July WrapUp

Whatever happened to summer? July has gone by incredibly fast, and I’ve barely fit in any reading. But with my schedule, I think you’ll understand.

First, I’ve been working full-time in Philadelphia. This is my first time to work an 8-5 job, and while I enjoy working, it leaves very little room to write! Especially, when you’re taking online summer school.

Yep, you read that right. I took a 3-credit course this month. Absolutely nuts of me, I know. But it leaves extra room for my classes in the fall, right?
But instead of reading or writing, I was working on keeping my grades up.

July Music

Along, the way I’ve been able to listen to some ALOT of music, since I could work at my job and check out some albums.

Dear Evan HansenI discovered Dear Evan Hansen. Well, alot of credit goes to my #bookstagram friends for raving about it all summer long.

People kept saying, Listen to Dear Evan Hansen! You’ll love it! 

But I’m still on the Hamilton bandwagon.


If it says it’s an American Musical, you know it’s won my heart.

You want me to stop listening to Hamilton? For an entire hr? To listen to Ben Platt sing? 

Well, I did. Finally. After nearly 3 months of nagging. I reluctantly tried out Dear Evan Hansen.

First, it’s different. Very different from Hamilton.
But it makes me cry more. It touches me in a sweeter way.

And Waving through a Window is definitely my favorite.

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?
‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass
Waving through a window
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I’m watch, watch, watching people pass
Waving through a window, oh
Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me?

Dear Evan Hansen is more practical than Hamilton. We’re not all overthrowing and creating governments. At least not yet.

But social anxiety? Feeling left out? Bullying? Life just getting out of control?
Been there, done that.

I love how Dear Evan Hansen explores these topics. The bully committing suicide, the bullied kid accidentally becoming the hero, the single mom struggling to know what to do.

If you have time, give Dear Evan Hansen a try! Also, I learned the musical is based on a book, so I hope a library or used books tore has a copy I can pick up.

Updated Blog Schedule

Over the last several weeks, I’ve thought through why I’m blogging. College has kept my blogging frenzied and sporadic. My posts have centered around whatever I’m thinking at any given moment.

Since I’m trying to publish and I love talking about books, I’ve decided to make that the only main thrust of RedGal Musings.

Blogging Overhaul

What does that mean? 

That means I’m not talking politics. Or my cultural opinions. Now, if I read a book about politics, that’s another story.

My faith, adoption ideas, political opinions, are all great subjects. But unless, I’m talking about books or writing, I’ll not bring that up. Right now, I can’t focus on writing about all the wonderful things that make up my life.


First, it keeps the entire blog cohesive. And it helps keep my writing focused. I know what I’m writing about and how to plan out my reading.

And second, keeping a focused blog helps build readers. I’ve blogged consistently since last summer. And while I’ve appreciated every friend who follows along, I need to focus on building an audience.

I love writing. Words come to me almost like breathing. I read passionately, and enjoy creating content centered around books.

I would love to see my books published and building an audience is part of that journey.

So what can you expect?

Bookish posts. Book reviews. Chats about favorite characters. (Remember when i talked about ranking my Favorite Narnian characters?)

Also, posts about writing. Things I’ve learned while working to become a published author. Post should be fairly regular, planning on twice a week.

Now unto my writing…

July Writing

july editing Whew, this month I edited my entire book! This is a ton of editing work. Too much.

The book clocks in at 590 pages in Word doc. I’m rather hoping even more of that can be cut down for the first book. Trilogies are supposed to start with a short book and grow longer, right?

Now that I’ve reread and edited, I’ll be sending the manuscript to a paid editor in August. We’ll see how that all works out!

I’m also planning on writing a post on the editing process. If you have any questions, please drop me a line! I’ll try to answer them soon!

Also, as part of my revamping the blog identity, I redesigned a bunch of images on Canva. If you haven’t used Canva before, you should seriously check it out. This was a super fun project, and if you like any of the name banners I’ve been using, it was all made possible through Canva. 🙂

what I watched


When I saw some trailers for movies coming out this summer, I instantly knew Dunkirk was at the top of my list. I saved my money, skipping out on Wonder Woman and Spider Man.
And Dunkirk is worth it. Just incredible.

If you haven’t hear, Dunkirk has very little dialogue, character development, or even plot. It tells an incredible story of a miracle. It relies just on the facts of what happened, the action and desperation of the moment. It is gripping and soul-stirring.

If you get a chance, watch it in IMAX.

Ever After 

ever after movie posterAm I the only one who hadn’t seen this movie? I don’t really think so 🙂

My friend finally rounded me up and made me watch this classic. And I’l admit, it was cute. Not Cinderella, not to me at least. I just love the 2015 Cinderella so much…

But it has some cute one liners. And the historical context is just hilarious.

Also, does anyone else think the prince is kind of a jerk? I mean the Cinderella is strong willed and adventurous. I just felt like the prince wasn’t really worth her time.



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arc august

Oh, I’m also participating in ARC August, This means I’ll be reading and reviewing books that are published in August. Right

now the only August book I know I’ll be able to read is Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo.

If you want to know more, check out this page.

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On a side note, I think I finally learned to spell definitely this month. I’m always getting spell-checked on that word. So I forced myself to spell it without spell-check.
In case you’re wondering, the e comes before the l. It’s not definitley. Definitely.

Free spelling lessons from yours truly. 🙂

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  1. August 1, 2017 / 12:12 am

    I actually just saw Dunkirk tonight! It was so intense, but I loved the timeline! Good luck with #ARCAugust—I’m participating too!

    • August 1, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Good luck with #ARCAugust! And I loved the way the timeline worked together in Dunkirk. It was incredibly intense, but worth it!

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