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November 2017 Goals

November 2017 Goals

Reading

I’m ahead with my reading! I feel like I haven’t been ahead in a while. With that said, I’ll be reviewing books this month that I read last month.

1. Into The Light by Emily Stroia
2. Keepers by Sacha de Black
3. The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri
4. Eleanor and The Impossible by M. Miles

Here’s what I’ll be reading this month:

1. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
2. 13 Steps to Evil: How To Craft Super Bad Villains by Sacha Black
3. Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari

Writing

It’s NaNoWriMo! My main focus is going to be on my NaNo novel, The Librarian. (I’ve been calling it Special on the blog so far, but it’s the same thing.) I plan on writing 50,000 words for that novel.

Time permitting, I would like to continue a short story that I’m handwriting. I think handwriting will allow me to not get burned out between the two stories. Still, NaNo will be the priority.

Blogging

October was super productive in which I was able to get pretty much all of my blogging done for the rest of the year. Yep, all through December is done! Except for some posts that I can’t write until the last minute such as updates on my NaNo novel, the Wrap-Ups, etc.

Still, this is going to allow me to focus on NaNo more, but also I’ll be able to work more on the updates to my blog. Which I am super excited about!

Overall

November will be busy. Blogging, writing, and then the holidays are coming up… but it’ll be good. I have big plans for the rest of the year leading into 2018 and then beyond. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all.

What are your plans for November? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!
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October 2017 Wrap Up

Reading

I got my reading done for October! Plus more, which was great. I’m a little ahead of the game for November. But the biggest news is that I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge! I’ve read 52 books and I’ll certainly be reading more.

My Reading List has also been updated for October and September. I realized I never updated it for September even though I said I did… oops.

Writing

Well. There’s this.

I said I was going to outline my NaNoWriMo novel, The Librarian. I did not. I tried, but I think I’m just going to wing this one and outline it as I go along. I’m excited for the novel itself, but my heart wasn’t into the outline. So, I’ll be freewriting, which will be a refreshing change of pace.

I didn’t go through my mystery novel or my picture books either. I didn’t do much “writing” this month, apparently…

What I did do was make a plan for my novels and created deadlines! Yes, I know I’ve done this before, some I’ve stuck with, some I haven’t. If you head over to the My Books page, you’ll see what I have planned. 2018 is going to be a busy writing year for me and it’s all going to start in November.

There will be more information on all this in January though.

Blogging

This is what took up my October. With NaNo around the corner (I’m not sure if I’m ready), big plans for my novels, as well as trying to revamp this whole blog, I’ve been super busy. I’m trying to get everything done on the blog by the end of the year so next year I can focus mainly on my writing.

This month I got through all my November and December posts that I could write in advance. The wrap-ups, blog round-ups, my NaNo updates, etc. are, of course, not done. Still, I got a lot accomplished! Now I can focus on re-doing the blog.

Overall

October was a great month. I didn’t get what I said I would, but I still accomplished a lot. I’m looking forward to the future.

Posts to Remember

1. Get To Know Your Characters [NaNoWriMo Prep]
2. October/November 2017 Writing Contests
3. 5 Ways To Prep For NaNoWriMo Without Worrying About Your Novel [NaNoWriMo Prep]

How did October treat you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Blogger Prompt Chain

Blogger Prompt Chain

I was tagged by the lovely A.J. Alexander to do this Blogger Prompt Chain, which she created. The idea is to create a “chain” of stories written by writers and bloggers all over.

I think this is a wonderful idea and I was more than happen to be invited to participate.

Rules:

1. Pick one of the five given writing prompts (picked from here)
2. Set up the Blogger Prompt Chain banner and publish your story under the banner.
3. After your story, continue the chain by forwarding an invitation to five bloggers or writers. (In case a writer doesn’t have a blog, guest posts can be offered)
4. Don’t forget to link the writers to your blog and back to the one who invited you.
5. Publish the five writing prompts and rules!

Prompts:

a) The End of The Bucket List
Write a story about a character who finds out that he or she is dying and has been knocking things off his/her bucket list and has finally reached the last item.

b) Get Out of the Car With Your Hands Up
You’re driving to your favorite city when you’re stopped by a police officer. Sure, you were going a few miles over the speed limit, so you’re not overly surprised. But you are surprised when the police officer gets to your car and screams, “Get out of your car with your hands up!” This leads to an unexpected night for you. Write this scene.

c) Hiring a New Villain
Your old villain quit over creative differences, so you’ve put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel. What questions do you ask? What does the new villain’s resume say? Write this scene as if it were a job interview.

d) At The End of The Rainbow
You and a friend have decided to try and follow a rainbow to see if the end holds a pot of gold. But when you finally reach the end, you find something much more valuable than a pot of gold—and it changes your life. Write this scene.

e) The Letter All Writers Should Write
Write a letter to a person who supported your writing career, whether that be a friend, a family member, a teacher (even one that supported you at a very young age before you knew that it would blossom into a writing career), an author you’ve never met but have been inspired by his or her writing. Do you thank them? Do you blame them? Take the letter in any direction you want.

My Choice – The Letter All Writers Should Write:

To my sister, Kris,

A long, long time ago I was your “annoying” little sister. I wanted to hang out with you and your friends all the time, I wanted to do everything that you did. So, when you started to write, I wanted to write.

When you discovered the FanFiction website, I wanted to join it too. You were a nice older sister and allowed me writing space on your account.

From then on we both discovered a love of writing and being creative.

I’ve bounced ideas off of you, spent hours talking about a particular project, you listen to my writing woes and accomplishments, and I hope to co-write a novel with you some day.

It’s hard to believe we’ve both come so far with our writing. I never would have imagined I’d go from running various role-playing websites with you to writing novels and running a couple of blogs with you.

Of course, I have many people who support me with my writing (too many to name), but you’re the one who has started it all. You’re the one who has stuck with it, with me, through it all. You’re the one who fully understands what it truly means to be a “writer.”

Thanks for showing me this path and thank you for putting up with me following your lead.

I love you!

Love,
Rachel

My Invitations:

1. Kris Poli
2. Herminia Chow
3. Nthato Morakabi
4. Skye Hegyes
5. J.J. Oliveria

If you don’t want to participate, that’s okay, but it’d be great if you did. And, of course, if you decide to take part without being invited, that’d be great! Just be sure to leave a link to your story below because I’d love to read it.

Thanks again to A.J. for including me and creating this fun chain!

What did you think of this idea? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!
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October 2017 Goals

October 2017 Goals

Reading

There will be five books reviews this month. Like last Saturday, there will be two reviews this Saturday. After that, there will be one book review each Saturday.

I plan to read:

1. Beauty’s Kiss (Once Upon A Princess 3) by C.S. Johnson
2. Beauty’s Gift (Once Upon A Princess 4) by C.S. Johnson
3. Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves! by Serina Adham
4. Warcross by Marie Lu
5. Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

As always, these books will be reviewed on Saturdays and my Reading List will be updated accordingly.

Writing

Last month I gave myself a deadline for all my writing projects. I also chose what to work on for each month. I know that’ll change depending on what I actually get done each month, but we’ll see how it goes. So, for October, I plan on working on:

So, for October, I plan on working on:

1. “Special” – Outline – This is a working title and goes along with the Short Story Sunday series I posted in August. I plan on expanding it into a novel. This is going to be my NaNoWriMo project for November.2. “George Florence” – Organize – This poor novel is a mess. It’s in the editing stage, but I have to figure out where I left off. I also know there are a few holes here and there that I have to figure out.

2. “George Florence” – Organize – This poor novel is a mess. It’s in the editing stage, but I have to figure out where I left off. I also know there are a few holes here and there that I have to figure out.3.

3. Picture book – Time permitting, I’d like to edit one of my picture books.

Blogging

I’ve got most of my October posts done (yay!) and while there are a few here and there that I can’t write until their dates get closer, I’m going to look on ahead into November.

I want to get as much blogging done as I can for November because I want to put the majority of my effort into my NaNo novel.

This will also give me some time to continue updating the look of my blog.

Overall

October should be productive. I think I have a good routine and plan in action. We’ll see how it all goes.

What does your October look like? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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September 2017 Wrap Up

September 2017 wrap up

Reading

I read six books this month. I’d say it was a good reading month! I’ve updated my Reading List with the books I read this month and links to their reviews. Feel free to check that out and see what I read and reviewed this month.

