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Updates and Challenges!

I'm afraid I've slacked off on my writing this year, due to life and health and now preparing for another (mostly local) move. But it's almost April, which means…
I haven't done much planning yet. For Camp, you get to set your own word count, from 10,000 words up, and you can write whatever you want, not just a novel. I'm going with 10,000 because of everything else going on next month, and I'm splitting the word count between multiple projects. I want to work on a novel, a short story or novella, blog posts, book reviews, maybe some flash fiction, and some other projects I have going. Hopefully that will make it easier to achieve my word count, because I can work on whatever project sounds good at the time. Or maybe it will make it harder to be focused enough to write that much. I'll find out soon!

Even if my writing hasn't gotten much attention, I haven't been slacking on reading! I'm still working on K.M. Weiland's 100 Books in 2016 challenge, plus I'm doing a reading challenge from our library district. I've read 34 books so far, so I'm well ahead of schedule! I'm assuming my reading will take a hit in the midst of packing and moving, so hopefully I'll get enough ahead to make up for that.

At least one book review should be coming next week, and hopefully more soon. I have plenty of spots in my Camp NaNoWriMo cabin if anyone wants to be added. Just create your Camp project and give me your screen name and I can add you!

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100 Books in 2016


I joined K.M. Weiland's challenge to read 100 books in 2016! She's giving away a free copy of one of her e-books to everyone who completes the challenge. I've never kept up with how many books I read, and I'm looking forward to it! I'm using Goodreads to keep track of what I read as well as keep a list of what I want to read this year. My first full book to read this year was an advanced reader copy of Jack, by Chautona Havig, which comes out in a couple of weeks. I'll be sharing more about that one later, but it was a fun read!

If you're interested in joining the challenge, there's a Goodreads group for it. Any suggestions on what to read this year?

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Mission accomplished!

I did it! Last night, I finished my novel! The rough draft, anyway. After writing over 5,000 words yesterday, I ended last night with 50,335 words. My first novel, and finished with a day to spare! That's very exciting.

I'm going to take December to work on some short stories, work more on my fictional town, and fix up the website. I'd like to have a Christmas story written and posted here before Christmas, but I haven't even started writing it yet, so I don't know if that's really feasible or not. Hopefully there will be some stories coming soon though! Then in January, I'll start revising my novel. It's going to need some pretty heavy revising, but at least the first draft is done!

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NaNoWriMo Day 15 – The Halfway Point!

Halfway through the month, and halfway through my novel! I’m currently at 25,120 words, so slightly over halfway to the 50,000 word goal! And still going strong. I am trying to figure out a few things along the way, which makes it harder to get ahead as much as I’d like to. I’m trying to figure out how exactly I want this relationship to struggle, and if I need to introduce more external conflict or not. But I keep reminding myself there’s always the next draft! This is the rough draft, and written in a month. It’s supposed to be bad! So I’ll keep plowing ahead and fully intend to finish the novel this month! And eventually, once I’ve done a lot of revisions, publish it. I don’t know what sort of time frame to expect, since this is my first novel, but it’s exciting to know I want to go that route. So hopefully sometime next year, I’ll be a published author!

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NaNoWriMo Day 3

I caught up on what I missed Sunday and got my word count where it should be. The target word count for the end of the day is 5000, and I’m finishing with 5014. It feels great to be a little ahead, and makes this seem more possible. I am trying to work through some plot difficulties, and not let myself get bogged down in research while trying to sort it out. I tend to research things to death, which is not the way to succeed at NaNoWriMo! All that can wait for December.

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NaNoWriMo Day 2!

Day 2 of NaNoWriMo and I’m playing catch-up. I woke up yesterday with what felt like the flu, so my plans for fitting in writing spurts went out the window. I managed to get out 268 words out of desperation. I couldn’t think straight, but I also couldn’t not write anything, so I got out the very beginning at least.

Today, I’ve felt better, but still pretty sick. I’ve been really going at the writing though, in between chasing kids. I ended up with a word count of 3030. Not quite as much as I had hoped, but still decent and better than expected. Hopefully I can catch up tomorrow!

I’m using Scharffen Berger chocolate pieces as writing incentives. I get a couple of piece after every 500 words. Each piece is about the size of two chocolate chips, so it’s a nice taste, but not too much.

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Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! I’m starting this as a place to share book reviews, literary thoughts and quotes, and the like. Hopefully I’ll eventually be sharing some of my own work as well. I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo, and as November is only 3 days away, I decided I’d get this started now so I can share November updates. They say to share your goal with the world for greater likelihood of success, so here goes!

I love that they made a left-handed version of the banner!

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