Intro Post for NaNoWriMo

WritersUniteBannerI’ve decided that I might be losing my marbles. I have decided to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. For those of you that are not familiar with NaNoWriMo it stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November people participate in this crazy challenge of writing at least 50,000 words. It’s to help those that have trouble starting their novel (like me) and even if you’re not interested you should check out the fun site.

This site is really going to be helpful for me as I figured out my problem when it comes to writing. I’ll get a few pages done and then I’ll read it. Then I revise it. Then I read it. Then I revise it. So on and so on. The pressure that comes with NaNoWriMo will help me not look back but just keep chugging on. As for my story, I have the idea but I don’t have anything fleshed out yet so I’m reluctant to share the details. Maybe next week when I’ve actually got something written down I’ll share some details but until then, it’s a secret.

So why does suddenly deciding to participate in NaNoWriMo make me crazy? Well, along with NaNoWriMo I will be updating my blog, reading for my blog AND directing a play that goes up November 22nd. See? Crazy.

I really think I can do it though, in fact I’m so determined that I committed myself to a writing support group so that others can hold me accountable called Writer’s Unite. This group will rally together through the dark days and sleepless nights all the while rooting for each other. So now it’s done . I’ve sealed the deal with ink and blood (I got a paper cut writing this post) and there is no turning back. I am officially a 2013 participant of NaNoWriMo. Cue heart attack.

However I am not totally unprepared. I have prepared a survival kit to get me through this cold November.

Handy Dandy Survival Kit

*Notebook and a Pen— I do my best writing on paper (the computer leads to too many distractions)

*Favorite T.V. Shows Recorded— The background noise comforts me which in turn helps the creativity to flow

*My Favorite Pair of Sweats– Again, comfort is extremely important

*Hot Chocolate— Can I admit to not liking coffee without getting black listed in the blogging world?

*Popcorn— Have I told you that I LOVE popcorn?

*Caffeine— I need to get throught the sleepless nights somehow

*Chocolate Chip Muffins— No explanation necessary

Wish me luck and if you would like to participate in NaNoWriMo and need support just click the Writer’s Unite button.

Oh and happy Halloween!

 

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdayIn the famous words of Snow White, “I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love, to find me (to find me) today.” In this case (actually in most cases) the one that I love is a book.

I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.

This week while browsing Goodreads I came across The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

2728527January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

I must admit, it was the peculiar title that first caught my eye. Then I read the synopsis and this book was added to my wish list quicker than you could say the title. Literally.

I’ve never read a novel that was entirely written in letters so I’m very intrigued to see how the author pulls it off. But in the end I’m a big history buff and it’s the setting of the book that really gets me excited. The world was drastically changed in so many ways by WWII so I’m very interested to see the perspective of those that love literature.

The book is ABOUT people who love books for goodness sakes it’s got to be good, right?

Have you ever read this novel? What did you think? What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Comment below and happy reading!

Dreaming Novel Things: The Reading Outside Fantasy Compared to the Reality

dreamingnovelthingsDreaming Novel Things is a feature in which I discuss book related subjects, but in a creative way. I’ll use interviews, narratives and lists to talk about book trends, book opinion and bookish matters. If you have any book related subjects you’d like to see me discuss just leave me a comment below!

Let me tell you about a dream of mine. In this dream it’s a nice sunny day with a cool breeze. In my front yard there’s a huge oak tree that provides an ample amount of shade and the sound of birds chirping leaves you with the impression that Snow White might be near by. In this dream I decide I simply must take my new book outside to read and take advantage of the nice day. It was splendid.

Imagine my surprise when I woke up to a beautiful day exactly like the one in my dream. I hurriedly put on some decent clothes (yoga pants) and grabbed my ginormous copy of The Stand by Steven King and soon found myself sitting in the shade of my oak tree with the sounds of bird chirping near by.

Can you guess what I found out?

My dream was a load of hogwash.

Let me explain why reading outside is a better fantasy than reality.

*Nice sunny day with a cool breeze

Fantasy: Ideal weather conditions, warm and cool enough to be comfortable in the fresh air.

Reality: Too hot in the sun and too cold in the shade. And that “cool breeze” loves to flip your pages for you in a very crazy-like way.

*Pleasant oak tree

Fantasy: Great for leaning on and provides a pretty background.

Reality: Not great for leaning on because it’s crawling with insects and covered in sap forcing you to sit hunched over your book causing your back to ache in ten minutes. And now you keep slapping your leg due to your new paranoia of ants.

*The pretty sound of birds chirping near by

Fantasy: Provides quality background noise and gives a new appreciation of nature.

Reality: After a close call you remember that birds don’t leave nice gifts and you now are half reading and half dodging bird droppings. This is about the time when you start to remember that you hate nature.

