Saturday, July 30, 2022

Random Life Update



Hello Readers,

This month has flown by. It seems that so much has happened, and I lost track of it. So here I am doing another blog post... later than I hoped. 

Things that Have Happened...

- 4th of July

We had a party and a pie contest. My pie won for the best looking and I'm really proud of that lol. We also went to see the local fireworks for the first time. 

-My family had two birthdays this month. 

-I finished my 2nd college class and started my 3rd. Almost done with my first semester! 

These past two classes have been challenging in a theological sort of way. But they have helped me solidify my own beliefs. 

-I started working. 

I work for a very sweet family that goes to my church. A bonus with gas prices going up is that they live one house down from me, so I get to ride my bike! An exciting thing that happened this week was when I dumped dirty mop water into a meat bee hole... somehow I managed not to get stung. 

- I got some editing done on OtF!

This was a highlight of my month. I got some editing done. Not as much as I would like, but at this point, anything is a win. I have found it very helpful to ramble at a writing friend about my characters. I think OtF may take a slightly different turn theme-wise than I originally planned. (As a side note in my writing life, I wrote a poem that I might share with y'all at a future time.)

-I feel as though I am an official adult.

Between phone calls, emails, signing paperwork, doing college, work, getting a new phone, and starting to pay my own bills... ahh, adulting here I am.

I have ideas for more thought-out blog posts in the future. I'm hoping as I settle into a routine I can factor in more time for blogging. 

I hope y'all are having a wonderful summer!

Blessings,

Mattie May




Thursday, June 30, 2022

Character Quotes Blog Tag


 

Hello Readers,

I realized that today was the last day of June. I also realized that I have yet to do a blog post for this month. And so here I am, fashionably almost too late... oops. 

Earlier this month, I got tagged by the lovely Abigail over at Diamonds in the Rough for a blog tag that she created in an attempt to get to know her own characters better. I also need to get to know my characters better, and so here I am, actually doing the blog tag... (I may have a list of tags that I have yet to do... o.o) 

Instructions: take the characters from your current WIP and list a quote that describes each one. It can be something they do, a piece of dialogue they say or something of that nature. Do what you will.

I am going to be taking the 6 main(ish) characters from my WWI disaster WIP. (Please note this story has had minimal editing.)

Jenny Blair

"She was nervous, but wouldn’t admit it. That would show weakness and she was strong; she must be strong in honor of her dad. In honor of all the other men fighting. She would have to find out when she arrived if she would be brave enough. She sincerely hoped she would. She must be brave."

(Possibly my favorite character... she's sweet, strong, and stubborn...)

George Blair

"“I have every intention of us both returning home safely,” George gave his friend a reassuring smile. George felt a shot of adrenaline rush through his body as he said the word safely. Yes, they would both return home safely. George noticed that James’ hands were shaking. Wanting to support his friend, George put a hand on his friend's shoulder. “We'll get home alright, just wait, this war will be over before Christmas,” George hoped that would help. Just then, something deep inside told him that it wouldn’t. That it would be a bloody war, that lives would be lost, that he- and all the men standing with him would never be the same. That they might not return home safely. A sinking feeling made his heart feel like a ship's anchor, cast into a turbulent sea. George tried to push the feelings further down; he had to be strong for James’ sake. For the sake of the men around him."

(Husband, Father, Soldier... what else can I say?)

Mabel Blair

"“You could refrain from encouraging your dad and Mr. James to go get killed.” Mabel replied a little sternly."

(Anxious wife? Yes. Supportive wife? Also yes. Honestly she's really sweet and just cares a lot about her family and friends.)


Kenneth Martin

"No matter what anyone said or thought, he didn’t like the idea of fighting or going off to war. He didn’t like the idea of men killing one another. Kenneth winced as he thought of what it might be like to have a bullet hit him. He never thought of himself as a brave man. How would he fare when he started fighting; would he turn and run like a coward? Would he hold his ground? Kenneth didn’t know, he likely wouldn’t know until his first battle."

(My farm boy turned soldier...) 

Fred Martin

“Kenneth, it is your duty to protect your country; how dare you think you’re going to stay here on this farm for the duration of the coming war!”

(Slightly over patriotic father who wants his son to do what he cannot. Hint, Kenneth does not appreciate it.)

Peggy Martin

“Fred, Kenneth, please, calm down, we aren’t going to be able to help the war by creating one at the kitchen table.” 

“I’m not taking sides; I just want to help. You two need to stay in line or I’ll whip the lotta ya,”

(Kenneth's mother, trying to help and throwing a bit of humor in with it.)

Tag! You're it! 

If you have yet to do this tag, consider yourself, Tagged. 

I hope you all have a patriotic 4th of July and lovely summer! 

Blessings, 

Mattie May

Monday, May 23, 2022

April Showers Bring May Flowers



Hello Readers! 

It feels like summer is already here, technically it's not, but it sure feels like it. 

This month and last month have felt like a whirlwind. 

