Hello 2018!

Welcome to March. Welcome to the new website! I’m so, so pleased that I finally got a design done for the site. I’ve been using a premade theme since I launched the blog at the start of 2016. Now, after all this time, my hand-coded theme is up. It also came with some rebranding to make my social media presence (on Twitter and Facebook) more “me” and cohesive with the website.

As of right now, I do not have the mobile site ready, so if you are a mobile reader, I apologise! Over the next little while, I’ll code the responsive design and (hopefully) seamlessly integrate it. I also don’t have my portfolio up, but that will be coming over the next month.

Let me know how you like the new design! It feels very “on brand” for me and who I feel I am as a person. If you encounter any glitches with it, please let me know here or on Twitter or any of my listed social media!

Anyway, where have I been since December? Let’s review, ok ok.

Month In Review: January 2018

I’ll be honest, January feels so far away to me. I remember I did driving lessons and that it was very cold most of the month. I’ve decided to be fairly private with my goals, at least for the first while of the year, but I’ll share one. I aim to submit to one literary magazine or journal each month of this year.

A celebration: I submitted some of my writing to a literary magazine!

A change: I spent less time on social media.

A conflict: My mental health was not the greatest this month.

A relief: I am decently medicated. That’s really the only relief I feel.

A regret: My driving test was cancelled and rescheduled to February.

A random memory: I had a guy on a dating app interrogate me about my mental illness, which I’m open about on these types of things, and then (after a few messages all on one day) had him decide that I was not mentally ill. He also sent me a ridiculously long poem AND a ridiculously long message about him being a “wanderer”; I thought it was all incredibly pathetic.

Month In Review: February 2018

It feels like spring came very early by the end of February, and I’m not complaining about it. The unfortunate cause is global climate change, but I can go outside without it being an immediate danger to myself, so I’m okay.

A celebration: I wrote another piece for submission!

A change: The website and my online brand got a refresh, which I love. I technically finished it at the start of March, but the design was finalised in February and the last few days were small-change-city.

A conflict: I feel insecure financially and it makes me very nervous for the future.

A relief: I passed my G2 driving test and can now drive alone.

A regret: I didn’t edit as much as I wanted to. I completed 2 chapters, but then the editing went to the backburner as I got into the thick of redesigning.

A random memory: My family spontaneously got together for a meal out at a restaurant. It was lovely, and we scheduled for another one in March. I think my dad wants to make it a habit to catch up with his kids, and I’m all for it.


I’m back now, so prepare yourselves for more blogging! I’ve brainstormed so many posts and ideas. I feel confident that my content is going to improve over the next few months. I’ve had time to work on the purpose for this blog, and now that I’m completely out of school, I can devote more time to it.

My freelancing business will be the main focus for my online presence, including the website. The last year has been incredible, working with writers and reading their stories. I’m so proud of each of them and what they’ve done with their writing. I’m excited to work with more people and do more creative projects with new writers!

Month In Review: February 2017

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Ah, February. I’ve never really enjoyed this month—it’s too short for my tastes. If we can have so many months with 31 days, why can’t February get 30 as well? Only 5 months really need an extra day to get to 365. I’m sure there are reasons for why certain months in certain calendars have X number of days, but I digress. The month is gone and we’re going to March!

A celebration: I finished my draft of THE PILGRIMAGE!

A change: The weather changed a lot—it was very warm and spring-like on a few days, even including a thunderstorm.

A conflict: I felt a lot of guilt for being so isolated from my friends and family.

A relief: My graduation application was sorted out completely (fingers crossed)!

A regret: I didn’t spend as much time brushing up on my coding skills.

A random memory: I helped my room mate bleach and dye her hair. It took about 2 hours, and the bathroom was surprisingly clean afterward. Her hair no longer looks like a blue-and-yellow cheetah print.

I hope March doesn’t go by quickly. Once April hits, I’ll be gunning to get ready to move—which means packing, scheduling utility turn-offs, and negotiating with the landlord for viewings. Here we go!

Month In Review: February 2016

Goodbye, February. You were an arbitrary selection of days, interspersed with different seasons. I mean, come on, going through a 50-degrees-Celsius range in one month, from -45 to 15… That’s a little ridiculous.

I didn’t have a good month, but that’s nothing to dwell on. Headcold. Emotional roller coaster. Discouragement. Onward to March.

This month in pictures:

For all my not-so-cute days, I have one or two days where I fell hella hellaaaa cute.

