It is the last day of March, which means Camp NaNoWriMo officially kicks off tomorrow. Yikes! I have officially put off creating my writing plan until the very last day. Go me! Of course, I have been slaving away at the total rewrite of the first chapter of my novel. By slaving, I mean spending hours combing over the same text and questioning every word in a very unproductive manner. Enough excuses! It’s time to unveil my camp goal and plan.
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Camp Nanowrimo Plan
|Goal: Spend 30 hours editing, revising, and rewriting the first draft of my YA contemporary fantasy novel.
Weekly Break Down:
Week One: 10 Hours/5-day writing week
· Complete read through of novel.
· Make chapter by chapter notes regarding plot, character, and setting.
· Edit, rewrite, & revise chapters 2,3, & 4
Week Two: 6 Hours/3-day writing week
· Edit, rewrite, & revise chapters 5 & 6
Week Three: 6 Hours/3-day writing week
· Edit, rewrite & revise chapters 7 & 8
Week Four: 8 Hours/4-day writing week
· Edit, rewrite, & revise chapter 9, 10, & 11
Strategy for forward motion:
· If I get behind or stuck on any chapter or scene I will make notes about the problem sections to address later and move on.
· I will Only allow myself 2 editing passes for each scene.
· This is revision of the first draft. The goal is not perfection. The goal is to repair plot holes, erase confusion, cut unneeded scenes, strengthen characters, solidify settings and improve readability.
There you have it. My Camp goal and writing plan. You may notice that I have broken my hours down and divided them by weeks. Next, I figured out how many days of each day I am able spend writing. This is because April is a super busy month for me. Three weekends of the month I will be making a 14 hour (roundtrip) to Oklahoma for work. That is 42 hours of drive time in April. Combine that with 6-12 hours workdays and the crazy sleep schedule that goes with my poker massage therapist hours and you can understand that I will not be writing daily. Lets not forget it is also a month of celebrations that will cut into my writing time – My birthday, Easter, and my daughters birthday. Just typing all of this is enough to make me question my sanity for even taking on Camp this month. But, Hey – I never claimed to be a sane person.
Are you participating in CAMP NANOWRIMO this year? What is your project and your plan? Do you have any tips or advice for fitting in camp to an already overloaded schedule? I would love to hear about it.
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By Diana Peterfreund
Hello! Killer unicorns. Yes, this is exactly what grabbed me about this book. I snatched it up after reading the back cover. The book centers around Astrid. She has never believed her eccentric mom’s stories about killer unicorns but when one attacks her boyfriend she soon discovers her unwanted role as a unicorn hunter. I love a book with a unique idea or theme and this one certainly has that cornered. Honestly, I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did.
What I liked about this book:
- Unique idea.
- Myths about unicorns are woven into the story and that gives it an unexpected depth.
- Astrid is a strong, believable character who does not want to be a unicorn hunter or killer. She has a strong voice that pulls the reader into the story.
- Unexpected plot twists keep the pages turning.
- Tackles tough but relevant to the story topics like rape and virginity in a believable manner.
- I loved Bonegrinder. She is the resident pet killer unicorn. Some characters treat her like a pet and others see her as the enemy. The writer does a great job making the reader see the unicorn for different perspectives.
What I disliked about this book:
- The romance element. Giovanni and Astrid did not seem to have the right chemistry. I was not invested in their romance. Plot wise, the romance element was needed but it did not make me emotionally invested in the two of them.
- While I enjoyed that unicorn mythology was woven into the story it did seem to slow the story down at some points.
- I never fully understood why the throne of unicorn bones was important to the story.
- Astrid’s mother. I just did not like her or her role in the story.
My overall personal rating for this book is 4 stars. It earns this rating based on its unique concept, the way the writer pulled me into the story through the eyes of a strong believable character and there were only a few times I was tempted to skim or skip. I can’t give it a five because the romance failed me.
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Who should read this book?
- Anyone who enjoys first person point of view fantasy with a strong female character.
- Unicorn and mythology fans.
- Readers who will not be offended by dealing with topics like virginity and rape. *This book deals with mature topics but is not explicit.
