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

I Lost My Internet (And I almost didn’t survive)

Well, the title’s a tad dramatic, but still…

I thought I’d be fine. I thought it was what I wanted.

It’s not. Not like that.

I wish I could say that it was invigorating, and, don’t get me wrong, aspects of it was. If anything, the best thing to come from it was a library card! And, perhaps a sudden urge to buy all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films on DVD and have a Marvelathon… Now, all of that was fun as hell! And, I re-found my love for Iron Man (which both my brother and best-friend tried to take away from me…) and of course, Thor…

And, yeah, I spent time playing games – and finally finishing Bioshock Infinite, and I spent some more time writing up some fanfiction, which, in turn, has given me so many more ideas for my own novels, it’s kinda crazy, but yeah.

But, I think it was the sudden loss of internet that hit me. The fact that I couldn’t go back to it if I wanted, and, that it happened just after – literally the day after guys – I decided to spoil myself and get XBOX Gold after, like, two years of not having it…

And, although, I missed being able to go on Instagram – mostly just to see what other people are up to with their writing and lives, (I’m already fazing out of Facebook so that really never bothered me), I missed being able to ask google all those stupid questions I need to know.

You know the ones… The ones that make your internet history look a little dodgy…

And, now I have it back. Other than realising how much I missed being able to listen to songs on YouTube in the background whilst I write in bed, I haven’t even used it all that much… Not really…

I’ve kept up with my Marvelathon. I have, like, five movies left to watch and I’ll be all ready to get Black Panther when it comes out on DVD in June, and, I’ve googled my weird questions, but, I haven’t used it like I did before.

And maybe that’s a good thing… And maybe it’s also a bad thing because I’ve had the internet back since last week and this is my second blog post of the month…

And, somehow, despite the fact that I have perfectly good internet in my house, I’m sat in the library writing this.

Well. Yes. Logic, right?

Anyway, I’m gonna attempt to catch up on all your guys posts, and write up a few that I’ve been needing too!

Until then though guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Week 16/52 Writing Update: Thinking

So, this past week, all I’ve really written is this fanfiction I’ve been working on, which has actually been quite fun to do. I like writing first drafts, especially the fact that I can be so unorganised with it, it’s unreal.

Can’t be arsed with the chapter anymore?

Just start the next one!

That was my favourite thing to do during NaNoWriMo!

It’s a shame editing isn’t the same.

Although, I’ve also slacked on a few things this week too. I’ve been really bad at getting involved with the writing community over on insta, and I think it’s just been a mix of having no motivation and no inspiration to post anything, and then working over-time.

Which, after this week, hopefully, will stop for a little bit!

But, I have been considering going dark for a few days now, where in I just sort of just take a break from insta (and blogging too) just so I can get my s*** together and not feel bad when I don’t make a post date!

I wouldn’t be gone for very long I don’t think, and I wouldn’t be able to give it all up completely! I’d still be dropping by to read up peoples posts and stuff (although I’ll try to limit it), I I just wouldn’t have the pressure of posting myself.

I’m thinking of taking the month of May off as of right now, but whether it would be shorter is still TBD!

I’d still be writing though! Tales needs to get its arse kicked back in to gear and get out to beta’s before they all give up on me 😂

And, I obviously have this little side project as well – which is fun to delve in to! It’s really starting to take shape too, and, is gonna far succeed the 28k words of the last fanfiction I wrote (and actually complete).

I won’t be gone just yet though, so you still get to put up with ny rambles for a little bit longer, although, when I do come back, there are gonna be a couple schedule changes, but, I’ll worry about that later!

Anyway, just a ‘quickish’ check in with you guys today! I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Until then though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Humble Beginnings: A FanFiction Throwback

So, back in the day, when ‘Heroes’ was all the rage, I delved in to the wild and wonderful world of fanfiction.

Now, my writing wasn’t up to parr (at all), but, it was some of the first pieces of writing that I did that other people saw other than my parents. And, people actually read them. They actually followed the story from the beginning to the end – even though I look back at them now and cringe – but for me – and for everyone – it was such a motivator to keep going, and, it made me feel that little bit of hope that perhaps my own characters and my own stories could be just as interesting!

I started off writing a fanfiction about the characters from the ABC show Heroes (or was it CW?!?) and how they had some sort of adventure when they were all five and six (which they suspiciously forgot – obvs) and instead of save the cheerleader, it was save the birthday cake….

I started writing it in January of 2008. I would have been 14… Yeah… Save the birthday cake…

Well, after that was done, I did a couple more Heroes fanfics, and then, I even did what I thought season six of LOST would turn out like!

