Happy Belated 3rd Blogiversary to Me ♪♫ ♪♫ (Big Dreams Blog Update #35)

Guys/gals, I almost forgot to post my Update Day post. It’s like how I forgot my 3rd year anniversary on August 14th. I’ve been blogging for 3 years!

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Yes. Got to remember to keep my head on…but I forgot my 3rd anniversary!?!

3 years! How could I forget that? Man, this has been one cloudy month for me, memory-wise. I’ve got fog oozing out of my ears. I’ve become a Netflix zombie, that’s the problem. All that TV, all that marathoning before Fall TV returns.

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For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m part of a blog hop called the Big Dreams Blog Hop/Do You Have a Goal? bloggity hop hop. I’m lying about that last part, but the rest of it’s true! There are 18 of us, include author hosts Misha Gericke and Beth Fred (pop over and say hello–they’re awesome, I promise!) and we’d love for you to join. Sign up HERE by sharing one big crazy goal and then every last Friday of the month let us know how you fared. Did you fall behind this month, or are you charging towards your goal? We’ll cheer you on or pass the virtual chocolate to numb the momentary tumble. We got you!

Okay, since it’s late and almost Saturday 27th here, I’ve got to quickly update you all, because aren’t you my captive audience? You all want to know what happened to me this month, right? Yeah…I know you do.

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So, back in July I set these goals for August:

☀ submit a short story to a Halloween-themed Wattpad anthology (cuz I got the short story bug)

☀ complete first draft and submit proposal for potential idea to the small publisher of my Christmas-themed novella

☀ continue on with the #HotAndSticky challenge

☀ participate in the Bout of Books 17 challenge (GOAL: read 1 book/day for a week)

☀ submit chapter proposal to Harlequin’s #Oooh…Canada! Blitz

That still looks like a lot, but doable…

Here’s how I did, and SPOILER alert–it’s not too bad if I do say so myself:

☀ submit a short story to a Halloween-themed Wattpad anthology (cuz I got the short story bug)

☀ complete first draft and submit proposal for potential idea to the small publisher of my Christmas-themed novella

☀ continue on with the #HotAndSticky challenge

☀ participate in the Bout of Books 17 challenge (GOAL: read 1 book/day for a week)

☀ submit chapter proposal to Harlequin’s #Oooh…Canada! Blitz

I submitted my first chapter & synopsis proposal to Harlequin’s #Ooooh…Canada! opportunity. If you’re interested in writing category romance for the big romance publisher, check out deets HERE.

I also submitted not one but TWO proposals to the small publisher who got my debut novella, Home Sweet Cocoa out there to the world. More on those two novellas later.

I’m in the middle of participating in the Bout of Books 17. My first reading challenge, and I don’t want to spoil anything but I’ll have a wrap-up of my week of reading up on the blog Monday. Stay tuned!

Now I didn’t scratch out the first one because I haven’t finished writing my Halloween short. You know I’ve been so used to writing romance, writing outside the genre is hard. My writing muscles need exercise. Luckily, I can write anything from paranormal to mystery or sci-fi (not that I like sci-fi so much, mad appreciation to those who write it though). I have to send that off on Sept 1st, so wish me luck. So far, I’ve got no clue what I’m writing.

And as I’m still in the 3/4 of the #HotAndSticky, it didn’t seem right to scratch it off as if I’m done with it. Nope. Still another 37 days to go once today’s done. Yippee! Time for me to go and finish off writing that 60K goal. Not that the word count is the real goal, it’s just gonna be awesome when I can type/share that I’ve reached it and all.🙂

Now, quick things, my goals for September are:

☀ submit that Halloween-themed short story to the Wattpad anthology by September 1st

☀ complete first draft of Wallflower Inn, my 2nd novella (like I said, more on this later)

☀ read 4 books, aim for 1 book/every week

☀ continue on with the #HotAndSticky challenge

There we have it. Again, totally doable as long as I take day-by-day and lessen the load. Until next Update Day then. Ta-ta!

Bout of Books 17 INTRO: Seven days…

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Yes. For those of you who are in the loop (and have been for years) you know what Bout of Books is all about.

For those of you who don’t have a clue what I’m going on about in this post–and, no worries, I’m a newbie too–Bout of Books has got you covered. Everything you need to know and get your blood pumping for reading-fun is summed up quickly below:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Wait, what?!

If you passed your elementary school math, August 22nd to 28th is 7 days, or a week, and more specifically 7 days/week of READING. Egads!

It sounds like a lot to process, but the reality is you can spend the whole week aiming to read one book that’s as small as…

Or all the FSoG series and brag that you read ~600,000 words!

Either way, this week is yours to tailor to your reading dream!

I’m planning to spend my week like this:

Time Devoted to Reading

I will read 270 pages daily for the next seven days.
 

My Goals

Read 270 pages daily.

Follow a rainbow book cover theme. ROYGBIV power!!!!!!! (e.g. Day One – red cover book, Day Two – orange cover book, etc.)

Try not to kill myself with the goal. Have fun.

Saying “Hi”

Books to Read

The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki (red rum red)

Miss Childs Has Gone Wild AND Back to School, Weird Kids Rule by Dan Gutman (playful orange)

Bit the Jackpot by Erin McCarthy (make-you-giggle yellow)

The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry (green…ish)

Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan (it’s-a-baby-boy blue)

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey OR The New Years’ Party by R.L. Stine (is-it indigo)

The New Girl by R.L. Stine (color-me-purple)

Updates

Monday
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books: 0/8

Tuesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 2
Total number of books I’ve read: 2
Books: 2/8

Wednesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Books: 3/8

Thursday
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 3
Books: 3/8

Friday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 4
Books: 4/8

Saturday
Number of books I’ve read today: 2
Total number of books I’ve read: 6
Books: 6/8

Sunday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 7
Books: 7/8

Have Fun!