Have you read it? What did you think?
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Daughter of the Pirate King
By Tricia Levenseller
“There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.” -Alosa
This is a fantastic easy read for anyone who loves pirates and high seas adventure! I finished this book in less than a few hours. I only put it down a few times to take cooking and eating dinner and then it was right back into the pages again. This book gets a RARE 5 stars from me because I was never tempted to put it down or skim ahead. I also love the characters and the story. This was my owl crate subscription book and it was a hit with me.
What I loved about this book:
- Alosa, the lady pirate who is a lot more than just the daughter of the pirate king.
- Fun plot twist and character revelations. I kind of saw them coming but it was still awesome when they unfolded.
- Alosa runs into a lot of trouble as she tries to track down the hidden map.
- Fun and believable secondary characters.
- The layers of romance between Alosa and Riden. They are both fighting their feelings for each other as their relationship slowly develops.
- The story moved at a nice pace and I did not get bored.
- I love a good pirate story.
- Great first person point of view writing. Strong characters and distinct voices make this a stand out.
What I disliked about this book:
- The entire book was set at sea and mostly on a ship. I would have liked more setting details about the ship. What was presented was woven nicely into the story.
- Riden is still deeply attached to his brother, even though he is a terrible person. Realistically, I get this but I still wanted Alosa to make Draxen to suffer more than she did.
- That the next book is not yet available. I will be eagerly waiting!
Do you have any other great pirate, ocean, or sea themed books you loved reading? I would love your recommendations!
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“Dreams come true. Without that possibility nature would not invite us to have them.” John Updike
To live without a dream is to live a life that doesn’t reach your full potential. I have a passion for seeing dreams come true. I am not just talking about my own dreams. I love seeing others dream big and make it happen. That is why I am excited to share this blog series on dreams with you.
What is a dream? I am not talking about goals. Don’t get me wrong, goals are key to making your dreams a reality . Today, we are going to focus on the dream itself. The dream is what gives birth to the goals that you need to achieve it. A dream is something big. Something so big and overwhelming that you know you want it but you are not sure you could or should achieve it. A dream is built on desire and passion. Dreams are personal and should never be compared to the dreams of others. So, lets dive right in and start making your dreams come true. I encourage you to do more than read this. Grab a notebook, pen, and get started.
5 Quick Tips
MAKING YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
- Select your dream: I know this sounds simple and to some of you it may be. For others, you may have to dig deep into your passions and desires to pin point your dream. It is so easy to get sidetracked, derailed, and run over by life that our dreams get lost in the daily 9-5. So take some time to think about this. Now grab that empty notebook and start making a list of dreams. Select one or two dreams to focus on and get ready to make stuff happen.
- Get Committed: Now that you know what your dreams are you need to commit to them. This means you are going to make them happen. You are not going to think of your dreams in terms of can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t. Grab your dream journal and write out a commitment statement. This is a document binding you to your dream. It can be simple or detailed. Date it. Sign it. Refer to it when you feel doubt creep up.
- Believe it: This is where things can get tricky. To make a dream happen you have to believe it will happen. If not, your own disbelief will get in your way every time you turn around. Trust me I know about that. Sit quietly for 15-30 minutes and focus your thoughts on exactly what will happen when your dream comes true. Grab your dream journal and write out what your dream looks like at completion. You can also create a visual dream board in your notebook or on poster board if you would like. This step is all about making your dream tangible.
- No Fear: For many of us fear is the raging monster that keeps us from reaching our goals. I will focus on this more in another post but for now I want you to tackle that fear head on. Make a list of your fears regarding this dream. Next, go back and turn everyone of those fears into a positive statement. EXAMPLE Fear: No one will want to read what I write. Positive: People are waiting to read what I write.
- Get ready to ACT: This is where we start turning dreams into reality. I will cover more about this in a future post, but for now you are going to get ready to act. You are going to commit not just to the dream but to the actions that will make it happen. Now it is time to put it in writing. EXAMPLE: I commit to taking action to make my dream of___________ come true.
Thanks for dreaming big with me today!