*No distractions

Fantasy: Except for the sound of birds chirping and the rustling of the breeze all else is quiet, leaving you to enjoy your book distraction free.

Reality: With the 15 cars that drove by, the two planes the flew over and the construction work going on down the road it’s no wonder you read the same paragraph five times.

*The comfort of the soft grass

Fantasy: The grass is soft enough that you can fall asleep and wake up completely refreshed.

Reality: The grass is itchy, crawling with insects and slightly wet due to the morning dew so that when you get up you have a wet mark that looks suspicious.

Now you know that we have been lied to all these years. Reading outside is a terrible experience and can lead to only discomfort, bug bites and unwanted surprises from the birds above. Stay inside to read, your book will thank you.

What are your thoughts? Do you have horror stories about reading places gone wrong? Share them below and happy reading!

 

Dreaming Novel Things: You Might Be a Bookworm if You…

dreamingnovelthingsDreaming Novel Things is a feature in which I discuss book related subjects, but in a creative way. I’ll use interviews, narratives and lists to talk about book trends, book opinion and bookish matters. If you have any book related subjects you’d like to see me discuss just leave me a comment below!

Ever hear of Jeff Foxworthy? If not then surely you’ve heard the famous line “you might be a redneck if you…”? If you haven’t then you should check it out because Jeff Foxworthy is hilarious. I started thinking though that this line could be applied to all us bookworms.

Just tell me if I’m wrong.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve turned down a guy because he doesn’t quite match up to fictional boys.

You might be a bookworm if you’re stomach growls and you suddenly realized you’ve gone without food all day to read. Then instead of getting up to get food, you continue to read.

You might be a bookworm if you completely ignored someone who had the nerve to try to start a conversation while you were reading.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve had that familiar feeling in your stomach that feels an awful lot like guilt because you just bought five more books when there’s still a stack at home unread.

You might be a bookworm if you get asked questions of why your purse is so heavy and the answer is you always have three books wherever you go.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve gotten looks for shouting at characters in your book on the bus.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve been so mad at a book that you threw it across the room and yelled “I’m done with you!”

You might be a bookworm if you then picked up that book and apologized to it saying that it simply took you by surprise.

You might be a bookworm if you think your furniture is getting in the way of your book space.

You might be a bookworm if you go out to buy batteries and come back with three books.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve woken up with bloodshot eyes from a night of no sleep due to just wanting to finish the next chapter in a book.

You might be a bookworm if you’re constantly looking for something to mark your spot in a book.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve annoyed someone by demanding they sit and listen to you explain how you feel about what just happened in your book.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve called in sick so you can stay home and read.

You might be a bookworm if the famous person you want most to meet is an author.

You might be a bookworm if you’re on a first name basis with the local librarian.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve considered donating clothes to make room for books.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve had to go out and buy the sequel in your sweats because you simply couldn’t wait until the morning.

You might be a bookworm if you talk about what actually happened in the book while watching its movie companion.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve been disappointed at Christmas because you didn’t get a book.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve contemplated murder over someone never returning one of your books.

You might be a bookworm if your bank account is suffering from your reading habit.

FINALLY

You might be a bookworm if YOU’D RATHER BE READING.

Did I leave anything out? What do you think makes a bookworm? Comment below and happy reading!

Bloggin’ Recap: October 20th-26th

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It’s Sunday, the beginning of a new week so that means it’s time for a Bloggin’ Recap. A feature inspired by A Bookish Heart. Every Sunday I’ll get the chance to tell you what’s going on in my life, what I’ve posted for the week, what to expect in the upcoming week and posts I enjoyed from other bloggers.

In the Real World

It’s been pretty busy in the real world, as you probably guessed from my silence over the last couple of weeks. Work, school and my play have been keeping me running around to the point where I literally fall into my bed and am instantaneously asleep.

In case you don’t know already, I am directing a play called Bus Stop at my local community theater. It is my directing debut and my oh my have I had to jump through hoops. I’ve had to recast two characters, two LEADING characters but I’m still hanging in there. Actually, I’m really enjoying myself and know that the show is going to be great. It’s just so mentally tiring being the director and knowing the weight of the play is on your shoulders. (In my case, sunburned shoulders).

You may ask if I’ve abandoned my beloved hobby that is reading, but I have not! I may not get to read as often as I like but I am still reading and in fact am almost finished with The Stand by Stephen King. So expect a review soon!

How did your week turn out?

What I’ve Posted this Week:

Posts to Look Forward to this Week:

  • You Might Be a Bookworm if you…
  • “New Adult” Book Genre and other Book Marketing Ploys
  • The Reading Outside Fantasy compared to the Reading Outside Reality

Posts from Blogging Buddies I Enjoyed: