More Editing, More Reading and More More (January 2018 Wishlist)

Another day, another week, another month, and now, another year.

I probably say this every year, but wow, that went fast, didn’t it!

And this last month, well, it wasn’t nearly as productive as I hoped it would be (but I think considering my progress this last year, it sort of makes up for it).

My goals for December went to pot mostly. And, as much as I don’t really want to look back at them, let’s do it for consistencies sake, shall we?

  1. Finish reworking Tales of Monsters – Well
  2. Put together a Beta-Reader survey + Maybe find beta readers if TOM gets finished? – Uhm
  3. Take part in the 12 Days of Blogmas! – Done and dusted
  4. Read some books! Particularly Joe Abecrombie’s Half a King – I tried
  5. Write Al and Rhys’ version of a Christmas dinner in the zombie apocalypse and post it on the 25th! – See it here
  6. Take part in some insta challenges – #FanaticalBirdDecember and #IGWritersDec! – Well, not exactly!
  7. Buy all presents before the 24th – Nope
  8. Try not to eat all the food! – Ahahaha

So, I hardly wrote anything to do with Tales of Monsters! I have rewritten some of the chapters, and I’ve decided that I’m now gonna swap around the first two chapters, and I might even have my first line all sorted. But, it’s nowhere near where I hoped it would be! And other than taking mental notes on what I would ask beta readers in the survey, nothing much has been done about that either!

Blogmas though, blogmas (and promptmas) went well! I managed to keep up with the twelve days, and I had fun! There were some post ideas I never got around to doing, and the last two days or so turned in to more Christmassy ramblings than anything, but, at least, there was still a post!

Blogmas even encouraged some new short stories from my WIP’s, both Tales and Nano’s Diaries! Ryan met Rudolph in Pembrey forest, Url wanted to runaway to bard school, and Rhys told Al and Josie a zombiefied Christmas story!

However, reading this last month has been hard! I started Half a King on the train to Manchester, and read a bit of it on the train home as well, but other than reading a chapter or two after it, it’s stayed untouched. I haven’t read hardly anything, except for a little bit of a beta document I’m reading! And, towards the end of the month, I started reading Seeker of Time by J.M.Butler (As of writing this, I’ve only read the first couple chapters, here’s hoping by the time you get this post, I’m half-way through or finished).

I also said I’d take part in some insta challenges, which happened for like three days and then just didn’t. I did take part in my own promptmas challenge though, which made for a lot of fun during the Christmas period! You can see all the prompts at the bottom of this post!

Buy all the presents before the 24th. That just didn’t happen, at all, and try not eat all the food was a farce too.

This month, other than going to Manchester at the beginning of it, and going to the Christmas markets there, which were absolutely packed by the way (and at one point, having my friends little cousin throw up in his KFC fry box), and eating loads of chocolates, my month was mostly filled with work, sleeping and attempting to wrap presents!

So, in retrospect of how well it did not go last month, here are some new years goals! Or January goals at least!

1. Finish reworking TOM!

2. Get TOM beta reader ready and a survey done up!

3. Keep a bullet journal! I have one of those square dotted notebooks coming in the post!

4. Beta read! I have two I need to get through! One a sci-fi, and the other a steam punk fantasy type novel!

5. Reading! I need to read more! I have three books this month that I’m excited to read, and I should, really, finish Half A King too! I also joined a book club! So, that’ll be fun!

6. Play more video games.

I think, for this month, I’ll stick with six! Last months was a big push, and I think five is a good number! But, as the days have gone on, more have popped up, but you can check it all out on instagram!

Anyway, my Christmas was quiet, the new years celebrations are set to be a blast, and I hope this year brings you whatever you want most!

This post probably should have been more of a reflection and look-back on 2017 (as its the first day of 2018 and all that) but, other than a few memories I’ll be taking from it, 2017 can stay in the past!

Happy New Years guys, I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Jade x

How 2017 Saved My Writing

2017 saved my writing.

Before this year, I lost sight of it all. I day dreamed about it sometimes, but then, university, work, people, they all took me away from my writing, and in the end, I think I suffered because of that, especially towards the middle of last year.

It wasn’t so noticeable at first, not really, not in the first few years of universit. I did it every now and then, and that was okay for me.

It probably didn’t help that I kept it a secret from everyone though. I was embarrassed about it, mostly because I thought it would never amount to anything, that I wasn’t ever going to be good enough, that everything I read was so much better, so much flowier, so much more descriptive, so much more detailed than mine.

I didn’t stop it completely, I wrote here and there, on weekends when house mates were at home or stuck in their bedrooms, but it was never the same, and I was always on the edge of one of them walking through the door, seeing all the papers and asking me what I was doing.

