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Spain

The last (and first) time I went to Spain was when I was 6, about to turn 7; August 2013, I think it was. My whole family went for a family reunion and to attend my cousin’s wedding. Though many in our extended family have met every year for a reunion, that was the most recent time the whole family reunited, and it hasn’t happened again since. Anyway, this year, my mom, one of my older sisters, and my younger brother and I went again. Now I could go through every detail and make this a several-thousand-word post, but I don’t have the time to write it all and you probably don’t have the time to read it all, or if you do, then you probably wouldn’t want to spend all that time reading every little detail. So, instead, I’ll just write the general idea of the trip, which includes a description and explanation of each location, and I’ll tell you some highlights, and a photo dump! Let’s begin.

The General Description of Our Travels

1. Grandparents house: Near Madrid

  • So it was a 7 hour plane ride from Chicago to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. When we arrived we waited in the airport for a very long time. My feet hurt as we waited in lines and my head spinned as we ran around to the next gate. That was the worst part of the trip, and it’s over, thankfully! From there we flew to Madrid, the capital of Spain.
  • At the Madrid airport our grandma picked us up and took about two hours from the capital to her and grandpa’s home. We (my grandparents, my family, and the other two families in Spain) spent a little less than a week at their awesome house and property, which has olive farm. They also have gardens and a donkey called Mr. Chico. At their house we spent a good deal going to charcas, natural pools in rivers formed by rocks.
  • It was a lot of fun making the annual cousin movie with my cousins, which we presented to the parents during the velada (talent show).
  • The velada was very fun. That’s where I listed all the countries in the world.
  • My siblings, mom, and I had two days with just ourselves and grandparents, as the rest of the family left. That was a peaceful time.
  • It was fun to do some running there, in the mountains of Spain. I’ll give a little more info on that in my future post on running, to be posted in probably a little over a month. 😉

2. One family’s house: Near the Spain-France border.

  • We left our grandparents house and got a rental car in Madrid. We walked through Madrid for a lil’ bit then took off on the 6 hour drive to our cousin’s house at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains.
  • It was a long drive, though not unenjoyable. I looked out the window at the beautiful Spain scenery for a lot of it. I thought a lot. I tried to sleep a few times, I think. I also played Minecraft. I ate some food too.
  • I had a vague memory of what their house looked like, but the layout was a lot different than what I remembered. It seemed as though the whole house had sunk and the outside of the property had shrunk. 😅 They also added a new living room to their house which was super snazzy.
  • They are a fun family, with seven kids and a fun property, which we enjoyed playing around in.
  • One day we hiked up to a high hill, which had a small steeple at the peak. It had amazing views of the Pyrenees Mountains.
  • We were there for two days and left on the third day to Barcelona to the other family.

3. Another family’s house: In Barcelona

  • Situated on a steep hill among many other cramped houses in the city, theirs is quite fascinating! Now, if you know me well, then you probably know that I’m enthralled with architecture. And the situation and design of their property is captivating! Their house (i.e. building) itself is kind of simple, but the way their surrounding grounds go along with the steep incline is. . . all the synonyms I’ve already used. I tried mapping it in my sketchbook to get a good idea of what it looks like,  but I stopped for two reasons. One, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to do it, and, two, the math of it made no sense! Anyway, I’m unnecessarily ranting so I’ll stop now. 😉
  • Anyway, I had a fun time there hanging out with my cousins. At one point my mom and I ventured into the downtown of Barcelona, which was fun. We took a lot of time to get souvenirs for the rest of our family back in Chicago, which was stressful.
  • We were there for two days, and left for the airport on the third day.
  • We survived the airport process, and made it onto the plane, nervous as we neared Lisbon airport every passing second. When we got there, yeah, you guessed it: there was a very long line. Except not as long as it was last time. The strike that started when we were there the first time was still kinda continuing. Lots of chaos and confusing things. . . until we made it onto the airplane, finally. We had a decent ride back home. We made it through regular O’Hare Airport procedures, and my toddler sister and dad were there to greet us and take us home.