I know I never posted the giveaway results, so I'll go ahead and do that now! 

Congrats to Naomi W! 

Life has been very busy this past month. I'm always amazed at how God takes our life trajectory and then flips it upside down. What I'm about to tell you about I never would have thought that I would, but here I am. 

I am a college student now. 😮

As is typical for me, I didn't decide to do college till about four or five weeks before registration ended for summer classes. I seem to be a last-minute kind of person. I'm currently working toward a Creative Writing degree at Colorado Christian University. I have one week left of my first class and so far it hasn't been as bad as I might have expected. My first class was an introduction to college writing and so far I've made it. One of my biggest fears of doing college was writing a college paper. I didn't think I could do it. But now I've written a few, and they weren't as bad as I might have thought they were. So that's my first bit of news. 

The second bit is that I done left the teen years. I guess I should probably update my bio since I'm no longer a teen writer. 😦😂 

It feels weird. 

You know how people ask if you feel any different on your birthday... up until now, I've said no... but now... I think I feel a little different. It could be purely psychological, but I have no way of proving it. I had a very lovely birthday with friends and family. 

I don't really enjoy all the attention having a birthday gives me, but I guess you're only two decades once in your life and you may as well enjoy it. 

I've lived a wonderful twenty years. It's been beautiful and ugly. It's been hard and easy. There have been hills and valleys. And I thank the Lord for each and every blessing and trial that He has allowed me to walk through. 

I've learned so much about life and growing up and while I might be in shock that I'm not a teenager anymore, I hope I can learn and grow a lot through this next decade of my life. 

Blessings,

Mattie May, The Blossoming Writer

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Who Loves A Free Book!?



 Hello Readers!

I bet you're shocked to see a post from me this early in the month since I usually post at the last minute LOL. 

But today, and this month is different! 

About two years ago at this time, I was furiously editing my debut novel Everlasting Gold to prepare it for the public eye. One week from this Friday will be the two-year anniversary of Everlasting Gold being published! 

It's so crazy to think that it's been that long, that my book is two years old already! 

So celebrate this momentous occasion I am hosting a giveaway! One person will receive a free, signed copy of my book! 

*This giveaway is only open to US and Canada entrants* 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope y'all enjoy this as much as me ;D. Have a wonderful April and perhaps you'll see me post again this month to announce the winner! 

Blessings,
Mattie May, The Blossoming Writer 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

All About You and Around the Blogosphere Tag!

 


Hello Readers!

I was tagged for this back in September by the lovely R. M. Archer, at Scribes and Archers, so please go check out her lovely blog and enjoy me trying to answer this tag. 

Rules:

Answer the following questions

Tag at least a couple other bloggers

Have them answer these questions


Questions:


What’s your favorite book/book series and why?

My favorite book right now is The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barret

My favorite series might either be The Baker Family Adventures by C. R. Hedgecock or The Whispers of White Duology by Miranda Marie. 


Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is probably Douglas Bond. 

After him would be the three that I just mentioned, Amanda Barret, C.R. Hedgecock, and Miranda Marie. 


What is your favorite food?

I really enjoy a variety of food, but my favorite is probably Lasagna. 


What gives you inspiration for your books?

Other books, people, memories, random historical facts that I think "Hey, someone should write a story about ________" 


If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Somewhere cold and in the mountains. I love where I am now, but I could go for somewhere with cooler summers. 


Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I'd have to say introvert. Though I do need to have people interaction and I do enjoy and can get energy from being around people... as long as they don't take too much mental/emotional energy. 


If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Hmmm

Caution, Writer may spout random facts or speak of fictional characters as if they are real. Or know too much for normal people about  

or

Caution, I may be quiet at first, but beware if you get me on one or more of my favorite subjects. 

I really don't know 😂.

Tagees:

Edna Pellen at Bleeding Ink

Adria Avalon at The Works of Adria Avalon

Maple at Maple Quill Penning Magic

S.J. at When Ice Sings and Stars Fall

Alrighty, I hope y'all enjoyed that and you're impressed that I got this month's post out before the very last day of the month 😉. I'm impressed at myself. 

Also, this past week marked my two-year Blogversary! I forgot again. So consider me finally doing this tag as celebration! 🎉🥳💚✨ 

I'll write to y'all again next month, Lord willing. 

Have a lovely spring! 

Blessings,

Mattie May

Monday, February 28, 2022

Why I Collect Journals

 


Hello Readers!

I've been asked before whether or not I collect anything, and to be honest, I'm not much into dusting things, so I don't really collect knick-knacks and the like, but I think there is at least one thing that I seem to collect and that is Journals. 

I was recently writing in one of my journals, the one I write in daily about whatever happened, and I got to thinking. Those little gears in my brain started turning, and I thought, why do I have so many journals? From where I was sitting, I could see two, plus the one I was writing in, plus one that was in my backpack, which was sitting in the same room. I have this sense that writers, in particular, have a knack for collecting journals... and I'm wondering why? So here are a few reasons I hoard collect journals.

