Friday, May 11, 2012

On Life, Writing, and Happy Things


So... it's slightly embarrassing that my last post was on Easter Sunday and this one is a few days before Mothers' Day. Not that I don't have a good excuse (besides Pinterest) ... I've been otherwise occupied (let's see if I can get through this post without using that word that starts with B and rhymes with 'dizzy') making jewelry, going to a homeschool convention, and selling jewelry. :)

Like this ring.
Incidentally, do you know how hard it is to self-photograph your hand with a ring in anything like an attractive position using your other hand, without using a tripod?

I turned 21. I'm a real grownup now. :D

I finished a 72,265-word novel. Ashburn. For a hint about what it's like, see this pinboard.

I've also begun book 2 of the series, titled Bryce. (Yes, it has a pinboard too.)

I am very much enjoying my writing these days. On the advice of a really good friend, who heard it from our mutual really good friend, I began carrying a notebook around in my purse for on-the-go inspiration lightning bolts. I've also been carting my laptop along on trips in its chic matching aqua sleeve and writing in hotel rooms and waiting rooms. :D Writing looks like it's going to be a much better future stay-at-home-mom career than selling handcrafted jewelry. :)

*Begin Rant*
Blogger has completely ticked me off with the new dashboard design. It took me a precious ten minutes to figure it all out all over again. I could have been doing important things during that ten minutes, people. Plus I think the look is really ugly. I didn't like the old look either, but this one is awful. :P It's so white and boring and blah. Blogger has become Blah-ger.
*End Rant*

I felt so sorry for my blog the other day that I petted it and played with it and gave it a makeover. Do you like it? If so, I'd love to know. :D If you don't like it, be nice and don't mention it. :D

I have a post appearing on Meditations of His Love, about "The Line". So do check that out if you'd like. :) If you leave me a comment letting me know you read it, I'll reply with a comment. :)

When I next return, I hope to share some more pictures of the shiny jewelry I've been designing, and some shots I took the last time we were at the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Callaway Gardens.

 So... leave a comment if you still follow me! :D I'm curious about how many lurkers I have. :D Say hi, I won't bite. ;)


  1. I love the new look! Makes me think of peaches :D

    I got mad at Blogger, too. I didn't know what was going on and spent at least 15 minutes trying to figure out where my nice, easy-to-understand dashboard went! I think I've got it now, though.

  2. Hi Katelyn!
    Peaches are a lovely thing to make one think of! So glad my blog achieved that effect. :D

    Yes, not much we can do about the changes on Blogger, but at least I've got it now and can blog again. :) One reason I put off blogging was because I didn't want to take the time to re-figure it out. ;)

  3. I love the new look! Pink is always awesome. :D
    I'm also a big fan of your jewelry, you make some beautiful things.

  4. Yay! You're back! I was really missing your posts. :) The new blog look is great, and I'd LOVE to read your book! The picture with the ring turned out marvelous. :D And happy late birthday! I'm right behind you at 20 years old. Well, have a great day! And hope to hear more about your book soon, especially if it gets published. I'd definitely buy it! :D

  5. I love the new blog look! Like Audrey Hepburn, "I believe in pink"--so it's wonderful in my book!

    I would LOVE to read some excerpts from your novel... if you're thinking of sharing some, it would be highly appreciated. :D

  6. Kathryn,
    Thank you! I'm actually thinking about starting a new Etsy shop for my jewelry after I'm done with the last convention to sell off the leftover jewelry. (unless there isn't any, which would be a miraculously wonderful thing) :D

    Awww, you missed my posts? :D Thank you! I had a lovely birthday. :) I'll have to post pictures of the cake I made myself. ;)

    Miss Dashwood,
    So glad you like the look- beautiful Audrey quote! :D I'm flattered... I just might have to post some of my novel if there's so much interest in it! :D Maybe the Prologue and Chapter One. :D
    And YES. I am going to look into getting it published as soon as I'm finished with my next homeschool convention (NCHE) in North Carolina. :)

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! :D


  7. Sounds lovely, my dear. Keep up the good work. :)

  8. Hi!

    I <3 Katelyn's comment.

    I echo Kristen's comment.

    Here I was jumping over here (yes, lurking) and it turns out everyone said everything I was thinking, anyway. ;)

    Moving on:

    Julia, you are a great blogger. Er, blah-ger.

    The End.

  9. Oh, yeah, and you updated your bio! Yay! I love your life story...

  10. Hi Rose!
    Thanks for the comment, sweet friend! I enjoyed our phone chat today. :D

    Rachelle, Rachelle, Rachelle...
    Imagine a big huge smile as large as a watermelon slice plastered across my face. :D
    I thought of you at that 'peaches' reference! Lol!
    You, lurking? *gasp*!! No! :D Glad you came out of the shadows to leave a little note in my box. :D
    I have achieved greatness? I can now rest happy. But because I love blogging, I shall continue. :D
    Well, *I* love the fact that *you* are part of my life story! Friends forever!


  11. I agree about the new "blah-ger" (love that btw!) it took me a while to figure it out too...
    Isn't Pinterest fun? I checked out your boards, you have pinned some really neat stuff! I'm probably your newest follower :)

  12. *ducks out of the shadows again*

    Oooooo, watermelon. Yummy. :D

    Oh, good, for a minute there I thought I had given you permission to cease blogging forevermore. That would been so not cool, but no way would I have ever been able to rescind the sincere compliment. :)

    Friends forever!


  13. Hi Julia! Love the new look! It's so pink and pretty and happy! Blogger is driving me crazy too...
    Glad you're back posting again! Love the way you write.

    Hope we'll see ya'll sometime soon!

  14. Lidia Maxine from HSAMay 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    HI!!!! Picture PLEASE!!!!!!!!
    Happy Belated Birthday!!!

  15. Hi Julia,

    This is Ivy. We met in at the GHEA convention. I had no idea you had a Blogger until we received your e-mail about the shipment of my bracelet.

    Your site is very pretty : )


  16. Hello, Other Julia! :D Oh yes, Pinterest is way too much fun. :)

    Hi Allison! Thank you! I hope we see ya'll soon too! I've missed you!

    Well hey there, Lidia! Nice to hear from you! Never fear, pictures are coming. Lol!

    Hello Ivy! Thank you for commenting! I'm glad you found my little corner of the blogosphere! And I hope you enjoy your bracelet. :)


  17. Hi Julia!

    I am one of your... (dramatic pause)... lurkers! :)
    Please forgive the very late comment.
    I have been enjoying your blog immensely ever since I found the link on my friend McKenzie's blog. And by the way, I think your new blog format is adorable! Keep up the good writing!

    Beka S.

  18. Oh, and I absolutely LOVE your Pinterest!

  19. Firstly *snort* *snicker8 at all the Julia/Rachelle convo's back and forth! BWahaha! I love you girls. ;) *HUGE* smile on my face right now. :D

    Second. Love the new design of course (even though I've seen it a few times now as I'm behind in reading your lovely blog posts. *giggles*). ;D

    And, aww, you linked to me! *happy sigh* You're so sweet. Glad you and Shell liked the idea so much! I think I'll need a new notebook before the end of the year mine's getting full! *woot*! :D *excited grin*

    I didn't like the new blogger at first either but other than a couple things I actually like it better I think...or have gotten used to it. Whatever. Ha!

    So proud of you for getting all that you've been able to accomplish these last months with writing and jewelry making and housekeeping for your family, AND Mohl blogging, and exercising, and, and...the tons of stuff you do. :) {{{HUGS}}}

    Love you bunches!!!


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