GUYS. I MET PEOPLE.
I’m sure other homeschoolers emphasize with my excitement, but these weren’t just normal people. THESE were my internet friends.
And we met in real life. *screeches for all eternity*
Meeting internet friends has been a staple on my bucket list as soon as I got them. Looking back, it’s hard to believe we actually in the same room. Breathing the same air. Talking to each other. Oh my gosh. They’re real.
Young Writers Workshop (YWW, or, if you’re into slang, YDubs) is a community of teenage writers who are learning how to make incredible art before many other authors even begin. They learn to write well, push through plot problems, and eventually approach publication. I would 100% recommend any young writer to check it out. It helped me sooo much when starting this blog. This group, however big, is tightly knit by our passion for great stories.
When one of our members, Michael, announced he was visiting Atlanta (where I live), we knew we had to jump on an opportunity to meet. Michael is from Paraguay, a country in South America, where he and his family serve. Thank God for Julia, another amazing writer friend, because THAT GIRL?! She planned everything so quickly and gathered every Georgia resident she could find with an invitation to a meet-up!! BC IT WAS HAPPENING. AHHHH.
After a few months of sorting out details and making sure everyone knew where we were going, we were finally ready to meet! It took an hour to get there due to lovely Atlanta rush hour traffic, but pretty soon we were in the town where the meetup was going to go down.
I was nervous;* I’d only ever seen my friends through a screen, only really talked through fourms. It’s like, I knew who I was going to see already… but don’t know them. Kinda strange, you know? Despite that, excitement won over, and, after getting lost for a few minutes, WE MADE IT.
AND IT WAS AMAZING.
Julia and Micheal along with a few others were there and I remember just smiling like an idiot with how excited I was. Sure, we were a little awkward at first, but Julia had prepared and brought conversation starters, like what’s your favorite writing snack? and have you ever based a character off someone? You typically wouldn’t ask those kinds of random questions online, so it was neat to hear the answers.. in real life. *squeaks*
The bunch of homeschoolers we were, the rest of our time was spent playing board games, which was… interesting, to say the least. Seven people made for a rowdy game of Bible Apples To Apples.** I won the first round, then Madelyn crushed us in the second.
Around that time, Ellie & Courtney showed up all the way from North Carolina (second only to Micheal, who won furthest distance by long shot)! And here I thought the hour drive was going to be a lot. 🤦♀️
Balderdash was our next (and last!) game, and if you’ve played it, you probably know how that went with a bunch of writers. Our first word was ‘pleach,’ which all of us associated with peaches and bleach. Now, pleached actually means ‘entwined or interlaced (tree branches) that form a hedge or provide cover for an outdoor walkway.’
We all lost that one.
Two hours passed wayyy too quickly, and pretty soon we were hovering near the door, not wanting to leave *quite* yet. I loved the time we had together, guys. Each of you is so sweet and I’m beyond excited I had the honor of meeting you in person. We WILL do this again, and soon!
*hahaha ily anxiety
**which i didn’t know existed??? i’m sure they have every type imaginable, though 😋SUPRISE THERE’S MORE.
So on Saturday (lloyd garmadon’s birthday by the way, i made him birthday waffles), I realized I had 200 blog followers. It’s weird to think that a year ago I was posting to an audience of three. BUT NOW!! *fangirls violently*
So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Each one of you is extremely special to me, even those who don’t follow. I love getting to know you in the comments, reading your blogs obsessively, and being a writerly nerd with you! asdfghjdskj!!!!
OBVIOUSLY, I had to celebrate. As it was the first day of fall, we already had an outing planned — a trip to Blue Ridge, Georgia! Blue Ridge is a popular town and holds a few of Georgia’s famous north mountains.
On the way, I got Skittles with my love Chris Pratt on the wrapper. This boi caught my heart from the day I heard Emmet’s little Lego voice. And now I’m obsessed with Guardians of the Galaxy. All because of this gentleman. 😍
Our first stop: MERCIER ORCHARDS! This is an awesome place we’ve been obsessed with for years. It’s known for its apples and pies, but they’ve got all the food you could think of here.
It’s unfortunate: I can’t eat pretty much anything that comes from this place; can’t have gluten, can’t have dairy, and I’m allergic to apples!! *throws herself into a pit of insanity* But I decided my Chris Pratt Skittles were enough for me.
After finishing our haul, we took a drive to Copperhead, Tennessee. This lil’ town is right on the border of Georgia so you can stand in two states at once!
It looks like a really crummy town, but it’s kinda charming in its own way. Our favorite store here is a Christmas shop owned and operated by The Real Santa Claus™. We’ve been visiting for 17 years.
After jumping back to Georgia, we visited downtown Blue Ridge. This town is our absolute favorite place behind any place with the word ‘disney’ in it. We tried a new eatery, a sandwich shop called Cantaberry. As soon as I walked in, I was sold. The place was yellow. Freaking YELLOW. I LOVE YELLOW.
plus they had gluten free bread so A+
After lunch, we were ready to head back home and watch football (or in my case, the ninjago movie 😉 ) In the end, I was glad I finally took a day to stop thinking about blogging and celebrate what I’ve done already. Taking a break is something I have to force myself to do, to shut everything off and walk away. Maybe it’s just me, but this one day of looking back and not being worried about what’s next was refreshing for my writer soul.
I don’t want to put my worth in the things that I’ve made. I don’t want my identity to be categorized by the quality of my art. My value’s already been determined, and it’s Christ. As a creative, it’s hard to let go of bad work and remember your place. But, when you do let go? How refreshing!
There are some changes coming to WWF very very soon (*winks hard*), but I realized I definitely can’t do it by myself. After all, you’re what make this site go round, yeah? So, if you wouldn’t mind telling me a bit about yourself so I can help cater to your specific questions, that would be beyond amazing!
This post is a
little lot scatterbrained, and I apologize for that! I’ve been hard at work with future content that I, uh *laughs nervously* didn’t think about today’s. Oops. Hope you enjoyed it, anyway!
Sooo… thoughts? Have you ever met an online friend in real life? Are you a Chris Pratt fangirl too?? Be honest, haha. What’s your favorite thing to do to get away from creativity for a while?