April Writing & Reading Goals Check (May 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 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

I’m still in the process of finishing up my Gates of Paradise Recaps but since I’ve started, I decided to cross that goal off. I’m a bit behind on posts because of Camp NaNoWriMo. I am pretty amazed that I managed to get everything I wanted done this month.

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

GOALS FOR MAY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dandelion Wine for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
✓ Read Web of Dreams
✓ Read Stars Above
✓ Read Six of Crows
✓ Read The Forbidden Wish
✓  Do Book Pics
Web of Dreams recap

 

I’m going to mostly work on reading this month, though I feel like it would be a good time to work on Whispertown considering the subject matter.

 

What were your goals for April? Did you meet any of them? What are your plans for May?

 

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Camp NaNoWrimo 2017: Week 4 & Final Results

The last week of Camp NaNoWriMo went pretty well for me. I finally got over being sick and my tooth has stopped hurting (for now). I finished on the 28th but according to my math, only wrote for 15 of those days. Considering how bad or busy I felt during some of the days I didn’t write, this is awesome.

Technically I ended up finishing Creeper on the 27th but I still needed 600 words to finish my 30K goal. I finally ended up writing an epilogue that would tie all three parts of the book together and I feel it works well. I may change my mind later on, but for now it works. I ended up writing an extra 609 past what I needed.

Here are my final stats:

Goal: 30,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 30,609.

I am so happy that I have finally finished Creeper! I plan on one more edit before I begin to query and then consider self-publishing. It is amazing that I was able to accomplish finishing the second part and writing the third in fifteen days when I had been struggling to do so for months.

How did you do for Camp NaNo? Did you finish? Even if you didn’t, if you wrote even one sentence, that is still a sentence you didn’t have before!

 

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!

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?

 

 

 

 

Love-A-Thon 2017

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This year I decided I would sign up for this event called Love-A-Thon. It will be hosted from February 18th to the 20th and is basically a way for book lovers with blogs, Instagram, Twitter, Booktube, and the like to connect to one another and share some love. I’m very excited to be a part of it and to also meet new people!

While I will be going out of town unexpectedly on Saturday, I am still going to try and do some challenges and visit other people’s social media platforms whenever I’m able. I’ll probably be more active Sunday afternoon and Monday. This event is being hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy.

To kick off Love-A-Thon, I will be answering a questionnaire so new visitors (and also my regular subscribers) will learn more about me! Make sure to also follow me on Instagram @ceruleananimation as that is most likely where I will be lurking for this event when I’m not visiting blogs.

 

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An Introduction to You and Your Blog

1. What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from?

I go by many names. My pen name is J.N. Cahill and real name is Jennifer but I prefer people to call me Jen. I am blogging from a little city in Southern North Carolina, USA.

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2. Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader?

I have always liked books even before I could read them, probably because children’s books also contain art, another of my loves. However, I have always loved stories and I remember learning to read for myself by the time I was four. My grandmother helped me learn from repetitive reading (so much that she eventually recorded herself reading aloud for me to play in order to save her voice). I’ve been a voracious reader since.

3. How did you get involved in the online book community?

In high school, when the internet was still forming and Youtube, Twitter, and even Facebook didn’t exist, I started with online V.C. Andrews Roleplaying through Yahoo Groups as well as posting stories on Fanfiction.net.

Eventually I started this blog to share my love for books and to also track my writing progress. I also have a Twitter, though I admit I am not a frequent user, though I do enjoy Instagram and am fairly active. I can also be seen commenting on Booktube channels and have made friends with other readers and writers on all social media platforms, which is awesome.

4. How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name?

I wanted a place where I could talk about books and a blog seemed like the best option. My blog name is pretty simple–my pen name, along with what I write (YA Contemporary and Horror, unpublished but working on it).

5. What’s your favorite thing about the online book community?

I love how friendly most everyone is and also how excited they get about books and interacting with other book lovers. I have found so many awesome books thanks to them and enjoy recommending them back.  It’s also a lovely thing when you find someone with similar tastes to yours or can gush/rant about a book you’ve all read.

6. What sort of posts can readers expect from you?

I do a mix of reading and writing posts, though my main focus lately has mostly been on reading. I do book photography wrap-ups as well as reading and writing goals each month. Occasionally I will compare a book with a film or TV adaptation or complete a book tag. So mainly what I’ve been reading or writing.

7. What book genres do you talk about most?

Definitely YA. Usually YA Horror, Contemporary, Fantasy, or Classics.

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1. Favorite food? Beverage?

Crab legs or pizza–don’t make me decide. Dr. Pepper.

2. Favorite color?

Blue, particularly cerulean blue. I’ve been obsessed with cerulean blue since I was a kid and discovered the cerulean crayon. It’s my favorite shade of blue and I also love the word so I’ve been known to use it quite a bit. Maybe that explains my Instagram name a little better now.

3. Favorite things to do apart from reading?

Writing, Crafts, Scrapbooking, Swimming, Watching TV or Movies, Organizing, Spending time with my husband, friends, our furbabies.

4. Favorite tv shows?

So many but I’ll try to narrow it down. American Gothic (from the 90s) has always been one of my top favorites. I also love American Horror Story, The Golden Girls, Unsolved Mysteries, Forensic Files, The Grand Tour, Veronica Mars, Goosebumps, and Roswell.

5. Favorite movies?

Another I’ll try to narrow down. Jaws, The Breakfast Club, Cruel Intentions, Labyrinth, The Lion King, The Holiday, and Village of the Damned (1995 version).

6. Favorite musical artists?

Linkin Park, The Birthday Massacre, Lindsey Sterling, Lin-Manuel Miranda (and basically the entire cast of Hamilton), John Williams.

7. Favorite places to shop?

Dollar Tree, Goodwill, Michael’s, Book Outlet, Target, Bath & Body Works, Lush.

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1. Favorite childhood books?

Rainbow Fish, Harry Potter, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Giver, The Face on the Milk Carton, The Westing Game, Six-Dinner Sid, Go Dog Go, and the Goosebumps/Fear Street/Ghosts of Fear Street/Bone Chiller series.

2. Favorite books read in the last five years?

Duma Key by Stephen King, Speak & Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Merciless by Danielle Vega, The Gone series by Michael Grant, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Without Tess by Marcella Pixley, Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes. I could keep going.

3. Favorite genres?

YA Contempory, YA Horror, Adult Horror. Fantasy/YA Fantasy has been growing on me recently though.

4. Underrated book, series or author you love?

I always feel like the Gone series by Michael Grant are kind of underrated. It seriously took me one day to devour the first book and then it was torture waiting on the rest, which took about a year per book.

5. A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?

I think the Jasper Dent books by Barry Lyga or The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood would make a cool TV show. I’m really hoping that the Heaven movie based on the book by V.C. Andrews will continue onto production. The Merciless would make a cool horror movie.

6. Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?

Troy Tatteron for Book BF, hands down. Book BFF would have to be Hermione  Granger or Luna Lovegood. Book Family would be the Weasleys.

7. Books you want to read in 2017?

Definitely Six of Crows, The Wrath and the Dawn, This is Our Story, Slice of Cherry, I’ll Give You the Sun, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Meg, Fangirl, Jane Steele, Hotel Ruby, and many, many more.

If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Leave me some facts about yourself in the comments so we can get to know one another!

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