January 2019 [Wrap Up]

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Reading

Reading was, I’ll admit, slow-going this month. I think it was because I was ahead for reviews so I felt like I was ahead with my reading. I did finish reading what I had planned to read this month though. I’m hoping to get more reading done in February though. I’d like to get back into that habit.

Writing

I had planned a lot of writing for the month of January, but plans changed. I ended up doing a lot of planning and outlining instead. I can’t complain about that though. I still made progress. I also officially started my Fiverr account. This is something I’ve flip-flopped on for a really long time and decided to do it in addition to the services from my blog. Mostly though, I’m still plugging away at my books.

Blogging

January was a good month for blogging. I got so many graphics done ahead of time, which was be super time consuming. I have a list of series that I can write for the whole year, which I plan on doing soon. Overall though, I got my January and most of my February blog posts done.

Overall

January was kind of a weird month. I didn’t get done what I had originally planned on getting done, but I still accomplished some things. January was a huge planning month for me and I got myself organized and prioritized a lot of projects. So I feel good.

Posts To Remember

1. Why I’m Opening Up [Mental Health Monday]
2. Writing Goals for 2019
3. Why I Chose To Join Patreon

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November 2018 [Wrap Up]

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Reading

I feel like I’ve been in such a reading slump for a while now though I haven’t missed a book review. This month, I started catching up with a series that got me into reading in the first place and now I want to read all the books in the world, which is a great feeling. With that said, I’ve read and reviewed four books for this month. You can check them out on my Reading List.

Writing

NaNoWriMo was successful! I wrote 50,000 words of Short Story Sundays for 2019 plus editing and revising of some other projects. It felt good to get all that writing done. I feel like I haven’t written like that since the last NaNo session. So, that was great.

Blogging

December posts as well as new and updated ideas for 2019 are a-go! I’m excited and it’s been taking up the majority of my time (my poor writing!) but hopefully it’ll all work out and you guys will like it. I’m looking forward to the new year!

Posts to Remember

1. Meet Annette Rochelle Aben, Author
2. November & December 2018 Writing Submissions
3. My Writing Space

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August 2018 [Wrap Up]

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Reading

I was in a bit of a reading slump this month. I read a lot of quick stories such as craft books and comics. Reading is reading and it was all good, but I’m hoping to get back into the novel world soon enough. Time has escaped me this month so it was harder for me to keep up with the reading. You can check out my Reading List to see which books I’ve read and reviewed this month as well as check out my Goodreads to keep up with what I’m currently reading… though I have to update it. I’ve even gotten behind with that.

Writing

Writing proved to be difficult this month as well. I did a lot of planning and brainstorming for various projects, but overall time got away. I did a lot of socializing with friends and family and writing took a backseat. Not a bad thing, but I’m ready to get back into a routine.

Blogging

I kind of got out of my blogging routine as well. August was filled with real-life things going on so my virtual life was sort of non-existent. I made progress though and my posts for September are almost done. So that’s something.

Overall

August was a good month – not really work-wise, but it was a good month to get together with friends and family as well as reflect on everything else. We’ll see how September goes!

Posts To Remember

1. 6 Types of Conversations Your Characters Can Have
2. How Do You Write Internal Dialogue?
3. The Best Tip To Know About Writing Dialogue

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Wrap Up: June 2018

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Reading

I got slightly ahead with my reading, so I was proud of myself for that. I feel like I’ve been in a little bit of a slump for a while. My Reading List has been updated as is my Goodreads, so feel free to check those out to keep up with what I’m currently reading and reviewing.

Writing

I got behind on my writing again. I’m so happy Camp NaNo is right around the corner because I definitely need that extra push to get going.

I was supposed to write Brave and continue editing/rewriting George Florence & The Perfect Alibi. I started off strong at the beginning of the month, but the past couple of weeks have been crazy in real life and my writing just kind of tapered off.

Blogging

My posts have been plentiful and ahead of schedule, though there’s a lot of maintenance work I should have done and just didn’t. So there’s that.

Overall

June had a lot of “in real life” stuff going on, but I got the bare minimum done of what I needed to do work-wise. June had a lot of family and friend days, which is perfectly fine with me. Though the month definitely went too fast.

