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Seasonal Favorites aka the best time of the year | #2

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Hello! Today is part two of a three part series I’m going to do. Basically ‘monthly favorites’ but focusing on fall, because, as the title says, it’s the best time of the year. Fight me on it.

You can find part one here, if you’re interested.

This is what I liked this month!

Food

They are all Thanksgiving-related items, does this shock you. Does it.

The first item is the Gobblerito, a seasonal special of Mad Mex, which is a Pittsburgh-based restaurant (these… will all be from Pittsburgh-based things, come to think of it). But basically it’s a burrito as big as your head, filled with turkey, corn, black beans, stuffing, and then coated with turkey gravy and served with a bit of cranberry. Heaven on a plate, I’ve never been able to finish one in one sitting. (Photo credit of madmex.com)

The next right below it is the pilgrim sub, a seasonal special of Get Go, which is actually a gas station similar to a Sheetz or Wawa or whatever you have near you, owned by the local grocery store Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. It’s turkey, cheese and cranberry all loaded up into stuffing bread, and it’s delicious. (Photo credit of GetGo’s twitter account)

The final picture is the coveted Smoked Turkey Waffle, available seasonally by Pig Iron Public House, which, you guessed it, as Pittsburgh based. The waffle itself is made of stuffing, and then on top there’s smoked turkey, gravy, and friend mashed potato-and-cranberry balls. It. Is. Delicious. (Photo credit to ME. I TOOK THE PICTURE)

There’s one more Thanksgiving item I haven’t gotten to yet, called the Gobble Gobble burger, sold by the Pittsburgh burger joint BRGR… if I get to it in the next month, I’ll mention it in the next faves post. 😛

Games

Just a flash game this month. I’ve been hooked on it: Blendoku, which I know is at least available on the android app store, maybe the apple one as well? Who knows.

It’s a game kinda like a mix between sudoku and a crossword puzzle, but instead of placing numbers of letters, you place colors in a way that they blend into each other well. It’s fun!

Television

Honestly, the two I mentioned last month, Food Wars and My Hero Academia are still up there. Otherwise:

Supernatural. Man, I’ve been watching this show from the beginning. It’s just started it’s final season – the 15th one – and it’s all comin’ together. Note, do not watch the above trailer unless you’re caught up or you don’t mind spoilers that you’ll have no context for until you actually watch the show. If you don’t mind the no-context spoilers, it gives a really good vibe about what the whole show is about. Honestly when I found it I watched it twice and let my feels be feels.

Queer Eye. This is a Netflix show that I picked up maybe two weeks ago… and have since binged all four seasons plus their four-episode Japan special. I’m obsessed. Everyone is so wholesome and kind and loving and wonderful and augh ❤ Season 5 is coming out soon and I’m pumped for it.

Music

Lately, I’ve been using a playlist on spotify for my Nanowrimo projects, called ‘Epic Instrumental’ where it’s just what it sounds like. This is it!

Also, this song’s been pretty good lately:

Other Stuff

JonTron. A youtuber that’s been around for ages. He does comedy videos, and while I’ve liked him for a while, one of his latest videos, the goop video above, cracked me up. So he’s a favorite this month.

My Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. I don’t get super festive for both of these holidays, despite the fact that I love them both, haha. On the left is my one candle – Caramel Pecan, and a box of leaves. On the right is my jackolantern this year.


And that’s it! One more of these posts mid-to-late next month, and that’ll be it. It’ll be back to the boring times this month.

Happy falling and wintering!

 
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Posted by on 11/10/2019 in Favorites

 

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Nanowrimo Week 1!

Happy Saturday! We are nine days into Nanowrimo, and this is my progress. Note, I’m writing this post before I’ve written any words towards Nano today, so all of today’s numbers will be 0. They’ll obviously reflect what I am able to write later today next week during the next update. 😛

As of writing this, I’m sitting at 16284 words. Even if I wrote nothing today, I’d still be on track, as today’s on-track count is 15000. But! I am going to two write-ins today, so I’m hoping to get a good 4k written, which will be a nice cushion for the work week to come.

