5 Random Updates

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I should make all my headers like this…it took me about three minutes. Then again, it’s rather uncreative. But it works in a pinch when you’re tired and want to go to bed.

Well, some of them are random, anyway. They’re less random and more rambly. I should’ve called it 5 Rambly Updates. So, I don’t know what to post about but I decided I should probably post before I leave on hiatus for a little bit.

So randomness/ramblyness (rambliness?) ensues.

#1: Update on Blogging & Hiatus

Okay, this isn’t random, really. But I’m going to be gone next week. *nods* And maybe longer than that because I don’t know what to blog about if I’m not writing regularly. And I haven’t been writing regularly. *hides in shame*

Also, I now have over 100 followers! Thank you, everyone, for reading. It means a lot that you read and (hopefully?) enjoy my blog!

#2: Update on Life

I’ve been thinking a lot about college and stuff and whyyy does it cost so much? Some days it seems so far away and I’m like, “Oh, I’ll just not worry about it,” and other days I’m so overwhelmed and I feel like I’ll never be ready. (I spend a lot of time between two conflicting emotions like that.)

I also don’t want to think about school, so I haven’t started my summer homework. And I have been procrastinating a lot recently. It’s a problem.

I read around 20 books in June…some have yet to see the light of a goodreads review, though. But I’m working on that. Actually, I’m reading rather than writing reviews. Probably not a good thing, but I’ll get around to them sometime.

#3: Update on Self Growth

Hm. Hopefully I’m not getting any taller, but I think I am getting better as a person. More or less. I don’t really know. I’ve been praying to have more charity, and it’s helped, but then I also have days where I get frustrated and take it out on everyone around me.

And I complain way too much. Any ideas? Say two things positive after every complaint?

#4: Update on Musicality

After all, this blog is called The Music of Words. So, what musicking have I been up to? Not much. I’ve been taking voice lessons but I haven’t practiced much since my last one…eep. So I know my voice is probably getting worse as I sit here, not singing.

But I’ve been playing the piano recently, not practicing, but at least playing. Mostly as a form of escapism from the world. I can’t escape through singing…it’s too much of me, I think. I know people hear it and they hear me. But when I play the piano, they hear the music and I hear the music, and I don’t have to worry about improving my voice or how I breathe or that I miss a few notes. I just play.

#5: Update on Writing


Yep, that’s a pretty good description on it’s own. Lots of sighing. Lots of glaring at myself in the mirror (and at my characters if I feel like it). Basically, I haven’t been writing much even though I’ve had time to, and that just makes me feel all guilty inside. Grrrrr.

Plus, Camp NaNo? Ha! Especially since I’m going on hiatus. I’m going to lose again. And it’s because I’m too lazy to write.

But I have made some progress on Battle Song! I’m at a grand total of 8,570 words so far and I’m having a lot of fun exploring the world and some of the magic of the world. (The mers can do magical stuff through singing, which is so fun to play around with. And traumatize Amrya with.)

I want to talk to you about it! Though I’m not entirely sure what to talk about…what do you want to hear about? Characters? Plot? Setting? A Spotlight with an excerpt or snippets? What I’m struggling with? I don’t know, you tell me what you want to hear. I’ll try to oblige, unless inspiration suddenly strikes…

Alrighty, there’s my updates & basically my tired, late night version of a monthly wrap-up post. (What happened to the Dares? I don’t know. I would still like to do them, but the posts took a long time to write, and I never seemed to accomplish much.)

Anyway, how have you been? Any updates you want to share with me? Tell me how your writing is going or what thoughts have been on your mind lately during life. Do you play an instrument or sing? How do you feel about music?

13 thoughts on “5 Random Updates

  1. Jordy Leigh July 10, 2017 / 4:21 AM

    I sense a lot of deflation in there, Lana. :/ I hope your hiatus does you well. Hopefully, it will be characterized by the type of rest that results in fruitfulness. Let’s remember (you and me both, because I need it, too): Jesus is sufficient for all our needs, but our greatest need is to know hum. Thinking of you, friend. xx


    • Lana July 26, 2017 / 9:23 AM

      Thank you for always supporting me with your friendship, Jordy. ❤ I really appreciate it. My vacations were good and fairly busy but I was still procrastinating afterward but at the end of last week I've been striving to repent and do better at my life. It is still hard to work when I don't want to put in effort, but I feel so much better and happier with life in general when I'm striving to accomplish things.


