The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag

Rules

  1. Thank the awesome blogger who tagged you!
  2. Link back to the creator of this tag, Sophie @Sophie’s Corner. (I want to hear about your NaNo novels!!)
  3. Feel free to use the NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag graphics!
  4. Answer the questions.
  5. Tag some friends who are also doing NaNo this year.
  6. And have fun!!!

 

Thanks Sophie for tagging me and letting me use the graphics

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Tell me about your NaNoWriMo project this year! Give me a blurb!

Come to Containsia a place with no gluten and no magic. Hiding from the Empire there maybe Centaurs, Dragons, Dryads, Dwarves, Elves, Fairies, Goblins, Lecrans, Nyads, Onontets, Trolls, Werecats, Weregoats, Werewolves and the occasional talking animal.

Zimran has a few problems. On one hand Zimran has “The Mark of Goozon”, on the other he has “The Mark Dracone”, in the back of his mind is the fact that both he and his sister is of age to wed, never mind the fact that the shunned have been in contact with him.

What’s the genre?

Epic. YA. High. Fantasy. With, No, Magic. There, Will, Be, Dragons. And, Elves. And, Fairies. So…

Describe your MC in three words.

Dragon-rider, Brother, Stressed

Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.

Empire, Evil, Cliche?

Not to be vague, but this is book one of a (hopefully) five book series, so …

What is your goal? (the traditional 50K? 20K? 5K? or……. 100K?)

Traditional, Traditional, Traditional. I want to hit 50K, but it’s not to important.

Is this your first draft? Second? Third?

First draft, attempt six….

Yes. This story has been around a bit.

Are you starting a new project (or draft), or continuing an existing one?

Starting a new draft. None of the existing drafts are up to snuff, but I will reread them all.

What is your favorite time to write in the day?

Mid morning?

Where are you going to write?

It depends. Hopefully on my desk in my room. But I’m still sharing with my sisters and the desk isn’t made yet. Probably on my lap, in my chair, in the living room. Possibly on my bed.

Computer or paper?

Computer, but I may switch to paper. There are advantages to both.

NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment!! How are you going to make time to write?

By reading less. I’m considering almost completely stopping reading on my computer and using that time to write.

Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your city, write-ins, virtual writing sprints…)

Maybe… Yes! I’m hoping my boss librarian will let me hold a write-in or two in the local library, but I’ll probably do some sprints as well.

Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?

Beginning to end. At a later point some scenes may skip around. But it is supposed to be beginning to end.

Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)

I’m planning. It is slow going. Last time I pantsed.

What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?

Cabbage! Private jokes from Camp Nano aside. Apples, Oranges, Cabbage.

Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)

Mostly no, but I’ll have a cup of black tea on occasion.

Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?

Ummm…. Maybe I should do this…. Ummm…. I’m trying to save money…. Ummm…. I really think this is a good idea, but I’ve never really done it. I don’t know what to make my rewards… Mom suggested that I get a sticker for every day I write. What the final reward will be is beyond me. Give me your suggestions.

Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!

Plan ahead. You probably know what days you definitely  won’t be able to write on. (I’m looking at you Thanksgiving) so plan ahead and bump up our word count goal accordingly.

How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? (Excited?! Nervous!? Terrified?!)

Not terrified. I don’t put that much concern into the matter.

Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!

Now to be perfectly honest I’ve never made an aesthetic for anything, so tell me how I did.

The vast majority of these are from Pinterest. Because I realized I wanted to do this tag on Sunday the 13th, last Friday I went to the library and did some pin-surfing. If you want to see other options I considered for this aesthetic and more behind the scenes stuff check out my Containsia board.

I want to tag these wonderful people!

Bella Putt

Ariana

Jenna

Sunny

Megs

Brooklyne

Sarah

I thought there was a couple more people I wanted to tag, but I can’t find them right now, so I’ll edit it if I remember.

If you want to encourage me or keep track of how I’m doing you can buddy me on NaNoWriMo or buy me a coffee.

I added the tag to my bookstagram

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Unsustainable Tuesday: A Sustainable Tuesday Post

Sustainable often it is thought of these days in terms of “good for the environment”, “be green”, “shop small”, “shop local”.

