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Tacos, Finished Projects, and Reading Adventures // January 2023

Hello, friends! Welcome to February! January flew by so fast, and I’m looking forward to the coming of spring. January was a fun, yet busy month. While writing this post I remembered some things I had forgotten about. I hope you all had a great month too!

Writing

I finally finished a full-length project! Across Oceans was my NaNoWriMo project. I finished NaNo with 41K, and I was happy with what I got done. I took a break for most of December but got back to it after Christmas. Two weeks into January, I wrote The End on Across Oceans. Three months of planning, almost two months of writing, and 53K words later. The first draft isn’t perfect; it has a lot of plot holes. But I’m so glad I didn’t give up on it, and I’m especially grateful for my mentors and friends who encouraged me along the way ❤

For the first time last October, I participated in Inktober. I didn’t outline my project, but I had fun while writing it. After I finished Across Oceans, that novella seemed like a good project to tackle next. I started completely over from the beginning. Using some advice I read in an article, I’m writing the second draft in a different POV than the first time. Once again, I didn’t outline, but I know what needs to happen and plan to follow the progression of the first draft.

Reading

  • Wingfeather Tales by Andrew Peterson

I loved the Wingfeather Saga. So much. When I finished, I opened up this accompanying book to the series. It’s set in Aerwiar, the land of the Saga, and has a few familiar characters. If you read the Wingfeather Saga, I’d recommend reading this next!

  • Adventures in Saying Yes by Carl Medearis

I picked up this book at the church library and was intrigued by the cover. Two chapters in, I couldn’t put it down. It’s written by a missionary about his family’s adventures on the mission field and saying yes to God. Definitely a book to put on your nonfiction TBR!

  • The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda Brunstetter is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read quite a few of her other books, and I was excited to find this one. The interaction between the completely different characters was great. The cover design is excellent too.

Life

  • Spent a weekend with family

We hadn’t seen my brother and his family since before Thanksgiving. My mom, sister and I planned a trip to go see them last weekend. Along with getting tacos, we watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, read books to the kids, and went on a walk with the dog. On our walk, we stopped at a playground, getting some nice pictures of Betsy and I with our niece.

  • Tried a new taco restaurant!

When we went to visit my brother and hist family this past weekend, we got tacos at a new place that opened up not too far from them. The decorations were so authentic, and the owner even came out and talked to us. The chicken tacos were the best I’ve ever had. Next time we visit, I hope to go again!

What about you? What was your favorite thing that you did in January? Did you read any new, exciting books?

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