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Life Lately/April Wrap

Well, these monthly wrap up posts seem to be “the thing” right now, and while I try not to do what everyone else does, these posts are so fun to read I don’t see a good reason not to do them!

(And yes, I do know that it is May 4th. Life gets in the way of my desires to post on time.)



~Books Read~

11. Sorry, I don’t have the energy to list them all every single month.


I will list my top 3 favorites.

Samara’s Peril by Jaye L. Knight. I got to be an advanced reader for this book!! Can you believe it!!!! I still can’t! It was so amazing!!

The Ryn by Serena Chase.

The Remedy by Serena Chase.

(I am completely blaming my dear friend Hope for telling me about those last two. And no one needs to know how late I stayed up reading them. They were totally awesome, by the way. :) )



Well, since I had a long day of near panic when I realized how close the release date of The Old River Road is coming in comparison to how much work still needed to be done, I re-evaluated my goals for April.

Total words written: 20,000

Total words edited: 85,000 (that was my whole manuscript for TORR)

I successfully completed my “week of insane writing.” Barely. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. The story just wasn’t flowing right. But I pushed through, and finished with 15,000 words in five days.

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 11.59.34 PMBTW, please tell me I’m not the only one that gets to the “..999” word count and seriously cannot think of ONE MORE WORD to type to finish up my daily amount.

Most words in one day: 5,126

Least words in a day: 216

Most words in an hour: 2,000 (a new personal high!)



  1. Abi’s Martin Hospitality
  2. My own book. (Does that count?)



Well, a lot of life stuff happened this past month.

  1. I got accepted and enrolled in college. *ahhhhh!!!!* I will be taking classes from home through IMG_1439Liberty University. Classes start in 14 DAYS!!!!
  2. I buckled down on high school stuff so I can close that area of my life.
  3. Edited an entire book, hired a cover designer AND editor, rounded up 12 amazing beta readers…and somewhere in there lost my sanity.
  4. Learned how to drive our 36ft motorhome. (Told you I lost my sanity.)
  5. Resumed TaeKwonDo classes. Boy I tell you, I am one rusty black belt. Eight years of no practice really puts a tarnish on that shiny blackness.  :-)
  6. Ate at Chick-fil-A for the second time in my entire life. Seriously, they need to get these restaurants in Eastern Washington. What the heck is up with them only being in the southern/eastern states and in Seattle?
  7. Met an internet friend in person!!! (Hi Rosey!!!!) :-)


~Goals for May~

  1. Finish getting The Old River Road ready for publication. This means going through my beta-reader’s comments, sending it to my editor, going through her comments, then sending the manuscript to the formatted. (WHEW!)
  2. Start college. This one is inevitable, so maybe I should say “survive starting college.”
  3. Plan my graduation/baptism/18th birthday/Mom and Dad’s 22nd wedding anniversary.  These events are all so close together I decided that we may as well celebrate them all on the same day. Why not, right? Now I just have to plan the insane event.
  4. Beta-read Hope’s Song of the Sword, and Abi’s Martin Hospitality.
  5. Read 8 books.
  6. Do a Vlog.
  7. Survive. (This one has been on the bottom of my daily to-do lists as of late.)



Well, there was a lot more that went into April, but that’s all I have the energy to record for now.

So how was your April? Did you do anything absolutely fantastic that I should know about? How do you feel about frozen cookie dough? (Sorry, that was random, but seriously, have you tried the stuff?)



Are you still reading? Good. Keep going.

I have this wonderful idea to do a Vlog sometime in the near future (’cause Vlogs are awesome), but in order to do so I need to know if you have any questions for me. I can come up with a topic on my own if necessary, but it would be far more fun to answer your questions. Please, if you have any questions, leave them in the comment box, or email me with the contact form. THANK YOU!!!


12 comments so far.

12 responses to “Life Lately/April Wrap”

  1. Jesseca Dawn says:

    You had a busy month! And it sounds like your summer will be super busy as well! ;)
    I beta read your novel!!! That was an fantastic part of my April! :D An I got to meet one of my favorite authors, which was awesome!
    Okay, so I have to ask, when is your parent’s 22nd anniversary? My parents will have their 22nd anniversary this year as well on June 11th! :)
    Ahh! You’re graduating! So exciting! I’ll graduate in August … so school is crazy busy right now. :P
    Hmm, I’ll have to think up some questions and send them to you. I’ll be looking forward to the vlog! They’re always so much fun to watch!
    Oh, and yes, frozen cookie dough is the BEST!!!

    • Ivy says:

      Summmer… *sigh*. Don’t even get me started. It will be awesome, though. :)

      Awwww, you’re so sweet! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      My parent’s 22nd anniversary is on July 8th. Which is also my birthday. :) And this year, it is the release date for my book!!! Lots of fun stuff crammed into one day.

      Yes! I’m so excited! August will be here before you know it. :)

      YAY! Please do send questions!!

      THANK YOU! My family seems to think I’m crazy to make cookie dough just to freeze and eat at my convenience.

  2. Hope says:

    Yay! You’ve read The Ryn and The Remedy. The next two books are even better. ;)

    And…what’s a vlog?

    • Ivy says:

      DON’T TELL ME THAT. I just got back to normal life after being immersed in E’veria for 5 days. *groan* Now you made me buy the next two… ;-)

      A vlog is, literally speaking, a video blog. Instead of writing up a normal post (usually on one particular topic, or answering questions from readers), you do a quick video of yourself talking about the subject. They’re tons of fun to watch, and I’m really hoping they’re as much fun to make. *crosses fingers*

  3. I enjoyed reading your April wrap-up! =)

    I am taking college classes online too! Not through Liberty yet, though I heard it’s a great college! It’s not bad at all, so don’t worry. =)

    I can’t wait to read Abi’s novel!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

    • Ivy says:

      Aww, thanks! It was fun to write! :)

      Whew, glad to know classes aren’t bad. I’m only taking 3, so it can’t be too atrocious. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Liberty, too, so…*fingers crossed*

      It’s so good! You will love it!

  4. Hannah E says:

    Your birthday is July 8?? Mine is 2 days later!! :)

    Loved reading this post!

  5. Victoria says:

    Wow, what a busy month for you! I enjoyed reading this post. :) I think a vlog sounds great! They’re nice because it’s like meeting a person better. Here’s some questions for you… when did you start getting into writing, why do you keep on going in the writerly life, what’s your favorite book and what’s your one weakness? Lol…I’m curious. :P


    • Ivy says:

      It was a busy month, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Yes, vlogs are so much fun. Thank you for the questions, they are awesome!!!! :)

  6. Yes, I had a wonderful April, although it was crazy busy! My highlight would be taking a train to Chicago with my grandparents and sister for a few days on my birthday.

    It sounds like you had a lovely month. :)
    Hmm, questions?
    Could you see yourself still writing in the next 15 years?
    Do you find yourself wishing someone else would finish writing the story you have in your head? :D

    • Ivy says:

      Wow, a train ride to Chicago sounds fun! I’ve been to Chicago several times, (and decided that I like the country much better), but it’s an interesting place to visit.

      Thanks for the questions!

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