1. They are Really Pretty~

I love my journals; some have Owls, some flowers, or Bible verses, (one even has a wooden cover 😉)... But then others are plain or just dollar tree style. There is just something very lovely about journals. 

2. They Have a Purpose~

Yes, they do. Before you ask about all the blank ones that are tucked into my desk, those will have one at some point. Each of my journals are for a different thing. For example, my pink journal is my daily journal, my owl journal is for writing ideas and scraps of stories, my plain one is my official random journal. (By the way, I believe everyone should have a random notebook. They are amazing.) My fancy-looking green one has funny family stories... I could go on for a while, but you get the point. (Comment below if you'd like another post where I can share pictures... but I'm writing this last minute again whoops... so no pics :( sorry.) 

3. They Represent Ideas~ 

Each blank page, every line, represents a fresh start and new idea. I often write better on paper than on my laptop. There is something cozy about writing in a journal. It's less intimidating than my laptop screen. 


Those are all the reasons I can think of at the moment. Perhaps I'll do a part two with pictures; that'd be fun. I've found journaling/writing in a journal very helpful for both my mental and spiritual health. At the beginning of the day, when I sit down to do my devotions, I end my time by journaling about what I read and end by writing out a prayer. At the end of the day, I usually journal about whatever happened and what I'm thinking about. I enjoy, to some extent, reading my old journals because they show me ways I've grown and can point out ways that I still need to grow. 

So the next time you want to comment about all the journals that your writer friend has, maybe ask why they love journals so much. I'm sure every writer has their reasons. 😉

What are some reasons you have journals? Do you keep a journal? Should I do a follow-up post and share pictures? Let me know in the comments! 

Blessings,

Mattie May

Monday, January 31, 2022

New Years Resolutions Blog Tag


Hello Readers! 

So, confession time. I kept telling myself throughout this month that I needed to do my blog post earlier, and here I am, the evening of the last day of January... doing my blog post... finally. But, hey, at least I'm actually doing it :) 

Last year I got tagged for the New Years Resolutions blog tag, but I didn't do it, so I'm doing it now since it's a fairly new year still XD


Link back to the creator of the tag ~ Lavender Bleu at Always Write The Good Write

Link back to the blogger who tagged you ~ Farren Green at Paper and Quill (sorry I'm doing this a year late...)

Answer the questions

Tag 1-5 more people

Keep at least 5 questions from the person who tagged you and make at least 5 of your own (Basically you can replace up to fifteen of my questions with your own.)


1. What was the best thing that happened in the past year?

Hmm I'm not sure, possibly Camp, getting my Drivers license, Starting my podcast, going to Kauai.... 


2. What was the biggest challenge that you faced in the past year?

I think it would have to be spending a little over 6 months away from home. 


3. What was the most memorable book you read in the past year?

The White Rose Resists. It was AmAzInG! 


4. Did you succeed in completing your new year's resolution in the past year?

I think I did... I don't remember too many of them now lol 


5. What was something new you tried in the past year?

Paddleboarding on a river and in the ocean! Along with ziplinning. And starting a podcast lol. 


6. Do you any any last parting words for the past year?

Did you actually happen? 


7. What does your To Be Read list look like for the new year?

I want to read more classics and theology. 


8. What is your motto for the new year?

Be the moon... perhaps I'll explain that more in another blog post. 


9. Do you have any big plans for the new year?

I wanna go to England for Douglas Bond's Creative Writing Masterclass.


10. What would you try if you knew you wouldn't fail?

I'm really not sure lol... probably a job that helped people... I wouldn't wanna fail at that an ruin their life.


11. What in the new year are you anticipating the most?

Maybe working on getting my NaNo 2020 Project edited... Or maybe a trip to England. 


12. How would you like to spend your free time in the new year?

Reading, Being with Friends and Family, Writing. 


13. Where would you like to go on vacation in the new year?

England! 


14. What time-wasting activity could you part with?

Needless Scrolling... after about three swipes I know there's not much else... so I need to cease my scrolling lol 


15. What is your new year's resolution?

I have a lot, but I'd like to work on time management. 


16. What would you be most happy about completing?

Not be constantly doing things at the last minute... (like this blog post) 


17. What book would you like to read by the end of the year?

I have a lot, but probably Mirage, by Miranda Marie. 


18. What can you never seem to find the time to do that you’d like to find time for this year?

Write. Blog. Podcast. 


19. How can you add 15 minutes of joy to each day?

I've been reading a Psalm every night before I go to bed and honestly I've noticed my general anxiety levels go down, so I think that makes me a more joyful person, in general. I hope that counts. 


20. What was the best way you used your time this past year?

Putting my laptop down and being with my family, and writing letters to friends. 


Well that's the end of that. If you're a blogger who hasn't done this tag, please do it. You're tagged, so you really don't have a choice. 


Blessings,

Mattie May