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July Wrap

Yes, yes, yes, I know it is August 2nd. I’m sorry. I’m going to blame this on college (stupid deadlines), and the fact that I got a new computer and for several days was in the limbo of making sure all my data transferred. And I was completely calm as all of my half-finished manuscripts leapt from my old computer to my new one. (LIE!!!! I was a complete and total nervous wreck!!!! But it’s over now, and everything is working fine. My stories all survived.)





Goal: 8

Read: 8 (Ha! :) )



Brothers and Betrayal by Sarah Holman



Writing (again) fell by the wayside this month. But hey, that’s allowed, right? I mean, I released my first book, so that’s reason enough not to write.



I stayed alive blogging! Whaddaya know. Wasn’t expecting that, but I made it work. Nothing terribly profound, just my blog tour, How I Write, and sweet Jesseca’s blog tour.


My goal from last month was to get 5 new subscribers. Guess how many I got? 16!!!!!! 16 people who are crazy enough to let me flood their inbox with posts. How awesome is that?!?!


Other exciting news: This blog post marks 120 posts, and 500 comments. How awesome is that?!?! I’m pretty excited. ;-)


And, as I said last month, I haven’t yet crawled out of my dark hole of hobbitness yet. I’ve been a bad bloggy friend. (yell at me if you wish). August is looking better!!! (Hallelujah I just want to BREATHE!!)

Coffee makes everything better, right? (And it looks pretty to boot.)


HOWEVER, here is a really great post from Go Teen Writers.





Kendra’s Lady Dragon, Tela Du




There were lots of awesome things about this month.


1). My very first book released.

2.) I turned 18. Yikes. Scary stuff. This is how I feel:


3). I spent a week at music camp, hanging out with family, friends, and helping my teacher teach her class of 33 kids. Honestly, I could do a whole post on music camp. It was an absolute blast. If I had thought of taking pictures I would show you, but I was too busy making sure 8 year olds didn’t sit on or trip over their fiddles. Music camp is just the best thing ever. I stayed up until 2:30 jamming. We jammed for 5 hours straight. I think that’s the longest I’ve ever played with people I hardly know. Actually, that’s probably the longest I’ve ever played. It was so much fun.

Also, at camp this year, I managed to dislocate my shoulder while playing volleyball. (And no, I was not playing that aggressively—I actually have a genetic condition that causes my joints to dislocate frequently.) Anyway, thank goodness that didn’t affect my week, and I didn’t realize how much it hurt until we got home at the end of the week.


4). I finished one of my college classes!!! It’s soo good to have ONE class, the THREE credits under my belt.


5). I spent 5 hours at a trap/skeet range shooting shotguns. And because of my still-healing dislocated shoulder, I decided to shoot what is called “mirror image” or, weak-handed. So the whole day, I shot with my left hand, left eye—totally the opposite of what I usually do. It was good to see what new shooters feel like. Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember what it’s like to be new. And believe it or not, I hit more “birds” than I missed.



IMG_19876.) I found a new money dump. (And I’m completely going to blame this on my sweet friend, Abi. Love you, girl!!! :) ) Forthcoming post on this horrible amazing site called ThriftBooks.







~Goals for next month~


  • Read some books. (‘cuz numbers are too specific.)
  • Write 10,000 words
  • Announce the project I’ve been working on for the past few months. (I think you’re all gonna like it… :) )
  • Keep plugging away with school. (Though I suppose this one is kind of inevitable.)





How was your month? Is anyone else experiencing freak summer storms, featuring marble-sized hailstones?


7 comments so far.

7 responses to “July Wrap”

  1. We just switched computers and…even though out old one is only getting repaired, I’m deathly afraid the guy is going to accidentally delete my folders. ;P
    Yes, coffee makes everything better. I LOVE coffee, I have friend who is writing a book, and the main character owns a book and coffee shop. I’ve been reading some of it as she writes, and every time I do I’m just like “GIVE ME ALL THESE WONDERFUL DRINKS YOU ARE MAKING!” ;)
    I so agree with you on the being 18 thing. And that picture perfectly sums it up!
    Oh, Thriftbooks!!!! My problem with that is I have a HUGE shopping cart full of books and I can’t decide which ones to get rid of so that it will fit my budget. ;P
    I’m looking forward to the project announcement!!!

    • Ivy says:

      The main character owns a coffee shop?!?! Does she not realize how difficult this book will be to read? *sigh* Now I want a mocha.

      I thought that picture was quite fitting. It made me laugh–and the look on Peter’s face is so accurate. ;-)

      YES, ThriftBooks. Bye-bye money. And now I need a bigger bookshelf.

      *grins impishly* It’s kind of an unusual announcement…I hope everyone will like it!

      • Katherine Janssen says:

        Where can I buy your book locally? I found out last year, from the geneology book written about my family, (mothers side) that the mayor of Spokane 1890-1891 was my ancestor. I have been to his mansion he built on W9th and the mayors office, where his picture is on the wall and to the cementary where he is buried by the Peytons, Ferris’s, etc. It has been very exciting. Who would ever think that one of the people who built Spokane would be related to me ,where I ended up living. Actually we now live in the Suncrest area. So I really want to read your book.

        • Ivy says:

          Wow, that’s a cool family history!! :) It’s so cool to find out bits of info like that!

          Thanks for your interest in my book! As of right now, I don’t have a local place to sell my book. However, I am actively working on that. Most likely, Auntie’s Bookstore, Downtown, will carry the book. I’m also going to hand out copies to the local libraries. So, yes, it will be available locally, hopefully within the next few weeks. :)

  2. No crazy summer storms here, just heat index in the 105º range, blazing sun, high humidity, and a few cooler days. (You know it’s been HOT when you think the lower 90’s is “cooler”!)

    July, What did happen in July? It was too busy and crazy to remember right now. :)

    I don’t like changing computers! I’ve had to do it three times! I can sympathize.
    Sounds like you have managed to stay busy. ;)
    I’ll be looking forward to your announcement soon! :D

  3. Katja L. says:

    LP Comment
    Well, at least your stories survived! Recently our computer got watered and someone opened it while it was still wet. Result: . . . The only things I saved was the novella collection I am currently writing on (WHEW!!), the stories from the first real book I wrote (whew!) and a few others odds and ends. But the greater portion of my pictures, the novel I was writing before, and most of my stuff was fried. :( But SO GLAD I STILL HAVE MY NOVELLAS!!!! (So thankful for Evernote that saved a lot of stuff LOL).

    • Ivy says:

      Hehe…LP comments are the best. :)

      Yes! I’m so happy they are all okay.

      Oh my goodness, I cannot imagine how scary that must have been! EEEKKK!K!! I would have been a nervous wreck!!!

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