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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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NaNoWriMo Update – Week One

And Nano is off! We are currently on day four and I am really loving everything that is happening at the moment, except for my story which sorta sucks. But before I get into my thoughts lets look at some charts.

Stats from day two as I forgot to take a picture on day one:

The chapter went on far longer than I intended it too and basically just become a giant introduction dump. All the chapters and general acts are a guess at this point as well. I also changed all the labels after taking this shot so there wasn’t one, because I found all that excess green really distracting and off putting when it came to the goal bars on the side.

Stats from day four at about two in the afternoon and plenty of time to keep writing:

The only reason the day four stats are captured so early in the day is that I wanted to get this post up at a more regular time for myself, and because I am going out to a friends house later so while I have time between now and then I may not do much more writing.

Thus far I have written every single day which I am so proud of myself. When they words are flowing I am truly enjoying the experience. You may see between the two pictures that I moved from trying to write in order to just writing the parts I had a clear image of in my head. This I am coming to find is a result of an insufficient amount of outlining on my part. I am releasing that I may not be cut out to be a pantser. I spent much of yesterday looking up castle designs and floor plans, and even spent some of today sketching things out because I found myself unable to write a scene unless I where everything ever was. I still don’t have a clear idea, but I am trying not to focus too much on the little things and just put words down.

Much of the words I do put down though I am struggling with. Unless its one of the scenes that have been crystal clear in my head since I thought of the idea for this book, the words come out much like pulling out one of my own teeth. This again I relate to my lack of an ability to be a pantser. I have a clear idea in my head of they key turning points in the book, who the villain is and what he does to my main characters, but I just cannot settle on a good reason as to why. I am working with an idea right now that is keeping me moving but I haven’t decided if it is actually enough to have sparked the plot.

Then the things I do get out I just want to go back and change straight away. Chapter one for example, is just a giant here s everyone and all the things you need to know about them all at once. I am unhappy with how the chapter turned out and my mind is just always nagging at me to back and change it and some of the dialogue of the chapter, which I am finding stale because I am not completely connecting with my characters yet. But I know going back and changing things this early on is stupid, specially since I am not set with the driving force to the plot, and I should just focus on getting as much as I can down and setting up something I can go back and work with at a later date.

My mind really doesn’t like it though which is why I am letting myself at the moment just write the parts I am sure of. In writing these out I am hoping I can work out a few things that would have had to come before and once I get the ball rolling the after will come naturally to me.

Now as you can see above that I just about a hundred words off of being up to date with the daily  word goals. My work schedules for Monday and Tuesday are full though, and while I might get a couple hundred words in on Monday I am fairly certain that I will not get anything done on the Tuesday. Like I have stated before for other posts on this blog, Tuesday is just a dead day to me. So even though I am going out and I want to write up a review for Kingdom of Ash before I forget too much today, I want to try and get two days worth of words done so that I am not scrambling on trying to keep up too much during the week.

The general amount written each day is also a bit different to what is shown here. I am finding that if I update late at night it counts for the next day even if my day hasn’t ended yet, so I haven’t actually written 2537 words today, though I hope to write more than that.

I think thats all the updating that is required for the day. If you are participating let me know how you are going! I always love seeing other peoples progress and I can always use more nano friends.

 

Till Next Time. . .

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Hour 13

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Okay, so I stuffed up and slept way longer than I was meant to… I wanted to nap for a couple of hours but instead I slept for like 4-5 hours…. Why do I always do this. Next time, I must remember to set my alarm father away from me so I cannot turn it off in my sleep! I feel like getting through the rest of the day will be pretty easy now though.

Currently Reading: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Total Pages Read: 168 still, because of the sleep.

Plan A Bookish Party

Choose a favorite book and plan a party around it. It doesn’t have to be a book you’ve read in this readathon.

Challenge post.

Gah so hard! Where would I even begin?! Well I think a pretty safe place to start would be Alice In Wonderland because really, who wouldn’t want to party with the Mad Hatter? It may be used a lot I think, but there is a reason for that!

 

What book is your party themed around?

Alice In Wonderland!

What food will you serve?

Mushroom cupcakes, chess board biscuits, growing cake, and edible tea cups.

What’s your signature drink?

The shrinking potion of course and some mystery drinks in teapots.

 

What games will you play? 

Card games, Crochet and some other games chosen at random from drawing them out of the down the rabbit hole jar.

What party favours will you send home with your guests?

I would send them all home with their own personalised Mad Hatter hat, because we are all just the good amount of crazy.

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
2. How many books have you read so far?

1/2 a book.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Moving onto a second book ans getting myself some sushi as a snack!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Nope other than my sleep nap. I told everyone so leave me alone today haha
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Hmm I don’t think anything, its just as fun and entertaining as it is every time :D

 

Till Next Time…

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Bout Of Books 17 – Day 1 Challenges + Update

 

Day 1

Pages Read: 31

Books Read: The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling.

