Blogging Life, Christian Living, Relevant Updates, Writing, Young Adult Life

The End of the Right Kind of Writer.

Yes, you have read that right. The RKW’s velvet red curtains are closing, and I’m slipping off behind them to work backstage. In other words: this is the last post on the Right Kind of Writer.

What?! Why??” you might be thinking. Sorry, I guess this might seem really random. I’ve only told a few people, actually, but I’ve been thinking about it for months.

As for the why? There are a number of good reasons, that all boil down to these:

It’s an unnecessary burden, time-consuming, and a distraction.

An Unnecessary Burden

Blogging. . . I can never decide whether it’s been more fun or painfully difficult. I know for sure that it’s strained my logic, creativity, and writing in amazing ways, but it’s been hard.

Who knows how many brain cells I’ve lost from blogging stress! I wish it were all fun, but recently, only a few times have I sincerely enjoyed it. It’s just. . . a lot; even too much. And I know that a lot of the pressure is something I put on myself. However, the way my brain works, this is the best way to lift that burden.

Time-Consuming

I’m a slow writer and a slow thinker. I’d much rather prefer quality over quantity when it comes to blog posts—and another reason I’m quitting blogging is that my blog writing is deeply lacking quality, as I try to reach every deadline, and miss several.

Back to topic, though, both qlty and qty take time. . . lots of it. The RKW has taken time from school and WIP writing mostly, but many other activities else as well. I don’t think I’d want to know how many hours I’ve spent on this platform-building project.

Even as of now, I could be doing several more pressing tasks, but I wanted to get this out of the way as soon as possible.

A Distraction

Not only is the RKW a literal distraction from other activities, but it’s a distraction from the type of audience and blog I truly want. I have a crazy mixed audience, and that’s a big reason why, on average, only about 10% of my followers interact with my posts.

The RKW is more of a lifestyle blog covering a too-broad area of topics. Imagine if I tried publishing today—I’d be super lucky if even 15% of my followers bought the book for motives other than me being their friend or family.

With a very focused, intent, and quality blog, the percentage of interaction and financial involvement per person would probably be much higher. A blog like that is what I’ll be considering when I’m closer to publication.


Those are the chief reasons. I hope you understand why I’m stopping; I’ve weighed the pros and cons several times, and the pros skyrocket the cons. I’ve prayed about it, and I believe this is a good decision.

Then What’s Next for Me?

Concerning writing, I’ll be working on the Work-in-Progress I talked about a couple weeks ago. I’ve been making good progress on it, and I’m excited to see what the finished project will look like!

I’m continuing or planning some other non-school-related projects as well, like driving, guitar, the marathon, and getting a job. Without the immediate stress of a blog, I can better focus on those too.

As for publication. . . I don’t plan on publishing my current WIP. One of my ideas is that I go through a few drafts of my current WIP for practice, write a novella, then focus on a new book for publication. My goal is to get traditionally published. This would be awesome, but we’ll see what God’s plan is, if it’s anything like mine.


Now of course, I need to thank people. I won’t say names (because I don’t have the space, privacy reasons, and I hope you know who you are), but, if you’ve given advice, supported this blog in person and online, shared a post, helped with graphics, and/or if you’ve listened to my stressed-out ranks, I am grateful and indebted. *bows*


To those who have subscribed recently: I’m sorry you get this news so early in your involvement here!

I have good news, though! I’m not deleting this blog—it’s still going to be up on the Internet, maybe forever (or maybe someday I’ll make it private or something; who knows?).

Thus, below I’ve compiled a list of my ten favorite Right Kind of Writer posts (not necessarily in order), for you to (hopefully) enjoy.

1. The Autumn Haven: a Short Story

This was the second piece of fiction writing I published on my blog (but we don’t talk about the first one 😉). I was surprised and humbled by the responses I received toward the story. It’s probably my favorite post.

In this story, I focused on showing, not telling.

2. Change of Environment = Increased Productivity

You should see the original piece. 😅 Again, I was mildly shocked by the number of people who liked this post. I was a beginner and my writing was horrible. Since its first publication, I’ve continued to edit it to make it a much more readable and helpful post! It’s probably my second favorite post.

