned that sometimes it's best to cut back on reading to be able to focus on more important things. :) 

--I got my story back from the last person who beta-read it for me! Which was sorta exciting and fun, sorta oh-there-is-so-much-that-needs-work. 

--Because of that, I spent most of my free time editing. Guys, I don't know how it's possible to edit 75K+ manuscripts. Mine is a novella, around 40K words, and it drove me nuts. If you have a novel-length story you're working on, then you have my utmost respect. Because editing is hard work, and you're awesome. (I mean that sincerely) 

--A very dear friend sent me a bag of chocolates to help me with editing. Seriously, that made my whole day. Chocolate makes editing so much more bearable, as do dear friends who encourage you!

--I watched Return to the Hiding Place!! Okay, I know I already went on and on about this in the last post, but seriously! It deserved to be mentioned again. And we're watching at again tonight, so I'm excited!! 

--I made two or three library trips. Which was awesome! :D The only thing awesome-r then a library trip is going to their used book-sale section, and getting 2 series by your FAVORITE authors for a total of $1.50. The paperbacks are $0.25 each book, and I got six books in almost brand-new condition. I may or may not have felt like skipping through the library with them in my hands. (Just for the record, I didn't. I stayed very quiet and respectful until I got outside. ;))

And there you have it. That was pretty much what I did this past month. Nothing too exciting, but I was blessed and God is good. All the time. 
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a blessed weekend! I'll be spending most of my day finishing editing, and then tomorrow we have some fun outings planned. 
God bless!


  1. Return to the Hiding Place looks SO good! I really want to watch it.
    Want to wish you good luck in your editing. I totally understand what that's like. I have a novel that I am editing/rewriting and at times I just want to give up. So keep at it!

    1. Yes, you should definitely watch it! Then let me know what you think. ;)
      Thank you! I will do my best. :) And good luck to you as well! :D

  2. Wow, you guys have been having some great weather! :) It's been nice here too, but not quite that warm yet. ;)
    Oh don't worry about going on and on about "Return to the Hiding Place". I do the same thing, you already know which movie it is for me. ;)
    Book sales are the best!! That's so fun that you were able to get some great books for such a great price! Just curious, what books did you get? There was a library book sale around here that I went to last week. I didn't actually find very many books, but a few months ago at a sale I got a bunch of great books. :)
    It sounds like you had a great month, Jesseca! I had a lot of fun reading this post! :) Oh, and by the way, I like the title you chose. ;)

    1. Yeah, it's been amazing. ;) We like literally had no winter this year. Which I enjoyed immensely!
      Hehe, yeah. ;) I'm glad you understand and don't think I'm crazy! 'Cause I have family members who roll their eyes every time I mention it. :P
      I got the three books in "The Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War" by Tricia Goyer. She is one of my all-time favorite authors, so I was so super excited!
      Then I got 3 out of 4 books in the "Carolina Cousins" series by Micheal Phillips.
      Haha, glad you liked it! And yes,our month was pretty good. :)

  3. So jealous of your warm weather! Actually this past weekend was pretty warm. Sunday and Tuesday were beautiful.
    My two younger siblings celebrated birthdays too!
    Looks like you had a good, productive month in many aspects :D Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. I know, right? That's what a lot of my friends are saying and I'm like "Well, y'all can come and visit. . . " ;) Yay! Isn't warm weather the best?!
      Oh, awesome! How many siblings do you have? I'm not sure if I remember. ;P
      We did. :) And you're welcome!

    2. *Books plane flight to Jesseca's house* Be right there! Haha today it warmed up and I spent an hour outside doing some yardwork! Love this sunshine :D Spring is coming!!!
      I just have two siblings. Their birthdays are two days apart. We joke that my little brother was my sister's birthday present because we brought him home from the hospital the day of my sister's birthday. She wasn't thrilled and didn't understand why we had to keep him at the time LOL

  4. In New Hampshire it's supposed to get up into the 40's today and we're all like "Break out the short sleeves and flip-flops!" xD
    Books for really cheap is awesome! I got an entire series of my favorite books for a dollar a a thrift store. And I had almost bought it for waaay more at the bookstore the other day!

    ~Lydia~ <3

    1. Haha! It must get pretty cold up there! When it's 40 here we're all like 'Coats, boots, long sleeves!'. :P
      Oh, isn't it? When ever I find books I love for a good price, it totally makes my entire day! :D

  5. Oh so super jealous of your glorious spring weather. B-) It snowed again here yesterday... :-/ When even I am tired of the winter weather, it's time for spring. ;)
    Haha, controlled chaos? That's so funny! :D
    Wow, you read many more pages in January and February than I did. ;)
    Keep up the good work with the editing. You'll get there! :)
    I want to see "Return to the Hiding Place" SOOO bad!!!
    Oh, you totally should've just skipped through the library. ;) I would've! LOL.

    Thanks for sharing highlights from your month, Jesseca! :)

    1. Oh, really? But I told winter to go visit you since you wanted him so bad. . . B-)
      Yeah, it's funny unless you're in the middle of it. Then it's just chaotic. xD
      Oh, really? It doesn't feel like I read anything at all. :P
      YES! WATCH IT!!!!!!!!
      Well, I wanted to be able o actually *buy* the books and not asked to leave. Although I might have given a half suppressed squeal when I saw them. The librarian lady was only a few shelves away and she looked at me like she was going to tell me to be quiet, but when she saw the books in my hand, she smiled and didn't say a thing. I think she totally identified with my conflicted emotions. ;)

  6. Eeep, you just sent your book out to beta readers? THAT'S SO EXCITING. And terrifying. o.o I'm getting to that point right now and I just... EEK! I'm so excited to get feedback so I can make it better, but the thought of that is so scary at the same time. :P

    1. Yes! There seriously needs to be a word for an exciting/terrified emotion. Because anytime anyone else reads my work, it's exactly how I feel! So yeah, I can totally relate. But beta-readers are the best. ;) In my case, at least, they encouraged me, and pointed out the things that needed changed in a very nice way. :)

  7. Your blog is so beautiful! I'm excited to read more and become better acquainted. Yay for reading and spring and writing and libraries! Oh and chocolate. xxx

    1. Thank you, Anne! :)
      I know, aren't they all amazing??? :D And they all go so well together. ;)