January 2017 – Journal #2

Quote of the week:

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”
― Christina Baldwin

Welcome to the second installment of this month’s journal challenge!

It’s cold, you guys. Real cold. In California. My little fingers can barely type! The BF got me some toasty handwarmers (they literally look like pieces of toast, XD) for Christmas, but I’m too cold to go get them. BRRR.

Anyway, on with the show! And as always, please feel free to join in the conversation in the comments! I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts and whatever awesome things you all are up to!

List the books you’ve read so far this year

WELL. *puffs out chest with pride* I’ve actually been pretty good, all things considered! I’ve read:

Not bad considering the awful reading slump I was in during December . . . and November. And most of October.

Favorite pens to write with

I like my pens to have a relatively thick point and to glide super smoothly. I’ve experimented with fountain pens, and those are fun, but they can be a tad messy, and if you really wanna to have the full fountain pen experience, you can’t be cheap. So I like the inexpensiveness but high quality of gel ink pens, preferably blue.

Office supplies

Must haves at my desk:

  • Post-It notes
  • Index cards
  • Pens
  • Mints
  • Laptop (with USB mouse)

What you like most about January

Hmm . . . I mean, there’s nothing particularly unique about January, other than it’s the month that comes after Christmas, so . . . I guess I like that it is a new month and the first part of a new year, which means truly endless possibilities. It’s a chance to start fresh and try different things and get your goals (and taxes) together. Also, it’s usually pretty cold, as I’ve mentioned. Sometimes TOO COLD (which I don’t like).

Favorite cold weather adjectives

  • Blustery
  • Chilly
  • Frozen Wintry
  • Brisk
  • Biting
  • Frosty
  • Crisp

Your personal writing goals

Keeping up with this journal, for one! But for real, I’d really like to get something published this year, even if it means doing it myself. I want to actually start (and maybe even finish) a novel, and I plan to enter a couple writing contests. Basically, my goal is to put myself out there more!

Your keys to success this year

  • Eat less. Drink water.
  • Stay woke.
  • Be kind, but firm.
  • Admit mistakes and ignorance. Be eager to learn.
  • Read. Write. Read. Write.
  • Don’t be afraid to take the first step, to say yes, to say no.
  • Keep moving forward.

Advice/encouragement to fellow writers

I mean, it’s pretty much the same as my keys to success, so . . .

GUYS, YOU JUST GOTTA WRITE! YOU CAN DO IT!

Personal prompt

I’m stealing this one from this week’s We Got This podcast episode:

Best M&M Variety?

Now, I love candy. I love candy so much, just today I bought a bag of Hershey’s Kisses (Cupcake variety, white chocolate cookie flavored — y’know, for Valentine’s Day) and pretty much ate the whole bag. Candy is literally my biggest weakness and probably the reason why I’m still 10-15 pounds away from my goal weight, XD.

ANYWAY, I love M&Ms, virtually all types. Though I went to the M&M store in Las Vegas last year, and there exist some gnarly flavors, bro. But for me, the winner is Peanut Butter M&Ms. I love them so much. And NO, they’re not the same as Reese’s Pieces! Those don’t have a chocolate coating and are much more sweet. I love them, but in a different way. Peanut Butter M&Ms literally taste like what they are: delicious spheres of pure peanut butter dipped in chocolate and then coated with a candy shell. *insert Homer-Drool gif* I can eat these by the pound, my friends, and it’s only with incredible self-restraint that I don’t. THE TEMPTATION IS TERRIBLE, THOUGH.

But I also love Mini M&Ms, for the simple fact that they are small but mighty in chocolate flavor and you can stuff a whole bunch into your mouth at once. And also plain M&Ms because of their versatility. Peanut ones are good too. And Mint. Crispy, not so much. Pretzel’s okay. The Holiday ones are probably in my top 10.

Now I want M&Ms.

Miscellaneous

A little look back at the whole month:

  • Gosh darn, but January went by fast.
  • Last week, I had a whole imaginary lecture about the importance of the first line of Harry Potter: “Mr and Mrs Dursley were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Like, a half-hour-long lecture about it. In my head. Does anyone else do this??
  • The weekend that this post is published (27-29), I will be at Anime Los Angeles (ALA) with The BF and friends! We went for one day last year and enjoyed it so much, we’re going for all three days. Should be GREAT.
  • My grandparents gave me the remainder of my dad’s belongings. He had a lot of stuff, surprisingly. Most of it they donated, but I now have a record player, lots of photos, and a bunch of his and my mom’s old school things. Seventies’ and eighties’ yearbooks were weird, y’all.
  • Thanks to all the rain, everything is absolutely beautiful outside. The grass is so green, the sky so blue~

How was your January?

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