Now, these people, their my best friends, and I couldn’t tell them what I did because I thought I would look stupid.

They know now, sort of, but it’s not exactly something we talk about.

Obviously, I didn’t give up ‘writing’ completely. I still had to write essays and assignments, and stuff like that, but I didn’t delve in to my own worlds as much as I needed.

It was just fact after fact, and research after research, and if I’m honest, it probably made me better at researching stuff, you know, for all those weird things in our search history – so thats a bonus!

But, let’s fast forward to this year, now. This year, it did something amazing for me.

It brought me back to my writing and to my stories. I don’t know how it started, or how it kept going on, but it did.

And, I think, this blog, as well as the writing and bookish community on instagram helped do that for me.

It helped me to take huge steps in my writing journey, maybe a bit prematurely, but it did.

I didn’t think I would ever have the balls to actually do it, but I now have three rejection letters because of it, and even though, their not necessarily something you or I want, it’s proof that I had the courage to send my manuscript to some agents, and that’s enough for me!

Also, this year, I finally managed to write the ‘Diary of a Child Zombie Killer’. It’s been on the back burner for a while and it needed it’s time to shine. Bless you NANOWRIMO, I never would have done it without you!

I also, finally, figured out where A Tale From Aramoor is going! It still needs work, it’s a big world, with a lot of characters and it needs time, but, it will get done. It will get beta ready, I promise!

This blog too, its made me think about things I hadn’t thought about before; it’s inspired things I never thought it could inspire, and, for the most part, I’ve posted at least once a week for the past tenish months.

This year, it’s been hard, other things have happened that have almost pushed me over the edge, but writing, even though it was hard sometimes, its been my staple. It’s made me proud of myself, its made me think that whether my writing is rubbish or not, I can’t wait to see my book on a shelf one day!

This year, despite all the bad, I found myself again. I made some amazing writerly friends, I’ve joined some amazing communities, and I can’t thank you enough for all being here, following on this crazy journey of mine.

Come to think of it, I think it was the people I met this year that helped me through it. So, thank you.

And, until next time,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Day 12: The Christmas Eve Wrap-Up (12DaysofBlogmas)

It’s Christmas Eve, the day before the day we’ve all been waiting for, and, wow, has it been a crazy week or what!

So, my morning was spent helping out my local dogs trust, and then, I came home, got in to my pajamas (at like 10.40am) and watched ‘The Santa Clause’, one of those classic films you just can’t miss out on! It’s one of those that really warms your heart, and is definitely one of my favourites!

However, following that, instead of watching HP & The Chambers of Secrets like I wanted to, the brother had to be picked up from work; and it was the last time I could get out to the shop before they all closed! The worst thing was, that it meant I had to get out of my pajamas!

Anyway, at the shop, a last minute present was bought, a pack of batteries for brothers ”mouse trap” present was bought and some chocolate, because, why not! I also got some baking paper, which, after yesterdays fiasco with the poor ‘thing’ I tried to create, it’s most certainly needed!

Back home, (and back in my pajamas) the presents were wrapped and put under the tree, and the baking commenced! Using the big old cook book, I created something that resembles a chocolate yule log!

A lot of breakages happened, but, with enough cream, and chocolate icing – the bit where it sort of broke in to three pieces, was fixed – and it actually came out looking like a log fo a tree!! A pale one, but still a log! It might not look completely right, but everything tasted good on it’s own, so I’m sure, that when it’s cut in to tomorrow, it’ll taste amazing!

Here’s hoping anyway.

I may have put a little bit too much chocolate in to it…

It’s Christmas, you can never have enough chocolate, right?

But, anyhow, the presents are done, the food that needs to be defrosted is being defrosted, the cheesecake set beautifully! And, I spent the day in my pajamas watching movies!

Anyway, the last twelve days of this Blogmas have been crazy! I had most of it planned out, but, the last few days got rough and posts got rambly! I guess that’s just Christmas for you though, right?

I had more plans and more blog posts for this whole thing, but, nothing really went to plan, and I guess, if anything, there’s still next year, isn’t it!

If anything, its been fun! I’ve enjoyed making myself write a little everyday, if anything, it proved to myself that I could do it!

Although, my book has suffered these last few weeks! I’ve worked on it in some way a little everyday, and I’ve even wrote two short stories about it! One, I posted on here for Day 3 of Blogmas, when Ryan met Rudolph, and another – that’s still in my drafts – and concerns Url and his want to runaway to bard school, both of which were inspired by my 12 Days Of Promptmas prompts! Which I think have been the funnest to do! It’s made some of these blogmas posts so much easier to do!

