Making Time To Write

My writing time is nearly nonexistent right now and that sucks. I want to get back into writing regularly. I want to be writing more and also learning about writing. I’ve started to learn about my craft, but it needs to be ongoing. There will always be more to learn and that’s one of the things I love most about life!

This next month (November) I want to give myself a challenge. I’m going to do NaNoWriMo! JUST KIDDING! I don’t have time for that. Lol. XD This month I’m going to try to learn as much as possible about writing. I’m going to read about the writing process, crafting characters, rewriting, plotting, and publishing. I want to get myself back into a place where I’m surrounded (on the internet) by people who write all the time. I want to build up my writing muscles again.

I’ve tried to do things like this before, like my monumental fail during fair week. I didn’t finish that story, but I wish now that I had. 😦 Anyways, you live and learn. My topic was too heavy for me to write about in that moment. So, I’ve decided that if I’m going to accomplish what I hope to accomplish this month, then I need a plan. I want a set time every day to do this. I know I won’t be motivated to do this every day, especially if I don’t have a plan.

Daily Schedule for November

Weekdays

8:30am-3:00pm: School

3:00-3:30: Piano practice

3:30-4:30: Writing

4:30-5:00: Reading/internet time

Weedend  

Saturday:

7:00-8:00am: Writing time

8:00am-3:30pm: Chores and homework

3:30-4:00: Writing

Sunday:

2:00pm-3:00pm: Writing

This schedule might not work. I don’t know, because I haven’t tried it yet. I’ll try it for a week and if I find that I have to change things around because of my busy weekday schedule, then that’s what I’ll do. However, I want to get in at least an hour everyday.

Another challenge for another month. 🙂

Give Thanks

I’m thankful today, because of the good in my like and in spite of the bad.

I’m thankful for…

  • Sunshine
  • Banana cream pie
  • Pinterest ❤
  • Leftovers from Olive Garden
  • A warm house
  • Big dreams
  • Love
  • Grace
  • Patience
  • Laughter
  • Arrival Of Birds (music)

It’s easy for me to forget about all of the good things in my life when I only dwell on the bad and the difficult. When I take a step back, I can see how good I’ve got it. I’m happy, warm, and loved. I have three meals a day, a piano, lots of books, lovely people to live my life wither, beautiful music to listen to, and an amazing God to reflect upon. 🙂

Some Writing

I went to co-op today and had fun. I was in study hall for three hours, ate a good lunch, and went to class. Most importantly, I got some writing done. I wrote a lot in my journal and I wrote the start of a little story in my writing journal.

I created two characters and formed a small idea of where the story will go. I’m excited about this character because he’s a sweet, lovable farm boy book-nerd. I love him

I haven’t been writing a lot lately, but I’m going to try to write more often from now on, including on this blog. Sometimes I forget how good writing feels. It’s a feeling of excitement, creativity, and belonging that can only come when someone is experiencing the joy of their craft. 

Peace, 

Claire

A Picture and a Thought

Sunshine is a beautiful thing. It’s golden and warm and natural. It can bring hope and gladness. I love the way sunshine can get into my heart and warm it right up.

Hope is also an amazing thing. It’s a gift from God. Hope, even the tiniest bit, can be the difference between life and death.

Life is also amazing. I breathe, eat, drink, sleep, and walk everyday. I get to live. Even more amazing is that I get to live the life that I do. I have a great life, full of hope and sunshine. 🙂

~ Claire

Yesterday I…

I meant to write this yesterday but that didn’t happen. 🙂

Yesterday I…

  • Watched The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Made and consumed a traditional Neapolitan pizza
  • Researched tiny houses and how much they cost
  • Watched Good Mythical Morning 

That’s pretty much it.

It’s getting colder every day now. The leaves have changed colors, the air is crisp, and the rain is cold. I’m starting to look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as the long, cold days of winter. I don’t really love winter, but there are some perks to it. I love to drink hot tea on snowy mornings. I love the way snow looks in the morning. I love the crispness of the air. And… I love that Rogue One is coming out on December 16!!!

