In the Month of October

In Writing

I edited a play that was read by a Reader’s Theatre this month! The play is called Passion Bearer, and is about my lady, the last Tsarina of Russia. I got good feedback and hope to do more with this play. Next month will definitely be more of a frenzy with writing, since I’m taking part in NANOWRIMO. And now that I said that, I actually have to go through with it.

In Art and Crafting

Though I didn’t post it, I did make a craft this month, so I’m still good on my one craft a month goal. For Halloween, I made a jewelry set! It’s mostly for work since we can’t dress up for work (check that post here). img_6543

In Videos

I had a couple of hiccups when my damn computer would stop working! But, I still got videos out on time. Notables this month are a continuation of Rusty Lake Roots (to be finished next month, thank God), a cosplay video in which I transform into Mask of the Red Death (yay, puns), and an interview with a robotic clone (fun to editfun to edit). Click on the comments in parenthesis to go to the vids.

In Reading

I read NINE books this month. NINE!!! I think I’ve gone crazy…but here they are:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I, Monster by Tom Philbin

Insight Guide Japan

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Death, etc. by Harold Pinter

Songs for the Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

…so many books…

Next month will be four books.

Personally

It started out great and kind of went downhill, this month. I got to see Fall Out Boy, and thus crossed off another thing on my bucket list. But I also had to cancel travelling plans and Halloween overall has been a poop. It certainly doesn’t help that yesterday turned into such a bad day at work. So bad, I actually had to bust out some angry songs at max volume and scream into a pillow.

Things could be better.

Anyway, I hope my depressing attitude toward Halloween (my favorite holiday, usually, by the way) hasn’t steered you away from it. Go celebrate; trick-or-treat, watch all the movies, go to costume parties. Have fun.

And Happy Halloween from someone who truly wishes you a good time.

So, that was October.

I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. Thanks! ❤

Hugs and Spooks

Alexandra

In the Month of September…

It was my birthday month! And other stuff has happened. Honestly, I don’t know why I start these monthly updates with a little paragraph when I’m gonna give you all the deets in the personal section…

In Writing

I needed to edit one of my full length plays for reasons. Once those reasons are passed. I’ll put the opening for it under my writing tab. Chapter 2 of ‘The Second Chance Curse’ is up! A new story I have is called ‘Staying in the Heat, Moving in the Cold’, and I have the opening of that one up as well.

Also, I am editing some of my older stories I found that had good ideas but need to be better written, y’know.

In Art and Crafting

Full disclosure, guys, I’ve stopped drawing. I know I shouldn’t, but I had to trade that hobby for some extra time I needed to get important stuff done. I did, though, craft something. I have a goal of crafting one thing a month until I can get my time management under control. This month was the waterfall I made for my teacher friend, which you can find here.

In Videos

This month was a bit weird with videos since I was moving and whatever. So I have some dinky vlogs. So much so, I made a playlist specifically for my dink vlogs which you can find here.

Notables this month was the continuation of Rusty Lake Roots, a call out video, and a birthday video! (click on fake video titles to be taken to the video)

In Reading

I’m keeping myself to the goals this time guys! I read five books, which are:

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

A Perfect Wife and Mother by Alexandra Frye

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

And Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Next month is another five books to stay on track.

Personally

Happy Birthday to me, but RIP my doggy. Damn, man.

In other news, I have a new job. So this means making a new time schedule. I’m just trying to figure out where I can put time for my hobbies (making videos, writing blog posts, reading, arting, crafting, watching movies) with the new responsibilities on top of what I have already.

But that’s for me to figure out.

And that was September.

I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. Thanks! ❤

Hugs

Alexandra

In the Month of August…

I moved.

That’s the biggest thing, but you already knew that.

In Writing

None.

In Art

Nope.

In Reading

I was able to read four books this month, which was my goal since I was quite busy being kicked out of my house this month.

The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

Ireland which was a tourist book

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

(and I’m planning to have this one finished by the time the post is public) This Is My Face, Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

Personally

Well, we all know what happened. I did, also, put some personal stories out this month, including the real reason I went to Paris, why I’m constantly changing my hairand depression a la recent videos (click on fake titles to go to real titles).

That’s it for this month, guys. We’re gonna make September better!

Hugs

Alexandra

Moving Progress

A little post script before I start: I’m typing on my mobile, which is actually difficult to do, so I apologize for whatever mistake may come.

Moving so far has been such a flip flop, roller coaster of emotions. Something good will happen, then something bad will happen, then something good, then something bad. It has gotten to the point where I am numb to whatever I am supposed to be feeling. Am I supposed to celebrate or not? Might as well just stay neutral and see what happens.

