What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Wow! 2014 is almost over, and 2015 is only hours away. It’s been a while since I’ve done a What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday, but I figure it is nice to end this year on a positive blogging note!

Reading has taken kind of a back seat these past couple of months with me preparing for NaNoWriMo and then going back to revisions in December, but here is what is going on in my reading world.

What I recently finished reading:

I read Shatter Me in the beginning of 2014 and had mixed feelings about it. It had a cool concept, but I was unsure if I wanted to continue with the series. Then mid-NaNoWriMo I was at the library and needing a break from my own writing for a while I picked up Unravel Me. I enjoyed this book much more than I did the first in the series and sped through it to read Ignite Me. I liked the characters much better in this book (Juliette was much less annoying and I actually warmed up to and began to like Warner). I probably won’t review these on here, just because I am so behind with writing reviews, but I did like both of them.

What I’m Reading Now

mytrueloveMy True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins. I am loving it so far. The stories are all very cute, even though I like some more than others. I will hopefully be reviewing this book here really soon because I am almost finished reading it.

What I’m Reading Next

thenightcircusI’m not going to lie to you. I never finished reading The Night Circus a while back. So I would like to finish that one, because I did like it. Life just kind of got in the way of reading it and then I never finished it.

And I would really like to read Blood of Olympus or Blue Lily, Lily Blue after that!

What I’m Writing…

I’m currently writing Chapter 17 of The Girl in the Glass Coffin to send to my CP. It’s new stuff that I am writing to expand upon certain aspects of my first two drafts, so it’s quite a bit of work. I’m slowly but surely getting back into writing this novel again.  I’m also sending this book chapter by chapter to a new CP, her feedback is really helping me to fine-tune some issues and find out if things just don’t work.

So have a wonderful New Year.

Stay safe, have fun! Find me next year!!!

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015. I’ve decided to do a mixture of goals for this particular theme. There will be some reading/blogging/writing goals as well as other, personal ones.

So here we go…

1. Finish revisions for The Girl in the Glass Coffin and have it ready to query agents with.

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As you know, this has been my project since NaNo 2013 and I’ve shared it with 2 CP’s so far. I’m having a blast working on it, making it better, and simply writing. I would love to begin querying in 2015.

2. Read 50 books

merlinbooks50 was my goal for 2014, and I didn’t make it. I only read 36 books, which isn’t bad at all! But 50 books would be stellar. Let’s see if I can do it! Check out which books I read here

3. Blog more consistently

patrick-harris-this-is-so-going-into-my-blog-gif-funny-humor1Lately blogging hasn’t been as consistent. I’d like to write at least 2-3 posts per week in 2015.

4. Participate in a blogging challenge

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Found on: http://allisaurussrex.tumblr.com/

I tried to do April A-Z in 2014, and didn’t make it ( mostly because of a lack of planning on my part). But I would love to try again, and/or participate in another blogging challenge and try my hardest to finish the challenge!

5. Build an author website/ social media platform.

Whether it is this particular site, or another one, I’d like to build a site for my author information. I’d also like to make this blog www.amandasnoseinabook.com at some point in 2015.

6. Walk at least 500 miles (that I consciously keep track of).

Last spring/summer/fall I used Map My Walk to keep track of my walking (when I thought about it) and it helped with my fitness and such. Since I’d like to be healthier and lose weight in 2015, I want to keep track of as many walks and work outs as possible!

7. Learn Yoga

I always have a goal to learn something new in each New Year. I figure something to do with both relaxation (because I need it) and fitness can’t hurt!

8. Become a better cook

I can cook a select few dishes very well, but my cooking skills are limited. I’d like to learn how to cook more (healthy) dishes in the next year. Bonus points if I can get the boyfriend to eat them too.

9. Buy a car

I’m not going to explain my issues with driving, but I’d like to become a more confident driver in 2015 and buy a car too!

10. Get a job more related to my field.

I like the job I have now, but I would like to at least look for something more related to my field or my interests.

 

Bring it on 2015!!!

I hope that you all have a safe and happy new year! What are your goals or resolutions?

Dear Santa- A Writer's Christmas List

elf_santas_comingDear Santa,

I know that I was naughty as a child, and that on more than one occasion I yelled at you and told you that I hated you (yes that really happened)

but now that I’m an adult you don’t terrify me quite as much– and there are some things I really need.

1. One week of productive writing time (a vacation full of awesome writing)

laterdudesEven if it is only 2-4 hours a day, I could work wonders with my novel, and this amount of uninterrupted time to work on it.

2. A year’s supply of coffee

elfcoffeeIt’s my go-juice and I run out of it at the most inopportune times.

3. A fun, new idea.

boots_christmasI have two very different books (that I am hoping to develop into series) that I am working on— but could always use a new idea— something new and shiny that I can distract myself with when I get all down in the dumps over my current novel.

4. A new laptop

Let’s face it, my desktop computer at home is on it’s last legs, and I have been laptop-less for over a year now. I’d be much more productive if I didn’t have to work where my boyfriend plays (and yells at) his video games.

loveactually_billymackAnd if my computer does in fact, shit the bed, I don’t have anything really to write with. A writer kind of needs that.

That’s about it. I mean I could use some other things, but I’ve already asked for a lot.

Happy Holidays!

