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A Father’s Day Collab (With Anna & Joelle)

Hello-hello! Happy Father’s Day! Well, actually, I doubt many fathers are reading this, so, um, children, do something nice for your dad today. (:

Last month I decided to do my Mother’s Day post solo; today, Father’s Day, I have the honor of writing with Anna and Joelle! This blog collaboration is different from my last collab, where we posted each other’s pieces as well as our own.

For this, we three will each publish our posts individually, and link to each other’s blogs. Find Joelle’s post here, and Anna’s here!

We have each decided to pick a song, and write a note to/about our fathers based on it.

The Song

I chose Not All Heroes Wear Capes by Owl City. (Spotify link: here.) Not All Heroes Wear Capes by Owl City (of Adam Young) has been a classic for Father’s Day in my family for years. My family’s been a big fan of Owl City for most of my life. It’s only fitting, I think, that this song takes the stage now.

Adam Young is a master at making songs that sound and feel reminiscent, soft, and bittersweet, and that especially plays true in Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The song is explicitly about his dad, who, as Adam sings, is his hero.

Before you continue, listen to the song.

Verse 3: My dad isn’t a mechanic, but in the yard with treehouses and stone paths, with our house full of home-made beds, desks, shelves. . . “he can [build] just about anything.”

Verse 2: He’s a pastor, and thus not quite “a man of few words,” but he uses them incredibly. I’ve always had mixed thoughts about his career, and what that means for us Amadors. It has its benefits and trials, but I have this final conclusion. . . I’m so glad to have a dad after God’s own heart.

The Chorus: I mentioned above that “he built [his kids] a house in the arms of a tree,” a treehouse. He’s always done so much for us, and you can see just a sample of that by looking at our full backyard. Really, just look at his playlists! From what I know, he loves U2 (and Coldplay?) best, but his Apple Music is full of songs he added just because he knew we loved them, or we asked. Rap, hip-hop, country, Contemporary Christian, pop, rock, instrumental, you name it.

He’s not perfect, but I see my dad try hard to invest in all his eight kids’ lives and dreams. If you’re wondering—yeah, that definitely means he’s often encouraging me in my writing.

“He[’s teaching] me how to drive, fight, and dream.” I mentioned dreams above. As for fighting, literally speaking: all throughout my childhood, we kids (my brothers and I, often our sisters too) spent time wrestling throughout the upstairs bedrooms. I’ll always treasure those memories.

Figuratively, he’s been teaching me to fight through life. Fight through the difficulties, do hard things. I’d be much more of a coward without him firmly pushing me forward.

He’s taken me out to learn to drive only a few times, but we do plan on going out more often.

“When he looks in my eyes, I hope he can see that / my dad’s a hero to me.” Funny thing, the looking-in-eyes, thing. I can be shy, and I’m short, so often I would not look into adults’ eyes when talking to them. He’d always instruct me to look directly into their eyes; I’ve been practicing, and I’m much better at eye contact now, onstage and one-on-one. *nods*

My dad and I don’t have a perfect relationship. We disagree, get frustrated, and I often struggle to communicate certain things with him. But, papá, you are an inspiration, and I know that I’m so blessed to have a dad like you. Thanks for all you do, and happy Father’s Day! 😄

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Specials

When the Day of Roses & Hugs for Mothers Ends, Don’t Forget

Here’s a regular conversation:

“Hey, Simon! How’s life? How did that History presentation go?” asked Lily.

“Wassup! Life’s alright. The History thing was better than I thought, but now I have a big Math test coming up. How’ve you been?”

“Oof, Math sucks. Hope it goes well. I’ve been pretty great, actually! My cousins flew in the day before yesterday, so hanging out with them has been fun. What about- oh, are those new shoes? They look great!” exclaimed Lily.

“Thanks! Yeah, my mom saw that my old shoes were kinda beat up, so she bought these ones. I really like them. They’re my favorite color, too.” said Simon.

