march wrap up

WARNING: THIS WILL BE A BIT A LOT OF A MESS! JUST SO YOU KNOW. Also, if you have the chance, please check out my instagram (@scaredsmellfoy). I’m actually doing stuff on it and would appreciate it if you left a comment or something!


BEST BOOKS READ:

Nate the Great

I used to get every single Nate the Great book as a library when I was young and read them ALLL I really miss this series- next time I go to the library I’m getting more of these (but who knows when that’ll be. *cough but not for real I’m not sick* cORONA *not cough once again*

George’s Marvellous Medicine

YES this book was one of my childhood favorites and it’s still *fantastic*

American Royals

This author really redeemed herself with this series. After The Thousandth Floor, I was a bit *worried* for this book, but she really nailed it on the proverbial head. I’m excited for the sequel!!!! (this fall???!)

My Lady Jane

SHAPE SHIFTERS, Y’ALLLLLL


MUSIC:

Lost in the Woods

Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle

Jack’s Lament

Cassandra’s Waltz (moiiiisttuuuurrriize meeeeeee)

basically the entire Queen CD I got from the library but I’m too lazy to look at the song list xD


MOVIES:

Onward

Okay this movie was absolutely spectacular I loved the magical realism of it all (what I’ve had in mind for FTIDKTT actually) and I LOVE how Ian realized his father figure was not in fact his father but his bROTHER and ugh oh my gosh I love it when they do the unexpected and thEY dID I think it’s on my top ten favorite movies now

Inside Out

The Little Mermaid: Live

This is basically the OG little mermaid movie with live-action songs. I WISH THERE WAS SOME ACTUAL ACTING GOING ON but it’s fine. The songs are amazing. (I really love Les Poissons)

Spies in Disguise

It was good, but it wasn’t??? Idk??


TV SHOWS:

Doctor Who: (10) Blink, (13) Arachnids in the UK

I’m really regretting not getting SpearHead from Space again from the library because who knows when it’ll be open again. Oh welllllll


WRITING

I haven’t done much this month. I’ve worked slightly on ZotS, started on yet another draft of FTIDKTT, and I’m also *attempting* to figure out what I’m doing with ‘painting outline’

Here’s a scene from ‘painting outline’

Andie swirls her brush through the sticky orange acrylic and adds ears to the grinning feline, its crescent mouth stretched wide at the sleek dragon Raphael conjured. The cat bounds over the dragon and streaks down the hall, leaving painted pawprints in its wake. The dragon yawns, smoke snuffing from its nostrils, and it circles around and settles on a mattress patterned with soup cans. Andie adjusts her glasses, shakes her silver locks from her face, and hoists her paintbox under her arm, surveying the work. Raphael packs up his supplies and, without a glance at Andie, sets down the hall. Every morning from 6:30-7, Andie and Raphael work on their magnificent mural in the school’s hallway. They never speak or interact: they just stand and paint. Pazel sometimes comes and watches alone. Their silent and harmonized machine is inspiring, in the least.

 Vincenta slides onto the bench beside him. “Hey.”

“Hey.” He dumps his backpack at his feet. “How are you?”

“Fantastic! I found a secret staircase leading to a magnificent tower and it has an amazing view do you want to come paint there? I’m going tonight. I’ve had this idea for a while- the empty landscape, the starry night, all the colors swirling in unity- I can’t wait to get it out on canvas.”

“Wait- a secret staircase? An actual secret staircase? Leading to an unknown tower?” Pazel laughs. “Of course you found one. Where is it?”

“Well, if you go down to the strange tea-room and take a left- wait. I’m going to take you tonight. So meet me at the tea-room at eleven.”

“Night painting. Is that a thing? Does it work?”

“I don’t know, and I’ll make it a thing.” 

It’s obviously not even close to perfect but I want you to tell me if naming a Vincent Van Gogh character ‘Vincenta’ too weird? It’s weird but it works I guess. I just got really attached to calling her Vincent, but vInCeNt Is A bOy’S nAmE so my friend just said to add an ‘A’ and here we are.

 

ALSO<<< I DECIDED TO MAKE THINGS 938585678% MORE DIFFICULT FOR ME TO FINISH ZotS BY DECIDING, HEY, MAYBE CAS SHOULDN’T BE ABLE TO SPEAK! AND NOW I HAVE TO REWRITE ALL THOSE AMAZING SCENES BUT I CAN’T IMAGINE ANYTHING DIFFERENT I CAN’T HAVE HIM TALK BUT IT’S GONNA BE SO. MUCh. WOORK. but I have such good dialogue and I don’t want to get rid of ittttttttt ughhhhhhhhhhh ahhhhhhhhh

IT’S FINEEE


BLOG POSTS:

Pantsing a Novel // me and ink

Funko Wishlist // fangirl fury

Top 5 Tips to Interact With the Blogging Community // drizzle and hurricane books

Explaining Our Rating System // nish and ngoc

My Tiniest Blogging Pet Peeves // aditi


stuff I did:

  • 3/7/20- I saw the Onward movie with fRiEnDs??!?!?!??!?!??!?!?! WhhhhhaaaaAAAAATTT?! I did something with friends? It’s surprising to me too that I actually have friends now xD but seriously, yeah, I went to Wendy’s too and there was this whole rant about the creation of the Earth and stuff which was very entertaining. Also we all talked about random stuff- I don’t even remember what we talked about, really. BUT IT WAS AMAZING- THE MOST FUN I’VE HAD IN A WHILE SO…
  • In chemistry everyone was talking about the coronavirus (why wouldn’t they) But this one guy is super paranoid and everyone?? was making fun of him?? for being paranoid and anxious??????? and coughing in his general direction to freak him out??? HE’S EVEN A POPULARISH KID??? Anyway that really made me mad but idk what I could *do* so I’m just here ranting about it. Hmm.
  • My friend came over and I finally learned what Sonic Mania is! I also played mario kart and THERE’S A CHEESE TRACK I’m sorry it’s just a CHEESE TRACK ahem yes it was a lot of fun
  • I won 4th place for state in the essay contest. I didn’t enter to win, though, so I did pretty well considering. Next year: I WILL WIN. YOU UNDERESTIMATE MY POWER… it’s unlimited. (I think they just didn’t like what I wrote about- I wrote about sin in the church and how nowadays many christians are racist, homophobic, hypocritical, etc, etc, etc and how that’s NOT what God called us to be like- instead we should LOVE, maybe? Judge L Scott said I was … a lot of things. The other judge said my opinion needed to be more ‘neutral’ which uM IT’S A PERSONAL ESSAY, NOT A NEWS ARTICLE. PERSONAL *OPINION* ANYONE? So yeah. My dad said the judges are probably just ‘facebook junkies’ which is the best thing I’ve heard middle-aged women be called ever)
  • I actually use Instagram now, if you wanna follow me I’m @scaredsmellfoy and I also have a link in the sidebar!
  • And I was suppOSED to do a lot of other fUn tHinGs (like see a play and go to a dance) bUT nOoooOOooooOOoooOo the coronavirus had to ruin everything UGH
  • And school was cancelled so I had to do my debate OVER THE PHONE ugh I really hate talking over the phone with adults ughhhhhhhhhhh
  • SO basically so far for my ‘self-quarantine’ thing I’ve been doing a bunch of schoolwork, listening to podcasts, attempting to fix my completely awful draft of Zenith of the Sea, and taking a bunch of pictures. It ain’t much, but it’s honest work.
  • I also played a bunch of Minecraft and Roblox because I am actually just a ten year old xD (but I will never stoop to the lowness of… fortnite. Ever.)
  • My brother and I had a bible study with my friend over the phone and it was literally my friend and I ranting while my brother played star wars quotes randomly off a book of star wars effects. It was amazing 10/10 recommend.
  • ALSO. I GOT A TONKS POP FIGURE AND SHE IS BEAUTIFUL
  • SPEAKING OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS, MY CAT THANOS GAVE BIRTH TO 3 or 4 KITTENS RECENTLY. I HAVEN’T GOTTEN CLOSE ENOUGH FOR PICTURES BUT THEY… ARE… BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL> I ALREADY HAVE NAME IDEAS (probably just going to name them Guardians of the Galaxy names to keep with the theme- Thanos had a kitten named Gamora a few months ago… but then she died… SO KEEP WITH THE THEME)
  • Danny and I skyped and all we did was show each other weird things we found in our rooms and take strange pictures of each other. For two hours. It was much fun. (And yes dogs watch DVDs and train themselves)
  • I also drove to Danny’s house despite social distancing (I didn’t leave the car, don’t worry) and talked about her neighbors. (we basically spied on the the 25 minutes I was there xD)

GOALS

actually have friends?