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“FEELINGS ABOUT SCHOOL” ink on paper, Coryl, 2016 #doodles #cartoon

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Grooming on his pink blanket. ??

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Hell yeah. #homemade #sushi carrots, cucumber, tuna, avocado, wasabi, and miso soup!

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This month, I achieved:
  • Some new writing thanks to WTH’s February Challenge. I wrote some poems, some reflective non-fiction, and the beginnings to some short stories! Not every day produced something good, of course, but I was writing. Hallelujah.
  • Confidence in my identity as A Writer. I feel less afraid than I did before.
This month, I was grateful for:
This month, I learned:

More about my triggers for my eating disorder and mental health. Seriously, figuring out what makes me want to do certain things feels so much better than being able to fight back. It’s like I have an advantage against myself.

This month, I got bored of:

University. But, hey, that’s standard for me. I’m bored easily when I don’t have reasonable challenges—and university right now, with my course selection, has no challenges at all. (Unless you consider “frustration” a challenge. I don’t.)

Next month, I’m looking forward to:
  • Getting closer to finishing this semester—and, by extension, my degree. I have 6 weeks of classes, then a few exams unfortunately spread out through the next month. I’m determined not to flake off.
  • Spending time with my rabbit. I’m trying not to be sad about his old age.
Next month, I’m going to make the positive change of:

Attending therapy weekly. I had to reschedule my appointment from last Friday (February 26) to this Friday (March 4), and thus only had one appointment in all of February. I think I’m starting to really feel some progress and learn more about myself, so I want to continue relying on my guide (AKA my counsellor).

Next month, I’m making the effort to:

Outline, plan, write, immerse myself, and make progress on THE PILGRIMAGE. Of all my novels, I feel this one has the most potential. I decided on a major change recently—removing a character entirely, in order to tighten up character arcs and thus plot—and have found excitement. Normally my writing has a small shadow of fear lingering, but this time? I’m less afraid. I have less expectations set upon myself. I’m enthusiastic.

If I had to write a book about this month, I would call it:

River Bottom Blues and Bubbles. I’ve been extremely emotional this month. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Format and some questions from “Achievement Unlocked: February 2016”

I hope you all had a decent short month. Also, can we all appreciate the Google Doodle for the leap day? Adorable. Bunnies are best.

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Month In Review: January 2016

Month In Review: January--A review of January and my hopes and goals for February.

What a quick month, but that’s how time is: it continues and flows no matter what you do.

Some of my goals for this month included making a therapy appointment (success); blogging regularly (success); and do yoga more each week (success). There were other goals, but even with how open I am here, I like to maintain a bit of mystery and privacy.

January Highlights
  • I started another semester at the University of Windsor.
  • Somehow, I managed to stay on top of everything and have readings and assignments completed before classes.
  • I started seeing a therapist for counselling .
  • I’ve made progress with my eating disorder by reducing frequency and intensity of binges and the Cycle of Guilt and Shame.
  • I did yoga almost daily!
  • I managed to read a few books.
  • I started blogging again, woot woot.
  • My blogging routine became super streamlined, with a schedule, post ideas, and a “stock” for me to use when I’m in a pinch.
  • I wrote haikus to ease myself back into writing creatively daily.
  • I watched Inside Out and it was basically life-changing.

This month was alright for the start of the year (which, if you’ve read my 2016 Goals, doesn’t matter to me). I’m trying to make progress and putting in as much effort as I can. It’s been hard. It’s been damn hard. I think each week has involved more crying and discomfort than good vibes. But that’s okay. I think January focused on adjustment more than anything, like progress or health or joy or whatever.

Next month, I want to focus on myself. Selfishness? Is that the focus? Or is it independence? It doesn’t really matter. If it’s selfishness, then so be it. I’ll be selfish. I’ll be the most selfish if it means I can be happier and stop hating my appearance, my hobbies, my skills, my choices, my schooling—basically everything, unfortunately. So, alright. Selfishness.

I want to be content with my choices.

I want to experience my emotions without the shadow of guilt.

I want to care for my health more than punish myself for lack of health.

I want to write and read. Simple enough. Reading and writing, and enjoying both of them.

February Goals
  • Write for 20 minutes each day, as Jenny Perinovic is doing.
  • Continue going to counselling for at least 2 more sessions.
  • Weight train 2 times each week.
  • Practise yoga 2 times each week.
  • Read 4 books.
  • Have a day of vegetarian meals once a week.

Month In Review: January--A review of January and my hopes and goals for February.