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Where has the time gone? Seriously. I feel like last week it was December, and now it’s almost May.

Maybe it’s just that I’ve been so incredibly busy lately, and that’s why I feel like some of my time has been stolen out under my nose.

What have I been doing?

Reading

Lately I’ve read several books, you can check out what I’m reading on Goodreads. The most recent ones are Untamed by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green, The Babysitter I and II by R.L. Stine, and just started both the Pretty Little Liars series and Silver Heart by Victoria Green. I’ve been really lucky this April. All of them are exceptional reads.

Writing

I’m working on four different WIPs right now. One is for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I posted about it on my new project The Midnight Society (a blog for NA and YA horror). I’m also working on a secret project with the ever lovely Kristen Jett, and let me tell you, I can’t wait to share it. I’m writing another WIP about a roadtrip, something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. And lastly but not least, I’m working on a project with the driven C. Elizabeth Vescio. So much goodness there.

Editing

As you all probably know, Pen & Muse is releasing our first anthology this fall, so I’ve been editing like a champ, all of the entries for the Dark Carnival Anthology. You can actually add it to your Goodreads list, here.

Blogging

I’ve kind of left my blog lonely lately, haven’t I? Well, I assure you I’ve been blogging up a storm on Pen & Muse, The Midnight Society, and Pub Hub. On Pub Hub, I interview lots of awesome authors. It’s a blast! Over on The Midnight Society, I’ve written recently about Horrific Post-Its, Camp NaNoWriMo and my YA horror WIP, and the creepy story of The Smiling Man. Over at Pen & Muse, I reviewed Untamed (a book I loved SO much), I shared my excitement for upcoming release Wasteland, and I shared some awesome freebies for Camp NaNoWriMo (or for writers in general).

Working

In addition to those things, I’ve been working my day job. It’s hectic right now. My boss went on vacation, which left me scrambling to tie up any loose ends, but at the end of the day, I take pride in working hard in order to play hard. In fact, I’ll share with you one of my favorite mottos.

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Listening to Music

I’ve rekindled my love for Spotify, and I’ve made a ton of playlists for my WIPs to get me in the (writing) mood. Like this one for my Roadtrip WIP called ADVENTURE or this one for my NaNoWriMo WIP called Katherine in the Lighthouse. There are some seriously fun tunes in there, but both are very different.

30 Before 30

So I’m not thirty. In fact, I wont be for another three years, so I made a 30 Before 30 list, of thirty things to do before I’m thirty years old. Before I knew it, my list was fifty items long! Some of them include things like: picnic at midnight, get a tattoo, and be a pirate for a day. There are other items that I’m already looking to complete soon. One of the items is to do a Color Run, so I’m doing one coming up soon.

One Good Deed a Day

I bought this book for myself and I’ve already had a lot of fun doing things from here. If you don’t already know, one of my favorite books of all time, is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl lives to make herself happy and share it with others. She lives to celebrate everything in life, including the things that most would never think of. In it, Stargirl does a lot of really nice things for people who don’t appreciate it. And the book has actually inspired a series of Stargirl Societies out there, who do just that – acts of kindness and celebration. I feel like in some small way, this is my ode to Stargirl. Here is one of my favorite lines from that book. It’s about Stargirl.

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What has everyone else been up to? Any good news or exciting news? Anyone else have a 30 before 30 list or love Stargirl like I do?

Let me know in the comments below!

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5 thoughts on “Where in the World is Jolene Haley – April Update.

  1. I loved reading about what you’re up to! You’ve been busy! I too, love STARGIRL! I read it over the holidays last year and fell in love with quirky and sweet Stargirl. Can’t wait to hear all about the things you cross off your list!

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:56 am
    1. Yes Riki! Glad you like it! It’s so good!

      Posted on June 9, 2014 at 9:58 am
  2. I really want to have a picnic at midnight! I haven’t made a 30 before 30 list. I keep thinking about it, but I feel like I’d stress over it. Maybe I should. With examples like that, I’m curious to see your whole list!

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm
    1. I’ll have to post my whole list. It’s interesting but honestly, super fun. There are many things on that list I didn’t even know I wanted.

      Posted on June 9, 2014 at 9:59 am