Camp NaNoWriMo Update #5

Camp nano winner 2016

Stats:

Total word count: 50,022/50,000

Word count for week:  18,668

Words behind: NONE

Accomplishment:

I did it, I wrote 50K in 30 days. This was such a big thing for me because it took me four drafts and two years to finally hit 50K with my last WIP (work in progress). I never thought that I would actually be able to do this.

Comments for the week:

Overall:
This week was so hard, I felt like I had to work so hard for each word. Also, my fingers are so tired from typing. But I WON so it was all worth it!

Saturday : I got home from the North Texas Teen Book Festival and started writing with a new determination.

Sunday: I wrote more and tried to catch up.

Monday: I felt totally unmotivated but I decide that I had to write regardless.

Tuesday:  I hit 40K, only 10K left to go.

Wednesday: Insecurity was hitting me hard along, I was so down about it I didn’t get much writing done

Thursday: I hit 45K, only 5K left, which should seem like nothing by this point but it feels like 20K.

Friday: I went out of down and wrote the whole way there and back, I finally hit 48k.

Saturday: I hit 50K.

I am so excited to be done, I’m also so glad that I didn’t quit last week when I wanted to. I am not sure if I will go back and edit this novel or not, at this point it still doesn’t even have a title. Part of me wants to go back and fix it because I really do love the story it’s self, I just don’t know if I am going to be up to tackling it right away or not.

For now I’m off to go catch up on laundry and clean my house that has been put on the back burner lately.

Did you finish Camp Nano? If so are you going to edit your story?

 

 

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update #4

This is my fourth Camp NaNoWriMo update, if you’re new go read my first, second, and third ones. Last week was amazing this week… not so much. This post is going to be boring, sorry but this week was a downer.

Stats:

Total word count: 31,354/50,000

Word count for week:  957 (it’s pathetic I know)

Words behind: 5,312 (It hurts to write that)

Accomplishment:

None, at all.

Comments for the week:

Overall:
I hate how this week went. Last week I wrote 23K this week I couldn’t even write one thousand. To be fair I did have a lot going on this week.

Saturday : This is the only day I wrote anything.

Sunday: I read Everything, Everything, and wrote a blog post. But that doesn’t go towards word count.

Monday: No excuses here, just didn’t write.

Tuesday:  I didn’t have time to write because of a school event.

Wednesday: I don’t have a good excuse for this day.

Thursday: I spent the whole afternoon cleaning my house, partly because I wanted an excuse not to write.

Friday: I went out of town and spent the night so that I could get to the North Texas Teen Book Festival early.

I just hope that I can still catch up, I really want to hit 50K this month but I’m not sure it will.

How are you doing with Camp NaNo? Have you already validated your word count?

Prepping for NTTBF 2016

I am SO excited about the North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving on April 23rd. I have been waiting for this day since I went last year and they announced they were going to do it again. I had a blast last year, and this year is going to be even better. Here are some of my prep steps.

NTTBF

  1. Read, read, and read.

There is going to be 75 authors there, James Dashner, Marie Lu, Adi Alsaid,Jessica Brody, Ally Condie, and Gayle Foreman to name a few. Personally, I like to have read their books before I meet them if possible. I went through the list and found the books that appealed to me and started reading. I always enjoy panels a lot more if I know about the authors books. Check out the complete list of authors here.

2. Order some books.

You can’t get your books signed by awesome people if you don’t have a copy of the book to have signed. Besides who doesn’t want an excuse to by more books?

They will have books there to buy day of, but they don’t have every single book, and those books can go fast. You will have to buy a few books there because for every three books you bring from home, you have to buy one there. I think this is incredibly fair considering the fact that the festival is free to attend.

3.Make and prioritize a list of authors you want to meet.

There are so many amazing authors there and the signing time isn’t going to last forever so make  a list of who you want to meet according to priority. OR you could buy a Fast Pass.

If you plan on buying a pass be sure to be there on time and ready to buy because they are available in limited quantities and will only be sold at the festival day of. They have two different options; a regular  Fast Past gets you to the front of 10 signing lines and cost $100. A Super Fast Pass gets you to the front of 25 signing lines and cost $200. The good news is that they can be shared with your friends. These are new this year and I am super excited because last year some of those lines were crazy long!