3. From Reign to Ice: a Short Story (Full Version)

This post served as a cover reveal, second half, and full version, of a short story. I had released the earlier half that ended in a cliffhanger. I really enjoyed writing it!

In this story, I focused on character development.

4. When Your Hardest Doesn’t Go Highest (Society’s Secret Scandal)

This post didn’t get a huge response, but I felt it was a healthy reminder for me personally. It’s short (for me), but I think the message is important.

5. Kingstorms: a Flash Fiction

I released Kingstorms during the summer because I had no other post prepared. I’m glad people enjoyed it! I guess it’s one of my more popular posts.

In this story, I focused on emotion.

6. Quantity vs. Quality: a Question of Ethics

This is an ethically, logically-focused post on some thoughts I had in my mind. I hope it inspires thought and debate!

7. Why Fasting is Better Than You Think

My Church family had just concluded 21 days of prayer and fasting when I posted this. I didn’t think it was very well written, but my parents shared their thoughts and edits on it, and when it was published, people seemed to like it! I hope it made them think.

8. I Finally Finished Beyond the Wolf

A celebratory (and advice) post!!! Throughout my blogging history, I brought up my two-year Work-in-Progress Beyond the Wolf several times. I expected it to be 50-70K words. It was over 100K. Goodness, I was so relieved to have finally typed up the ending.

9. To The Discouraged Writer

I wrote this post of encouragement when I had been doubting myself. It’s not very good, but emotionally, it helped me and I guess several other readers.

10. Yellow Balloons: an Album Review

Among all of these, this is my most recent. And, honestly, it is my tenth favorite out of the top ten. This is a review of one of my favorite albums, Yellow Balloons, by David Dunn. It’s *cough* not short, but I put a good deal of my heart and thought into it.


And here we are again. This post is long. . . but did you expect anything different from me? 🙃 Goodness, I think I might actually miss blogging. Who knows. Well, God does.

I could ramble on, but indeed, I don’t have anything else of importance to say.

So, farewell, and God bless!

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Relevant Updates, Young Adult Life

What I’ve Been Up To + Some Thoughts on Children’s Ministry

July has shot by like a rocket (and I’ve definitely been feeling the heat of the boosters! 😅). I’ve been doing a whole lot, as usual. That’s one reason this post is so late (sorry!). But even though things get overwhelming quick, I’m grateful to God for the opportunities he’s given me.


One such opportunity is CYIA. What’s that? First, let me explain what CEF is.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is a worldwide organization, in nearly every country of the world. Its mission is to spread the Gospel to every child in the world. Their vision has been to do this through the youth (teenagers) of the world. They recruit young people to reach even younger people.

One such means of recruiting youth to reach children is CYIA—Christian Youth in Action. It is an intense, eleven-ten day training, where us youth (ages 12-18, generally) learn how to share the gospel with kids (ages 5-12, generally) through 5-Day-Clubs, specifically.

What are 5-Day-Clubs, though? They are clubs, or gatherings, of kids, once every day, Monday through Friday. We teach the Gospel through games, missionary stories, Bible lessons, and more.

So those are the main activities I’ve been doing this summer! If you’re still confused, comment. 🙃

CYIA Has Had a Big Impact on My Life

It’s strengthened me mentally, physically, spiritually, and more. I’ve become bolder in public speaking, I’ve grown a stronger love for children, and I’ve gotten better at memorization.

But those are only a few things! From building friendships to learning how to avoid drama, and beyond, the lessons and skills I’ve acquired are truly something only God can give me.

I’ve also learned so much more about the importance of children’s ministry.

Friends, Children’s Ministry is SO Important!

Here Are Some Reasons Why.

1. They are the next generation. So are we teens. The more who know the truth of the world and the love of Jesus, the better. The more we teens are challenged in many things, the stronger we become if we persevere.

2. Jesus had a special connection with children. He said, “let the little children come to me.” Who knows how many of those children he had just met, when he was teaching somewhere in the Middle East? He accepted every one of them.

