NaNoWriMo Prep 2

 

 

 

 

Last week was horrible. Between kid activities and the hurricane, I’ve accomplished next to nothing. I’m still working on Origins. I had hoped to have this round of edits finished before NaNo, but I’m not so sure that will happen. I’m 3/4 of the way through, but I have to change POV. I’m going from 3rd person to 1st. It’s tedious to say the least. But it works much better this way. A quick shout out to K. Nebity, she recommended I read The Phantom Tollbooth. I did. I enjoyed it but not as much as I would have if I had read it as a kid. Thanks for the recommendation.

NaNoWriMo 2017

October is Perptober. I didn’t know it had an actual name:)

I have the main idea of the story (spark) and the two main characters. I still need to finish fleshing these characters out and finish with the ghost rules.

This week goals:

  • complete character inventory sheet/back story- I like to delve deep into my main characters. So this is a must this week.
  • Sign up on NaNo website- I need to do this. I did buy this year’s t-shirt. And it’s already arrived 😉
  • Work harder on finishing Origins.
  • Think about the major plot points for NaNo. It’s a ghost/mystery story. I want this started soon because I will need to do a little research at the library later.
  • Finish setting out Ghost rules (from last week)

If you are going to participate in NaNo this year, Click here to read more information and sign up. There are also Twitter sprints that take place once NaNo starts. I love those. Sprints really make you write. There are also other groups on different social media sites.

A few sites with NaNoWriMo Prep ideas:

Boho Berry has printables and links. She has a beautiful NaNo bullet journal. Yes, I’m jealous.

Storyist has an in-depth page on NaNo prep. It would work for starting a novel at any time.

Better Novel Project has an outline.

Here is an October schedule for NaNo.

There you go. A few resaurces to help you along.

How is your planning going?

-CK

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NaNoWriMo Prep 1

I know it kind of slipped up on me too. But November is just around the corner, like 29 days away. That’s right. It’s time to get your little monsters in a row.

I sat down this morning with my calendar and came up with a weekly goal to help me prepare for NaNo. I know from experience, the more prepared I am the better chance I have of winning. Meaning completing a 50,000 word novel.  Along with the regular prep work, I have a novella I am halfway through editing. I need to finish that. It’s hard to concentrate on NaNo with other projects looming. I still hear the aching call of last years unfinished NaNo novel. Poor thing.

Week 1 Tasks:

  1. Find that spark– The idea that is big enough to spark your creative juices to write a full length novel. I have mine. One that has been itching on the edge of my brain for months. But an idea is not a story. Nor is it a plot. It’s just an idea.
  2. Decide on main characters– I have two characters already. I’ve started fleshing them out, learning about their back story. I hope from this I will know where to go with the story. I’m not too concerned with the minor characters at the moment. Those can come later. Is it novel worth or just a short story idea, the characters will tell me.
  3. Location– This is the hard part. I know where the story takes place but I think it will be in two time periods. Possibly now and the 40s.
  4. Rules– It’s a ghost story. So I need to cement the “rules” for ghosts. What they can and can’t do. Who becomes a ghost? Things like that. I’ve got it started and once I get to work on the plot I’ll make addictions or changes.

Those are the 4 things I need to accomplish this week. Anything else will be brownie points.

Are joining NaNoWriMo?

-CK

 

 

What are you reading Monday?

It’s Monday! For good or ill the new week is here. Which means it is time for…

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Besure to check out the Book Date blog!

Last week I read…

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

I finished 3 books. The first was Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson. It was chosen by he cover. I’m a sucker for pumpkins. We tried growing them once. They about took over the yard. Much like watermelons! It was entertaining but i did’t enjoy it enough to read furthur in the series. The writing & story were fine, it just wasn’t for me.Wandering Island

I also finished Wandering Island by by Kenji Tsuruta. I needed a graphic novel for the Mother- Daughter Reading Challenge. The size is misleading because it is mostly pictured 😉 I enjoyed it. The drawings were great. It did suffer from too much skin showing, but I’m not he target audience. I was a bit miffed at the cliffhander ending– but no enough that i don’t look for book 2.

Weeki Wachee Springs (Images of America: Florida)The last book I read was one I picked up on vacation, also heavy on pictures. Weeki Wachi Springs by Maryan Pelland. A visual read through the history of the vintage mermaid park. I loved it. The photos and stories behind them were very entertaining.

 

 

What I’m reading now…

I have plenty of reading time at the moment. I’ve started 2 books. One is a librbay book and the other is a new release i bought on my kindle. I haven’t read enough of either to have an opinion so i will leave the blurb from goodreads.

SeeSee by Lee Ann Ward

Carlie Henson is pretty, popular, and an All-American girl. She has a gorgeous boyfriend and a mother who lives to keep her safe. Probably because everyone is drawn to Carlie…including the murderers she has the ability to identify when she looks in the eyes of their victims.

Keeping Carlie’s secret is pretty simple when all she has to do is avoid dead people. But when a cheerleader at her high school is murdered and the killer seems to have gotten away with it, Carlie knows what she has to do. With the help of her boyfriend, Dillon, she devises a plan to see what she must, no matter her personal safety.

