September was wind and golden trees and russet fields. Just as autumn transforms the trees, it shows its many faces in the heavens. From rain-smeared skies to crisp, pale blue ceilings to brooding banks of clouds shredded with the rosy-golden glow of morning, I relished every face she displayed.
As beautiful as the season is, September galloped headlong into October this year, folks. The month was packed with college starting, clearing out the garden, celebrating my parents' anniversary, and more.
The way it's structured is that part of the week is spent in class, and part is spent volunteering at church, in inner city, and in the specific ministry areas of the church we picked. I'm in youth, which is a stretch because ack, teenagers, but I'm really loving it so far.
Some tidbits of my college activities . . .
Early in the month, my class and I helped run a church carnival.
We went through an inner city "boot camp," helping out at foodbank for the first time, touring the neighborhoods by bus, and handing out ice cream to inner city kids as they streamed out of school.
We're learning about creativity, divergent thinking, leadership (which just means influence), excellence (which just means doing the best you can with what you have), teamwork, collaboration, the Bible, what truth really is, focus, attitude, et cetera. It's all in modular style, so our teachers can hop around from one thing to the next depending on what we need to learn in the moment.
One big highlight of the month was our two-day camp retreat designed to get us to gel as a team while simultaneously learning hands-on leadership skills and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones. Pretty intense. You may remember from older posts that I'm not real keen on heights. Well.
I climbed a climbing wall. (One and a half times. Halfway up the difficult side, my noodle arms and I gave up, so I came down and then decided to try the easier side--and I made it to the bell at the top.)
I climbed a fifty-foot pole and zip lined down, which was scary and way fun.
I attempted a high ropes course, but that's a longer story for another post, methinks.
Somehow I had time to watch things.
The Jungle Book
I did not expect to like it as much as I did, which was quite a lot. I was never a huge fan of the original Disney animated film--not that I disliked it, more like I was apathetic about it--but this live action/convincing CGI remake was splendid. It's visually beautiful and also does a great job with a solid storyline. By the end, I loved hearing the animals recite the Law of the Jungle.
The Battle of the Five Armies (rewatch)
At a last-hoorah-before-college sleepover with my aunt, we watched this together. Since finishing the Narnia movies together, it's been our goal to watch all the Hobbit movies. This was her first viewing of it, and she's very partial to Thorin Oakenshield, so you can imagine how that went.
I LOVE IT SO MUCH. The twists didn't have me on the edge of my seat this time since I knew they were coming, but that was okay because it meant more room in my brain to appreciate the storytelling all over again.
The Flash (season 1) and Once Upon a Time (season 1 and 4)
My siblings and I are still watching The Flash and loving every episode. My sisters and I have slowed down considerably with OUAT season 4, but are still loving that too, and we started the show from the beginning with our parents. It's fun to see the characters in their old roles, and Henry is so little and adorable.
Somehow I read nothing.Okay, not nothing, just very little.
Five Enchanted Roses
Though I read the majority of it in August, I finished in September. You can read a full review HERE.
The Calling // Rachelle Dekker // book 2 in The Seer trilogy
This was a splendid book that took me a decidedly unsplendid long time (three weeks! what is wrong with me!) to read. Just like the first book, it delves deeply into the internal struggles of its main character--this time Remko instead of Carrington--against a backdrop of dystopian action. Just like the first book, the narrator phrases (Remko saw, Remko felt, etc.) bothered me a bit. But just like the first book, I was floored by the message and how it resonated with me. The Choosing was about true identity, and The Calling is about fear, another timely topic that Rachelle dealt with masterfully.
And of course I'm now antsy for the release of The Returning.
12 beta chapters
On supper breaks I had some time to read more of Emily's The City and the Trees, which I aim to finish soon!
And so it's no surprise I wrote piddly beans this month.I finished the 100-for-100 challenge . . . and proceeded to not write a single word afterwards. Yup, I produced a grand total of 1,239 words in September. Knowing that I'm capable of creating ten times that in the same timespan needles me a little, but I also know that I needed the break to recover from challenge burnout and acclimatize to a new life schedule.
Maybe I can manage to write a little more in October?
Oh, and hey, if you missed it: I interviewed Christine Smith about her writing life, and she interviewed me!
Subplots of character growthIt's been an intense month, but in a pretty good way. I'm being stretched, which isn't always easy, but I prefer this over plateauing! It's like those training periods in so many fantasy character arcs. Learning, growing, being challenged. Filling my toolbox with things I'll need for the future. Because of all this thinking, I feel some blog post topics stewing in my brain, so I may plunge deep without warning this month. Is that good with you? (I know it is.)
So tell me of your own autumn quests! Any good novels you've read? Is the weather crisp and lovely where you are, or still swelteringly summery? How are your pursuits going, academic or otherwise?
|This song has been in my head since I took a glorious walk this afternoon. ^_^|