It’s also let me get to know my characters even more than I thought I could, and I think, if anything, it’s kept my mind on them when the reality of Christmas is trying to take me away from it!


Today Promptmas (and the last one) is:

My characters would most probably resent the fact that they had to invite me in the first place! I’m not nice to any of them, and they’d probably try to poison me with wine or something like that!

But, say I did survive the whole initial thing. I would see Derrick, Tobin and Rhys (who are the least likely to poison me with turkey, thank god) cooking the food, Mel would probably be trying to help, but most likely, she’d just be sat there scoughing her face with chocolate!

As for presents, apart from a knife in the back (or the front, depending on the character), I might get some that don’t include trying to kill me!

Lauryn – A story she’s written

Aran – A drawing of some animal

Harry – The ‘dagger’. (I’m sorry Harry, it’s not real if that makes you feel better, it’s just a story, you’re not real either)

Albert – A book, probably a memoir cause he likes them

Mel – A fruit bar, because it’s the only thing she’ll give up

Jerry – A cloak, a real nice, fine one as well, because he likes them little luxuries

Rhys – He thinks himself a story-teller, so I guess, he’d really enjoy telling me a story. (Whether this story includes my death is another post for another day)


And, just for the sake of it, here are the eleven other Promptmas prompts!


To end this off, I hope your all ready for Christmas, and that the rest of the eve is spent drinking hot chocolate, eating food and watching movies! Or, if it’s nice and hot where you live, that you’re sitting by some pool with a beer or a coke!

I’m gonna end mine with the Anchorman! The Legend of Ron Burgandy!

Until next time,

Just keep writing,

Jade x

Day 11: Rambling Rambler (12DayOfBlogmas)

So, it’s the day before the day before, and you know when you have plans and they never really go to plan?

Yeah, thats what my days been a bit like again! But, at least, I’ve now got all my Christmas presents bought and wrapped, minus some I never ended up finding, so, it’s not been too bad of a day!

My shopping fails, today, included not finding said item for brothers girlfriend anywhere! Although, we did come across one shop that had it, but it was a ‘real’ one and not the sort of one she wanted!

And, trying to find Crooked Kingdom, now! That was quite entertaining! This poor guy was walking around WHSmith trying to find thisbook whilst trying to find another book for someone else, and, in the end, when we could hear him walking up and down the stairs all around us, he came back and told us they didn’t have it!

I’ll get it cheaper online than if I’d picked it up in a store, but I think, thay sometimes, it takes away from like, the authenticity of things, you know?

So, back home, I also attempted to Nigella Lawson it up with a Chocolate Yule Log, and it failed miserably!

Seperating eggs and whipping whites to soft peaks is no fun! Especially when it comes out of the oven a gooey sort of burnt and a film of crisp cakery laid over the top of it!

Safe to say, it went in the bin, and tomorrow, we’re gonna get out the big guns (by which I mean my mums oldest recipe book) and just listen to the professionals before Lawsons time.

However, I think all the wrapping I did today also fried my brain a little!!! It just never felt like it was going to end, and I’m already bad at it! Thank God its all done now! I don’t think there’s anyone else I have to buy for! (Until tomorrow comes and my list suddenly apears again)

So, tomorrow will be filled with chocolate yule logs, caramel cheesecake (which will determine how bad a day today was with how set it is).

Anyway, before I successfully drop my phone on my face, I’m gonna get to bed! Sorry for the rambly post! I had an awesome idea for what I was going to write today; but I guess theres always next year! Right!

I’d choose Rhys, the most righteous character from my nano project DOACZK, and Aran, the most righteous character from ‘Tales Of Monsters’ because I think their the only ones who would feel bothered about how all them poor kids felt when they woke up on Christmas to no presents!

Who would you choose!

Until tomorrows blogmas wrap-up! It’s good night from me!

Day 10: Christmas Shopping Fails (12DaysofBlogmas)

So, considering, this is a day late! Oops! I’ve decided to just give you a run-down of how our shopping trip failed!

So, first, the morning itself was fine! Work was done, even an interview was had, but then, then it started.

So, every friday, I get rent out for my parents. First stop, the atm near our house. No money. Second stop, atm a little less nearer our house. No money. Next stop, post office, queues, but money, so that ended that!

Also, inside the post office, they had the resident shop cat sitting on one of the shelves on a little blanket! His names Quaver and he’s adorable!

Next, my mum thought we should wait until my dad had his appointment in town to go, fair enough. Then, we get there, buy a couple of things, go to the bank for my grand-dad and then we’re meeting my dad again to hand over the money for him to take to my Gramps.