“Yeah, they’re nice. So, how’s. . . .”


Hope that was entertaining. 😎 Just kidding, that wasn’t the point of this (I promise to get to the point—later). A little over a week ago was Mother’s Day. (Actually, it was supposed to be a week ago, but with finals and everything, I wasn’t able to work on this or publish it last Sunday as planned. Hence, a random Wednesday. In June. Hehe, sorry.)

Honestly, I didn’t do as much as I could’ve and should’ve to honor my mom. For some reason, it was kind of weird. Usually, I do more. This is a shift that many teens go through.

We sometimes use the excuse that our creativity is burnt, and so we just don’t write any cards or organize anything special. And while in some cases burnt imagination does happen, it can also be us teenagers thinking, “I’m too old for little kid cards and pretend spas.” After years of making Valentine’s Day cards for my four older sisters, I’ve learned to just go with the grind. . . even if I get hand cramps.

And I know, sometimes there are things you do when you’re a kid. But even you can be creative. I’m sure of this. The Author of Everything knows this. Simply searching, “things a teenager can do for mother’s day,” Google gave me dozens of options and ideas.

Mother’s Day, however, has already passed. So why would I post this a good deal after Mother’s Day?

We as humans tend to forget the past: one of the main reasons history seems to repeat itself. It’s the same with Mother’s Day. On that day, we remember the love, patience, and selflessness our dear mothers display, and the day after we snap at them for accidentally calling us our dog’s name instead of ours. Why is this?

The answer: life goes on, and we go with it. One day we’re stressing horribly over school, and the next year we completely forget how miserable it was. It’s the same with Mother’s Day.

Now let me answer the question I ignored above: Why would I intend to post this a week after Mother’s Day? As a reminder to not forget to love, honor, and respect our moms.

I can say that, and you can agree, but that doesn’t take us very far, does it? So let me stress one fault that keeps many from seeing how they mistreat their mothers: it is mental blindness. Not being able to hear one’s own tone, see one’s own actions, and maybe even understand the argument of another. Mental blindness is also a form of pride, and pride is powerful.

I’m guilty of this. You may be too. But since we are too blind to see it, how can we fix it?? The answer is simple, but a little difficult.

Suck up your pride, put on some humility, and ask trusted ones. Now, now, before you start exclaiming, “I don’t have the courage to ask my parents that!” That’s not the end of my point. If you don’t have a whole lot of courage yet or struggle with pride, start with friends or mentors—trusted, respectful, hopefully faith-filled friends, especially those who are strong with introspection. The older, the better.

Ask them, “Am I mentally blind? Do I tend to have big faults that I don’t notice? What are they?” And then begin a conversation about this.

From there, either move to siblings or parents (depending on who you’re more comfortable with).

Now here, I got stumped—for several days. “What advice should I provide? What other thoughts should I share?” In all transparency, I didn’t feel qualified to write this. That’s the dilemma I’ve faced with several posts on Christianity, too. Because I’m not even close to perfection in being a Christian and a son, and that’s brought about Writer’s Block.

Wow, that spiel did help. Let’s keep going. I’ll refer back to the conversation at the top. It was a small act of kindness from Simon’s mother. I wanted it to be as random as possible, just to represent day-to-day mother’s intuition.

Now, we don’t know much else about Simon’s mother. I know she’s not perfect. She could be one of those mothers who leaves you thinking, “Wow, he does not deserve a mom like that,” or maybe Simon and she don’t agree or get along. Maybe she’s treated him poorly; maybe she’s neglected him.

However, she’s his mother, and that’s something significant. She did much more than buy him shoes. She gave birth to him, nursed him, and raised him. That is still more than any guy I know could comprehend.

Some mothers are wonderful; some try; some are. . . difficult; some almost completely leave you alone when you become independent—but I haven’t met many of the latter. Whether she deserves it or not (and I’m sure she deserves it), love your mother, and show it.


