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Happy New Year / 2015 in Review

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Wow, it’s 2016 already.  Where did 2015 go in such a hurry?  It’s that cliché that as you get older, the years go by faster.  That certainly seems to be true.  It seems not that long ago that we were celebrating the start of a new millennium and here it is 16 years later.  Again, wow.

So, what has 2015 been like for me?  Let’s see…

At the beginning of the year, I made myself three unspecific goals of:  write more, read more and blog more.  And happily, I reached all three goals.

Write more

I definitely wrote more in 2015 than in any years past and that’s a sad commentary because it was only around 25,000 words (including my NaNoWriMo writing and my writing done for a small online writing course – but not including my blog posts).  It’s a step ahead for me, but in order to actually publish some books, I’ll need to do way more writing.  My efforts in NaNoWriMo got me a good start on a YA/Sci-Fi project (16,489 words written so far).  I took a break after the end of November, but am planning on getting back to it in January.

My writing goal this year would probably be at least 50,000 words, hopefully more than that if I can complete a first draft of the aforementioned project I worked on in November.

Read more

Again, I definitely read more books in 2015 than in any years past.  On Goodreads, I gave myself the reading challenge of 18 books (1.5 books per month) and I completed that goal on December 19th and then went on to read one more book on top of that.  Here is a list of the books I read this year (in order of completion):

I won’t try to review all of these, but suffice it to say, I enjoyed all of them.  I’m very picky when I choose to read a book, so I’m always pretty sure I’m going to enjoy it.  It has to have positive reviews, but it also has to have a premise that I find interesting.  If I had to pick a favorite for the year, it would have to be Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, book two of her His Fair Assassin trilogy – a wonderful trilogy if you enjoy historical fiction mixed with fantasy.

For the new year, I’m going to up my reading challenge to 24 books or two books per month.  I would include more books in my reading challenge, but I’m trying to be realistic here. 🙂

Blog more

It’s plain to see I’ve blogged way more in 2015 than I did last year when I started this blog.  I have NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) to thank for that.  I probably won’t do that particular challenge this year so that I can focus my efforts more on NaNoWriMo next November.  But, it brought me a lot more views, likes and followers, so it was very much worth it.  Going forward, I would really like to try to post every other week (at the very least, once per month).


So, that’s it for this blog post.  Again, my goals for 2016 –

  • Write more – at least 50,000 words (not including blog posts)
  • Read more – at least 24 books
  • Blog more – post at least once every month

Again, Happy New Year!  I hope all of you had a great 2015 and have an even better 2016. 🙂

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NaBloPoMo – Day 30 !!

Hi there again, every one.

Well, we’ve reached the end of November, the end of NaBloPoMo and the end of NaNoWriMo.  Whew!  Wow, this month just flew by.  I can’t believe it’s the end of November already.  So, here’s a wrap up of the two challenges I set for myself this month:

NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month)

The challenge:  To post on my blog every day for the month of November

The results:  Success!  While there were a few days where I barely squeaked by, I actually managed a post a day.   Maybe they weren’t always very long posts, but I had fun!  Hope you enjoyed the posts at least.  Now, I can definitely say I will not be keeping up with daily blog posts.  But, I would like to definitely try to get back to posting once a week, like I originally planned when I started this thing. 🙂

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

The challenge:  To write a 50,000 word novel (or portion of a novel) during the month of November

The results:  While I fell far short of the 50,000, due to a slow start, then a start-over, then stalling a bit while I figured where I wanted the story to go, I did finish strongly.  I managed to write around 7,000 words since the start of the long weekend, which brought my total this month to 16,489 words.  It’s nowhere near a complete novel, but it is a darn good start on one.  I will definitely continue writing it and keep you apprised of my progress. 🙂

So, as we close this month, I want to say thank you to everyone who read and liked my posts.  Hope to see you around in the future.  See you later. 🙂

~Kelly B.

NaBloPoMo – Day 17

Hello there.  Quick post tonight since I’m doing this at the last minute.  Today’s letter is N.

N is for …

November and NaNoWriMo and Novel, which I should be writing now.

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So, see you later.  I’m off to go write. 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:  5,009 words written, 44,991 words to go


 

NaBloPoMo – Day 5

Hi there.  It’s day 5 and today’s letter is B.

B is for …

Books!  I love to read (although I don’t have nearly enough time in the day for reading as I would like).  Here are some I’ve read this year:

Books

If you can tell by the selections above, I am all about the genre books.  Anything “other-worldly”, be it fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal/supernatural, dystopian, is going to get my attention.  I also enjoy historical fiction, especially when it includes a genre twist (see His Fair Assassin trilogy, which I loved).

Although I am currently behind on my NaNo writing, I am right on track to finish my Goodreads reading challenge this year.  Of course, I wasn’t overly ambitious and chose a very reasonable 18 books to read this year.  I should definitely finish the 18 (I’ve currently finished 16 and am half-way through one book and almost one-third of the way through another – those would be books 17 and 18).  I might even be able to squeeze in a 19th book.

But, November is supposed to be all about writing.  So, I will definitely be spending a little less time reading this month.  I’m still stuck at 1,540 NaNo words, but I will definitely be trying my hardest to get caught up this weekend.  Well, that’s about it for now.  See you later… 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:  1,540 words written, 48,460 words to go


 

NaBloPoMo – Day 4

Hi there, time for today’s post, brought to you by the letter A.

A is for…

Arizona (where I live)

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It’s a nice place to live, you just have to get used to the 5 months or so of really hot weather in the summer.

Well, that’s about all I have for today.  See you later… 🙂


Edit…I just barely got this posted when the clock changed to midnight.  Hopefully it still counts as day 4.

NaBloPoMo – Day 3

Hi there.  So, it’s only day three of NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo, and already I’m struggling with what to blog about.  Especially when it was just a day at work today.  I did do a little more writing before I went to sleep last night, so I’m slowly (very slowly) making progress in my NaNo project.  In fact, on the NaNo website, it says that at this rate, it will take me till February 6th to finish.  So, I will definitely need to step up the writing, especially on the weekends.  But, the one good thing is that so far, I’ve managed to write something and blog something each day (if only for the three days so far).

Also, as a means to have something to blog about each day and narrow down my options a bit, I’ve decided to do A-to-Z posts.  That will at least get me through most of the month.  So, starting on the day four post, I will choose something or more than one thing that starts with the letter A, then letter B on the next post, and so on.  It won’t necessarily be related to writing, just the first thing or two I think of.

So, that’s all for now.  Back to the writing… 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:  1,540 words written, 48,460 words to go


NaBloPoMo – Day 1

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As if I didn’t already have a lot on my plate for November already, with my commitment to complete NaNoWriMo for the first time…I have decided to challenge myself with my blogging as well.  So, I have decided to participate in NaBloPoMo as well.  What is that, you say?  It’s the National Blog Posting Month which was created back in 2006.  Although November is the official month, they run these blogging challenges every month now.

What am I going to write about every day for the next 30 days?  You know, I’m not really sure.  I’ve always been a woman of few words when it comes to social media, so it really will be a challenge for me.  But, expect to see many posts regarding my NaNoWriMo progress.  Other than that, I don’t really have anything planned.  It will mostly be whatever is on my mind at the time (my cats, reading, TV shows I watch, what I had for dinner, the weather, who knows).  So, let the fun begin… 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:   966 words written, 49,034 words to go