When others rejected them, even the disciples of Jesus, he went and talked with them, taught them in ways only the Creator of all beings could do. We can’t connect with children quite like Jesus can, but we can try, can’t we?

3. They’re unwritten stories. As a writer, I think about peoples’ lives as stories often. I sometimes try to imagine them as people with backstories, fears, desires, and goals, similar to the characters I fantasize about in my mind.

Most children’s lives are just beginning. They could either have a villain’s backstory that forms them to be unforgiving cold people. . . or we could help give them the right kind of childhood, however we can. From asking how their day was to playing tag with them.

Childhood is vital to the growth and chapters of someone’s life story.

4. The Bible talks about how only a child’s heart can enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Mathew 19:14, NIV.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” -Matthew 18:3-5, NIV.

So what do these verses mean? That only kids can enter Heaven? No, of course not! It could take me a whole post to explain these (read more about kids and Heaven in last week’s post!), but the point is. . . little children have some things that most older people do not. Free imagination, simple trust, such as that.

Children have a special place in most people’s hearts, but especially in Jesus’. They must be reached.

So. . . What Can You Do?

Kids need the Good News—the Gospel—and like Jesus once said, the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. Most people reading this are probably youth: young people, hopefully with a love of Jesus.

Thus, I encourage you to find a way to serve Jesus and spread the News through children’s ministry. Here are two ways:

1. Research your local CYIA! Get in touch, text, or call the leaders. I guarantee you—if this blog is available to you, so is a CEF group. At https://www.cefonline.com/, you can find the information you need for where you’re at. It takes just a little research.

2. See how you can get involved in children’s ministry in your church. I’ve served only a few times in Sunday school. It’s not for everyone. However, I’m not going to say that it’s not for me—though as of now I’m in the church’s tech team (composed of only youth 😉) and a regular volunteer wherever. See what you can do!

 But do more than just preach at kids—though we kinda do that with 5 Day Clubs, we get very involved with the kids. Try getting involved in the lives of the kids in your church, neighborhood, or apartment! Then step by step, share the Gospel.

Have a good, God-filled rest of the week! See you in August.

Christian Living, Guest Posts & Collabs, Specials

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

Relevant Updates, Writing Advice

I Finally Finished Beyond the Wolf

Friends, it’s been almost two years. Imagine me there, a little 13-year-old in early July 2020, having only just decided to pursue writing seriously in April, and joining the Young Writer’s Workshop only about a month after that. I was quickly scribbling down a new WIP (work-in-progress) idea in my journal, not wanting to forget it.

I liked it and was planning to outline the project to write it out during National Novel Writing Month, November. I first titled it, A Wolf’s Call. (I love how that title had no real involvement with anything. 😏) Some plan. I gave in to pantsing and ditched outlining after four chapters.

I first planned it to be 60,000 words, then dropped it down to 50K. The words just didn’t stop, and my end word count goal kept growing. 60K, 65, 70, 75, 80. . . now, the final tally is 100,901 words. O-0 I finished it Saturday, the 4th.

Isn’t it epic?! If I remember correctly, the friend who made this stand-in cover for me also suggested the name of this book. If you are here reading this, thank you!! I am indebted. (:

I did not expect it to reach that at all! Beyond the Wolf—the new and current name of this project—is my first WIP full 1st draft. I’ve learned SO MUCH from writing it. It sometimes takes grinding out a lot of trash before you learn what gold actually looks like. (; If that makes any sense.

Some of what I’ve learned. . .

How outlining saved me from further insanity.

You know now that I pantsed basically the whole book. Only near the end did I scribble a general outline—on the map I made for Beyond the Wolf (BtW). It was basic, but it was enough. I finished it after all, didn’t I?

That’s not all, however. There were two more novella projects I began in the long BtW process. The first I called Finding Home. The second, which I mentioned in January, was called Heirs of Guinn. Both were meant to be pretty short.

For Finding Home, I wrote a fairly efficient outline, from beginning to end. When I got about 3K words in the actual first draft, however, I noticed that FH wasn’t working. I dwelled on the ending a bit, then decided it wasn’t worth my time, writing FH.

I was SO excited for Heirs of Guinn (HoG). I got pretty far in the outline for HoG. I focused a lot on planning out character development but then noticed that there was no meat to it. HoG was a really shallow concept, and the ending I started planning just didn’t work. I quit that one too.

I have no regrets on stopping both these novellas. They were shallow and boring, I now see. Outlining those both saved me so much sanity! I would have wasted plenty of time with little reward.

Why did I continue Beyond the Wolf, then?

BECAUSE. If I quit BtW after putting SO MUCH work into it, my mental health would go down the drain. And now? I feel so accomplished after finishing this! And I’ve learned a lot.

In case you didn’t know, I don’t plan on continuing any further with BtW. It is really, really bad. It lacks quality in its entirety. But now I know what trash really is, right? I have no regrets.

3 tips for you that BtW taught me.

1. Never have too many main characters, or characters in general! I had over 20 main characters, and it exhausted me. Most shifted from side characters to main ones. There were so many of them that they all ended up having zero real development (except for one little dude, Bolt; I’m a bit proud of his character arc).

Keep your characters at a minimum. Too many characters confuses both you and your reader. What no author wants is for the reader to give up reading—and because there are too many characters, of all things!

2. Concept matters! Concept is the whole idea of your book; the plot put in a few sentences.

The concept for BtW is not great: “a bunch of rebel wolves are attacked by armies of the emperor wolf. They band together and travel to take down the ‘big bad wolf’ emperor. They gain allies in moose, coyotes, and more along the way.”

It sounds so silly. So work on your concept! You’ll need it for yourself, and when friends ask what your book’s about. 😀

3. Themes are vital!! Halfway through BtW, I tried adding them in when I learned about them. It doesn’t work like that. You need your themes to resonate throughout it all.

They are the virtues or skills that you dissect throughout the story and what your characters are challenged to grow in. Forgiveness, self-control, caring, contentment, peace. . . whatever it is, they are super important!

So, what’s next for me?

I’m definitely not going to work anymore on anything involving BtW. But I’ve been plotting in my head a new writing project, and I’m really excited to start writing it down! Balancing out my perfectionism and impulsion by making a full but simple outline, and allowing myself to write down important scenes that pop into my head.

I’m also going to keep blogging consistently throughout the summer. Honestly, I will be very busy with writing, math, science, and other summer activities and events.

Right now, though, I’m just so relieved that I’m done with Beyond the Wolf. 😅 It’s been a long journey, and I’m thankful to the Maker for carrying me through it all.

Just trying something new. . . hehe.
Christian Living

Why Fasting is Better Than You Think

If you saw the title of this post and rolled your eyes or had feelings of annoyance, this post will be good for you, and is for you! If not, you should still probably read it anyway.

Yesterday, our church finished our 21 days of prayer and fasting—every year for many years our church has done 21 days of prayer and fasting in the month of January. I joined in with them, and even though it could have always been better—as in I could have always tried harder to pray more and resist more, it was good for me, both in spirit and bodily health.

Today I want to share with you why fasting is so important, why you should consider it, and I’ll also clear up some misconceptions.

For starters, this is what fasting is: Wordly sacrifices for spiritual benefits.

That takes me to…

Why You Are Fasting

Truly, everything in this post points back to this: why you are fasting. People in the Bible fasted for different reasons. Nehemiah fasted out of sadness (Nehemiah 1:4). Moses fasted for Words from the Lord: wisdom and commandments (Exodus 34:28). Jesus fasted before he took on a big project: his ministry to save humankind (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:1-13).

You can fast for all sorts of reasons—mourning, confessing sins, seeking wisdom, preparing for something big.

The whole idea of fasting is to focus less on (even temporarily turn away from) worldly distractions and focus more on God and prayer; to have a time of spiritual healing, restoration, and/or strengthening. I’ll say it again: worldly sacrifices for spiritual benefits.

