3rd Quarter Review of 2018

Happy October, everyone! October is my favorite month, but before we jump into the beautiful season that is autumn, I owe you guys a third quarter review! So, let’s flash back to the happenings of July, August, and September 2018!



  • July 1st: My sister finished making Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girl’s new cover!
  • July 3rd: Went swimming with my sister and Josh, and a bat kept swooping down into the pool, so we high-tailed it out of there! XD
  • July 4th: Celebrated Independence Day by eating hamburgers and ribs with momma’s side of the family at our house, going swimming, and watching fireworks from the front porch.
  • July 5th: Josh made a Mickey Mouse phone case with his 3D printer for me! ❤
  • July 7th: Went shopping in Myrtle Beach with my parents and sister. I ended up buying a pair of shorts, a tank top, and a Myrtle Beach t-shirt for a total of $20, so that was awesome! 😉
  • July 8th: Created a new book trailer for Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girl.
  • July 9th: Began planning my very first blog tour: The Carolina Girl Relaunch Tour.
  • July 10th: Started the fourth read-through edit for Speak Your Mind.
  • July 11th: New copies of Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girl came in with its new cover! ❤
  • July 12th: Josh and I discovered that Cookout’s Cookout sauce is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! (And it totally deserves a mention!)
  • July 13th: I’m superstitious by no means, but I could definitely tell why it was called Friday the 13th.
  • July 15th: I went swimming by myself and when I looked up from laying on the pool raft, about ten buzzards were circling above me, so I high-tailed it out of the pool. This has definitely not been the summer of swimming! XD
  • July 18th: Hosted Authoring Arrowheads’s first author interview for a traditionally published author: J.E. Grace.
  • July 19th: The Carolina Girl Relaunch tour began on Literature Approved!
  • July 20th: Josh’s two-year-old niece finally came to my house!
  • July 21st: Family reunion with Momma’s side of the family. Posted Speak Your Mind‘s book page to Goodreads.
  • July 23rd: Received heartbreaking news that a member of our bowling family passed away from cancer. 😦
  • July 25th: Hosted an author interview for K.A. Emmons.
  • July 27th: Wrote a good amount on one of my WIPs, The Crush!
  • July 28th: Held my first ever book signing at a semi-local library! I sold a handful of books and got to meet my writing buddy, Penny Wood! Then Josh took my family out for ice cream after! ❤
  • July 29th: Went to Josh’s cousin’s church to hear her husband preach.
  • July 31st: July 2018 became Authoring Arrowheads’s most viewed month to date at 640 views, surpassing the last record of 529! 😀


  • August 1st: Finally got my hair done for the first time since November! #ProcrastinatorWithBadRoots
  • August 5th: Had a surprise visit from my neighbor’s dog, which made my day. Reached 10k on The Crush.
  • August 9th: Did my first Tag blog post: Get to Know Me Writer’s Tag.
  • August 11th: Revealed the origin of The Carolina Golden Neuse during the Liebster Award Tag Post. Had a very entertaining Saturday with my little cousins.
  • August 12th: Completed the fourth editing read-through edits on Speak Your Mind.
  • August 13th: Hosted an author interview with J. Carol Nemeth.
  • August 15th: Hosted an author interview with Victoria Lynn.
  • August 18th and 19th: Formatted Speak Your Mind’s Word document for CreateSpace and did some adverb edits.
  • August 23rd: Josh’s bowling league started back up!
  • August 24th: Had a date night with Josh since he finally had a weekend off from work! We went to a Japanese steakhouse, to the movies to see Christopher Robin, and stopped at Sonic for milkshakes afterward. (Cool fact: The movie theater had RECLINING SEATS IN EVERY THEATER!!! This was a new discovery for our uncultured selves, and we will be going back!)
  • August 25th: Went to my cousin’s 2nd birthday party!
  • August 26th: Reached 150 followers on Authoring Arrowheads. *Waves at all y’all cool peoples* 😎
  • August 29th: Was finally reunited with pizza crackers! 😂 #priorities
  • August 31st: Took a much needed day off from work and went shopping. I bought a bunch of cute clothes!


  • September 2nd: Went to Myrtle Beach after church for a day trip with my parents, my sister and her new boyfriend, and Josh. Our boyfriends decided we should take Old Timey Photos at one kid those stands on the boardwalk. 😂 We went to the Carolina Opry that night!
  • September 3rd: Labor Day. Rode the golf cart around the yard and went swimming (finally, after like 2 months of rain) and ate grilled cheeseburgers.
  • September 4th: Finished the 5th read-through of Speak Your Mind.
  • September 9th: Another date night with Josh! We ate at Long Horn and met my sister and her boyfriend at Coldstone after. Then we stopped by Walmart to look for a movie, and we dug through the $3 and $5 bins. 😂
  • September 13th: Sent Speak Your Mind to my editor.
  • September 14th-16th: Hurricane Florence hit my area. My sister’s birthday occurred during the hurricane. For more details, read my post about the hurricane here.
  • September 17th-18th: Hurricane Florence aftermath. Work was still closed for these two days. On Monday, I rode with Momma, Amanda, and Josh to a city about 45 minutes away to get groceries because our town still didn’t have any available. When we got there, no stores had any dairy or meat. On Tuesday, my family and Amanda’s boyfriend went to my uncle’s house to help clean up from where the ceiling caved in on his bedroom. That night, Josh and I drove around looking for an open route to my workplace.
  • September 20th: My town started having super heavy traffic due to major roads being closed (thanks, Florence) which was so fun… not.
  • September 22nd: Went out to eat with the family for my sister’s birthday.
  • September 24th: Finally stopped procrastinating on working on The Crush… for now. Was finally reunited with Bojangles’s chicken supremes for the first time since the hurricane hit. XD
  • September 27th: Josh’s bowling league started back for the first time since the hurricane.
  • September 28th: Was given the opportunity to proofread for a good author friend of mine for her reader’s group release! Ate out with our family for my uncle’s birthday.
  • September 29th: Rode around our neighboring town to see the flood damage for the first time. Watched an indie movie for review with Josh.
  • September 30th: Organized my closet to put all the beautiful fall/winter things in the front (despite it still being 80 degrees here… 😅) I also went on a double date to the bowling alley with Josh, my sister, and her boyfriend.

What I’ve Read This Quarter:

  • The Time I Saved the Day (The Ninja and Hunter Series #1) by Jes Drew
  • Targets (Castaways #3) by Jes Drew
  • I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir by Bart Millard
  • Finding Christmas Joy (Short Story) by Amanda Tero
  • You Aren’t Worthless: Unlock the Truth to Godly Confidence by Kristin N. Spencer
  • Shallows (Shallows #1) by Denver Evans
  • Enjoy the Poodle Skirt (Short Story) by Kate Willis
  • When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn
  • Kiera by Kate Willis
  • The Lost Princess (The Fairy Tale Chronicles #1) by Loretta Marchize
  • The Bachelor Missions (Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap #1) by Jes Drew
  • Autumn Eternal (The Fantastical Stories Told Beneath the Willow Tree #1) by Kyle Bagsby
  • Discerned (Allegiance #4) by Sarah Addison-Fox
  • Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire
  • In the Rogue (Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap #2) by Jes Drew
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • See Me by Nicholas Sparks
  • A Certain Sort of Madness (Return to Amar #1) by Nicki Chapelway
  • Irresistible World Building for Unforgettable Stories by Janeen Ippolito
  • The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
  • Disobey (Allegiance Series Prequel Novella) by Sarah Addison-Fox
  • Losing London by Joey Jones

Talk to Me, Arrowheads!

What have you been up to this quarter? Let me know in the comments!

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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