I Suck at Making Priorities

Am I the only one like this?  I don’t think I am.

I have actually managed to write some, though.  I’ve added around 3,000 words in the past month, but 3,000 words a month isn’t that great considering I did that in two days when I wrote my first draft.

I just…There’s so much stuff!  There are TV shows that I have to watch online because I lost the CW channel (thanks a lot Dish Network).  We’ve already talked about my procrastination issues, so you understand that I wait until the day before the episodes I need to watch to keep up are going to be taken down and then I have to binge those episodes.  Took me a week to catch up, and of course I’m falling behind again.

Then, I’ve been reading a lot.  I’ve gone through 3 books in about 4 days.  Reading for 7 hours instead of writing for 7 hours.  I guess I can say that it’s research–I’m reading other books in my genre (kind of) and it’s helping me with my own writing.  I’m going to keep telling myself that.

At the moment, though, I’m on a bit of a writing kick.  And I told myself that I can’t read any of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater until I finish a chapter of  writing.  Preferably two.

I hope you guys are doing well with your own reading and writing goals!  If you are, then yay for you.  If not, you’ll get there eventually.

My “eventually” is creeping closer, so I’d better get to it.  See y’all!

Advertisements

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?

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?

Read or Write?

I’m trying to do both, but one always gets in the way of the other.

“Wink” is still a work-in-progress.  I wanted to work on it over the weekend, but I didn’t have a computer to work with.  I spent most of it doing housework (it was work, even if it wasn’t my house).  A few ideas popped into my head that I think I like.  I’ve officially given up on NaNoWriMo 2016, though.  I’ll try one of the Camp months next year, but for right now, I’ll just piddle around with what I’ve got and go slow.  I think most of my problem was that I have no outline…and I didn’t get this idea until a week into NaNoWriMo.  Brains are lovely things, aren’t they?  Not tricksters at all.

The Tome Topple Read-a-Thon is also coming up in a couple of days.  I decided to do the insane thing of writing down the page-count of all of my books.  I am really, truly insane.  I gave up on that halfway through the F’s.  Upside, I found several over-500-page books that I can go through (even though there’s a great possibility that I won’t even get through one!).

I’ve read The Host by Stephenie Meyer before, but I’ve always liked that one, so I might run through it again.  I also have the Ezio collection of books by Oliver Bowden, Renaissance, Brotherhood, and Revelations.  I’ve read two of these three, and a couple of the other Assassin’s Creed books, but these are over 500 pages!  I may try The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher, if I get around to it.  My World War II book collection is also growing, so I might dive into one of them–I’ve got The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson, and several books about Hitler and the Third Reich.

I’ll either so through six or seven of these, or I won’t even get through one–there will be no in between.

What are you guys going to do for the read-a-thon?

I Don’t Think I’m Going To Make It…

I just…I don’t like my story any more, and it really sucks.  I like the premise, I like the idea of it, but the people and places that I have set up just aren’t meshing.  I think I’m just going to put it on hold, maybe try it on one of the camps next year.  In the meantime, I’m going to continue trying to edit Reapers.  I’m also going to be reading.

I don’t know if any of you watch LittleBookOwl on YouTube.  She, along with several others, are in charge of the Tome Topple Read-a-thon this year.  She has an announcement video up that you can take a look at if you’d like.  I’m currently in the process of tracking down some of my books that I can use in the read-a-thon and I’m going to try and participate!  I hope you guys do too!

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.