Sunday, 28 December 2014
I am definitely in holiday mode - I forgot to post on Friday for the book club. :)
I've read four books this month and that will probably be as many as I do read. Interestingly enough, these four books are all from writers I only know about through membership of this blogging community.
It's hard to pick a favourite, but I think I am going to have to go with ...
The Summer I Found You - Jolene Perry
It was refreshing to read about two characters dealing with physical imperfections that you don't often find in fiction, particularly in romantic fiction. A girl with diabetes and a guy with one arm. Not your everyday 'fluffy romance' read. :)
I can't wait to read my next Jolene Perry book.
Monday, 22 December 2014
|Maple, a little girl up for adoption through our kitty rescue. :)|
It's December 22, not long before Christmas, and I don't really have much to say but I do have a rule about posting at least one blog post each week. So here I am to fill the quota. ;)
With that in mind, here are some random 'things':
- Check out the books I've read this year, HERE. (44 / 40)
- Here is my bandmate's album for digital purchase, which I sing most vocals on: The Falling Sound
- This is the Facebook page for the main kitty rescue I'm involved in
And now, holiday speak:
I'm on holidays as of Wednesday! I have so much to sort out in my home, so having a stay-cation is a very good thing. ;) And I just can't wait to have a break and relax.
Christmas will be the usual morning at the beach with champagne & orange, bagels with sour cream & smoked salmon, fruit skewers, and good company. I am also invited to my cousin's for Christmas dinner, at which point I'll enjoy a delicious chocolate Bailey's cocktail type thing. Yum.
How will be you spending your Christmas?
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
After this year's hits and misses, it's definitely time to re-think my approach. But that's nothing new, I guess - at the end of every year, it's the time to reassess. I have set goals every year since starting my blog, and every year has turned out differently.
I guess you guys know what it's like to reassess every year, and maybe change or at least tweak your approach in the new year. I've done that so far I think, but in 2015 I'm thinking I might try something entirely new: just taking on one random task at a time. Who knows? I may end up with another slacker year like this one, but I may actually get one thing achieved that I've wanted to achieve for ages now. You never know. ;)
I should probably still have a list of things I could work on, and then I can throw a dart at it and hit a random agenda item. ;) e.g.
- Finish 2014 NaNo novel
- Finish editing SQUEAKY (so not appealing)
- Send some photo submissions to Vine Leaves
There's a good start. Three things to achieve, and two of them are relatively easy.
Anyway, these are my current thoughts about how I might approach 2015.
What are your plans for the new year?
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
One of my goals for a while now has been to read as many of my blogger writer friends' books as I can. Sometimes these authors are people I don't really know but am still only aware of because of the writer blogger community I'm a part of. But often they're people I do consider to be friends.
I did make quite a bit of progress this year, with reading the following books:
- Breakthrough - Stephen Tremp
- That Fatal Kiss - Mina Lobo
- Healing Summer - Elizabeth Seckman
- Reborn - Cherie Reich
- CassaStar - Alex J. Cavanaugh
- CassaFire - Alex J. Cavanaugh
- CassaStorm - Alex J. Cavanaugh
- Motocross Me - Cheyanne Young
- Three Daves - Nicki Elson
- The Trouble With Flying - Rachel Morgan
- The Shadows Trilogy - Jolene Perry
- Not Your Fault - Cheyanne Young
- Nobody Knows - Kyra Lennon
- Dragonfly - Leigh Talbot Moore
- Strength - Carrie Butler
And I'm currently reading:
- The Summer I Found You - Jolene Perry
Obviously I still have heaps of books yet to read, that you guys have written. But I'm quite happy with the progress I made this year.
A goal in the new year is to use some of my "leftover at the end of pay period" dollars & cents to buy copies of your books that I haven't bought yet. But that will probably be a slow, gradual process. For now, I've got plenty of your books still on my Kindle not yet read. And I also have at least one or two print copies on my bookshelves to read, too. Wheeee!
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
First I want to say I need to catch up on visiting your blogs - I've got a bit behind but I'll get on it ASAP.
Second, I won NaNo, though my novel LOST & FOUND is not quite finished. I'm at 51,346 words and estimate I won't get beyond 55k, and will probably get to less. But whenever I get around to revisions, I can well imagine adding a good few extra words to this count, with the required fleshing-out.
I'm pretty happy with the story, even if the writing leaves a fair bit to be desired. I'm both glad and sad that it's over. I need to get back to my revision work, but that's hardly an appealing notion. ;)
Anyway ... the end of the year is nigh. How are you guys feeling about the year gone by?
I'm feeling all right this month, I guess, but as we near the end of another year, my Goals page looks quite intimidating. I'm relieved it's just a general goals page, and not a page for goals I wanted to achieve this year alone.
I can say I didn't achieve most of what's on there, but I still got some stuff done.
Could be worse. ;)
Of course, the year isn't quite over yet. Perhaps miracles will occur before we hit 2015.