#HotAndSticky Summer Writing Challenge UPDATE #8

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Feeling more and more like that guy up there.

It explains why I’ve been so quiet.

I wish. The truth is I forgot to update…and then after I remembered I was too lazy, so I pushed it back until I decided enough was enough. BUT while I was quiet, I was furiously typing away. Check out my quick update on that!

Next time I might even create a thumbnail to cover these ugly shots.🙂

#HotAndSticky Summer Writing Challenge UPDATE #7

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Okay, okay.

I skipped out on posting last week. I did it on purpose, as I didn’t have much to say–thought I’d do good by saving my breath and time.

But I’m ready to share an update, so check it out down below:

Doable. (Big Dreams Blog Update #34)

Another month, another update.

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For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, every month I update on my writing/reading-related goals (sometimes I toss in another goals, too–yay, spontaneity!). I’m 1/18th of the DO YOU HAVE GOALS? blog hop, a.k.a. Big Dreams Bloggity Bloghop, hosted by authors Misha Gericke and Beth Fred.

So all you need to join is have yourself a big dream ready (crazy is welcome) and the willingness to share it and be ridiculed if you fail to slowly reach your goal (I’m totally kidding about the last part). Sign up HERE and join in the monthly, daily, hourly struggle–err, I mean fun. It’s SO much fun, guy.🙂

So my goals for July were:

☀ submit the short story for the summer-themed Wattpad anthology

☀ submit revised Christmas novella to publisher (hopefully for good!)

☀ decide between an MG story or a PNR to write for July’s Camp NaNo

☀ write and submit an entry for the #Wattys2016 on Wattpad

☀ stay on top of #HotAndSticky

☀ read 6 Harlequin Romance titles languishing on my Kindle ATM

Now, I’m thinking: DUDE, was I crazy when I made this list? I mean, look at it.

Read 6 books, write all the things. Yeah, no.

Didn’t happen. I just, I don’t know what I did. Actually, that’s a lie. I did do some things.

Here’s what I can scratch off from July:

☀ submit the short story for the summer-themed Wattpad anthology

☀ submit revised Christmas novella to publisher (hopefully for good!)

☀ decide between an MG story or a PNR to write for July’s Camp NaNo

☀ write and submit an entry for the #Wattys2016 on Wattpad

☀ stay on top of #HotAndSticky

☀ read 6 Harlequin Romance titles languishing on my Kindle ATM

So not, much, but enough that makes me go…okay, you got this girl.

I didn’t get around to writing either my MG or PNR for July Camp NaNo. My goal was 25K for the month, and I think I might be able to hit that…or fall shy of it by a few thousand words. We’ll see!

I didn’t get around to reading much. Only one cozy mystery, and I’m in the middle of a crime non-fiction title right now.

And I won’t be entering the #Wattys2016 over at Wattpad. Don’t have a story I want to enter.

Overall, not too bad. 2 out of 6 goals…I can live with that.

But I still gotta step up my game.

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My goals for August are:

☀ submit a short story to a Halloween-themed Wattpad anthology (cuz I got the short story bug)

☀ complete first draft and submit proposal for potential idea to the small publisher of my Christmas-themed novella

☀ continue on with the #HotAndSticky challenge

☀ participate in the Bout of Books 17 challenge (GOAL: read 1 book/day for a week)

☀ submit chapter proposal to Harlequin’s #Oooh…Canada! Blitz

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They look doable, so let’s see if I can do them.

Until next update then. Stay cool, friends.

#HotAndSticky Summer Writing Challenge UPDATE #6

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So this update’s late. I wanted it ready for Friday as I was headed off to my weekend vacation, but I decided “hey, why not wait until you’re back Monday”. Of course it took me FOREVER to debate whether I was going to vlog or not.

Man.

Now that I’m back though, I’m going to try vlogging for the remainder of this month – see how it goes, and if I like it continue doing it into the Challenge’s August and September.

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#HotAndSticky Summer Writing Challenge UPDATE #5

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Almost missed this post. Yet again.

Like last week, there’s not much to report. I haven’t touched the short story I finished. Hoping to jump into edits and revisions this week. I’ve only worked on a fanfiction while critiquing for my CP.

I haven’t been writing daily still. I joined the #HotAndSticky because I wanted to teach myself to write daily, as opposed to fast drafting and then taking huge breaks between writing projects where I don’t write at all.

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This month is also Camp NaNo. I usually do update posts for that, but I decided to add my Camp updates to the #HotAndSticky posts.

For Camp I’m aiming for 20K, and that’s mostly 1 or 2 chapter books. If you watch my intro video, I mention said chapter books. I have six books planned, and I would love to belt out the first drafts of book 1 and 2 (if not by the end of July, I’d like them completed for August’s close).

I’m going to get started on that later. Hopefully in a week or so.

Other than that, I’m hoping to aim to enter Harlequin’s #Ooooh…Canada! Blitz. So I’ve got to write the first chapter, the synopsis and a query/covering letter.

So that’s all I’ve got so far. Cool?

See you in a week.🙂