I think though, out of all of those fics I wrote in that first year or so of writing fanfiction, my favourite to write was a crossover between Heroes and Jurassic Park (subsenquently called Jurassic Heroes) and, although I can’t read it through – cause you know, the cringes are real – it had 23 chapters of some of my favourite plot lines ever!

The last time I updated that account was on August 07 2009, and, after losing the password (or the email address, I have no idea), I started another account in 2013!

As the result of a game hangover – which I’m currently suffering right now – I did my longest-running fanfiction ever! From January to November, with 18 chapters between then and there and round about 26k words (which is a lot in some cases, but my pacing has definitely bettered itself since), I wrote on this project until the fuel ran out and then I never even finished it…

I get reminded of it sometimes though. I have a memory stick that pops up every now and then, and I think, oh, I’m gonna see what’s on that, and chapter 18 is there like, hello! Remember me?

And the writing, compared to now anyway, still isn’t the greatest; but, I really tried to take the process that little bit more serious and I was going with the hype at the time – which was fine with me cause I loved it as much as everyone else – so that meant a bigher audience too.

And, it also let me dive in to character types that I hadn’t written about before.

The psychopathically insane kind.

And, that’s what made it all the more appealing to me.

Now, I’m gonna leave links here, but please, don’t read them. It’s just for me for if I ever feel the need one day to have another trip down memory lane and see if I can get further than the first chapter…

You can if you really want to… (But I don’t recommend it)

Jurassic Heroes

Fighting Insanity

Anyway, enough about the past& the whole reason for this little memory trip was because I’m currently writing another fanfiction! And, I haven’t actually decided whether I’m going to be publishing it anywhere or I’m just gonna write it for my own enjoyment!

I’m using the essense of a character I created in one of my own books -Lauryn from Tales of Monsters – and put them in to this completely different situation and, I’m just gonna go with the flow and try and develop them that tad little bit more!

I’m also using another character, from the fandom, to help me develop that character type writing process sort-of-thing because, in another series, which I planned and wrote a couple drafts of; a good, good while ago now, there’s this character that sort of needs the mindset that this character already has.

So, yeah. Whether that made sense. I don’t even know anymore…

Anyway, my other two projects are, sort of, on hold, for the moment. I just seem to have a lot of other things racing through my mind all the time, and I need to get it all done before I can finally sit down and work on it properly…

I have deadlines coming up soon too… And they all seem to feature around April 30th/May 1st so thats fun…

Any how, I need to go and do said things and stop thinking about doing said things, so,

Until next time,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Week 15/52 Writing Update: Fanfiction!

So, yeah, this week, the only writing I’ve done is fanfiction writing. Which, I guess, is better than nothing, right?

I saw once, that, not many people admit to writing fanfics. But then, the only fanfics you seem to here about is ones including real life people like Liam and Harry from One Direction being secretly in love with each other.

Obviously, there’s a lot more to it than that. There are fanfics for almost every single book, movie, tv show, comic and video-game ever created. Whether it’s a one-shot or multiple chapters.

And, for a lot of writers, those peices were some of the first things they ever got real feedback on from readers. Whether they were absolutely terrible, or absolutely brilliant. There are people willing to read it because they loved the book/movie/tvshow/comic/game just as much as you did.

And, I think that’s pretty awesome…

I also think it gives you a platform to develop your skills as a writer without having to put that much research in to it all. It also gives you a chance to better your character development skills too!

I’ve only properly written about 4000 words of an actual storyline, but its words I might not have wrote at all if I hadn’t started it!

I think it’s also just gonna be a fun little side project that I can enjoy when Diaries and Tales get a little bit too much for me!

Have any of you guys delved in to writing(or reading) fanfiction before?

I wrote quite a lot of it back in the day, and, I’m hoping to do a throwback on Wednesday on some of my favourite (and awful) fanfiction stories from back then!

Until then though guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Three Quotes, Three Days, One Challenge: Day Three

So, it’s the last day of the 3D,3Q challenge that I was nominated by Robin-LeeAnn to take part in, and, considering some of the events that happened over this last weekend, and a game I’m still currently hung over from. The following quote sort of stuck with me.

Whether you’ve played Far Cry 5 or not, this quote from the main antagonist really stuck with me.

When are we going to learn that we can’t fight fire with fire? That bullets and missiles won’t solve any thing? Weapons were made to destroy; not to create.

A bit depressing, but still!