The end. 🙂 Just kidding! Photo dump time. 😎

Photo Dump

On our way to Portugal from Chicago!
The horizon seen out of a Chicago to Portugal plane’s cabin window.
A Barcelona beach.
Water and rocks.
A chaotic picture of water and rocks with the camera lens cover with droplets of water.
Waves and sand.
Underwater shot.
Sand, rocks, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Waves and rocks!!
*Mini tsunami seen in the distance* “RUUUN!!!” Just kidding. It’s jus’ a wittle wave.
I think that landmass in the photo is Barcelona, as we fly from the large city to Lisbon, Portugal.
A floor of clouds. . .

If I’m being honest, I wish I’d have taken a lot more photos, but I forgot a bunch of times. I’m going to see if I can convince my brother to put some videos of Spain on his YouTube channel. . . But what a blessing this trip was! I am very grateful.

Now, what were some things you all did for vacation? I’d love to hear about it!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

CREDIT TO DANIEL L. AMADOR FOR ALL PHOTOS IN THIS BLOG POST.

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What a Crazy Month

July 27. That’s the date of my most recent post. It’s almost been an entire month since I last posted! Wow. I’m sorry for this extensive unannounced hiatus (the longest this blog has ever experienced, I think)! I’ve been doing life hard. I don’t know what that means but it sounds cool and accurate. Currently I’m overseas from Chicago, and have been for a bit. I’ll likely tell you more about that when I get back in around a week. 😉

Some crazy things that have been goin’ on. . .

  • One of my friends texted me yesterday telling me that NF and his wife Bridgette’s BABY WAS JUST BORN—WHAT?! I’m currently waiting for her to give me the specifics, as I have no social media.
  • My birthday is in less than 30 days. “When exactly?” you may be asking. I’ll tell you when I feel like it. 😉
  • One of my other friends just launched her YouTube channel—I think I’ll tell you more about that later.
  • I discovered that listing all of the countries in the world is a lot harder on regular ground in front of a lot of your relatives when it’s dark, than on a stage in front of your friends with light.
  • I need to put a lot more effort into learning Spanish.
  • Dutch Blitz is really fun.
  • I’ve been reading some of the books I received when I won Timothy Benefield’s email list giveaway. They’re good, and have given me a LOT to think about. I want to do a review of them some time.
  • Training for a half marathon in the mountains when I’m used to flat Illinois ground is easier than I thought.

If I think of other ground shaking news I’ll probably let you all know. Well, I think I’ll be off now. But before I disappear for several more days, I just want to let you all know that my absence does not mean that I’ve forgotten about my blog. Far from it! It means I’ve been working on several posts yet can’t seem to stay focused on one project till I’m done with it, hehehe. . . but I assure you, I have been planning good content for you all! Now, farewell. Enjoy the rest of your summer (assuming school or whatever still hasn’t started for you yet)!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

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Your Thoughts and My Brother’s Channel

Before I start with the post’s main topics, I just want to say. . . my review on CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE) by NF is on it’s way! It’s just taking a lot longer than I thought. I’ve gotta be thorough with these things. Now, to the post!

Recently, I realized that I have never officially asked for your, my readers’, feedback about my blog. But I do want to know what you think of the Right Kind of Writer. So, I’ve prepared a simple, three-question survey to get your thoughts on the RKW! I’d really appreciate it if you’d take the time to fill it out. Thank you! Just click here.

Alright, about the ‘My Brother’s Channel’ part of the post. So, my younger brother Israel Amador (don’t know why he isn’t using his first name *shrugs*) started a YouTube channel a few days ago (I was his first subscriber 😎). I want to leave you in suspense, so if you want to know what his channel’s about, just check it out (and subscribe. . .)! Just click here.

Aaaaaaaaaaand that’s all I have for you today. See ya!

P.S. Sorry this is late! Technical difficulties.

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

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Changing My Posting Routine

Ah, the paradox that is summer. One often thinks they will find relaxation, peace, and good weather during it now that school is over, only to have it revealed to them that it can be almost as busy as the school year itself (but still prefer it over the school year), and that the weather goes from mostly cold during the school seasons to overly hot during the summer. Well, this is the case for me (maybe not necessarily the weather thing, but most definitely the busyness thing). Because of that, I must inform you all, my readers, that I will be changing my posting routine a bit. During the summer, at least, I’ll be posting once every other week (once every two weeks) more often than once ever week. There is the slight possibility, though, that I may take longer than two weeks to get a post published. Life is crazy, my friends.

