Changes. A Lot of Them

Hello once again! Here I am, on time! I’m so proud of myself.

Some things have changed about my apperance. I cut my hair ten inches and got my braces off! I haven’t been able to dye my hair yet, but I promise that it’s coming soon.

Me before.
Me right now. Notice the plastic retainer making my mouth hurt.

So, interesting story to tell here. I love to write, as you know. And people in general tend to connect with those like them. My friend, the same one that introduced me to TikTok, and I wrote a book together. It’s about mermaids and the underwater ocean, and, of course, has romance in it. The funny thing is, I looked back through my documents and found a book that, back in seventh grade, one of my friends and I had started writing together. They were startlingly similar, including some names of the characters. It was funny to see where I’ve come from in my writing. Of course, the one I wrote with Alexandra Forrest, my best friend, is much better than the one from seventh grade.

Speaking of books and all that, I can’t remember if I told you guys about how I finished the second book in the series I was writing. With those two books and the one I wrote with Alex, that makes three! Now, if only I could get them published. I’ve been working on making my own covers. I’ll get it all down one day.

This week, I also experimented with cooking. Without a recipe and not really knowing what I was doing, I made a meal on Wednesday. It’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not restaurant worthy.

This is the extent of my cooking skills.

It’s time for more shameless plugging! If you want to see more regular updates from me, follow me on Facebook. My username is @Salandrawolfe. Or, you could follow me on TikTok. My username there is @Sallytruble. Don’t ask why. It’s an inside joke with Alex. And if you just want to have a conversation with me, email me at Salandra@salandrawolfe.com!

Okay, that was a whole lot of marketing. I’ll stop now. Of course, I’m not really sure that that counts as marketing, but I’m going to call it that and you can’t stop me.

I’ll see you guys next week!

Keep on dreaming!

Sally

Relationships, Tik Toks, and Other Things

Hello once again. A LOT of stuff has happened. I don’t even know where to start.

So, I’ve never really dated anyone before, but a few months ago, I started going out with this guy that I really liked. We weren’t boyfriend and girlfriend by any means, but we went out a couple times and were always together. But, like most authors and readers, I’m an introvert, so I started to get sick of it.

Long story short, I found out some not too savory things about him, and I told him to take a hike. But I was nicer about it, because I’m not a jerk. I still see him at school all the time, and from what I’ve heard as he’s talked to his friends around me, he’s moven on completely and utterly.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t really sad about it. In fact, the first day that I didn’t have to see him anymore I ran around dancing and singing because I was so happy. And I still am happy about it. But from all the books, movies, and tv shows I’ve watched, normally things don’t end this abruptly with relationships. It’s weird to me that now we act like strangers, like we don’t even know each other . . .

Anyway, enough of that. One of my friends convinced me to get Tik Tok, a very popular app right now. I’ll say this about it: it’s much more entertaining than watching Netlix. Yesterday I ate icecream while watching Tik Toks. Normally I only eat icecream while watching movies, but Tik Tok is better, in my opinion. I’ve posted a few videos on Tik Tok. My account name is @sallytruble, if you want to check it out . . . (Cough cough, this is shameless endorsement.)

And with all these new and exciting things going on, I’ve also decided to change my style. I want to cut my hair short and get the ends dyed purple.

Yeah, purple might be considered a crazy color, but it’s my favorite color, so I’m going to do it. I’ll show you guys a pic when it happens, which will hopefully be soon.

I’ve re-commited myself to blogging and posting on social media for you guys. I’m a pretty paranoid person, so it’s hard for me to share stuff about myself, but I’ve decided that I’m just going to go for it. If y’all hate it, then . . . whatever.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Sally

Merry Christmas!

Wow, it’s been a long time. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for me since I last wrote. Life is insane!

I finished the book I was writing! I’m almost done with the third and final runthrough of editing on my part. Then, I’ll start on the next book in the series. My sister hasn’t finished editing the first book I sent to her, so I can’t send this one to her yet. But hopefully by next year you’ll be seeing some books being published by me!

And, it’s almost Christmas time! I love Christmas so much, and I’m super excited for it to finally arrive, mainly so that I can see what presents I got! That may seem kind of childish, but it’s mostly because I didn’t ask for much, and yet I have a ton of presents under the tree with my name on them.

We started Christmas super early this year. Normally this time is when we’re all scrambling to find presents. But I finished my shopping and wrapping for everyone on Monday, so I’m less stressed and more just anxious for Christmas to finally come. I’m not sure which is better. At least when you’re rushing around you don’t feel the severe anticipation for Christmas as much.

