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…

Assumptions Collab With Zielle

My acquaintance Zielle is starting a new blog that shows how she has changed over the years. I agreed to help her share it around and we decided to do a collab so here it is.

Sorry it’s so late, but Collabs take lots of time.

As Zielle is super busy with all of the things she is doing so I was the one who came up with this idea. Both of us wrote a paragraph or two about ourselves then we had a list of details that the other had to make assumptions about.

Hi there! My name is Zielle.
I have been homeschooled all my life, but next year I will be heading off to public school for my last two years of schooling. I have been playing the piano my whole life as a hobby. My sister is amazing at piano, and I used to love watching her play… it entertained me. My favourite genres to write are fantasy and contemporary fiction, although I am still dabbling in genres and figuring which one I like the best. I’m a daughter of the King, and one comfort I get is knowing that He has a great plan for my life. I enjoy singing, acting, hanging out with friends (even though I can be quite shy), and babysitting my nieces and nephews.
Favourite well known fiction book
“Little Women”
Why did I come up with this idea
Favourite well known non fiction (Bible excluded)
“Anne Frank”
It is so hard
Favourite modern piece of music
“I Surrender” Hillsong
I don’t know much of that
Favourite classical piece of music
Mozart’s Sonata in C
How much thought is to much
Dream future
Help others until she has children, then focus on homeschooling them for the first several years of schooling.
Dream vacation
A week long camping trip with all of her friends and family in the campground
Dream book to write
A contemporary fantasy about a homeschooling family. They would always seek to glorify God, but it wouldn’t be like the Cooper Kids or Jonathan Park.
Favorite religious holiday
The Resurrection.
Favorite non-religious holiday
The Fourth of July
Favorite Bible verse

Jeremiah 29:11

Well there you have my list of assumptions about her. As we were squeezed for time we didn’t talk about how she was to correct my assumptions so I’m asking her now to do it in the comments.

I’m looking forward to reading Write in the Dark.

Esther

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?

NaNoWriMo Update: On Track

Yes. Yes. Yes.

As of lateish last night I got back on track to win Nano for the second time in a week. I probably would be ahead, but…

My sisters left Sunday morning. I had to set up my desk and clean the Air BnB. I managed okay.

Monday I spent the morning babysitting. Then we spent the evening going to get the title cleared up for our new mini van. So minimal writing.

Tuesday I passed two thousand words in one day for the first time! Yes!

Wednesday I wrote even more.

Thursday, the library was super quiet so I was able to get nearly a thousand words there. That was the day I wrote the most at nearly three thousand. I made it to being on track.

Friday was not so great as I had to clean, but I got over a thousand words out.

Yesterday evening I stayed up writing to 10:30 and got back on track.

I will be working at around five days this week. Not great. I may be working six days, or I may end up actually working on Tuesday and not volunteering. We’ll see how I do.

<<<<<<Now For a Snippet>>>>

was back with my uncle and what came out was,

“I’m pretty sure Tret is faking being sick, Aallanna has told me how to do it in the past so I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s told him too.”

“He needn’t fake being sick and he oughtn’t, if he wants a morning off he just has to tell me. As much as I like the two of you doing the animals when you are both here it’s not necessary, I’ve done them all by myself a time or two.”

That left me in no better a position to move the conversation

Yes, my snippets are mean.

If you want smaller snippets more frequently you should check out my ko-fi. I’ve been posting first lines I’ve written and somewhat accurate daily word counts.

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NaNoWriMo Update 1

I’m actually writing a post way ahead of time for once. It’s the evening before I plan on posting this and I’m writing in between working on Containsia.

How Have I Been Doing?

Not well.

Friday was of course the first day and I… spent four hours cleaning house. Than I had to shower to get ready for Shabbot. I also had to check in at the library. So I only got 1188 words written. Not bad but not great. Today I started writing after dinner. I’ve gotten a couple hundred words in but at the bottom I’ll put a final first two days word count.

How Will Next Week Be?

Not much better.

I have to clean the Lodge on Sunday. (side note D and M are finally leaving, I’ll have a room to myself, I hope this will help me write quicker)

On Monday I get to Babysit a toddler. (we’ll see how that goes)

On Tuesday I go back to clean the last third of the house I helped with on Friday.

Wednesday I currently clear, but Thursday afternoon I work at the library again.

Friday will be just getting ready for Shabbot.

And most of Saturday is to rest on. So not looking to great.

Other Matters.

If you want more regular updates…

….on my writing check out my Ko-Fi page. Towards the beginning of my writing I’ll be posting the first sentence I wrote that day and towards the end I’ll post a rough estimate of how many words I’ve written. I also am aiming towards the goal of having a dollar per thousand words to treat myself with once I finish Nano. I don’t know yet what I want to get.

What else is happening this month?

I have one ARC. (Martin’s Legacy by Abigayle Claire) An impossible article for Oh Beloved One magazine. My neiphling will be born. Thanksgiving of course. Oldest Brother turning older. And maybe more.

How is your Nano coming? And what do you have to do this month?