Now, I’m not saying to walk up to your mother and shout, “Happy belated Mother’s Day!” That’s not what I’m trying to communicate here. It’s a day-by-day thing, and not easy for our imperfect human brains, but do your best to acknowledge her. Reveal your love through quality time, gifts, words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service, etc.

Start with what you do best, and go from there.

(I hope you enjoyed this and know I love you, Mamá. 🙃)

Farewell, and have a good day! I love how this post is several days closer to Father’s Day than Mother’s Day. Guys, life is radical. ‘Least I’m done with “official” school.

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

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This Will Not Last is Published!

The day has arrived—This Will Not Last by Laurel Jean is published! 🥳🎉

I’ve been promoting this anthology for quite a while, so I expect I’ve adequately stirred you up! You can purchase This Will Not Last here, on Amazon! Not only will this book perhaps be a blessing to your spirit, but you will also be supporting an up-and-coming young author. 😉

“Eh, I was thinking about purchasing TWNL… but I’m not really doing great in my faith, so I think I’ll pass. Sorry! Maybe I’ll buy her next book.”

Sir, ma’am, this is a collection of poetry for the weary soul! That may be you. I personally am often weary. This was written for the worn-out to remind them that, in Jesus, the pain won’t last! The suffering won’t last! Sorrow won’t last! Weariness won’t last!

Click on the Amazon link. Order this book! Support the author. May your heart be touched by the words printed on those pages. 🙂



On another note, from Reign to Ice—Parts 1 and 2, as well as the Conclusion—will be released on the 15th! I’m hyped about this and hopefully, you are too! I’ve received some great feedback on fRtI (thank you, editors!), and I’ve made some edits on Pt. 1 for the better.

Want to hear what happens to Daegal and the rebels? Curious about Emperor Hadeon’s next move? Visit the Right Kind of Writer on the 15th of April to find out! 😎

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Credit to Laurel Jean for graphics. Image #2 rounded by myself.

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Preorder a Copy of This Will Not Last! (w/ Specials)

The time has arrived! Preorders for This Will Not Last by Laurel Jean are now live! I’ve talked about this book of poetry here (title reveal) and here (cover reveal), but in two weeks, the big publication day will be upon us!

So, you can either wait two weeks before buying… or you can preorder now and receive several snazzy specials that come with the early purchase… 😎

The Specials:

  • a signed copy of This Will Not Last
  • a poem from the collection hand-lettered on a greeting card so you can share the gift of poetry with a friend
  • free shipping (🤯)

~Preorder Here!~



Read Laurel’s post here!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

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100 Followers???

Guys. My goodness, THE RKW REACHED (and surpassed!) 100 FOLLOWERS!!! This… wow, many thanks to everyone who has followed and supported me. I really appreciate it—it means a lot. 🙂

And thank you, Jesus! This is a very generous gift. Thanks for always being there in this blogging rollercoaster.

To all you faithful readers and followers, I do hope I bring you insightful, quality content, and I hope following is worth it for you! 😀

Now for some celebration. Of course, we all need chocolate…

Chocolate!

I’ve also compiled five great “you know you’re a writer when” moments, turned them into fun little graphics, and made this small slideshow for you. So here you go!

You know you’re a writer when…

I hope you liked them! Of course, they’re not super professional or anything, and maybe a bit flashy, but I really enjoyed making them!

Now, time for the…

Q&A!

The difference with this is that it’s a Question and Answer for you guys, my readers! You’ll hear from me at least three times a month consistently, but unless you have a blog I follow, I don’t hear much from you.

So here are three questions I’d really love for you to answer!

1. What’s your favorite genre—for writing and reading? I’m only assuming that you write, but because you’re reading this I know you read something.

2. What’s one virtue you want to grow in this year? It doesn’t have to the one. Just one of them if there are multiple.

3. What’s your favorite indoor and outdoor pastime?

Don’t feel obligated to answer all or any of them, but I’d really like to hear your answers if you don’t mind! 😄

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

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New Year—New Expectations, Part 2: My 2022 Plans

Happy New Year, Everyone!

