A Large Year End Post

I don’t know what happened this year, but I was busy. So skip what you like, but kindly pay attention to the first section.

Social Media

I started an Instagram. It’s smallish. I mainly post about Fashion, Sewing, and Life.

I started a Bookstagram. It’s a bit bigger.

I started a Youtube Channel. It will be primarily about books. I also plan on doing fact sections. My goal with it is to have five thousand followers by the end of the year. I know this is crazy as most people don’t care about the books I love at all. YAY!

I also have a Ko-fi account. This month I haven’t done much on it, but I plan on doing more in 2020.

I have a Reedsy account. I haven’t done much with it, but I could…

I use Pinterest off and on. Yeah, skip it.

Writing

I participated and won both Camp Nano’s and Nanowrimo.

I wrote some this year. I finished my novella/middle-grade novel Aleah Ash. Now it just needs a few readers, a bit more editing, and then I may see about publishing it.

I worked on plotting my steampunk trilogy. Literally.

I got a good way into the rough draft of Containsia book one. I plan on finishing it soon. My hope is to start work on book two next Nanowrimo.

I also have written a few recipes for my cookbook, but write now I’m struggling with how serious it should be. (Strange Humor or Mostly Sensible) I hope to get further along with it.

Blog

This year I grew as a blogger. I did well and learnt lots. I got rid of a bunch of pointless subscribers. I participated in blog tours.

Family and Life

January

I don’t know what happened. I visited Arkansas. Don’t have plans

February

Wrote my 100th blog post. Designed a floor plan. Still no plans

March

It happened. G-pa’s turning 90

April

Made myself a silk skirt. Participated in Camp Nano. It started raining. Maybe go to NY and Camp Nano

May

M’s best friend got married. I was part-time photographer. No plans

June

Went camping. Took a trip. Saw two weddings. Visited Canada for the first time in my memory. Explored a tornado aftermath. (Do you want to hear about that?) Went swimming. No plans

July

Turned 20. Did Camp Nano No plans Camp Nano

August

Is in the past. Plans???

September

Started Sustainable Tuesday. Started planning on my sister’s leaving. No plans

October

Planned for Nanowrimo. Had a crazy dream. Pattern tested. Got a job. Got a second job. No plans

November

Sisters left. Did Nanowrimo. Got a Niece. Updated my room. Got a third job. Saw Niece. Nanowrimo. (visit Israel???)

December

Was busy. Got left behind. Spent a week by myself. No plans.

Reading

Yes that is one hundred and seventy seven books. This year I plan on reading 500 books at least.

NaNoWriMo Recap: Way Late

Long story short. I’ve been bad at blogging this month because I’m busy. I have three jobs and I’ve been working five to six days a week so far this month.

I won NaNoWriMo. At least that’s what it shows. More truthfully my computer cord completely died on Friday, November 29th, 2019. I had less than five hundred words to go. I WON.

Thankfully once I got home I had options, but yes I’ve been busy.

My WIP is an Epic, High Fantasy and the rough draft is looking like it will be around 60K. That isn’t much in the Fantasy world, but I’ve left so much stuff out. Tret needs to get married. I’ve skipped to many birthdays. The world-building needs to be greater. It will grow. Also, this is book one of five so it can be a little shorter. I’ve a long way to go.

I’ve decided what I will reward myself with for completing my novel. I hope to do it before the end of the year. Lots to do.

Write now my main character is bonding with his dragon and actually, a lot needs to happen before the end of the book. Another wedding, a robbery, a kidnapping. Maybe my 60k guess is a bit low…

Snippet time

ns, there was a nervous energy running through both of us as we headed to places we had never been. Neither of us were afraid of getting lost, but I knew that both of us hoped to get a little turned around so that we would have to spend the night out together, so the ground underneath us was mostly ignored.

The wind had been cold enough before we had taken off, but up in the air where there was nothing it was freezing. In spite of my head to toe outfit of deerskin, I could not sit upright for very long, so I spent most of the flight laying on Sam’s back. I event

Yes. My dragon is named Sam. I love him.

