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!

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Quarterly Writing Goals: April, May, and June 2017

At the end of last year, I drew up a list of goals for this blog and other writing projects for the first three months.  What I wanted to do was update this blog regularly, write a short story, and continue planning my 5-book series.  While I didn’t write a short story, I did finish planning the series and am now making progress on the second book.  Although I still have to finish plotting it.  Oops.  I also got around to personalizing this blog a lot more, so, all in all, it has been a successful three months.

My goals for April through June are to:

  • continue updating this blog regularly
  • finish plotting the second book and keep writing away
  • finish typing the first book (I write the first drafts on paper)
  • finish a short story I’ve been working on for ages
  • keep reading (I have 77 books to go!)

You can expect to see more book reviews, poetry, and, perhaps, a collaboration post in the next several months (If anyone would be interested in doing a collaboration with me, shoot a comment my way, and I’ll send my email to you.).  I might be a bit boring this month, though.  I’m currently typing up the first book in the series I’m working on, Maddening, as my Camp NaNoWriMo project.

I hope you all have a safe and relaxing weekend and that the upcoming week is as productive as the last one and holds at least one pleasant surprise for you.  See you all next week!

A Separate Peace

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About a month ago, I bumped into my cousin at the library.  We got to talking and I confessed that I needed something good to read but I seemed to be picking similar books.  After spending a good twenty minutes rifling through bookshelf after bookshelf, we finally decided on A Separate Peace by John Knowles.

Even though they are the best of friends, Gene and Phineas are vastly different.  Gene is introverted and an intellectual, and Phineas is an exuberant athlete.  Nestled in a New England boarding school, they spend the summer playing games, having adventures, and breaking the rules, all the while World War II looms far off.  But when one of them gets in a terrible accident and several of their friends enlist, the war becomes much more real and hits too close to home.

John Knowles tells a story of innocence lost and the friendship of two boys and how it’s tested.  The characters were wonderful and frustratingly human. and the line between truth and lies becomes increasingly blurred.  All in all, A Separate Peace was a quick, painful read, and I rate it four out of five stars.

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.

Writer Tag Questions

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for awhile but lacked the inspiration.  This morning I watched Another Writing Tag with Jenna Mo  and decided to give it a go.  I hope you enjoy this, and be sure to check out her channel.  She has a ton of awesome videos, great writing advice and tips, and a killer sense of humor.

What do you eat or drink while writing?

As far as food goes, I usually don’t eat, but when I do, it’s jelly beans, Whales, or whatever I can snatch from the fridge in under twenty seconds.  The book isn’t going to write itself.  I alternate between water and coffee.  Of course, I don’t drink anything else but those in general, but that’s besides the point.

What do you listen to while writing?

Mostly remixes and alternative rock/punk from the 90s and early 2000s.  But it all depends on the book and scene I’m writing.  One minute I could be chillin’ with ‘Viva La Revolution’  or Beth Crowley and BAM!  Alice in Chains takes over the show.

What is your biggest distraction while writing?

My dog.  She’s the sweetest creature to grace this earth and SHE WON’T STOP BEGGING FOR LOVE WHILE I’M WRITING!  …  I love her dearly but, come on.  Cut me some slack, Farfel.

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What is the worst thing that has happened to you while writing?

There’s been a lot of crazy things.  My brother reading one of my early attempts of a make out scene to my parents. He couldn’t find his underwear for three days.  A classmate snatching my notebooks in middle school and running away with them.  His body was never found.  The worst to date was having to chase a box containing 90% of my works down the side of a mountain.  (I’ll have to tell you all about that some year.)  I saved it ‘just’ before in went in a creek.

Fun times.

What is the best thing that has ever happened to you while writing?

Uh, writing.

Who do you communicate with while you’re writing?

My two weirdest friends.  One of them’s a writer and a ruthless, tyrannical, scheming (I make you out to be such a devil.  This is for eighth grade.) editor.  My stories would be nowhere and nothing without him.  The other I rant story ideas to all the time.  I’m surprised that she hasn’t put me on mute by now.  I shower you both with thanks.

What is your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw?

Keep writing.  That’s the best advice I can give you.  I would say that my biggest writing flaw is how I rush my endings in early drafts.  I get so excited and hyped up that I forget to slow down, and remind myself that the ending isn’t going anywhere.

What is your inspiration? What makes you productive?

I get inspired by almost anything, but music does it for me.  I make myself productive.  No one is going to hold my hand and write for me.  I wouldn’t want them to.

What is one thing that you do or that other writers do that is super annoying?

Arrogance.   The idea that you’re the best writer out there.  New flash!  There is and will always be writers better than you.

Are you willing to share something you’ve written?

Well, there’s what I have on this blog, and once I polish up and edit a handful of my finished novels, I might post the first couple of chapters on here.

Now, I must be going.  I smelleth pizza and hear Lord of the Rings.