The number sequence 2-0-2-2 has crept its way into calendars, clocks, minds, blog posts, and more. The future has become the present, and we were swept up in it. On December 31st, in part 1 of this 2-part series, I talked about how to fulfill your resolutions. Today I’m going to share with you some of my plans and goals for this year. Even though these aren’t technically resolutions, I’m still going to try to practice what I ‘preached’ about a few days ago.

Even though I know not everything turns out the way I want it, I have several expectations, hopes, and goals for this year, and today I will share several. By the way, some of these concern you, my reader, particularly concerning the future of this blog! As well as upcoming writing-related opportunities and sneak-peaks.

In 2022, I want to. . .

Writing.

  • Participate in Crazy Writing Week, 2022—January 4-11. Crazy Writing Week, or CWW, is an online event where hundreds of writers gather to write like crazy! It is totally free. Two teams compete against each other to write the most words and/or spend the most time on some writing-related activity. It’s a great motivation booster!  (And if you want to participate but not compete, you can join the neutral team. 😉) It used to be three times a year, but now it’s just one time. So this is your only chance for the whole year! Though it starts on the 4th, CWW opens up on the 3rd—TODAY—for people to get acquainted with the community, get hyped up, etc. I’ll be there, and I hope you will too! 😀
  • Finish up the first draft of Beyond the Wolf. I’m so close to finishing the first draft of my book Beyond the Wolf (BtW)! I hope to complete it before January 15—halfway through the month; though, of course, it could end up being 80,000 words or something instead of my goal of 70K. 😑 My goodness, I’ll be so relieved once I’m done with that draft! I’ve been working at it hard for so long. 😅
  • Begin (and then finish) Heirs of Guinn. In preparation for the next writing project after BtW, I’ve started outlining a novella project temporarily called Heirs of Guinn (HoG—man, me and my funny Work-in-Progress acronyms)! I’m much more confident in the plot and characters of this story than I was and am of BtW, so in the future I may perhaps write some HoG sneak peaks—what it’s about, snippets, character interviews, topics like that. I’m excited and I hope you are too!
  • Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. Camp NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is the more laidback version of the actual NaNoWriMo in November. From what I understand, it’s in July and instead of writing a minimum of 50K words in a month, it’s whatever you want it to be. Most commonly, 20K words. It’d be my first time participating.

Blogging.

  • Reach 100 subscribers (and 150+ by the end of the year). Guys, the RKW is literally so close to 100 subscribers!!! As of now, when I’m writing this, this blog only needs 3 more followers to reach 100. I’m definitely elated about this news! Now I’m trying to decide what to do to celebrate. As a subscriber of mine, feel free to share some ideas of what you want me to organize/do! 😄
  • Write more book reviews. I was given several books for Christmas, and I’m excited to jump back in and start reading more again, as well as do a few book reviews! As I begin publishing reviews, you may notice that most of them will vary in quality and style, as I continue to polish and refine my book-reviewing skills (if I had any to start with). 😎 So if I start getting more ‘picky’ compared to older reviews, it’s because I’m learning to get better at seeing more pros and cons of a book. Future book review possibilities include, but are not limited to: Dehali, Tartarus Chronicles book #2 by Keith A. Robinson (find review of #1 here), The Bruised Dream by Alabama Rose, Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, and *waves hand around* Some Wayne Thomas Batson book (I’m undecided as to which series to read next).
  • Make more posts based on Christian and Biblical morals and beliefs. I have so many drafts in this area of my posts, and I’m finding it hard to stick to one topic for a post and write about that. I have lots of ideas and everything going through my head, and it’s difficult to put them to the paper efficiently, concisely, and truthfully. But I’ll try. 🙂

Reading.

  • Read More. I’ll try to read some of the books listed earlier, as well as others. Reading is fundamental to writing, so what kind of writer would I be if I didn’t read more often?

Faith.