To my slight embarrassment, I recently realized that I’ve never before asked which would be most convenient for all of you and which you would prefer, but that’ll change now, and I’ll do that with a poll (because they’re so easy and convenient).

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

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I’m Getting Back Into Writing + a Poll

Good morning -or noon, or evening, or whenever you’re reading this- everyone! Today there’s something I’d like to tell you all:

We’re getting there. . .

Just a little further. . .

Alright, just three more for the fun of it. . .

I’m getting back into writing!!! I think a little explanation is needed. So, I’ve already informed you that I was taking two advanced classes, along with my regular other subjects. Because of that, I have hardly written anything this month, and not that much last month or even throughout all of 2021. For that reason, I haven’t written any posts on writing-centered advice, tips or suggestions. But this Friday I finished middle school for good (that means that I’m a freshman now and I’m not really sure what I’m going to do for high school, though that can wait)! Oh, and on another note, I completed my Advanced Placement Human Geography Exam on Friday so that’s relieving, and I’ll get results in July.

Anyway, now that summer vacation is here, I hope to do a lot more writing other than blog posts, and I hope I’ll be able to crank out some good writing-advice posts. Thanks for reading!

Now, you’re probably seeing this and wondering, “wait, what about the poll?” Well I’m glad you asked! This involves a future post.

Near the beginning of this year, two artists that I listen to and enjoy released an album. Christopher, by Hulvey, and CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE), by NF. Both artists are Christian, though Hulvey is a Christian Artist. Both albums have Christian messages, but Hulvey’s is officially Christian. Both are pretty good, but NF’s is much better quality (and to be honest I like it more). I really want to do a review for my blog of one of them, but. . . which one?? Christopher, or CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE)?

Since it would be for all of you, which one do you want a review on?

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

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Element Wolf Book #1: Stolen is Published!

Two days ago, on the 23rd of May, my Ydubs and blogging friend Jehanne J. Hendrick published her first ever book, Element Wolf Book #1: Stolen!!! *thundering applause*

The Blurb:

IN THE FACE OF EVIL, WILL FLIGHT FIND THE COURAGE TO DEFY THE DARKNESS?

Flight is first-born to the unbreakable alphas of Star Pack—the pack of wolves that rule the harshest territory in Yellowstone. The young pup is noticeably strong, and he’s full of potential no wolf can deny. On his first day outside the den, Flight is overcome with love and pride for his ice-locked land. 

     But after his entry into the world beyond the den, Flight’s perfect life in his beloved homeland is cut tragically short as everything the young pup loves is whisked away from him. Flight finds himself in an ominous land known as Avida, ruled by a vengeful wolf with a haunting past.

     The pup is astonished to learn that he is part of a mysterious prophecy which claims he holds unusual powers given only to him. However, the ruler of Avida wants Flight to use his abilities to help her destroy the pup’s entire pack so she can claim his homeland.

     Desperate to rescue everything he loves from destruction, Flight forms his own plans against the cruel alpha of Avida. For months, Flight works in secret with newfound allies, readying their plans before the ultimate bloodshed. But when the day comes, what happens is more shocking than Flight ever could have prepared for.

Now, being the ambitious type of boy I am, I jumped at the opportunity to post a book review on the day of the publication, but, obviously, that didn’t happen. School was much tougher on me than expected, and I haven’t finished the book yet. BUT, I am still planning on doing the book review when I do finish.

But don’t wait for my book review to buy it. Get it now! You can get the paperback and/or the ebook right here!

Stats:

Word Count: 478 pages.

Current Amazon rating: 4.8/5.

Weight (because Amazon offered the option): 1.54 lb.

Genre: Christian fantasy.

Stolen has such an epic cover, not to mention it comes with MAPS!!!!!

Now I just need a job because if I keep buying books at this rate I’m gonna be broke in a few months. -_-

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

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Crazy Writing Week, May 2021, Begins

*Walks onto stage, hands folded behind his back. Grabs the mic with his left hand, his right hand is still behind his back. Taps mic a few times before he begins to speak.*

Ahem, dear readers, I have a special announcement that I’d like to share. Crazy Writing Week, CWW, is officially…

OPEN!!!

Woo hoo!! Yes, it is true. Once again, yesterday, Monday the third of May, the day before May the Fourth (be with you), CWW went online for the public. Better yet, today the competition officially started!

