My Life This April: In Which The Semester Winds Down and I Decide to Take a Blogging Break

Hello, everyone! It’s the last Saturday of the month and thus time for my monthly life post. And so I find myself, for the third month in a row, saying that this month was crazy. It’s been a very long semester, between all my classes and research and whatnot, and I’m very excited for next month, when the semester will end and I can hopefully lie around and do nothing for an entire day. That just sounds beautiful to me right now.

I did accomplish some stuff this month, though. The proposal I wrote and submitted last month was accepted, but with revisions, so I learned how to revise a research proposal, which is not a bad skill for someone planning to go on to grad school. I also had the madness of collecting, analyzing, and presenting preliminary research data, all within one week. It worked out well, though, particularly because my organic chemistry teacher (an absolutely brilliant man) stopped by my poster and said my project was really cool. That really made my weekend! It was also great walking around the poster session and seeing all the cool research other students have been doing, including some of my friends.

Class-wise, I took a lot of exams this month–seven, which comes out to one-and-a-third every week on average, if my math is correct. One of those was a laboratory practical spanning two weeks, which was very exciting, because as of this past Wednesday the end of that practical marked my completion of organic chemistry lab; I never have to take it again! Yay! I also registered for my fall classes, none of which are organic chemistry or physics, which is delightful. I’m happy to have a slightly less hectic schedule next semester, though I’m not sure how much I’ll be in the lab.

This brings me to my final point, in my final blog post for a while. Because of all the craziness, I’ve had very little time for writing. I think I’ve worked on Circle of Fire for a total of four hours out of this whole month, if that, and Windsong and This Hidden Darkness have gotten zero formal attention. I’ve realized that, if I’m going to finish any writing, something has to give, and that thing, unfortunately, is my blogging. I’ve really loved making this a part of my routine, and interacting with all you followers has been a joy, but I’m going to have to take an indefinite hiatus. I hope to come back when I have more time in my life and maybe have actually finished a novel; I wish I could give you a definite date, but I really don’t know how long it’s going to take at this point. It will be at least a few months. Do look for a post from me sometime in the future!

Until then, I’ll miss blogging and interacting with you, and I wish you all the best of luck in your endeavors. Thank you all so much for liking, following, commenting, and supporting my blog in general!

I’m so sad to leave you! But unfortunately that’s how it has to be. How was your month? Did you do more writing than I did (hopefully)? How are your projects coming? Are you also wrapping up a busy semester? Tell me in the comments!

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My Life This February: In Which College Takes Over My Life

Hello, all! It’s the last Saturday of the month, so here I am as usual with my monthly round-up. February was kind of a crazy month, and looks like it will be for the last four days as well. Here’s what happened to me this month.

I am now well into my fourth semester of college (I’m so far along! How is this even happening?). I can’t remember if I mentioned this last month, but this semester, I am taking Organic Chemistry II, Physics II, Evolutionary Genetics of Plants, and Genetics Lab. I’m enjoying all of those except for physics, which I’m really excited to be done with, but they make my schedule really insane, especially combined with working in the lab. I really enjoy the lab, though; it’s really relaxing to just go for a little while and count rice plants. Speaking of which, I’m planting rice! It’s so cool. I’m also going to start doing experiments and analyses next month, which is really exciting. So the moral of the story is, my research is coming right along, and I love it, but it’s taking up a lot of time.

Which leads me to the state of my writing right now. You know how they say you should write every day in order to be a successful author? Yep, I’m really failing that lately. Yesterday, though, I did add about 400 words to a new scene in Circle of Fire while I was waiting for class to start, so that was a nice little creative escape. I also listen to music that inspires me for my books whenever I can. But I haven’t worked on This Hidden Darkness, the new book I’m outlining, hardly at all, at least not that I can remember. It has been a very busy month.

Well, that’s my short wrap-up for the month! Sorry it was a bit scatterbrained.

How was your month? Are you in school, too? How is your semester going? Have you done much writing this month? Make any progress on your projects? Anybody else out there doing research? Tell me in the comments!