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. . .


Top Ten Tuesday – Set At School

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books Set At School

I found this list a bit hard to decide what direction to go in. Its been a moment since I was at school and I wanted to try and think of an interesting way to take the topic and was coming up blank. So I decided I was over thinking the topic and thought just being at school can be complicated enough, so why don’t I just focus on books that deal with the issue of just dealing being in that environment.

1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. I just recently finished this series and it was everything I never knew I needed. I also think that it deals really well with how the topics in the books would happen for someone in school.

2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I am very happy putting this book at number 2 as I can totally see everything that happens in this book being actual things that people in high school have to deal with.

3. On the Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta. Really it takes place at a school, did you guys really think it wasn’t going to make the list? The situations are not really going to be something people will face though.

4. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. Yes this deals with things more complicated than just being at school, but its still set there and I loved it so it goes on the list.





5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Yes the events are extreme, but in some lower economical situations or bad neighbourhoods, these can be challenges that kids will have to deal with.

6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This section of the list seems to be a bit depressing, and while the tapes are not something thats really going to happen but the topics faced in the book are real possibilities.

7.Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Again depressing, but it is dealing with those depressing things in the school setting which isn’t always the easiest place for people without that huge topic looming over their heads.





8.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I couldn’t really make this list without this book on it.

9.  Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. This is in no way going to come up in normal everyday life, but it takes place in a school so its going on the list.

10. Losing it by Cora Carmack. What happens when a one night stand ends up being with your new professor at college? Read to find out!





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Till Next Time. . .


Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Will Make You Cry


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Sorry I missed the post yesterday and this one is coming up late, but I have not been well! I will warn you now that there will be spoilers in this listing today because I will explain why the books got the placing they did. Anyway, todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

Mockingjay_novel1. Now I had serious issues placing the book that will hold the number one spot for books that made me sob the hardest, but upon serious thinking I had to give it to Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Katniss went through so much and her whole world got turned upside down because she wanted to save her sister, and in the end it was all for nothing because another person she loved ended up creating something that killed her. I had to have a shower when I finished this book to try and scrub the sadness from me.

cover_allegiant2. Second on the list of books that made me cry Im going to give to Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I think this is the first book I have read where the main character actually gets killed off. That end scene with Tris and her mother at the end was devastating, and the moment when her name stops getting put up the top with the beginning of a new chapter from her perspective because its no longer an option nearly killed me.

witching-hour3. This one may be an odd choice because I don’t actually remember much about the story because I read it like 8 or more years ago, but it left a huge impact on me. That book is The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. It was the first book I had ever read of hers and it was the last. I also think it was the first book that made me cry. I sobbed so hard that I was never able to pick up the rest of the series to get any conclusion to what happened in the first book.

1377087942onthejellicoeroadcover4. The fourth book on my list I think is going to have to be On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This one I think made me cry the first time I read it, and everytime after that I get on the brink of tears. This book to me is a very depressing book that fills me with love. I can’t say anything about this book really other than just go and read it.


97817425352035. I think on a different day I might have given this the 4th place, but I like this book less overall so it gets 5th. This book is The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I went in thinking one thing and had something else ripped out my footing in the most cry worthy way. I love you Augustus!


outsiders-176. This place I give to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I have read this book so many times that the tears no longer come, but it still brings all the emotions of the first couple of times that I read it. The things that happen are so sad, and the effects it has on the characters is much sadder.


9780316068048_custom-s6-c107. I wasn’t sure this book should go here, it no longer makes me cry but I like it much more than the rest and it still fills me with serious feelings. 7th place goes to The Host by Stephanie Meyer. The feelings that happen in this book, oh the feelings. It might have been ranked higher if it had of stayed with the sad ending.


9780140389661B8. Im giving this spot to a book by an author that has been mentioned already, That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E.Hinton.




cvr9781471105326_9781471105326_hr9. 9th place on the list goes to Pay It Forward. Though it has been awhile since I read it, I still remember crying. This child does something wonderful for the world and thusly he gets killed. I think I will pick this one up again sometime soon.



978028563749810. And last but not least I give 10th place to If I Should Die Before I Wake by Michelle Morris. Though some parts of it really really bugged me, I cant deny the feels that it gave me.



Well thats it for today, I shall see you guys in a couple of hours for my next post since this one was put up so late!

Till next time…