I’ve already deviated from my outline. I added a talking cat on a whim, and he’s now a main protagonist. It’s fine, it’s all fine.

If you’re doing nano this year, how are you doing? Happy writing!

 
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Posted by on 11/09/2019 in Writing

 

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October book haul! | #33

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Happy November! These are all the books I picked up in October!

First, the books. I only got three this month.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling, illustrations by Jim Kay – Not much to say about this one other than ‘woot’.

The Burning White by Brent Weeks – I wasn’t planning on getting this yet originally, as I still haven’t finished The Blood Mirror, but it was on sale, man, it was on sale. For cheaper than I could find online elsewhere, so… considering I was gonna get it eventually anyway…

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – This is the 25th anniversary illustrated edition and it’s beautiful. I flipped through the pages a bit and the artist’s interpretations of all the characters are basically spot on to how they were in my head. When I reread this series (read: ‘when’ not ‘if’) I’ll be reading this edition to start.

Noragami vols 1-2 by Adachitoka – This is a neat series so far. I’ve actually read the first one, and it’s giving me like… Yu Yu Hakusho-y, Bleach-y vibes. I dig it.

She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai – This was nice and pleasant. It’s a slice of life one shot following, well, a woman and her cat. It’s told from the cat’s perspective. It’s pretty cute.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada – Continuing on with this series, I’m really digging the bright colors on each of the covers. Their section on my bookshelf is so pop-y.

Goblin Slayer vol 6 by Kumo Kagyu – I’m pretty sure this bit goes past the end of the anime (I think) so woo, new content!

Kiss Him, Not Me! vols 1-14 by Junko – I literally bought and read the entire series this month. Originally I had only purchased the first two, but after reading them I knew that a) I wanted to read the whole thing and b) I’d reread it. So… since they were on sale and I have poor impulse control I got them all. This manga pokes fun at the reverse harem trope and it’s utterly absurd, but I thought it was hilarious!


And that’s it! Three books and twenty manga this month. I really need to cool it with the manga – stick to series I’m actively reading instead of, well, impulse buying a completed series that I heard about on a whim and went ‘huh’ and then dropped all sorts of money on it.

….

Yes, I’ll chill.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/06/2019 in Book Haul, Books

 

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November Currently Reading! | ’19

Currently Reading

Happy November! Today I am neck-deep in Nanowrimo, so my reading has slowed down a good deal. It should be up again to normal by December!

This is what I’m currently reading:

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – I haven’t actually touched this one in a couple weeks, but I wouldn’t call it a backburner book, not yet. It’ll be my focus again here in a second.

Anyways, goodreads synopsis of book 1, in case you’re interested:

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #2.5)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – For some reason, this audiobook is taking me ages to complete. It’s not even a long one! I mean I like it so far, and I’m hoping to get through it within the next week or so, but man… I don’t know what it is about this thing, haha.

Here’s the goodreads synopsis of book 1:

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – So far so good with this one. It has an eerie atmosphere and reads like a fairy tale. I was much in the mood for it, and considering it’s one of my 10 in 2019 and time is running out, I wanted to pick it up.

Goodreads synopsis:

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.

Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.

Back burner books

The back burners are back. Basically they’re books I’m ‘reading’ but haven’t touched in a while due to a readathon taking precedence, getting distracted by other books, etc.

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)I really, really need to finish this one. It’ll be my focus again probably in December. The fifth one came out recently and I’m really trying not to get spoiled. It’s hard, man. D:

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/03/2019 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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October Wrap Up! | ’19

October Wrap up

Happy November! From this point onward, if you’re reading my post, there’s a good chance it’s prewritten, maybe by a few weeks (obviously wrap ups, currently readings, etc, will be written closer to the actual date) because right now I’m neck-deep in Nanowrimo. And then next month, Blogmas. It’s gonna be a whirlwind all the way through the end of the year, people.

Books

This month was a month full of manga. I’m kinda on a kick right now, and I’m digging it.

