and april dreams comes to an end

hello all, for the last time.

this is such a bittersweet experience for me. when I started this blog in June 2016, I was so excited. And I became even more excited… you all have never disappointed me.

i started this blog because i wanted a creative outlet… and it served its purpose. after taking a break from my blog these few weeks, i became more relaxed, care free, and less stressed.

however, i cant leave all of my new blogging friends behind. so i will still be commenting and reading other blogs. its just not right for me anymore… i need some pressure relief.

my personal health was declining… and with camp coming up… and blogging started to feel like a chor, not an enjoyable exercise.

AH GUYS THIS PAINS ME SO MUCH YOU DONT EVEN KNOW. i’ve been struggling with this decision, but I know it has to be made.

I hope that reading my bog meant something to you. I hope you enjoyed reading my posts as much as I loved writing and sharing them with you. ❤ ❤

im leaving to a new wordpress update too… which sucks because i love it so so much.

*cries*

my site will still be left up. I’ll still respond to comments and the like. feel free to chat with me through here.

*is sad*

i recently joined a collab blog, and I will still be blogging through that. you can check it out here.

well, i hope you all remember that each and every one of you are stars, and nothing can douse your light.

you all are amazing.

for it to end as it began-

xoxo,

april ❤

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i return… to announce my departure

Ah, of course it’d be just like me to leave right after I announce my new schedule . Great going, April. *slow clap* Yeah, this post is gonna turn out to be about three sentences long with no header… but I have an excuse! As I said  in this post, school is DROWNING me.

Sorry to not do anything special for me abandoning the blogging world… *cringes* dont be mad! I’ll be back soon, but sadly, school/play/sports has to take priority right now. and sleep. thats good too.

And I’ve been so inactive on all your blogs too… ah. this is bad. i have A LOT of posts to catch up. Like, 3 weeks worth… and I follow maybe around 200 blogs? BUT BLOGS ARE JUST SO GOOOOOOOOD

Plus I’m finally responding to comments! yay me!

I promise this wont be like that time I abandoned my blog for 3 MONTHS with no warning…. oh fetus blogger me. At the very LATEST, I’ll be back in April for Camp NaNo!! YAY!

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^^At least I have this graphic…

are you doing camp nano? will you miss me? did you even notice i was gone? ITS KILLING ME TO LEAVE YOUUUUU do you have many tests? GOOD LUCK! 

xoxo,

April

Re-Evaluating The Purpose of NaNo (& GIFS)

Hello, guys!

So, I recently joined a group on YWP NaNo called The Super Awesome Writing Club. Its been giving me lots of motivation to write/edit. So I sat down at my computer, opened the NaNo writing program, and stared at my 30K words…

of pure crap.

That’s right, you read that correctly. This is how I turned 30K words into a still shrinking 9K.

I wrote two stories during NaNo. I decided to focus on one called (title in progress) Behind Locker Doors: Middle School Exposed.

…Basically. Why not put my crazy friends to use?

So that already put me down to about 18K.

I was all: “Hey, not too shabby for half of my NaNo WC!”

Happy go lucky-ily,  I replaced all my NaNo rambling chapters with the edited chapters, for a grand total of…

6 freakin K.

So I added back in the unedited, in progress chapters… 9K. Just 9K! I was astonished and surprised. What happened to my words of pure gold? I lost half of my word count. Which brings us to the post…

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Continue reading “Re-Evaluating The Purpose of NaNo (& GIFS)”

Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Good Night

hello everyone! I hope your Christmas was splendiferous!

Mine certainly was. 


I got a new phone (My first!)

With a good camera to take pictures of my Christmas tree,


the ornaments,


And me!


That’s right, I’m the girl who wears shorts in the winter. LOL!

I also got a very pretty box,


containing earrings

😍😍

I also got another pair,


and an Alex & Ani Bracelet.

We had Santa around the house…


For Merry Christmastime!


There’s a pretty flower around…

I love flash!


we got a new kettle, for all of our holiday drink needs…


And what kitchen is complete without a nutcracker?

well, that’s all I have for now. How about we end this post with sparkle,


and a bow!

What did you get for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (if your reading this tomorrow) or what holiday you observe? Did you enjoy this type of post?

merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night…

🖤April🖤

TBFN Prompt #2

Hey! I’m back with the full TBFN post. I’m on Team Lions:

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This story is the “prologue” to the first part, you can read it here.

Sooo, the prompts are: (In order)

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Disclaimer: This isn’t edited to the fullest extent, I was rushing to meet the deadline.


7 Years Earlier…

“Mommy, I’m Fading. Help me!”

“Shh, shh Rue. It’s okay. I’ll help you.”

“How?”

“There are 10 things you can do to make sure you never Fade. But you have to promise you’re fully committed.”

“I am, Mommy. I promise.”

“Here’s what you must do…”

Number Ten~ Book Changing

“Marcoe, it’s time for you to complete your summer reading assignment.”

“Okay, Mom. C’mon, Rudy. Let’s go read Tech Trials.”

“Is that a good book?”

‘Mom, we’re about to read the book. Change it!’

‘Good, our LobeComs work.’

‘Yes, now hurry!’

‘It’s done.’

“Aaah!”

“Marc, what’s wrong?”

“Read it!”

“Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.

Leaves of 3 is where poison ivy be.

When the clock strikes 12, blood will run out the well.”

“Rudy, each page reads a different threat. I was breathing hard, because for the first time in my life, I didn’t want to finish a book.”

“Oh, Marc, c’mere.”

“Thanks for the hug. I’m so glad you’re my real friend. Not like the boys at school.”

I’m real as long as you make me.

Number Ten complete.

Numbers Nine & Eight: Mean Teacher & Embarrassment

“Rudy… I’m scared.”

“Don’t be. 3rd grade is a blast!”

“Have you been?”

If you make me, I have.

“No, but I’m with you through everything.”

“Marcoe Richmond!”

‘Nice job with the hawk lady, Mom.’

“Just who are you talking to?”

“His imaginary friend, Ru-dee!”

“Quiet, Bryce!”

“I wasn’t talking to anybody.”

“Well, don’t make it a habit.”

‘Mommy, he’s saying I don’t exist again!’

‘I’ll make the teacher worse.”

“Rudy, I don’t like this teacher. She’s mean.”

“Me neither. We can tell your Mommy about it when we get home.”

“I miss–“

“Marcoe! What did I tell you about talking to “nobody”? Leave the class, now!”

“Mar-coe has an imaginary girlfriend! Oooh!”

“I do not! Stop making those kissy noises!”

“Marcoe, LEAVE!”

“Rudy, I hate 3rd grade! I don’t know how I’d make it through without you.”

‘He’s clinging tighter! We did it!’

‘But we’re not done yet.’

Numbers Nine & Eight complete.

Number Seven: The Burnt Rose Movie

“I love Friday movie nights with you, Rudy.”

“Me too, Marcoe. What are we watching?”

“A superhero movie!”

‘Mommy, do we have to do this? He’s so excited… and sensitive.’

‘I told you, no looking back.

‘Fine.’

“Take your rose back! How could you?”

“Carmen, please, you’ve got to-“

“I don’t ‘got to’ anything.

“Fine. But keep the rose. It’s burned.”

“I want it to remind you of how our love ended: up in flames, down to ashes.”

“Mommy must have put the wrong DVD in the case again. Hey, what’s going on with the screen?”

“I don’t kn-“

“AAAAAH!”

‘Mommy, it hurts my heart to hear him scream like that.’

‘Do you want to Fade?’

‘No.’

“Don’t worry, I’m here, Marc. Nothing will hurt you now.”

“I will never let you leave.”

Number Seven, complete.

Numbers Six & Five: Injury & Nightmares

“She swings, and CRACK! Home run! Woo Hoo! Go Lilah!”

‘Mommy, make the next one hit him.’

‘It will.’

“He swings and- OWWW! My tooth!”

“Everybody, give Marcoe some space! Back away!”

“Smile.”

“Mm-mm.”

“Fine. Let’s just get you to the nurse’s office so we can call your mom to take you to the dentist.”

