June: All-Nighter

For this month’s #YearOfHappy, the challenge was to do something you always wanted to do as a kid.

Well, like every other month, I’m tweaking the rules. I decided to do something I used to do as a kid that I stopped doing when I became an adult.

I used to stay up all night with my friends during sleepovers just like any other kid. Of course, when I got older I couldn’t do that because I would have school the next day or work or church. There was always something.

Now that it’s summer vacation for me and I have no more school and work is done for a few months, I decided to stay up all night.

I love staying up throughout the night. I don’t know why, but there’s something lovely about being the only one awake in the house. It’s peaceful and I’m guaranteed privacy.

I thought of staying up to write and/or read all night, but then had a different idea.

Because Kris and I are geeks, we’ve always wanted to have a marathon of the three Lord of the Rings and three Hobbit movies. To watch all six in a row would take a little over 21 hours (this counts for the extended edition to all the movies except the latest one). We rounded up to 24 hours because we need to pause for bathroom, snacks, etc.

If we wanted to watch all six movies straight through right in a row, we would have to stay up all night. So that’s just what we did–or what we tried.

We started with the Hobbit movies to watch the story in chronological order. Plus, we’ve never seen The Battle of the Five Armies and we knew we’d cry. So we wanted to get that out of the way.

By the time we finished watching the first two Hobbit movies, it was about 1:30 in the morning. We decided to go to bed. Neither one of us were really tired, but wanted sole focus on the last movie since we’ve never seen it.

We woke up early the next morning and watched the last Hobbit movie and all three Lord of the Rings movies–which ended around one in the morning.

So, we didn’t stay up all night but we did stay pretty late for two nights in a row.

PuzzleWe worked on a Lion King puzzle while watching the movies so I think that was what kept us up. Plus, we bought snacks before we started the marathon. So we were eating plenty of chocolate and such.

I originally thought I would write or read all night long–be productive. Instead, I ended up spending two days not being productive.

It was nice, though. I’ve been on summer vacation for a week, but that was really the first time in a while that I didn’t have anything planned. It was nice to have plans to do nothing.

Weekly Wrap-Up 6/15-6/19

Weekly Wrap Up


From my June Goals list, this is what I’ve accomplished this week…


The reading has been slow-going this month, but I’m almost done with Psych: Call of the Mild by William Rabkin. The review for that will be posted tomorrow.


I’m still behind on my rewrites of George Florence. Today is my last day of work for the summer, so I’m planning on spending the next week–basically the whole summer–with my writing.

I have yet to start outlining Hunter for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I have been thinking about ideas and such for it.


This week Kris and I opened our new website, Spilled Ink, which is a writing community to help find beta-readers and get to know one another a little better. If you’re interested, you can always click HERE to find out more.

I also told you How I Began Writing Mystery and I posted questions to ask yourself when writing a mystery in the latest Inspiration Station post.

This Week…

I have a lot of catching up to do. I won’t have work anymore so I’m going to give myself a routine and stick with it as best as I can. That way I can get my writing, reading, and blogging done every day. I heard that it takes 21 days to make a habit.

I’ll test that theory out for you guys.

Weekly Wrap-Up 6/8-6/12

Weekly Wrap Up


From my June Goals list, this is what I’ve accomplished this week.


I’m still reading, but you can be sure there will be a review posted tomorrow. I didn’t post one last week because I realized it was Six on the Sixth day.


I am way behind on George Florence. I had a very busy weekend and kind of slacked off this week. I was extremely tired and had the bright idea of not doing anything after work each day. But I guess sometimes you need a few days to do nothing.

I have another busy weekend this week as well, so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to keep up. I’ll try, though.

I also have to work on some contests as there are some deadlines coming up soon.

I’m also going to start outlining Hunter for Camp NaNoWriMo next month. Thanks to all those who voted in my poll to help me decide what to write!


This week I posted a fun video I found of George R.R. Martin “writing” and how easy it is to get distracted. I also posted another Inspiration Station post for Mystery Month called The Perfect Crime.


This week hasn’t been very productive. June has always been a busy month for me between birthdays, Father’s day, graduations, end of the school/sunday school years, etc. It’s even busier now that I’ve set writing, reading, and blogging goals for myself.

I plan to play a lot of catch up next week, though. Plus next week is my last week of work so after that I’ll get six and half hours back to each day.

I hope you all had a great week!

June Is Mystery Month!

June 2015 Goals

May Wrap-Up:

If you read my May Goals post, you’ll know that I made a lot of writing, reading, and blogging goals for myself. Before I tell you my goals for June, here’s how I did with my May Goals:


–I read all five books I intended to read during the month. If you’re unsure what books those were or would like to read the reviews I wrote for them, they’re listed on my Reading List.


–My writing group went well this month. I read some pretty good samples and also got great feedback on George Florence.

–I wrote one Short Story Sunday a day, leaving me with 31 short stories. I now have enough to carry me through the rest of 2015.

–I queried my children’s book to five agents. Doesn’t seem like much, but I think it’s a good start.

