Dreamy Book Cover Tag

Tiana from The Book Raven came up with the  Dreamy Book Cover Tag and I couldn’t resist doing it.  I’m going to use the books that I’ve read this year for this challenge.  I’m tagging jenacidebybibliophile, A Whisper of Ink, and conquerorofworlds to complete this tag.  I hope you enjoy this!

The Rules: 

1. Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love!

2. Mention me Tiana @ The Book Raven as the (insert adjective here) creator of this book tag!

3. Use the original tag image in your post. (However, Feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires!)

4. At least tag 1 fellow blogger for this tag. Even if you’re like me sometimes and feel a bit lazy 😉

5. List the rules

The Tag: 

“𝔑𝔬 ℑ𝔡𝔢𝔞𝔰 𝔅𝔲𝔱 𝔦𝔫 𝔗𝔥𝔦𝔫𝔤𝔰”

 A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it.

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“𝔇𝔞𝔯𝔨 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔏𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔩𝔶”

A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up.

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“𝔖𝔲𝔤𝔞𝔯𝔶 𝔖𝔴𝔢𝔢𝔱”

A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug.

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“𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔖𝔦𝔪𝔭𝔩𝔢 𝔄𝔢𝔰𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔱𝔦𝔠”

A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design.

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“ℭ𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔈𝔫𝔳𝔶”

A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet.

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“𝔗𝔯𝔞𝔳𝔢𝔩𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔄𝔟𝔯𝔬𝔞𝔡”

A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own.

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“𝔗𝔥𝔢 ℭ𝔬𝔩𝔬𝔯 𝔚𝔥𝔢𝔢𝔩”

A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors.

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“𝔖𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔠𝔥𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔊𝔢𝔞𝔯𝔰”

A cover change you absolutely adore.

“𝔒𝔩𝔡𝔦𝔢 𝔟𝔲𝔱 𝔊𝔬𝔬𝔡𝔦𝔢”

A favorite cover of your favorite classic.

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“𝔄𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔚𝔦𝔫𝔫𝔢𝔯 𝔦𝔰…”

Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?

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Quarterly Writing Goals: October, November, and December 2017

The last few months have been hectic to say the least.  Work, writing, and whatnot have dominated any free time I have had, but now I’m getting back into a working schedule (as opposed to the chaotic mess of before).  Of course, I’m in the midst of writing the second book of a five-book series, so working on that comes first.

Despite being inactive online, I’ve written over 30% more of my current work in progress and have read 81 out of 100 books for the 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge.  For the rest of the year, I plan to:

  • finish my current work in progress (or at least write three-fourths of it)
  • read 100 out of 100 books
  • begin rewriting one out of four short stories
  • write more poems
  • continue typing first book in series
  • update this blog as regularly as possible

In theory, it isn’t that much to do, but stuff does tend to pile up.  I will be working towards finishing up the year with a bang.  Anyway, I hope you all have a relaxing or productive weekend, whichever you need, and I’ll see you next week!

Quarterly Writing Goals: July, August, and September 2017

Three months ago, I came up with a list of goals for the second quarter of the year.  They were to update this blog regularly, finish planning the second book in my 5-book series, finish typing the first book, to finish a short story I’ve been working on for ages, and to keep reading.  I finished planning the book and kept reading, but I didn’t finish typing the first book or the short story.  But I did complete a different short story and have gotten a bit through two others.

My goals for July through September are to:

  • update this blog regularly
  • continue writing the second book in the series and possibly finish it
  • finish typing the first book
  • finish the short story once and for all
  • keep reading (I have 58 out of 100 books read)

I’m hoping to continue to write book reviews and get back into poetry.  I might share a few short stories I’ve written, so keep an eye out.  I hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend.  See you next week!

2016-2017 Tag

 

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When I woke up this morning and got around to checking my email, I discovered that flawedsilence had nominated me to do the 2016-2017 tag.  (Thank you so much for thinking of me.)  If you haven’t checked out her blog, I highly recommend you do so.  Whether you’re into poetry, blog posts, or photography, you’ll find something you’ll enjoy.