The above 112 words form—in reality—the main point. Now, I’d like to talk briefly on 4 other factors that are important and need to be addressed. I know I tend to rant, but I will try to keep it concise, every sentence I write having a purpose.

1. What To Fast From

Biblical fasting was most commonly from food, often even food and water. However, there are other unnecessary nonessential distracting activities, as well as worldly items that take your attention, that could be fasted from. Food is important, but of course there are circumstances where it’s not the best thing to fast from.

Activities: Preparation of a meal, video games, social media, TV, listening to secular music, I could go on. The last four listed are not necessary. You could spend your ‘social media time’ reading God’s Word. You could listen to Christian music instead of secular music.

As for the first listed, your body needs water and food to keep on functioning. You could have easy-to-make meals so that you can pray while you prepare. Before you fast I suggest writing down a list of healthy, easy meals, then go out and get ingredients for them.

Items: Chocolate. You don’t need it. Your phone. You don’t need it (well, maybe you do but there are things you use it for that you don’t have to). Coffee. You don’t need it. Have I made my point clear yet?

Sacrifice. If you utter one single prayer to God, something like, “fix all my problems please,” I bet you He won’t do it. Anyone can say that. But not everyone has the strength to sacrifice in order to have ‘all their problems fixed.’ If you really do believe in God and love Him, you have more than likely sacrificed. You spend your Sunday morning with the Church; you’ve quit bad habits; all that. When you fast, you’re just sacrificing even more and I’m sure, at the end of the day, you will reap the benefits!

No sacrifice I could offer would be anywhere near what Jesus sacrificed for us when He literally died on a cross. That is in fact one of the most painful ways to die, and He did it for us, because He loves us. The least we can do in return is sacrifice some of the things we treasure on this earth.

In conclusion, focus on anything that’ll encourage you to look to Christ, and avoid anything that will point you away.

2. How Long To Fast

Now you have in mind what you will be fasting from. “Great,” you might be thinking. “I’m not going to go on social media or eat chocolate. For how long??”

Good question!

It’s really up to you and what you feel God calling you to do. It also depends on why you’re fasting. You could fast for a day, a week, even a month. (It also depends on what you’re fasting from. I’m not telling you to fast from all food for a month.)

3. Other Benefits of Fasting

Fasting is not dieting. You fast because you want to grow closer to God. But physical and/or mental health benefits do often come included!

Mental: In sacrificing, you’ll build up self-control, which is a very important virtue. If you succeed, you’ll be more confident in your abilities to resist. Then there’s social media: it can literally destroy your mental health. That’s not a lie. The more time you spend reading instead of scrolling, the cleaner your mind will be. Of course, if you slip and catch yourself giving into temptation, do not let it sink and do not quit. Apologize to God, then get back up.

Physical: Your taste buds are crying out, “we want sugar! We want sweets!” Do not listen to them! They don’t see the big picture of your whole bodily health. Unhealthy foods bring temporary pleasure, but healthy foods bring longer-term strength and health. This is really all I need to say.

4. Avoid Being the Pharisee

I’ve always been a rule-following control freak with the (God-given) mind and qualities of a leader. The title of ‘pastor’s kid’ only increased the significance of that. When I was younger, during the 21 days of fasting our church had I’d always be like the Pharisees in Jesus’ time. Focusing on the actual doing instead of the real meaning. I would subtly, sometimes even directly, ridicule my brothers and friends for not fasting from as much as I was or caving into temptation.

Don’t go there. It’s not a healthy place. Jesus called the people who were like that whitewashed tombs. That’s not a title anyone would want to be given, especially by the Son of God, King of kings.

I’m trying much harder to not be like that but to be merciful (when need be) and kind. When people see me, I want them to see someone who intentionally does things for a true and good purpose and not just to appear superior and cool.


This is all I have to say. In conclusion, please consider fasting! If you’re only a teenager and not quite an adult yet, maybe talk with your parents about a more serious fast. Actually, talk with your parents about it anyway, serious or not, adult or not! It’s something I need to do more of. Well, God bless and see you next week!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Specials

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