I’m so excited to be writing and finishing this part of the story. I want to tell you all about it, but I don’t want to spoil you all.

I won’t be publishing this story until I have written all five books in the series. I don’t want to leave people hanging for years and years as I work on other things. That being said I will be writing short stories and essays and they might be published. I would say that I have one essay that with a bit of editing would be ready to publish. Anyone interested in nonexistent money workings. I think it’s great… I’m also really boring…

NaNoWriMo Update: The Final One

Sorry this didn’t go up yesterday, but I don’t care to write them in advance.

Last week went great, I went from barely keeping up to nearly a day ahead. Honestly it was a bit of a blur to me.

Sunday Raked leaves and wrote.

Monday I don’t remember and wrote

Tuesday Volunteered most of the day and wrote

Wednesday Babysat most of the day and wrote

Thursday Worked at the library in the afternoon and wrote

Friday Cleaned, cooked and wrote

Saturday Rested till dark then wrote.

I am certain that I will finish now, but I want to reward myself with something. Do you have any ideas?

I only did that people would grow tired of me.” Tomsa complained.

“If we don’t go to war, no one will grow tired of you, but even if we do I’m sure that most people will be happy to have you enliven their day. Even Lorta is in a better position to be helpful to the cause than me, everyone will be glad that their children will be educated. I’m just a fisherman as

 

Nanowrimo Update: Two Weeks Left

As I had no idea how to title this update I decided why not go with a statement of fact. If you want to check out the past couple of updates this is last weeks and this is the first.

You may have noticed that there were no blog posts at all this week. I had four or five planned but they all fell through, due to bad internet connection, lack of time, lack of resources, and a general not wanting to. Also, the one I wanted to do on Friday I want to check with a friend before I post it as it could be seen as a little mean…

Oh, yeah this is a Nano update. Let me remember:

es 1 Oh wait that is to far back in the past. Just this past week will do.

Sunday, I didn’t do super well, but I had to work for five hours so that was fine.

Monday, I was supposed to do really well on Monday, but I got accused of something I hadn’t done and it really hurt. I couldn’t get it out of my mind and I couldn’t write.

Tuesday, the after-effects of Monday were still reverberating through my mind, I also spent the day volunteering so I got little more than two hundred words written.

Wednesday, I had to work for a few hours and cook dinner, but I got more than two thousand words written.

Thursday, I had five hours of work that I spent making a cute scene for the library. I only got a couple thousand words written.

Friday. I was babysitting, so I only got a couple hundred words written in the morning. I had to quit writing a bit before five so I could help get ready for Sabbath as I make a point of not writing on the Sabbath.

Saturday, I was able to get a bit over a thousand words written after supper even though Mom was reading aloud a book to us. I hope to do better than that author, who I will not mention, but if you really want to know I did just add the book to Goodreads, so… Do with that knowledge as you will.

Next week should be calmer and so I hope to be able to get ahead as I am will be spending the last week of the month traveling to see family.

Now for a snippet

would switch which arm I was carrying it with at the end of every mountain.

I understood as I walked with the shield why soldiers at least would see the Jaars Mountains as dreadfully treacherous. The large size of the kite shield makes walking over the rough terrain absolutely horrible. I had to lift it up over this, while watching the top to make sure any of the weapon catchers didn’t catch on a branch. Meanwhile the sword was acting as a loose limb that doesn’t even bend.

For two half mountains I tried carrying the sword in my opposite hand as well. That was a little easier in some ways, but the lack of rest of either arm was too much and I had to quit. Dunnos was sympathetic but he enjoyed the fact that because of my weapons we were forced to walk at a speed he could keep up with even in cat form. Sam was impatient with the speed

It’s a classic horrible snippet, but things are starting to get exciting. If you’ve been following my Ko-fi account, you may have run across ****, he has a name now, it’s Bill.

I have been eating cabbage as my snack, it’s been lovely.

I hope I’m not going to light on the descriptions it took me until page 27 to mention the fact that the main character is ambidextrous and that is the only thing you know about him. Or anyone, except Dunnos and Sam.

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My story is weird. Okay?

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.
the coronation

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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