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 2 (The Girl from the Other Side, #2)

The Girl From the Other Side vol 2 by Nagabe – This series is really cute but also a bit eerie. It follows the little girl and the creature on the cover, in a world divided between the inside and the outside, where those touched by the creatures become the creatures themselves. In this volume, the world is expanded a bit, and you get to see a bit more of humanity. It’s pretty neat. – 3.5 stars

Ten Count, Vol. 1 (Ten Count, #1)

Ten Count vol 1 by Rihito Takari – This… was actually a pleasant surprise. Looking at the cover, it’s kinda obvious I wasn’t expecting too much plot, right. But turns out, this was really… wholesome! It follows two characters, one named Shirotani with obsessive compulsive disorder with germophobic behavior and the other a man named Kurose that he runs into who happens to be a therapist. Kurose agrees to help Shirotani off the books to work on lessening and coping with his disorder. And then romance, yada yada. But really, this is was sweet and cute and I really liked it. There are more volumes of this out there and I think I’m gonna pick them up. – 4 stars

Kiss Him, Not Me!, Vol. 1

Kiss Him, Not Me! vols 1-14 by Junko – Man this was my obsession this month. I literally bought and read the entire series. I blame the Kodansha manga sale, dammit. But man was this cute. This follows the main character Kae, on the front, who’s a huge anime nerd with a particular taste for yaoi. Now, you kinda have to go into this with suspended belief, or just be like ‘this is totally magical realism’ because one of the main plot mechanics is utterly ridiculous but also kinda funny. Kae in the beginning is overweight. When her favorite anime character dies, she goes into a depression and loses a lot of weight really fast from not eating (and then later in the series gains it back.. and then loses it.. and then gains it..and then loses it. The other characters also point out that her body makes no sense so I just kinda rolled with it.) And then suddenly she attracts the attention of the four dudes on the cover, all of whom start crushing on her (note some like her no matter what she looks like, others are obviously more shallow) but instead of wanting to reciprocate any of their feelings, Kae as a yaoi fan, can’t help but ship them… together. And man, is it absolutely hilarious. It pokes fun at the reverse harem trope in the best way. I loved this series. – 4 stars overall

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 6 (Land of the Lustrous, #6)

Land of the Lustrous vol 6 by Haruko Ichikawa – This series just keeps getting more and more intriguing. It follows these gem-based creatures called the Lustrous, in a world where humans have disappeared, and the world is divided into different creatures and landscapes and… it’s just really, really neat. This volume only deepened the mystery. – 4 stars

Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 1 (Noragami: Stray God, #1)

Noragami vol 1 by Adachitoka – This is a new series for me, and so far I’ve only read the one volume (I have the second, though). Basically, I needed a 3rd manga in the buy 2 get 1 sale that was going on and Katy @Bookbinderway recommended this one. Welp, it was a pretty solid beginning I think, with the potential to be really cool. I’m hoping to get to the second one this month! – 3.5 stars

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons, #1)

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren – I’ve been reading this book since July or something, and I finally picked it up and finished it this month. It was pretty decent. The love interest was sweet, the main character was sweet, but man did they have some communication issues. Unfortunately, the miscommunication trope is like… one of my least favorites, ever. So that dropped the rating a bit. But overall, it was decent. This follows the main character who follows a boy to Paris for the summer. Romance ensues. Really, there’s not much more to it than that. It was a pleasant read. – 3.5 stars

The Monster of Elendhaven

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht – I picked up this novella as a buddy read with Katy @Bookbinderway and Sarah @Windsorwrites! It follows a thing without a name who skulks the streets of Elendhaven, a bleak city along the edge of a poison ocean, and a sorcerer who finds him. Well… this book was weird. I feel like one of its biggest weaknesses was that it was the kind of story it was: a novella. Everything felt underdeveloped. Nothing felt like it had a point. I mean, it was interesting. The characters themselves were something else, but man.. something just kept me from loving this, unfortunately. – 3 stars

