Origin Stories: Boys in Bands

Origin Stories: Boys in Bands

Whew, it’s been a while since my last Origin Stories post! But, to be honest, it’s probably a good idea that I held off on this one for a bit, considering I took this story down from Wattpad for a while. Now that I’m bringing it back (and I’m determined to finally finish it) it seems like the perfect time to write this.

I suggest checking out my previous Origin Stories posts for an idea of what this series is about and for a background on my writing journey so far.

Now, let’s get into Boys in Bands…

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Simone Read What? – January ’20

Simone Read What? – January ’20

Happy 2020! We have officially made it through the first month of a new decade. Isn’t the passage of time wild?

For this year, I’ve set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal to 60 books. That’s up from last year’s goal of 48, where I actually ended up reading 50. So I figured, hey, what’s ten more books? Knowing me, I’ll probably regret that later in the year, but for now… I’m gonna give it my best shot.

For January, I also wanted to make a (tiny) dent in my physical TBR pile. I’m talking about the hundreds (yes, hundreds, shame on me) of unread books that are sitting in my house. I have this problem of buying tons and tons of books and then just never getting around to reading them, so one of my resolutions for this year is to really start getting that number of unread books down.

Anyway, here’s everything I read in January!

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Why I Decided to Take Down All That is Gold

Why I Decided to Take Down All That is Gold

At the end of January, I’m going to be taking down a story of mine from Wattpad that has been posted there since 2015.

That story is All That is Gold, a fun, messy, satirical take on a high school hierarchy that used to bring me such joy. These days, though? No joy to be found, not an ounce in sight. And if I’ve learned anything from the lovely Marie Kondo, it’s to get rid of the things that don’t bring you joy.

It makes me really sad that I can’t feel joyful about that story anymore. Was it ever a favorite of mine? Goodness, no! But I loved the twists and turns, the character development and regression, and the commentary on our capitalist society. It was fun!! It was trashy!! It was a good time!!

And there are so many people out there who feel the same way about it. There are people who love that story and call it one of their favorites. I can’t possibly tell you just how much that means to me. I will always cherish the people who have been kind to me over the years and have shown me so much love. They’re the ones who make braving this scary internet world worth it.

But there’s definitely a lot of bad that comes with the good, and at this point, after five years, the bad has beaten me down. It’s stolen my joy, and the only way I can think of to get it back is to take down this story.

Plenty of people have asked me to explain why I’m planning to take it down, so let me share with you, point by point, why that’s going to be happening and what I’ve faced over the years. 

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My Favorite Reads of 2019

My Favorite Reads of 2019

Ah, 2019. Another year (almost) gone. It was… a time. Some of it was great, some of it not-so-great. But you know what was great? The number of books I managed to read!

50 books, y’all! I’m so proud of myself! Just a couple years ago, I was barely managing to read 10 books, if that. So the fact that I managed to hit 50 in 2019 makes me so happy. I love reading and I feel like I missed out on so much during the time where I barely had the energy to pick up a book.

I also really enjoyed having this blog to share what I read. While I may not have managed to write a post every single month, I still blogged about everything I read. That’s another feat I’m proud of! I’ll never call myself a real book blogger (I couldn’t degrade the real book bloggers by doing that) but writing about books is fun.

Anyway, here’s everything I read in 2019 and my favorites of the bunch!

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Simone Read What? – December ’19

Simone Read What? – December ’19

I did it, y’all!! I hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal! Actually, considering I read more than my goal, I totally smashed it. Heck yes! Gimme a high five!

I’d like to thank the several 4-hour long train rides I had this year, the delayed flights, and the ebook section of my public library. Those are the MVPs that allowed me to read 50 books this year. Without them, I never would have gotten this far.

Ahem, anyway.

I’ll be doing a round-up post for all of my favorite reads of 2019, but for now, here’s what I read in December!

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Vacation Diaries: Vancouver 2019

Vacation Diaries: Vancouver 2019

I can hardly believe we’re in the last month of 2019. This year went by so quickly and yet so slowly at the same time. Some months felt like eternities, and some were over before I could even blink. But I guess that’s life, right? I’m literally describing every year. Time isn’t real!!! It’s all just a Jeremy Bearimy!!!

Existential crisis aside, there were so many things this year that I meant to do but just never got around to. Blogging about the adventures I had was one of those things that I meant to do. Whoops. But I’m a busy lady, okay! Still, I wanted to share about the places I went and the things I saw, so here we are.

In August of this year, I visited Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Spoiler: it was amazing and I would love to go back again. To be honest, I kinda want to move there. Who wants to help me look into the process of immigrating to Canada from the US? Anybody?

Anyway, here’s what I did, saw, and ate while I was there!

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Simone Read What? – October & November ’19

Simone Read What? – October & November ’19

Well folks, fall has drawn to a close and winter has arrived here in D.C. What a perfect time to snuggle up with a great book.

My library apparently thought the same, because all 10 of the library holds I submitted in September became available at the exact same time in November. Fun! Overwhelming! So much to read! Ahh!!!

So here we go, my reads from October and November!

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