Monthly Wrap-Up. So you may or may not have known that April is also Camp NaNo. And if you don't know what on earth I'm talking about, it's basically a more chill, relaxed version of NaNo (if you want it to be). You get to set your own goal, you can pick what your project is... it can literally be anything. Epic poem? check. Editing? Check. Comic book? check. A smaller writing goal for a novel? Check. The best part of Camp NaNo is you have CABINS. Whether you choose to form a private association of writers or you opt to be placed in a random one with other NaNo-ists, cabins are just amazing. To be honest, it was my first time in one. I was kind of a lone wolf for years when it came to writing...had no idea there were lots of others like me out there, and wouldn't have known where to find them. But the internet can work wonders, y'all, and over the course of time I have found me some friends. So yes, I was in an awesome private cabin and I had a BLAST. So much love to my cabinmates. If you're reading this, thank you for the best month ever. ;) <3
Writing: My main focus was to wrap up the book (I figured I had about 1k left) and then edit for the rest of the month. Guess what? The little beast happened to not be so little after all. I was afraid I'd just barely reach 60k. It is now finished at 90k. You can never tell with books, I guess. So I spent the month writing instead. My NaNo goal was 50 hours. (Because...I thought I was going to edit, so I didn't use word count). I finished with 53 hours and about 50k written.
Reading: My goal was 3 books. Did I make it? Well.... I'm still in the middle of a few books (It's a bad habit I know, lol) but here's the total count for this month.
The Sacred Shore by Janette Oke-- 5 stars
Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero -- 5 stars.
Yeah. Only finished two. The problem is I have perhaps three I'm in the middle of too, so I really was reading this month, I promise, haha!
Other Goals: I only had one sort-of blog/writing related, and that was to get to know other writers better. Check and double check! It's been such good fun getting to chat with other writer friends, do word sprints, and talk all things bookish (and maybe non-bookish, too, haha).
So I thought you all might enjoy getting to know a little bit more about me... and I was tagged by Livi Jane for the Liebster Award, so I thought in my writerly chat is the perfect opportunity to do this! Thank you so much, girly! <3 You can check out her blog here: Living for the Other Side. What are the rules for this fun tag? 1. Link back to the person who tagged you. 2. Answer the 11 questions. 3. Tag 11 bloggers. 4. And ask them 11 of your own questions. So let's get started on answering the questions from Livi! :D
- What is your personality type? -- I've talked about MBTI before, so this is right up my alley! I'm an ENFP-T! ;)
- What's your favorite thing to do in your spare time? -- read, write, sing or play music, design, have adventures, hang out with friends.
- What would be your dream job? -- Writing mom who travels a lot and is in some sort of full time ministry... I really am up for anything. Camps, acting, music, whatever.
- Puppies or kittens? -- Puppies, but kittens are super cute too.
- Do you play an instrument? If so, which one(s)? -- I play piano and guitar, (level: mediocre, lol) and I used to play mandolin.
- If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you pick to go? -- This is such a hard question, y'all. I want to travel the world! But right now, I want to go to England to see a friend. Or Italy. I'm kind of obsessed with Italy. Or pretty much anywhere else in the world. (I love all places lol).
- What's your favorite season of the year? -- Fall. And then winter, summer, spring, in that order.
- What was the last thing you ate? -- caramel coffee and black chocolate. Ok, I know the coffee is technically a drink, lol.
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be? -- Sometimes I wish I could read people's thoughts. But not always, haha. Also, I'd love it if I could fly. Airplane trips are the best alternative. :P
- What was the last book you read? Did you like it? -- It was Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero, and YES I did like it. :D You can check my review on Goodreads (I linked the books to their respective Goodreads reviews above).
- What does your first name mean? And if you could change it, would you and what would it be? -- My first name is Victoria and it means victory. I bet you weren't expecting that, lol! :P Just kidding. I like my name, but it's really weird for me to say it... I never do that much, and lately I've met more Victorias and it's super strange since I'm used to being the only one. If I did change my name it would probably be to Jane since that's kind of my fall-back name for myself. Long story there...
So real quick, I tag (and it's not 11 blogs, but...)
- Abigayle from the Left-Handed Typist
- Andrea from Writing to Inspire
- Victoria from Ruffles and Grace
- Rebekah at Read Another Page
- and YOU to reply to the questions in the comment! ;) Or if you have a blog, feel free to do it there. :)
My questions for you all...
- What is your favorite genre to read and to write?
- How many countries have you been to?
- What is your favorite writing snack?
- Who (person) inspires you the most to write?
- Personality type? If you don't know, just pick three words to describe you!
- Coffee or tea? Or something else?
- Most cry-worthy book in your opinion?
- Favorite book character?
- First book you remember reading as a child on your own?
- What is one thing on your bucket list?
- What emoji would you be if you were one?
Hope you all have fun with that... I'm pretty interested to see what sort of answers I get! :)
And some more randomness, once again in nice bullet points:
- If you didn't notice already, we made the dramatized audiobook of Wind Chimes public about a month ago. I'm not really doing much promotion for it right now as it's kind of the wrong season *sigh* but if you're interested, you can check it out. Sneak peeks, preview and everything. I will warn you, though... because I like being honest and upfront... it is not the most professional recording. The quality of the post-processing is good but let's just say, I learned a lot during the process and I'd do some things during the recording session differently. It's not horrible...it's just sometimes fuzzy or stuff. So now you know. Here I am letting you know the flaws of my own thing, haha. We had a lot of fun doing it though, and the stories are just as they are in the book, just complete with acting, ambiance, music, SFX and more. It's pretty cool, despite the occasional fuzzy recording, so at least go check out the sneak peeks. ;)
- Another fun piece of news... I'm on YouTube! You can find a few videos I've uploaded and be sure to subscribe so you can instantly know when there's new ones. I vlog, do fun behind the scenes videos, and will be doing a lot of bookish videos too on various books I read and/or love!
- I happen to be very bad at writing endings. It's a struggle, y'all. I have posted sneak peeks on Facebook and Twitter that prove it, too, lol.
Well, that's all for now!
Question of the Day: Have you ever participated in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, what was your cabin like, and what was its name? My cabin was named the Chatterbox. :D
Have a lovely day!