CURRENTLY: The Practice Makes Awesome Edition

If all goes as planned, I’ll do a CURRENTLY post every other Tuesday—I heard of this through fellow 2017 debut author Katy Upperman, and you can find the origins of the idea here.

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I’ve always been a huge fan of productivity systems / making goals / cuteness, so when I discovered the world of bullet journaling—which, essentially, combines all of the above—I quickly fell in love. Just look! You can customize the layout however you want to, make to-do lists galore! I’m…definitely a fan.

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Since my last post, I basically devoured Lindsay Ribar’s ROCKS FALL EVERYONE DIES (Kathy Dawson Books/ June 7, 2016)—it was so compelling, and I absolutely could not put it down. Goodreads describes it as a paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing. If this sounds awesome to you (because it obviously should), you can read more about it and/or preorder here51vX-MacqDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_


If you love the Hamilton soundtrack as much as I do, and if you love watching other people doing really cool things, check out these Hamilton-inspired videos: Batlexander Manilton, which is exactly as amazing as it sounds, and this a cappella group’s let’s-do-the-entire-show-in-seven-minutes video (the amazing talent here more than makes up for the poor lighting / oodles of awkward eye contact / questionable shirt choices).


dinosaursThis week, I’m listening to the advice carried on the tiny arms of my dinosaur planters: PRACTICE MAKES AWESOME and EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER.


I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month, which means I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my shiny new project! Can’t say too much about it here just yet, but suffice it to say I’m having a really good time getting into the story and the characters.


Next week is huge for book events in Texas—I’m still majorly anticipating TLA and NTTBF. The writing community in Texas is incredible, so it’ll be fun to reconnect with old friends. I’m also excited about meeting S.J. Kincaid, a Twitter friend/fellow member of Team Root. (Have you heard of her new book The Diabolic? The cover is insanely gorgeous, and the book itself sounds like something I need in my life, like, yesterday. Terminator meets House of Cards?? YES.)(I mean, really: read this article and just try not to get extremely excited. I dare you.)



I did my very first Sandcastle Empire-related interview last week, and it was so much fun—alas, though, the question about what would you take to a desert island has me majorly wishing for Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups. This is an ‘alas’ because I don’t live close enough to be addicted to them anymore. Sigh. Please go out and devour entire containers of them *for* me, since I can’t? And while you’re eating them (and smiling)(blissfully), check out the interview here!


The past couple of weeks have been even more productive than usual thanks to fellow 2017 debut group friend Kristen Orlando—we’ve been keeping each other accountable, texting updates about our writing goals/progress. It’s been so much fun getting to know her better, not to mention so seriously HELPFUL. You’re wonderful, Kristen! (Now get back to work if you haven’t finished Chapter Four…)

Okay, that’s it for today! If you’ve also done a CURRENTLY post, tweet it to me @olsonkayla *or* leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!


5 thoughts on “CURRENTLY: The Practice Makes Awesome Edition

  1. I am posting my first “Currently” today, too! :)

  2. Me too! Jumping on the Swanky bandwagon! Feel free to come share your link in the comments for people to find and check out your awesomeness!! :)

  3. Whoa. ROCKS FALL EVERYONE DIES sounds amazing — must get my hands on a copy soon! You should know that you’re being a major enabler with your lovely bullet journal photos. I’m a sucker for all things paper and organization, and while I use my planner religiously, I’m seriously considering giving bullet journaling a go. Who can resist?! have a fantastic week, Kayla!

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