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NaNoWriMo Update – Week Two

Hello my lovelies! How is everyone going with their novels this week?

Again I am happy but not happy with mine. While I can see that my story still sorta sucks, I feel it is more because it needs a whole load of editing rather than me just not being happy with the actual story. I decided on a big plot point when it comes to what is going to fuel parts of the story and I have started writing it in and thus far I am really liking the direction that it is taking my story.

The part I am not so happy with this week is my word count. I had a few long days at work or just long days with life in general and I couldn’t get my brain to focus on writing enough to keep up with the daily word goals. Lets compare some charts shall we:

First of all here is my daily word counter. Please note that some days are a bit off because I forgot to update my time zone location when I moved from Melbourne to Brisbane, so if I updated after 11pm for that first week and a bit the words between my last update and then got counted for the next day. I think I have fixed it now but I haven’t had a chance to test it yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the daily word count goal charts. The first one is where we ended off last week and the second one is this weeks update.

As you can see there were a few days where I did nothing and even though I pushed out 2455 words this morning before I started writing this blog post, I am still quite behind. I obviously need to take a bit of a mental break now but I hope to write at least another 2000 words today and set myself up for a lot of writing for tomorrow (Sunday). I really want to be over the desired word count by tomorrow because I know I am having another really long week at week and I probably won’t gemuch writing done.

Now lets take a look at my chapter differences. The first picture is where we left off last week, and the second is where I am currently as of 1:19pm on Saturday the 10th of November.

As you can see I have not gone back to look at that first act. I am finding it a lot easier to pump out words for the second act, and as I am umping them out I am finding out more about my character and how their lives work and the people who are in it. I am starting to feel as though I am getting to a place where I can go back and fill in some more of the build up to me turning point between the acts. I was going to try and do a bit before writing this post, but after about 3 hours of straight writing I could feel my mind drifting and decided it would probably be better to try a bit later after my mind has had a rest.

And thats all the update I think I have for you guys this week. As always, link me, tell me how you are going, share any update posts. This community is part of the thing that makes this month so fun.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 13)

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Feelings:

I feel like I am just rushing to keep up with challenges now. Its not very nice. Why on earth are they all so big?

What I Read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Pages Read: 44

Alphabet Soup

Book used: Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon, ebook.

Agony p324

Bookshelves p11

Carriage p339

Dissolution p1027

Ensconced p799

Flames p1643

Grisly p1643

Highland p45

Inflicted p1012

Journey p1652

Knife p1718

Ludicrous p1351

Mumbled p1647

Necessarily p1687

Obstacles – 1722

Petrified p1174

Quilt p1166

Rummage p786

Scattered p770

Tugging p1721

Unutterable p1776

Volition p1364

Weariness p1434

X – no such word in either of the books I have been reading have one that starts with x. I searched every x in the ebook formats, and nadda. Have one instead that sounds like X. Exhausted p1780

Younger p1775

Zombie p1757

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

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2. How many books have you read so far?

I have yet to finish either but I have been reading two books at the same time. See above.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

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4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Sort of. There was a part here and it was very loud and hard to focus on reading when I wanted to join the fun. I put my headphones on for this to try and down out the noise. My boyfriend also got a bit drunk which means he kept coming in and wanting attention so which I limited him to a kiss per hour. It sort of worked.  Then I slept, which there isn’t any dealing with that.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How long its taking me to do some of these challenges. Aren’t these things supposed to be quick so we can get back to reading after a short fun breaking?

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 11)

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Feelings:

So I had a nap in hour 8 and awoke this hour to see that I won a prize in hour 9. Very exciting. I don’t know what to do about Dragonfly In Amber. When I was falling asleep I was listening to it on audio book and I am not sure I got it all… To go back as far as I think I need to and count the pages again? Or just go forward and trust I didn’t miss too much?

What I Read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  2. Special by Georgia Blain

Pages Read: 32

Share A Quote

Since I cannot help myself, I am going to share two. They are short and are both from Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon.

I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of flower’s stem.

and

Torn between the impulse to stroke his head, and the urge to cave it in with a rock, I did neither.