~ Claire 

More Music Loving

I have been surrounded by music all my life. My mom introduced me to Switchfoot, Shawn MacDonald, and the Newsboys. My dad’s love of Coldplay caused it to become my favorite band to this day. I listened to Baby Mozart as a toddler, and played make-believe with my siblings while classical music played in the background. Music influences and has influenced my life in a deep, personal way.

Some of the music I listened to as a young child:

  • Wherever We Go, Something Beautiful, and He Reigns by the Newsboys
  • All I Need, Take My Hand, and Gravity by Shawn MacDonald
  • I Dare You To Move, This Is Your Life, and Your Love Is A Song by Switchfoot
  • The Scientist, Shiver, and A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay
  • The Show by Lenka
  • The Call by Regina Spektor (Narnia)
  • Falling in Love in a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg

Now, I listen to a wide variety of music that I discovered on my own. I listen to everything from Erik Satie to Twenty One Pilots. Here are a few of my favorite songs to date:

  • Concerning Hobbits by Howard Shore (LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  • Gymnopedie 1 by Erik Satie
  • Guns for Hands by Twenty One Pilots
  • The Blues by Switchfoot
  • Oasis/Savannah/Baby by Relient K
  • I Don’t Get To Say I Love You Anymore by Tessa Violet
  • 6/10 by Dodie Clark
  • Warning Sign by Coldplay

I know I talk about music a lot on this blog, but that’s because it’s so important to me. 🙂 I love when music moves me, when it teaches me something, when it embodies a thought or feeling of my own in the music or the lyrics. I hope you like some of my music suggestions, and please share some of your own if you’re into music of any kind.

~ Claire

Beautiful Books

I just finished The Fellowship of the Ring today and I’ve got to say… spectacular. It’s a masterpiece of a book that somehow combines a compelling plot, interesting characters, and amazing world-building into one book. It’s a phenomenal beginning to what I hope will be a phenomenal trilogy (i’m pretty sure it will be).

It has got me thinking about books and how much I love them.

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus

I have read a fair amount of books in my sixteen years of living, some of them have been good and some have been bad. Here are a few of the good ones:

  • The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
  • Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Railway Children and The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
  • Moon Over Manifest and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Larklight series by Philip Reeve
  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
  • Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
  • Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald

These books are both new and old favorites. I would recommend any and all of them wholeheartedly. 🙂

I also have books that I wish to read in the near future. To name a few:

  • Redwall series by Brian Jacques
  • The Two Towers and The Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkein
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The History of Middle Earth (All 12 or so parts) by J.R.R Tolkein

What books are your favorites? Do you have any suggestions for me? I’d love to talk about your own love of books, so please leave a comment!

Claire 

 

Back to School

This week I’m getting back to school after a week-long break. Last week was full of fun and fair stuff. I enjoyed it even though it wasn’t what I expected it to be. This week the grind of school is back in my life. It’s time to settle down to long days of work.

I found it pretty hard to focus today, but that’s usual after a long break. I found myself falling asleep, drifting into daydreams, and taking much longer on tasks than I usually do. All I wanted to do today was go outside (because it was 80 degrees out) and read, but I was stuck inside doing schoolwork that I really didn’t feel like doing.

On Sunday, my teacher brought up an interesting point about school. We’re all given the teaching that we’re given for a reason. Nothing we learn is unimportant or not useful. My teacher has found that even the smallest, most inapplicable things from school have found their way into her life.

It helps me to sort of triumph over the hard things in school when I realize that everything I’m learning has a purpose in God’s eyes, even when I can’t see it. It’s funny because I recently thought that I shouldn’t do the Omnibus next year because I’m going to become a writer and all of the theological, philosophical, deep-thinking stuff couldn’t apply to that career. I realized yesterday that it can. Even though I’m not learning the craft of writing I have learned so much from the Omnibus that I’ve been able to improve my writing and my thinking in general.

Everything in life is so much more interconnected than I used to think. Every part of it touches another part and in that way it’s all joined together. It’s a web of ideas, knowledge, love, and difficulties. It’s interesting to see my view if the web widen. It’s so exciting to be alive and experience this wonderful world of God’s.