Book to Movie Challenge

All I need you to do is share with us your favorite book-to-movie adaptation and your least favorite book-to-movie adaptation. You can give reasons for your answers or just names, it’s really up to you how much you share.

For more info please follow the link.

My Favourite: Mockingjay Part 1

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This is just my most recent movie adaptation besides TFIOS, but I going to put this one first.

Least Favourite: City of Bones

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I haven’t even hit 10 minutes into this movie without turning it off with hatred.

 

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – September (Wrap Up)

Yearathon

Day 1

Pages Read: 195

Books Finished: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Books Started: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Day 2

Pages Read: 163

Books Read: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Day 3

Pages Read: 144

Books Finished: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Books Started: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Day 4

Pages Read: 102

Books Finished: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Day 5

Pages Read: 144

Books Finished: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Day 6

Pages Read: 0

Day 7

Pages Read: 271

Books Finished: Looking For Alaksa by John Green

 Books Finished

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Total Pages Read: 1019

I am at the point with these read-a-thons that if I smash out 4 books I feel pretty good about it. I don’t think I will be doing next month since the theme doesn’t interest me.

 

Till Next Time…

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 7 Challenges + Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 251

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 7

Pages Read: 312

Books Started:

  1. What She Left by T.R. Richmond
  2. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 

I feel ok about this week of reading. I was a day behind and I did a lot of travelling between work and tafe and more work. I got some reading in though and I had been in a huge slump since moving and this I think has broken me out of it :)

Total Pages Read: 2057

Books Finished:

Outlander an abundance of katherines

Books Unfinished:

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What To Read Next Challenge

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great – something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.

For more info check out the host blog.

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What’s Left of Me: I am putting this book here because next to The Host, its the only book I know of that deals with issues of double identities living in the one body. I found it really easy to read and I flew through it in one sitting.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: I am putting it on the list because it was my surprise of the year. Its not the kind of book I would ever pick up but I really enjoyed it and found it to be funny and honest.

Ava Lavender: I cannot put this one into words. You know where the story is going but that doesn’t ruin anything. Its a tragically beautiful story that everyone should read. Its on its own level.

 

And thats all for this read-a-thon! I hope you all had a great week.

 

Till Next Time…

 

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 6 Challenges – Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 251

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Road Trip

I love going on road trips or any kind of trip for that matter and I always bring a TON of books with me. For this challenge, I’d like for you to come up with a list of the top 4-5 states/places you’d love to visit and find a book (you either read or want to read) that takes place in that state/place or a book by an author who lives or is from there.

For more info check out the host blog.

Hmm this is hard because I actually have to think about where the books are taking place. Normally its not really something I pay much attention to.

Scotland: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Ireland: P.S I love you by Cecelia Ahern

Japan: Nana by Ai Yazawa

London: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Paris: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Till Next Time…

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 5 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Character Soulmates

Today I have the Character Soulmates Challenge for you. It’s great because we are going to be shipping characters from different books. Have you ever thought __(person)__ from this book would be just perfect with __(person)__ from this other book? Well here is your chance to finally pair them up and watch the sparks fly.

For more info check out the host blog.

I hate challenges like this for one reason. I can literally never think of anyone. My brain doesn’t pluck characters out and put them with others in different books. But here we are and I am going to give it a go anyway.

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Who: 

Arriane Alter from the Fallen series by Lauren Kate and Matthew from the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.

Ship Name: Arriew

They have the worst names to combine ever.

Reason:

I want these guys to be together because they are both just a little bit bonkers. Arriane has ‘out bursts’ that leave her seeming unstable and a little bit dangerous. Mattew since he can see the future often seems not with it and crazy. Arriane likes a bit of crazy and she can be a strong stable person who Matthew can rely on and he can give her the affection she deserves.

Till Next Time…

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 3 & 4 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Mash Challenge

MASH is a fun little game where you write up options for your future and then after getting a number, go through until you have one choice for each category – and have your future right there in front of you!

For more info or how to play, check out the host blog.

I know that entries have closed for this one but I couldn’t get to a computer on day 3 so I decided I would just do it anyway because its a fun little challenge that I haven’t done before. Here is what I got!

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I am an Animal Keeper who lives in a Shack with my husband Mr Darcy on the lands of Pemberley. We have one child, get around in a flying car and have a wild cat as a pet.

LOL. A shack at Pemberley.

Fours Seasons In Book Covers

For this challenge, you need to convey the four seasons in book covers – through color, title, cover, etc. You can be literal or take a more creative approach. Anything goes! Just show me four seasons in book covers.

For more info check out the host blog.

I am annoyed that I cannot take pictures of these books in some way because I’m not home, but I suppose the covers will have to do. I am surprised by how many books I could use for winter. The order for my seasons are: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring.

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Till Next Time…

 

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 2 Challenges + Update

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Scavenger Hunt

1. A Book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)
2. A book you’re planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books
3. Blue Book(s)
4. Books from your favourite genre!
5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves
For more info check out the host blog.
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Till Next Time…