July in Review

Hi again! Welcome to my monthly recap!

July was the month I spent a week in Bermuda with my family. I got some much appreciated sunshine and sea spray, read a few pages, and hiked around in my bathing suit like I was the only person on the island (I was not).

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Top Blog Posts

No fiction on the blog last month – I just posted a few anecdotes from my life. Just good old fashioned self-absorption!

Somehow, I did get some gentle, loving feedback from you guys on my posts about lil ole me. These were your favorites:

  1. Snapshots of Lovelessness
  2. Plans in the Works
  3. Cats of the World: St. George’s Bermuda

Actually, that cat post isn’t really about me. It’s about me petting the Bermudian cats, but still.

Top Social Posts

Not to brag, but my Instagram was bumpin’ in July.  Not in like a follows/likes way, but it just looked really good. Take a look:

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Turns out Bermuda is a fairly photogenic island. Who knew?

I’m also really trying to learn how to use Pinterest! (And here is my monthly plea: somebody, please, anybody, send me your Pinterest tips! I don’t get it! I’m desperate!) I even made a lil pin for my “Cats of the World” post.

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My posts are now cute and pin-able! Yay!!

Top Personal Achievement

I spent my July writing up a storm! Not a monsoon or anything, but at least a steady drizzle. My month felt a little short in terms of time to write since I spent a week in Bermuda with the family and I still haven’t completely mastered the art of excusing myself to do my own thing on a family vacation. (We get it, I went to Bermuda.) Still, I’m proud of what I accomplished.

I was juggling a couple different projects last month, the smallest of which being these blog posts (no offense, guys – I love you like I love my own children*!), the largest of which being applying for the master’s program of my dreams.

So, here’s what I got done!

  1. I completed my application for graduate school!!! I know I should be looking into other programs now instead of calling it quits at one, but I’m so in love with this degree and university I can’t even imagine taking another lover. For fear of jinxing the thing, I’m still not ready to share any details about it, but just know I’m happy. 🙂
  2. I submitted a short story to Midwestern Gothic and was politely rejected.
  3. I’m trying to learn from rejection rather than wallowing in it, so I turned around and sent the rejected piece to Monkeybicycle! Incidentally, this is one of my favorite places to read flash fiction online, so I’d highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t heard of it.
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My editor reviewing my work

August promises to be another month full of writing, but I’m intensely relieved to be done with my grad school application. I’m supposed to hear back by the end of September, so ask me about it then if I haven’t mentioned it!!

(Actually, if I haven’t mentioned it by the end of September, I probably didn’t get in, so it’d be best not to ask. Politeness, ya know?)

With love,
Sydney

Past Months in Review: JuneMay

*I have no children, but I do appreciate each of you taking time out of your day to read my ramblings. Thank you.

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Midwest fiction writer hailing from the Mitten State. Not nearly as clever as I pretend to be.

6 thoughts on “July in Review

  1. I’m not sure if I’ve already told you that you have a great blog but seriously great blog 🙂 The definition in the pictures is awesome too, very clear and bright I love it! Fingers crossed for grad school, I look forward to more ramblings…

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