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Remember way back when I said I was considering changes to my blog?

I took it all the way.

I’ve grown up a lot. I mean, I guess that’s normal, but I’ve especially felt a lot of change this past year. So, I decided to create a completely new blog to start from scratch, one where I’m actually serious and prioritized; where I work hard at building friendships and being responsible. For the past few months, I’ve been creating Starlight and Sunshine.


Click on the image to read my first post! I’d love it if you checked out my new blog, and subscribe if you’d like. I’m super excited for all the posts I have planned, and I hope you’ll all enjoy them just as much. Josie on the Go should close down a little after Thanksgiving, so this site will no longer be available (cue the dramatic, theatre-esque gasps).

I’d like to give a final thanks to everyone who has given me support over the years. You all mean so much to me.

Signing out for the last time,


Life Updates // Unannounced Hiatus, Future Plans, and More


I haven’t posted since May 14.

I’ve promised a lot of things, and not followed through on them. I say that I’ll do something and I won’t.  I don’t read and comment on your posts as often — don’t get me wrong, I still love them just as much as I always have.  I’ve been mainly absent.

So, I owe an explanation.

A lot of things have been happening. I’m in what I call a creative drought, for one that I can share. I haven’t written anything with passion in a really long time. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes, and my creativity is drained. I still love writing — I just don’t love my writing.  Same goes for acting, reading, photography, music…

A lot of things.

There’s been a lot of stress going on too, so in order to lift some of that, I subconsciously cut off a lot of things that I’ve been doing online. Last week I went to summer camp, where you’re not allowed to have technology, and I realized how freeing it was.

Online privileges became a chore to me instead of something fun to do in my spare time. So, I’m going to completely renovate my blog. I’m ready to start over.

Hopefully, I’ll be more interactive and I’ll post more and everything that I hope to be doing.

The future will hold many things. Things are going to change.

But that’s good.

Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #2 + Snippets

Hello, everyone! This is super late, but basically a recap of my last two weeks of Camp, plus snippets. I know —  another writing post when I promised more diversity :0 but bear with me because I think recaps are fun to read. You also get like four snippets.

Note: this is my crazy NaNo brain that wrote these, so… I did format it differently, though, so it should be somewhat easier to read. This is not meant to brag, it’s just for fun. I didn’t make a featured image (it’s not like it would be on bloglovin anyway).

Day Eight

DWC: 2350

I was a bit drained from the past week, and I was also in the state capital most of the day with my friend Amy. (Amy! I don’t think any of you will remember her but here is a post from my cringy days and here is our just as cringy video. You know, from back when I was actually like twelve? I look way different now XD)

Day Nine

DWC: 1812

This was my worst day because I was busy most of the day. However, I did write some very fun scenes that day. EVERYTHING IS ABOUT TO CRASH AND BURN. My apologies to Kamri, Mason, Erin, Kaelin, and Trey. Collin and Clara are in the clear for now. Good job, guys.

Day Ten

DWC: 2887

Mondays and school and math, yay! School can be a big distraction to writing (and a very reasonable one), but I did get some words in and that’s good.

Day Eleven

DWC: 3000

I hit 60k! I can’t believe my novels are so close to getting finished, it seems surreal that the ideas were just in my head (one for a month, the other for over a year) and now they’re real and on paper!

Day Twelve

DWC: 2451

My goal is to finish before winning begins now! *gasp*

Day Thirteen

DWC: 2072

Nothing much today. Characters fighting, evil winning, same old, same old.

Day Fourteen

DWC: 3585

My word count is getting back up there! Tomorrow is “sprint day”, so I think I may get really close to finishing Fantasy Gossip! AHHHH I’m almost to the climaxes WHAT EVEN.

 Day Fifteen

DWC: 6893

I hit the 75% mark today! I can’t believe how close the first drafts are to being finished– and I think I’m actually going to edit and let people read them. I’ve only let one person read one of my books entirely (my mom has read a few chapters of my first book, and one of my friends the first two of a book that I discarded, and my other friend who is probably reading this has read all of my first book).

I just realized that one of the characters in my first books has the same name and personality as one of my friends, who I didn’t meet until long after that character was created. O_O

Day Sixteen

DWC: 5004

Never mind the difference in word processing programs. I pretty much just hit the climax for Fantasy Gossip, and the one for Halfway to Fourteen is coming really soon. Maybe I can actually finish one tomorrow! Or the day after. We don’t have school tomorrow, so I can spend a bunch of time on writing.

