Bloggin’ Recap: October 27th to November 2nd


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

The cold snap finally hit California which means snuggly clothes and hot chocolate for this gal. My play has been going very well, every day it seems to get better and better and I am confident it will be a great show. For those of you that don’t know I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, which is a writing challenge where the goal is to hit 50,000 words by the end of November.

I met my daily goal the first day but fell behind yesterday. However, the time has changed and I plan to take every advantage of my extra hour. I’ve even decided to start leaving early for work so that I can sit in the diner across the street to write. When I’m home the internet usually tempts me so if I go somewhere without a Wi-Fi connection, I can write to my heart’s content. (Of course me wanting to go to this diner has nothing to do with the fact that they make a mean milkshake).

How did your week turn out?

What I’ve Posted this Week:

Posts to Look Forward to this Week:

  • ‘New Adult’ Genre and Other Book Marketing Ploys (I know I was suppose to post this for this week but it got bumped for the Harry Potter survey as Harry Potter trumps everything in my book)
  • Books Where I Wish the Other Guy Had Won
  • New Feature: In Their Shoes
  • The Hardships of Loving Books
  • Favorite Novel Monster

Posts from Blogging Buddies that I’ve  Enjoyed

That’s the end of today’s recap, what was this week like for you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share it below and happy reading!

The Shine On Award

awardsImagine my delight when I found out that Jasmine from Flip That Page (head over there immediately, you won’t regret it) had nominated me for the Shine On award.

I was touched that after my abrupt absence that the blogging world is still so incredibly supportive. So thank you Jasmine for restoring my confidence in myself as a book blogger. It means so much that you thought of me and congratulations yourself on receiving the award.

From what I can tell there’s no strict rules that comes with this award (thankfully as I have a NaNoWriMo novel to write) so with that I would simply like to nominate one other blogger that shines every day.

Alyssa at The Knee Deep Life is such an inspiring blogger. She brings light to my day with her talks of accomplishing our bucket list items and living our wildest dreams. She is also one of the nicest bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of encountering and so with that, I would like to officially nominate Alyssa at The Knee Deep Life. It’s official Alyssa.

Thank you everyone for reading and supporting. Or at least clicking the read button. It all makes me happy and inspires me to keep going. Have a wonderful evening and actually have a terrific November. It’s going to be swell.


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!