How Did ‘No Goal May’ Go?

So, I had a little bit of a break from blogging last month which, wasn’t completely planned but, I think, really helped me get things back in to prospective!

I lost my internet them first few days of May – which was not as liberating as some of you may think that it should be… It was just horrible!

But, it did give me time to game (which I forgot how much I love doing) and, it pushed me to go out and finally buy the MCU movies and binge watch them to my hearts content!

The rest of the month? I gamed some more, worked a lot and wrote loads! I’m still in the haze of fanfiction writing at the moment, but this month, I’m gonna dive back in to Tales of Monsters and get it ready for my very wonderful and patient beta-readers who are on the sidelines!

Also last month, I decided to end my subscription with the BookBoxClub! Its been a brilliant experience this last year, and if it wasn’t for them, I never would have found the Spellslinger series (aka. My favourite book series ever).

And, it’s also opened up the oppurtunity (mostly financial) to delve in to a different subscription box!

Anyways! I thought I’d just throw this little update out there just to say that normal posting shall resume shortly!

I think I’m gonna stick to my usual Wednesday posts – which will mostly cover all my writing wins and woes, and then, once I get back in to the swing of posting weekly, I’ll add a few more posting days here and there! Although, if inspiration does hit, expect a random post every now and then!

It’s good to be back!

And, until next time guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

This Month Should Be Easy (March Wrap-up & April Goals)

So, this past month, it’s been a bit give and take. A lot of bad, and a lot of good…

I did turn 24 though! Yesterday in fact! And, let’s just say it! I’m almost a quarter of a century old, and that just blows my mind a little!

But, lets just quickly get in to the things that were supposed to happen this birthday month, and the things that actually did…

March’s goals included the following:

  1. Finish and send Tales of Monsters to Beta-Readers – …
  2. Finish up Beta-Reading Survey – …
  3. Read some books from the TBR – 3 out of who knows?
  4. Go and see Fall Out Boy – Wos
  5. Do a little prep for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo – haha

So, if you’ve read my last couple of writing updates, you know all about the catastrophe that is my laptop – and for that reason, I’ll blame goal one and two not getting completed on that, and perhaps even goal five too – although, I have thought a bit more about DOACZK and if it all goes right, I will be starting the second draft sometime this month!

On to the others now!

I read three books from my TBR! The first was Paper Towns by John Green, meaning that my JG shelved TBR is now finished, and the second and third was book one and two of the Divergent series!

And then, to complete the goal list, I went to see Fall Out Boy! Which, I documented in this blog post because I couldn’t not!

And, I got to go back to Chester Zoo! And see african wild dog pups, which, with everything else, let me cross two things of my bucket list just this month…

See Fall Out Boy live✅

See African Wild Dog Pups at Chester Zoo ✅ (Even if they do look like mini adults)

I also got to spend some time with my best friends, and after eating all the food, at Nando’s, carvery and this desert place that made all the things happen inside my body, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat anything else!

If you’re ever in the Bolton area though, make sure you visit a place called Room Four and have an Oreo Cookie Dough Brownie! You will not be dissapointed!

And go in to whats called he Market Place and play mini golf with the dinosaurs!

For the month to come, all I really see is the prospects of a new laptop, some more beta-reading, some writing and some camp nanowrimoing!

Nothing elaborate, thank goodness.

I have work, hopefully not as much as last month, and it gives me that little extra time to chill and do the writing I want to do!

And, because of all this, I have nothing much more to say!

My goals for April include:

  1. Write
  2. Finish Beta-Reading
  3. Participate in the 25in5 readathon
  4. Read more books from my TBR shelf

What are your goals for April? What are you plans?

Until then though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade

Snow Day Procrastination (jadelmwrites.blog)

Today, after a whole lot of work last month (and a good pay docket yesterday), and an unexpected (but very welcomed snow day), I decided to treat myself to a premium account here on WordPress!

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I worked a hell of a lot of over time in February – hardly got anything actually done creative wise; so, I thought I should treat myself to a very early birthday present! (I turn 24 at the end of this month).

I’m really hoping this will motivate me to write even more blog posts for you guys, and to schedule myself a lot better!

I’m gonna work on getting more content out to you each week, and really working on collaborating with other great bloggers here too! (If anyone wants to guest post here or vice versa, just hit me up and we’ll sort something out!)