Next, he needs to go to another appointment, which he asks my mum to go with him. Fair enough, but, by now, its like two o clock and we have work in like three hours!

Then, where we parked our car, where we shouldn’t have really, we get boxed in and try to move some industrial bins to get out. It doesn’t work.

So, then, we’re stuck for a while. Go to Asda’s, buy some veg (and maybe GOT season 7) and then we’re back at the car, looking at it all confused. Then, a lovely lady shows up, all apologetic and we escape our box!

Then, considering its now almost three o clock (work starts at five), we have one actual present bought out of about tennish, we decide to go home.

Hopefully, today will be a better day. But now, said person who we are wanting to buy for, is coming with us! Yay!

Todays prompt is as follows!

Mine is to be decided still, but I would love to know about your guy’s!

Anyway, until later my friends!

Jade

NaNoWriMo, Zombies and Putting Manuscripts to Bed (November Wishlist)

First off, fellow Nanodoers, go and write that novel and stop procrastinating!

So, before we start off this months wishlist, lets see how last months went, shall we?

The October wishlist!

  1. Finish editing TOM – Well, yeah, that didn’t exactly happen, but more about that afterwards.
  2. Prep, prep, prep – Well, that actually worked a little better than I thought it would!
  3. Take part in at least two readathons – not exactly, but I read like seven books so that’s not too bad!
  4. Read Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell (It comes out on the 5th and I can’t wait!) – Lets not even talk about this! I finally have it now but I haven’t read it yet!
  5. Finish my Novels page on this blog! I did it, and even posted my first WIP novel ‘Tales of Monsters’, you can find it here!

There were also a few extra things that happened this month. First off, I started a new job. It’s much better than my last one, but still, it’s not great. Secondly, my hamster, Mouse, had his operation, and he came out better than ever! And, something that wasn’t planned, at all, included my dad trying to cut off his own hand. He had to spend two nights in hospital because of it, and hopefully, he might be a bit more careful the next time he uses a circular saw thing!

As I said towards the top, I also managed to read like six books, plus beta read one fairy tale retelling – Melody by Penny Kearney – and the beginning of an epic fantasy. Both of them felt like a privileged to read, and they need to be on your TBR lists once their out in the world! I’ll be sure to let you guys know all about them when the time comes!

The published books I read included Secret of Souls by Aubrie Nixon, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Traitors Blade by Sebastien de Castell, Mike Thomas’ Ash and Bones, Leigh Bardurgo Six of Crows and Michael Morpurgo’s Listen to the Moon! A load of reviews to come!

I spent some of the month also prepping myself for NaNoWriMo, and I am so excited to write this novel, I really hope it keeps the motivation and the inspiration there for me to get to the end!

This also means though, that this month, I want to dedicate all of my writing efforts to Nanowrimo, and that means I need to put ‘Tales of Monsters’ to bed for the month. I have to say goodbye to one, and hello to another, and even though it’s not goodbye forever, it feels like I’m losing a limb or something. But, if I don’t do it, my Nanowirmo project won’t get what it needs, and I think it’ll be good to have a break between this draft of ‘TOM’ and the next! I honestly learned that there’s no point in me rushing it, it’s a big world and it needs to be right, and I also need to get it ready enough for beta readers, so, if you’re looking for a medieval type fantasy with some monsters in it, watch this space!

Another reason for this is that my NaNoWriMo project started off as something quite simple. But, lately, it’s started to grow even more inside of my mind, the contrasts and the comparisons that link in with my two main characters are getting intense, and quite deep, and I only hope that it works out the way it is in my head! There’s no real end goal, not really. A child is in no way going to find the cure to a zombie apocalypse, and neither is they guy who found her diary, but maybe they can find themselves at the end of it, or perhaps Al decides he wants to find this little girl whose diary he’s reading; but, if she doesn’t have her diary anymore, does he really? Or, maybe, in true zombie fashion, they both die at the end.

However, if anything, I really hope that the children in this book show the adults how it’s done! Mel is a strong little thing, despite being eleven years old, and I’m hoping that the innocence of a child will show all the downfalls that adults go through in times of peril!

So, my goals for this month include:

  1. Write a novel in 30 days (or 50k at least).
  2. Don’t pick up Tales of Monsters, at all!
  3. Keep up with a couple writing Insta challenges.
  4. Read at least one book – Most likely World War Z…
  5. Keep up with Wednesday blog posts – even if their just small NaNoWriMo updates!

So, here’s to November, to the month of fall, to the day the Zombie apocalypse begins and to all the others out there attempting the NaNoWriMo challenge

These are the challenges I’m taking part in! I know it seems like a lot, but it means I can connect with more writers and fellow NaNoDoers!