  • Lead a child to Christ. What do I mean by this? Every summer I participate in a training called Christian Youth in Action, or CYIA. It’s an 11 day intense training where youth learn to teach the gospel effectively to children through 5 day clubs. Now, you can learn more about this when I write about it in the summer so I won’t explain anymore. But many of my fellow youth have led children to believe Christ. I’ve never done that. Now, this is something out of my control and I suppose what’s most important for me is to try to reach these kids and what’s most important overall is for them to come to Christ, no matter who leads them.
  • Read the Bible every day. I could have done much better with this in 2021. I hardly read (chronologically) on the weekends, and I’ve missed several days several times. My bible is very, very thick—the thickest book I have—, and with my lack of consistency in other years, I’ve been chronologically reading this holy beautiful book for multiple years. I can’t remember exactly when I started, but it was a while ago. I’ve picked up how much I read every day, and I just finished Ephesians.
  • ‘Pray without ceasing.’ This is tough for me to pray so often. Many times I’ve forgotten to pray when I finished a passage in my Bible. I do need to pray more. And not just about things I want and need, but to thank and praise Jesus. He definitely deserves more than all the praise I can possibly give Him.

Regular Life.

  • Begin learning how to drive. I turn 16 this year, so requesting my dad begin to teach me as well as organize the lessons will be something I need to get myself to do.
  • Begin learning an instrument. My dad wants me to start learning guitar, but taking the initiative to have my mom or someone else teach me and then actually practicing is something that’ll take motivation accountability. I do also want to try out drumming/using a cajón. I know if I try I can do it but it really is hard for me to start up something new and keep it going.

And those are most of my plans, goals, and hopes for this new year, 2022.

What are some of your goals and plans for 2022? Are you excited for this new year? Scared? Nervous? I’d love to hear your thoughts too! 🙂

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

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New Year—New Expectations, Part 1: Fulfilling Resolutions

It’s upon us yet again: a new year. 2022 is just around the corner. Let me rephrase that.

2022 is in just several hours.

2021 is finally over, and 2020 is far behind us! I’m going to be honest, my post for the conclusion of 2020 was maybe a bit unfair to the poor year. It was a year full of immense discouragement, but God also blessed me in several ways. As we begin to look beyond 2021, I’m going to say it: 2021 was a tense, not-so-amazing year, but it definitely had it’s pros, and lots of it.

Now enough of that, hehe. Look, even as you read this 2022 nears us! We all know what a new year comes with. New resolutions, hopes, and expectations. The idea of expecting is the theme in this two-part series. Last year I came into 2021 with thoughts more, say, realistic than others. I believed that it was likely ‘21 would be no better than ‘20. And that worked out well for my brain. Now I’m coming into ‘22 with a similar mindset: Things could be worse than this year, things could be better, or things could stay the same; I will try to trust God fully either way. But I still have my plans for this year—which I will talk about tomorrow in part 2—and I’m sure you do too.

We all know how it is with new year resolutions, that they just never turn out. In a Phineas and Ferb episode, Dr. Doofensmirtch fired a machine that made everyone’s new year resolution the same: to obey his every command. After the clock struck 12, he shouted out an order for all of them to follow him as he walked out the door. When he noticed no one was obeying he asked why. One of them said, “well everyone knows no one ever fulfills their resolutions!” XD Funny show, that Phineas and Ferb. Anyway, it’s true that many, if not most, resolutions do not turn out. But some do. Today I want to explain to you several practices that could save your resolutions from flying off with the wind.

Meditate on Each Resolution.

Before you jump into anything, you need to remember to meditate and pray. Sometimes your emotions get stirred up and you forget to consult with your Heavenly Father. He knows best. Ask Him before you make an important decision.

Start Slowly.

If you get the ‘okay’ from God, then when you start with whatever you’re doing, start slowly. If your resolution is to spend time at the gym and you were planning to go four days a week, start with one day a week. Then once you’ve got that ‘in the bag,’ go two times a week. Then three. Finally, when you know you’re serious about this and you’re confident and strong, go four days a week. Same concept with running goals; writing goals; food goals; etc. Ease into it.