“Rudy, I don’t want to go to the dentist!”

“But he’ll help make your mouth feel better.”

“I guess I’ll go. But you have to come with me tomorrow.”

No! No! YOU CAN’T PUT THAT IN MY MOUTH! Get AWAY from me!

‘Mom, he’s having a nightmare.’

Numbers Six & Five Complete

Number Four & Three: Eyeglasses & Lion Escapades

“Oh no! Rudy, I forgot my glasses!”

“That’s ok, Marcoe.”

“But I won’t be able to see the animals at the zoo!”

Oh, you definitely will.

“I’m sure you’ll be able to.”

“Mommy, hide me!”

“Marc, what is it?”

“That man is the dentist from my nightmare last night!”

“Don’t be silly, Marc. A dream is a dream, and yours was just a bad one.”

‘Mommy, he wasn’t supposed to see that. I really think we should stop.’

‘Not an option. We’re too far in.’

“Mom, can we go look at the lions?”

“Sure, you can look while I go get us ice cream.”

“Make sure to buy one for Rudy, too!

“Marcoe, we don’t have money to waste like… fine. What flavor does she want?”

“Chocolate with brownie, just like me.”

“C’mon, Rudy, let’s go!”

“Rudy, what’s your favorite part of a lion?”

“I love their mane.”

“I like the baby lions.”

“C’mon, Marc, let’s go back. I bet your Mommy has our ice cream now.”

“Ok, let’s- Oh. My. Gosh.”

“Rudy, the lions escaped.”

“Marc, listen to me. Back away slowly…”

‘Make it get ready to pounce.’

“And now-“

“Rudy, it’s gonna pounce!”

“RUN!”

“I think we lost it, Marc.”

“I don’t think I’ll be the same after seeing that…”

“MARCOE TROYE RICHMOND. Get over here this INSTANT.”

“Yes, Mommy.”

“Why in the world did you call that the LION escaped?”

“Ir did! It chased us! Right, Rudy?”

“Marcoe, Rudy is IMAGINARY. And if you “playing” with her causes you to call lion, then stop thinking about her.”

“Okay, Mommy.”

‘Oh no! It didn’t work!”

“Don’t worry, Rudy. I’ll never stop thinking about you.”

Numbers Four & Three, complete.

Number Two & One- Superstition & Message

“Marcoe, didn’t you hear? Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.”

“Rudy, it’s from the book! Oh no!”

“Marc, don’t listen to them. See, they’re laughing.”

“Ahh! Rudy, help me!”

“What’s wrong?”

“That’s the dentist! The one from my nightmare!”

“Your nightmares stay in your head. Plus, I’m here. I’ll keep you safe.”

“I’m still scared.”

“Maybe some computer time will make you forget. Come on, let’s go.”

‘Mom. We need stop. It’s finished. ‘

‘No! If you won’t tell me what to do, then I’ll do it on my own.’

‘No. No. NO! MOM, No! I’ll keep doing it! No!’

She’s gone.

“Rudy! Look at the message!”

“She parted the leaves to reveal the throne. I pulled at my shirt. ‘It’s hot.’ ‘It has to be, to hide her ice-cold heart of stone.’

“Its Ok, Marc. I’m here.’

“There’s a lion over there! No, right here! Next to you! On me! Make it stop!”

‘Quit it, Mom.’

“Let’s go to the reading corner.”

“The books! They’re all just page after apge of threats!”

“I’ll help y-“

“NO! You haven’t! I’ve been seeing things, and feeling things, that aren’t there! I FEEL CRAZY! IT NEEDS TO, I DON’T, GO AWAY! You need to go away! LEAAAVE! JUST. EVERYBODY. LEAVE!”

‘Look what you’ve done.’

‘Oh, Rue, you did it all yourself.”

Numbers Two & One, Incomplete.

Number Zero: Broken.


Soooo, how was it? Did you like it? I cant wait for the next set of prompts! But, I’m already working on my Fi v/s Fa story, expect that later today. And I’m reading for my next Burn, Rewrite, & Reread! And trying to work on my Camp NaNo novel…. And going to camp… But I can do it!

xxoo,

liv