“Oh boy,” you’re probably thinking. “Another one of these long remembering 2017, sappy, long posts?”
Believe me, I feel the same way. That’s why I’m going to try to do it differently. Now, if I was my brother, I would make a three-minute video of all of my highlights. But I am not like my brother, and I don’t have thousands of family pictures saved on my phone. *cringes* I do have over a thousand photos, but most of it is book related.
So, I’m gonna do what I do best…
I’m going to share with you my highlights of 2017 in images… and I’m going to visually show you my accomplishments. And then I’m gonna write a bit about it. So buckle in and get ready for the ride.
*whispers* I know this is a family day, so I’ll try to make this quick(ish)…
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. Okay, okay. Enough of that weird, sappy, cliche introduction thingy.
365 days ago, there was a girl who wasn’t a princess and preferred crazy hair and a simple stone necklace to a tiara and diamonds. There was something the matter with this not-princess. Her arms ached like nothing had ached before.
They had hurt her for months now and had kept her from doing the one thing she loved. Writing. But she knew that God had a plan and prayed He would do what He wanted. And, sure enough, He did.
Not soon after, the not-princess received a link that changed her life forever.
She joined the Young Writers Workshop early that year of 2017, and even though she was in constant pain, worked through searching for agents and began the biggest writing project of her entire life.
While this was in the works, she lived her life fully. Her cousins that lived in a faraway land came home for a long and wonderful visit. The not-princess attended her first Winter Jam, and
The not-princess continued her writing adventures, was published on the Rebelution and Kingdom Pen, (which you can find more about here) and even gained two fabulous mentors. She went to physical therapy for her arms and, though she still isn’t completely healed, I can tell you first-hand that she is slowly getting there.
And then she took a break from her writing and took a trip to the tropical, vacant (okay, maybe not so vacant) beach of Panama City. It smelled like coconuts, sea salt, and dead fish, tasted like gritty sand, and sounded of waves lapping against the seashore, tropical storms, and loud annoying biker honks that went on until one in the morning. What can I say in defense? They accidentally went there on biker week. Whoops. Better remember not to do that again, parents.
On this peaceful (not) adventure, she learned Jack Sparrow makes boat-riding look easy, deep water is creepy, salt water is not appetizing, and stepping on a flat, slimy fish looks a lot more romantic in movies.
On July 11th, the not-princess finished her first historical novel and then proceeded to spend months editing it. It ranked up at 113,000 words and is the novel she is working on publishing now. Fast forward to October and she gave the only printed draft of her novel to her dear friend for her birthday.
But, rewind a few months, and she went on the few adventures of her life. She traveled to the rural town of Ludington MI and saw the Badger, the mini version of the Titanic. On this trip, she learned that House of Flavors ice cream doesn’t taste good by the sewers, it is apparently not possible to swim in cold water, and she actually has leverage for decision-making when it comes to floating down a river.
In a raft.
When its cold out.
With deep water.
(they didn’t end up doing that, by the way. Thank goodness.)
She also traveled to the secluded park of Hocking Hills and hung from the side of the car for her first (and last) time. Besides that traumatic experience, she was able to see a mark of history from ages past and make her own mark (don’t worry, she’s not a vandal. She just made use of rocks no one would care about anyway.)
That’s when she learned hiking up rocks is creepy and that if there’s a thunderstorm you have to wait a very long time before you can get in the pool. But then when you finally can, there are too many people crowded into the itty-bitty living space, you can’t even enjoy your swimming time.
The last journey she made that year was to Colorado. The famed Estes Park. She learned many things. One of them being that there was a mountain named Mummy Mountain (which she then famously called Kai for reasons readers will not yet understand) and that altitude sickness is definitely a thing. Oh, she also learned it is possible to survive for a week without WiFi. Who knew?!
Highschool started and, dear, let me tell you she just about wants to burn the books. And that’s saying something for her since she despises what the Nazis did. Speaking of Nazis, that leads us to her next accomplishment. The Not-princess completed NaNoWriMo 2017 with a few good days to spare, getting in over 50k in less than thirty days. She is now working on finishing her novel, This Tampered Cross (which you can read about here).
And crushed about a thousand other book ideas.
But, while she worked, she also searched for agents for Escaping the Noose and has already begun pitching to various companies. Also, under wraps, she secretly plotted out her time travel Egyptian novel for late 2018.
(Yes, that’s Dove Cameron. No, I didn’t steal because I just told you who she is.)
The Not-Princess watched all three seasons of DC’s Flash. She cried, laughed, and got angry at the characters and promptly came away with the belief that Justice League has the Flash from Earth Bazillion. Not okay.
And then, come December, she watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If she was here right now, she would tell you she is the proudest Reylo shipper of all time and doesn’t care what people say about them. They’re a true Disney Couple.
The not-princess learned many things in the year of 2017. She lost and she gained, she let people go and she found people to hold onto. She had her heart broken, and she was healed. But, out of everything, the not-princess learned that the greatest crown she could ever wear was the love of her Savior. And so, in all reality, the not-princess is royalty because of who she belongs to. Her God died for her, and that’s the only castle she ever needs.
So, the princess is a little older, a little wiser, a little stronger, and a little better. To say that 2017 was perfect would be a lie, but 17 is her lucky number, and this year has been lucky indeed.
She found solace, peace, joy, friends, family… and Jesus.
And still, she goes on. The calendar turns another number, but still, she fights. She continues her journey and fights for what’s right. In her opinion, the work God has given her is sacred… and so she continues on.
K.E. Stanton’s theme song for 2017 is Broken Glass because, though darkness falls and fear crushes her, she continued to push back. Becuase there’s something she aimed to accomplish. And she did.
And I can personally tell you that, though her story is far from over, 2017 can end in a happily ever after.
How was your 2017? What did you accomplish? What do you want to accomplish in 2018? Let me know in the comments below.