Did I mention that I got a job? I can’t rememeber if I did. I probably didn’t. I’ve been all over the place on this blog. But I did get a job, and it’s a weird feeling. I kind of like it because now I have something to do with my time, but I also don’t like it because . . . work. I don’t think any human truly enjoys working, unless what they’re doing for work is a hobby of theirs. Like my writing is technically work, but is it really? It certainly doesn’t feel like it. What’s the definition of work, anyway?

Wow, that’s not where I expected that to go.

Everything in our house this last week broke down. Our oven, our dishwasher, our fridges, our water heaters, and our garages (they broke several times). Currently there’s a guy here to fix the water heaters, so I’m just stuck without water for who knows how long. My mom forgot to tell me too, so I didn’t do everything I needed to before he came. Sigh.

But life is pretty good! Christmas is a season of giving, joy, and, most of all, love. I hope you guys have a very merry Christmas this year!

Best Wishes,

Sally

Cutest white elephant gift I’ve ever gotten. Get it? ‘Cause it’s a white elephant? Hahaha.

Braces? Again?!

Yes, indeed, the title does not mislead you. I got braces today. For the second time. See, here’s a picture of me before the braces got put on.

Me immediately before going into the orthodontist’s office

Do you see how my left tooth (it looks like it’s on my right because the picture is opposite) is lower than the others? It’s also strangely a lot thicker than the other ones, so it sticks out forward a little bit. Without it being longer than the other ones, no one would notice that. But now it just looks really strange.

So, I got braces again.

Me with my braces on!

I hate the elementary look that braces give me. They make me look so young. At least the braces cover how bad my front tooth is.

So, some of you might be confused as to how this happened. So, I’ll explain it to you. Some months after I got my braces off the first time I decided that I hated my retainers. I then proceeded to not wear them for . . . I don’t even remember how long. But during that time, my front tooth, for some unknown reason, shifted downwards. I just don’t understand why it did that. None of my teeth were uneven like that before I got braces. My top teeth didn’t really need to be modified a bunch. So it’s weird that this happened.

Yeah, I know, some of you might be thinking, “Sally, maybe it’s your wisdom teeth!” As my orthodontist said, “People blame the wisdom teeth way too much.” My top wisdom teeth (I have two on the top) have grown in completely over this past month or so, and my orthodontist said they actually have a ton of room up there, so there’s no way that it was the wisdom teeth’s fault.

While we’re on the subject of wisdom teeth, my bottom ones started growing in about a year ago, and yet they still aren’t all the way in. I’m kind of concerned because my top ones grew in fully much faster. My dentist recommends getting them out, but my mom told me to wait. My brother’s dentist told him to get his wisdom teeth out because they hadn’t come in all the way. My brother waited for a few months, they grew in, and everything was fine. So I guess we’ll see.

Back to my strange tooth though. I kind of started to wear my retainers again, so most of my teeth are fine. But because of the tooth my top retainer didn’t fit around my front teeth. So apparently my orthodontist is going to shift them about a bit. And fun fact, retainers don’t fix vertical changes in your teeth. Only braces can do that. Yay for me, right?

Honestly I’m not too upset about it. They’re only on eight of my teeth, just on the top, so it’s much less annoying than the first time I went through this. You have to look kind of close to notice them anyway. And I’ve definitely learned my lesson. For a few months I’ll have to deal with this, and then I can have a perfect smile again!

Really, you have no idea how much that tooth has bugged me this past year.

So, do you guys have any crazy braces or teeth stories that you would like to share with me? Type them into the comments below!

Wear your retainers!

Sally

How Long Has it Been?

Wowza. I can’t even remember the last time that I did this. That’s probably not a good thing. And I honestly don’t have an excuse. I just kept fogetting to write a blog post. But, no more! I’m back and here to stay! Hopefully.

School started up again last week. It’s been a pretty difficult transition. But I also started doing something super important again this week. Writing. Honestly, it’s amazing the difference it makes. I love writing! You’d think I’d remember to do it more often. But I actually have made some serious progress. I think I might have mentioned once that I was stuck on the book that I was writing. Well, a few weeks later and that was remedied! I’m super exciting and I should (let’s hope) finish it by the end of this next month. But I’m going to be super safe and say it will be done by Christmas. Maybe it’ll even come out then as well!

The week before last week my family went camping. Well, some of us did. It was my mom, dad, my little sister, my big sister and her husband, and last (but not least) me! It was kind of sad because it was my little sister’s first time camping and she was super sick pretty much the whole time. Then she got me sick on the last day, but it didn’t last very long, thankfully. It was a whole ton of fun, and from what I heard we’re planning on doing it again next year.

Most of the time I feel like I have so much to do and so little time to do it. But lucky me, I don’t have school this Monday! Yay!

Well, I’m racking my brain here for other stuff that I did, but I’m drawing a blank. Most of my time these past few weeks has been spent on school, but no one wants to hear about school. I know I don’t.

So I’ll end it here! I’ll see you next week!

Best wishes,

Sally

What a Week!

Wow, time sure does fly when you’re busy as a bee! Honestly, it didn’t even really occur to me until yesterday that I should probably post something. So here I am, finally doing it.

So, last week, Wednesday through Saturday, my mother and I went camping with a group of members from the church that we belong to. It was honestly a great experience, with lots of love and candy. Lots of candy. I almost felt sick with how much candy I ate. Sugar is my kryptonite.

Last Saturday my mom and I got back around eleven in the morning. We rested for about an hour, and then we proceeded to help my brother move out of our house. This brother is married and his wife is pregnant. So, this is going to be a long explanation. Our house is kind of arranged like it was meant to be an Airbnb. On the main level you have the kitchen and the family rooms, and the top level is the master bedroom and other rooms. But the basement has its own kitchen, a few rooms, and its own master bedroom, except this one isn’t nearly as big as the one upstairs. I’m one of the lucky children in our family and my room is this second master bedroom.

When my brother got married, he and his wife took my room, because my mom said that any couple needed their own bathroom. (My room has a connecting bathroom.) When that happened, I was kicked upstairs to sleep and live in my little sister’s room, which wasn’t too bad. But now that my brother and his wife have their own apartment, I have my room back.

Moving back in took a lot of work. I have a ton of stuff, probably because I’m used to living in such large rooms without sharing with anyone else. That will probably be a problem when I leave home, hah hah. But in the meantime, I have my old room all to myself, and it is currently very neatly organized. But we all know that that will change with time. I’m one of those people who likes order, but doesn’t particularly care if there is some controlled chaos.

On Saturday I saw my older sister for the first time in over a month. I got a little emotional, though of course she was pretty much unaffected. This is the sister that is going to be editing my book. In fact, she told me later that she actually lost my book, so I sent it to her again. She said she doubted she would have had any time to look at it anyway since she also went on vacation to a foreign country during that time.

Now, I think it is time to get back into the daily grind of things, don’t you? It’s been a very busy couple of months, but everything has pretty much died back down now, so hopefully I’ll be able to find it within myself to write instead of just reading all day. Which, of course, is such a good option as well. Now, I’m going to go leave because I think I hear my to-be-read list calling my name . . .

Sincerly,

Sally

I Have Pictures!

I know, I know, I’m even later than late this time. But I hope to make up for it in pictures. If that sort of thing interests you. The reason why I haven’t been putting pictures on my blog is because I didn’t have any pictures to put up. That, and I was too lazy to take pictures with the intent to show them to you guys. But now, I will give you some!

So, last Tuesday we hopped on a plane and flew back to the U.S. It was a very long and exhausting day, but it was all worth it to finally arrive back home.

Me eating pizza in the airport.

Forgive how disgusting I look in that picture. I had been traveling all day, so I was a little worse for wear. Besides, I was also wearing glasses instead of contacts so I could try to sleep on the plane, which didn’t end up happening. I really don’t like how I look with glasses. Has anyone else noticed how one of my eyes squints really weirdly whenever I smile? I have, and it drives me nuts. But there’s not a whole lot that I can do about it.

Strange gray plants.

I spotted these on our last trip to the beach in Portugal. The dust from the road had totally covered the plants on the side of it, making them look gray and dead. I don’t think the picture shows it very well. It looked really strange when I saw it with my own eyes.

A beautiful picture of one of the palaces we visited. I took the picture from a hill that was located in the gardens.
A tiny little frog creature! I’m not sure what exactly it is, but it’s adorable!

And that’s all in the picture department! It’s kind of funny, once I started adding pictures, I didn’t want to stop!

Now back to last week. Thursday was my birthday, which was very fun and exciting. My family and I went out to eat with one of my close friends. That same friend also made me a cake, so we had two cakes that day. Then the rest of the week was spent chilling. I re-discovered my new favorite t.v. show, Max Steel. I had watched it before, but then on my birthday I had this strange desire to watch it again, so I did. Now I can’t stop thinking about it. I know, I really do love young adult shows.

Ah, yes, I almost forgot. On Friday that friend who made me a cake took me to see the new Aladdin movie. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I literally have had Speechless playing non-stop in my head ever since I first heard it. It’s honestly the best song ever.

This week my mom and I are going to go camping! I’ll give you more details on that with my next post! See you then!

Keep reading!

Sally

Better Late Than Never . . . Right?

So, I’m late yet again. Technically, I was late last week, and I’m on time this week. I never intended to put up any blog post on Monday. I meant to always do them every Friday. Because Fridays are the best days. Friday is my favorite day. What’s your favorite day?

So, the reason why I waited until Monday to post and write this is mainly because I’m lazy. (Hey, I’m on vacation!) But it’s also because I knew it would be more interesting if I posted today. Because I have been pretty boring this last week. But that’s all about to change.

Before I get to that, I just have to comment on how weird blogging is. See, I write in my journal every single day, and while it’s a lot different than this, the concept is the same. And every time I sit down to actually write, my brain goes blank. I know I did something this week, but I can’t remember doing anything. I ate, I slept, and I drank, or at least I think I did. I’m still alive, so I guess I did.

I should stop stalling. This last Saturday we went to the beach for the last time. Well, not the last time. But the last time for a very long time. It was actually the perfect day. It was super hot, and the water was super cold, which is a good combination. And even though the sun was beating down upon us, I didn’t get burned. I was super surprised. When we got back we unloaded the car, since all of the stuff in there was our beach stuff, and took all of it inside to get ready to pack it.

I thought today was going to be pretty interesting, but so far it hasn’t been, not really. I thought all of us would be rushing around trying to pack everything in time. We’re leaving tomorrow to go back home. We have to wake up super early, and I’m not really looking forward to that. Since we’re leaving soon we are all winding down, readying ourselves to go home. But packing doesn’t take all that long, and some things you can’t pack until the last minute anyway. So we are all just lounging around, doing nothing. Well, except my mom, who got a bunch of pastries to take home. She really loves Portuguese pastries. But, other than that, I’m pretty bored.

My birthday is in two days, and I’m very excited about that. And the next week—well, I’ll tell you when I get there, but it’s going to be full of a bunch of stuff. The excitement just never ends. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Exciting news! I decided on a title and series name for my book! I’m not going to tell you what it is, not yet. I’ll tell you guys all about it when the cover is finished and it’s close to coming out, which might take a while. But I promise it will happen! I’m aiming for it to be out before summer ends. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Until we meet again! Remember to tell me what your favorite day of the week is and why in the comments below!

Have a great week!

Sally

Favorite T.V. Show?

Hey everybody! Lately, I’ve been watching Avatar the Last Airbender with my little sister, who had never seen it before. I love that show so much, and I’ve watched it quite a few times. I was so sad when we finished watching it. However, it’s not my favorite movie/T.V. show. Rise of the Guardians is my favorite movie. And now you know that I like kid shows. Well, it’s not a crime. Besides, they’re more young adult, and that’s what I write, so I guess it makes sense. Anyway, I wonder what your favorite movies/T.V. shows are? Tell me in the comments below!

Now it’s time for what happened to me this week! Well, just barely I realized how to turn comments on in my blog. Hopefully it’ll work on this one too. Maybe I’ll become an expert with a lot of practice. Blogging aside, I became a citizen of Portugal this week! Well, kind of. Let me explain.

I became a citizen a while ago. But I didn’t receive my identity card until this week. For those of us who live in the United States, it’s kind of like a driver’s license, but it doesn’t allow you to drive. It just tells people that you are a Portuguese citizen and have a right to be here. I believe the driver’s license is a separate card that you can get.

Anyway, so that was kind of exciting. They fingerprinted me and everything. That only made me slightly nervous, hah hah. Okay, it made me a lot nervous. Not like I plan to do anything that they’ll need my fingerprints for.

This week my family got in a car and rode up north where we would stay with some of our relatives while we went sight-seeing. As we drove up, we stopped a few times to visit other places that we wanted to see. We got back from our trip up north really late at night on Saturday, which is why this blog post is going out so late. I promise, once I’m off vacation I’ll post regularly.

For any of you that have visited another country, I’m sure that you’ll sympathize with how weird the time difference is. I have to wait for hours after I wake up to talk to anyone back home. And by the time they actually fully wake up and start doing stuff, I’m getting ready for bed. It’s insane, and has made me realize how few hours there are in a day.

Speaking of how little hours there are in a day, I haven’t done much writing lately. Currently, I’m writing the sequel to the book I’ve already written, because I have nothing better to do while I wait for my editors to finish editing it. I know what happens next, but I hit a block in how to get there. But I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually. I think the more I struggle to come up with the idea, the better the idea is. That makes sense, right?