Character Destination

I choose Rose Hathaway because really, if there are no strigoi to kill she would make the trip amazing.  Now the actual destination part I find hard. Being in Australia there isn’t really anywhere I want to road trip here much…

I suppose we can start off in Victoria even though I don’t live there and drive along the Great Ocean Road and see things like the 12 Apostles, then drive all the way up to northern Queensland and do things like the Great Barrier Reef, and finally Daintree Rainforest.

 

 

Till Next Time…

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Bout Of Books Read-A-Thon 10

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Yaaayyy! I am so excited. This is starting right after my other challenge this month, AYearAThon, but this one has a start time and for me it is 3pm on the 12th of May. If you want to see what your time would be check it out here. If you want to sign up too click here, if you want to check out the schedule for all the challenges click here.
For this one I will be doing updates and challenge posts daily because I don’t want to miss out on things!

My Goals

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  • I think this week is going to be super busy for me because I think I will be starting to train as a ‘chef’ at work when I cannot cook more than toast (its going to suck and take up heaps of my time) and I have my shift at the RSPCA so I am hoping to read two to three of the books that are here. All four or more would be great but I don’t want to over reach.
  • To participate in at least one of the events each day.
  • Comment on at least 2 blogs/vlogs per day.
  • Above all enjoy myself while I do all this

I hope to see you all through the read-a-thon! Be sure to link me to your pages so I can see them. I want to keep up.

Till Next Time…

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon – Hour 10

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Time for another update and a little challenge thing.

I am 225 pages into my book. So tired. This read-a-thon started at 10pm on the 26th for me. I awoke at 10:30am on the 26th. Its now 7:30am on the 27th. Thats nearly 24 hours I have been awake because I had work before hand, and I am on hour 10 of reading. I think I will have to nap at some point, but then I run the risk of sleeping. As someone who has issues actually falling asleep unless it from sheer exhaustion because of many hours being awake (this kind of thing is not new to me, being alive at work can sometimes be a huge accomplishment), when sleep finally does take me its sometimes quite hard to shake it off. Better to have just stayed awake and moved and acted like a functioning zombie. This is hard to do when reading though, its one of the few things that help put me to sleep…

ANYWAY. Rant over. Now onto this hours little mini challenge! It is being held by The Book Monsters and is titled Shelfie. Its simple enough, take a picture of your bookshelf, with or without yourself in the picture. Since its 7:30am here, I am so not up for being the picture. So here is a picture of my bookcase which is hidden away in my bedroom where people cannot touch the books unless I let them:

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Keep on reading fellow Dewey’s!

Till Next Time…

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Manga Review – Vampire Knight (6-10)

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Title: Vampire Knight [Vampire knight Volumes 6-10]

Author: Matsuri Hino

Genre: Supernatural, Manga, Romance, Action

Length: 947 (Aprox. total)

Rating: 5 Star

Manga Series Reviews: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-

Anime Series Reviews: 1, 2

Description/Synopsis:

Yuki sneaks into an exclusive vampire party and sees Aido’s parents introducing their daughter to Kaname. They, like many other Night Class parents, desire an alliance with the pureblood. Kaname is the most eligible bachelor in the vampire society–but will he choose Yuki?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Welcome back to another VK review. I really hope if you have picked up the series since my last review that you are really enjoying. I love to discuss these things with people!

To catch up poor Zero turns into a vampire, and then we go onto a journey with him to destroy the pure blood vampire killed his family. To make things worst though Zero’s twin brother pops up and is on the same side as that pure blood. Kaname ends up killing this woman and Zero misses his chance to drink her blood to stop going crazy and becoming a level E vampire. Zero’s brother Ichiru ends up escaping and damn it Zero, why didn’t you bloody kiss Yuki! Way to tease us all… Up to speed? Don’t worry, the beginning of every volume has a sum up of what happened in the one before!