O Maidens In Your Savage Season Vol. 4

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 4 by Mari Okada – This series started out pretty awesome and while it’s still good, I think it’s suffering from mid-series lull. I still liked this volume, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like it’s at the point where it’s building up to something, and as I’m reading them as they come out, I can’t exactly binge them to find out what it is. Maybe it’s a me problem and not a book problem, haha. Either way, still enjoying this series very much. I wrote a spoiler-free blabber on volume 1, if you’re interested. – 3.5 stars

She and Her Cat

She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai – This was… pleasant. This is a one-shot manga following, you guessed it, a woman and her cat. It’s told from the cat’s perspective, which was interesting. So as you go along, you can tell things are happening in the woman’s life, but you only get a cat’s awareness of them. It was really interesting. As a one-shot though it didn’t get too in-depth. It’s definitely a slice-of-life kinda thing. It was nice though, I liked it. – 3.5 stars

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – This I picked up for two reasons: one, it’s a comedy fantasy, and I wanted to get a feel of how one can incorporate comedy into fantasy writing, and two, it was a personal recommendation from r/Fantasy to me, which means it fulfills the bingo space on Fantasy Bingo! So this book ended up being pretty good. I had a few issues towards the beginning of it with how the author was writing the his female characters, but the issues kinda disappeared as the book continued. Either he realized he was writing them badly or who knows. But by the end, his depictions were definitely better. But this book follows a group of has-been heroes as they cross the country to rescue one of the member’s daughters from a siege in a stronghold, surrounded by a horde of monsters. The book is funny, entertaining, and written well. It has a matter-of-fact writing style which I really liked. It was really good. – 4 stars

And that’s it for books! I read 20-something things this month, which is honestly kinda awesome.


Other things

  • I did nanoplanmo!
  • October was nice.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 108/50 – Complete!
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 7/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | J – 3 | J – 5 | A – 5 | S – 4| O -2 | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete!
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – Currently 248 – Complete (now maintaining)
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A (on ban) | M(on ban) | J | JA | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

And that’s it! I think I had a pretty good October. I hope yours was lovely. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/02/2019 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag!

Halloween Creatures

Happy Halloween!!!

Therefore, a Halloween-esque tag today! I was tagged by Madge @CaffeineandBooks! Thanks friend, perfect timing! 😀


Rules:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

I’m going with Moog from Kings of the Wyld. Moog is a wizard that’s a bit… goofy. He always get everyone out of a sticky situation just in the nick of time but man are there always weirdo consequences. He’s hilarious.

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain! This is a weirdo book, but it’s kinda creepy so perfecto for hot chocolate, a blanky, and a starry sky.

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville! Just thinking about this book makes me wanna reread it. At the time I rated it a 4, but really, it could probably be a 5. The ending of this book, man. Wow.

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)

I always have such a hard time with this kinda question. Villains should be (and usually are) nuanced, meaning while they might be ‘evil’ there’s like… logic to it, I guess. Makes them more believable? Anyways, I choose All for One from My Hero Academia. He’s pretty bad, I think.

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

So… without giving spoilers, this one’s hard to explain. It’s not so much a death I wish didn’t happen, but… just… the fates of the characters? from The Queen of the Tearling. If you get to the end of the trilogy, you’ll get what I mean.

Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Because see above for reason. PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER.

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1)

The Fool from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world. I’m about 120 pages away from the end of the series and I’m SO SCARED AUGH. I CAN’T STAND IT. IF HE DIES I’M GONNA RIOT.

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

And I mean this in a negative way. This was a bit of a slog to get through for me. My poor soul, it’s mushy.

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

I’m just gonna keep sayin it ;~;

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

House of Leaves. This book was eerie, man. Honestly I didn’t care for it overall, but I still think about it a lot.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, particularly in the book. He’s just… augh he really grinds my gears. In the anime, he’s a bit more tolerable. A bit.

