So this is a new addition to the blog. If you did the survey back at the New Year, I asked several questions in it in the hopes of learning more on what you all wanted to see on here! And this monthly series is kind of a combination of a few things. :)
Before we get started, this post is going to be very chatty. Between talking about books, my writing (and other) goals for the month, writing challenges/contests etc, it's just bound to. Sorry. But hey, let's just think of it as a friend-to-friend conversation and you all can chat with me in the comments about stuff. ;)
First off, let's talk about the monthly writing contest!! Wooo! Ok, yes, I know that almost half of February is over. But let's just go with it! :) I want to get into doing writing contests more so than "challenges" as I feel like a little edge of competition can be really fun. Plus, random and occasional prizes are always awesome, right? (There may not be prizes every month *cough cough, February for starters* but there will be some, I promise! ;) ) If you're not the competitive type though, PLEASE don't let the "contest" part of the title scare you off! I want all the stories!! :D
So what do we have cooking for February? We're going to be writing anything with the theme of "Love Conquers All". I know it's kind of cheesy being February and all, but I think it's a really important theme in literature, and I'm so so so curious to see what you all will come up with. Ok let's get all the info looking more professional lol.
- Theme is "Love Conquers All".
- Can be Poem (for all y'all poets, lol) or Flash Fiction, but no more than 1,000 words.
- Send in by February 22nd, please! Just use my email here: firstname.lastname@example.org to get me your entry!
- If you're a super writer or something and want to send in more than one, that's fine. But please, no more than 3 total. ;)
- Winner (picked by me) will have their story shared in the Wrap-Up version of this post at the end of the month. The other contest stories will be shared in a PDF format for those who want to download them. :D
If you want to join this as a challenge but aren't keen on sharing in a contest, PLEASE mark it as a "Challenge only-- No Contest" when you send it to me. And of course... if you want to use it as a challenge but don't want to share with anybody that's cool too (only it's more fun when you share, lol!)
And hey, since this is a contest, let's try to get more people involved, shall we? It can be as simple as:
Hi! I'm doing this really fun monthly writing contest with Victoria Minks on her website www.victoriaminks.com. Anyone can join and I think it'd be great if you did it too!
So yep, pass the word along to your writing friends! ;)
Next up, it's Book Club Time! Sigh. Books. They're just so beautiful. It's ok, you can take a moment now to ooh and ahhhh over your personal bookshelf and favorite novels. I'll wait. ;) Alright, you back? Well let's talk books! I've thought about starting a book club for a while now, but I wasn't sure what type or if people were interested. But I asked, and people were interested, so I thought-- why not start one?!
Because I have so many age ranges reading this blog though, and you all each have different tastes in books as it is, though, I thought we'd run our book club a little different. Instead of one random person (me, haha) picking out a book for everyone to read, one random person (me again, haha) will pick out a requirement. Or, if you're into the drama like me, a CHALLENGE. dun dun dun!! But not some easy peasy "Read a Classic" challenge. This is going to be specific. Narrower. Possibly odder. For the true bookbugs of the world. (Jk, whatever type of bookbug is welcome). Then you can find and pick whatever book you like that fits in with the month's requirement.
Ready? For February 2017, the Book Club is pleased to announce that this month you will read: A book that has a strong love in it-- but twist! It can't be romantic love. ;) Why? Just because it's harder. No, I'm joking. Actually it's because I feel that the love between say a parent and child, or two friends, or whatever, is really downplayed in a lot of fiction. And that's pretty sad, because there are so many different kinds of love and so many ways it could form that I think that the other types not talked about as much should get way, way more attention too.
Oh, and Bookbugs... please as part of this, comment during the Wrap-Up version of this post (at the end of the month) if you completed the reading challenge and what the book was! ;) And, if you're on Goodreads, there is now a private group for us Bookbugs! You should definitely join it so we can have awesome bookish discussions and share book reviews and more. ;) So all y'all-- I'm really looking forward to see how y'all do! Let's get reading!
Let's talk about my monthly goals. (eek). I'm sometimes great at goal-setting, and sometimes.... *blinks.* What are goals?? :D Anyways, I had a lot of people who wanted to know more about my personal writing life, projects, books, etc, and I thought-- what cooler way to show it then by sharing my intended goals, and how bad I fail at them!! :D Kidding... (I hope). Whatever the results are, it'll be a fun look into my life, so here we go.
Writing: I'm hoping to finish The Needlemaker this month, whatever it takes. *wipes perspiration from brow*. Who knows what that means. My guess is 20k-40k, the 40k being max. And to be perfectly honest, it'll probably happen as teeny tiny bits of writing (1,000 words here, 300 here) and then a couple big-wordcount-writing days where I knock out as much as possible. lol. That's just life right now as my main focus is wrapping up a couple of non-writing-related things.
Reading: Um... I have a lot of books started from January, and so I really need to sit down and finish them. I'm a very sporadic reader, my schedule dictating a lot with how much I read... but when I get on a roll, I knock out a bunch at once. I'm behind on my Year's Reading Goal but February is a short month, so... hm. I'm going to go for 10. Let's not make this too hard for my first try with a monthly goal. lol.
Other: I guess I'll just throw a few random ones here for y'all. Let's see....
- I'd really, really like to 30 Amazon Reviews for Jonas and Olivia. But at this point, I only have 19. So, if you have read Jonas and Olivia and liked it, please consider leaving me a review to help me reach my goal! *wink wink*
- I want to finish getting all the blog posts categorized with the right topics in the sidebar.
Book/Writerly Chat... You didn't think I'd go without blathering some more, did you? haha, well, book talk is good, y'all, and besides, it's fun. Plus, you all ASKED to hear more about my books and writing and stuff. :D But because I don't want this to end up as one massive paragraph, here's some randomness in nice bullet points. I'm so organized... (We'll just go with that, right?)
- The Needlemaker left off at the end of NaNoWriMo right after my MC Kit got arrested and is having sort of a panic attack in jail as he realizes what happened, and I feel so sorry for him that I feel pretty guilty about what's going to happen next and so maybe I'm procrastinating a little on writing it...
- I recently spent way too much time researching music boxes and musical pocket watches for an book idea that is just going to go into my list of 50+ other book ideas for writing someday. Which is kind of frustrating to me, because these are all ideas from the last couple years and if things keep going like this I'll never catch up. So sad.
- One of the reasons I didn't actually finish any of the books I started in January is probably because I kept getting so caught up in loving them that I had to make commentaries out loud while reading. lol. Or stop to giggle. Or think about how cute something was. Or how great this character is. And WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE!?
- I started rereading and making notes on what I need to fix big time for Two-Faced Man, my NaNo 2015 novel. My sister hasn't heard it yet so I'm reading it out loud to her as I go to get her basic reaction to what it is at this point (alpha-reader, haha) but I spend a good ten minutes afterwards cringing and laughing because...it's just so much worse than I thought it was when I finished NaNo that year haha. So yeah...revisions are gonna be a bit more hefty then I thought. But at least it's not going to be as major as my Further Courage has been... I've rewritten that thing how many times now? Oh, btw, if you want to see a mood board for Two-Faced Man here's one for you! :D
So there you have it! My first time doing a Monthly post like this. The Wrap-up will be coming at the end of February! :D
Question of the Day:
What are some of your goals this February? Please share in the comments-- let's encourage one another! :D
Hope you all have a lovely day, and don't forget to join my Goodreads Book Club!
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