Yes

Read 10 books 

Um………….

do something social 

Also yes

get my grades up

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GOALS FOR APRIL

Read SOMETHING. ANYTHING.

Get some math done xD (I’m so behind it’s not even funny)

Write many posts because that’s cool

Write at least three chapters of FTIDKTT and get to 110 pages of ZotS

Actually read because I am SUPER behind for once


MEMES


WELL, THIS MONTH WAS AN ACTUAL ROLLER COASTER BUT I STILL HOPE IT WAS ONE OF YOUR DREAMS!?

40 thoughts on “march wrap up

  1. Aria says:

    Your cat had kittens!!!!! How old are they? Are they tiny? Can you tell I’m really jealous????? I hope that you have the best April possible, under the current circumstances!

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  2. fangirlfury says:

    Thank you so much for sharing my wishlist! American Royals was one of my favorite 2019 reads and I am not-so patiently waiting for Her Majesty! I’m also so excited to watch Onward on Disney+ this weekend.

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  3. Aditi says:

    OMG KITTENSSSSSSSSSSSSS *dies over and over again*
    i NEED pictures asAP, okay?? this is unFAIR and if you do not provide pictures i will UNfriend you 😂🤪
    i followed u on insta!! also, thank you so much for the link back and congrats on the essay competition! have an amazing april despite all the weirdness… 😦 😉

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  4. Kay | Hammock of Books says:

    I’m glad you liked American Royals, which I really want to read! And Onward–aGH I was so excited to watch it over spring break but then coronavirus went and closed all the theaters so I’m going to watch it on Disney+ this weekend but I wish I could have seen it on a big screen 😦

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      YEs whenever you get a chance to read it (but libraries are clooooooseeeed my life is ovvveeeerrrrrr) Yeah it was good in theaters but it’s also good at home- truuuusttt meeeee (so much family love aHHh I love it)

      I hope your April is gREAT

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  5. paperplanenomad says:

    Awwww congratulations on your cat’s new litter! Hmm if you’re worried about Vincenta, maybe give her a nickname like Vin or Vini. That sounds like a really interesting essay – once my mum and I went to a different church and won’t lie, I was zoning out during the homily until I started noticing the priest was saying that LGBTQ+ people were sinful? Or needed to be saved or something? It was weird af we never went back there.

    I really want to read American Royals and I want to watch Onward so much!

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      Thank youuuuuuuu. Yeah I might try Vin but it just makes me think of The Boy Who Steals Houses character (spoiler alert: she’s evil) I mean….. according to the bible, yes, it is a sin, but everyone sins therefore no one should look down on them or hate them beCAUSE WE ALL SIN, OKAY? Y’know what I mean? It can get very controversial very quickly, I know. (though I do believe they DO need to be saved… WE ALL NEED TO BE SAVED. We can’t just… save ourselves?)

      YES AMERICAN ROYALS IS *MUCH GOOD* and ONWARD….. YES. YES. YES. I LOVE ITTTTT (lots of family love)

      I hope your April is gREAT!

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      • paperplanenomad says:

        Thanks! I hope you have a good April too!

        Oh yeah wasn’t there that story about Jesus and this woman getting stoned (with pebbles, not drugs lmao) and Jesus being like “the non-sinners among you can chuck the first rock” (probably not in those words). That’s an interesting point you make about how we all need to be saved. I get the feeling that we’d find salvation through believing in God and being loving etc. on a personal level (as in, with our personal relationship with God) more than going out to try and change how another person is, especially if your ‘help’ is unsolicited and implicitly (or explicitly) places you morally ‘above’ the other. I don’t believe that being LGBTQ+ is being sinful, partly because of the socio-historical context muddying the water between when the Bible was first written and reading it now (with our own unconscious biases). The other reason is that when I see how much love and happiness there is now that LGBTQ+ is more accepted (though ofc not totally) and there is more awareness of diversity, it just feels so much better than how things used to be? Idk. Like you said in your essay, the most important part of Christianity is love.

