School is back.
Hello, junior year of high school.
Goodbye, amazing summer.
I don’t hate school or anything–once I get into it, I actually enjoy it–but the sudden switch from laziness to forced productivity is a lot to handle. Acclimating to new teachers and new classes is also hard in the beginning, and I’m ready for everything to settle into the usual rhythm.
But less about school, more about summer. I set myself eight goals at the beginning of summer, and I met almost all of them. Here’s a look back at what I accomplished.
I totally succeeded at this one. I added 30,500 words to my WIP over the course of nine weeks, bringing my total up to 83,800 words. I have to say, this is better than I ever expected from myself. I’m getting close to the end of my second draft, and I have everything left that I need to write plotted out. I am so ready to write THE END on the last page.
I didn’t write short stories, but that’s okay. I wrote a few poems, some of which I shared here.
Most of all, I’m proud that I kept writing, and that I wrote scenes that I actually enjoy. Of everything that I added this summer, I like most of it, and my self doubt has decreased from “crippling” to “mild.”
2. Read 20 books
I read 21!!! YAAAAY.
- The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
- Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson
- The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
- P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
- Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt
- The Thief (Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
- The Queen of Attolia (Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
- The King of Attolia (Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
- A Conspiracy of Kings (Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
- When Lightning Strikes (1-800-WHERE-ARE-YOU #1) by Meg Cabot
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My favorite new read: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Most surprising read: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Favorite reread: The King of Attolia (no competition, since it’s my favorite book ever)
3. Keep blogging (at least three posts a week)
Yep, did this one too. I had a total of 37 posts! I can’t say much more on this one, besides that I maintained my goal of writing (in numerous different forms) and that summer laziness never took over.
4. Spend time with friends
CHECK. I hung out with friends a lot, more than I expected I would. Lots of trips to Coffee Bean, lots of lunch hang-outs, lots of good times were had.
5. Catch up on TV shows
I sort of succeeded? I caught up on Doctor Who (season 8), but I didn’t watch the most recent season of Once Upon a Time. On Netflix, I finished up How I Met Your Mother (the ending was whatever…I cried but felt like the last season was completely unnecessary for that pre-planned ending), and started watching White Collar. I’m a few seasons in, and while it isn’t amazingly well written or intense, it is fun to watch.
6. Learn ballet
Well, I had to do this one. I had a ballet summer school class for PE credit, and it was a great experience. I remain loyal to my first love, fencing, but I can definitely see myself taking another class if It fit in my schedule.
7. Finally get my drivers permit
WHOOPS. Nope. That didn’t happen. SSSHHHH
8. Enjoy myself
SUCCESS. I had a really great summer. Lots of new experiences, lots of fun times with friends, lots of relaxation.
Also, my sister made us both amazing steampunk fairy costumes for San Diego Comic Con. Check out her blog here!
How was your summer? Did you accomplish your goals?