But a quick check in with the great Merriam-Webster shows this

Definition of sustainable

1 : capable of being sustained
2a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged sustainable techniques sustainable agriculture
b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods sustainable society
And when you go on to wonder about sustained.

Definition of sustained

: maintained at length without interruption or weakening :
I have to admit something. Posting on Tuesdays isn’t really sustainable for me.
I start most Tuesday, with breakfast, and as soon as that is done, I must clean up from breakfast. No sooner have I finished washing the dishes, than my email and the blogs I follow are calling me.
While I wait for everything to load, I sneak in my Bible reading. And suddenly it’s at least 9:30. It does depend on the day, but it’s generally time to go hurry and get ready to go help the food pantry.
There is an hour drive, then it’s time for an early lunch. After lunch I usually can get some reading done. But once I start working it’s pretty steady until 4:00. Even if we don’t help with cleanup it’s still an hour back to the library where I write most of my posts.
So by the time we get here, it’s late, I’m tired and I’m supposed to come up with something? Ha!
But in other interesting news. I recently decided to make a dress based off The Coronation by Olivia Jarmusch. Click here if you would like to help fund the project. Or feel free to check it out here.
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Camp NaNoWriMo!!! April 2019 Halfway

Ok so it’s closer to two thirds…… But

Camp NaNoWriMo

I decided to spend this Camp Nano finishing Aleah Ash and plotting another story.

I ended Aleah Ash the way M says I always end my stories,

Well, That was fun.

I don’t know what I will do with it now. Maybe edit it and see if I can find it some beta readers.

And the plotting has gotten half a dozen chapters planned out, then I realized I’m planning a travel story loosely based on the real world.

Since then I’ve been using google maps to figure out travel paths. Did you know that Concrete is next to Grassmere? And there is a town called Huzzah.

I fell behind on the first couple of days, but by the middle of the month I was back on track. Then this past Wednesday I got a reading headache. And now I’m super behind.

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Time To Hurry

This past week I went to visit my oldest brother and his family. Us girls spent most of our time making bridesmaid dresses. S and I did spend part of one morning posing by a waterfall.

I don’t know what I will wear to the wedding. I could borrow something. I could re-wear something. I could make something.

I also need to finish and photograph a shirt for my etsy shop. I have plans for another shirt. It would be fun to get a few 18th century pockets up on etsy.

I am supposed to be taking part of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Of course I also want to read books. Keep my blog going strong. Grow a little on Instagram. Help with the garden. Work on Hebrew, French, Irish, Korean, and Dutch.

Maybe I can finish all that I want to by the end of the month, but maybe it will take to just before the wedding, but I hope I can really get a lot done.

 

 

Enjoyable Online Software

I would say that what I am writing about was an online game, but B assures me that a lot of my favorite computer games aren’t games. 😦 Admittedly I’ve only used this lovely piece of software for fun twice, but since I’ve only known about it for a week…

We used to have 3D Architect and I loved making houses. Floor Planner doesn’t have the fun ability to stretch the furniture, but I have matured and I no longer want a mile long bath tub.

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The outline on the left is a reasonable approximation of the outline of the house we live in.

The house we currently live needs tearing down and then rebuilding, but as we are living in it that cant happen, So I’ve been working on coming up with a plan for how we can enlarge and upgrade the house in stages. But first I needed a blue print.

Last Sunday I went looking for online blueprint software and I came across a bunch of different ones. Some wanted my credit card number, some required adobe flash player, and Floor Planner just wanted my email so they could send me help.

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The 3D version of the above

Might I suggest if you want to build a dream home, or maybe play around with your furniture set up you check out Floor Planner. It is super fun.

Can we call it a game anyways?

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2018’s Events And 2019’s Hopes

Last New Years, I was coming home from a crazy trip with my family. The weather was miserable.

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January

Got my passport. Got my visa. The car I was driving slid on ice for the first time. (it was barely noticeable) Got passed on a medium Kansas road in the dark while going 60+ MPH! First full month of helping the food pantry every week.

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February

My Second Nephew was born! Celebrated Mom’s B-day my going to see my nephews! Flew in a commercial plane for the first time. Left the continent for the first time. Had a fourteen hour flight. Didn’t get much jet lag. Participated in sports day.

