November wrap up!

Good morning everyone!

I wanted to get this post up yesterday, but it didn’t happen. November was quite the month, and though I enjoy being super busy, NaNoWriMo and everything else that was going on left me completely drained. So, I suppose I’ll start out by talking about NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November a person sits down and writes 50,000 words of new fiction. This was my third year doing it, and my first year as a Municipal Liaison, or ML. What a ML does is organize write ins, creates pep-talks and basically checks in on the entire county for the duration of the month of November. I live in Pierce County Washington, and we’re not a massive county, but we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. I didn’t do it alone of course, one of my friends was a ML with me. But we were gone all weekend, holding write ins on Saturdays and Sundays all over the county. We had a kick off party, and our own night of writing dangerously (titled the Final Countdown), and on Saturday we’re hosting a TGIO party. It was one of the most fun and challenging things I’ve done in a long time. I think next year I’ll blog more about NaNo and my experiences being ML. Oh, and for the record I did win NaNoWriMo with 150,202 words. I’m waiting to start on edits.

Thanksgiving was a lot of fun, my parents and I had a family friend over for dinner. We all ate entirely too much, and spent the rest of the night in food comas talking about good wine and books. I spent a bit of money on Black Friday, but who could pass up buy one get one free sweaters? Not this lady that’s for sure. My November posting was  a bit sporadic, and I’m going to work on that some more. I did get the chance to read some amazing books, some not so amazing books, and reviewed both categories for you. I did a couple of Top Ten Tuesdays which were a lot of fun, and I started a new piece for Wednesday Briefs.

I’ve got some great things planned for December, along with a great TBR pile for this month. I’m currently reading 1984 by George Orwell, I’ll probably finish it today, for The Classics Club and then I ‘ll get into some other books. Outside of the blogging world, I’m going to be hosting NaNo’s Thank God It’s Over party on the 7th, and earlier that day I’m doing a 5k with my mom. We’re also having a Christmas party later on in the month, and some awesome Girl Scout activities (I have a blended brownie and Daisy troop).  I’m going with a few friends to see Florida Georgia Line in concert, and I’m super excited about that. Plus, my brother will be home for a couple weeks so I’ll get to spend some time with him and hang out.

What was your favorite thing about November? Tell me about the awesome books you’ve read. Any neat plans for December?

I am doing a couple of photo-a-day challenges, and if you’re interested in seeing those, you can check me out on Instagram. Click the pink circle with a camera  in the upper right hand side of my blog and that will take you to my instagram profile.    I’m always playing around with that app.

 

September Rewind!

Hello everyone! I cannot believe that September is coming to a close. I have no idea where the month went–though I’m more than ready for fall and the creepy fun that October brings. If you want to see any of the entries I talk about in more details, check this entries tags, and that will take you right to them.

First up Reviews!

Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern. I really enjoyed this book. I’m happy that I gave it a second chance and actually read it all the way through. The world was beautiful and complex and ripe with details.

Top Ten Tuesdays!

I shared my thoughts on The Top Ten Books I wish they Taught in School and got a little sidetracked. I also shared my Top Ten Books that Need to be made into Tv/Movies which is something I think on a lot.

Wednesday Briefs
I participated all four weeks of September. Wednesday Briefs is essentially a group of authors/bloogers who write a piece of flash fiction each week based off of a series of prompts. I’m having a lot of fun with this, and I’ve started to expand scenes on my own, and world build further. I’m hoping to publish this in the upcoming months.

Musing Mondays
In this post I talked about new books that I purchased and books that I’m really looking forward to reading.

Classics Club
This month I joined the Classics club and pledged to read fifty classic novels in five years. You can check out my list in the tabs at the top of the blog. I also contributed to their monthly question, and talked about my love affair with Catcher in the Rye.

Cover Reveal!
I was so happy and honored to be part of Amanda Maxlyn’s cover reveal for her debut novel “What’s Left of Me”. It looks to be a great book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

To the month ahead!
I’m really looking forward to upping the amount of reviews, as I only did one the entire month of September. I’m also planning other blog posts, and participating in a few things. I got the opportunity to do some work with a couple of blog tours, and I’m just super excited for October and getting into spooky reads.

I hope you all have a great day, and I’ll talk to you soon.

August Rewind.

This summer has been a whirlwind of activity for me. I’ve done so much, experienced so many things for the first time that this is up there on my ‘favorite summers ever’. August was a little calmer, though not by much. So, let’s get right into it.

The first thing I’d like to mention is that I started this blog. I made the switch from Blogspot, and I’ve fallen so in love with WordPress, and I’m really loving getting into the blogging community.

Books I’ve read this month!

Perfidy by Dori Klaproth Review
Where the Rain is Made by Keta Diablo (Reviewed for BTS e-mag and will not be featured on this blog)
Rocked by Clara Bayard [not featured on my blog]
Sea Swept by Nora Roberts [not featured on my blog]
Rising Tides by Nora Roberts [not featured on my blog]
Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts [not featured on my blog]
Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts [not featured on my blog]
Love’s Intensity by Cassandra Ulrich (Reviewed for BTS e-mag and will not be featured on this blog)
Fire in the Blood by Dale Ibitz Review
Strong Blood by Dale Ibitz Review
Tent City by Kelly Van Hull Review
The Abbey at World’s End by L.L. Watkin Review
Pierced by J.C. Mells Review
Escaped by J.C. Mells Review
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters Review
Elixir Bound by Katie L. Carroll Review
Black Diamond (McLean Twins #1) by Jennifer Loiske. Review

What I’ve written

Honestly, I’ve been in a massive writing slump. I have all these ideas, but I can’t quite get them out in a way to make me happy. I read a blog run by the wonderful A.R. Von [Link] and she’s part of a group of bloggers who write flash fiction, pieces between 500-1000 words, and post them on Wednesdays. I was allowed to join in and participated for the first time on the 28th. You can read my post here: Guardian of the Wolves 1

What I’ve blogged

My First Top Ten Tuesday
Stacking the Shelves Saturday

What I’ve been listening to

A ton of country. I’ve been riding the country wave all summer, and August was no exception. Until the 27th, when Avenged Sevenfold’s new album “Hail to the King” came out. I don’t think it’s stopped playing since I bought it.

What I’ve Done

August 1-5 I went to my first ever massive music festival. My friend Angie, her boyfriend and I went to the other side of the state and had the opportunity to experience Watershed. I got to see Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Thompson Square, Lee Brice..just to name a few. This was also my first time camping out. Think of it as a country themed Woodstock. My birthday was also August 4th and this concert trip was my gift from my parents.

August 10th I did my first 5k with a group of friends. We did the Color Me Rad run. Participants run/walk 5k and get pelted with colored powder. The effect is a tie-died mess at the end. It was so much fun.

August 15th I went to see Joe Nicholls perform with my mom. It wasn’t the greatest concert, but it was fun.

I went blueberry picking for the first time. My gym buddy and I discovered that Blueberry Park isn’t a play park, but rather acres and acres of blueberry bushes.

I went to two movies this month. I saw City of Bones with one of my best friends, and then I saw We’re the Millers with my other bestie.

About mid-month I got the news that my friend Cassandra and I are the MLs for this year’s NaNoWriMo for our county. NaNoWriMo is where people attempt to write a 50,000 word novella in the month of November. MLs are the people who organize write ins and activities.

September is looking to be just as busy if not even more crazy. I’ve got tons of things planned to do, and some really great books to read.

What was your favorite thing that you’ve done during August?