April Afternoon Tea with SJ + Camp NaNo Update

Good afternoon! 

I’m finally (?) back again for April Afternoon Tea with SJ! (Hopefully I won’t jinx this one…) 

It feels a little odd since I took a short hitout, but even during that short amount of time, so much has happened I don’t know where to start…

Just to begin with, imagine you’re sitting on a terrace of a manor overlooking the ocean. The water surface is pale blue, and the mountainside slopes gently in the distance. The sun is shining warmly, the flowers are in full bloom around the area, and a soft breeze ruffles your hair. We’re having rose-champagne tea in fine china, the sides are peach charlotte cake, cherry blossom bites, and strawberry mousse. 

Ready?

Here we go…

Ah, books. This month, my reading lagged a bit, but I did meet incredible books. The breakdown is the following:

April Reads

  1. Cinder -Marissa Meyer (YA)
  2. Kakushsigoto -Yoru Sumino (Jpn Fic)
  3. The Westminster Confession of Faith (O3)
  4. Files Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents -Lemony Snicket (MG)
  5. Nejimaki Dori Kuronikuru (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle) Vol. 1 -Haruki Murakami (Jpn Fic)
  6. How to Run a Country -Cicero (O4)
  7. These Violent Delights -Micah Nemerever (Fic/DA)
  8. Here in the Real World -Sara Pennypacker (JFic)
  9. Democracy in America -Alexis de Tocqueville (O6)
  10. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget -Lysa TerKeurst (NFic)

Currently Reading: Cicero’s Basic Works, Iliad, Henry V

How about another cherry blossom bite? Or more tea? 

I’ve decided to add a new section to AF…Media! Here, I’ll share some music, movies, and other media I’ve fallen in love with for the month. 

Music 

Practising: Mozart’s Rondo in D-dur K485, Brahms Viola Sonata Op. 120 No.2 first movement, Debussy Claire de Lune

Listening to: Dark Academia Playlists, Mozart The Singles, Beethoven ‘Waldstein’ + ‘Spring’ album, Danish String Quartet Prism 1

Movie 

I watched A Beautiful Mind (starring Russel Crowe) and I. Just. Love it! I can’t say anything more than it has major DA vibes and features a mathematician because I might accidentally give away a huge plot twist in the middle of the movie. It reminded me of The Theory of Everything, so this movie is for you if you like the academia vibe with scientists. 

Manga/Anime

This is a totally brand-new section I desperately needed 🙂

I finished The Promised Neverland season 2, and although I guess they ran out of budget towards the end, it made me want to read the manga from the start again! We started Attack on Titan and it’s just…Wow. WHY DID I NEVER PAY PROPER ATTENTION TO IT BEFORE???

Anyhow. I can’t wait to go through this epic manga/anime! Also, Hetalia World Twinkle began serialisation again which I’m squealing all over the place about. 

So, Camp NaNoWriMo update. 

My original camp goal was 25K which I reached the beginning of this week. I’m almost at the 30K mark now, but I won’t be setting a word count goal. Instead, I’ll try to finish Book 2 which I’m at right now. 

A side note: Woodstone Abbey, as you might know, is insanely long. Part of it is due to the way I’ve decided to head the chapters. For instance, I have alternating chapters which are the Roman numeral chapters. In this chapter, there are three numerical chapters, which also have three to five small Roman numeral chapters. (Ex. I. Cognito, ergo sum C1: Dana Housie Beckett i. ) Mind-boggling, I know. 

More tea, anyone? I also stocked raspberry Earl Grey tea (which I’m actually drinking right now) and it’s heavenly. Perfect for spring. 

Right, then. Academics…

I found out I got accepted into a university in the Bachelor of Arts!! It’s one of the top three ranking unis in Canada (top 25 in the world, their website claims), so I’m super hyped. Fun story: The admission decision came five days before I realised it. I spent those days thinking I’d failed. #reasonstocheckyourinbox

I also got an entrance scholarship that covers about half of the first-year cost, and I still can’t believe it. My family’s suggesting I should go punch myself to make sure it’s not a dream. *cough, violence, cough, cough*

I think most of you might remember, but I talked about a super controversial topic on my blog last month–LGBTQ2+ and the Christian Writer. Well, there’s a continuing story to it. One of my IRL friends read the blog, told someone about it, and I was offered an opportunity to speak at a SOGI rally. (FYI, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) 

The focus was on parental rights and child medical transition concerning a court case that happened locally. It was a nerve-wracking experience, but I’m so glad I got to do this public speaking event! 

I also hosted a high schooling homeschooler panel discussion, which was immensely fun! 

So, yes, life happened in great quantity, and I’m glad it did.  😉

That’s about it for today! I hope you’ve enjoyed this tea time. 

What did you think? How has April been so far? What are some books you’ve read? Music you’re listening to? Are you looking forward to school ending soon? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

10 thoughts on “April Afternoon Tea with SJ + Camp NaNo Update

  1. First of all, your aesthetic for this post is beautiful. I really, really want to try cherry blossom bites, peach charlotte cake, and raspberry Earl Grey tea now.

    Cinder (and the rest of the series) was amazing!! People had been telling me for years to read The Lunar Chronicles, and I’m so glad I finally did this month! Cinder and Kai are my favorite characters. And favorite ship. 🙂

    I’m so looking forward to a day when you publish a book. 🙂 Your WIPs all sound amazing, and I really want to read them!

    Congratulations on your speaking opportunity and university acceptance!! That’s amazing!!

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    • Thank you 🙂 All of them are quite good, for some of them, I speak from experience!

      Yes, the Lunar Chronicles! I just started as well and I so ship Kai and cinder XD I can’t wait to get through the rest of the series.

      And thank you for such a kind word! I too look forward to having an actual published book in my hands one day. Your encouragement means a lot, esp. on tough writing days! I’d love to know more about your writing, too!

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  2. April reads- finally finished Yellow-Lighted Bookshop and Song of Achilles. In addition, got to start and finish Hard Times. Now, for some light reading- in the middle and almost finished with Peter Pan

    Still on writing hiatus- still haven’t gotten my main WIP back

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  3. I just watched A Beautiful Mind a few months ago, and it was incredible. So well written and acted, and the plot twists and AHHHHHH.
    I’m quite apprehensive about the Promised Neverland season 2 (because I’ve read a bit about it–no Goldy Pond? No Lucas?? No Yuugo??!), but I keep reminding myself that, no matter what they’ve done with it, I still have the manga *hugs it*
    The bit about the Woodstone Abbey chapters XD
    Congrats on getting into college and speaking at that rally! That’s so cool 🙂
    As far as music I’m listening to, I’ve recently discovered, Sleeping at Last, and it is my new jam. Particularly the enneagram songs. They’re b e a u t i f u l

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    • Yes, I know, I thought I was bracing myself for the plot twist but I wasn’t. XD

      The Promised Neverland season 2 is okay if you think the manga is the original and the anime is a sort of spin-off?? I mean, I think the pandemic skewed their schedule as well as lower budget or something like that. But yes, we’ll always have the manga!!

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to college and I had fun doing public speaking.

      I think I’ve heard of Sleeping at Last. I should check it out!

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