Writing

I had a late start, but I completed my writing goals for this month. My writing goals for September was to figure out what I wanted to work on and prioritize my writing projects.Well, I did just that and made a list of what to work on each month through next May. It may change depending on what I actually accomplish, but I do have a plan.

Well, I did just that and made a list of what to work on each month through next May. It may change depending on what I actually accomplish, but I do have a plan. I made deadlines for each of my writing projects as well and I’m going to do my best to stick with it.

With that said, I wrote two short stories this month and I also edited one of my picture books.

Blogging

I got all my September blog posts done early (the ones I could write in advance, I mean) and that gave me plenty of time to get a head start on October’s posts.

I’ve been working hard on my October posts and are almost done with those as well. This means I’ll be able to focus on outlining my NaNo novel. Not to mention, I can slowly work on November’s posts so for that month I can focus on writing my NaNo novel. Then it’ll be December and then a new year… oh, geez…

Anyway, this has also given me time to work on the physical part of the blog. The makeover is going slower than I thought it would, but I’m taking my time and I think it’s coming along nicely (so far).

Overall

September was a good month. I got my crap together and really figured out a new plan for myself and my writing. I feel like it was a “new beginning” to launch my life as a writer.

Posts To Remember

1. The 5 Elements Of A Short Story
2. How To Fully Develop Your Characters In Short Stories
3. September/October 2017 Writing Contests

How did September treat you? Let me know in the comments below!

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September 2017 Goals

September 2017 Goals for reading, writing, and blogging

Reading

Book reviews are going back to once a week on Saturdays, which means five book reviews for the month. One review has already been posted, so feel free to check that out.

For the rest of the month I plan on reading:

1. The Black Book by James Patterson
2. Be Light Like A Bird by Monika Schroder
3. Everland by Wendy Spinale
4. Stories On The Go by Hugh Howey

As always, these books are subject to change based on my mood. This is what I’m planning for now though.

Writing

There’s a lot that I want to do writing wise. I think I’m going to work on a little bit of everything because I don’t know which I should give the most attention. Basically, there’s a lot that I want to accomplish and I don’t really know where to start. So I’m just going to explore my options.

1. Edit George Florence – Yeah, I know.
2. Write short stories – Not necessarily for the blog, but for other things.
3. Write a short story with George and Lilah – I want to write a short mystery with these two. It’ll be something different and I want to give it a try.
4. Write for Now Loading – I joined a gaming website a while ago and have written a couple of articles for it, but I want to start writing articles regularly for it.
5. Work on my picture books – I have a couple of picture books written. Some need editing, but some are ready to be queried. Why haven’t I started that? I don’t know…
6. Figure out Wattpad – I’ve been wanting to post something on Wattpad for a while now, so I want to plan something for that.

I don’t plan on getting all of this done in one month, of course. I’m hoping to work on at least three of those, maybe finish at least one. It’s a lot, but I have a lot of ideas. So, we’ll see how it all goes.

Blogging

Blogging will be busy as usual. My posts for September are just about done for both blogs. So soon I’ll start planning October. In the meantime, I’m going to work on revamping this blog with new graphics and such.

If you want to keep up with that process, sign up for my newsletter to follow along.

Overall

September will be busy, but productive. I’ve created a routine for myself. Hopefully I stick with it and it works. I should be able to get most of my stuff accomplished. It will be interesting to say the least!

What does your September look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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August 2017 Wrap Up

August 2017 reading, writing, and blogging wrap up

Reading

I actually read a good amount of books this month. It’s weird because this time last year I was ahead in my reading and now I’ve been finishing my books right up until their review date. But I’m still reading and enjoying the books, so that’s something.

I read and reviewed nine books this month, which you can check out on my Reading List.

Writing

What did I write this month? Not much. The most creative thing I did this month was my interactive Short Story Sunday. Thank you to everyone who read, voted, and enjoyed the story! It meant a lot to me and it was fun to try something different. I’m sure I’ll be doing more of that in the future.

However, even though I didn’t “write” much I made a plan for myself and organized all my writing stuff. I have so many story ideas floating around in my head and also jammed into my filing cabinet that I need to prioritize what to work on first.

There will be more on that later, but I think I have a plan.