4. Plan your day ahead of time.

Go online and check out the panel schedule and choose which ones you want to go to. This will be hard because there are so many awesome panels, but it will make your day much easier. I recommend putting your first two choices on your list because there is the possibility that a panel will be full, and you don’t want to have to just jump into a random one do you? (I say that now, but last year the one panel I randomly jumped in to happened to be one of my favorites.) You can find the panel schedule here.

5. Buy a strong bag.

Books are really heavy (as you know), so make sure whatever bag you take with you is ready for the job. My bag survived last year, but this year I am taking so many books with me that I’m afraid it’s not up to the job again. Some people take backpacks but I prefer a tote with a flat bottom so the books don’t get beat up.

6. Make a list of questions you want to ask at panels.

Towards the end of each panel the take questions from the audience. If you have questions that you already know of, write them down so you don’t forget them at the last second.

7. Try to control your excitement.

Then fail. Proceed by jumping up and down and reading like crazy because it’s THIS SATURDAY AND IT CAN’T GET HERE SOON ENOUGH!

(Sorry for the yelling, I’m just super excited.)

Get more information about the event on the Facebook page here and on the official website here.

Also, keep an eye out for some more NTTBF themed post,I will be posting about my plans for the day and what I’m taking with me later this week.

Camp NaNoWriMo Update #3

This is my third Camp NaNoWriMo update you can read my first one here and my second one here. This week has been a great week for writing!

Stats:

Total word count: 30,577/50,000

Word count for week:  23,881

Words behind: 0, in fact I am ahead!

Accomplishment:

I hit the half way mark! When I first started this I went into it saying that I would be happy just to hit 10K,  I had no clue that I would actually hit 25K two days early even!

I also hit 30K which was so exciting.

Comments for the week:

Overall:
I am really happy with my word count so far, but there are so many sub plots that I’m starting to get very confused with who is who and what conflict goes with what. My main character is writing at book and at one point I honestly couldn’t remember which name belonged to her boyfriend or the boyfriend in the book that she is writing. I should have been taking notes along the way. Oh well I will fix it in the edits (if I ever edit it).

Saturday : I finally hit 10K I was so excited.

Sunday: I got all caught up thanks to my friend Margaret. She motivated me, and pushed me on. If she hadn’t practically made me write then I would still be at 12K where I wanted to stop for the night. 

Monday: I stayed on track and even wrote three whole words more than I needed.  

Tuesday:  I wrote double what I needed to write which felt so good.

Wednesday: I did it, I hit the half way point!!!!!! I am beyond thrilled about this.

Thursday: I am still staying ahead by at least a day.

Friday: I hit 30K three days early! 

I just hope that next week is as productive as this week was.

Are you doing Camp NaNo, if so how is it going? Are you staying on track, or getting behind? Is anyone else getting lost and confused in their plot and story?

 

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This book swept me off my feet. It was sweet, funny, and the perfect summer or spring break read. I loved the characters, and could relate so much to Emily. There is not one thing I would change about this book, I absolutely loved it. 18189606

Summary:

Emily and Sloane are best friends and they have the perfect summer planned. Emily goes away for the weekend and comes back only to find that Sloane has disappeared. Her house is empty, she doesn’t answer calls or texts, and the only thing she left behind was a list. The list ranges from tasks like picking apples at night to kissing a stranger and going skinny dipping. Emily decides that the list will lead her to Sloane, so she spends her summer working through the list with some unexpected help from Frank Porter and some others along the way. She has no clue what she will discover at the end or who she will meet along the way.

 

Favorite things:

There’s a bunch of them, so I’m going to keep the comments short and sweet (or try to anyway).

The characters. Every character in this book, no matter how minor they are, are all very well developed. Each one was so unique, different, and very quirky.

The humor. This book was actually pretty funny. Emily isn’t a perfect character and there’s one scene at a drive-in theater that had me cracking up.

Emily. I could relate to Emily on so many levels. I could picture myself acting and feeling exactly like she did and that just made me love this book even more.

Her parents. They were the cutest. They are both play writers and have this passion and great hobby that they share. Can anyone say #relationshipgoals?