Just keep writing is the best advice I can give to some of you this month! And, keep trucking on and completing all the goals you set yourself!

Happy Bloggiversary To Me!

So, a year ago today, I posted my very first blog post! It was my first proper endeavor in to the world of blogging, and the first time I actually kept it up for longer than a few weeks! It took me a couple months to get in to it all, and getting a sort of schedule together – and finding enough inspiration to post something every week – but I did it, and here I am, one year later!

I remember that I initially started this blog so that I had somewhere to vent, and somewhere to help me improve my writing, and that’s exactly what I think I’ve done. And, in among that, I’ve made some awesome blogger friends too!

So, to start of with, we’re gonna take a trip back in time, to one year ago, to my first post, where, if you really want to read it, can be found here. The title was a sort of run-off of what I called my blog at first, which was Jades101!

In general, it wasn’t terrible, but it was so short and simple, it didn’t really have much about it that could be, you know! However, there are a few things that have changed since that day!

One, I’ve had my graduation now (which was documented in my second and third post). Two, I like the taste of fried mushrooms. Although, it’s probably my fault for never trying them, but hey! And three, which was the biggest change at that time, I don’t work in the kennels anymore!

Everything else still sort of applies, but I’ve changed so much since then! Blogging has allowed me to learn more about myself, about my dreams, and my wants, and my needs, and some important lessons I needed to learn if I was going to keep this writing thing alive!

So, I’ve compiled a list for you guys. I’ve most-likely mentioned them all before in one blog post or another (I think this is my 71st post), but I think it would be nice to have them all in one place!

  • Always write the things your passionate about! If you are, then it could make other people consider it, and it may even open their minds to something new!
  • Write about your experiences. There’s more than likely someone else whose gone through it, or is going through it right now. Think about how nice it would be to know that you weren’t the only one!
  • Keep to a schedule! It keeps you motivated more than you think. However, remember that life doesn’t always go to plan, and never beat yourself up if you miss a couple!
  • You can find inspiration in literally everything! A word, a place, a photo, a song, a sky, meatball day! All you have to do is look for it!
  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself. It’s your blog; write about what you want to write about! If you want to dedicate it to writing, to book reviews, to fashion, to life advice, or a mixture of a lot of things, you do that!
  • Be more open about your writing! Most people are truly awesome and are there to help support you one hundred percent of the way!
  • Always keep your phone or notebook handy. You never know when an idea for a blog post will hit you!
  • You’ll become a better writer! It’s obvious. The more you write, the better you get!
  • You’ll learn what your style of writing is, and you’ll become more comfortable with it! Many people try to write like other people, but if you just be yourself, and write like you write, it makes your blog different!
  • You are going to meet some awesome bloggers, and friends, you would be heartbroken to have to say goodbye too!
  • Supporting other people, and having the feeling that you’ve inspired them is truly wonderful!
  • Never worry about the number of followers, or the number of likes. That can kill a blog before it’s even started!

I honestly didn’t know what would happen after that first post, you never do, and since I’ve started this blog, my life has been a world wind of adventures, regrets, happiness, sadness, and most importantly, writing! Despite everything, I’m glad I’m still here with you guys one year later – and hopefully, I’m still here for many more years to come!

Happy Bloggiversary to me!

Jade

Letting Go Of That Sheep Faced Notebook

It’s mental health day, and prompted by the #IGWritersOct challenge, I just wanted to raise a hand to all the people out there suffering day-to-day with their problems, whether physically or emotionally and let you all know that you’re not alone!

And, this is just a little story of something I had to let go.

So, whenever I’m feeling down, whether it’s because of someone or something, I always try (and try is the word here, right) to sit down with my pen and paper and write about it. Sometimes, it’s almost like a diary entry, sometimes, it can be a persona that turns in to a story. It’s a good activity to do, and all I can say to you, is try it! Write about that event in your life and let it all out!

You can’t hurt the feelings of a piece of paper or a pen, you can rant as much as you want and it can’t hurt the people around you. That’s the best thing about it!

However, what I’ve learned, more lately than anything, is that once it’s written, I have to take the piece and decide what I want to do with it.

There’s a number of things you could do;

  • You can gain inspiration from it; you can gain this from almost everything in your life, written or not.
  • You can tuck it away in a notebook or under your bed, away from sight, away from mind, right?
  • You could even let it sit in plain view each day, you could torture yourself even more (I don’t recommend this option).
  • You could publish it, perhaps you’re experience with something, your’e feelings, could help someone else get through it, perhaps make them see that their not the only one going through something like this. You can make a terrible thing to you in to something positive for someone else.
  • You could show it to your family, to your friends, to the person that hurt you. Personally, for me, it’s easier to write the words than to say them (I wrote a letter to my boss once (long, long story), I don’t remember half the things I wrote in it, I just know that it hurt me more to write it than it hurt them to read it – FYI, if you ever read this, it really did).
  • Or, you can take that written piece and burn it, and say to yourself it won’t hurt you again (It’s obviously not that easy, but it’s a step in the right direction). In all honestly, it’s completely up to you what you do with it.

And this relates back to a little story of a notebook and a sad newly teenage girl. So, when I was younger, I had this little flipbook with wool plastered on the front, and a little sheep face made of cardboard or paper; and inside of it, I wrote about my life at the time. (Working it out, it was about ten years ago I think, so when I was twelve or thirteen – give or take). It had some good things in it, like my cats giving birth within days of each other (actually that’s the only nice thing I remember, and that I was going on holiday to either Salou or Tenerife that year), but mostly, it was bad stuff (and I don’t mean written badly). I’d needed something to let my frustration out on, and this little book (or diary, I guess) was my victim – and bless his little heart, he took it all.

So, I re-found it a while ago (maybe early last year, I’m not sure). I semi-knew where it was, in a shoe box in my cupboard with some other childhood things, but whenever I found it, I had this urge to read it again, to look at all the things that happened at that time in my life; how my moods changed, and how the writing got more scrawled as I sat and poured my heart and tears in to this little book. And, I was distraught every time I read it and would wonder why I kept it.

And then, one day, I thought, why did I need to keep it? Why do you keep this little book for Jade? The pages were full, and it was hidden in the bottom of my wardrobe among things that made me happy. I’d already made peace with what had happened, I’d got over it, I’d learned that keeping grudges against the people that hurt you is a waste of my time, and they don’t deserve that (I need it for finishing manuscripts and reading books).

And that’s one of the reason’s why I ripped it up and put it in the bin. I don’t need my memories written down on paper like that, I remember it enough not to be wanted to be reminded of them finer details. I remember that I looked at it for the last time, I remember my mum being in the room with me. I don’t know if she ever read it, maybe she had, I can’t remember (maybe I’ll ask her one day), but I said that I was going to get rid. I knew it wasn’t good for me, that I needed to let it go. That part of my life was over, and worrying about the past makes you miss the future.

I’ll be honest though, and say that I didn’t get rid of everything from that time. I had (or have, really) this story in me, a story I still think about today. It’s not ‘Tales from Aramoor’, it’s something else. I’ve wrote and changed it numerous times as I’ve grown up, and it’s still with me now, playing itself out in my head, patiently waiting for it’s time to be released in to the world. I think the dream I had, of a guy stood in a tree, in a church, holding an apple is what started my love for fantasy style writing, and ‘Tales’ owes it a lot, especially as I felt like its promised to stay with me until Tales is completed, so it can have it’s day, that we can finally reunite and I can get it written and show the world the story that kept me going in my darkest moments.

What I guess I’m trying to say, is that, writing can help you cope. Whether your’e writing about something you’ve been through or not, it allows you to escape, to give your heart to something that isn’t going to argue back and just listen (pets do this too, they just look at you as if you’re crazy most of the time though. A piece of paper or a pen won’t do that).

So, guys, I hope today is better, and that it continues to get better. Life isn’t meant to be easy, its meant to be trying and hard and something none of us survive in the end. So, whilst your heart is still beating, live your life and stop letting things get in your way. You might not have your biggest dreams come true, not many of us get that pleasure, but if you can find a little slice of happiness in something that you do, never let anyone take that away from you!

Keep going,

Keep living,

Keep dreaming,

And just keep writing!

Jade x

Preptober, Readathons and an Operation on a Hamster?!? (October Wishlist)

You know, I already started writing this post, when I decided to look back at my wishlist for September to remind me of what I’ve written. But, as I was on my phone, it meant that I had to go out of the writing post bit and to the old one. Safe to say, when I wanted to return to the post I was writing, it wasn’t there… And I seriously think it was one of the best I have ever written, and now, this is probably going to be a haphazardly mediocre post of me trying to remember the really ‘cool’ sentences that I wrote before!

(I’ve also just a finished a whole big bar of malteasers… That’s how this October is going to start)

So yeah, welcome to October everyone!