Day Seventeen

DWC: 5611

Woah, I’m so close to finishing my novels! (I say that a lot XD) This is insane. Not much to report today.

Day Eighteen

DWC: 5442

Well, Fantasy Gossip decided to stick around a bit longer, and Halfway to Fourteen is closing a lot shorter. I thought they were going to end up being too long, but they may end up being a bit short (right now, they’re at ~45k each). If I can do 9k tomorrow, then I’ll win before winning begins! The problem is, when I did the 10k days before, the words kinda just fit together. The words kinda stopped flowing recently.

Day Nineteen

DWC: 3697

I didn’t get as many words as I wanted to because I was busy most of the day — I want to sprint a 10k+ day to finish before winning. I did end up planning the last few scenes of both novels, so it should run a bit smoother tomorrow. Also, apparently my word program is like 2000 words off. Oh well. 

Day Twenty

DWC: “8470”/5527

Total Word Count: “103, 224″/100,281

First, allow me to explain that these “” are what my processor, Open Office, says, and the other ones are what the validator says (sadly, the validator seems to be right, but more on that later).


I completed Halfway to Fourteen and Fantasy Gossip, both approximately a little over 50k words. My word processor was a little behind, so I had to make up for it today.

Either way, I think choosing to write two novels at the same time was the best decision I ever made. Typically, I wrote 500 words for one novel, then switched, and so on and so forth. This kinda punched writer’s block in the face, so I was able to take full advantage of my writing speed.

Now for some (rough draft) snippets, whether you want them or not! I’m surprised I got any readable parts, but yeah. Here they are: first three from Fantasy Gossip, and the second three from Halfway to Fourteen.

“I took a huge risk getting these, so be very careful with them–”

Trey drops his.

“Whoops. Won’t happen again,” he says as he drops it again. “Okay, for real this time.”

“It is so weird there,” Ava says. “They’re teaching– normal classes.”
I shudder. “Normal classes? You mean like… Teleportation, right?”
“No, like math, and English, and – it’s so scary!”

Why do I keep getting caught up in teams of two girls and one boy? It’s like, really annoying. Emphasis on the boy part.

“Books are crazy and unrealistic,” I say. “They give you huge expectations about life and then you grow up and realize that it’s wrong!”

Mason sighs. “Kamri, what is into you lately?”

“Reality, Mason!”

“Can we get this over with?” I ask.

“I thought you wanted to do this,” Isaiah says.

I try to think of an answer quickly. What did Erin and Mason tell them? “I… do! It’s just I’m very, very busy and have places to be that definitely aren’t metro stations and alleyways.”

“Okay, then, don’t let me stop you?”

“You know, I always felt that there was something cool about you guys,” I say.
Collin puts his hands up in the air in mock offense. “Woah. Hold up. You didn’t think we were cool before? All our work was for nothing?”
“Pretty much.”

I hope you enjoyed this post, as long as it is! (Also, I wrote my first post on The Young and Dreaming! You can check it out here.)

How is Camp NaNoWriMo going for you guys? FILL THE COMMENTS WITH YOUR UPDATES. I MUST KNOW.

Penny’s New Beginning Blog Tour {Book Review and Author Interview}

Hello, everyone! Today, Anika is releasing her first book! I’m going to review Penny’s New Beginning and interview Anika, so, let’s get started!

About the Book:

Can they save Utopia?

Nine-year-old Penny Hearting has just moved to Nassau with her family, and is completely convinced that a mermaid rescued her from drowning, but no one believes her. So, she takes matters into her own hands and goes on a search for the mermaid that rescued her.

Ten-year-old Emmy is the princess of Utopia, an underwater city populated by mermaids. But, when her evil aunt, Cassandra, takes the city from her father, the King, her only option is to seek help from the girl who she rescued from drowning.
When these two lives collide, can they and another friend save their homes from disaster?

Find on Goodreads ~ Find on Amazon

Review: Penny’s New Beginning was an adorable book, the type of thing I loved to read when I was younger. This book transported me back to the years of Barbie princesses and The Tail of Emily Windsnap. The story is, basically, a mermaid saves Penny’s life, so Penny sets out to find her along with her new friend Felicity. When they do, they find out that her name is Emmy–and she needs their help.