And without further adieu, here are the rules and my response to David’s 2016-2017 tag!

Rules:

Mention the creator of this tag.

Use the image that you find in this tag.

Mention the blogger that chose you.

Answer the questions.

Mention 9 other bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

Questions:

Describe your 2016 in three words.

Stressful.  Shocking.  Short.

Write the names of two people that have characterized your 2016.

My parents for being patient with me and my younger brother for causing much needed insanity (It’s okay, I still love you.  Things would be far too easy without you.).

Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

I enjoyed the drive to Virginia with my relatives last summer.  The winding roads, the cliffs, the feel of absolute freedom and insignificance in the vastness of our breathtaking earth.  I adore it all.

Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

My cousin’s homemade Indian rice pudding.  At least, I think she made it in 2016.  The beginning of last year and 2015 blurs together.

Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even a global event).

Finishing my first full-length novel.  It took me about 578 days spent hunched over my desk, seven initial drafts before I began the official rough draft, and hundreds of mugs of coffee to do it, but I did it.  I’m really looking forward to the rewrites.

Write the finest purchase you’ve made in 2016, and, if you want, link a photo.

I ordered Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys curated by April Genevieve Tucholke, and RoseBlood by A.G. Howard from Amazon.  I also bought over fifty books from the local library book sale, but it would be far too inconvenient to take all of the books off my shelves for a photograph.  (Apologizes for the picture being upside down.  I’m a menace with my cell phone camera.)

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Write three good intentions for this 2017.

I want to be healthier, more supportive, and focus on what’s important in life.

Write a place you want to visit in 2017.

There are no specific places, but it would be fun to creep around crumbling cemeteries and explore old houses.  There are also a handful of places in biking distance to visit and a few that would require me to call a friend who has a car.  A famous serial killer lived about half an hour away, so I might check that out…

Write one plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

Tiramisu.  I’ve never had it but it has intrigued me for the past year or so.

For the bloggers, I nominate ladameauxfleursDiversion3000I rent you some sinThe Illustrated PageInked Words EscapeScribbled DreamsjenacidebybibliophileJazzy Blogs, and The Book Raven.

On another note, I’ve been thinking of interviewing bloggers.  I’ll be asking things ranging from favorite foods to what blogging/writing means to you.  Nothing too serious unless you’re comfortable with it.  If you’re interested in being interviewed, let me know and I’ll get back to you.

I hope you all have a soothing weekend and a productive week.  It really is nice to wind down and relax with your loved ones.  I myself am planning to read, continue working on my current work in progress, and, perhaps, take a bubble bath.  (*Sighs.*)  It’ll be lovely.

New Year, New Goals

As the holiday season whips past in a whirlwind of trips to relatives, last minute shopping, and more chaos than would seem possible, some of us (or, at least, just me) will be more than a little shocked that it’s almost a new year.  Crap.  Where did all the time go?  I haven’t completed all of my goals for 2016.  I still have so much to do to get ready for 2017-

This is where I force myself to stop, step away, and take a breather.  Yes, I didn’t do every single thing I set out to do.  Yes, I’m woefully behind on more than I’d care to admit.  But I also did more than I would’ve thought possible.  I know, that’s a big statement and it’s 100% true.  I surpassed both physical and educational goals, and overcame a deeply personal barrier.  All in all, it has been a pretty darn successful year.

Of course, now that 2017 is in less than two days, I have a whole new set of writing goals.

January-March:

  • update this blog on a regular basis
  • continue/finish planning 5-book series
  • write a short story or novella

Depending on whether or not I finish planning the series and if I’m able to write the second in that time, April through June could either be spent A) writing the second book, or B) planning for the third.  Either way, my hope is to keep updating this blog as regularly as possible.

As of today, I don’t have any plans set in stone for the remaining six months of 2017.  But that’s liable to change as the year progresses.

