the return of the storyteller // updates + snippets + photos

Hello and welcome, meldonyar! (That’s “my friends” in Quenya, if you’re wondering.)

I’m terrible at intros to blog posts, but as the title (hopefully) implies, I have returned to blogging after a month off. It’s been a good month and I’m excited to get back into posting!


// updates //

blogging 💻

I didn’t blog much in May (which was kind of the point), but I wrote several posts (+ post concepts) which I’m going to post in June and July! I did my best to keep up with reading other people’s posts, though.

Taking some time off helped me think about a few things and come to some decisions. Thus:

  • I’m not going to be replying to every single comment on all of my posts. Please don’t feel slighted if I don’t reply to you! It’s just that I don’t always have something meaningful to say, and I’d rather spend time answering questions and typing things I actually mean than forcing myself to come up with a reply to every comment.
  • I’m going to try to publish posts more consistently and schedule them ahead of time. (I still won’t have a “schedule” for posting, though.)
  • I’m going to stop worrying about follows/likes/etc. and focus on interacting and strengthening relationships with the people I’ve already met through blogging.
  • I’m going to try and follow less blogs, but actually comment on posts by the bloggers I do follow.
  • I’m going to do my best to be authentically myself.

reading 📚 + listening 🎧 + writing ✍ + watching 🎥

I talked about these in my monthly newsletter! (You don’t have to be a subscriber to click on the link, and clicking doesn’t subscribe you.)Read More »

flotsam and jetsam | 2

Salvete, amici! (That’s Latin for “hello, friends.”) I’m here today to share seven things that I’d love you to know about.

(Originally, this post was called “seven things.” Then I poked around in my archives and remembered that I have a name for this kind of post, which I completely forgot… check out the first Flotsam and Jetsam here.)

Note: The name is inspired by Tolkien, but the content is a general mishmash of everything (and I’m definitely not devaluing the things I include here by calling them “flotsam and jetsam”).

Here are some things I’ll be sharing in this post:

  • a tag
  • books I’ve read recently
  • a snippet from my writing
  • a blog post I love
  • two of my favorite songs
  • and more!

Let’s go! Welcome to flotsam and jetsam, round two.

1 // why seven?

Because it’s my favorite number, so I picked it (:

2 // my tag is making people happy

As you may know, I created a tag here. It was lots of fun, but the best thing about it is that people are doing it! Here are some people who did it:

Mary // Wild Writing Dreams
Jenna // Jenna Terese
Kassie // Soldier Girl Stories
Weez // Caught Daydreaming
Clara // Clara & Co.
Jo // Pananaw
The Story Sponge
Audrey Kate // The Junebug Blog
Kenechi // Well… Go Read!
Laura // Beautiful Things
Eden // The Happy Hedgehog

I love seeing people’s lists of ten things that make them happy, but what makes me happier is that people keep commenting and saying that the lists of happy things also make them happy! (I know that’s confusing. But it was the point of the tag, and I’m glad it’s working.) If you haven’t done the tag yet, please do. I tag you. Go and do it and spread the happiness.

(Side note: I intentionally didn’t put “link back to the creator of the tag” in the rules for this tag. Because the point is not to make my blog popular – it’s to make people remember the simple things that make them joyful. Therefore, I may have missed it if you or someone you know did this tag. If you’re not on the above list but wish you were, feel free to comment your link so other people can read your list as well.)

3 // some books I’ve read recently

I’ve been wanting to post reviews of these books for a while, but since I haven’t really had time, I’ll be sharing them here. Read More »

I need your help! + a music blog tag

Hello there, friend!

I haven’t been posting much lately. That’s mostly because of NaNoWriMo (I have discovered that I’m able to write 2k words a day, by hand, without panicking, and it’s amazing) and because I lack motivation to actually write blog posts right now.

That being said, I haven’t forgotten my blog (you may have noticed the new header, which I randomly designed a few days ago). I have lots of posts planned for the future, including an awesome blog tour, several book reviews, some tags, and a post about writing. Most of those will probably show up in December or January, though.

But here I am, posting, because I need your help.

Firstly, I need some feedback on the title of my blog. I don’t like “Wandering Wordsmith” that much (and it’s already the name of someone else’s blog and url), but it was the best thing I could come up with on the spot after deciding I didn’t like “maya’s magic musings” anymore.

What do you think of my new blog name? Do you have any ideas for a better one? Do you like the header design? If you ran my blog, what would you change about the layout? I want to make my website the best it can be for you, so I would love your feedback on it.

Secondly, do you have any post ideas – things you would like to see me write about?

Please comment below with any ideas you have for my blog!

Next, I’m going to be doing a blog tag I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s called THE MUSIC TAG, and I’m so excited for it! Read More »

Mary Poppins Returns (movie review + thoughts)

Remember Mary Poppins?

That musical about a magical nanny who comes from the sky and brings joy to a fractured family?

Maybe you remember it fondly, happily. The bird lady! The kite! The penguins! Or maybe you remember it with disgust. Ugh, the singing nanny? That was ridiculous! For little kids! I can’t even believe I watched that! Or maybe, you’ve never seen it.

No matter which of these three categories you’re in, I can say one thing with certainty:

Mary Poppins Returns is for you. Read More »