I realize that many of you may not know what CWW is. To quote my friend Mia on her post about CWW… “Crazy Writing Week (or CWW or CDubs) is a program given by the Young Writers Workshop to help writers make a significant amount of progress on their writing projects by friendly competition. CWW is really similar to YWW, but does have a few differences as explained on the website.”

It is an awesome time of writing, making friends, and (friendly) competition. 😎

Everyone who joins is either put on the Spoons Team or the Forks Team. Also, if you don’t actually like competing, you can join the Sporks Team. They sprint simply for fun. I’m part of the Forks Team.

Here is a Team Fork logo I made for myself:

Image to the credit of Daniel L. Amador.

Whenever the word or time count of all the teams reaches a certain number (500,000 words or 1,000, for example), everyone will get a prize (a spreadsheet of every student’s accomplishments, for example)! 😜

CWW is a great way to boost your motivation, which in turn boosts your productivity, which in turn boosts your team’s score, which in turn may make your team WIN THE COMPETITION. Remember, the competition is only ONE WEEK LONG, but you can sign up whenever. So, sign up as soon as possible and earn your team some points!!!

If you are interested, click here!

Also, here are a couple other good posts some of my friends wrote to read on CWW! Crazy Writing Week! ~ In Which Craziness Ensues. FREE Event for Young Writers.

I hope to see you there! By the way, my name on CWW is Daniel Amador. 😉

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50 Followers

Readers, today, the 25th of April, I hit an awesome milestone.

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50 followers on my blog!!!

It’s not 1,000,000 or even 100, but it’s still a very decent amount!

I am so grateful to all of you who have followed and supported me. I can’t tell you how thankful I am. I might have given a shoutout to a good deal of people who helped me on this journey, but I don’t want to put anyone on the spot and I honestly don’t have much time to write this as it is 10:00 p.m. right now. Hehehe…

Anyway, I hope you have thoroughly enjoyed reading my posts and such, and continue to enjoy this blog and support me on my journey through… life. If you are reading this and are not subscribed, all you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of my blog and there will be space where you can insert your email. It’s as simple as that.

As I get off the laptop to get some sleep, I’d like to thank you all one more time. So… thank you! And thank you God!

 With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

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Major Blog Updates

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

As you all may have noticed, I have majorly updated my blog. I wasn’t really much of a fan of the darker theme, and so I found something a bit brighter and… jumpier. I put a lot more thought and time into the design and colors. I came up with a color scheme. I changed my logo up a bit. I added a header… which is now the footer (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s the blog title, tagline, two red lines on the top and bottom, and a Bible on the left and right).

As for photography… I’ve made the decision (starting from the last post; before that all the images were self-taken) to mostly use the professional pictures from Pexels (maybe I switch to another photography site later). If I use photos not from Pexels, I will give the photographer credit.

I am currently working on changing the blog post tagline “Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!”. I honestly don’t really like it… I’m also thinking about taking it out entirely. (It would be appreciated if you would let me know your opinion on the matter, whether through the contact page or comments!)

 There were a few other changes, of course, among those already mentioned, and there will likely be more to come.

I’d also like to point out something in the URL. It shows it as “therightkindawriter”, instead of “therightkindofwriter”. The reason for this is because my blog was originally called “The Right Kinda Writer”, but when I changed it, the URL didn’t change. I’d just like to point that out to limit confusion. I’m working on a solution.

Finally, I’ve decided to move the day I publish posts from Sunday to Monday, as of this post. I was already publishing later than 9 pm… so it just works out for me, and is more convenient.

I’ll keep you, my readers, updated on any other major changes to my blog!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

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About My Blog Updates

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

 Dear readers… me being a fairly new blogger, I’ve been continually trying to update my blog to make it run better, look better, and just be better in general.

I have made the most updates on the homepage, and a few on the blog-page.

But are they improvements? Do they worsen it? Or do they just not really make a difference?

I am making these improvements for the sake of you, readers, so that things are more organized and appealing, not just to me, but to you all.

So I’ve set up this poll for you to share what you think on the matter.

Please answer, and please answer truthfully. Thank you!

With God’s Help, 

Daniel L. Amador

CREDIT TO DANIEL L. AMADOR FOR PHOTO.