 

March

Spring Break! Visited Red Fort. I joined debate club. I started going to GBS. I used the Metro by myself. Went shopping in a mall for clothes for the first time. (didn’t get anything, but…)

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April

I got to be a terrorist. I jumped out in front of a moving car. Started the Yellow Dress. Visited a button shop. Went to the Middle High school dance. Ran up and down stairs, carrying chairs while wearing high heels for the first time. (the dress was also too long) Made a waist coat with welt pockets. Painted the Anjuli Chicken Butterfly. (famous for no line of symmetry) Talked to my best friend.  Had no internet at the school. Got a new hard drive in my computer. Got ready to move. Went and bought fabric to make a couple of cloaks for a friend by myself.

 

May

Wore the yellow dress. Worked in the library. Saw Infinity War. Finished the cloaks. Caught a cold. Bought fabric. Visited an escape room.

June

Had to leave B behind. Flew by myself for the first time. Had a twenty minute layover. (just enough time to buy and eat lunch) Had a family reunion.Visited with my nephews. Saw my best friend.

July

Had my B-day. Saw my best friend. Started this blog. (First Post Ever)

August

Helped P clean house. Spent time at home without parents. Watched Star Wars for the first time.

September

Yom Teruah. Yom Kippur. Sukkot. I sewed in silk for the first time. Wrote two post about my summer. (Before It Started and The Proper Part)

October

Got a rock stuck in my foot. (it’s still there) Had a photo shoot. Voted for the first time. (Ever)

November

Did NaNoWriMo. Dug Grandpa’s sweet potatoes. Had a super early snow. (It was wonderful) Visited my nephews. Family bought a house.

December

Got a deer. Was frustrated with Blogmas. Caught two colds.

 

What I am Looking Forward To

Actually getting an esty shop started, (I hate paperwork)

Visiting with my nephews

Seeing my best friend

PH’s wedding

Garden

Things I hope will happen

Upgrade our house

Earn enough money to travel

Start Booktube channel

Hiking

 

AND MY GOODREADS STATS

TOTALS

I read 8,570 pages across 25 books Img bookstack 40


A Summer's Lease by Marilyn Sachs

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SHORTEST BOOK
143 pages
A Summer’s Lease
by

Marilyn Sachs
LONGEST BOOK
994 pages
The Wise Man’s Fear
by

Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
AVERAGE LENGTH
342 pages

MOST POPULAR
889,925

people also read

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Storied Dishes by Linda Murray Berzok
LEAST POPULAR
34

people also read


MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2018

3.9
My first review of the year
it was amazing
I loved this book. Having read about Little Lord Fauntleroy from books and stories written around the time it came out I wasn’t certain I would like it, but I do. It has just the right amount of English flippery and American sensibleness.
MY 2018 BOOKS
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
it was amazing
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo
The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny Nimmo
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
it was amazing
A Summer's Lease by Marilyn Sachs
Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
How to Catch a Russian Spy by Naveed Jamali
Storied Dishes by Linda Murray Berzok
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Wagon Wheel Kitchens by Jacqueline B. Williams
At the Abyss by Thomas Reed
really liked it
The Secret of the Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve
Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
My last review of the year
really liked it
I have almost nothing to say about this book, it isn’t amazing, but it also isn’t awful.
2018 READING
CHALLENGE
You read 25 out of 12 books.

The Families of Clothes

As I get closer to finally being able to start selling my handmade clothes, I am reminded that A suggested that I have more than just basic descriptions. She suggested that I write about who would wear them and tell stories about their past.

So I’ve been at work coming up with “families” for the different types of clothes. I want to make it so you can tell what it is by its name.

So far I have Princess Shorts.

I also have Sister Skirts.

There will be Everyday Elegance Dresses.

I’m pondering using the phrase “it’s a split” for culottes, split skirts, and pants.

I suppose I could use Basic Blice for the shirts. Sorry for the awful language joke.

And if all else fails Mister E Man’s might work.

All this really says is. My cold is mostly gone, so I don’t feel bad about sewing. Most of the fuss that goes into getting a Etsy account is out of the way. I love backstories and I also enjoy puns.

I’m looking forward to starting the Etsy shop, I will sell only things made from found fabrics on there. I hope to earn at least enough money for my best friend and I to be able to visit Israel.