But when Dillon is the one who’s injured in the showdown with the killer, Carlie vows to never help anyone again…until the next young woman attacked is her best friend, Jenna.

 

I also started, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long GoodbyeMarlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he’s divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

 

 

 

What’s up next…

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I know nothing about this book other than it is a new retelling of Sherlock Holmes. This time it’s Charlotte Holmes. I can’t wait to give this one a read.

What are you reading this week?

-ck

 

Friday- Book Beginnings

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.

Please join every Friday and share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Bitter Harvest (A Greenhouse Mystery #2)

The harvest moon glowed bright overhead, a burnt offering to the demons plaguing Megan’s peace of mind.

Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson

Thoughts:

I found the found the first sentence intriquing. It set me up with expectations of a spooky story. Which doesn’t necessarily go with the vintage feel of the book cover. After reading the book I must say it’s not spooky either. It’s a nice cozy set during October. I kept reading so the opener did it’s job.

-CK

Shelf Control 1

Today is surgery day. I’m both happy and nervous. Just a little outpatient on my wrist. I hope to be in tip top condition by August. I thought it would be fun to join in on Shelf Control.

Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! Click here for more info.

I have too many books I haven’t read. So this is the perfect meme for me.  It will be awhile before I can write again but I can read 🙂

Shelf Control

My pick of the week is:

Save the Date

Title: Save the Date

Author: Mary Kay Andrews

Published: 2014

Pages: 448

Synopsis: from Goodreads

A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

How I got the book: I found the paperback at a bookstore on clearence. It’s a beautiful cover. I saw the author name and the cover and just bought it. I haven’t even read the blurb on the back.

When I bought the book: Sometime in the last year.

Why do I want to read it? I love Mary Kay Andrews. I’ve read 4,5, maybe 6 of her books. I love them. She writes smart, funny characters. There’s actually two of her books on my TBR shelf I need to read. I don’t know why I haven’t read them yet. I think this is a stand alone. I hope so. I hate reading out-of-order.

If you want to participate go to Bookshelf Fantasies and add your link to the linky.

What book on your shelf so you need to read?

-CK

20 Books of Summer

I ran across this challenge recently and had to join in the fun.

20 books

Surf over to Cathy at 746 Books to find out more about this reading challenge. Basically, from June 1 to September 3 I will read 20 books. That’s a hair more than my goal of four per month. It’s summer. What else do I have to do?

I will use this challenge in place of my usual monthly TBR. What am I reading?

20 Books of Summer TBR

  • Tomorrow When the War Began- John Marsden
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– J.K. Rowling
  • Beach Town– Mary Kay Andrews
  • Weeki Wachee Springs- Maryan and Dan Pelland
  • Wandering Island– Kenji Tsuruta
  • Must Love Chainmail– Angela Quarles
  • The Elfstones of Shannara– Terry Brooks
  • A Study in Charlotte– Brittany Cavallaro
  • Wicked Mobile – Brendan Kirby
  • The Princess Diaries– Meg Cabot
  • The Shores of Spain– J. Kathleen Cheney
  • Illuminae– Kaufman & Kristoff
  • Unsympathetic Magic– Laura Resnick
  • The Napoleon of Notting Hill– G.K. Chesterton
  • This old Homicide– Kate Carlisle
  • Fixin to Die– Tonya Kappes
  • Bitter Harvest– Wendy Tyson
  • Counterfeit Conspiracies– Ritter Ames
  • Macdeath– Cindy Brown
  • Glistens– Chess Desalls

I reserve the right to trash this list at any time and start over;)

-CK

What r u reading?

It’s Monday.

Not my favorite day of the week. But I am playing along with The Book Date with What are you reading Monday?

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Last week I read…

The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1)

I buried myself in my chair yesterday until I finished The Sword of Shannara. This is the first book in the original Shannara series and the first time I’ve read Terry Brooks. It was well worth the two weeks I spent reading it. Loved it. The main reason I read it was I bought the Elfstones of Shannara first without realizing it was part of a series. I can’t read out of order 😉 Shannara feels a lot like LOTR. If you enjoyed Tolkien you would probably enjoy this book as well.

 

What I’m reading now…

Optimists Die First

I intended to read a cozy mystery after Shannara. Something light and easy. But my library bag had other ideas. I picked this odd little book up based on the cover and title. Seriously, how could I not read a book entitled Optimists Die First? And the cover looks like a knitted sweater. I’m only on page 69. It seems like a fast read but I think it’ll be a bit more in the emotions department than I wanted after Shannara.

In a nutshell, the story follows a teen girl who is dealing with the death of her little sister. She has a lot of guilt around it and she’s also trying to be a buffer for her parents. Obviously, it’s a YA book.

What’s up next…

Later Gator (Miss Fortune Mystery #9)Probably book 9 in the Miss Fortune Series on my kindle. I’ve been itching to read this one. Another one with an awesome cover 🙂

What are you reading this week?

-CK