April 2017 TBR Final

Library Books:

  • I, Robot by Issac Asimov. I enjoyed this more than I expected. I might even read the next one in the series.
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel– Love. Love. Love. I’ve read it twice. Both times I borrowed the book. Someone, please buy me a copy! I love the movie.
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton I admit– I read it, just in time for its 50th anniversary. Wow! I even liked it.
  • As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson Loved it.

Kindle:

  • Incubation by Laura DiSilverio- Loved it. Must read the rest of series.
  • Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson I love the cover on this one.
  • Michelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian. OMG! (yes, I know that’s a bit old at this point.) I loved this book. It was so much fun. I grew up in love with Indiana Jones, and this book has that archeology element to it. I loved it. This is book 4, now I need to start over with book1.
  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey- currently reading. I hope to finish soon.

I’ve made nice progress this month. I’ve read 6 books. Not bad. I’ve started two others but I’ll have to finish them in May 😉 Most of reads were related to the Mother-Daughter reading Challenge. It has definitely pushed me into reading books I would normally walk past. That’s a good thing. I’ve discovered new authors I love. I have four weeks left before summer officially arrives for me. Kids get out May 19, I think. I’m trying not to dive into books I’ve already labeled as “summer reads”. That could get difficult.

What was your favorite read?

-CK

Week 15 2017 Goal Check

TheI’m not sure what week this is, I’m just going with 15 😉

Spring Break was last week and I am still trying to recover. We took an old-fashioned road trip to Florida. We stopped at small state parks on the way to Weeki Wachee Springs. It was great fun, now I’m just exhausted.

Because of that, I didn’t have the time to work on most of my goals. Family time is more important.

 

Goal Check-in April 2017

  • Write 200,000 words. I did spend a little time playing with words on Monday. More of an exercise in loosening the writing muscle than anything. I wrote 463 words. That brings the total to 10,914 words.
  • Edit 600 pages. No new edits this week. 282 pages total.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.  As I mentioned last week, I broke my pedometer. I did track my miles walked with an I-pod. On vacation (4 days) I walked 11 miles 😉 If you give me something to look at I will walk to the ends of the earth!
  • Read 80 books.
    I finished reading The Outsiders by S. E Hinton. This was the first time I’ve ever read it. It’s about time too considering the book turns 50 this year. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I also watched the movie. Other than every teen heartthrob from the 80s being in it, the book is better. I also finished reading Incubation by Laura DiSilverio. This book was given to me from the author (I won around 32 books in March). It’s a YA dystopian novel set in Florida after the world is devastated by disease, hunger, and locust infestations.  It was really good and took an original spin on the usual dystopian trope. The whole “breeding” centers freaked me out. I’ve read 26/80 books.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. (summer)
  • Complete devotional. I’m a little behind, Spring Break.
  • Deep Cleaning. Nope, Again- Spring Break. A neighborhood yard sale is coming up. The perfect excuse to get rid of everything.
  • Submissions. No news this week.

I’m having difficulting getting motivated. I just want to eat ice cream and watch Netflix.

How was your week?

-CK

 

 

 

 

I, Robot

I am reading through the topics for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge. My focus, at the moment, is genres I don’t normally read. Like Sci-fi. I don’t read sci-fi. I prefer to watch it rather than read it. I’m leaning toward the more famous books. Which is why I chose I,Robot by Issac Asimov. I also wanted to watch the movie after finishing the book.

I,Robot

225 pages

originally published 1950

I actually liked the book. The writing pulls you in with how smooth it is. Asimov is a great writer. Shocking declaration I know. There was a time or two where the science went over my head, but most of the time I found it an easy read. I was a tad disappointed that, at this point in time, I should have a robot. The book starts in 1996 with nanny robots and ends in 2052 with a robot not bound by the 3 laws of robotics. Yikes!

The book seems as timely now as it was then. Except I still don’t have a robot. I can honestly say I might read book 2. I’m not a totally convert but I can appreciate the genre more now.

The movie. (2004)

starring Will Smith

All I can say is thankfully the credits state: “suggested by the stories of Asimov” or something similar. It was a fun action flick, but it had nothing to do with the book. They pulled a few names for the written work but that is where the similarities ended. I remembered liking it more when I watched it when it originally came out. Not so much this time.

If you’ve read the book, what did you think?

-CK

 

 

 

April 2017 TBR

I can’t believe it’s April! Where has the year gone? There are only 2 months left before school is out and summer is officially here. I’ve been collecting books to read for summer. Yeah!  Then last week I won a giveaway from Henery Press. I’ve downloaded around 27 books! All free 🙂 I’ll be reading forever. *happy dance*

Library Books:

  • I, Robot by Issac Asimov. I’ve actually started this one already.
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel– I have read this ages ago. I love the movie.
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton I admit– I’ve never read this before.
  • As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson

Kindle:

  • Incubation by Laura DiSilverio
  • Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson I love the cover on this one.
  • Michelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian This is another book I’ve had my eye on.
  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

I’m sure there will be more books but this is a good start.

What will you read this month?

-CK

March 2017 TBR Final

I’ve had a busy month. Spring  Summer seems to be in full swing here. I’ve ordered the girls each a box from Owlcrate for Easter. They are so excited. I’ve been chipping away at my reading list, acquiring books for summer reading. Apparently, I wanted to read one book so bad I bought it twice 🙂 I haven’t accomplished much writing but I have been busy submitting my work to publishers, agents, and magazines. So that is something.

