One year ago today, I made my first post on this blog!
Actually, I’m pretty sure I posted it on the 13th but that the time on WordPress was set wrong and made it the 14th… but since today is also Valentine’s Day I just think it’s more fun to go with today anyway!
So first off, I want to thank all the lovely people (that’s you guys) who have read, commented, and subscribed to my blog! My first post got one comment from a person I know in real life, and I’m so thankful for how it has grown since that time. I have met so many wonderful people who have referred me to some fantastic books that I might not have discovered or read otherwise. I also participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time this past November, and I’m not sure I would have done it had it not been for the encouragement that came from many of you guys, and that turned out to be a good experience for me. There’s no way I can ever properly thank you all for these things!
I wanted to reflect just a little on this past year and how I want to move forward, but I’ll try not to bore you too much. I set out to blog about stories of all kinds that influenced me, whether they were from books, TV, or movies, and I wanted to talk about my own writing journey. I was nervous about covering a wide range, but fortunately I have found people who love YA books AND Star Trek just as much as I do (like Kelley and others!). Overall the response has been positive, and I am truly grateful. When I read my first post again, I was pleased to see how well I have stuck with my original intent with the blog, and I’m so happy I decided to start this journey.
I wanted to share one favorite post (or two or three in a few cases…) from each month since last February leading up to last month. If you haven’t been a long-time reader of the blog, maybe you’ll discover a “new” post from me you missed before.
February: Start (the post that started it all)
March: My Gateway Into Dystopia
April: The Top 5 Movies JGL Should Star In
May: 5 Types of Love Relationships in Stories
June: Character Consistency in Stories
July: Your Star Trek Introduction and Choosing the Losing Love Triangle Team and What I Want to See More of in YA Fiction
August: 1984, Star Trek, and the Psychology of Torture
September: Review-ish: Persuasion and Star Trek Convention Parts 1 and 2
October: The Standards of Book Content vs. Movie Content
November: Review: Catching Fire (movie) and Elements from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine I’d Like to See in a Book
December: November Reflections and The Growing Sci-Fi Trend in YA
January: Fringe Series Overview
So what’s ahead for Ode to Jo and Katniss? For now, I am going to continue blogging in this same space, in the same way. Sometime in the next year the time may come where I go with a self-hosted website using my name to focus more on myself as an author, but this would mostly likely be when I am close to querying agents. And I’m hoping that will mean later this year, but we’ll see. I would still blog some fun discussion posts and other things, but I would probably back off on reviews. But if and when that time comes, you’ll hear about it then. Until then, here I am!
I hope you don’t feel like Grumpy Cat when you visit the blog!
Seriously, I wish there was a way I could thank everyone by name who has been a part of this blog, but that would just be a crazy long list. So please accept this virtual hug…
Now everyone go celebrate with Valentine’s Day chocolates! 😀