Let me talk about some of the bad things that have happened.

“You shouldn’t focus on the bad stuff, Alexandra!”

Shut up, Brenda, let me vent.

First of all, money. We were super poor the whole time, not being able to afford anything. ‘Like, yeah, you’re approved for the home loan, but now we need you to pay the inspection fee, the closing fee, final rent and utilities for the month you’re not gonna be here, and gas’. Cool, I have 23 cents.

Second of all, timing. Start of school. Worst time ever.

Third of all, medical issues. Guess who didn’t take her meds for a week and suffered from some serious withdrawal symptoms. Guess who worked herself into such over exhaustion that she passed out and puked on herself. Guess who had to reschedule her therapy appointments twice because she was too busy working on stuff. Guess who tore her nerve-damaged knee to shreds moving stuff around. Answer, me.

Fourth of all, no wifi for a week. That’s all I have to say about that.

But so many good things have happened, as well. And, obviously, I want to focus on some good stuff as well.

One, we set a new record on finding a home. We received a vacate notice, looked at houses, made an offer, and was accepted on the offer in about 48 hours. We were very fortunate to find a place so quick.

Two, air conditioning. I am sensitive to the heat and mildly allergic to the sun, so summer is the worst time of year every year. Getting to work in air conditioned places is a blessing, really.

Three, we have some awesome people who were super helpers. Special shoutout to my little sister in Virginia who helped out more than she knows. We also had some great people in our community who helped us move, some friends who gave us food when we ran out, and other general helpers around here.

Four, we got wifi two days ago, at a better quality, for a cheaper price. Hallelujah, praise be.

And now, we are moved in. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, so I’m hoping I just don’t forget to take my meds again.

Basically, guys, bad things will happen. But take it in strides, vent when you need to (thanks for that), and try to focus on the good. And if you can’t focus on it, at least express gratitude toward it.

Hugs

Alexandra

In the Month of July…

For real, I wrote this in preparation for my trip (which I am on by the time you read this). I’ll try to update on the road, but we’ll see how that goes. So in the first 2/3 of the month:

In Writing

I’m writing outside the blog more. I’ve written a couple of short films and am working on a novel AND a play. On top of everything else in my life. But with these, it should give me extra stuff to put under the writing tab hopefully soon.

In Art

Yes, crafts count as art. Why else is it called ‘Arts and Crafts’?

I’ve been busy with writing. Honestly, I’m not mad.

In Videos

It’s all updated!

You can check out the characters, you can see what the short films are about, and I actually put the goals up. I know I said I put up goals in May, and I thought I did! And then they weren’t there… I don’t know what happened. But it’s up there now.

Notables this month in the way of vids are im still depressed, Alexandra’s Adventure to Holi, and Friday the 13th Superstitions. (Click on the titles to be taken to the videos)

In Reading

Whoo, new section! Mainly because of this post (omg books). This month I’ve read:

  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (a favorite)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (amazing)
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (hilarious)
  • The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie (love her)
  • Red Rain by R.L. Stine (bad)
  • The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jessica Laam (not impressed)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker

I’m a bit off track with what I said I would read, but I’m so happy I’m reading more than three books a month. Trying to catch up with my goal.

Personally

This month has been a ball of stress with some interesting news, a bruised tendon, preparing and going on a big trip, and some drama. But it’s okay. Or I should say, it will be okay. Working through the stresses is always hard, but you come out a better person because of it, possibly with new perspectives.

And that was July.

I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. Thanks! ❤

Hugs

Alexandra

GOALS

I want to do so much. Problem is, most of the time, I have no clear direction.

I’m going to change that.

And by that I mean, I’m going to set proper goals for myself.

For my YouTube channel, I made a goal list specifically for that. It’s all stuff I would like to do while I’m still making videos. I don’t focus on numbers (except for one goal) because the goals I want to achieve are specifically meant to be for me. Videos I want to try, challenges I want to accomplish, and generally what I want to do. And you can watch that video here.

Now, I have the same thing for my blog (though I haven’t thought about it until just now). Goals that I want to try, accomplish, and do for myself. And here are my blog goals:

  • have others write a post (not the cats…)
  • learn photoshop/learn to edit photos
  • a giveaway
  • interview-style Q&A
  • make a clothing piece (I’m crafty and can make little things, but I haven’t made an actual clothing piece yet)
  • a comic series
  • an honest post
  • a photoshoot
  • art other than colored pencil
  • a recipe post

And that’s what I’d like to do.

This should go without saying, but I’m going to be writing my regular posts and doing what I have been doing. I just want to use these goals to help heighten my work. I want to learn (something I say every chance I get). With these goals I have a direction.

