So its a new year, and I’m going to try and start anew myself here on the blog. Many things will continue, such as the history essays and the book reviews. I’m going to try and post three days a week, Monday Wednesday and Friday. I’ll probably reassess this in March and see how well I have done keeping that goal.
Once again this year I’ll be doing the Bookit Challenge. Every year I attempt to read (and review!) 50 books. I have several books on the “To Read” pile but I’m always up for suggestions! On Friday except my first review of the year for Outlander’s Drums of Autumn. I am also debating about using a seperate blog for movie/tv reviews or not so you may see some sprinkled into the lineup as well. Particularly Orville, since I reviewed that last season on this blog.
I’ll also be doing more history essays (requests can be taken) but I have no schedule for those. I realised that I failed a bit on those last year by rushing the research and getting several only have done. I am hoping that at least the WOH essays will happen once a month.
I also intend on doing more writing exercises like I did several years back. So expect some short stories relating to prompts or just me attempting to write for so many words or so many minutes. A clean up of old posts is also in the works to streamline this blog and make it easier to navigate (as well as get rid of some of the earlier writing posts that are posted elsewhere).
October is a pretty busy month for me, but I’m hoping to get back on the schedule I had for myself for this blog with three weekly posts on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Since I wasn’t sure what to write about first to kick off the month, I decided to doa general post about what is coming up.
This month is going to have a couple Halloween/Dia de Muertos themed posts, as well as the normal book reviews, movie reviews, and hopefully at least 2 new Women of History posts. It is also Nano Prep Month, so it might be shorter posts as I focus on doing the prep work for Nano (for those who aren’t familar, visit the Nano Website). That will be the focus next month, so I’m also going to try and get ahead on posts so that I have them pre-scheduled rather then writing them as I go since I’ll be working (for once) on an original novel next month.
As for the Bookit-reviews, I’ve made the decision to reduce my goal to 30 books. I think the original goal of 52 is not achievable at this point. Hopefully I can achieve the new goal. I’m also starting to write down a list of books I’ve bought and haven’t read yet to start 2019 off (and finish off this year a bit too). If you have any recommendations for books I should read, please let me know.
The halfway mark for Camp Nano: July 2018 edition has arrived. Word count wise I’m doing good, with an expected (according to them) end date of the 26th. However, in actually accomplished projects I’m not doing as well. I’ve been writing my blog posts which accounts for much of my word count, as well as some shorter stories that have come to mind. However I had two projects I wanted to complete this month that have yet to be completed.
One is a multi-chapter fanfiction that I’ve been working on several years now (2012) and its starting to get a little ridiculous that I haven’t finished it yet. Especially as I have several chapters mostly written. However on the other hand its been one of my more popular works in fanfiction so perhaps the long time working on it paid off.
I also had a project from April where I had 30 songs that I was going to translate into writing prompts. I have yet to work on this at all.
Mostly I think it’s an issue of time management, which I’m apparently bad at, but also inspiration. There are some days where just nothing will come out (which ends up being the days I get more work done on my essay series for this blog.
I’m hoping that when I give my end of month update I’ll have a lot better news to share. I plan on trying to manage my time a little bit better and getting the stories done I wanted to get done. I also plan on finishing some of the essays that I have that are left incomplete – including one WOH essay that was meant to be posted over a week ago.
I’ll be posting the end-of-Nano post on the 30th. Not actually the last day (as July has 31 days) but it’s the last posting day for this blog for July.
Next month is the second yearly Camp Nano session. I will be participating once again, although my blog won’t feature writing like it did in April. However, I plan on making a mid month and an end-of-month post about my progress for those who are interested. I’m hoping to spend this year’s big Nano in November on an original story, so once again I’ll be working on finishing up WIPs and stories that I owe that are vastly overdue. *cough*christmas*cough*
I’m keeping my goals low this time, however. My goal right now is 15,000 words, and I’m hoping to have at least one story complete. If I manage to meet that goal I can move the goalpost, but I’d prefer not to cut it back like I did in April. Hopefully I won’t be as sick as I was in April either.
