Name's Jai Lynn, Jai like blue jay and Lynn which rhymes with sin. Speaking of sins, life is too short to not do what you're passionate about. So, I'm going to write. Welcome to my domain of poetry, short fiction, and (if you look for it) a little magic too.
Okay, okay it’s story time guys. So as we all love and know it is now August!!! The dog days of summer, the winning home run, the month where ice cream every day is okay, the cicadas are loud as ever, and we are all chasing that final horizon down the beach where every second is going to be amazing….. okay. So. While that is all normally true and wonderful … 2020 fell out of a Twilight Zone episode.
So on my birthday this past week a tropical storm hit the East Coast of the United States. It was so big and so damaging that many have even compared it to Hurricane Sandy that hit eight years ago in 2012 which at that time was the worst storm to hit the East Coast. The damage done this time was equitable and because of that many people, including myself, lost power. It took five days in the dark of not having internet connection, sweating without air conditioning and almost losing all our food but finally my power is back!! (Also, like, side note… the fact that the storm happened on MY BIRTHDAY is not a sign of bad luck but must REALLY mean I am a tropical storm of a person. That’s how I am spinning it anyhow…)
To those out there who still don’t have power know I’m praying for you. It’s humbling honestly to be without electricity and now I am even more grateful for everything I have.
That being said I missed posting my vignette this month and I am very behind on reading and commenting on a lot of posts. I’m going to do my best to catch up on everything but it might take some time.
In regard to my own blog I’m moving forward with my posting. The next vignette post will be the first Friday of next month, so I’m skipping this month and carrying on as if everything was normal (like, in these weird times that’s a healthy coping mechanism right? lol).
Also I’ve decided to cut the Alternate Reality – Flash Fiction post entirely. I feel like I’ve been stretching myself too thin lately and this is my least popular post. At least for right now. But I will still leave up the posts in case you ever feel like perusing them. In the meantime my poetry and vignettes will be staying strong! As well as any other announcements I may have, my WIP writing updates and my usual monthly Snapshot!
That’s all folks! Hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Sending good vibes your ways!
Currently listening: “Homecoming Queen?” – Kelsea Ballerini & THE ENTIRE ALBUM OF FOLKLORE BY TAYLOR SWIFT (such a mood) Currently watching:The Bold Type Currently playing: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Currently reading:American Gods by Neil Gaimon
Is it weird that I think that the music of cicadas in the summertime is one of the most beautiful sounds to listen to in the world? Because I really do, and honestly it is one of the things keeping me grounded in these high flying times.
Summer is and has always been my safe place. I would much rather be hot than cold. I would much rather have more daylight than more night. I would much rather be licking mint ice cream off my lips than hot cocoa from my chin. That’s not to say I don’t love the cold, or the night or hot cocoa. I do. I really do. But summer has always been special to me. In summer, I have no worries… usually.
This summer is different. It looks like summer, feels hot like summer, and sounds like summer with the cicadas outside but as we all know everything is different. Part of me, which I never thought I would actually feel in my entire life, wants summer to end and the fall to come and by doing that hopefully bring an end to this pandemic. The rest of me though is struggling to stay in the moment and appreciate life for what it is right now. Summer… my favorite season…
So that’s where I’m at.
Continue researching, world building, prewriting, plotting, and outlining my WIP! Check, yes.
Become more interactive on social media! Check. I might have been a little less interactive this month but I was still ON social media so this is a win.
Continue making submissions with my writing! Check! I was actually asked to submit something this month by Radiate Literary, which is a super cool online literary journal promoting young voices. (If you want to check out the poem I wrote here’s the link……. #kthanksbye#awkwardselfpromo).
Continue to do yoga every morning! Checkity-check. Check.
August (the month which might be when my birthday is…) Goals:
Continue researching, world building, prewriting, plotting, and outlining my WIP! I actually started writing the first draft of my WIP of 2020 this month. (I KNOW.) I didn’t even finish world building or outlining or my original intention of planning… BUT the story called to me. So, I started writing.
Become more interactive on social media! My handle is @jaiiiilynn4 for both Insta and Twitter so let’s connect! I’m keeping this goal on here because I definitely need to do better. Even though I still checked them somewhat I have to be more proactive. I’m trying. I promise.
Continue making submissions with my writing! Trying to make this one a habit. I need better time management skills though I feel. This is the goal that honestly falls to the wayside the most.
Be nicer to myself. This one sounds easy but honestly, it might be the hardest goal on this list. I have a tendency to beat myself up pretty badly when I can’t do something I planned to do. I am also the type who constantly assigns blame to myself for things I in no way have any control over. So, this month (my birthday month which is fitting!) I am going to try being kinder to myself and indulge in some self care.
What I Read:
–He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. This was so eye opening to read… and brutally honest. This books is meant to give you a major reality check when it comes to dating and guys, and let me tell you it doesn’t disappoint. You will feel a bit naive and, dare I say, stupid after reading it but!!! Not to say also full of hope. With just as many red flags it points out it also uplifts you equally as much. Every chapter ends on a positive note and tells you just how much you are worth finding a good guy, one who is not afraid to show up and be there for you. You’re fabulous, amazing, smart and funny. WE ARE!!!! And we deserve someone who appreciates all of that and doesn’t take us for granted.
What I’ll Be Writing:
Poetry- posted every Wednesday
Living Life vignettes- posted first Friday of the month
Writing Is Hard|WIP Writing Update- posted in the middle of the month
Snapshot! monthly recap- posted the last day of every month
Announcements- posted as needed
All of my fiction writings are independent of each other andstand alone so no need toreadanyof the previous work to understand. If you want more information about any of the above, you can check out the About page on my site or just click here.
Hey, hey, hey… have you guys heard Taylor’s new album? Like for real Folklore is my life right now. And forevermore…. it’s too real and raw and I’m drowning and swimming and, like, hiding in the woods in a witch hut surrounded by magic and mystery and sadness and hope with ladybugs flying all around me all at the same time…
When this all first started, they said there would be no waiting.
Cracking my knuckles only kills a few seconds so it’s not long before my mind is back on the never ending line in front of me. At least we are all spread far enough apart that I could stretch my arms so far in front of me and still not touch the man with his bowler hat, or kick out my leg enough to never reach the woman and her daughter arguing at my back.
They said it wouldn’t be as bad as this.
Someone coughs and I can’t help it… but I flinch. I’m not the only one either. Between my rumbling stomach, scrunched shoulders, and painful headache I feel like I made a mistake coming. Maybe I could have gone another night without dinner.
They said that by now this would all be over.
In better times, I would have been knee deep in tips from slinging hot burgers and greasy fries. I would have been spending my mornings running on the beach and my nights banging shoulders with my friends. My anxiety wouldn’t be strung as tight as bow, my bills wouldn’t be weighing down my shoulders, and the news wouldn’t be hammering me hour by hour with the bleakness of it all. (Why didn’t we listen? Why didn’t we realize sooner? Are we all that selfish? Throwing a party at what cost? A few thousand lives…) I shift my weight to my other leg, not because I needed to but just because I needed something, anything, to distract me. If only for another few seconds.
This summer was supposed to be the best one yet. Who would have thought it would have been the saddest? The one to ruin every other summer… in our new reality.
Everything happens for a reason. I’ll tell it to myself over and over. Until I believe it. Another distraction to make the time seem less still. Another few seconds to pass by.
I’m sending much love your way Sophie for nominating me for this award!! If you don’t follow Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner, I urge you to do so RIGHT NOW. She is an amazing writer and a wonderful friend to me here in the blogging community!
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Sophie’s Questions for Me!
What are your favorite books of 2020 so far?
I’m reading American Gods right now for the first time and I love it so much that I’m savoring it slowly. It’s like a fine wine and it needs to be taken in sips, lol. I also really loved my re-read of The Great Gatsby that was my first read of the year. Those are the two that jump to the front of my mind off the bat.
2. Where do you write your blog?
Well…. everywhere. I write at work if it’s a busy day but usually somewhere in the sanctity of my home. At my desk or in the living room or in the kitchen. When this pandemic is over though I’m definitely going to try swinging by a coffee shop or the library to mix it up a little!
3. Which type of blog post do you like reading the most?
I love reading poetry. Give me poetry any day and every day. It feeds my soul well.
4. Which type of blog post do you like writing the most?
Haha! Well, poetry because it’s short and sweet and/or packs a punch right to your heart.
5. What book format do you like the most? (e.g. physical book, eBook, audiobook?)
PHYSICAL BOOKS ALL THE WAY! My eyes are so sensitive and I already spend so much time at a computer so when I want to relax I need to feel the pages in my hands, breathe in that book scent and give my eyes a well deserved rest.
6. If you could travel to one place in the world, where would you travel to?
I want to go to London. I’ve always wanted to go there and right now it feels so far away and so out of reach. Literally and metaphorically.
7. Favorite dessert?
8. If you are stranded on an island, and you can choose to keep either your cellphone or a lifetime supply of books, which would you choose? ( Clarification: Your phone has internet and cell reception but you cannot use it to get yourself off the island.)
Lifetime supply of books. (But also I wish I could have the phone to to call my family and friends…. this one is hard….)
9. Which book do you remember most vividly?
Clockwork Angel because I have read that book WAY too many times, and it has given me dramatically skewed interpretations of men.
10. Would you rather eat good food or wear fashionable clothing?
Good food all the wayyyyyyy.
Since I’ve been doing a lot of nominations recently I’ll leave this up to anyone who reads this post and wants to participate!
If you could time travel what period would you travel to?
What song would you not mind playing on repeat for the rest of your life?
What is your favorite musical?
Have you ever eaten a ghost pepper, and would you want to?
Are there some things in life you want but KNOW for a fact you will never get them?
Do you ever feel like life isn’t real sometimes and that we are all dreaming or trapped in a video game? #Meta
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Which Disney princess do you relate to the most?
What is your favorite thing about summer?
If you could meet any athlete who would you pick?
Thanks for reading everyone! What are your answers to the questions I was asked? Let me know! Now I’m heading outside to go enjoy the summer sun!