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      • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

        (okay so I go all over the place in this comment- bear with me)
        Yes I used that story in my essay- our purpose isn’t to choose whether or not people go to hell, it’s to help people grow relationships with Jesus. To be saved, it’s not just “oh I know God’s real” and getting baptized, it’s about having a real relationship with him and that takes time and effort (as all relationships do) Yeah, we’re not supposed to go the Conquistador way (I also used this in my essay xD) and say “be a Christian or DIE” cause that’s dumb. You can’t force a relationship. I personally believe that having sex with someone of the same gender is wrong, but I’m not gonna go and try to burn them alive or anything xD cause I’ve done stuff wrong and I realize that they’re just people, too. And if I want to fulfill my goal, I can’t if I’m not loving others, which is a big factor in Christianity. I can’t go the Conquistador way (hahahah can you imagine me doing that hahahahah) but yeah, basically, my essay is me ranting about how the church can’t do their job if they’re too focused on the sins of the person they’re trying to eVaNgElIzE. Jesus forgave us, so we must do the same to others. But we can’t free them of their sin. Only God can.

        And also, there’s a difference between believing something is wrong and being full on judgemental.

        For example, I believe that having sex before marriage is wrong (yeah it’s an unpopular opinion nowadays but I believe that so) but I know people who’ve done this, and I don’t hate them. I don’t see my self as “above” them. we all make mistakes (especially me xD) so like, am I going to disown them? Heck no (and I actually *can’t* disown them but you know what I mean)

        If someone is doing something wrong, and you’re a christian, kicking them out of your life isn’t going to help them. It’s going to hurt them more than the sin, (maybe) because it’ll be harder for them to find a way back. Does this make sense?

        Another thing about it is- people have to repent for their relationship to work. They can’t truly say they’re a christian if they constantly sin and don’t see error in their actions. (tho people will always make mistakes, but I’m talking about someone who does something, knows it’s wrong, but doesn’t try to change their ways.)

        and another big factor in all of this is that people have a void in their heart that only God can fill, but they don’t know God, so they try to fill it with a substitute (drugs, relationships, macaroni and cheese, etc) but it never works??

        idk maybe I’ll post my essay one day? And I hope all this makes sense it’s kinda hard when it’s all written out in one tiny comment bar xD

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      • paperplanenomad says:

        Lol macaroni and cheese 😂 idolatry right there. Yeah your points do make sense and I understand it’s hard to make everything coherent in a single comment. Knowledge of ‘wrongness’ is key to true repentance, but then again it’s also tricky because it can vary (even within one person).

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  6. Nish and Ngoc says:

    Omg I’m so glad you enjoyed American Royals – Nish & I have a review of it coming soon, we both loved the book so much! Such a relief considering there were such mixed reviews of her other series 😅I’m glad you got the chance to catch a movie before everything went into lockdown – I had so many grand plans for all the March/April/May releases but alas, I guess we’ll be waiting til the end of the year for them 😭

    SO EXCITED FOR PHOTOS OF THANOS’S KITTENSSSSS 😍

    Thank you so much for mentioning our post!! Hope you have a lovely April (as lovely as it can be, anyway, considering we’re all in quarantine!)

    💛 Ngoc

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  7. Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant says:

    Sounds like you had an interesting month! Congratulations on Thanos’ litter, aww! Also, The Nightmare Before Christmas is always a win… 💗
    Also, I’m so sorry about all those things you didn’t get to do because of all this COVID-19 weirdness…I’ve missed my fair share of events too, you’re definitely not alone in that

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  8. horseypotterjediwarrior says:

    You should try to play Overwatch. Or maybe build ALL of Middle Earth or Hogwarts in survival in Minecraft. Currently, i am building the Shire.

    Sent from Outlook
    ________________________________

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  9. Alexia says:

    Oh my gosh, I just found out you had Instagram and immediately went to follow you! I really liked your essay topic (which the judges said should be more 𝒏𝒆𝒖𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒍, which is stupid, because it’s a genuine problem) and I would have loved to read it!
    What did you think of season 12 of Doctor Who?