Friendship.  I went kind of back and forth on my feelings about Sloane. I went from wishing I had a friend like Sloane to feeling like she wasn’t the best friend ever. She leaves then doesn’t answer phone calls or texts (won’t go into the explanation for this because of spoilers). Not only that but I feel like in some ways she didn’t accept Emily for who she was. The whole list was full of things that Emily had either previously refused to do, or things she wouldn’t have done.  (So this next part may go against the popular opinion, but these are my thoughts.)While Emily’s and Sloane’s friendship sounded amazing, it really wasn’t healthy. I felt like Emily was codependent on Sloane, it was almost as if she couldn’t breath without being with her or telling her every little thing that happened. I was so happy to watch her grow apart from Sloane and become more independent. It was a really nice character arc that you (or at least I), haven’t seen done that often lately.

The playlists. Even though I didn’t know most of the songs on the playlists through out the book, I liked them and felt like it showed a lot about the characters.

The flashbacks. I really enjoyed the flashbacks that were in most chapters. They were really relevant to what was going on in the present, and they were the main way we learned about Sloane and Emily’s friendship.

The one conversation. There’s this one part when Emily spends all night talking to someone (won’t say who), and I loved how it was written. It perfectly depicted a night when you stay up talking to someone forever about everything.

Living Room Theater. Who wouldn’t want to get a bunch of friends together and do a play in your living room with no prep or anything? It would be awesome.

Some favorite quotes:

There  were so many parts and quotes throughout this book that I used up the last of my little sticky flags. I just bonded with this book so much, I loved it. Here is photo evidence of how many little flags I used. Nats iphone 506

“It was Sloane-you usually didn’t need more than that to have the best Wednesday of your life.”

“Maybe she didn’t do something big. Maybe she just told someone something.”

“You can’t just leave people behind because you think it’s going to be too hard to commit to a friendship. You can’t live your life that way.”

The quills:

Cursing?

Nope, like it’s pretty PG. I was so impressed by this.

Physical romance?

This was almost PG too. A few kisses, and there is one scene where a group of the characters go skinny dipping but it’s never graphic or anything. I appreciated this a lot.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

Nope.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs.

I would give this book six if I could.

The author:

Morgan Matson, who I got to meet, but before I read the book so it didn’t count. She just happened to be on a panel I saw.

Website

Twitter

 

Have you read this book? Do you love it as much as I do?

Are you more like Sloane or Emily? Personally, I’m more like Emily.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update #2

If you have been following my blog for at least a week, you will know that I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month. So for the month of April I will be posting updates with my word count and all each Saturday.  Last Saturday I posted my first update check it out here. 

Stats:

Total word count: 8,759/50,000

Word count for week: 6,696

Words behind: 4,574

Accomplishment:

I got past the word count that I stopped at the last time I tried Camp NaNo, which was one of the things I wanted to do even if I didn’t finish.

Comments for the week:

Overall: I feel like this week was kind of a disappointment. Saturday I was so excited and optimistic for the week then it went downhill fast. I got sick this week with a head cold and I’ve have some family stuff that I’ve had to deal with. It’s been a long week and I’m hoping next week is better.

Saturday : Most productive day yet, I wrote almost double what I needed to.

Sunday: Since Saturday had been so productive I only had to write 440 words to stay on track with my word count. Which ended up being a good thing because I spent the day at the zoo and did not have much time to write.

Monday: Well, I hate to say it but I got behind on April 4th, I just didn’t hit my word count. I wasn’t feeling well and I was visiting family most of the day.

Tuesday: I did not write hardly a thing on Tuesday. Which put me even more behind. I was sick and gone most of the day

Wednesday: I wrote and wrote and wrote some more. I finally hit the word count for Monday, and got almost caught up.

Thursday: I wrote less than 500 words, and I keep getting behind.

Friday:  I came home from work early because I was sick then slept for three hours. I got no writing done. Like I wrote less than 100 words.

Anyone else behind? At this point I would honestly be happy to just hit 15K this month.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Honestly, I was disappointed by this book. I went into it with high expectations and they crumbled. I didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I would have liked, and while I liked Eleanor and Park as a couple, I didn’t feel the relationship as much as I wanted. It was an alright read, but it didn’t sweep me off my feet or anything. I really wanted to like this book, and I feel like maybe I need to reread it because I must have missed something since I seem to be the only one who didn’t get it.

Summary:

This story takes place over the course of one school year during 1986. Eleanor is the new girl at school and she meets another misfit named Park. They both know that first loves very rarely make it, but are brave enough to try.

