Camp NaNo 2017: Week 2 & 3

Long time, no post. Sorry about that. This Camp NaNo has been difficult. Not only am I suffering from a severe cavity/toothache as well as working overtime, but I also managed to get a sinus infection/cold on Easter Sunday. I am mostly better now but the toothache is still coming and going.

Still, I feel I’ve done pretty well despite missing several days of writing. This morning I had no idea on how I would end Creeper and now I have an outline all the way up to the end. Some of the last part was written without any planning but the rest of the story finally started to fill in for me.

Here are my current stats:

Goal: 30,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 20,899.
Word Count Remaining: 9,101
Days Remaining: 8.

 

At this rate, I need to write at least 1,012 per day to finish on time. It is estimated that I will finish past my goal but I am hoping to get a lot written tomorrow. Hopefully my body will give me enough of a break to finish. If not, well, I am still proud of what I have been able to accomplish so far.

How is Camp NaNo going for you? I hope it is going well!

 

 

 

Camp NaNo 2017: Week 1

 

So Camp NaNoWriMo started this month. It kind of snuck up on me but since I have been struggling to finish Creeper, I thought it would make for a perfect project to work on.

And within a week, I have managed to finish what I haven’t been able to for months: Part 2 of Creeper!

Now I’m on Part 3 and while I have some basic notes, I have no idea how this is going to end. I guess it’s a mix of planning and pantser so it should be interesting to see how it all goes down.

I’ve forgotten just how creepy Riley’s POV is. I’m also wondering on if the way I have these parts written will work since I can’t see doing them any other way. Maybe once Part 3 is finished, everything will fall into place.

Here’s my stats as of today:

Goal: 30,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 12,118.
Word Count Remaining: 17,882.
Days Remaining: 22.

At this rate, I only need 778 words per day to finish.

So far I’m pretty confident that I will be able to finish. I took a few days off due to life/work and because I was already ahead. I seem to do best on the weekends. I wasn’t able to get as much done this weekend because I slept in today and have been busy but I have Easter weekend coming up (3 days, yes!) so I feel I will get a lot done Friday and Sunday.

Are you doing Camp NaNo? If so, how is your progress going? I hope it is going well!

Books in March 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In March, I read 8.

 

New Favorite: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Classic: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

I had a great reading month. I couldn’t even pick a Least liked book so I left it off for this month. While I didn’t love Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews as much as I used to, I still really enjoyed it. Mara Wilson’s book, Where Am I Now? was a much more emotional read than I was expecting (in a good way). I also loved Little Women.

The Heir, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Deadly were all pretty good.

 

 

My new favorite read for March.

My classic read for the month.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of the series so far.

And while Fallen Hearts isn’t my favorite VCA novel any longer, I still really enjoyed it. The recap I did was fun, too. Check it out here.

So what did you read in March and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

I’d actually forgotten about Camp NaNoWriMo until it was recently mentioned to me. Since I have been struggling to write this year, I thought it would be a great way to motivate myself to actually finish something.

My plan is to finish my Creeper novel once and for all. I finished the first part but have had problems finishing the second and starting the third. My goal for Camp NaNo is to write 30K. I already have around 20K from the first part and what I started of part 2 already so it should end up being long enough for a novel.

I will be posting weekly updates. Due to work, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Gates of Paradise VCA Recap I plan to do, reading, and life itself, there probably won’t be any other kinds of posts (minus Book Pics) unless I find time. I plan to do some more Book vs. Movie posts whenever I am able, but it probably won’t happen until May.

Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, what are you writing about? Happy writing!

March Writing & Reading Goals Check (April Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR MARCH:

 

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Little Women for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban for my TBR
✓ Read The Heir for my TBR
✓ Read Deadly (Pretty Little Liars) for my TBR
✓ Read Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews for my TBR
✓ Read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for my TBR
✓ Do book pictures for the month
✓ Work on Creeper re-write
✓ Participate in #PitMad on 23rd

 

I did great with my reading goals and actually ended up reading 8 books! I haven’t been doing so hot with writing this year but I am hoping to change that in April.

GOALS FOR APRIL:
✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Peter Pan for my classic book
✓ Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for my TBR
✓ Read Gates of Paradise for my TBR
✓ Read The Crown for my TBR
✓ Read Toxic (PLL) for my TBR
✓ Finish Creeper for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Do Book Pics
Do Gates of Paradise Recap for blog

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for March? Is anyone else participating in Camp NaNo?

 

 

 

 

VCA Recaps: Fallen Hearts Part 9 (Final)

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

This recap will cover Chapter 18 and 19.

Camden arrives to tell Heaven that Fanny knows the truth about Luke Casteel not being Heaven’s father, a move that will definitely give Fanny custody despite everything else.

Apparently Luke had told Tom and he had told Fanny. Heaven realizes that this must be why Tom gave up on all of his dreams. She decides that she is going to go to Fanny herself.


Fanny is alone because Randall is taking some time off to think about whether he wants to stay with her or not. Heaven admits to Fanny that she came to make an offer. She tells Fanny that she will give her one million dollars for Drake. Oh the irony.


Even Fanny is quick to point out how hypocritical Heaven is being. With that she tells Heaven that all she has ever wanted was to be loved like her. She admits that even now Drake still likes Heaven better. Heaven tells Fanny that she just has to let love happen naturally. She also tells Fanny that she has a baby coming and that no one can take it’s love from her and that she will learn how it develops.