Now, this whole snow-day long procrastination must stop, and I have to go back to editing my WIP, stop looking out the window at the snow and try not to delve in to the world of themes I now have access too (because that will just make my brain hurt and make me want to give up on anything else creative for the day)!

I also have a lovely fantasy manuscript that I get to delve in to beta-reading tonight, and I’m so excited!

And a whole giant bar of Dairy Milk chocolate that I have to finish!

So, until next time guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

P.S. I’m sure to have a blog post full of snowified photos showing up here soon, because the Beast from the East, and storm Emma have combined and brought one hell of a drift to South Wales, and it’s still coming!

FOB, Beta-Reading and Camp NaNo Prep (February Wrap-up & March Goals)

So, we’re on that cusp guys. The cusp between the Winter (which by the looks of it doesn’t want to leave) and the Spring (I have already heard the baby birds in a roost above my window), and, it’s also, already the beginning of the third month of the year!

Like, how did that even happen? This year is going far too quickly for my liking! But, I guess it should just make you all that more determined to get your goals done early, right?

Speakinf of goals! Before I looked at my goal list from the start of February, I felt like half of the goals I set myself didn’t get done! But, to my surprise, I only had six, and to be honest, I haven’t done all that terrible!

  1. Continue trucking on with the re-write of Tales of Monsters – Check!
  2. Keep reading – Well, a little
  3. Keep up with the double blog posts (and bujo) – Well done me!
  4. Buy Far Cry 5 and play it – Haha
  5. Participate in three insta challenges this month – One and a half!
  6. Start DIY Double Decker Hamster Home – Nope…

The writings been going okay. It went really slow at the beginning, but then I found some sort of spurt and went back in to old-time rereading editing, rather than rewriting it! I’m not in the right mindset, and most of it makes sense. It still needs a few things added here and there, but, it’s good.

So, yeah, I’m slowly getting through to the last chapters now – there’s a couple that need to change (almost completely, after I’ve already re-written them) but, if they are changed, it gives book two a better chance at going the way it’s going, but, we’ll just see how all that pans out in the end.

And, that reading thing?

Well, other than reading Until You Are Mine by D.M.Davis, and some short stories from Grimm Brothers Book of Fairytales, I haven’t read much else ither than blog and instagram posts!

I must have read myself out in January or something! Poor Crooked Kingdoms been sat there on my bedside DVD locker, gathering dust for a whole month… It happened with Six Of Crows as well though, it was just so easy to put down and not pick up for the longest of times, but I’d still give it a 4.5*! I liked the characters, and the whole concept, I think it just lacked in the hype somewhere!

What has been good though, is other than the Grimm Brothers Book of Fairytales which I couldn’t let go for £4.95 at the charity shop, and a Tyrion Lannister quote book that I got for a pound in a clearance sale, (plus two 99p ebooks) I haven’t bought tons of books this month!

My TBR has not grown, at all! And I’m quite pleased with myself!

I kept up with my double blog posts and my bullet journal, which is the one thing I’m most surprised at! I really thought that bujoing would turn in to a one trick kinf of pony -it usually does – but nope, managed to keep it going, so, go me!

I also kept up with some instagram challenges, particularly the #HayleySoonChallenge, and I did half of the #CharactersInLove challenge! I’ve also posted a few #FaveLineFebs on my current WIP and added one of those story highlights to keep them all together – Now, that was fun!

And, let’s just say, it’s pretty obvious that no one game savvy (or at least a FarCry lover) reads these posts because I didn’t realise that it didn’t come out until the 28th March…

And that great idea of the DIY Hamster cage was also put on hold! I lost one of my hamsters early in the month and I think it really set the tone for the days to come! I wasn’t expecting it and it really threw me off!

You kind of forget how much of an impact they have on you, even when they are only a few inches long, you know?

Personally, not much happened this month, but I did receive my beta-reader package

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from Andrew Henley for his book Hayley Soon, which actually comes out today, and is available on amazon kindle for 99p! You can also get the paperback (The cover is gorgeous! Photos just don’t do the colors on it justice) on his website and on amazon!

Goodreads
Amazon UK
Andrew’s Website

March’s goals include the following:

  1. Finish and send Tales of Monsters to Beta-Readers
  2. Finish up Beta-Reading Survey
  3. Do a little prep for Camp NaNoWriMo
  4. Read some books from the TBR
  5. Go and see Fall Out Boy!
  6. Do a little prep for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo

That’s not too much of a hard way to go, now is it? Nice short little goal list for a very long month! The last week of which will be filled with adult stuff, and my 24th birthday on that last day of the month too!