Posts To Remember

1. Should Book Bloggers Post “Bad” Book Reviews?
2. June & July 2018 Writing Submissions
3. A Reading Routine

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Wrap Up: February 2018

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Reading

I read less than what I had hoped to this month. I got so ahead in my reading and then got so many requests from authors that my book reviews are a bit out of order. Still, I can’t complain. I’m keeping up as best I can.

Writing

My writing was a lot slower this month than I thought it would be. I worked a little bit on my projects, but it was the bare minimum. I was more focused on organizing my writing (which needed to be done desperately!) such as my notebooks and Dropbox.

I also officially set things in place for my Patreon account and also Freelance Writing. So, it’s not that I didn’t get anything done. It was just not what I originally planned.

Blogging

I kept up with my February blog posts pretty well and even get a decent headstart on March’s posts. So all things considered, I think I did the best in the blogging category. I’ll take it.

Overall

February took a different turn than I thought it would, but I still got a lot done and I’m looking forward to what March may have in store for me.

Posts To Remember

1. Meet Ari Meghlen, Writer
2. 5 Tips To Name Your World [World Building]
3. 3 Types Of Worlds [World Building]

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January 2018 Wrap Up

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Reading

According to Goodreads, I read four books this month. I actually read five, one book isn’t on Goodreads. I ended up reading more than I thought I would even though most of the books weren’t what I originally planned.

Writing

Writing was tricky this month. Every time I had a moment to get something done, something came up in real life that I had to deal with. I did get a few things done, I worked a little bit on each project. It just wasn’t as much as I hoped it would be.

Blogging

I kept up pretty well with my January posts right up until the end when I got sick. Now I’m behind again so I’m hoping to catch up with February soon.

Overall

January was a whirlwind. It went by too fast and it’s kind of a blur to me. I feel like I wasn’t able to give my work as much attention as I usually do. I’m still playing around with a schedule for myself. When I get into a good groove something has to change, so we’ll see what happens.

Posts To Remember

1. 6 Things I’ve Learned Re-branding My Newsletter
2. Writing Goals For 2018
3. 7 Helpful And Fun Ways To Create Characters

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

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November 2017 Wrap Up

November 2017 Wrap Up

Reading

I read more than I had planned, so that was nice. Be sure to check out my Reading List and catch up with my book reviews.

Writing

I wrote over 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo on my novella, The Scribe. Yes, I changed the title… again. This is the last time, I swear. The first draft of the story is completed. I have no more writing to do. All that’s left now is the editing. I’m excited to dive into that as soon as possible!

Blogging

I did a lot more “planning” than actually “doing” this month. My main focus was NaNo, so blogging and everything else kind of took a back seat. Still, I feel like I have my head on straight. I know what I want to accomplish within the next couple of months. I got a head start on a few of those things, such as updated graphics for this blog.

I also recently published a guest post over on Hanna’s Voice about writing and blogging. Please go check it out!

Overall

November was a good month. I feel as though it went by too fast, but I got a lot done and I feel good.

Posts to Remember

1. Short Story Sunday 186: Write On [NaNoWriMo]
2. 7 Ways To Avoid A Boring Middle For You And Your Readers
3. 8 Tips For Writing A Fantasy Novel

How did November treat you? 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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Voting and May 2016 Wrap Up

Hello, everyone! I’m cheating the system today. Instead of having this post just be my May Wrap Up, I decided to enlist your help first.

Camp NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. Again. The new session starts in July. As you know, I’ve been busy with my detecitve series as well as April’s Camp NaNo, The Lost Girl.

Of course I can’t resist writing during a NaNo session. So I want to write something. But seeing as George Florence and The Lost Girl are in the editing stage, I can’t really work on them.

Last year, I had no idea what to write so I added a poll and you guys voted on what I should write. I decided to do that again and I hope you all take a moment to read each summary for my three novel choices and then take a second to vote on your favorite one. I’d really appreciate it!

Hunter (The Hunt, Book 1)

This was the novel I added into the poll last year and it won with the most votes. I ended up winning that Camp session with 50,096 words. The novel is not complete yet. If it wins this year, I’ll be “rebelling” and adding on to the 50k. Here’s the summary:

Cat Webber is the daughter of big-shot Charles Webber, founder and owner of X-Terminate; a company that rids of mutants off the streets to keep humans safe. Raised as a Hunter, Cat believes all mutants are bad simply because they’re different from humans. However, her morals are questioned when she gets to know some mutants; especially Brandon Hurst.