My books:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber- I enjoyed this, it’s a beautiful book, but I don’t know if I like it enough to read the next one.
  • The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
  • The Urban Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. I skimmed through both of these. I’m not counting them as true reads.
  • Body Trauma by David W. Page, MD. I read the introduction and first chapter before I moved this to my research shelf. It’s a bit dry but will make a great resource when writing scene’s involving death and/or injury. Not including it in my reading count.
  • The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin. I read this in one sitting. Tiny little read with beautiful illustrations. Hated the ending. But a nice read.
  • Out of the Silent Planet Book 1 of the Space Trilogy by C.S.Lewis. I tried to read it I really did. I love C.S. Lewis but I could not get through this. I may try again later.

Library Books:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Didn’t finish.
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman I enjoyed it more than expected but not enough to read more of the series.

Kindle Books:

  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia. I loved it. Is that wrong? I knew the voice, it’s so Southern. I swear I grew up in that little town.
  • Auntie Mamie by Patrick Dennis. Again, I tried and failed. It just “read” so dated. That’s my issue with most older fiction– it’s old.

WOW! I actually tackled every book on my list. That’s a new record!

Books also read:

  • Double Strike by Gretchen Archer If you have not read a Davis Way Caper give it a go. It is crazy funny.
  • Double Jinx  by Gretchen Archer– a short story
  • Blubber by Judy Blume — this was my selection for a banned book. I borrowed it from the library and someone went through and blacked out the curse words. So I guess it was banned and censored 😉
  • The Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. This was my selection for a book recommended by a librarian. I really enjoyed it, the book is written similar to an autobiography. It was different, I’ll look into reading the next two in the series.
  • Pillow Stalk (Madison Night Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere. I received this book through a giveaway with Henery Press. I’ve had my eye on this book for a while. Women who look like Doris Day are being murdered in present-day Dallas! The book is dotted with names and references from the film Pillow Talk. I remember watching that movie as a kid. I loved it. And let’s face it, Rock Hudson is still dreamy.

That’s 9 books this month with a total of 22 out of 80 for the year.  I think my favorite book was Pillow Stalk. I just really enjoyed the characters and the mystery.

What was your favorite read this month?

-CK

 

 

Three Month Goal Final

We are at the end of Round 1 in #Row80 . It’s also 3 months into the year. Time to see how successful I was before I take a week to reevaluate my goals and schedule.

Original Goals:

  • Write 200,000 words.
  • Edit 600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
  • Read 80 books

As expected I did great on half of them and bottomed out on the others. BUT I did work on them all. So that counts for something. I did a little math to find where I should be by the end of March. Granted there are two weeks left, but it’s easy to see if I’m on track or not.

Where I should be/ Where I am:

  • Write50,000 words / wrote 10,451 words.  Fail! That hurt. I struggled with inspiration and dedication this round. Hopefully, with a little planning, I can do better next round.
  • Edit 150 pages/ edited 267 pages. Success! I made this a priority in order to search for agents and publishing opportunities.
  • Walk 650,000 steps/ walked 413,412 steps. Fail sort-of. I didn’t meet my goal but I did better than I expected. I feel better and I’m sleeping better. All good things.
  • Read 20 books/ read 19 books. Success! According to Goodreads I’m I’m two books ahead so I’m going with that. And let’s be real, by the time March is over I will probably have read 2 more books.

Looks like I’m barely keeping up with the goal monster. Better luck next time 🙂

How did you do this round?

-CK

Bizarro Weather

Mobile lies just north of the Gulf of Mexico on the mouth of Mobile Bay. Our winters are usually mild but tend to have chilly February’s. If it snows it’s in February. Not this year. This year we had three days of frigid weather a week after Christmas before going back to 70s and 80s.  Until today. Today I woke to 35*. Dang! It’s cold outside. It’ll be colder tomorrow. The weather this year is all messed up.

I have had a more productive week. I think I touched on all of my goals. So that’s nice. Of course with the cold weather all I want to do is curl up with a pot of tea and read. Or finish watching Death in Paradise. I am obsessed with this show 😉

#Row80

“Row80 is the Writing Challenge that knows you have a life.” Be sure to leave an encouraging word for the other rowers. There is one week left of this round. Click here to read all about it.

Red means I did not reach my goal.

Blue means I made steady progress or reached my goal.

At the end of this round (March 22) I will reevaluate my goals and add new ones.

  • Write 200,000 words. I wrote 1,473 words this week. I didn’t meet my goal but I did write. I’ve had this ghost story in mind and I just started writing it. No preplanning. Total pantster on this one. At the moment my ghost has no name. I’m making a weekly goal of 5,000 words to help reach my yearly goal.  That gives me 10,451 words written this year.
  • Edit 600 pages.  I edited 10 pages of Camouflage. It’s a novella of around 25,000 words. The yearly total is 267/600 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps.
    I walked 4.5 miles this week a total of 40,885 steps for the week and 382,330 /2.6 million for the year.  That can’t be right. I exercised almost every day. I did Tai Chi two days.  My weekly goal is 50,000 steps. I need a better pedometer.
  • Read 80 books. I finished  If I Stay by Gayle Firman,  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, and The Ice Dragon by George R R Martin. Completed 17/80 books this year.
    I just made my summer reading list. Can’t wait for the mail to arrive 🙂
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. This is a goal for summer so, check back later.

The library just alerted me that I, Robot is in and waiting on me. I’ll have to run and get it before they change their minds.

How was your week?

-CK