Accountability

 

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

~ Jimmy Dean

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In the best interest of this blog, I decided a week ago to join in on the fun of Blogging 201, hosted by The Daily Post. The assignments began on Sunday and the first one had to do with making goals about what I want to accomplish with this blog.  It took some thinking, on my part, but I finally came up with three goals to focus on. By putting them up here for you all to see, its a way of holding myself accountable.

  • Reach 100 followers on both WordPress and Facebook by the end of 2014.
  • By October 31st, have an editorial and social media calender for November/December.
  • Leave at least 1 comment on another blog post every day.

All do-able goals that will contribute to my succeeding as an author and a brand. I’m looking forward to working on them!

NanoWrimo – Roundup of Thoughts

Who’s preparing for November? More specifically, who is getting ready for NanoWrimo?

Love this calender… if I end up doing Nano, this will be my motivation!

Speaking of which, I haven’t decided whether or not I will be doing Nano this year. So far, I’ve won both editions of Camp in 2014, but never participated in November.  *gasp*

50,000 words is a lot of words. A Lot Of Words. Did I mention how many words is in 50,000 words?  Yes.

Anyways, between work, school (final semester!), and other projects, writing that many words in 31 days sounds like a little too much. Who knows, maybe I’ll attempt it and really drive myself crazy!

My blog reader is filling up with posts about Nano, posts about planning, about panicking, and posts with tips and tricks on how to succeed.

Compass Prose wrote a terrific post entitled The Emotions of NanoWrimo. So accurate. If you’ve done Nano, never heard about it, or are still trying to decide whether to participate, go read this post.

From the Mist of the North Woods just started her prep for Nano, and wrote about it. I am now following her blog and will hopefully get to cheer her on!

If you’re planning to participate in Nano, then I deem you crazy. But, I also think you’re awesome. And I’ll be cheering you on.

Zoey Writes is thinking of trying a different kind of NanoWrimo with blogging instead of fiction. Now this I might participate in! :)

If you lack some motivation, head over to Kate M. Colby’s post on motivation for Nano. Great work!

What do you think? Will you be writing like mad in November?  If you’ll be blogging about it, comment and let me follow your adventures!  :)

October Reading List

You can never get me a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

~ C. S. Lewis

I was a little random this month with my reading choices, but ended up with some really good books (I think!). Anyways, I ended up, again, with six novels.

Flying Changes: A Novel  by Sara Gruen

This one is a modern story with horses being a major part of it, which is what made me pick it up in the first place. It is about a 40 year old woman who is attempting to overcome struggles in life, mainly her rebellious teenage daughter. If the equestrian points in it are accurate, then I shouldn’t have a hard time enjoying it!

The Warrior Heir  by Cinda Williams Chima

This book is a recent release that I’ve heard talked about by several bloggers and vloggers and when I found it at the library, I snatched it up! It is the first book in The Heir Chronicles, and is set in a modern world with what seems to be fantasy characters? It is about a young boy who unknowingly is part of a great battle for power, a part that he seemingly has no control over. Looks great!

The Hawk and the Jewel  by Lori Wick

I always like a good romance, and this one seems to be exactly that, but with a twist. The girl has been raised in Arabia and is now being brought back to Victorian England. It is a Christian-based novel, so hopefully it balances with my own beliefs in that regard. The Hawk and the Jewel is the first in the Kensington Chronicles by Lori Wick.

Of Triton  by Anna Banks

I read the first book (Of Poseidon) in The Syrena Legacy back in September and liked it enough to go in search of the second book! It is a continuation of the first one, with Emma being forced to deal with all the changes and issues that she discovered in Of Poseidon.

Kiss  by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

I went in search of a Ted Dekker book after being told about how great and wonderful his stories are. This one seemed the most intriguing, about a young woman who wakes up after what she is told was a terrible accident that was her fault. But she is missing six months of her memory. Mystery and suspense usually aren’t my genre, but here goes!

Poison  by Bridget Zinn

This one was released in March of 2014 and looks like so much fun! A young girl, potions, poisons, and a pig? Hopefully it will be as cute and enjoyable as it seems.


