2018 Reading & Writing Goals

Happy 2018! I know it’s the middle of January now but it’s been a crazy time. The end of 2017 happened a little faster than I was expecting but all of the posts from that time are finally up. Things may get a little crazy due to personal life but I’m hoping to get a lot of reading and writing accomplished this year.


Reading Goals

1. Read 80 Books Again.
2. Read 1 Classic per month (12 total)
3. Read 1 book from my childhood per month
4. Read 1 new children’s book per month
5. Finish books (9 total) from 2017 (Afterparty, Crank, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooms, Slice of Cherry, Quidditch Through the Ages, Harry A History, & Raging Star).
6. Every quarter (4 months), Read 1 Nonfiction Book.
7. Every quarter (4 months), Read 1 True Crime Novel
8. Participate in more Read-a-thons & Buddy/Group Reads
9. Try to “shop” from my owned books & the library
10. Finish/Make progress with more series


Writing Goals

1. Edit Our Reasons

2. Querying/Publishing Investigating

3. Participate in more Twitter events like #PitMad, PitchMadness, Pitch Wars, etc.

4. Edit The Birthday Bash

5. Edit Evil in the Walls

6. Edit So Much Rage

7. Write a new Horror novel

8. Work on CHALTS

9. Work on Karen’s Not Home

10. Get published


What are your goals for 2018? I’m really going to try and accomplish as many of these as life allows.



What I’ve Been Working On + Dissonance by Mariella Hunt

Hey guys, just checking in. Thing have been very busy lately, and for once a part of that involved writing. Well, sort of. On September 10th, I participated in #PitMad. This time I pitched my YA horror novel, The Birthday Bash, which is one of my favorite works.

Figuring out 140 character pitches for it was very interesting, but I was happy with most of the ones I came up with. I also got a few favorites so I have sent out the requests and am eagerly awaiting responses, though it will take some time. Hopefully this novel will do better than Our Reasons, which needs more work.

I’m hoping to get my book pictures for July done this week. The weather and other plans haven’t been very cooperative lately.

I don’t have any plans to do much writing until this NaNoWriMo. If I have some time after my wedding and honeymoon in October, I’ll probably just do some editing. I am very excited about my NaNo project, which I will go into more detail about later.

One last thing–look what came in the mail today.


Dissonance by Mariella Hunt

That’s it for now. Hopefully I will have some book pictures up soon. Thank you for your patience.






Results of Camp NaNo 2015



Hey guys. Apologies for the delay. Right after Camp NaNoWriMo ended, my fiance’ and I went to look at vendors for our wedding for a long weekend. I’ve had some time to think and I believe there will be some changes coming to this blog. More details later.

I finished Camp NaNo a day before schedule. Not bad considering I was unable to write much (or at all) here and there. My final word count ended up being longer than my first draft at 56,290 words. The original was only 50,114 words. I definitely like the changes in the new version and it’s always nice to do some cleaning up. I plan to go over it one more time before I begin querying and entering it into Twitter contests.

I will probably also do Camp NaNoWriMo in July to motivate myself to finish my Creeper short story collection.

How did Camp NaNoWriMo go for you? Are you planning to go again in July?





What I’m Working On: Camp NaNo 2015 (Week 2)



Hey guys. Camp NaNo started two weeks ago. How is everyone doing with it? I’m still behind, though I am slowly catching up. In between working 45+ hours a week at my regular job and doing some freelance work on the side, I feel I’m not doing too terribly.

I will probably be at 18-19K by the end of tonight. What are you at? How is Camp NaNo going for you?

Apologies for the lack of book reviews. It has been a very busy month! I hope to have some pictures of the books I read in March up whenever it decides to stop raining all the time here. 😉

Until next time!





What I’m Working On: Camp NaNo 2015 (Week 1)



Hey guys. So Camp NaNo started a week ago. How is everyone doing with it? I’m a bit behind because it has been difficult finding the energy to write after working overtime for the past few weeks. But it’s not bad, and I am confident that I will eventually catch up. Even though I’m sleepy, I’m enjoying the re-write. The Birthday Bash is going to be even better than before.

I am almost to 9K now. What are you at? How is Camp NaNo going for you?

In non-Camp NaNo news, I’ve also entered Our Reasons to #NestPitch. Wish me luck!

Until next time!





What I’m Working On: March 2015 Update #2



Hey guys. Sorry about the lack of posts lately. It’s gotten busy here. Camp NaNo starts next week so I will only be posting occasional updates and Book Reviews. If you want to be more involved in my Camp NaNo stats, follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

I haven’t been up to much lately except for a couple new parts of Creeper. I’m going to go ahead and put it on hold so I can prepare for Camp NaNo. Pretty excited!

Are you participating in Camp NaNo? If so, what is your book about? Would love to hear about it!

Until next time!





What I’m Working On: March 2015



Hey guys. So during the second week of March, my two-year-old Toshiba laptop died. And since it was going to cost half of what it cost to repair it (and a repair that wouldn’t guarantee more damage in the future), my fiance’ decided to get me a MacBook Air. Did I mention he’s the greatest?

Thankfully I’d thought to send the newest version of Our Reasons to myself via e-mail. Since we’re going to need an adapter to get my data off the computer. I’ve also thankfully sent The Birthday Bash to friends so I have a copy in my sent folder so I can work on the re-write/edit as planned for Camp NaNo, which is in a week and a few days.

Last Wednesday was #PitMad. I had a ton of fun with it and there were many cool entries. I probably retweeted about twenty or more, and mostly from people I’d never met. I also had five agents/agencies favorite mine. So far I’ve heard from three. Two rejections and one request for more pages. I’ve sent the pages. Fingers crossed!

If I don’t hear back in a few weeks, I plan to start querying. I’ve already got a list of agents/agencies to start with. If nothing comes of it, then I will post the entire story to Swoon Reads.

Other than that, I’ve started editing/re-writing Creeper. I’m thinking that the entire story collection will be finished by late August or early September. Hopefully. It’s a busy year for me–my fiance’ and I are looking into moving from our apartment, buying a home, and getting married later on in the year so it will definitely be interesting.

Next month Camp NaNo starts. I’m re-writing and editing The Birthday Bash so I can enter it into the next Twitter contest and also have another book to query. I can’t wait. It might be one of my favorites. During the month of April, I will only be posting Camp NaNo updates and book reviews so I can spend more time writing. Book vs Movie will resume in May. Hopefully I’ll have seen more movies by then.

Until next time!