The first one is already very much planned, the beta reader list has been created (still gaps if anyone else wants to take the plunge). The survey I’m hoping to send out with it might be more like a letter than a survey at the rate it’s going. I have so many worries with it, and I’m hoping, that, if anything, giving Tales to beta-readers will give me some sort of clarity, or closure??

I think I’ve just got to a point where I need help with it, I need a different pair (or pairs) of eyes on it! I’m sure I’ll have a whole blog post about the process when it comes to it! The nerves are already getting at me…

This month, I’m also going to see Fall Out Boy on their Mania tour, and I am so excited! I’ve wanted to see them for years, but shy of not having anyone to go with in the past, when my friend phoned me up and said she and two others were getting tickets, how could I say no?

This album has also really helped me with my current WIP as well, in terms of themes to come in the later books, so I’m sure hearing it in the flesh will bring up whole emotions in itself (I know I’m already gonna cry a little anyway).

And, prepping for camp nano starts as well! In April, I’m hoping to go back to The Diary of a Child Zombie Killer and get the second draft of that at least started, but considering it is only about 50k odd words, I think I might be able to do it in the month! – It’s more getting the layout sorted than actually adding or taking away anything. There’s a new concept that I have to add in, but, because the book feels that much more personal than anything I’ve written before, it won’t take me long to write and add them in!

I’m honestly hoping to get that out to beta-readers a lot quicker than Tales, especially because it’s just so much easier to read and get my head around than Tales is! No prophecies to worry about, or any foreshadowing needed here! (And if I can let Tales be read, I’ve already jumped over that hurdle; and jumping backwards is a lot worse than jumping forwards).

Al, my main guy in Diaries will also be getting his own post on Sunday, but, it’s most likely just going to be a one part wonder sort of thing! I have a load of books that I’ve written (or started) writing reviews for, so I’m hoping to get some of those written up and posted!

I also have a couple of instagram challenges that I’m gonna try and keep up with this month too! There’s no point in adding it to my goals list, the last week of March is gonna be busy as hell for me, and I can just see myself missing out a few days!

What have you guys got planned for the month ahead? I’d love to know!

Until the weekend though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

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!

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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September Wish List?!? 

Hello September, Hello Fall, Hello, Hello, Hello…

So, I thought I’d call this September Goals, but that would only be wishful thinking, so, instead, here is my September “Wish List”

Number one!

Toilet train the puppy…

Thats it…

There’s not even any point in wishing for anything else because it feels like I have to look after a baby… The beginning of my September consisted of me tumbling around work and seeing things because I was so tired… I can just about function on six hours sleep, so three almost killed me… I thought I wanted kids, but if its worse than this… Nope!!!

He is cute though…

That’s the only thing he’s got going for himself; unless he’s sleeping. Then, he’s an angel…

But, for real; this month, I have a full week off from work, half of which will consist of friends staying over, so all things creative will have to be put on hold, but for the beginning of it, atleast, I’m gonna get some serious writing done!!

Although, I also have to take Albert to the vet for his injections, and I feel those few minutes will take up my whole day somehow!

Anyway, my ‘wishes’ for September include:

  1. Finish editing TOM
  2. Prep for Nanowrimo
  3. Finish reading ACOTAR
  4. Keep up with blog posting
  5. Keep up with the #ShowUp100 Challenge (This post counts as my first day!)

There are other things I’d like to do as well, like look at TOG and finalise some storylines in it, and perhaps get in to writing that a bit more, but, I don’t want to push it, so I’ll stick with my five for now!

I have most of the blog posts already scheduled, they just need some critiquing and editing and they’ll be ready to go!

I’m really hoping this blog post, and listing my goals (wishes? hopes?) this month will motivate me a bit more! You can only try, right?

Any now, I wish all you guys a month full of completing goals, finishing drafts, chasing dreams and no visits from Mr or Mrs. Writers Block! (Remember you just have to keep writing)

And here’s to my favourite season of the year. Fall, I can’t wait until we’re reunited once more!

Happy 1st of September!

Jade

Edit: Scrap that, I’m going to Hogwarts with Albus! Cursed Child, here I come!