2020 Recap-discoveries, first attempts, and books galore

Hello and Happy New Year, friends!

So. 2020. It happened. That’s all I’m going to say about that. So let’s move on to talking about fiction!

I consumed a lot of art this year. I devoured art.

Escapism? ….Possibly.

In the process of voraciously devouring all kinds of art, I made some new discoveries.

Discoveries of 2020

1. Twenty One Pilots

My cousin introduced me to this glorious music pretty early on in quarantine, and I have been jamming out to it ever since. ALL of it. I love Trench, Blurryface, and Vessel (especially Vessel; Vessel is my jam), but COME ON, FOLKS the independently released debut album Twenty One Pilots??? It’s SO STINKIN’ GOOD.

Friend, please remove your hands

from over your eyes for me

I know you want to leave but

Friend, please

Don’t take your life away from me

-Friend, Please

*cries*

*resists urge to quote every song on the album*

And Regional at Best–which we’re technically not supposed to be able to listen to for copyright reasons, but shhhhhhh. “Lovely” and “Forest” and “Be Concerned” and “Glowing Eyes” and AHHHHHHHH.

And then, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s No Phun Intended–an album that Tyler wrote and recorded as a senior in high-school and HOW IS THIS MAN SUCH A GENIUS??

Ok, I’ll stop screaming now.

(But you have to listen to this music, ok??)

2. Podcasts

Audio drama podcasts and exist and WHAT A FANTASTIC MEDIUM IT IS. It’s like a cross between a TV show and an audio book?? You can listen to 5 episodes while mudding and taping and you don’t have to feel guilty because you were working the whole time instead of watching a screen???

I love how you can take a story that, as a TV show or movie, would need a huge budget, and convincingly tell it with only a few actors and some sound effects. I’m still geeking out about this.

3. Avatar: The Last Airbender

WHAT AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE.

My cousins have been casually encouraging me to watch this show for years, and I finally did, and….how is it so good??

(Warning: if you say the word “water” around me I may or may not be triggered and proceed to quote the entire intro…)

4. Manga

I’d never read any Manga until about a month and a half ago. Now I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next volume at the library.

WHAT HAPPENED?

I’ll tell you what happened:

PHIL HAPPENED AND HE IS MY SON.

Also Emma. And Ray. And Norman. And Gilda. And Don.

MY KIDS.

I watched the first season of The Promised Neverland and season two wasn’t out yet and I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. Hence, I started reading the books. And they’re SO GOOD, HOW ARE THEY SO GOOD?

I’m also reading Fullmetal Alchemist now because…I mean, brothers and angst. That’s practically my middle name. And it’s hilarious.

Books

I read a lot this year. Like…almost twice as many books as last year. (Granted, 20 of those books were graphic novels….)

Some highlights:

Writing

In addition to consuming a lot of art this year, I’m happy to say I also created quite a lot of my own.

In terms of writing, this was a year of firsts for me.

1. I wrote my first sequel

When I wrote the first book, I had no intention of writing a sequel, but…. It happened. I had so much fun writing more about these characters (and adding new ones).

2. I wrote my first mystery

I’ve never written a mystery before and, before this year, I didn’t really have a desire to. *Cue plot bunnies breaking down the door* As much as it terrified me (and as much as I moaned and ranted while in the middle of it) I had a lot of fun writing it. And I love it–plot-holes and all.

3. I participated in Nanowrimo

I’ve done a couple Nano camps in July, but this was the first time I actually participated in November! My project was the aforementioned mystery novel and, while I kind of completely burned myself out, I’m very proud of what I accomplished.

4. I started writing a podcast

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I’m still geeking out about podcasts. So naturally I had to start writing my own. I wrote the first 5 episodes (and the episodes are only around 12 minutes each), then stopped to prep for Nanowrimo. Hoping to pick it up again…sometime.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s fun! There are aliens! Shady government agents! Drawings on pizza boxes! Siblings!

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Well, that’s all for now! Nanowrimo completely destroyed my blogging schedule (I was posting every other Monday and now I’m…not), but I hope to reestablish it in the near future. Although, I might pick a different day of the week… We’ll see.

As a parting gift, I leave you with this sleep-deprived cat I drew.

Once again, Happy New Year! Here’s to hoping this year is a good one.

Did you find yourself devouring buckets of art this year? Did you discover any new art forms? Did you try anything new in terms of writing? Do you listen to Twenty One Pilots (please scream with me)? Have you ever read any manga? What’s something you hope to accomplish in 2021? What’s something you’re proud of that you did in 2020? Do tell!

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19 thoughts on “2020 Recap-discoveries, first attempts, and books galore

  1. Congrats on all the writing you completed this past year! I’m very impressed.
    I also recently started watching Avatar: the last airbender and oh my I love it. XD
    Great post! I really enjoyed reading it.
    Happy New Year!

