✍️ NaNoWriMo 2017: Thank God It's Over? ✨

Damn, it’s over. I am so relieved, and yet also sad. Relieved because, well, now I do not have to stress about writing a minimum of 1,667 words per day (which is a weird combination of preposterous and so very doable). Sad because, beyond the stress and the writer's block and the lack of plan (why, past self? why did you think that was a good idea?), NaNoWriMo reminds me every year how much I love and miss writing. How it soothes my soul. It's one of those hobbies that was such an integral part of my life, until suddenly other things took over, things that were 'more important,' causing writing to fall to the wayside. A sometimes, or maybe affair, if there was time. NaNoWriMo insured I *made

📚 WWW Wednesdays #12

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly book-blogging meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. The concept is simple, answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? You can join in to! Just leave a comment with your link at Taking On's blog and then go on an adventure to find what other people are reading. What are you currently reading?​ I am actually currently reading two books, The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. The former came in a past Owlcrate box and the latter I am buddy reading with a lovely fellow Bookstagrammer. B

✍️ NaNoWriMo: Week 4 of Pantsing

Ah, the homestretch, the finish line. Not sure what else to say about Week 4, honestly. I feel like week 4 is either the luxurious end of that ride I (so brilliantly) used as an analogy in last week's post. Or it's you being suspended upside down after it malfunctions. Fun analogy right? I am (mostly) joking. At this rate, you as a writer are either galloping towards those brilliant 50,000 words, already surpassed them (to those who have done so, you are brilliant, I salute you) or desperately trying to write as much as possible before the dreaded midnight on the 30th hits. I, as a Pantser, have not quite reached desperation, but that is not to say that my NaNo is a brilliant work of literat

✍️ NaNoWriMo: Week 3 of Pantsing

I like week 3. I mean, considering the panic and desperation of Week 2, that should not come as much of a surprise. But week 3 is calmer, honestly. I have, as a Pantser, accepted my Pantsing faults and pitfalls, and have resigned myself to just writing what I can write, even if that writing is me talking about how I cannot seem to think of anything to write. (yes, that happens… a lot… but it has happened when I was a Planner too, so I am not much concerned about it). Week 3 was a mix of both Week 1 and 2 (helpful, right?) there's a little bit of excitement, second wind if you will, mixed with anxiety of being over half way through the month (and, potentially, not being halfway through the st

📑 Review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 🦉

Synopsis: "Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaqu

✍️ NaNoWriMo: Week 2 of Pantsing

There's a reason that week two is considered hump week, the Tuesdays (or Wednesdays, if your weekdays start on Monday) of NaNoWriMo. It is the week where that initial rush, the motivation and excitement starts wearing a little down, where the daily struggle of 1,667 words seems more and more daunting, you are (theoretically) a quarter of the way(ish) through your plot, your protagonist has maybe begun their adventure, passed an obstacle or two, and you're meant to be writing the meat of the story. Or, if you're a pantser like me who was writing random things everyday and then stumbled upon what seemed to be a good idea, you've just realized what it truly means to have no plan. Fantasy worlds

📚 WWW Wednesdays #11

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly book-blogging meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. The concept is simple, answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? You can join in to! Just leave a comment with your link at Taking On's blog and then go on an adventure to find what other people are reading. What are you currently reading?​ All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater Something about Maggive Stiefvater's writing just gets me every time. She has this way of drawing you in without relying on a mess of events or action or giant battles. It is the characters, it's the language sh

✍️ NaNoWriMo: Week 1 of Pantsing

I've been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2008 (I know,I'm old), and each year my pre-planning process has been a little bit different. Some years, the weeks/days leading up to November 1st included in-depth and intricate research on things like celestial events and how often they occurred and the religious practices/customs of ancient Sumeria (yes, seriously) or survival rates of certain bullet wounds, or parts of the brain that work whilst in a coma (also, various physiological occurrences of being in a coma and how long it takes for muscles to atrophy). Some years I had a cast of characters, their motivations, relationships, physical appearances, etc. Other's I began typing away at midni

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