Love,

Amanda

Top 10 Books I Read in 2014

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I missed out on this one yesterday, so it can’t hurt to post it a day late, right?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I read in 2014! I’ve read 34 books so far this year— so I have a decent list to pick from. So in no particular order, just books I really loved this year are…

10. Cress by Marissa Meyer

cressThe whole Lunar Chronicles was a blast for me to read this year, actually. But since I am only going to put one book from each series (if it is infact from a series) I’d have to choose Cress. It was such an exciting read and I love Marissa Meyer’s unique take on these classic and beloved fairy tales.

9. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

knifeThis book was one of my most anticipated novels of 2014 and I have to say that Laurie Halse Anderson did not disappoint. This novel is raw and gritty, yet sensitive, beautiful, and heart wrenching.

8. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

13618440I loved this whole trilogy, but Dreams of Gods and Monsters wowed me. I loved how it weaved in so many different stories and how they all came together for one exciting finale that kept me on the edge of my seat.

7. The House of Hades by Rick RiordanHouseofHades

Once again, another series I love. I still haven’t read Blood of Olympus, so this is the book from the Heroes of Olympus series that made my best of list for 2014!

6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvaterscorpio

Maggie Steifvater is one of my favorite authors whose books I read in 2014. The Scorpio Races was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. With amazing mythological concepts and strong characters, this is one book that I would recommend that everyone read.

5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I still haven’t read Blue Lily, Lily Blue (yes I am very behind) but this series was so much fun and again, I loved the mythology that Steifvater used to create a unique and beautiful world.

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo10194157

I loved the first book in this trilogy and hope to pick up the next two books to read in the cold winter months!

3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

attachmentsI’ve loved everything that I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell. Attachments was such a funny and accurate description of office life with the added aspect of someone snooping through your emails and conversations. I loved pretty much everything about this book!

 2. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

leviathan-by-scott-westerfeldWhile this isn’t a new book, I was introduced to this series and this genre this year and had so much fun with it. Can’t wait to read the second two later this winter. It seems like the perfect trilogy to curl up with when it’s cold outside.

1.Pivot Point by Kasie West

PivotPointHC_jkt_des8bI really enjoyed the concept behind this novel, and also liked it’s sequel, Split Second. I’m looking forward to reading Kasie West’s contemporary novels in 2015.

Writer's Block?

All throughout NaNoWriMo, I cruised along with my novel, all the while thinking of the world I set aside in The Girl in the Glass Coffin (my NaNo 2013 novel) that I was still revising. I tried to not think of the characters in TGGC and that world, but it was difficult for me.

Now that I can actually jump back into that world, I’m struggling.

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I have a first and second draft that I’m working from, but in order to make it a fuller, more developed novel, I’m adding scenes and chapters. I have ideas, but they don’t seem to be forming at such a positive rate as I was hoping they would as I was writing my 2014 NaNo novel.

In fact, I’m kind of at a stand-still.

In the year that I have been working on this novel, I have never felt blocked, or rather uninspired.

Right now, I really want to be writing. I really want to continue, but it feels like every word that I type to progress the story forward is complete shit. It might be that I am completely distracted with the holiday season and my day job, but I feel like this story will never be finished.

Is this something that all writers feel at one point or another?

What have you done when writers block has hit you hard mid-novel?

I really don’t want to set this aside for another month or so, since I really haven’t done much work on it since October.

My critique partner, Megan is amazing. She and I have talked every single day, even when neither of us have written, and are trying to push one another forward. She gives me suggestions that I take and try to work into my novel.

But I’ve come to realize that I might need yet another set of eyes to look over what I have so far in my novel.

Should I get a second critique partner while I am still writing/revising?

I’m hesitant to put myself out there on somewhere like Critique Circle. I’m still very new to this CP thing and am an unpublished author as of right now. I need someone I can trust to give me their honest opinion and help me in those areas that are lagging along.

My poor little crappy novel needs help— and lots of it.

 

Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo is Over! (and basically I suck at blogging)

Originally my goal was to post updates on my progress for NaNoWriMo a couple of times a week last month…

Then I thought, hey, maybe once a week updates would be sufficient.

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Obviously, none of that happened.

But I did win NaNoWriMo on Saturday, Nov 29th, at one of my write-ins! Myself and another WriMo raced one another to 50k and both ended up making it there in the same word sprint!

It felt awesome! I won NaNo last year, but forgot that amazing writer’s high you get when you see your word count reach 50k and finish the first draft of your novel at the same time!!! I know I am going to have to revise and add bits and pieces in there, but yay– my second novel is written!

exciteddavidtennantI really do apologize for not updating during NaNoWriMo, but honestly, I was so wrapped up in my story and in life that adding one more thing to my daily schedule may have tipped the balance of my writing productivity into less productive territory.

But I am trying to come up with a decent blogging schedule for the rest of this year, and into 2015

Can you believe that 2015 is only one month away?!? I can’t wrap my mind around it.

 

Anyways….

I am going to keep reading (now that I have time I have a huge TBR pile to catch up with) and I am going to go back to revisions of The Girl in the Glass Coffin here in a week or so— after I give my poor brain a break.

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo?

How did it go for you? Do you have any writer goals for the last month of 2015? Let’s chat and catch up!