The rules for this challenge are as follows:

  • Thank the person that nominated you!
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (a quote a day)
  • Nominate three others to take part!

I nominate:

Anyone who wants to take part! This is an awesome challenge and I would love to see what each and every one of you came up with! If you do, please make sure to tag me so I can see them!

Until then though,

Just Keep Writing,


Three Quotes, Three Days, One Challenge: Day Two

A day late (oops), but here is my quote for day two of the 3Q,3D challenge, which I was challenged by Robin LeeAnn on Wednesday, and, today, I thought I would go with one of my favourite book quotes!

I don’t know what it is with this quote, but it always makes me a feel a little bit better whenever I read it!

The Rules

  • Thank the person that nominated you!
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (a quote a day)
  • Nominate three others to take part!

For today, I’m going to nominate:

Julia Witmer

Cambria Covell

Caith Esra Ulvar

I don’t have any work or distractions tomorrow, so day 3 of the challenge should be posted on time!

Until then though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Three Quotes, Three Days, One Challenge: Day One

So, I had something else planned for this Wednesday, but with not enough time to put things together, here I am with a challenge that Robin-Leanne nominated me for! I love stuff like these and I can’t thank her enough!

This is one of my favourite quotes ever! I stumbled across it one day whilst browsing the internet and I’ve featured it on this blog many-a-times so I just knew this had to be featured first!

  • The Rules
  • Thank the person that nominated you!
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (a quote a day)
  • Nominate three others to take part!

For today, I’m going to nominate:

Erica over at Readtolivetowrite

Al over at WelcometoRealiti

Louise over at Dragonspire

Week 14/52 Writing Update: Achievement Get: Procrastination

So. I’ll be honest. I haven’t really worked much on my camp nanowrimo project this week.

I’ve rewritten about 4k words and I’ve played Far Cry 5.

I been out exploring the fields of Montana! And taking down a doomsday cult and all the rest!

It’s not much of a surprise really. I knew it was going to happen and I’m kind of just accepting that.

For the week to come, I don’t know how the writing thing is gonna go. I’ve finished Far Cry – so I don’t really have all that good of an excuse.

I do have some extra hours at work though, and, as much as I think that I’ll be able to sit and get some words down whilst I’m there, my boss loves to give me the things to do that the people I’m covering never do. Because they lazy.

But, thats a rant for another day. At least I don’t get bored. I just die of dust inhalation instead.

If anything this week, I should find time to read! (I got like eight new books from the books fair, so I definitely need to start putting a dent in my TBR shelf).

This doesn’t include the ones I put aside to read for the 25in5 readathon that I just never started, and the two new books being delivered today! Although, one’s a game guide and the other is just novella size so that’s not too bad.

As long as I can get in to the groove of reading, I’ll be fine, but then, it means the groove of writing falls away….

Although, this week, I did finish beta-reading one of the manuscripts I have, and now, all I have to do is finish filling in the survey. And, I have the second part of another that I can finally get in to as well! So that will be fun!

I also have at least one other blog post planned for this week, and it will most likely be me rambling on about Far Cry 5, giving all the spoilers and figuring out if I can make my antagonist just as great as theirs are!

Anyhuw, I hope any of my fellow campers and non-campers have had a slightly better writing time than me!

Until next time,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

I’ve Always Liked Camping…

So, for my first ever Camp Nano experience, I’m going to be attempting to start and complete the second draft of my November Nano project – The Diary of a Child Zombie Killer.

Rewriting 50,000 words is gonna be a toughy, I know, but I managed the first draft in 19 days – so, I’m hoping that these thirty are gonna let me do both the rewriting and the research I need to make the whole thing that little bit more believable.

I literally did just shovel sand in to a bucket for my first draft, and literally word-vomited my way through nanowrimo.

And, I think thats the best way to get a first draft done.

I even changed perspectives half way through so I’m gonna have so much fun writing that first part! But, it made the words flow easier, and, if I’m honest, it’s definitely one of those novels that is gonna be far more character orientated than plot orientated.

The plot is quite simple really. Survive.

There’s no grand finale to find a cure or anything like that. I know twelve-year old kids can be capable of anything – look at Percy Jackson and Harry Potter – but, Melanie doesn’t have any magic or god-like abilities, and she’s one of those characters who is much-likely to run than she is fight.

Not because she’s selfish – just that she’s not stupid.

So, all-in-all, I have 2138 words rewritten so far, and I have a load of research to do – which I thought would be fun to share with you lot so look out for the first one later in the week!

What are you working on for Camp Nanowrimo?

Until then though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x