I do have a month of posts planned. There are still a few blanks, but quite a few are filled up. I plan to continue to achieve the monday-wednesday-friday schedule with each friday being the day I post the Women of History series. Since its the month of the USA’s independence day, I plan on focusing on American women for the month. I also have three bookit reviews already scheduled for the mouth, a movie post, and of course the two Camp Nano posts. So, hopefully, there will be alot to see from me next month.
Its hard to believe that we are already halfway done with the year now. I believe July 3 is the true halfway mark, where we have as many days behind us as we do going forward. 2018 has been a mixed bag so far, but I’m always for being optimistic.
For those of you looking forward to my friday Women of History posts, You may have noticed that I never posted on Friday. I had part of it written, except there is remarkably alot out there on Frida Kahlo, my featured person. So instead of getting just one Women of History post this week, you are going to get 3. Frida’s post is going to be cut into two (Today and Wednesday) and I will return to normal scheduling on Friday with Rosario Castellanos.
I’m also going to pause and state that I welcome suggestions for the Women of History posts. I have already taken a few requests already, but I’m always open to learning more about the women out there that made (or should have made) the history books.
I am also considering doing a more indepth version of these posts for Nano this year, with the plans for maybe a e-book (with more sources of course) at the end of it. But we will see. I also have a few novel ideas as well.
Back on topic, Frida’s story – part one – will be posted later tonight. Hope you all enjoy reading it.
So its May, which means Camp Nano is over at least for a little bit. The next camp Nano is in July. I started the month with a goal 30,000 words. Unfortunately I ended up taking my goal down to 15,000 after I spent half the month sick or otherwise unable to write.
On the bright side, I did in fact meet that goal. I got a little over 17,000 words for the month and a couple of chapters finished and waiting for posting which was part of my goal. I did not finish any of my stories or the song drabble prompt series but that’s okay. Camp Nano is just about trying, so I don’t feel quite so bad about not meeting all of my goals.
I plan on using May to try to finish the WIPS I listed for my April goal, but I have no word count goals or anything like that. Also I will be starting to plan my November project, getting the research/pre-writing done before the month begins. It will make Nano a lot smoother.
There is no theme for my May posts, and I’m still planning out the month. I do know that friday I will be posting the Women of History series, focused on Mexican women of history since its Cinco de Mayo this month. In the US it’s a day celebrating Mexican-American culture, although in Mexico its a military observance day celebrating the battle of Puebla that occurred on May 5, 1862.
There will also be some book reviews, although I haven’t finished any recently so it will be as I read them rather than a back log of reviews.
Hope everyone is having a fantastic April. Spring seems to be a little sluggish in waking up and arriving. I’m writing this while looking out a window at snow. Had a brilliantly sunny day yesterday, today is snow. But that is what I get for living in the Northeast.
This month is Camp Nano, so there is going to be some writing posts. A while back I did a series of essays on starting to write fanfic, so I won’t be redoing those right now. But there are some other topics suggested to be that I’ll be covering. It’s mostly to do with fanfic writing, but some of it has original fiction writing connections too. These include using triggers, why it’s a bad idea to villianize a character to make your character look good, and its good policy to ship and let ship.
I also have two bookit reviews coming and every Friday remains my Women of History series.
For those of you who don’t know what Camp Nano is, its a month-long writing challenge. Every November is National Novel Writing month, where in people try to write a 50,000 word story. It’s not quite a full novel, but it’s getting there and allows you the pleasure of knowing you wrote something. In April and June they run Camp Nano, where you can work towards any writing goal. Some use it to help them prepare for Nano, others for finishing up outstanding WIPs they have (I am one of those people). But it’s basically up to you whether you write 1000 words or 100,000. You get to set the goal. My goal this year is started at 30,000 and I want to complete two chapter fics and a series of drabble challenges I haven’t finished yet. It’s possible to adjust your word count so I may raise it later on. On the 18th I have planned an update post, so I’ll talk more about my goals for Camp Nano then.