Another thing I feel the need to mention, just because these goals are for me doesn’t mean I’m not partial to whatever audience I have. I’d love to know what you’re doing, if you have goals for it, and how you would like to better yourself.

We should all be encouraging each other in our goals and directions.

Hugs

Alexandra

A Message from Alexandra

I meant this to be a June review, but I didn’t write or draw or do much of anything. It was my month of figuring things out, organizing, planning, and taking care of myself mentally.

So, what I’d like to say in lieu of a monthly review is: it’s okay.

You can take time for yourself.

You need to take time for yourself.

Sometimes you need to rearrange a schedule or cancel plans. Sometimes you need to step away from some of the things you do and reevaluate. Sometimes overall outward productivity needs to go down.

It’s okay.

This month, among other things, I’ve been planning for the July/August trip, I’ve been rearranging the house, and I’ve been caring for myself. But it’s okay. I stepped away from my art, from my editing, from my writing, from other hobbies I have.

But now I feel more mentally organized to move on. July will be a productive month, whether we work on outward or inward self.

If that makes sense.

Thank you for reading.

Hugs

Alexandra

In the Month of May…

I kind of like having a monthly repost. If not for others, but to remind my own self what I’ve done this month. So here’s what happened in the month of May:

In Writing

I’ve got a short scene that I actually wrote in a playwriting class a while ago. I re-found it, and decided to put it up here. It’s called Funeral. It’s meant to be funny…

In Art

 

 

The muse was not as flaming as I was hoping she’d be. More like a little sparkle. At least I was able to do something.

In Videos

Guess who finally updated stuff.

In Characters you can find the short description of characters I use in my videos, including Vladimir, the Roommates, and the Cats.

I also have a new section, called Goals, in which I list (and cross off) YouTube goals I have made for myself.

Personally

Not too much of an eventful month, my beautiful people. However, the coming summer months will prove to be quite fun. I look forward to talking to you guys about it.

I am getting slowly but surely better at adding to my blog (despite gaps in actual posts). But that’s simply what I was striving for.

And that was May.

I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. Thanks! ❤

Hugs

Alexandra

In the Month of April…

I thought since I don’t always announce when I add some art or writing or whatever, I could make a post on the last day of every month to let you guys know what’s new.

In Writing

I put the book reviews in their own page in this section. So far, I have Schindler’s List and This is Where it Ends.

There is also a new short story called Orientation Apocalypse that I wrote on a whim one day after some upsetting conversations. It’s fun, and is meant not to be taken politically (which I’m sure scares some).

In Art

Nothing new, unfortunately. I am hoping to embrace the art muse in the month of May.

In Videos

This section is still getting set up, so there’s nothing quite to see yet.

I will let you know that in the coming week, there will be a complete page of the characters on my channel, specifically the Roommates and Vladimir. The other page to be worked on (with no promise of completion this week) is the analysis of my current short films.

And, yep, that’s what’s new this month. I have been trying to keep up with this blog, and I have to say, I’m doing better than I did in the month of March. I want to get better, though.

Anyway, I hope you continue to enjoy my blog. Thanks! ❤

Hugs

Alexandra

Bullet Journaling

I’ve been utilizing a bullet journal for about a year and a half now (since August 2016). I always love changing it up, and have been recently. But also I want to use my site and show off what I’m doing. Isn’t that the point? So how about monthly bujo spreads? Starting with March:

march bujo 1

Cover page, where I have video plans and whatever else I want.

march bujo 2_LI

Monthly spread: includes goals, mood tracker, bill tracker, birthdays, and start/end weight.

march bujo 3_LI

Weekly spread: this is what it generally looked like, including meal plans

march bujo 4

I usually have a page of comics or random pictures that make me laugh/shows how I feel.

march bujo 5_LI

I’m in therapy because homegirl’s got a lot of problems, and I try to keep track of stuff.

march bujo 6_LI

Of course, it is a journal. And a place to draw stuff, sometime uplifting.

march bujo 7_LI

Making to-do, to-pack lists for the now-past trip to California

march bujo 8_LI

Then, during my time in the big CA, Bujo Ben turned into a travel journal. P.S. California by Blink-182 is nice and sweet, and the perfect theme for me in this state.

march bujo 9_LI

Finally, I end the month with thoughts about the month. I list big things, good and bad, and make an observation about them.

Now, this is definitely not the complete month of March from Bujo Ben. Perhaps 5-10% of the pages from the month. These pages are just a snipit, a look into some of the main pages of the month and examples for basic formatting.

Anyway. Bullet journaling. It’s awesome. March was cool…

Enjoy the way you organize your life, guys. Don’t let anyone shame you about the way you function.

Hugs

Alexandra