And I’m Back!

Wow!  It’s been a while.  A completely unintentional, really long while.

In my defense, it’s been crazy, with all the crap that went down with my ankle/leg break.  But now I’m back in one piece and trying to get ready for NaNoWriMo next month.  Is it really time for that again?

The answer-yes, it is!

I’ve had every intention of working on my manuscript over the past few months, but you know what they say about intentions.  Hopefully, this NaNoWriMo will be exactly what I need to get my butt into gear and finish this thing!

First off, I really need to redo my plot.  It’s scattered all over the place, and in two different tenses to boot.  So, over the course of the next week–Monday to Monday–I’m giving myself time to work on my plot, figure out my arcs, and see if I can make any sense of what I’ve done to the poor thing.  I’m crossing my fingers that it won’t actually take me that long, but just in case.

Second off, I need to consolidate all of my work.  I’ve got notes in at least half a dozen notebooks, and around three Scrivener projects.  What was I thinking?  I’ve recently bought a cool little notebook–well, two if I’m being honest–and I’m trying to get everything organized into those two locations, while also combining those projects on my computer.

Currently, my go-to plotting styles are adapted from a couple of my favorite YouTubers, Jenna Moreci and KatytasticKim Chance also has a video about a few different methods for plotting and outlining.

My question for ya’ll today is this–What are your favorite ways to plot and outline your stories?  Let me know!

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January Wrap-Up!

Okay, surprisingly enough, I’ve been on a bit of a reading roll since the beginning of the year.  I got out of my cast, I got back to work (which is where I do the bulk of my reading), and I found some really awesome books that I wanted to read.

My Goodreads goal for the year is 50 books, so one book every 7 days and 7 hours.  Yes, I’m the weirdo that had to get the exact time per book.  I read five books in the month of January and started another, but wasn’t able to get it finished.

First up!

The Gunslinger by Stephen King.  This is the first book in the Dark Tower Series.  I’ve got the next two that I might read, but there’s no guarantee.  All I’ve ever heard about Stephen King was how twisted his stories were, and that this series was one of his best, but…I just don’t get it, I guess.  There wasn’t that much of a scare factor or anything like that.  I grimaced a few times, but that’s about it.  I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars.

Next in line is The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.  She is co-authoring a book with a YouTuber that I watch, so I decided to do some research into her work.  I went into this book knowing nothing other than her name and I thought that it was pretty good.  There are a few head-scratching moments, but overall it was interesting.  I think it would be worth it to finish the rest of the series.  I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.

The next three all received 5 out of 5 stars.

American Assassin by Vince Flynn was absolutely amazing.  I initially picked it up because of the movie they’re making with Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp, but I’ve since bought most of the series.  I wasn’t sure what to expect-I’d never read anything out of the Crime genre unless it had some touch of supernatural to it (like The Dresden Files).  I was hooked within the first few pages.  The characters are great, the storyline is interesting.  It also doesn’t hurt to actually imagine Dylan O’Brien as I’m reading it.

After that I picked up Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  Again, I had no idea what I was getting in to.  All the YouTubers I watch loved it when it came out back in 2015, so I decided to finally jump on the bandwagon.  Am I glad that I did.  I’ve never read anything that’s formatted like this book.  You don’t expect it to be so engaging since it’s just a book-sized dossier.  The best part?  My name is on a casualty list.  I always check to see if my last name is in a book if there are any lists like this.  Well, the last name was there, and it was the only one listed.  Looked at the first part of the name and there’s my middle name.  I had to stop and take a picture.  I would’ve given this one 6 stars if I could have, and I’ve already gotten Gemina.

My final book that I finished for the month of January is Kill Shot by Vince Flynn.  It’s the second book following Mitch Rapp.  I’ve never been so happy to see a character get what was coming to them.  This person was seriously on my list of most disliked characters right beside Dolores Umbridge.  So far, this series has been fast-paced and action-packed.  I can’t wait to pick up the next book.

I did start another book in January-Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I didn’t manage to finish it before the end of the month, so it’s going to be on February’s wrap-up!

As of the first of February, I was one book ahead of schedule for my reading challenge.  How was your January reading?

I’m Switching!

I love to read.  I really do.  And one thing I’ve noticed about the books I like to read is that they’re mostly in third person point-of-view.  I’ve read a few first person that were okay.  A couple that were just plain weird.  And another series that I probably wouldn’t have read if it hadn’t been that the book is always better than the movie.

