Sunday, August 12, 2018

Camp Nanowrimo has finished and I didn't meet my word count goal of 25,000 BUT, I still consider this a tremendous win because words were put to paper every day,I worked on other projects, submitted work to a contest, and all in all, fell in love with writing again. So, major breakthrough there; I dug around in the closet and unearthed old notebooks from high school bursting with stories, poems, and lists of names. I transferred the name lists to another notebook and starting revamping a past project from school that I feeling strongly about. The characters never left when I decided to put that project on the backburner which meant that they themselves weren't wrong just the story. So, here's to the new one.

The reading routine has made a fine comeback and also a realization: I want to be an author more than anything. Right now I'm working a job I love with great coworkers and the next semester is coming up meaning my semester off is coming to a close. I've made the decision that if I become a full time author I won't go back to school; I already have my Associates degree but won't feel the need to finish my Bachelors. I'd also like to point out that after watching The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society(fantastic film! Lily James is a treasure!)I was hit with a nostalgia that came out of nowhere-sitting up way past bedtime to scribble away in notebooks with a Harry Potter soundtrack in my earbuds.  That's the key focus-that writing is worth doing because it's fun and a day dream I'll never quit.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Camp Nanowrimo!

These posts are far and few but I make no apologies; I've been on a gap semester and soaking it up with relaxing-as much as you can with a career-and reading. I've been falling back in love with writing and hit a bit of a reading slump, but jumped out when I started The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This is also being written on a rainy day best spent in jammies, but instead of jammies I'm in clothes comfortable enough to pass as them. Close enough.

Just thought I'd mention that I'm participating in Camp Nanowrimo this July. I've been saying I'll participate and never did for the past five years but it's going to happen! I'm going to do November Nano every year starting this year! I also hope I can go to The Night of Writing Dangerously next year. Made a deal with myself that if I participate and write everyday. even if I don't reach my goal word count, I'm going to buy a Nanowrimo shirt. The goal is 25,000 words, which means writing 833 words a day.  This is also the month whwn I'm going to distance myself from Youtube.

I watch it more than regular tv, unless it's Murder,She Wrote and, recently, Jack and Ozzy's World Detour. There are so many fantastic BookTubers out there! I need a break; my kindle has been less books more videos and I fasted YouTube for a month before and it was the best decision, so it's time to do it again. I've  also been letting go of some personal routines that make me happy. I've ben forgetting to have Bible time the past few nights, haven't made my evening tea, or utilized my designated reading time because of being exhausted.So, it's going to be a time of getting things back in order.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Routine or Lack there of

Sticking to a routine is difficult for me if school isn't involved. I was born with a happy-devil-may-care unstructured way of doing things and I have reached the point where nothing gets done. Then, I make the pathetic, haphazard "plan" of doing the unfinished thing tomorrow. A nice way of putting it off. So, I woke up turned on my laptop and started typing this up.

I will saw that my reading routine is the only one that's stuck through the years.When the day is done I get a shower, put on pajamas, make a cuppa and snuggle with a book. There are nights, however, when I fall asleep while reading in bed. Sometimes my full cup of tea is forgotten and when I go in for a sip my faces pinches when the stone cold liquid reaches my lips.

I've also started making my bed; it feels good to have that be the first accomplishment of the day. Getting up the same time everyday is a challenge I have yet to master since I read and do some writing until 1 am.  Well, that's it for now, I have to get dressed for work soon. Sitting in a housecoat and washed out Spongebob pajamas is a luxury but I have to start the day properly.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Monthly Steep 1

I picked this title because thinking back on the past month is, for me, like preparing a warm fresh cuppa. (Also that last word I just used, I really enjoy, so get used to that one.) I sit back and wait while the richness and occasional bitter, escaping tea leaf soak in. But I never let it ruin my teatime, so the unsavory bits don't ruin the over all month.

January has been easygoing and restful. I:got an email and its already been three months since starting my new job and love it. Five books have made it into my Already Read category this month and I purchased two new books; Stalking Jack the Ripper and It Girls. At the moment I'm reading Esperanza Rising.

Today is the first day after my YouTube and Instagram fast and I've come to realize that watching YouTube took up so much of my time and since quitting it for a while, I don't feel like the day has been wasted. On top of that I've been squeezing time in to write which kind of feels like I'm starting from square one again, but what can you do?

Monday, January 22, 2018

How's it going 2018

Alright, it's three weeks into the new year and I'm just now doing a post. Seriously, the rough draft was just scribbled out an hour ago and I'm typing it up in a Colorado Fattie T-shirt and pajama shorts. That's actually a career goal for me-to do nothing but write all day and not have to put on actual pants. A number of my New Years Resolutions involve writing, so that's a nice transition.

Resolutions/To-Do List for 2018

1) Read 65 books. And there's a tiny criteria list for this too.

  • Stop reading books I'm not interested in
  • Read more memoirs
  • Use my kindle as a kindle instead of a tablet
  • Read books I want to read.I have this gut feeling about a book, but then it's over shadowed with that stupid thought, "Oh, but THIS one's been on my shelf for three years I'll read it instead." Then I'm slogging along and not enjoying it as much. No more!
  • Take a book with me where ever I go. Easier said then done; then agin this is where the whole using the kindle as a kindle goal comes in.
2) Get that shitty first draft written (50,000 words)

3) Write a blog post once a week. I just rolled my eyes after typing that one.

5) Cut back on the YouTube. Currently I'm doing a 3 week fast for my spiritual health through my church and fasting YouTube and Instagram.

So, that's it for now. I hope this year has been kind to you all so far. Comment below.             

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I wanted to do NaNoWriMo this year but it didn't pan out. I've learned that I really need to have an outline before getting started. Back in the day I used to write rough drafts by hand-stories, papers, and the like. I miss writing like that; in college writing rough drafts on the computer was what you did and that habit has since stuck around, even with stuff outside of school. so, next year I'll be sure to have an outline put together. That's really the only downer in this post, other then that everything's been pretty good .

This weather makes me positively giddy-sweaters, hot tea, the sun setting earlier, Thanksgiving, Christmas, snow! At the moment I'm typing this up while wearing a cozy shirt with a plaid silhouette of a deer and under it is the phrase, Oh Deer. For some reason I love reading more during this time of year to. I've read 44 books this year and am  this close to reaching the goal of 50 books read this year!

I don't know if I've mentioned this but I got a knew job and I don't want to say what it is because I'd like to keep stuff like that private. All you need to know is that I'm blessed to have a job I love and work with great co workers.  I'm about to crack open my 45th book this year, Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright and it's based on the screenplay by David Leslie Johnson. I've seen the movie before and thought it was great.

Anyway that's it for now. Please give me a read and leave a comment!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Turtles

It's not that I particularly like turtles, I'm just excited that John Green has his new book Turtles all the Way Down coming out on the 10th of October! He is one of my auto-buy authors and is one of my favorite authors of all time! I've decided that before buying the book I'm going to finish reading 10 books by the time it's released.

One thing I made sure of when doing this is to finish books that have been started and put down. Kindle books count as well. I'm an avid Kndle user.

The books I finished are:
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Diva by Jillian Larkin
Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
Alex and Eliza by Melissa de La Cruz
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Started this in mid August and, who knows, maybe I'll finish more by then.
Happy reading everyone!