I know this is late but I’ve only gotten my website last month this 2018 so cut me some slack and let me share you some 2017 highlights that I’ve listed in my 2017 journal.

I feel like 2017 was the most interesting and pivotal year for me because it has the whole definition of “balanced life” in it. I’ve accomplished so many things and have been challenged greatly. I can safely say that 2017 is a huge turning point in my life (and I’m only 18 at this point, okay…).

Anyways, let’s dive right in to the highlights of my 2017:

1. I joined Steemit

It was already on the verge of 2017 when my sister, Kaye, told me to join Steemit, and it’s one of the greatest blessings I’ve received because, literally, everything this platform gave me are just positive things.

If you don’t know what Steemit is, it’s basically a blogging platform where steemians can upvote (a.k.a. like) your post and depending on how high their voting power is, you get a certain amount of SBD and SP which then can be converted to cryptocurrency to real physical money.

I highly recommend you guys joining the platform because not only is it free to join but also because it’s a wonderful platform for blogging where you can actually get technically “paid” for your content. 

There are a lot of Steemit success stories that I know and some of them are from my sister’s friends and even herself and myself as well. I might be able to write a separate blog post on this but for now, I highly encourage you to check out the platform and give it a try. Seriously, nothing can be taken away from you because it’s free to join.

2. I flared up as an entrepreneur student

If you’re new here and reading this, you might have already missed my How to write 30 poems in one night post where I mentioned that I was getting supplementary income from doing poems for my classmates. But that was just the tip of the ice burg.

First semester was almost closing when everything and everyone were shifting towards change. My friends changed and writing habits and daily routines changed and because it was almost second semester, the subjects were changing. 

Somehow, I kind of befriended an awesome guy from my class and eventually, we started pairing up to find student clients to do some freelance work for them. Poems weren’t the only service we offered. At first, they were just art posters because teachers in the Philippines always like art posters about a certain topic as projects for students. Then, we started doing brochures for them. Then, we’ve got vignettes to infographics to editorial cartoons to certain parts of research papers to business plans to calligraphy art pages to many more services and we kind of became like this underground secret businessmen who all the students knew of but the teachers don’t.

That’s kind of the starting point of my love for freelancing and I certainly don’t regret a wit in that experience.

3. I picked up my official pen name

The first ever writing and reading platform I got on was Wattpad. In 7th grade, I fell in love with Wattpad and started publishing my “books” there. There’s this particular book that got really popular (okay, not really but it went #3 on the hot list of Poetry genre) that really nudged me into this whole writing world. 

I felt invincible at that point.

Anyways, fast forward to 2017, I went through a rough painful time in my dreams as a writer that immediately, I came to a decision that I wanted to delete my account. And, I did.

Now, I’m the kind of person who’s super chill about everything but when I get confronted by these massive situations that are just too much to handle, I often make decisions that I’ll regret later on.

That was the exact case when I woke up the next day and realised how stupid I am for deleting my account. 

Incidentally, I wanted to do another book project again so I needed a platform to track and maybe post my draft. I got back to Wattpad. Around this time, I was more of a structured writer and I’ve greatly matured. I’ve established my writing genre, my style and voice and everything and I was determined to be a writer.

I, eventually, started listing down my pen name ideas and thought of the perfect one–T.L. Thornes. Now, I’m not sure why, of all my awesome pen name ideas, I picked this very one, but somehow, it has this appeal and alienated feeling to me. It is so far from my real name yet so perfect for my writing persona.

4. I discovered Game of Thrones

Okay, I didn’t really “discover” Game of Thrones. It was already popular that time. But I came from a really conservative family and because I’m a mormon, watching GOT while under the age of 18 is almost a crime (I’m exaggerating, okay? but we’ve got standards…).

So there’s really not much to it but the show has greatly influenced my voice in literature and my taste in books.

5. I directed and wrote a short documentary film called Their Bible and won The Nora Aunor Excellence Awards and Cultural Heritage Film Awards

There’s nothing else to the story here but I’m sure lots things has happened and lots of emotions were felt when my team won. But that’s about it with the story. I honestly can’t make it sound more merrier than it is.

6. I completed my first draft in Crowns and Corpses which is a long narrative epic poetry book

I’ll write a separate blog post on this one because I think you deserve to know the BTS of the draft.

In the mean time, I’m not planning to publish Crowns and Corpses but I might in the far future. For now, you can check up the first quarter of my first draft on my November Poetry Camp 2017 for free.

7. Crowns and Corpses won The Hidden Gems Awards 2017

Last December 2017, Crowns and Corpses won first place in the Poetry genre of the Hidden Gems Awards 2017. I couldn’t be more happy!

T.L. Thornes is a writer residing in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was twelve when she started keeping drafts of her poems in composition notebooks. Since then, she has found an emotional outlet through writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the streets of her hometown, urbansketching, or in her room, writing songs and making art journals.

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