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  2. ARGH THE THIEF YESSSSSS! Have you read the rest of the series yet? (Also, Gen complaining about being hungry is 100% the best, and I don’t know why, except that Megan Whalen Turner is amazing.)

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  3. My gosh how have people been so productive in 2020 I do not understand

    – I’ve listened to a couple of TOP (is that right? acronyms are hard) songs, am now slightly more inspired to get around to the rest of them
    – PODCASTS ARE EVERYTHING
    – I’ve been meaning to get around to ATLA as well! It looks really good
    – Didn’t get into manga as such, but I did start reading webcomics if that counts for anything?
    – you…you managed to write things?? with motivation?? and you finished them?? What magic is this and where can I acquire it for my own

    Happy New Year!!

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    1. People deal with things in different ways. I feel like reading and writing like a madwoman was like…a survival tactic for me this year XD
      Bless you for educating yourself about TOP songs. Here is a cake.
      YES PODCASTS. You are the main blogger I’ve found who will scream with me about podcasts, SO I’M HAPPY YOU’RE HERE SCREAMING ABOUT THEM CAN WE JUST HAVE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE THE BRYANT SIBLINGS?
      Ooh, I’ve never read webcomics, but I would think there would be similarities?
      This is the magic I got from finding a rare spotted mushroom shaped like a llama in an underground cavern in Iceland. It’s not a quest for the faint of heart.
      Happy New Year to you too!!

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  4. ‘Lovely” and “Glowing Eyes” are – perfection. As is ‘Ode to Sleep” and “Polarize” and “Semi-Automatic” and “Trees” and…yeah, TOP. TOP is great. I’ve barely listened to them recently, though! I should fix that.

    AVATAR. *screams* As established, yes. It’s amazing.

    Okay, wow, I am impressed at how much writing stuff you did. Congratulations *shakes your hand solemnly* What i hope to do in 2021 is be half so successful with MY writing. And also this murder mystery, I really am dying to read it. Also it’s so cool that you wrote a murder mystery because…how? So confusing? (And ROLAND. Is his name going to stay Roland? Because as established, I love it. And him. I love him so much. I don’t care that I haven’t read his book yet. I love him.)

    The sleep-deprived cat is ME. oh my goodness.

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    1. Aren’t they??? Ahhh, Trees is one of my absolute favorites ❤ (Although, my sisters have recently started singing it but changing it to Bushes: "I know…where you stand…Silent….in da BUSHES" ….and for some reason it cracks us up every time XD)
      AVATAR FOREVER.
      *fights to remain solemn as you shake my hand instead of grinning* Thanks! I know I said they were all placeholder names, but…at this point I'm pretty sure most of them are here to stay XD
      The sleep-deprived cat is my SPIRIT ANIMAL.

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      1. (Oh my GOSH I can hear it in my head and that’s hilarious. And very sister-y. Do you know the Imagine Dragons song “Gold”? Whenever my one sister and I sing “When everything, everything, everything you touch turns to gold, gold, gold,” my other sister shouts “DUST!” because she thinks the line sounds incomplete without it. xD)

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  5. Wait, you need to explain what mudding is. Also, YES, that’s exactly why I love podcasts—it doesn’t require your visual attention. Podcasts have helped me through so much artwork. OH my goodness, I would love to read a post about your journey working on your podcast, if that sounds interesting at all to write.
    Ohh, okay this doubles as an answer for art I devoured in 2020 and something I accomplished—I really started listening to music last year, and now it would take me quite a while to adjust to not having Spotify. Recently, I’ve been listening (such as right now) to an artist called Gentle Bones. For writing, I kind of wrote my first short story this year. I’m not sure it’s done, but it’s written because there was a deadline.

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    1. I grew up surrounded by a lot of unfinished houses, so I forget not everyone knows what mudding and taping is XD It’s where you basically smear joint compound (“mud”) over the screws in the sheetrock and seams in the wall, then it dries and you sand it to make it smooth before texturing and painting and such…Yeah.
      Ah, I love listening to music while drawing!
      Congrats on writing your first short story!

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  6. Oh wow! Congrats on all the writing you accomplished! And you wrote your first sequel! Yay! I can’t wait till I get to that point. 😀

    I so need to watch ATLA… 😉

    And Manga! I’ve been meaning to read some manga for the past few months but keep forgetting to check my library for some. XD

    Audiobooks are amazing!! I still love the physical book best, but audiobooks are great when it’s just not possible to read at the moment but you still want to immerse yourself in a story. ^_^

    I did try something new with my writing last year, I tried writing my first fairy tale retelling and it’s now turned into a sprawling series. XD

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    1. Thank you! You DO need to watch ATLA. I want to read more manga, but it’s honestly kind of hard walking up to the manga shelf at the library and just picking something up, because some of them are COMPLETELY TERRIFYING XD
      Yessss, audiobooks are so much fun!
      Everything I’ve heard about your fairy tale retelling series sounds FANTASTIC. I love that it has become so sprawling 🙂

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