Find Accountability.

We all need accountability in some areas of our lives. For everyone who has a resolution, you need accountability. If you’re goal is to talk to an unbeliever at school about Christ once a week, no one is going to automatically notice whether you are or aren’t doing it—only Jesus, you, and the person you did, or didn’t, talk to. None of your friends or family are going to automatically know if you did it or not, So you need to personally request that someone make sure you did it. Say it’s your best friend. Tell them your goal, and to make sure you aren’t lying about doing it, make sure they are present when you are witnessing.

If it’s about things more personal, sometimes it’s weird to request a person, even a family member, to keep you accountable. But it is vital. You need an accountability partner or mentor especially if it’s something personal.

If you’re plan is to pray at least ten times a day, do you know how easy it is to lie about that? “Hey, did you remember to pray?” “Yeah.” “Nice!” Easy as that. So you need to be honest about it. And remember, God sees you. He knows if you’re praying or not. You can fool any human, but not God.

Even if God is always watching you, you still do need a physical, visible person to help you. Make sure they’re someone either ahead of the game or struggling with you. Not some passive person who hardly understands your situation at all.

You’re human, therefore imperfect.

As you jump into this new year, remember this: you are human, and therefore you. Are. Not. Perfect. You are not superhuman. You’re just not, and you never will be till you reach Heaven. You may not fully accomplish your resolution, and that’s not good, but it’s okay. Feel me? Just repent to your partner or mentor and to God, and try again.

If you keep failing. . . 1. Maybe you’re going to hard. 2. Maybe you need to be kept more accountable. 3. Maybe you shouldn’t even be doing it. If #1 & 2 have been fixed, maybe it’s #3. If so, pray about it more. Talk to a spiritual mentor about it.


Either way, throughout the highs and lows of this new year, trust in Jesus. He loves you, and not only knows what’s best for you, but wants what’s best for you. May you thrive this year, brother, sister, friend!

Talk to you next year! 😉

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

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Spotify Anniversary

Ah, I’m so sorry this is a day and many hours late! 🤦 There was a lot of work to put into to make this post happen, as will be explained later. Well let’s not waste another moment, and hip hop in!

Yep. Sunday was my 1st Spotify anniversary—I have had a Spotify account since December 5th. It’s been awesome, having access to awesome music. Music is AMAZING. To celebrate, I shall list my top 15 favorite artists. I calculated this by documenting every. Single. One. Of my 562 Liked Songs on Spotify. It took a long while, let me tell you. I wrote down every artist there and the number of songs they have, as well as the names of their songs, and I organized them by number of Liked songs. If there was a tie in the top, the artist that had a higher quantity of songs that I like even more would have the higher rank. It’s as I said earlier, it took a long while.

Genres will be taken from Wikipedia, and will only be provided fo the top 5 (because it’s too much work for me to do all of them, hehe).

Top Five

  1. NF—Yeah, I’ve had several different attempts to calculate my favorite artists, and though it’s varied, NF has always been on top. 😅 Genre: rap, hip hop.
  2. TobyMac—He has a lot of songs and most of them are definitely worthy of a Spotify Like. I assumed earlier that this artist would have this rank. Genre: Christian hip hop, rap, rock.
  3. Lecrae—I was actually kinda surprised by this. Until I realized just how many songs he has made. He’s been cranking out a whole lot of music almost every year since 2006, and so there are bound to be a some songs I Like. 😆 Genre: rap, hip hop.
  4. Twenty One Pilots—Let me tell you, as I was documenting each Liked song, TOP remained at second place for a good long while! They make amazing music. Genre: Kinda difficult to say. . . as you hear from their song Lane Boy, they don’t stay within one genre but go wherever they want to. I’ll just go with what Wikipedia says: Alternative hip hop, electropop, indie pop, pop rock, rap, rock, alternative rock.
  5. KB—For some reason I kinda thought that KB would be second, and didn’t realize how much lower than the top four it he was, but he is still top five, which is, yeah. His music is awesome. Genre: Christian rap, hip hop, pop.