The beginning is gripping and starts quickly, however it is a bit confusing. The character descriptions were amazing and adorable, and I found them relatable. The mermaid world was so fun to be a part of, and the ending was so nice. There were some continuity problems, like first she was at school and then she was going to summer camp, and a bit of telling, but overall it was a fun, one-day read.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Content: No language or violence, however since it is fantasy there is magic, but nothing dark.

Recommend To: Ages 8-12

Author Interview


About the Author: Anika Joy is a daughter, sister, and child of the one true King. She loves to write books, sing in choir, and bake treats for her family.  At the age of 4 she taught herself to read and wrote her first short story when she was 8. That story was later published in a kid’s magazine when she was 11, which sparked her dream of becoming a published author. She is now very happy to see that dream come true.

Anika currently lives with her two sisters, two brothers, and parents in North Dakota, and feels very blessed to be awaiting the arrival of another little sister.

What gave you the idea for Penny’s New Beginning?

Anika: I really liked The Little Mermaid when I was nine, and I wanted to write something inspired from it. 😄
When people read your book, what do you want them to walk away thinking/feeling? It really depends on the age of the person.
Anika: This is a children’s book, so I don’t expect a teen to walk away thinking it was a really cool book. I want kids to feel inspired and maybe like it was a really cool book. 😊
Which of your characters do you relate to most?
Probably Felicity. I really wrote her based off of me (silly nine-year-old me) – her looks, and her fear of heights (yes, I am afraid of the top bunk on bunk beds). 😜
Are you planning on writing any more books about Penny, Felicity, and Emmy?
Yes, I actually am. I started the next book over a year ago and haven’t really touched it much since then. But, I do plan on finishing it and possibly publishing the next book. I want to write on about each character which would equal four books (a new character is introduced in the second book). 😁
After the release of Penny’s New Beginning, what are your goals as an author?
I want to write many more books, and publish at least half of them. I also want to be traditionally published in the next two years or so. I really hope that all of these things happen! 😃

Follow the Tour:

~March 21st~

Elle Stevens – Book Review

Grace (The Girl Upstairs) – Book Review, Spotlight, Author Interview

Sylvanian Universe Blog – Book Review, Spotlight, Author Interview

Kellyn Roth – Author Interview

~March 22nd~

Chloe – Author Interview

Sarah – Book Review, Spotlight, Author Interview

Savannah Grace – Author Interview 

~March 23rd~

Josie – Book Review, Author Interview

Congratulations, Anika! The book comes out TODAY, so you can buy Penny’s New Beginning right now!

If you had a mermaid tail, what color would it be? Mine would be purple. And, other than a mermaid, what’s your favorite fantasy creature?

For When You Don’t Win (NaNoWriMo)

For When You Don’t Win (NaNoWriMo)

You may have lost NaNoWriMo. The feeling is awful, like you’ve been punched in the gut. All your friends are either talking about how they won or how they lost but they’re happy with what they got anyway. It’s hard, because you didn’t win and you aren’t satisfied with what you got. More than that, you aren’t satisfied with yourself.
I know that feeling. I’m a competitive person, so when I lose things it’s like I’ve lost some of my worth, but that isn’t true.
If you are happy with your word count as it is, whether you won or not, that’s great! You should be happy, because you wrote words. You created a story out of a blank page and your imagination. Either way, here are a few tips on how to be encouraged when you lose a writing challenge.

Make Sure You’re on the Right Level

In NaNoWriMo, there is a YWP site where you can set your own word count goal. Everyone is at a different level, and once you accept that you’ll be much happier. If you’re on a lower or higher level than what you’re trying to reach, change it so it’s challenging but still possible.

Keep Going

Finish your novel. Finish your story. Finish trying to achieve that daily word count goal. Finish what you started. If you didn’t finish it on time, okay. If you can’t finish it, okay. Choose a new deadline or project. Just keep trying. Sometimes you may need to cut off your project, and that’s fine, it’ll cause growth, but make sure you keep those goals in mind.

Accept It

You didn’t make it this time. Whatever. Just make sure two things happened: you learned something and you’ll try harder next time. Accept it and move on.

I hope this helps you all!

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