Last month, I had one goal, one wish… And that was to go to Hogwarts… But I missed the train, the platform was closed… And instead, I had to toilet train the little monster we call Albert (or little sh*t). Let’s just say, that, if anything, he now poops outside our back door. Sometimes, right by the step, other times, a little further away (we have like a little covering of sheds and outbuildings that lead in to our outside garden – but it’s still technically outside so he’s one step closer). And the weewee’s happen outside most of the time, unless the door is shut or he get’s too distracted whilst playing with one of us or the big dog. Although, he uses the puppy pads more often than not, and will go out for a weewee in the mornings if you go with him..

He doesn’t seem to like the dark all that much though. Once, I came home from work, took him outside, looked down at him and he turned, walked back in to the house and weed on the carpet… So, yeah… Now, both me and the big dog go out with him, and he’s got much better, although, the little wuss doesn’t like rain all that much either, so yeah!

He did get a big boy collar though! He used to have a cat one, now he has a puppy one!

So, puppy training continues for this month and many more months to follow, I’m sure, but hopefully, now, once he has his injections on the 2nd, he can go out and experience the world and run off some of that energy that he likes to use to rag our poor Springer around the house with, or jump on top of our old Shihtzu who has no want at all to be his friend..

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Last month, I also had other things I wanted to get done, which went in this order!

  1. Finish editing Tales of Monsters…

This hasn’t happened, but it’s more because I’ve added a new concept in, and I’ve been enjoying it so I wouldn’t say that was a fail in anyway. I really have loved giving this character a whole new ‘little’ adventure, and I think it adds a lot more to him, and also helps plug up some plot holes too.

2. Prep for NaNoWriMo

We’ll just talk a bit about this later…

3. Finish reading ACOTAR

Now, I really like the thought of this book. On paper, it’s a book I would read, I feel like it gives ‘Avry of Kazan’ by Maria Snyder vibes, and I loved that series, but, it’s now the second time, I’ve read it and put it down, and not looked at it again. There’s nothing wrong with it, the writing’s good as far as I can see, but I just can’t get in to it. I want to, just because of all the hype about it. I want to be a part of the Feyre and Reese fan club (even though I have no idea who he is yet), but I don’t know if it’s a reading slump, or the hype killed it for me…

I guess, if anything, the three books will look pretty on my bookshelf! Of which I got a third one of because I had so many charity shop book hauls this month! Make sure you go check out my post to see the pure joys of a charity shop book haul!

However, I have read some stuff this month. Not a lot in any sense of the word, I think it was just two books actually. The first was the new House of Night book Otherworld: Loved by P.C and Kristin Cast, that I have been waiting for, forever! And I will have a review up for this Friday! And A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, which I honestly fell in love with, and now I want to watch the movie so bad!

But, this month, as well as Acotar, I also DNF’d two other books, and that was The Hobbit (it’s their birthday month and I thought I could do it, but I couldn’t) and then The Time Travellers Wife, which I really enjoyed, but it was so easy to put down and not pick up. When I read it, I enjoyed it, but then it would be put down, and the magic vanished!

I did make myself a TBR jar, and A Monster Calls, The Hobbit and The Time Travellers Wife all came from it, but I’ve figured that since I read Loved and A Monster Calls during my time off from work, and I didn’t feel like writing because my friend was there, it was much easier to read a book, and I think that’s what I need, time that’s un-interrupted and hopefully, I’ll have a lot more of that in these coming months.

I also got myself Stephen Kings The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a collection of short stories, and although, work has been hectic this last week and meant that I haven’t had the brain capacity to read, I will finish this book. I love his writing so much, I don’t know why I haven’t read it sooner.

4. Keep up with blog posting

I’ve actually done that this month! Other than not getting some reviews up which I wanted, I’ve stuck with my Wednesday posts and I have even more scheduled! I’ve also finished said reviews (mostly), and it means I should have a book review up for the first two weeks in October!

5. Keep up with the #ShowUp100 Challenge!

So, if anything, I have been doing this. I spent a lot of time editing my WIP, writing blog posts and all that. I haven’t recorded it all, but it’s happened and I probably have perhaps a good twenty-five days under my belt! That’s already more than 0, so I wan that challenge!

And now, on to October!

The month of prep for the dreaded NaNoWriMo, which I’ve participated in numerous time and always lost… But, I think it’s more because I tried to re-write stuff for it, or use old ideas that didn’t have enough substance, or inspiration. I’ve started prepping my story early, and I have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen in it. I also decided out of the two story ideas which I would prefer to write! The other story can wait for a minute longer!

The one I’m prepping is a genre I’ve written in, but it’s not my go-to genre. And it’s not the most original idea, but it’s something I want to write about, so why not. Perhaps the motivation and the inspiration will stay that bit longer! And, to help me write this thing, I’ve also created a 30 day insta challenge (for November) that hopefully, will help to keep the inspiration there! (If anyone would like to co-host, give me a message and I’ll add your name on! It’s not been published on insta yet!)