Top 15 (starting after #5)

6. Surfaces—Classic! The duo makes such good music, and it’s not even rap or hip hop! 😛

7. Hulvey—You made it Hulvey!! I was thinking you didn’t have enough songs to be up in the top ten, but you do! You made it higher than David. Wow. Seriously, Hulvey’s music is great.

8. David Dunn—He’d better be in my top 10! This man does not get enough credit on Spotify. He has amazing music.

9. Andy Mineo—Andy, really? I honestly did not think he’d be in the top 10—maybe in the top 15. But I guess I Liked him a lot. *shrugs*

10. Hollyn—Hey, she made it up here too! Good for you, Hollyn. Honestly, her new album Holy Rebellion isn’t that amazing in my opinion, but in a final act, it’s Bird’s Eye View from that album that got her 10th instead of WHATUPRG.

11. WHATUPRG—I never really knew whether he should be in the top 10 or 15, but I guess Spotify ranked him for me, and I have to admit, 11th is a pretty good rank for him.

12. PEABOD—I only recently started listening to him, and he’s really good! It’s funny, because he does rap and hip hop but it’s like nerdy-happy-kiddy rap/hip hop, kinda, heehee.

13. Skillet—I rediscovered them when I got Spotify, from when my sisters would listen to their music way back in the day. They actually have really good music.

14. Trip Lee—When I first got Spotify and discovered all these Christian rappers I listened to Trip Lee a lot, and I still listen to him, but not as much anymore. His music is still good! And still Liked as well. 😎 (Only three “still”s, that’s still allowed, right? Well now four.)

15. Jorge Quintero—Now, I’m not really a huge instrumental-music guy, but I Liked a lot of his songs, so I guess he made it way up to 15th place!

Weeeell, that’s all I have today because I have US History homework to do. 🤓 😭

*Ahem* Anyway, I hope you enjoy music too, because if you didn’t, um, that’d be super sad. Have a good night/evening/morning/afternoon!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

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Thankful for the Little Things: a Blog Collab

Good morning, fellow humans! So, today’s Thanksgiving, eh? Doesn’t that mean that Christmas season is almost here?? Doesn’t that mean that 2022 is nearly here??? Hold up, what?!

*pauses* Oh, well, back to the topic, Thanksgiving! Politics, history, food, football; what really is it for our culture? *shakes head* Let’s just go to the basics: giving thanks.

Last year, if you remember, I attempted to think of ten things I was grateful for in the shortest time I could. It took me 32 seconds. Now, to express gratitude to the One who gave us everything we have this year, I’m doing a blog collab! I’ve never done one before, and don’t even know how to do it, but I tried. I’m collaborating with blogger Moriah Armstrong, from The Quill!

Wanna say hi, Moriah?

Hey there! I’m so excited to be able to do this collab with Daniel! It’s a first for me, and something I hope to be able to do again in the future. Happy Thanksgiving, by the way! 🙂

We are collectively sharing 50 things we are grateful for, of which we don’t often express our gratitude. She’ll share first, then me.

Alright, Moriah, go ahead!

Okay! Here are 25 things I am very, very grateful to have in my life:

  1. My home.
  2. Air conditioning.
  3. Food
  4. Alllll my little fur babies
  5. My friends
  6. My family
  7. Being homeschooled
  8. Clean Water
  9. Being quick to learn
  10. Writing
  11. The internet
  12. Books
  13. God
  14. Good health
  15. Access to medical care
  16. Nature
  17. My height (I can reach EVERYTHING!!!)
  18. Life
  19. Apple pie (it’s really, really good)
  20. Candles (especially the ones that smell nice…XD)
  21. Love ❤
  22. Sweaters
  23. My bicycle
  24. Chocolateeee. Yum.
  25. Clouds

*nods* Good things to be grateful for!

