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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 29

Hi there.  It’s day 29 and today’s letter is Z.

Z is for …

Zebra.

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Image by ned benjamin at freeimages.com

One more day and I’m finally getting somewhere in this NaNo story of mine.  I’ve managed to write just over 2,800 words so far today, bringing my total to 14,563.  Now, if only I had been able to do this all month, I’d have had no problem reaching the 50,000.  Since I will definitely will make it to 15,000 tonight, I’m hoping I can try to make it to at least 18,000 by the end of the day tomorrow.  Anyway, back to writing.  See you later. 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:  14,563 words written, 35,437 words to go


 

NaBloPoMo – Day 28

Hello again.  Today is day 28 and today’s letter is Y.

Y is for …

Yellow – a very cheerful color don’t you think?

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Image by Alin Nan at freeimages.com

Well, I made some progress today in my writing.  I got past a sticky point in the story where it seemed to be going nowhere fast.  But, now I seem to be back on track.  There’s still no way I’ll make it to 50,000 words, let alone 25,000, but it’s still something of a breakthrough for me.  I’m currently at 11,749 words and that’s the most I’ve ever written on any one project.  I’m hoping by the end of Monday, to get to at least 15,000 words.  Anyway, that’s it for now.  Back to the writing and see you later. 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:  11,749 words, 38,251 words to go


 

 

NaBloPoMo – Day 27

Hi there.  It’s day 27 and today’s letter is X.

X is for …

Xylophone (come on, you knew that one was coming). 🙂

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Image by Henk L at freeimages.com

So, another day of November over, and still not much progress on my NaNo project.  At least I’ve made it to the 10,000 mark, just barely.  Anyway, see you later! 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:  10,062 words written, 39,938 words to go


 

NaBloPoMo – Day 26 (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Hello again.  It’s day 26 and today’s letter is W.

W is for …

Warmth – whether the warmth of a cozy fireplace or the warmth of being surrounded by friends and family on this Thanksgiving day.

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Image by kgreggain at freeimages.com

I didn’t end up doing any more writing last night after going to the movies, but I’ve done a little since we got home from Thanksgiving over at a family member’s house.  So, I’ll try to make that up tonight.  Anyway, again, hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Or to those who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, a wonderful Thursday.  See you later. 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:  9,604 words written, 40,396 words to go


 

NaBloPoMo – Day 25

Good evening, everyone.  Today is day 25 and is brought to you by the letter V.

V is for …

Vendetta (oh, wait, that’s a movie).  No actually, V is for … Violin!

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I really enjoy classical music, especially that which features violins.  One of my favorite pieces is The Four Seasons by Vivaldi.  My daughter took violin at school for a brief time and I tried learning a little bit myself–it’s a lot harder than it looks.

Anyway, I still haven’t crossed the 10,000 word mark yet on my NaNo novel, but I should definitely by my next post.  Going to the movies tonight, but I’m planning on doing some writing when I get back.  Have a nice evening, and see you later. 🙂


NaNoWriMo progress:  9,324 words written, 40,676 to go