 

What are you reading this month? It’s getting into fall and winter, the best times to curl up with a good book. Have you read any of the books I listed, or are you planning to?

The Importance of Description

I am an introvert by nature. This means that I spend a lot of time watching, observing, and contemplating. These traits mean that in my writing, I can be very detailed in my descriptions because the little things are important to me and that comes out when my pen hits the paper.

Descriptions are not important to everyone, but I can really get into a story when I know how the characters look and what the setting is like.

This is a short description that I wrote several days ago. Is it too detailed, or not enough?  What do you think?

The withered old man sat hunched over his desk in the cramped penny shop. At first glance, he seemed to be concentrating on the stack of papers in front of him, but a closer examination proved that the first assumption was entirely incorrect and that the ancient being was, in fact, sound asleep. His clothes were slightly rumpled, as though they were yesterday’s neatly pressed outfit that had merely been shaken out to become today’s presentable covering. His shirt sleeves were several inches too short and exposed his bony wrists which were attached to hands that were just as gaunt. His thin fingers were spread supportively on either side of his face and it was in this fashion that he slept.

How much description do you like in your reading? Very little, or lots?

September Reading List – Review

If you read my goals post at the beginning of the month you know that I set up a list of books to read in September. Six of them to be precise. Today is the last day of September and I have gotten through four and a half of them. I never did get to Shakespeare’s Othello, but considering that I haven’t been in the mood to read a play lately, its okay. Since I’m not very good at detailed reviews, for now I’m doing a monthly wrap-up of my literary adventures.

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The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I already knew I liked Hawthorne’s writing, so its no surprise that I enjoyed reading this book. It was a little slow and confusing to start off with, but once it got going I loved it. Obviously, considering when it was written, the reading level is a bit higher than modern literature. The characters had real depth and genuine problems that resonated with me. Definitely a good read!

Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey. Here is where the half a book comes in… I’m afraid that I just did not have the will to finish this one. There were too many characters and many of the names were very similar and therefore confusing. At the beginning, the plot was interesting and I liked the MC but then the story began rambling, I lost the train of the plot, and finally laid it down about two-thirds done. I didn’t even much care about the ending. I wanted to like this book and maybe somebody out there does, but it wasn’t for me.

The Bride, by Julie Garwood. This book was everything I wanted it to be: a (mostly) light romance that had a tendril of seriousness and reality, but overall was just fun and made me smile. Oh, and there were Scottish guys. A relaxing and enjoyable read!

Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks. Of all three series that I started this month, this is the only one I plan on continuing. It was relatively easy reading, clean, original, and had a good mix of fun and reality. Of Triton is the second book and will be on my October reading list!

The Lost Prince, by Julie Kagawa. Also the start of another series, but one that I won’t be continuing for some time. The plot was intriguing, the story was fairly well told, but overall it wasn’t as clean as I would have liked and the MC wasn’t as deep as she could have been.

What did you read in September? Have you read any of the books I did and what did you think of them?

Share Your World 2014 – Week 36

I’m really enjoying these weekly questions, thanks to Cee for putting them up!

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Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I definitely prefer fiction (which is why I write it!), but educational are a close second. Never thought about it, but its the truth!

What is your biggest fear or phobia? 

Cee said not to give photos for this question, for which I am very grateful for. I have no desire to go looking for or getting my own picture of a nasty spider. I can handle arachnids up until they get about an inch across and then they become terrifying. And the longer their legs, the more frightening.  *shudder*

What is your favorite cheese?

I really wish I had a solid answer to this question, but I don’t. I just have not sampled enough cheese to really have a favorite, but I really do love good provolone and a mild chedder.

What is your favorite month of the year?

December. It is such a cheery month. Everything is coming to a close at the end of the year, there are parties and hot chocolate and celebrations. I love December.  :-)

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am very grateful for all the support I received from family and friends last week. They may not all realize how much they did, but it really helped me stay strong.

I am looking forward to settling into a better routine with less stress in it. Hopefully it happens this week.

This week’s favorite answers:

Notes From the Fog

My Other Blog

Silently Heard Once

What is your favorite kind of book?