Now, my turn. Thank you, thanks, thanks so much, God, for. . .

  1. Pencils
  2. My beanie
  3. Comfortable weather (we don’t have any currently, but just the idea is comfortable)
  4. The livelihood of Chicago during the Christmas season (it’s coming, people! 0-o)
  5. The beauty of a candle flame, then of the smoke as it dances away until it fades.
  6. Those people that genuinely respect everyone else as equals (I know a few people like that but I’ll keep them anonymous)
  7. The times when it’s all crashing down around me and You, Jesus, are like “just hold on and I won’t let you fall away with it all”
  8. That this is my 50th post ever
  9. Sounds and smells that remind you of the happy parts of your childhood, and even make you shed a tear
  10. The fact that I have never broken a bone, gotten sicker than a mildly severe cold (surprisingly COVID had almost no effect on me), or had to visit the hospital for any other reason than check ups and visiting others—i.e., that You’ve kept me safe
  11. That You, God, have given me the strength to not. Give. Up. On writing, school, and life in general
  12. The movies classic to our family: Cheaper by the Dozen, tLotR, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, etc
  13. The many hours of hard work artists put into their music to make it amazing.
  14. Peanut butter (it’s legitimately really good)
  15. My planner
  16. Strong winds in autumn days
  17. Cool, delicious water after a long, hot run
  18. Book shelves
  19. Nylon stickers (they’re so much better than regular stickers)
  20. Always green evergreens
  21. Google Earth
  22. My shoes
  23. My grass (I have a little pot of grass in my room)
  24. Cheesecake
  25. Happy family times

And those are our collective fifty. I know we could do so much more, but that would make this post incredibly long.

As a final note, every time you do something, just think, “what can I be grateful for here?” Always remember to be thankful for even the little things. 🙂

Thank you, Moriah, for doing this with me! Be sure to check out her blog, and her version of our collab! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Specials

Today’s My Bloggiversary!

Today, one year ago, I published my very first post on the Right Kind of Writer. So today, I celebrate one full year of blogging! I’ve definitely learned a lot and gained more skill in certain areas, and the RKW has experienced so many changes.

Some changes:

The logo.

I used to have a tagline intro thing. It was so bad, hehe.

The color scheme.

Where I got my pictures, and how I edited them.

Content type.

The blog’s vision.

Those are just a few. I really hope most choices I made on and for my blog were for the better. Thank you, all my dear readers, for your patience with my indecisiveness, and for sticking with the RKW. Your support is very appreciated, and I hope this blog has blessed you one way or another!

Now, I don’t exactly remember when my blog was launched (I think it’s sometime in November) but this is the day my first post was published. Doesn’t make sense? Blame WordPress.

Time for some beautiful. . .

STATS:

  • Followers: 86 [28 through email; 58 through WordPress]
  • Total posts (including this one): 46
  • Total visitors: 1,300+
  • Where: Views from 1+ countries in all 6 ecumene continents 🌎

I’m thankful to God that this blog came to be and still is! I hope the Right Kind of Writer will be able to bless more and more people. There were a whole lot of people who’ve helped me with this blog, and I’m very grateful to you. I won’t say names, but if you helped edit posts, critiqued graphic designs, offered blogging advice, calmed me down when I would go insane because TECHNOLOGY DESPISES ME and/or provided some other sort of needed assistance, you know who you are. 😉

To celebrate, I’m commencing a Question & Answer session (I was going to do that for when I reached 100 subscribers but maybe I’ll do something else for that—if you have any ideas, please tell me). 🥳 Each of you can ask up to three questions (whether in the comments, through the contact page, or any other way) and I’ll answer them in a post soon-to-come (probably next Monday)!

[I reserve the right to ignore any question for whatever reason.]

Welp, that’s all for today! Thank you for reading! May God bless your day today. 🙂

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador