First off, I'm planning on making this a 2-month goal/wrap-up post series. One month is great and all, but I figured there were more plusses to doing it every two months. Bullet pointed and very valid reasons below, lol.
- It gives me more time and opportunity to make more long, helpful posts and free workbooks and worksheets for you all. That's something I really enjoy doing for you all, and one of the main purposes of the blog here.
- It gives longer time to enjoy our writing contests and book clubs, and also allows more time to hopefully get others to join!
- If it's every two months I'll be able to give away prizes more frequently for the contests. *wink wink*
- I think I'll be able to work better on my own (purely personal) book/writing goals with a two-month scope. Don't ask me why, it just sounds good to me. A lot of my goals tend to overlap months anyways and instead of having the same ones over and over again, I thought that this was a better option. Also, it makes the wrap-up post look more epic. Hahaha! I know, how goofy can I get? :P
So anyways, there you go and that's what's up. Let's jump into the post now for May-June. I'll be back with a wrap-up post at the end of June. ;)
Ok y'all it's time for a monthly contest! They're still a thing, see? *blushes and hides because I'm world's worst at keeping up with stuff, unfortunately...* So what's the challenge?
- The main challenge is that your story must include an object that appears unimportant but...
- Can be Poem (for all y'all poets, lol) or Flash Fiction, but no more than 1,500 words.
- Send in by June 25th, please! Just use my email here: firstname.lastname@example.org to get me your entry!
- Up to 3 entries, but no more.
- Include a title and your name/pen-name.
- If you want to join the challenge without having your story showcased, mark as Challenge Only in the title of your email.
- Please keep your story clean and family-friendly. No swearing or euphemisms, please.
- Winner (picked by me) will have their story shared in the Wrap-Up version of this post at the end of June. The other contest stories will be shared in a PDF format for those who want to view them. :D
- The prize for the 1st place winner is a little package of writerly goodies from me to you... but as far as details go, that's a surprise! :D
Oh, 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! The more the merrier, and just think...the more people involved the more stories you'll get to read at the end. ;)
Next up, it's Book Club Time! I'm really excited for another book club challenge, how about you? I feel like it's been a while, but I quite enjoy the chance to stretch my reading muscles and find something that fits the theme.
So for May-June 2017, the Book Club is pleased to announce that this month you will read: A book that feels like summer. ;) I'm willing to accept different interpretations of this... you can read something that is actually set in the summer, a book that just reminds you personally of summer, or a book that fits into the literary season of summer (check this post out if you want to know what I mean by that...I recently updated it, so even if you've read it before you might want to check it out again!).
The main requirement for this, Bookbugs, is that you write a comment during the Wrap-Up version of this post (at the end of June) if you completed the reading challenge and what the book was! Let me know why you thought the book felt like summer, and how you would rate it. ;) And, if you're on Goodreads, there is 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...let's get reading!
Alrighty, let's talk about my monthly goals, now.
Writing: I want to edit The Needlemaker, and besides that... we'll see what happens.
Reading: Hmmm... I'm going to be completely crazy and say 15 books. I'm not sure what I'm thinking. But there's a good chance that even if I don't hit 15 I'll have read more than I would have otherwise soo... #BookbugLogic lol. Also, I'm 7 books behind my Goodreads challenge and I'm trying to hit my goal in August for various reasons.
Other: I'm probably more heavy on the random this time around, haha.
- Redo some of my old blog post graphics, and fix up a few things with the website.
- Read all the Indie copies of books I have and review them.
- Keep reading other writer's blogs and interact with other indie authors. :D
Book/Writerly Chat... You know what time it is. :D Let's talk books and WIPs. ;)
- The Needlemaker needs the last few chapters reworked, because the "feel" was off. Oh well. I'm not too worried about it. Good news is it's already been through my alpha reader. Bad side is I'm getting into what I like to call, "The Publisher's Panic Attack". It's a real thing, lol.
- Do you ever get the feeling like "Wow I am such a horrible writer and indie publisher and I just might go out into the woods and become a hermit, but not totally a hermit because I'm extroverted, so like I'll bring all my pals and some cute animals and lots of snacks and foods and be THAT kind of hermit"? Because strangely enough I have this feeling all the time.
- I read Befriending the Beast last month (as you know if you read my wrap-up post) and now get to read the next book in the series The Secret Slipper which is coming out soon, and I"m so excited! :)
So there you have it! What's been going on in your writerly life?
Question of the Day:
What is your favorite season of the year? And what's your favorite literary season?
Hope you all have a lovely day, and don't forget to join my Goodreads Book Club!
P.S. Like this post? Then you might like these!
Book Seasons: What They Are and How They Work
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