NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 3

So guess what?  Yep, I’m still behind! I had this grand plan of getting caught up over the weekend and then I spent most of the it feeling miserable. Fun times. I’m not giving up, though; there’s still time.

I keep getting stuck on where to go next in my plot, though. I love my idea and the characters, but I’m just not sure where to go with them at the moment. To switch things up, I skipped ahead and wrote the last three chapters of the book and it helped a little. Some ideas came to me today so hopefully they work out and help me keep going. I’ve just got to get the rest of the story down and then I can tweak it later on.

Here are my current stats:

Goal: 50,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 31,274.
Word Count Remaining: 18,726.
Days Remaining: 19

 

How is NaNoWriMo going for you? I hope it is going well!

 

 

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Books in October 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In October, I read ten.

 

New Favorites: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King; There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Classic: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Least Liked: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Goosebumps: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine

I enjoyed everything else that I read this month. I read three Goosebumps books (Phantom in the Auditorium, Welcome to Camp Nightmare, & Ghost Beach) for the Goosebumps-along and while I have read them all before, I liked this even more this time around.

I also re-read I Hunt Killers and liked it even more than before. Dracula is my favorite classic for the year so far. Pretty Little Liars: Vicious was fun and wrapped up the series well (finally).

Hotel Ruby was super disappointing. I almost DNFed it but it started getting more interesting halfway. I ended up getting pretty annoyed with it because it had such promise but poor execution and characters. I finally read the Rabbit in Red book that came in my Horror Block ages ago (RIP Horror Block) and I really enjoyed it. If you like horror movies and Ready Player One, you will probably enjoy it as well.

 

 

My new favorite read for October. I shared this on Twitter and look what happened!

Another favorite.

 

My classic read for the month. My favorite for the year so far.

 

My favorite re-read.

 

 

Sadly I didn’t get to any Harry Potter related reads this month but can hopefully do two for November or December. I did finish a Harry Potter themed cookbook but as I’ve only completed one recipe, I didn’t want to review it until I tried a few more. I will probably add that one at the end of the year.

 

 

So what did you read in October and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017? How’s your progress going?

jnc

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 2

I’m still behind on my second week of NaNoWriMo but I’m only about 5K under so I feel like I can get back on track if I really work at it. It’s been a very busy month. I’m liking my story even more and the direction it’s going is interesting.

Here are my current stats:

Goal: 50,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 19,470.
Word Count Remaining: 30,530.
Days Remaining: 16.

 

How is NaNoWriMo going for you? I hope it is going well!

 

October Writing & Reading Goals Check (November 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 OCTOBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dracula for my classic book
✓ Work on The Birthday Bash edit/re-write
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts screenplay
✓ Read Vicious (PLL)
✓ Read Hotel Ruby
✓ Read I Hunt Killers
✓ Read Rage Within or Rooms
✓ Participate in #Goosebumps-along
✓ Participate in #Spookathon
Do Book Pics

 

October ended up being pretty hectic so I’m proud of the goals I managed to get accomplished. I am disappointed that I didn’t get a Harry Potter read in but I guess I’ll just have to do two next month or for December!

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR NOVEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for my classic book
✓ Write So Much Rage for NaNoWriMo
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay
✓ Read Sister’s Fate
✓ Read Rage Within
✓ Read The Dead House
✓ Read Knee-High Lies for review
✓ Read Game
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for October? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

 

So far my first week of NaNoWriMo is going OK. I’ve missed a few days because of vacation and being too busy to write but I’m not too far behind. I’m sure I will catch up soon!

Here are my current stats:

Goal: 50,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 8,596.
Word Count Remaining: 41,404.
Days Remaining: 23.

I’m enjoying the story so far though some of it has been a bit difficult to write/imagine. I can’t wait to see where it goes.

How is NaNoWriMo going for you? I hope it is going well!

 

 

 

NaNoWriMo 2017

Happy NaNoWriMo! I really wanted to do this post sooner but it’s been crazy around here. I am super excited for my story idea this year and cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Title: So Much Rage

Genre: YA Horror/Thriller

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old London Harris struggles to deal with the aftermath of her siblings murders and how their mother was responsible.

This idea is loosely based on the Darla Routier case, which I first heard about on Forensic Files.

As usual, I will be posting weekly updates of my progress.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?? If so, what is your story about? Best of luck!

 

Spook-A-Thon 2017 Results

Last week I participated in Spook-a-thon, a week-long readathon featuring spooky books. It was a pretty busy week for me due to work and being out of town over the weekend, but I’m still happy with my results for my first readathon. It’s more than I typically read so that is always good.

Here’s a reminder of my original TBR

 

DAY 1: MON, OCT 16

For my first day, I read 170 pages of Vicious by Sara Shepard. Nerds were my snack of choice throughout the readathon.

 

DAY 2: TUES, OCT 17

On the second day, I read another 168 pages of Vicious and finished the book for my Read A Thriller challenge. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars. With it, I finally finished the Pretty Little Liars series. The conclusion was satisfying. Will be interesting to see how the show ends (I’m on season 5 of that).

I also started Goosebumps: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine and read the first two chapters (twelve pages). So I read a total of 180 pages for Day 2.

 

DAY 3: WEDS, OCT 18

I read 107 pages of Goosebumps: Ghost Beach and completed it for my Childhood Fear challenge. I rated it 5 stars. I also completed this for my third book for Goosebumpsalong.

 

 I also started I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and read 40 pages of it. So I read 147 pages total.

DAY 4: THURS, OCT 19

I read 80 pages of I Hunt Killers, putting me at a third of the way through.

DAY 5: FRI, OCT 20

This was my husband’s birthday and we had plans to go to a haunted theme park attraction right after I got off work so I only read 49 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 6: SAT, OCT 21

My in-laws and husband took me to our State Fair and we went by train so I got some reading done on it. Read 175 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 7: SUN, OCT 22

I read 17 pages of I Hunt Killers and finished it for my Spooky Word in the Title Challenge! Hunt, Killers. It was a re-read for me but I ended up liking it even better this time around so I rated it 4.5 stars.
I felt super unmotivated to read by this point (wanted to catch up on American Horror Story) but I started Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young and read the first chapter (23 pages). So I read a total of 40 pages.

Overall, I finished 3 Books, completed 3 Challenges, and read 841 pages!

 

I’m happy with my results for my first readathon and can’t wait to attempt another one. If you did Spook-a-thon, how did you do?

 

jnc