Christmas, 12 Days of Blogmas and BR Surveys! (December Wishlist)

November was one heck of a month! I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it, but, NaNoWriMo is finally over for another year, and I’m still alive – and so are you!

So, firstly, I’m gonna look back to those five goals I set myself on the first of November!

  1. Write a novel in 30 days (or 50k at least) – I did one better, I finished in 19!
  2. Don’t pick up Tales of Monsters, at all! – Sort of!
  3. Keep up with a couple writing Insta challenges – Maybe not a couple, maybe just one!
  4. Read at least one book – Most likely World War Z… – I finished reading three, and WWZ wasn’t one of them!
  5. Keep up with Wednesday blog posts – even if their just small NaNoWriMo updates – I did so well, and then this last Wednesday, the words just did not want to come!

So, NaNoWrimo was a blast, and I couldn’t believe how well it all went! Mel and Al word vomitted their way through it. And now, with a bit of time away from each other for a while, I’m hoping me and my two zombie killers will come back and find the right way to put all the jumbled words together! If anything, it was one heck of a journey, and I’m already excited for what the next NaNoWriMo will bring – maybe another snippet in to the Diary of a Zombie Killer, you never know!

Next, the whole not picking up Tales of Monster this month, it sort of failed, but it was after I had finished NaNo, so really, it’s allowed! And it worked as such a great incentive to keep me going!

It’s been a bit slow though, I haven’t ran through it like I thought I might, but, I think NaNo took it out of me, and I just need a little bit of rest, but, I have got through the first chapter, and made it the best I think I can, so, win, win, right? And I’ve started on the second – which is now gonna be the first – but yeah, thats a story for another day!

Last month too, I also hosted a instagram challenge #LetsWriteNaNoWriMo2017 and it was a blast! I had so much fun with it and it was so lovely to have a sneak peak in to other writers world too! And, I met so many more writers, and I can’t wait to see where this journey of theirs is gonna take them next!

I didn’t realise at first, but the best thing about NaNo is all the writing buddies you get, the ones you know are gonna be there for just as long as you are!

Concerning the books I managed to read, it included my most anticipated read of the year – Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell! It was amazing, and I don’t want to wait until next year for the next one. I don’t think it’s fair. I think he’s already wrote it as well, so there’s no need to keep it, he can just give it to us now!

But, to tide me over, I also got to beta read another book!

Its about a korean-american transgirl and how shes uses cosplay to cope with her mental health issues.

Its character driven plot, which I don’t think I’ve ever sort of read before, and it’s so intriguing, and eye-opening, and it made me feel a lot of things, good and bad, but bad in a good way, I think. It made me think a lot as well, and, hopefully, if all goes right, it can make you think a lot too when it get’s published next year!

This month was also a first for me. I listened to an audio book! And I decided I would listen to A Game of Thrones! I tried to read the physical copy a while ago, but I DNF’d hard!

Subsequently, I obviously forgot why I DNF’d, and now I remember again. Everyone is just so young, and although, it sort of makes more sense, and makes it more realistic, it still doesn’t sit right with me. I think the fact that the world focuses so much on love and sex that it puts me off a little as well! I really didn’t want to hear how Daeny wanted to ride her dead husband!

The narrator though, Roy, he’s awesome, he gave everyone a voice, and although, some of them just didn’t sound right – because I’ve watched the tv show and am so used to Tyriom sounding like Peter Dinklage – he’s still awesome at what he does!

Lastly, I did so well for the first three wednesdays of NaNo, and then, the last one, the words just didn’t wanna come, and I’m at a point now where I need to have a little bit of a break, and a sort of chill. I’ll still write something every day, I feel bad if I don’t, but, as of today, I’m having the weekend off from my laptop and taking my notebook!

Life wise, this month, quite a bit happened!

First, I started volunteering at my local Dogs Trust, which is awesome because it actually gets me out of the house! I’ve turned in to a bit of a hermit lately, and it’s quite cold and chilly outside, so as much as I like to look outside, my house is much warmer!

Also, work wise, I had a few days of training in a new section, so hopefully, maybe December will bring me the news of a full-time job, whether it’s in my old section or the new one!

I also did something strange this month too! I unhauled books! I’ve never unhauled books before! I detest unhauling them!

But, it had to be done… I have so many books, books that I’ve read and just not liked, and books that I’ve DNF’d far too many times! And books I’ve bought and thought, ‘Why did I buy this?’

Oh yes, because of the deals. The damn deals!

So, yeah, my bookshelf ain’t empty, but, quite a few books left me, and I’m pretty sad about it, but, I guess that now, they get to go in to the hands of people who might love them, and cherish them, to accept them for what they are, and I guess, that’s all a book really wants, right?

Now, on to the month of December!

I have so many plans, presents to buy, things to write and life to live!

And that means the goals are mounting!

  1. Finish reworking Tales of Monsters!
  2. Put together a Beta-Reader survey + Maybe find beta readers if TOM gets finished?
  3. Take part in the 12 Days of Blogmas! (A blog post every day from the 13th to the 24th)
  4. Read some books! Particularly Joe Abecrombie’s Half a King (because it’s been very neglected for a few years)
  5. Write Al and Rhys’ version of a Christmas dinner in the zombie apocalypse and post it on the 25th!
  6. Take part in some insta challenges – #FanaticalBirdDecember and #IGWritersDec!
  7. Buy all presents before the 24th
  8. Try not to eat all the food!

The most important is obviously to get Tales of Monsters ready for some beta readers, and to put together a beta reader survey! I’m really excited about getting it all out to you guys!

And I think by beta-reading other peoples manuscripts, I can see all my mistakes and the things I worry about in their writing too, whether its flow or plot-holes or not enough this or that! And, its made me feel so much better because I feel like my book isn’t that bad! Or at least, that its enough! If you know what I mean.

I think you can sometimes forget that other writers have the same problems that you do! And your not alone with what you think is terrible writing!

Anyway, I expect the list to grow by the end of the month, but hopefully, before I add more, I’ll be able to tick some off!

Heres to you guys smashing your goals this month, and I’ll see you on Wednesday with what my TOM WIP characters would have on their mp3’s if they could!

In the meantime,

Just keep writing!

Jade x

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