Blogging

I was more focused on my blog this month than I was with my writing, which has been the trend lately. If you follow my newsletter, you’ll know that I’m in the works of reworking my blog. I’m giving it a complete makeover.

Starting next month, I’ll be giving updates about the process and sneak peeks. If that’s something that you’d like to see, please consider signing up for the newsletter. It’s easy and free!

Also, my biggest accomplishment this month was being on a podcast! A huge thanks to Annette for giving me the opportunity to talk about my writing and tell my story on The Magic Happens. The episodes are in alphabetical order, so you have to scroll down to find “Poli,” but please give it a listen if you haven’t already. It’d mean a lot to me. And please be sure to check out Annette’s blog as well!

Overall

August was a month of planning and prepping and trying to get my crap in order. There’s so much that I want to do and not nearly enough hours in the day, resources at my fingertips, or money in the wallet. So, I had to come up with a plan.

I’ve been following it slightly the past two weeks, but it won’t officially start until September. I thought summer would be easy, but no one is in a routine and social obligations get in the way. Once everyone is officially back at school and work, I can officially get back to my work.

Posts to Remember

1. How To Use The 5 Senses In Creative Writing
2. Time To Write: Sentence Starter
3. What Is Descriptive Writing?

How did August treat you? Let me know in the comments below!

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July 2017 Wrap Up

July 2017 wrap up: reading, writing, blogging

Reading

I read a good amount this month. Most of the books I read were in the span of one week while I was on vacation, but that’s fine. I may finally be getting back into my reading habits again!

Check out my Reading List to see what I read this month and their reviews.

Writing

My writing was kind of a mess this month… I participated in Camp NaNo to write short stories for next year and I also attempted to work on a novel at the same time. I worked on both, didn’t finish either of them, but I made it to 50k words. So that’s something.

I had hoped to get more done, but… oh, well. I made some sort of progress and I’m happy with that.

Blogging

This month was just like any other month when it came to blogging. I’m currently in the works of updating this blog and making a few changes. If you want to know more about that, please consider signing up for my newsletter. It’s free and will give you more insight on myself as a writer and this blog. If you’re still unsure, check out more information about it here.

Overall

July was a good month. It was busy, but progress was made and ideas were thought of. I’m looking forward to August!

Posts to Remember

1. How To Write A Book Review That Matters
2. July/August 2017 Writing Contests
3. Why It’s Okay To Say No To Book Review Requests
4. Guest: Write The Book!
5. Interview: Jon Budd
6. Interview: Yecheilyah Ysrayl

How did the month of July treat you? Let me know in the comments below!

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July 2017 Goals

Goals for July 2017 | Reading, Writing, Blogging

Reading

It’s summer! Which means there will be two book reviews a week. For July, that means a total of nine reviews. I still have a few books left over from Mystery Month that I want to read, but I’m still not sure which books I want to read.

I have a lot of books on my list and I know that if I pick out nine, I’m just going to change my mind. So, for this month, I’m not going to list what I want to read. I’m just going to pick at random. Just expect nine reviews this month.

Writing

It’s another month of Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ll be working on two projects:

1. Brave – Write 50,000 words of this novel
2. Short Story Sunday 2018 – Write 50,000 words of next year’s short stories

If I have the time, I’d love to continue editing my mystery novel, but that won’t be a priority.

Blogging

I’ll have much more time to read and comment on new blogs as well get ahead with my own posts. I also plan on adding more to this blog as well.

I also plan on continuing my work on Double Jump as well as a new blog.

Overall

July is going to be a busy month. But now that work is over my writing and blogging will get my undivided attention. It’ll be a good month!

What are your goals for July? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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June 2017 Wrap Up

June 2017 Wrap Up

Reading

I thought reading mystery novels would help me get out of my slump, but it didn’t really. Still, I read three books which is good enough for me.

If you want to catch up on what I read and my reviews, check out my Reading List.

Writing

I didn’t get any of my writing goals done this month. June is always so busy and I changed my mind about what I wanted to work on anyway. So there was that.

Overall

I really didn’t get much done this month, did I?

Well, I didn’t have high hopes for June anyway. July is going to be the challenge. We’ll see how that goes.

How did the month of June treat you? Did you accomplish your goals? Let me know in the comments below!

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