Camp NaNoWriMo 2018: Week 1

So far my progress for Camp NaNoWriMo is going great! Here are my stats:


Target Word Count:15,000

Total Words Written: 7,076

Words Remaining: 7,924

Days Remaining: 23


Editing and re-writing, for me, is generally easier than starting a new story but I am very happy with my progress. I’ve changed and added things and feel like my story is getting even better. For someone who really hasn’t written much this year, I am really happy with how things are going. Camp NaNo’s website suggests that I will meet my goal by July 17th if I continue at this rate. I’m aiming to get as much as the story done as I can so if I go past my 15K goal, I’ll be thrilled.


Are you participating in Camp NaNo? If so, how is it going for you? Happy writing!



Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

So if you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that I’ve been struggling with my writing for the last couple of years. This year has especially been a struggle with so many things in my life changing. I’ve been doing Camp NaNo since 2012 and as long as I am able, I don’t want to ever miss it or NaNoWriMo.


This year, I’m taking it easy, at least for Camp NaNo. I’m attempting 15K of re-writing/editing The Birthday Bash. So far I’ve managed about 4K despite having a late start so I am optimistic that I will accomplish my goal. If I still feel inspired after making my goal, I plan to continue until I’m finished. I will try and do a update every week to keep myself accountable and perhaps my success or failure will help someone else.


Are you participating in Camp NaNo? If so, what are your goals? Happy writing!



June Goals Wrap-Up & July Goals 2018

Here are my reading and writing goals for June. Let’s see how I did!

Reading Goals

1. Work on reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book (And Tango Makes Three)

4. Read for Pride month

5. Read She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb for Peter’s Book Club

6. Read Endless Night by Richard Laymon for Peter’s Book Club

*7 Read book for Mini Book Club if title selected/available in time



Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing The Birthday Bash


I read a lot of books in June so I’m pretty happy with the goals I achieved. Sadly I didn’t really get into The Count of Monte Cristo though. I wasn’t interested in either book for the Mini Book Club so I decided to skip it this month.


Even though I didn’t do much for my writing goals, I still worked on both so I am very happy about that considering how little I feel I’ve accomplished writing wise this year.


Here are my goals for July:

Reading Goals

1. Work on reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

2. Read a childhood book.

3. Read a new children’s book

4. Read Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

5. Read Chances by Jackie Collins for Peter’s Book Club

6. Read Lucky by Jackie Collins for Peter’s Book Club

7. Read Hunger by Roxane Gay for Mini Book Club


Writing Goals

1. Work on my VCA recaps for the blog

2. Work on editing The Birthday Bash for Camp NaNo (15K)



What goals did you accomplish so far this year or are there any you have for July? I would love to hear them!


January 2018 Goals

Hey guys, I know it’s already halfway through the month but I’m going to go ahead and post this anyway, along with an update on how my goals are coming along! Hopefully 2018 will start to get a little less hectic soon.

Reading Goals

1. Read The Count of Monte Cristo for my classic book

2. Read The Rainbow Fish for my childhood book

3. Get halfway through Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (quarterly true crime/buddy read)

4. Read a new children’s book

5. Read The Underground Railroad for my group read

6. Read The House With A Clock in its Walls for a group read

7. Read at least six books.

8. Read Dawn for a series re-read.


So far I have finished goal #2 and will probably finish goals #3-8. I’ve read 3 books so far and am in the process of reading 4 more. I don’t usually read this many at one time but there’s some interesting circumstances this month so that’s just how things happened. So far I haven’t had any issues keeping the book’s plots and characters apart, probably because they are all very different books.

At the moment I am reading Dawn, The Underground Railroad, The House With a Clock in its Walls, and Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. I have not had a chance to start my classic yet and it’s over a thousand pages so we’ll see how it goes. I would at least like to get started on that but hopefully I can find a good audiobook to help me along.


Writing Goals

1. Edit Our Reasons

2. Querying/Publishing Investigating


Honestly, I don’t think I will get either of these done though I have sent Our Reasons to a trusted beta reader at least.


So there are my goals for this month and how they are going so far. What are your goals for this month and how are they going so far?


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.


2017 Writing Goals Wrap-Up

Back at the beginning of the year, I made a list of writing goals that I wanted to accomplish. 2016 was a pretty lackluster year for writing so I wanted this year to be better. Let’s see how I did.


My goals for 2017:

* Finish Creeper re-write.

With the help of Camp NaNo, I was able to finish the last part for this novel. While it needs another edit, I am happy with how everything came together at the end.


* Continue to enter Twitter writing events such as Pitch Wars, Pitch Madness, #PitMad, etc.

I feel I did OK with this for the most part. I entered Pitch Wars, Pitch Madness, and most of the #PitMad events (though I missed the last one). I would like to enter more like these, such as #PitDark, for 2018).


Re-write Whispertown.

This was a pretty big accomplishment for me and I love my story even more than before!


*  Re-write/edit Our Reasons.

I did not get to this.


* Re-write/edit Evil in the Walls.

Yeah, didn’t get to this either.


* Write something new

I did write So Much Rage, a new idea, for NaNoWriMo!


* Begin researching serious publishing options

I sort of did this. While I did continue to query outside of Twitter events, I didn’t do as much as I would have liked. No self-publishing options were explored, either. So I’m only going to half count meeting this goal.


Still, I accomplished more this year than I did the previous one and got some pretty big goals accomplished. I finished a previous book, re-wrote and edited another, wrote a new book, participated in Twitter writing events, and did more querying.


Stay tuned for 2018’s writing goals!


NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 4 & Conclusion


That’s right, guys…I finished! While I did have some trouble during week 4, I also found a burst of motivation and strived to finish. I am pretty happy with myself for managing that. There are several days that I didn’t/couldn’t write so the fact that I managed to complete my goal is truly astounding.

I was worried about how I was going to connect my current story to the ending chapters, which I had already written. However, when it came time to do so, it ended up being easier than I thought. So Much Rage has definitely been my most difficult NaNo novel that I can remember writing. It will need a ton of edits but I’m glad I got it finished.

While it was interesting working with part of an online, I do wish that I had planned the story out more when it was still fresh in my mind. So Much Rage is a story idea that I’ve had for several months so while I knew the basics, there was a lot of holes throughout the story that I had to figure out how to fill.


Here are my final stats:

Goal: 50,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 50,019.


I did feel like this year that the NaNoWriMo validated word count and my Scrivener word count were very off but I wrote until the story was finished and until I had gone past 50K through the NaNoWriMo validation.


So, YAY! Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? If so, how did you do? Remember–No matter how much you wrote, even one word is more than you would have had otherwise.