Brandon Hurst is a mutant who can teleport and bend time. He knows some secrets about X-Terminate and Charles that Cat doesn’t even know about. Cat is curious to find out what Brandon may or may not know. It’s not until she discovers her father is killing off the mutants that Cat struggles with taking her father’s orders or if she should stand up for what she believes is right.

Far Away

This novel has also been started and is currently at 20,522 words. I would just add onto this as well. Unless those 20k words are really bad, then I’ll start over. It’s a romance, not something I typically write.

They say it’s hard to keep up with your high school friends. They go to different colleges, they move away, they make new friends. For Gina and Logan, they swear that will never happen.

Gina, Logan, and their group of friends are ready to graduate high school, and can’t wait for the new chapter of their lives to begin. For Gina, it’s striving to be an actress. For Logan, it’s becoming a police officer just like his late father.

But being an adult isn’t as glamorous as it may seem. Logan has to move unexpectedly across the country when his mother passes away. Meanwhile, Gina has realized that being an actress isn’t what it’s all chalked up to be.

Told in both points of view, Gina and Logan go through the ups and downs of life as they wonder if they’ll ever meet again.

The Blank Page (Writers Group, Book 1)

Again, this is novel has been started as well. It’s only at 11,518 words. Like Far Away, I may start it over or I may just add onto it.

There’s a well-known website catered to writers dedicated to all things writing. It’s to help writers, to support writers, to meet other writers, and anything else you can image.

A new feature has been added to the site to create real life writing groups. If you so choose, you can sign up for the feature, fill out a quick questionarie, and the website will see which other writers you’re compatible with. From there, the group can meet how often they want in real life to write together, discuss writing together, or to just be friends with something in common.

There’s Dominic, a 25-year-old quiet business man. He’s unsure what to write, though he’s written bits and pieces of mystery before.

There’s Justin, a 27-year-old laid-back English teacher. He’s writing a young adult drama and has the novel planned out perfectly.

There’s Adair, a 22-year-old spunky freelance writer. She’s working on a fantasy novel and is completely winging the plot.

While each one of them has a lot to learn about writing, there’s something they can all learn from each other.

Again, please and thank you for voting on while novel I should write for July’s Camp NaNo session! The poll will close in one week. I’ll announce the results June 16.

Now onto the wrap up…

Reading

I read most of the books I planned to this month. I got a late start, but I did read about one book a week, which is what I planned.

You can get out my Reading List for the books I read and links to their reviews.

Writing

I made slow progress on George Florence. I got some planning done on the first book. I also planned out a good chunk of the series since I needed to know dates and such like that.

Other than that, I didn’t do too much writing or editing. I was kind of in a slump, but I think I’m in a good place now.

Blogging

I got a head start on my June posts and did a lot of brainstorming and planning for July and August. The summer is going to be pretty busy blogging-wise, so that was a big help.

Overall

I didn’t get too much done, but I got a decent amount done at the same time. May was a pretty slow month, but now that it’s over I’m wondering where it went.

Posts to Remember

1. Work is Hard
2. May/June Writing Contests
3. How Am I Doing?
4. Guest Post: Creativity’s Invitation to Discovery and Wholeness
5. Guest Post: Keep the Inspiration Flowing

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November Wrap-Up

November Wrap Up

Reading:

I read three out of the four books I planned on reading. I updated my Reading List with the books I read this month, so you can get ahead and check those out and read the reviews I wrote.

Even though I didn’t read four books this month like I planned, I reached my goal for my Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge! I have read 52 books, one book a week. I skipped a few weeks, but I also read multiple books during other weeks. I somehow managed to hit my goal early.

Writing:

I didn’t edit George Florence at all. My writer’s group meeting got cancelled because of the holidays. We won’t be regrouping until after the new year. I plan on editing that novel once again after the new year.

I did manage to write 2,000 words a day on my NaNo novel, Second Chances. I skipped an entire week, but I plan on hitting 50k later today. So I guess it was successful.

Blogging:

I’ve been brainstorming new ideas for 2016 and have been trying to put them in motion. There will be more information on these ideas at the beginning of January. I promise I won’t disappoint.

Overall:

November was a very successful month and super busy. December is going to be just as–if not more–crazy. So I hope to hit all my goals then as well.

How was your November?