“But keeping Drake and trying to force him to love you just so you’ll have someone to love you more than he loves me is not going to make you happy.”

Heaven has a point there. She also tells Fanny that she is sorry for everything, listing off the major points. Just as she is about to leave, Fanny tells her that she can have Drake for the million.

After leaving Fanny, who seems so pitiful that I finally feel sorry for her in this book, Heaven takes Drake home.

In 19, Heaven and the others are doing well. Randall has left Fanny but she oddly doesn’t seem too sad about it at least in public. She drops in to see Drake from time to time. She calls one morning to tell Heaven that her water has broken and she needs Logan to take her to the hospital. Logan insists on taking Heaven as well, which is good since Heaven starts going into labor once they get there.

Fanny is all like: “I’m gonna die from the pain! I’m gonna die! Get me some of those knock-out drugs quick! I wanna be put ta sleep!”

 

She has a boy, who she decides to name Luke. Heaven has a girl, so her name is Annie. Heaven notices that Annie has hair like Troy’s and Tatterton fingers (not sure you can tell that soon but OK). Fanny and Heaven have a nice moment while they are looking at their babies in the hospital nursery.

Ten days after Annie’s arrival, Logan comes home with a package for Heaven. He opens it for her and it is toy replica of Troy’s cottage and the maze. A mini Troy and Heaven are even inside talking by the fire. Logan seems to have no idea that this is Heaven and Troy, though. He is convinced that Tony has sent it as a way to apologize.

When it is opened, Troy’s favorite Chopin prelude plays. Heaven asks Logan if he will take Annie so she can look at it more closely. He does so and she believes that Troy sent this to acknowledge knowing that Annie is his child. Heaven decides she will put it on a shelf in Annie’s room and one day she will tell her the truth.


Because I would always tell her the truth, the truth that was me. And the truth always heals.

And that’s it! Overall I still really loved this book even though I felt like Heaven was a bit off character at times. She was still strong though and I loved that she and Troy had one last moment together despite my conflict about morals. This one had a ton of family drama in it as well, though I admit the courtroom scenes got a little drawn out for my tastes.

I will be covering Gates of Paradise, which focuses on Heaven’s daughter Annie, in April. Hope that you have enjoyed these recaps. They were a bit time consuming but I ended up really enjoying them!

 

VCA Recaps: Fallen Hearts Part 8

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

This recap will cover Chapter 15, 16, and 17.

Heaven goes to confront Fanny, who indeed has Drake. Randall Wilcox is there, too. They have a brief catfight moment before Randall breaks it up. He tells Heaven that Fanny has as much of a right to Drake as she does, which is true but there are better ways to go about it for sure.

Fanny claims she has even more of a right since Luke loved her best and also how she’s told Drake how Heaven hated his dad.

“He thinks ya made his motha and father go to Heaven.”

Fanny has even gotten herself a lawyer named Wendell Burton to get custody of Drake. She and Randall are also getting married. Heaven knows that Fanny is only doing this to get back at her and vows to come after her with all of the power and fury that her money can buy.

Logan of course wants to work things out behind closed doors since his affair will probably get out. He’s worried about what not only the town but his parents will think. Heaven says he didn’t think about them when he was with Fanny.

“I told you how it happened. Do I spend my whole life paying for it?” he whined.

Um, considering you slept with your wife’s sister and knocked her up, YEAH. Good job.

Heaven doesn’t care about their secrets getting out and only wants Drake back. Logan finally agrees that if he can’t get Fanny to agree otherwise that they can go to court.

Steine finds a lawyer for them named Camden Lakewood. News of the custody battle quickly spreads through town. Loretta Stonewall tries to get Heaven to reconsider but finally says she will be there for them in the end when Heaven refuses.

The trial begins and there’s a lot of outfit describing. The ghostwriter really channeled Andrews well here. Mr. Meeks is the first witness, who tells the court how Heaven was a great student and already enrolled Drake into school but also has to reveal that Heaven missed a lot of school (when she had to stay home with Our Jane after Sarah left). What a bitchy move for Fanny to make.


Reverend Wise is called up next who admits to having sex with Fanny and paying her money for their baby. He makes it out as if Fanny was a temptation that the devil put in front of him and his congregation seems to adore him even more for it.


Mrs. Peggy Sue Martin, Fanny’s former landlord, testifies on Fanny’s character of being a prostitute to get rent money. I would feel bad for Fanny if she hadn’t caused all of this out of spite.

Fanny is up next and denies marrying Randall so they would look better for custody. She is asked about marrying Old Mallory as well and how she took Drake from the party without telling anyone else. She is also asked about who’s baby she is carrying.

“It’s his,” she said, pointing toward Logan. “He made me pregnant!”


Heaven glances at Randall, who is shocked. Apparently Fanny told the poor guy otherwise. Fanny also reveals that her father sold her to the reverend and tells a different story than he did concerning the seduction.

Logan and Randall are called as witnesses next. Randall admits that Fanny had told him the child she is carrying was his. He also admits that maybe Fanny got him to marry for her solely to win custody of Drake. I feel sorry for the poor guy.

Things are looking pretty good for Heaven and Logan’s case until they get a phone call from Camden later that night. Logan tells Heaven that Camden has some information that will definitely give Fanny complete custody over Drake.

Dun, dun, dun!

Next, Drake’s custody is settled, babies are born, and Heaven gets a surprise.