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July Camp NaNo

The next session of Camp NaNoWriMo is around the corner — a week from tomorrow, in fact!

I absolutely love it when the start of a NaNo session falls on the weekend. It really helps when getting ahead in word count! At the end of July the family and I will be going away, so I’m aiming to get my 50k words in before we leave.

I finally got placed in a cabin about a day or two ago after Rachel reminded me to do so about three times. I didn’t do it in time to get placed in a cabin with my sister (oops), but it should be interesting seeing how all the people in each of our cabins do. She’s upping her goal to 100k words instead of the normal 50k words like I am, and she got placed in a cabin with some other folks with similar goals. My cabin consists entirely of people trying to reach 50k.

I’m not sure what I’m doing for camp exactly. I claimed the genre of my project as “short stories,” figuring that I would at least get some Sunday Scribbles prepped with this session. It’s on par for how I write, anyway, haha!

Anyone else gearing up for Camp next month? What are your projects going to be about?

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Posted by on June 23, 2017 in Home

 

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2017 Goodreads Challenge

Hey, look, I added the Goodreads Challenge widget to the side bar again!

Last year I had pledged to read 52 books — about one a week — and it didn’t go well. I ready maybe about 20 books, some of them rereads, which isn’t bad but I would have liked to fall in love with more new books.

This year I brought my goal down to 26 books, aiming for at least a book every two weeks. More book reviews on this blog is one of my goals for this year, so I hope you all look forward to it!

If you have any book recommendations, feel free to comment on this post or even on my Reading List!

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2017 in Home

 

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Goodreads Challenge

You know that little widget on my sidebar? The one that says Goodreads and showcases my 2016 Reading Challenge?

Yeah, the bar isn’t filled too much, is it?

I did much better in the beginning of this year with my reading challenge, and I partly attribute that to working in a bookstore at that time. It was so simple to find new books to read and then read during my break and all. Then I switched jobs, one that had a steady schedule but was a bit more taxing mentally, and I found myself in more reading slumps than I would have liked. I realized that I’m able to change my goal, and I thought of doing so at the last minute, perhaps bring it down to 20 books for 2016 or so, but then I’d feel like I was cheating.

So, perhaps I’ll do better next year! I hope everyone else has had a lovely year of good books!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Home

 

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Word Crawls

Word Crawls are the most amazing things ever.

Seriously, these things are awesome! I just wrote almost 2k in a¬†little over an hour with the help of the first part of the Fantasy Crawl. I figured, since I’m writing fantasy, may as well do a word crawl to go with it.

Most of the challenges are timed, of course, and I think that’s what I needed. Racing against a timer doesn’t give my mind much time to wander when I’m writing and it’s definitely interesting to see how many words I can write in set intervals.

How are you guys doing on your projects, for NaNo or otherwise?

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Home

 

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Camp NaNo Wrap-Up

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With the arrival of May comes the end of Camp NaNoWriMo (until July, that is).

I did very well this session! I definitely reached my goal of 50k words and got into a nice habit of writing every day. I cheated a little in that my 50k words were not just for one story. They were spread out over about 2 and a half stories, but it was still 50k more words than I would have written had I not done the challenge.

The first story had some familiar characters that I’ve written about plenty of times before, and by the middle of the month I needed a bit of a break from them. After that, I started a story with brand new characters that was going very well. It was tons of fun to write, and I’ll probably keep going with it. Peppered in here and there were little short stories that I felt like writing and just added to the word count because why not?

Here’s what my stats looked like for the month:

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I’m proud of how even it is! The twenty-eighth was the only day I did not get a chance to write (it was a Thursday, my “long day” at work and I had an appointment right after), but I bounced right back up.

How did you do?

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Home

 

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Reading Challenge Continued

Yesterday I posted that long list of a reading challenge that I had happened to find while scrolling through Pinterest. I had glanced at it before, but now I’m seriously considering everything on the list. I’ve come to the surprising conclusion that I’m able to complete most, if not all, of the list with books that I already own.

A book you own but haven’t read: Um, have you seen my bookshelves? Scratch that, have you seen my desk? I swear, I have three piles on or around my desk of books that I have yet to read. I’ll read them, I swear!

A book that was made into a movie: Harry Potter, anyone? The Hobbit? Fellowship of the Ring? This section is checked.

A book you pick solely because of the cover: Pretty sure on my February book haul post I mentioned the book Earnest and this past Wednesday I reviewed The Boy Next Door, both books that have dogs on the covers. I had listed the dogs as the reason as to why I picked up the books!

A book your friend loves: I was introduced to the Night Circus, one of my all-time favorite books, by a good friend years ago, and I also have plenty of recommendations from fellow coworkers at my bookstore.

A book published this year: I don’t believe I have this section checked off yet, but it’s still early March. I have plenty of time this year to find a good book to add to my shelves!

A book by an author you’ve never read before: I’m currently doing that right now!

A book by an author you love: Oh, I have plenty of contenders for this section as well. It shall be checked off soon!

A book at the bottom of you’re “to-read” pile: My TBR list is in no particular order, sooo… can I count this as checked since I’m always working on whittling down my TBR list?

A book with a color in the title: I don’t believe I’ve read any yet (unless Dr. Seuss books count), but I did recently pick up Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: … Does Middle Earth or Hogwarts count?

A book you started but never finished: I’ve been in the middle of The Two Towers for months now, unfortunately… Other than that, I almost always finish the books I start unless I truly dislike the story/characters/writing style. Of the few books I could not stand to finish, I donated so maybe they can be picked up by someone who will enjoy them.

A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe: Haha, well, I have read “A Lion, A Witch, and a Wardrobe,” before so I think I deserve triple checks for this! More recently, I can stick Harry Potter on this section again for the witches in those books!

A book with a female heroine: Done. I’ve read plenty of those!

A book set in the summer: Also done, although I wasn’t too thrilled with the book.

A book of poems: … Damn. Not sure about this one. Shel Silverstein, maybe?

A book you learned about because of this challenge: Considering that I found this challenge on my own, this may not apply to me… Unless others have recommendations?

A book that will make you smarter: EVERY book makes you smarter!

A book with a blue cover: Have quite a few of those like, The Eye of the Minds, The Christmas Angel, A Dance of Ghosts… Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix…

A book you were supposed to read in school, but didn’t: I’ve been out of school for years, but I don’t believe I skipped any books. I did reread The Secret Life of Bees recently, however, if that counts.

A book “everyone” but you has read: There are actually quite a few popular series that I should probably check out, such as The Maze Runner or The Hunger Games.

A book with a great first line: I’m checking this off as done, considering its all based on personal opinion and I love many first lines.

A book with pictures: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, illustrated edition!

A book from the library: Dear Lord, I need to start checking out books from the library again…

A book you loved… Read it again!: Haha, done it many times!

A book that is more than 10 years old: Harry Potter, again. In fact, the first book will be twenty years old next year!

A book based on a true story: Definitely have this checked off, although I’ve been thinking about The Danish Girl lately…

Of course, challenges like these are always fun with brand new books. I’m always up for recommendations!

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2016 in Home

 

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Reading Challenge

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Just something interesting I found… Thought I’d share it!

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2016 in Home

 

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