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March ’21 Recap

Despite that I started March off with a Book in a Week Challenge, the month largely sped by without much to note about it. I’m actually a little surprised to realize we’re in the tail end of the month.

Nevertheless, there are some good things to note, both in writing and in real life. Covid Vaccines have been released to the general public in my state.

As a PSA and reminder: Even if you already have your vaccination, please continue wearing a mask. It’s not known how or if you can still transmit Covid once vaccinated and others around you may not be protected.  Please be the reason someone else is able to get a vaccine, instead of getting Covid.

It’s nice to know that the world is potentially starting to recover from the disaster that was 2020, but it’s also only March. Stay cautious and safe. You have so many more stories to live through and tell.

 On the writing side of things, I did attempt a Book in a Week Challenge. While I didn’t succeed at it this time, I’m excited to try it again when I get the chance. Looking back on it, I realize I rushed into it, so I’ll be planning a little more carefully for the next attempt.

I am however, closing the month out with sixty-thousand written words as of writing this post. There’s still a few days left in the month, but so far my yearly total of words is one hundred and forty-thousand words.

Even better: Next month is Camp NaNoWriMo. Because I’ve been trying to focus on getting at least a few projects cleared off the mountain of unfinished things, I’m giving myself a break for April and working on a few new ideas.

How as your March? What are you looking forward to in April?  

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February ’21 Recap

This month has been rough. I didn’t get much accomplished this month, even in the small things. Although I started out with a plan for the month and a chosen project, my focus has largely been derailed due to personal events.

I didn’t end up reading a whole lot this month. I’d wanted to finish my book from January before starting on a new one. That’s still sitting fairly unread on my nightstand. Nor did I get a lot of writing done. Over the three different projects I tried to work through I ended up falling short of twenty-five thousand by a but two hundred words.

I’m hoping March turns out a little better, but for right now I’m not putting anything super solid down in the plans.

How was your February?

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Upcoming in February

Admittedly, January did not see a huge amount of things actually getting ‘done’ owing to the fact I took on a lot more than I really had time for. However, I’ve taken a little bit of time and hopefully gotten myself reorganized.

February’s main writing project is the second draft of a paranomal novel I’ve had sitting on the list for ages. I last opened the silly thing all the way back in 2019. It’s still incredibly rough, and at this point the plan is to polish it up and begin querying it for traditional publication. That’s still a long ways off however.

On the blog side of things, I’d like to get my short stories page reorganized. Ideally I want to turn it from a list of links into a gallery, showcasing the header images for each story. Because not all of these stories have header images, the first part of getting this accomplished is to update all the ones currently missing images.

If you’re supporting me over on Patreon you’ll get early access to this month’s short story, plus an exclusive behind-the-scenes video for an upcoming project. Patrons will also get a couple of other treats this month, so if you’re interested in finding out more about that, check out my page here.

Although last month wasn’t fantastic for reading, I’m all set for February’s challenges. February’s challenge plot is Obstacles to Romance. Location is Seoul, South Korea (I’ve chosen Wicked Fox by Kat Cho for this one!). The title word is breath and the cover image is a heart.

What’s on your calendar for February?

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January ’21 Recap

2021 is officially underway. For me, it’s been a busy month—largely due to taking on more than I could handle this month.

On top of all the little projects I wanted to get done, I also had my reading challenge this month, which I ended up not doing a whole lot for. So far I’m only about twenty pages into Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway. I’m making more of an effort to block out time specifically for reading in February.

I mentioned earlier in the month I had two side projects for the blog here. One of those is updating my short stories page. So far I haven’t had a lot of success on that, in part due to the fact I’d like to move away from plain links. I’m hoping to eventually get thumbnail images set up in a sort of ‘gallery’. I’m setting that as my main blog focus throughout February as I know several of the shorts don’t currently have cover images.

Writing wise I didn’t manage to finish anything. I spent a little bit of time bouncing around on projects. I did however, manage to keep track of my wordcount. As of writing this post (on 1/27) I’ve written a total of 44,260 words.

With the month closing out I’m looking towards February. I’ve got a couple of projects in mind that I want to get finished up next month. Hopefully this cuts down on the massive list of forever-unfinished pieces I have so far.

How was your month? What plans do you have for February?

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2021 Reading Challenge

Last year I set a reading challenge for myself to read twenty-four books. That ended up being a wash, in part due to a string of DNF-worthy books that killed my reading mood early on in the year. The other part of that was because I left it a little too broad for myself, which lead me to looking at most of my books through loopholes.

I’m still aiming for twenty-four books this year, but I’ve restructured slightly, adding in monthly themes. In order to qualify as part of my reading challenge, a book needs to meet at least one of the monthly themes. Bonus points are of course, awarded for meeting two or more categories.

Plot: Based off my handy-dandy plot list, to qualify the book in question needs to have a main plot based on the one chosen for the month. I.e. in January my plot of choice is revenge. If the main plot doesn’t feature some of revenge or seeking revenge, it’s won’t qualify. Since I won’t always know what the plot is until I’ve read the book, back cover copy is key here.

Location: Travel is still off the table in real-life, but there’s no reason I can’t pick another location to read about. I’m trying to alternate between general locations like ‘beach’ or ‘woods’ and specifics like Berlin and Seoul.  The story must be predominantly set in the given location in order to qualify.

Word: If it has the word in the title, it qualifies. Variants are allowed but only if they’re a variant of the same word. Fire, for instance, counts under fired, but not under flame.

Image: I know the saying is that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but some covers are simply stunning! Hence, if the image on the cover matches the theme, it can still qualify for the challenge.

Although I’m only aiming for twenty-four books for the year, I went with four categories every month, both to give myself a little room and on the off-chance I get more than two books read.

January Themes

Plot: Revenge

Location: Woods

Word: Door

Image: Fire

What will you be reading in January?