So why am I trying to write in first person?  Like, really?

And that is why I’ve decided to start from my new beginning for Reapers, and start it in third person.  Maybe that’s why I’ve been stalled for the last couple of weeks.  I mean, it’s going to be ridiculous considering that I’ve got over 60,000 words down at this point.  Not to mention, the around-two-hundred-pages I’ve printed.  The story is still the same.  I’m going to edit what I’ve printed and use that to convert the narrator from first to third.  (Crossing my fingers this freaking works!)  I want to have a useable, readable draft by the end of the year.  And I’m going to do it, dangit!

Have any of you tried this–switching narrators so late in the game, so drastically?  Do ya have any tips?

While I’m mulling this over, I’m wanted to do a January Wrap-Up for all the books I’ve read since the beginning of the year.  I’ve been on a bit of a roll and am finally out of that stupid reading slump.  I’ve also told myself that I can’t buy any more books until I’ve read five.  I’ve noticed that reading while I’m writing helps.  If I go too long without reading a good book, I suddenly become stupid and incapable of description.

I’ve given myself one crazy To-Do list.  What’s on yours?

Long Time, No See

I am slowly, but surely getting back into the swing of things.  I’m not back to 100% yet, but it’s coming along.  I finally got rid of that annoying cast a couple weeks ago and now I’m in a walking boot.  I’m not that good at walking yet.  I’ll take what I can get.

I’m back to writing again.  I’m currently trying to plot out the new beginning to Reapers, and I’m a little stuck.  I know what I want to write, I just keep getting distracted and I don’t actually write anything.  I think most of it is because I’m using a few things from what happened to me back in November, and I really don’t want to remember it.  That being said, I really want to get this thing wrapped up and in editing condition by the beginning of the summer.  Time to bite the bullet.

I’ve also gotten back to reading!  I really like that part.  Last year was a year-long reading slump, and it was annoying.  I’ve set a Goodreads Goal for 50 books this year and I’ve already plowed through four, which is one ahead of schedule.  The most exciting book I’ve read so far was Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  It was an awesome read.  And a fun/weird fact–if you look at the casualty list for the Copernicus, my name is listed there (middle and last name).

I’m going to try and get back to posting here on a regular basis, fingers crossed.  How’s your new year going?

Books/Movies

Have any of you read something by Stephen King?  I’ve gotten to page 13 of The Gunslinger–first book I’ve read by him, first book I’ve owned by him, and I probably wouldn’t have gotten it in the first place if they weren’t making a movie.  Also, Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are in it which increases the likelihood that I’ll watch it.  I like being able to compare the movie to the book.

I’m weird, I know.

The other option on my TBR was Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.  My first encounter with this was the English-dubbed, animated version.  I watched it several times and loved it.  Then, one time when I found it on TV, it was the original, foreign-language version with English subtitles.  I wasn’t going to let that stop me from watching it.  You know a movie is good when you’ll read the subtitles just to be able to watch it.  It wasn’t until a year or two ago that I realized that there even was a book.  I found it a couple of weeks ago and bought it (breaking my book-buying-ban while I was at it) and I’ve been waiting to read it.  It jumped out of my TBR jar this time around, but I thought I’d try Stephen King first since Halloween is coming up.

It’s been four or five days since I started it and I’ve read 13 pages.  If I haven’t read more of it by this weekend, I’ll probably stick it back on my shelf and try again later.  Right now, I’m in the mood to read–when I’m not working on Reapers or the new NaNoWriMo story–and I don’t want to put myself into another six-month-long reading slump just because I can’t get through one book.

How’s your TBR pile going?  Whatcha reading?  Let me know!

One Down, An Undetermined Amount to Go…

Well, I do actually know how many I have to go.  Books, that is.  I have a list on my computer (name, series, author, whether I’ve read it, and if it was print or not) of all the books on my Kindle and my bookshelves.  Slightly ridiculous, I know, but I have a bad habit of buying a book because it looks good only to get home and find out I’ve already got it…from a few years ago.

But now, for the one down:

I just finished John Winchester’s Journal.  I know, it sounds like I actually read someone’s journal, but I didn’t.  JWJ was written by Alex Irvine, and released in 2009 to go along with the TV show, Supernatural.  Now, this show is easily my favorite of all time–I can quote it, I can look at pictures and know which episode/season it’s from, I know plotlines, etc.  I also have a music playlist named Dean.  If I wasn’t scared to death of needles, I’d probably already have an anti-possession symbol tattoo right now.

That being said, it’s taken me seven years to get JWJ, mostly because I didn’t know it existed until last year.  I found it on Book Outlet a few weeks ago and had to get my hands on it.  I absolutely loved it, even though it’s not a book in the traditional sense.  It’s written from John’s point-of-view, obviously, and it starts two weeks after Mary’s death in 1983.  It ends right before the show starts in 2005, leaving off as John leaves Jericho.  I loved being able to read it and pick out things that I recognized form the later seasons of the show and how everything related back and forth.  It also gives a better sense of John himself, instead of just getting his one season on the show and then Sam and Dean occasionally mentioning him.  Five out of five stars from me, and I will probably read it again.  Right now, I’d really love to get on Netflix and marathon the show, but work is waiting.

“Dad’s on a hunting trip, and he hasn’t been home if a few days.”

Looks like I’ve got work to do.

Reading and Writing

I just put up a review-type thing on Goodreads.  If you’d like to take a look, just head on over.  I didn’t spoil anything.  Of course, I’m also the worst reviewer in the world, so it’s not really that surprising.  The only thing you’ll find out is that I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and liked it.

I’m still working on my own story, adding a few hundred words here and there.  I haven’t gotten to the part where I need to transplant a few thousand for the story to make sense.  I’m dreading that chapter, but I’ll just do what I have to.  I’m not sure if I’ve told you guys about Kat’s friends.  She has a younger, adoptive brother named Harry (I’ve tried to rename him, but nothing fit, you know?) and he watches out for Kat and is there whenever she needs him.  Kat also has a boyfriend.  His name is Jensen, and if you’re wondering if I named him after who you think I named him after-then yes.  That’s who I named him after.  The likelihood of Jensen or Daneel Ackles ever reading this book are slim-to-none, so boyfriend’s name is staying just the way it is.  It makes me smile when I type about him.  I’m weird, I know.  But the name does fit him.  All their names fit when I get down to it.  Kat is the only one that I had to change from the original, but I actually think Kat fits her better.

Next order of business is what I’m reading right now.  I found a bind up of The Castings Trilogy by Pamela Freeman the other day.  Now that HP is out of the way, I can start on it.  I got to the first page the other night, but I was going to end up falling asleep standing up, so I put it down.  I seems interesting so far.  I hope it’s good!

The other book is called What Stands in a Storm and it’s by Kim Cross.  I don’t know if any of you remember this, but in April of 2011 there was a severe outbreak of storms.  It started in the Rockies, slowly made it’s way down South.  It almost broke Mississippi and Alabama in two.  These particular storms were the third set to hit us, each worse than the last.  The second set of storms to go through hit about a mile from my childhood home.  We were lucky.  It’s been seven years and it still doesn’t look the same in my hometown.  In the third April storm, I was on the road, driving home from a college final.  During the test, the power had flickered at the campus-we knew it wasn’t good.  By the time I got home, the damage had been done for the most part.  We just hoped that it wasn’t going to happen again anytime soon.  Kim Cross’s book is about the third outbreak.  It’s amazing so far.  The only thing that can compare with living it, is reading it.

I’ll let y’all know how it goes!

54,096

Ha, ha, hahahaha…  I’m slowly creeping up to my 75,000 word mark.  I’ve gotten into Chapter 2 and I think I really like where everything is going.  My fingers are crossed, anyway.  It’s also been a struggle for the past couple of days because I’ve been doing other stuff.

I’ve picked up my cross-stitching again.  It’s the poster for season 11 of Supernatural.  Love that show, absolutely.  I’ve been working on it for the past year-and-a-half, but I need to finish the thing so I can get my Christmas present for one of my friends done before Christmas.  I’m going to need luck on that one.

Then I picked up Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  How I managed to go a whole week before I picked it up, I don’t know.  Well, I do-I was scared to death of what was going to happen.  I really was.  But, it’s amazing.  I seriously can’t wipe the smile off of my face right now.

I want to do a review-type thing on it.  I’ll probably rate it on Goodreads and then put something up here about it.  I think this may have ended my reading slump.  Hopefully.  I think I’ve got a couple hundred pages to go in a couple books I started months ago that I want to finish.

Also!  I follow a few writing websites, and I saw a new tag.  It’s six questions answered about the main characters in the book(s) that you’re writing, and I was thinking about trying it.  What do you think?  Would y’all like to know about Kat and her family?

Let me know!

See ya’ll!