Revitalizing Myself

It’s a new year, and that means new projects, new goals, and new ways to motivate myself to not feel terrible about myself.

I’ve always struggled with my self-esteem and especially when it comes to my writing. Usually when I’m stuck at home and writing, it’s hard to remember that what I do is relatively good and worth sharing.

I’ve been away at my residency this past week for Sierra Nevada College. And usually, residencies happen in, you guessed it, Nevada. But this time around, we flew out to Jamaica. It’s been so gorgeous here and the weather is really doing wonders for my depression and I’ve been able to look at myself and remind myself that what I do is good.

Being here, surrounded by like minded people, definitely helped me revitalize myself and my writing. I feel better about myself and my writing, and I want to write more than I have before.

I was burned out after last semester and having written 117k words in four months (which I mean, Yay! I wrote a whole novel!), and all I wanted to do was sleep for a whole month afterwards.

But now I feel much better, I feel empowered and like I’m more than ready to tackle this next semester.

With the SuperEclipse, comes SuperApologies

So, I realized (and it has been made apparent by my good friend Jessica Tuckerman) that I don’t blog nearly as much as I should.

I often don’t have things to say, as most of my time is spent on school work, at my Day Job, or writing. I’ve been meaning to upload more photos, particularly the ones I took while on vacation with my family in Canada, but sometime during the trip, my external hard drive had a minor meltdown and now is not accessible, so I’ve been postponing those photos since they’re essentially gone unless I can find a way to fix it.

But I do have at least some photos to share from tonight’s Supermoon Lunar Eclipse!

I haven’t really enjoyed a lunar eclipse since perhaps the 6th grade, but tonight’s moon was a Supermoon, meaning it’s the closest to Earth in its orbit of us. Not to mention it’s also in the umbra (or shadow!) of the Earth so therefore, eclipse!

Gosh, I do love space.

But here is the best shot I got tonight, even though my camera was being a bit finicky and I’ve never shot anything at night before. Well, practice makes perfect.

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A Recent Trip to Longwood Gardens

My family and I took a trip recently (about a week ago, act
ually. I’m just very bad at this “blogging” business.) to Longwood Gardens. Longwood is a pretty well known botanical gardens on the East Coast, sitting pretty about thirty miles south of Philadelphia.

And let me tell y’all, it is gorgeous. 

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New Domain Name!

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve just bought my own domain name! I’ve dropped the “writes” and now it’s magdalynann.com! If you use the old domain address, it’ll automatically bounce you over here, so no worries on that front!

I’m so excited, it’s another step I’m taking to making a better presence as an author. Next, a new author photo, maybe a logo (with some help from JM Tuckerman) and business cards! This is so exciting!

I’ve moved!

As some of you may have noticed, but this is not my usual site. So it’s time to fess up.

I moved.

I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, it was just happened all of a sudden and I left in the middle of the night (read: two in the afternoon). We can still be friends, really! I just need my space.

All silliness aside, the choice to move was purely logical. I spend most of my time on WordPress, mostly working on Round Robin (which now has it’s own domain name! Look how far we’ve come!), so it only makes sense to host my own website here. Not to mention that it’ll be much easier (and cheaper) to upgrade my domain name in the future through WordPress than it would have been through Weebly.

All of my content here is still the same. If there are any issues with any site bugs or if something looks funky to you on your web browser, I’d appreciate you let me know!

Keep your eyes peeled for future content!

-Magdalyn Annn

Currently Reading

I’ve realized I’ve been neglecting my growing library of books recently (mostly in favor of writing or schoolwork. Sometimes tumblr) and I’ve decided to kick myself in the butt and then sit down and get some reading done. After all, the best way to improve your own writing is to read a lot.

So last night, amid a chorus of tears and choking sobs, I finished Marie Lu’s wonderful conclusion to her Legend series,Champion. And let me tell you, feels were had and I’m still not over it. Full review to come!

I also have Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind sitting on my desk that I plan on focusing my attention on once the semester ends. My significant other has been hounding me to finish the book, and if they think it’s good and that I’d like it, I should finish it within a few days.

Though I’ve been devouring Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero since last night, and since I loved the Percy Jackson series, I have no doubts that the Heros of Olympus series will satisfy and entertain me.

Sitting on my Kindle, taunting me with its pretty cover every time I open up the app on my phone to do some quick reading/highlighting/editing of my manuscript is Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis’s book 2 of their Marionettes of Myth series, Fracture the Spider’s Web and I want to crack it open ASAP.

Welcome!

Hello friends and follows/minions!

I’m Magdalyn Ann, a YA novelist that has some human being tendencies on the side. I am currently enrolled at Rowan University in the undergrad program in Writing Arts. I’ve got a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Theatre. I’m an active participant and member of the Archery Club, the former President of Rowan Original Works playwriting club, and I pay rent with the tip money from my waitress job.

I try my hardest to write every day at every chance I get. My current project has been in the works for ten years; the manuscript has gone through a few drafts when I was younger and still in middle/high school and now is getting a major rewrite after which I hope to polish it and send it out once it reaches its best point.

I’ve begun my journey into photography. And by “begun” I mean I have a jar on my desk that says “Camera Fund” where I put in five dollars after every work shift so that I can maybe afford a camera within a few months.