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If anyone want’s to join in, make sure to tag me in your posts!

And let Preptober begin!

Also, this month, tomorrow actually, the 2nd, my little Russian hamster, Mouse, goes to the vets for an operation! It might sound completely delirious to some people, he is only a hamster after all, but he’s my hamster, and I will be heart broken if he dies, so I’m giving him the best chance he has, and making sure he lives that little extra longer! (I don’t know if them words go together or not…)

He has this horrible looking growth on his ear, and it could be cancer, it could be benign, it could even grow back, but what it will do is keep growing – if it’s not removed – and that will throw his balance off and all sorts, and he’s come too far not to get to his first gotcha-day (22nd November). Fingers crossed that the operation goes smoothly and he comes out of it a very contented – drunkified on gas and air – hamster who lives a happy life!

Now, on to them wishes on my October wishlist!

  1. Finish editing TOM
  2. Prep, prep, prep
  3. Take part in at least two readathons
  4. Read Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell (It comes out on the 5th and I can’t wait!)
  5. Finish my Novels page on this blog!

I also forgot to tell you guys some amazing news! I got a new job and I start tomorrow! It’s Monday to Friday, during the days, and I can finally have my life, and my sleep back. I love the people on the night shift at the Odeon, but damn it, I miss my bed and sleeping in the dark! And I have my weekends back! I can go outside during the day and not be tired! I can have readathons guys! I can sit and read a book and not have to worry about having to go to work!

(I’m like screaming silently right now)

But, I don’t finish my night shifts until the 3rd, so my first two days are going to be super! Yay!

Anyhow, hello October, I look forward to all the things you’re going to bring, and all the books I will read, all the prep I will do, and all the leaf piles I can jump in. Hello Fall, hello Autumn, it’s been too long!

I’m also hosting this little #ShadowblackReleaseParty photo prompt challenge because I loved Sebastien de Castells Spellslinger so much (which you can find a review of here), and I’m so excited for this book to be out in the world!

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A Wedding, a Puppy and Revitalising Old Ideas

As of when I’m writing this. I have just walked in from a magical ceremony which joined two beautiful people together in the best way possible. This weekend has been a highly anticipated event for at least three, nearly four years and we were finally able to witness these two love birds take the next big step in to their journey together.

And it makes me want to write about a wedding, about love and all that sort of thing. My current WIP has no interest in these sorts of marriages, perhaps no marriages at all, not really, and not in this depth that I want to write about.

Its really amazing the feelings you get when a beautiful bride, and your friend, walks down the isle to ‘tale as old as time’, and how your chin trembles and you just want to cry!

So, right now, it is the day before this blog post is due, and it’s replacing one that I already had scheduled! But, it can easily go up next week, and I think I need a few more days to look over it anyway, so I’m glad I got hit with this one!

This weekend, I also got a new little writing companion called Albert! He is absolutely adorable, even when he pees on the carpet and drinks boiling hot tea… But yeah, he is gorgeous and is turning out to be such a good puppy already!

Both of these things have taken me away from my writing (and the reading) I really wanted to do! I’m hoping now it’s all finished though, I’ll be able to get back in to the swing of things, but if anything, this weekend and the coming of Albert has revitalised ideas and a completely new one too!

When I was younger, I hand-wrote a story about a German Shepherd called Taffy (based on my old dog) and the magical adventures he went on with all his friends! And just seeing Albert and having him home has made me want to write about it again. It would only ever be a children’s book, but I think it would be a neat, simple little side project that I could work on every now and then when I’m in a slump.

This weekend has also given me an idea for another story, a contemporary romance sort of novel that probably won’t be written any time soon, but I’m sure that in the years to come, it will piece itself together as I experience the events needed to inspire it all. It’s a genre I haven’t really delved in to, and I’m hoping it turns in to this happy-go lucky kind of novel with love and romance and problems and stuff like that, but maybe it won’t, maybe it’ll be something completely different when I sit down and write the first sentence.

That’s the joy of writing a novel! You never know what’s going to happen at the end of it, and also my favourite part. It’s the reason I don’t bother planning in detail.

This post was perhaps another sort of update, like the last one, but this weekend has sort of been momentous to me, and so inspiring that I had to write about it. I do have some proper writing posts ‘written’ and another planned which I actually just came up with whilst writing this one, and some others that I’m sure will get me back in to my groove for real!

I hope you’re all having a good week for your art, and that all your projects are going smoothly!

Jusy keep writing

Jade