Other goals I have are not limited to but include:

  • taking up piano
  • reading 100 books
  • biking on the weekends
  • managing money better
  • personalizing this blog more

Where this blog is concerned, I have a ton of ideas.  Collaborations, book reviews, and flash fiction  are just a few of the many things to come this way.

2015 was a year of set-up.

2016 has been a time of experimentation and finding out what works for me and this blog.

2017 will be the year of expansion.

I would also like to give a round of thanks to all my followers and fellow bloggers for making the past two year a wonderful experience.  Especially flawedsilence and femmedesfleurs.  I couldn’t have done it without your support and feedback.  It has been monstrously fun.

The Winter Wonderland Tag

flawedsilence tagged me for the Winter Wonderland Tag, so here I am…  doing it…   I better get started before this gets awkward.

Questions

Do you like the cold?  

Very much so!  Nothing makes me happier than curling up with a blanket, staring at the snow covered ground, and dreaming up grand adventures.  (I’m an absurd romantic and fanatic when it snows.)  Nothing is impossible as the chill nips at my skin and whips miniature flurries in the air.

Favorite part about the winter?

Believe it or not, I’m actually a sucker for the Christmas holiday time.  Yes, it’s chaotic.  Yes, there tends to be family drama.  But in the midst it all, there’s a warm peace.  It doesn’t always last for the whole holiday time but, when it’s there, it’s a tiny piece of Heaven.

Does it snow where you live?

Oh, yeah!  We get crazy, slushy, lake-effect snow.

What is your favorite clothing item in the winter?

Either my gray patterned leggings or ragged boot-slippers.  Although I recently got a black, velvet, T-shirt that’s slowly working up through the ranks.

What is your favorite winter memory?

It was cold.  The type of cold that your mother would tell you, for once, to stay inside.  But out I went anyways.  Braving the harsh outdoors, I waddled my way through snow drifts up to my shoulders.  After what seemed like hours of walking, I found that I could go on no more.  Collapsed in a snow drift, I stared up.  I don’t know why I was so determined to be out or how old I was, but I will never forget how I felt.  I was enchanted.  

What is your favorite hot drink?

Coffee and tea, but mostly coffee.

Best winter book to read curled up in a blanket?

Ugh, that’s an awful question to ask.  I don’t have any specific books that I read during wintertime, last year I read Winterspell by Claire Legrand, a Nutcracker retelling, and I plan to reread it during the holidays.  Despite it’s mixed reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading to again and again in the years to come.

What’s the best winter movie to watch?

The Nightmare Before Christmas but I tend to watch that around Halloween, so I would say It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol.  Please don’t ask me to chose between them.

Do you have any winter sports?

Indoor basketball and soccer (or football to non-Americans), hockey, and skiing.  People ice skate and snowboard, but, as far as I know, there are no competitions or teams around where I live.

Favorite Christmas/Holiday/New Year’s tradition?

Every Christmas my immediate family lounges around, eats Chinese food, and watches A Christmas Story.  It’s an absolute blast.

I challenge everyone who reads this post to do this tag.  Leave a link on my profile and I’ll be certain to see your answers and, in Christmas spirit, will read and comment on several other of your posts.  All you have to do is do this post.

And with that, merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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NaNoWriMo 2016

I apologize for not being active the past month.  I’ve been busy with not only studies but getting ready for…  (*Drum roll.*)…  NaNoWriMo!

For those of you who aren’t aware, every November writers from all around the world set a goal for themselves.  To finish a 50,000 word novel in thirty days.  (Hence the name, National Novel Writing Month.)  Now, my current work in progress is well over the minimum word count, so my goal is to get halfway through it by December 1st.  Sadly, because of this, I’ll be spending my free and writing time working on my novel, not updating this blog.  On the flip side, once I come back, I’ll be armed with a super special surprise for you.

Thank you for all your support and understanding with me and my irregular updates.  It truly means so, so much to me.

Do you have any exciting plans for November?  NaNoWriMo oriented and/or otherwise?