Now onto the kind of breakdown of each volume:

  1. In volume six we finally start to get a glimpse that Yuki is more important than what she has been in the story up until now. Yuki starts seeing blood everywhere because of the past she can no longer remember and every time she tries to find a way to discover what happened something always happens so that she can’t figure anything out. We also get more of an understanding of Kaname. The end of the volume ends on a huge cliff hanger. Suggest having the next volume on hand.
  2. Cliff hangers!!! In volume seven Zero has officially stopped taking up all the spotlight and the main focus is now upon Yuki and the mystery of her past and just how Kaname is involved in all of that. Yuki is really starting to go mad because of it. Kaname confesses his feelings for Yuki and his personality starts to become really dark.
  3. In volume eight I just generally feel sorry for pretty much everyone in the story. I feel sorry for Kaname because you can just feel the loneliness seeping from his body because all his family was murdered, and you feel sorry for Yuki for loosing Zero and vice versa. You can feel the show down between everyone about to happen.
  4. This volume, volume nine, is pretty much non stop action. Everyone is fighting everyone and when all the fighting is done and this chunks bad guy is done and gone kaname makes comments about how this is only the beginning to the bad things that are to come. The volume ends on a Yuki and Zero cliff hanger.
  5. This is just things winding down (despite the cliff hanger it starts on) and you get a lot of back story from this volume. This lets you know a lot of the characters better than you did up until this point.

Now those of you that don’t want spoilers I suggest you just skip all this part. Its hard to make these review really interesting when I have to skip over so much of it for fear of ruining the entire story for you all. So if you don’t want spoilers bye! I shall see you guys in my next review!

Ok now everyone who stayed here is what happens over all of the volumes. We are introduced to our new bad guy, Lord Rido which is Kaname’s uncle, and he is Shiki’s father and he takes control of Shiki’s body. We find out that Kaname is actually the Kuran pure blood ancestor from which all the Kuran’s descend and Rido was the one to awake him using the ‘real’ Kaname, Kaname’s parents new born baby boy, as a sacrifice, thus making it so Kaname cannot kill him no matter how much he tries. I know its not Kaname’s fault really that this happened, but this made me so sad. I was also kind of touched though that Kaname’s parents chose to raise him as their own anyway.

Yuki’s madness becomes to much to her and she tried to strangle Zero (so so sad) so Kaname takes her and ‘awakens’ her and bites her and turns her into the pure blood vampire that she has actually always been. We find out that she is actually Kanames sister and they are engaged since pure bloods marry each other to keep the lines clean. When their parents died because of Rido her mother sacrificed herself to turn Yuki into a human to hide her. Oh. My. God. I didn’t see the sibling thing coming at all! At first I was totally iffy about the whole thing but I love Kaname too much to think they cannot be together. Zero tried to kill Kaname cause he turned Yuki but she stops him.

Zero then gets arrested by the Hunters Association and while he is in a cell he gets visited by Ichiru who joined the school to be close to Rido, and when Kaname restores Rido’s body so that he will leave Shiki’s, Ichiru tries to kill him for the woman who killed zero’s parents. When he sees Zero he shoots him with a vampire gun, we then find out that Ichiru was hurt fighting Rido and that he wants Zero to drain him of blood so that they can become the single person they were supposed to be. Zero due to his injuries and since Ichiru was dying anyway does this, and becomes the strongest vampire hunter ever. My heart just wept for Zero at that moment.

Kaname goes off to kill the vampire elder council, and Yuki and Zero team up and kill Rido. Once that is done they go to face off with each other but Kaname comes in and tries to kill Zero but Yuki stops them both, frees Zero from his Bloody Rose gun and Kaname leaves. Yuki and Zero embrace, he bites her, and then they kiss. FINALLY!!! Zero tells her he will have to kill her the next time they see each other and Yuki promises to run away from him forever so that by being his enemy she can be his reason for living, but when they part Yuki breaks down about the choice because she doesn’t want to be enemies. God damn it Zero, why do you have to be such a dick. Yes its the love triangle to end all love triangles you are in but really? You know Yuki isn’t evil and going to kill people so you are pretty much saying you are going to kill her for being herself which is the person you love!

The series of events ends with Kaname and Yuki leaving the school together. God. I don’t know how I will live. We basically get told that this is just the tip of the ice burg and look at all the emotion fill drama we had to go through. I really don’t know how much more I can take. God this story is good.  Pick it up! Madman sell it and they often have sales where you can get it for cheap.

Till Next Time…