Yesterday we saw some friends from back home. Their mother, my “aunt,” is also Portuguese. I’m not exactly sure how she met my mother, but they are really close friends, which is why I tend to call her kids my “cousins.” We’re not actually blood relatives, but I’ve seen them often enough growing up that they feel like they’re part of my family. I’m super glad that I get to hang out with them throughout this next week. Speaking of this next week, it is pretty much the last week that we’ll be in Portugal. That is sure to be interesting.

Remember to tell me what your favorite movies/T.V. shows are! I would love to hear them and see if we have any similar interests!

Sincerly,

Sally

Do I Have Any Idea What I’m Doing?

The answer is no, no I don’t. Yesterday I researched what made a successful blog successful, but it didn’t help much other than reiterate what I already knew. So, that said, go easy on me, because this is my first time doing anything like this.

So, welcome to my blog! I’m Salandra, but you can call me Sally. I’m an “author.” The quotes are there because I haven’t actually published anything yet, but I’m super close. I’m so close I’ve already written it and edited it myself. All it needs is the cover and the edits done by other people. Do you know how excited I am to finally publish a book? I’ve been trying to write a book since I was six. That’s a lot of years of book writing.

I’m going to tell you a little more about myself before I get into what’s been going on recently. I love to read and write, always have and probably always will. Writing is pretty much my passion, and while I’ve tried a lot of things and have gotten good at them, nothing is as fulfilling as writing is. I really do love it, and you’re supposed to have a career that you love, aren’t you? Let’s just hope I can make this hobby into a career!

I still live at home, and I love my family, so don’t be surprised if I mention them a lot. Currently, four of my nine family members are staying in Portugal with my grandmother. That includes me, by the way. Portugal is kind of underrated, and most people I’ve talked to don’t really even know it exists. So, I’ll tell you right now that Portugal is right next to Spain. It borders the Atlantic ocean. As a result, we normally go on a lot of beach trips. Unfortunately, yesterday my little sister dropped her metal water bottle that was full of water onto her foot. She’s in a lot of pain, and it’s possible that she fractured her toe. It looks really gnarly too. Or maybe I just have a low tolerance for that kind of stuff.

On top of that, my mother dropped her phone the other day and lost it for a half hour. After it was returned we saw that it had been ran over by a car and was totally broken. Luckily, we were able to save all the pictures, and the card is okay, so she’s using a phone that my uncle had lying around. Why he had an extra phone, I will probably never know.

So it’s been just a little crazy during this particular Portugal vacation, though normally this sort of stuff doesn’t happen. I’ve gone to Portugal a lot, because my dad is from there. But don’t worry, I’m still having fun.

Some of you might be very interested in the author aspect of me. I’ll tell you a little about it since you can’t read any of my works right now. Most of the time I write fantasy with a hint of romance. The romance isn’t intentional, it just seems to sneak into everything that I write. I’m not sure what that says about me. I have some science fiction ideas too, but I will never write nonfiction, and it is doubtful I will ever write normal fiction, without fantastical beast or some kind of crazy twist. Just like the romance, fantasy and sci-fi just seems to sneak into everything I write. All of my books will be totally clean aside from death and blood. But I’m never too graphic, because, like I said above, I really can’t stomach gore and stuff like that.

Alright, I’m going to be real with you right now, because that’s one of the tips that I read about yesterday. I’m not really sure at all about this. And by that, I mean I’m not entirely sure I can become an author and be able to make enough money to continue to be an author. I’m not even sure if I should be telling you this. Really, I can try all I want, but it’s up to you guys if I want to go anywhere with this. Yesterday I asked myself why I wanted to write. And the answer was because I want to help people. Whenever I read books I leave my own problems behind and live out something exciting. It helps me deal with things better. And I want to give that to you, especially in this world where violence and sensuality is becoming so normal you can’t find any entertainment without it. So I want to give you something you can read, feel happy about, and get lost in, without feeling any guilt, remorse, or hesitation. I also really want to talk to you guys, get to know my “fans.” I feel kind of pretentious saying you’re my fans, especially since this is my first post. But I hope I can go somewhere with this, and I will totally keep pushing until I can’t push anymore.

That said, I don’t know how long a post is supposed to be, so I’ll just end it here. Feel free to contact me, check out my other blog posts (if there are any yet), subscribe, leave a like, comment . . . wait, this isn’t YouTube! My bad. Some things never die.

Happy reading,

Sally