–I found some writing contests to submit to for the rest of 2015. I will definitely be sharing those contests with you guys. At the beginning of every month, I’ll share deadlines for the following month to give you guys a good head’s up.

Kris and I finished that writing project we were working on. This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now. We finally got around to doing it and we’re excited that it’s ready for you guys! There will be more on that on June 15, so make sure you check back!


–I didn’t have any blogging goals other than posting every day… Which I did. So I guess I win, yes?

Now for my June goals. I have a lot of new things going on for my blog. One of them being…

Mystery Month Logo

–Mystery Month is going to be throughout the whole month of June. Since there are four Sundays during June, my Short Story Sundays will be a four-part mystery series. Every Wednesday there will be a new article about the mystery genre. I will be reading all mystery novels for my book reviews. My six on the sixth will be a mini mystery. I will also post a summary and excerpt of my mystery novel, George Florence, at the end of the month. I hope you all enjoy this month-long feature!

–On June 15 both Kris and I will be posting on our blogs about the project we’ve been working on. We hope you all enjoy that as well as join! (Yes, I said “join”)

–I’m going to start a new feature on Friday. Usually on Fridays I post a picture or quote about writing or reading or what have you. I will still do that, but I’ll also be adding a little more to it. Fridays will now be known as Weekly Wrap-Up. With my monthly goals I decided it would be best to let you guys know how I’m doing on those goals. So Weekly Wrap-Up will be an update of what goals I’m completed or worked on during that week.


–There will be four book reviews in June. In no particular order, I plan on reading…

1. No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow
2. The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos
3. Psych: The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin
4. Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

The books may change depending on my mood. I may also be able to read more than just four, depending on how quickly I’m able to get through each novel.


–I’m going to start my rewrite of George Florence. I plan on writing 2,000 words a day on it. I’m going to treat it like a NaNo month. I’m changing the POV and will be following a new character as the protagonist. I know; yikes. But I’m hoping it’ll be the best for the novel. We shall see.

–I need to prep my submissions for some writing contests and remember to actually submit them. Those will be shared with all of you at a later date… Tomorrow.

–I plan on querying my children’s book to more agents. I sent it to five agents in May and heard back from one so far (it was a no, obviously… But at least I got a response!)

–I need to prep and outline my next novel for Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I can’t believe another session is coming up so soon. I have no idea what I’m going to write, but I do know it’s not going to be another George Florence novel. I need to focus on the first novel since that’s giving me trouble at the moment. Plus, I have books two and three written. I don’t think there’s any need for me to start on book four.

June is going to have a bit of everything; writing, editing, outlining, querying, blogging, reading… It’s sure going to be busy, but it will be productive and I’m sure I’ll be proud of the results! I hope you guys enjoy the results, as well.

What are your plans for June?

June Is Here!

In case any of you care, I have been thinking about my blog every day since my last post. When it came to a matter of actually posting on it…well, that was a different story. My last post on here was May 18 and the very next day was when my life became a bit hectic for a short period of time.

It was the first day of my summer classes for school. The homework isn’t bad, but for the first week it was. Yes, I typed that correctly. I know the first week of school is usually the easiest, but I’m taking Spanish Two. My professor decided to have us “review” what was taught in Spanish One, which meant doing everything all over again. Yes, workbook activities, textbook activities, plus there’s a show we need to watch so I had to watch seven episodes of that, plus a test after it all, and of course the usual “first week” stuff. I basically did a whole semester of work in one week; it was awful.

It was even more terrible because Tuesday, the second day of classes, my best friend called telling me her father was on hospice. He was only 55-years-old (he would have turned 56 this upcoming Monday) and after years of fighting, his throat cancer got the best of him. He passed away on Memorial Day.

So I had loads of homework, then the stress of “waiting” so to speak. Because of this, my other friend (they’re sisters) decided to get married while her father was still alive. So I had a wedding to go to on Sunday and then the next day, Memorial Day, their father passed away. I practically lived at their house helping with wake and funeral arrangements. I learned a lot about their family and the Marines (yes, their father was a veteran) last week.

This week hasn’t been too bad; work was busy only because we had our end of the year show on Thursday and we had an open house yesterday. Other than that, homework has been on the minimum and I’ve been able to sit back and relax after two weeks of hell. Of course this weekend my friends went away so I have their dog living with me until tomorrow. Their dog is my dog’s sister (real sister, they’re from the same litter) and so far they haven’t really been getting along…so this weekend is a little more than I bargained for.

In lighter news, June is finally here (yes, I know I’m a week late) which means Camp NaNo starts back up in less than a month. I’ve been slowly editing Detective Florence so I can write the sequel for Camp. I have to edit about ten pages a day in order to finish the draft by July. Of course I’ve skipped a few days…so I have to play catch up today and tomorrow. That should be fun.

So there we have it. Hopefully I will have a Short Story Sunday posted tomorrow…I know I’ve skipped a few weeks. Talk to you all soon!