I’m several days late on this, but at long last I am here to tell you all about my book and its entrance into the world!
Cathedral is a book of poetry and creative prose about beauty in the midst of grief and joy in the face of great sorrow. I wrote the pieces in it over the past five years (the earliest poem is from 2016, while I wrote the very first poem in the book in August 2021). They chronicle my own personal journey through darkness and desperation; they are also arranged in a particular order so that the book itself is a journey from death into life.
I read 63 books in 2021 and I’m going to talk about them, because I like talking about books.
I hope you like reading about books. (:
First, if you want to see all the books I read, you can check out my 2021 Goodreads stats page. (You don’t need a Goodreads account to view it.)
On to a tag!
I’m confused about the name of this tag, because it’s not the end of the new year, but the beginning… however it looks like great fun! Thanks to Emily for this tag! Check out her original post for all the details, rules, etc.
How many books did you read this year?
I read 63! I originally wanted to read 100, then 75. Clearly, I did not accurately estimate the amount of reading I would be able to do during college.
I am so happy to be writing a blog post again. It is, admittedly, not the ideal time to do so. I am currently sitting in my college library where I originally came to work on school. I have papers due on Friday and Monday, a group presentation and a test in two days, and copious amounts of reading and translation for all my classes.
But. How could I not do Christine’s linkup? I’ve been doing this Know the Novel thing for two years now and I didn’t want to miss it. It is a very helpful excuse to get back into blogging, too. In fact, I want to (tentatively) announce that I am returning to blogging! If you’ve been around here you’ll know that I tend to blog sporadically anyway, so there will certainly not be any sort of consistent schedule in my posting, but I thoroughly hope and intend to post again in the next month or so. And again. And again.
Hello and welcome! Today I’m super excited to do the mid-year book freak out tag. I have no idea where this tag originated so sadly, I cannot credit anyone, but it’s something a lot of book bloggers do in late June and is a fun way to talk about the books you’ve read that year. (You can read my 2019 post here and my 2020 one here… they’re very cringy but that’s okay, it’s fun to look back and see how far I’ve come.)
Before we get to that, though, a quick announcement (which is literally in the title of the post): I’m taking a hiatus from blogging.
Actually, I kind of have been for most of the past few months anyway 🤷🏽♀️ I’ve been writing, and reading, and working, and prepping for college, and I haven’t had the time or motivation to blog. And, unfortunately, I don’t see myself finding either in the near future.
I don’t know how long I’ll be gone — I could return to blogging consistently this fall, or maybe it won’t be until January, or even next summer. HOWEVER. This does not mean I’m completely disappearing! I’m still going to be reading other people’s posts, and I will likely pop in here from time to time.
Basically, I’m just officially explaining what’s already going on 😌 I’ll be blogging randomly, so don’t expect to hear from me much on WordPress, but I’m not leaving and I still love it.
If you want more consistent content/updates from me, you have two options:
my email list! I send out monthly life/reading/writing updates. It’s a ton of fun and I’d love to see you there!
my Instagram! I just joined this platform and am still not sure what, exactly, I am doing, but expect occasional bookish/authorly posts and also very random stories.
Hello, friends! It’s been about a month since I last blogged, and I’m afraid I must warn you not to expect any kind of consistency from me for a while yet. I’m busy with school, work, college prep, and all kinds of graduation-related things. Then, of course, I will actually start college.
So my blogging may be somewhat inconsistent this summer/fall; but don’t worry, I have no intention of stopping. I love it too much to consider that.
Anyway, as you can probably tell, the point of this post is that I’ve been blogging for two years! (Well, really six years, but two on a public site.) I published my first “official” blog post on this blog on April 22, 2019. I was a shy sixteen-year-old and very much a newbie when it came to online interaction, but I am so glad I took the step to make my blog public — I’ve made so many friends, found like-minded creators and readers, and had a great deal of fun over the past two years. And I’m no longer a stranger to talking online (though I may still be a little shy sometimes ;)).
I’ve had 27,617 views, 2,785 likes, and 1,723comments.
I currently have 333 followers, which is a nice symmetrical number and also makes me very thankful. Obviously, followers aren’t the most important part of blogging, and I’d far rather have ten loyal readers than a thousand who don’t care about me (and, to be clear, I’m certain that less than half of those 333 people actually read/comment on my blog). But. It’s still pretty incredible to know that hundreds of people are interested in my content and writing. So thank you.