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  10. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    Ohh I’m glad you enjoyed American Royals, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it so yesss!!
    And Onward, I wanted to watch that because it literally looked a magic wonderland and not many things actually still to the tradition idea of magic any more so seeing that was wonderful but I’ve yet to see the movie!! One day though!!
    Spies in Disguise honestly looked like it has a weak plot, like watching the trailer didn’t seem real but I’m glad it was kind of good.
    Ahh.. your writing, I love it!! The idea sounds awesome and I love the name Vincenta and I think the link is perfect actually. I so understand the pain of wanting to change something but then you would have to delete something you really care about, it is so painful and just a massive shift but sometimes you have to do the things you feel, no matter the consequences (okay so that was dramatic but I think my point got across… maybe?!!?)
    KITTENS?!?!!?!?! That is amazing and I adore the name theme!!
    Facebook Junkies is an amazing phrase and if it a personal essay then they shouldn’t tell you to neutral your opinions, I second this!!
    Thank you for sharing my post, it means a lot!!
    I hope you stay safe and have an amazing April!! ❤

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      YES it’s coming on disney plus I think today??????!!! I will definitely be rewatching it soon.
      Oh yes Spies and DIsguise had a kind of weak plot but I mean… I guess it was entertaining???????? idk

      Aww thank youuuuuuuuu. Great! I think it’s been going well(ish) so I really hope the name works

      OH yeah I understand what you mean! It’s hArD to delete Cas’s stuff but it’s gonna be wORTH IT.

      YES THEY ARE LITERALLY JUST TEENSY SMOL BALLS OF FUR AHHH

      I know~ My dad is a genius. AND I KNOW HOW IS IT A PERSONAL ESSAYYYY UghhhhhhhhH.

      Of yeah of course!

      Same to you!

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      • Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

        Oohhh cool!! I don’t have Disney plus but maybe I should 😂
        Yes some cartoons are just entertaining if they are fun even if a bit weird!!

        Yes that’s amazing!!! 😍😍😍
        Haha yes you are doing it for the story!!!!

        Ahh… adorable *cries from cuteness*!!!

        Yes he is and l i t e r a l l y !!! I’m sure it was an amazing essay!!

        Thank youuu!!! 😊

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  11. Emma @ AFCTL says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed American Royals! I am actually listening to it as I type this, I’m at chapter 12 and really really enjoy it so far 🙂

    As always, your Wrap Ups (and every post you write) never ceases to amuse me!

    Kids picked on a popular kid?! (also, rude of them!)
    THERE ARE KITTENS!
    Talking on the phone sucks full-stop! It sucks you had to give your debate that way :/
    Have an as amazing April as possible!
    Your writing is AMAZING!!!!!!!

    – Emma xx

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      HAhaha thank youuu!

      Yeah I think it was “harmless teasing” but HE didn’t feel that way. He was anxiouS ABOUT IT AND THEY MADE FUN OF HIM okay I’m fine

      YES YES KITTENS at the moment I have no idea where they are (Thanos moved them) but hopefully I’ll find them soon? I think they’re in my neighbour’s yard (aka near an empty house cause they don’t live there)

      Yeah it was kinda awkward and I couldn’t hear anyone so I can to come up with cross examinations without hearing what they said xD

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

      I hope your April is gREAT!

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  12. Lais @ The Bookish Skies says:

    ahhhh, i’m glad you had a great time with friends before everything went wacko. (wow, what a great use of slang there hahah). i miss going out with friends and talking about the most random stuff, so your post made me nostalgic. i can not wait until we’re allowed to go out again.
    and i just completely agree with your dad’s opinion on the judges, lol. i love that you chose such a great and brave topic to write about. i hope you get even a better place next year!
    i am excited to know the names you’ll be giving the kittens. the fact your cat is named thanos sets the bar high, hahah.
    hope you’re having an amazing april so far!

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    • Beck @ SMELLFOY CAN READ says:

      No it’s amazing slang! I just can’t wait to be (king) fREeeEEeeEEEee. Yeah it really sucks cause I don’t have many irl friends and I had jUST made a new one it’s much sadness xD (but we talk on the phone so that’s cool)

      Thank youuu! Yeah next year I’m determined to win. I AM FIREEE xD

      YES I definitely have Nebula on my list (cause Thanos?? duh) and I’m thinking Ebony….. AND QUILL IS SUCH A CUTE NAME FOR A CAT but idk I haven’t gotten to know them yet, so it’ll have to wait until they’re older xD (if only I could do that with humans. I’d probably give my child a completely awful name and regret it later)

      Yes, same to you!

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