      • Jordy Leigh July 28, 2017 / 9:05 PM

        Oh, you’re so welcome! That’s what friends are for (among other things), right? I hope you’re doing well.


  2. May @ Forever and Everly July 10, 2017 / 7:07 PM

    My writing is going well! I’m doing Camp NaNo and just outlining a project I will write when the times write. I mean right. XD Yay for 100 followers! WHAT 20 BOOKS HOW. And omg I totally get you on the procrastinating in lol. What??? YOU’RE GLAD YOU AREN’T GETTING TALLER??? I NEED TO BE TALLER ASGDHKGKFLD. And hahaha piano what piano… *nervously deletes email with piece I should’ve printed out* I hope your hiatus does you good on all that complaining and stress! 😉 ❤


    • Lana July 26, 2017 / 9:25 AM

      YAYYY! 😀 And the reason for 20 books… well, a) it’s summer and I don’t have school, and b) I read mainly for release. If I had a perfect life and never got stressed I’d probably read five books in a month or something and be a normal person. But since I read whenever I don’t want to do something else…twenty books. It’s actually a really bad habit.

      I’LL GIVE YOU SOME OF MY TALLNESS. Well, an inch or two. I don’t want to be much shorter, just a little bit. 😛

      Thank you! I am feeling much better now with life. 🙂

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  3. April McLauren July 13, 2017 / 4:41 PM

    congrats on 100 and reaching 8.5k!! and im sure your voice is beautiful. updates– hm, im going to a track camp next week and i’m really excited.


    • Lana July 26, 2017 / 9:28 AM

      Thanks, April! Oooh, exciting! How did your camp go?

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      • April McLauren July 26, 2017 / 8:39 PM

        oops, i messed up the dates… im actually going to camp this week. 😛 i did go to soccer camp the past two weeks tho. my skills have really improved! are you going to any camps?


      • Lana August 1, 2017 / 3:56 PM

        Oh, fun! I’m glad you’ve improved! And yep, I went to two church-related camps, and then I’m also going to go on a choir retreat in a week or two which should be really fun!


  4. Kellyn Roth July 14, 2017 / 8:25 PM

    Anyway, how have you been?:
    Pretty good! Despite being off the computer, I have survived, which I call a plus. 😉

    Any updates you want to share with me?:
    Uh … I wrote today! Hoorah! About 1,000 words, so yep, lots for me (at least recently). And I participated in a Facebook party … so yep. That was really exciting! I’ve never done anything seriously promotional like that before. And … I sold lots of copies of TDS! Because it was free yesterday and the day before that and today! XD Yeah … I haven’t actually sold copies. 😛

    What else? I can’t think of anything.

    Do you play an instrument or sing?:
    I play clarinet and saxophone and a little piano and a little less guitar. XD I sing … but not professionally. Or even in front of anyone. 😉

    How do you feel about music?:
    I love it! Although I can never pick one genre. I like some Christian and a lot of country and some classic and some rock and pop and … basically several songs out of any given genre of music … but not dozens out of any one.


    • Lana July 26, 2017 / 9:31 AM

      You survived without your computer? *is impressed*

      YAYYY! 😀 Writing is always something to be celebrated! And awesome job at “selling” TDS! Hopefully tons of people read it and love it. 🙂

      Wow…lots of instruments. I didn’t know you played guitar! That’s cool!

      Haha, I can understand that feeling. I like epic music for writing and piano music for falling asleep and country when I want to sing along to something and choral music when I’m feeling spiritual…so I guess it all just depends on my mood. 😛

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      • Kellyn Roth July 27, 2017 / 8:19 PM

        No. No, I didn’t survive without my computer. I am a ghost wondering the internet bewailing my days of computer-free-ness. 😛 But yes, I survived … though I’m suffering still …

        Eh … I try to play the guitar. I’m pretty bad at it. I just play … six or seven chords? I know chords I just can’t play them quickly enough for most songs. XD

        I have songs for every book. Especially recently I’ve been assigning certain songs to match every one of my book or book ideas … and yeah. It’s hard for me to listen to a song without thinking, “What book/character is this song perfect for?” XD


      • Lana August 1, 2017 / 4:02 PM

        *waves to the ghost of Kell*

        Haha, you just need some really slow songs. 😀

        That’s awesome. I think it’d be cool to do that, but I never have.

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