⟡ Q & A ⟡
Thanks to everyone who asked questions! I hope you enjoy learning more about me. Let the interrogation commence!
Hello and welcome! I think the title of this posts pretty much sums it up… I’ve been blogging for (almost) 2 years, so to celebrate, I’m asking you all to ask me questions!
I’ve never done a Q&A before, mainly because I find them to be overdone (generally) among bloggers I follow, and it gets repetitive if people keep asking the same questions. But since I’ve never done one before, there’s no way for it to be overdone or repetitive, eh? 😉
I’d love questions about literally anything (though, you know, I’m not going to give out personal info). So throw all your burning questions at me — the things you’ve wanted to know for the past couple of years but never dared to ask! (Mundane things are fine too. My favorite color is probably blue, if you were wondering. Or rose gold.)
You can also, if you wish, make assumptions about me. (I think that’s kind of the same thing as a questionnaire, only it’s framed differently. So… do either/both!)
Type out all your questions/assumptions/random thoughts in the comments, and I’ll answer ’em all in another post soon.
the stories are true,
~ m a y a ~
P.S. I’m going to be gone on vacation next week, so even though my “official” blogging anniversary is April 22, the actual post will be later. (If you want a good laugh, search through my archives and find the post from April 22, 2019. It’s… something.)
As the title of my post says, I need your help today. I’ve created a survey for all my blog and email list readers: a collection of questions about my theme, brand, and writing style.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why I write and what audience I’m writing for, and I think this will help me figure that out even more. And I’m really excited to see your answers to questions like “which of my WIPs are you most excited about?” and “which font best encapsulates my brand?” 😀
The survey should take 10-15 minutes to fill out, depending on how fast you type and how detailed your answers are. (You can even finish it in 5 if you don’t want to leave long responses!) Afterwards (if you check this option), I’ll send you an email with charts and screenshots breaking down all the answers and talking about what I’m going to do next.
Thank you in advance for your time and I hope you have fun taking this!
I’ve been lacking motivation to post lately, but hey, it helps when you get tagged/find good tags multiple times in a week 😂 In order not to fall massively behind on all these tags, I’ve decided to do one. (And yes, I do enjoy them. I’m not doing it because I “have” to — tags are honestly quite fun.)
Thank you to Jan @ The Doodlecrafter, who (sort of) tagged me for the Meet the Book Blogger Tag! (That is, I found it on her blog, and she tagged anyone who was interested.) This tag was created by the Bibliomavens.
who is your all-time favorite book character?
Picking one favorite character is like picking a favorite book! Which is to say… I do have an answer (as I also have an answer for the “favorite book” question):
Hey there, friends! I’m sorry it’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been busy with school and other stuff, and I also haven’t had much motivation to blog. Honestly, I haven’t had much motivation to write at all lately. But a conversation with a friend the other day reminded me that I need to get back into it, so last night I sat down and wrote 2k words (on a brand-new project instead of my WIP, oops). Then that gave me the idea to blog about how to get back into writing… so here we are! I hope this post inspires you to start writing again too — or just to stay motivated 🙂
Even if you’re not a writer, these tips can help you get back into anything you need to be doing (school, art, chores, etc.), though there are some writer-specific tips.
⯎ accountability ⯎
This is, truly, the #1 thing that will get you back into writing! Having somebody there to remind you to write is so helpful. Here are some ideas…
Hello, fellow fantasy lovers! I’ve been tagged by the lovely Meg for the “get to know the fantasy reader” tag, since this tag is all about fantasy, I thought it was the perfect post for fantasy month. I’m also doing the official fantasy month tag/Instagram challenge, which I discovered on Christine’s blog!
If you haven’t heard of fantasy month, check out Jenelle’s post for all the details.
And, though this post is very long (sorry), be sure to stick around until the end for an awesome quiz to help you figure out which of the many books I mention in this post is right for you!
⟡ get to know the fantasy reader ⟡
If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you insist be in the story?
I know so many amazing writers that this is a really difficult question, but I think I have to say Christine. I absolutely love her characters and worldbuilding and all the little snippets she shares, and I would love to be in one of her stories!
Well… maybe I don’t want to be in any novel? I don’t really want to be a character just because all my darkest secrets would be out there for the world to see 😉
I’m not exactly an expert on the subject of tropes, but maybe the Chosen One? I think I’d like to be a chosen one with special powers.