Favorites:

Page 59. So I have to be honest, I started this book off disappointed. Everyone talked about how good this book was and said that the writing was amazing. I went in with these high expectations and I just didn’t see any of it. Until page 59. I’m not sure why page 59 but that was when I realized this book was alright and I started enjoying it.

Eleanor. She was such a unique main character. I feel like lately the trend has been to have these beautifully dressed, out-spoken, main characters, and Eleanor wasn’t. She was just herself. She’s broken, she has this awful life at home, and life is just rough for her. I just wanted to hug her and fix everything.

 Eleanor and Park. I felt like their relationship was really natural, and I like that they didn’t immediately like each other. I also found it so sweet how they knew that if they could just see each other all of the problems in life would fade away and for a moment they could be happy.

Park’s mom. I loved Park’s mom. At first I didn’t, but once she started kind of taking Eleanor in under her wing, it was just so sweet. And I just loved her overall personality, and that fact that you could tell who really ran the house.

The ending. I have a love/hate relationship with this ending. I won’t say what happens, but if you have read it you know what I’m talking about. It needed to happen, even though you didn’t want it to. However, I feel like the very last paragraph of the book brings hope for Eleanor and Park. I liked it.

Some favorite quotes:

“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”

“I don’t like you. I need you.”

“He looked like himself but bolder. Like Park with the volume turned all the way up.”

 

The Quills:

Cursing?

Personally, I had an issue with the language in the book. The f word is used, which I can kind of look past, it’s hard to avoid these days. There is also some vulgar phrases, I understand they were put in there to prove a point, and I get that, I do. However, the characters were always misusing the names of God, and not just in a OMG kind of way. That bothered me, but I’m not letting it change how I rate the book.

Physical romance?

Yes, I would say it’s PG-13, and when there is physical romance, it’s not what I would call graphic. I’m having a hard time explaining how it’s done really.

Gore?

Nope.

Will you cry?

Maybe, I didn’t but  I know a bunch of people who did.

Overall rating?

Three out of five hedgehogs.

Just don’t go into it with crazy high expectations like I did. Most people liked it, I just didn’t.

The Author:

Rainbow Rowell you can check out her website here.

Click the links below to some of her social media sites.

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Extras:

Get some really cute Eleanor and Park merch here.

Were you let down by this book, or is it just me?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update #1

I started Camp NaNoWriMo yesterday. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it or not, but I decided to take a break from my current WIP (work in progress) and work on something new. I found some plot holes I have to fill in, and some times you just need a break so you can see things differently.

For those of you who don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is check out the website here.

I have only attempted Camp NaNo one other time, and I failed. Hopefully this time will be different since I am starting an entire new project.

I will be posting an update every Saturday during the month of April, maybe you guys can help hold me accountable.

Once I know more about the story I will add some info about it to the bottom of my updates.

Stats:

Total word count: 2,063/50,000

Word count for week (well yesterday  for this update): 2,063

Words behind: 0

Quote/snippet: n/a so far

Comments: Yesterday was a great writing day, I even went over my word minimum word count for the day. Things are going great!

The next update will cover all of this coming week not just one day.

February and March Recap

I added the second half February onto the recap for March since I started blogging in the middle of February.

Books I read:

I  read 13 books in the past month and a half.

March Recap

 

(The things sticking out of the books are little  sticky flags that I use to mark pages that I like. Some books aren’t shown since they are e-books.)

 

Posts:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (review)

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (review)

Unremembered by Jessica Brody (review)

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling (review)

We were Liars (review)

One Lovely Blog Award (tag/award)

 

Favorite book of the month:

February: The Infinite Sea

March: It started out as Unremembered but then I read Since You’ve been Gone, and I fell in love again.

 

Things I did:

Started brainstorming a new WIP (work in progress). I started  brainstorming a new book to work on while I take a break from my other one. I love my first book, but I need to take a step back for awhile so I can come back to it with fresh eyes. Besides, brainstorming is so much fun. I plan to start this new project during Camp NaNoWriMo.

Started this blog. I’ve been wanting to start a book blog for a long time now, and decided I just needed to start it and see where it went.

Tomorrow I will be posting my first Camp NaNoWriMo update for the month of April.