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#69: A Surge of Creativity!

Hey, everyone!

I'm happy to start off this blog by revealing that I've been *drumroll* WRITING!

And planning and editing, but WRITING! It's been too long, you have no idea-- or maybe you do, if you've been paying attention to these blogs in general... anyway! Yes!

Near the start of this past month, I found an old flash drive that held old drafts, old character bios... pretty much a lot of OLD information! It was quite the slog to go through, but it resulted in me thinking about my characters and my books (and more importantly, my WRITING) so I guess I shouldn't complain too much~

On the personal front... I wouldn't say the situation is improving. There's a few more issues that have cropped up, and I'm not entirely sure what's wrong with me. I started the month off so strong with my writing, I can't blame it for exhausting me, ya know? Maybe it's something else. All this to say: I haven't really been sleeping well lately, and it's making me groggy the next morning/afternoon... to the point where I just always feel tired and unmotivated. Lately, I feel like my focus is everywhere, and when I TRY to focus on something, it just doesn't stick! Do you ever feel like that sometimes? It's probably not that uncommon, but for me, it's been... ODD. I'm trying my best to get better sleep, but there seems to be an issue with my quality of sleep rather than just the quantity.

In art news, Art Fight starts tomorrow! I'm excited but also very nervous that I won't be able to keep up. With the aforementioned lack of focus, I might work very slowly... and I have so many bookmarked characters that I want to draw for people, it already feels unfair not to meet my goal </3 But I'll still be trying! That lack of focus has slowed me so down (or maybe I'm just rusty when it comes to digital art, I dunno) to the point where I take all day just to finish a half-body or bust. All this to say: I'm already feeling the exhaustion for art that should only be present near the END of Art Fight, not before it's even begun-! But I digress...

Oh, and happy pride! I know it's already the last day of June, but I wanted to showcase two commissions that I received this past month in celebration of PRIDE!

Anyway, I think that's all I have to say so! A bit of a mixed bag, this month was! I exceeded my expectations when it came to writing/editing, but fell short in art and my personal health... boy, I hope July doesn't kill me!

Late Night Edit: I forgot to talk about the anniversary of my book! My BOOKVERSARY!! The Blood Diamond has been on Amazon for about two whole years now, has 20 reviews, and that's really all there is to say about it! In more impressive milestones, I've been on Wattpad for EIGHT YEARS- by the way, I think the reason I forgot about these anniversaries is... probably because I forgot to tweet about them, oopsie! Anyway, that's it for the edit! Sorry for forgetting, been a LONG day/evening/night~

As always, I hope to see you all next month! In the meantime, please keep spreading the word about my book! <3 And don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss out on any future updates (which includes these blogposts)! Thanks for reading, everyone! Stay safe and stay awesome! <3

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Rachel Joy