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls. I think the themes in this book are timeless, past or future, everyone can relate.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Communion by Whitley Strieber. Cheesey cover? Yes. But when I read this question this is the first book that popped in my head because when I was little, my mom had it on her bookcase. It was before I could read, and I was pulling random books off being a little kid, you know. I remember pulling this one off and getting really creeped out by it. Honestly I couldn’t remember the name of the book for the question, so I called my mom, who told me, and went ‘and you know what, I actually got rid of that book because it creeped me out!’. So… I guess the content matches the cover. Ahaha

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I tag Katy @Bookbinderway and allthingsmommablog (what is your name or nickname? I dun know!)

Happy tricking and treating!

 
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Posted by on 10/31/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Nanowrimo 2019! Tag, Prep, and Survival Kit!

Hiiii Nanowrimo starts in two days and I’m not ready! So instead of prepping like I should be, I’m gonna do this post. This will contain the Nanowrimo Tag, my prep final update, and my survival kit!

The Nanowrimo Tag!

  • How many times have you participated in Nanowrimo?

This’ll be my 11th year. At this point I feel like I just can’t break the streak, man.

  • Are you a pantser or a planner?

Typically a pantser, but last year I did a bit of planning and it ended up going really well. So, this year I’m attempting a bit of planning again.

  • What are the titles of the projects that you have attempted/completed for past Nanos?
    • 2008-2010, I don’t remember, because hey, the website didn’t record it.
    • 2011: Terminus
    • 2012: Basil
    • 2013: Animal Research
    • 2014: Gambit
    • 2015: Untitled
    • 2016: Basil (version 2)
    • 2017: Vial of Earth (which… is basically Basil version 3)
    • 2018 Basil (version 3) (…version 4)
    • 2019: Lackluster
  • What are you working on for this year?

A brand new project!!! I’ve written and rewritten Basil so many damn times and last year I finally was able to make something I liked. That means I can do something new this year and I’m so excited!

  • What is one tip you’d give to someone else participating in Nano?

Same thing I said last year: a good temperature. If you’re in a cold room, put on a blanket. Or if you’re in a hot room, run around in your skivvies. Be comfortable before you try to concentrate.

  • What was the inspiration for this novel? Do you remember when inspiration hit?

Honestly I don’t remember. It was a random conversation with coworkers and I thought to myself ‘what if…’ about what we were talking about. And voila.

  • Read us the first sentence from your Nano novel last year?

“When the juggler dropped the planet, everyone felt it. ”

  • What do you plan to do with your manuscript after Nano?

Assuming it does crash and burn, edit it. But I said that last year too and it’s still in draft 1, sooo.

  • Are you prepared for Nano? Are you nervous?

Not nervous. Also probably not as prepared as I should be, but I kinda like it that way to be honest.


Prep

 

  • Complete an outline
    • Deciding on act structure – Done
    • Fleshing out major plot points – In progress
    • Deciding ending ahead of time – Not done
  • Develop characters
    • Main characters – Done
    • Side characters – Not done
  • Do some world building
    • Develop magic system – In progress
    • Country history – Done
    • Culture – In progress
  • Do some planning every day, even if it’s just a sentence or a bullet point – In progress
  • Read some comedy fantasy to get an idea of how different authors incorporate comedy into their fiction
    • Kings of the Wyld – Done
    • Color of Magic – Not done
  • Do biweekly (at least!) planning sessions with buddy(ies) who are also doing nanowrimo this year – Done

The above… is basically what it’s going to be going into November 1st, and I’m ok with that. I’ve prepped enough that I can definitely pound out several thousand words, and hopefully doing that will inspire the rest of my plot.


Survival Kit

My current set up:

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Note: All my Christmas lights have burnt out, so… this, but less glowy.

Other things in the kit:

  • Caramel pecan candle

I used this last year and I bought two more for this year. I only burn it while I write, so the scent gets me into the zone big time.

  • NanoWordSprints twitter account

I found this last year as well! Man, this twitter account helped me win nano for sure. It’s so motivating, and I highly recommend checking it out. It hosts word sprints (duh) basically 24/7 for the whole month and it’s fantastic.

  • Goldfish and pretzels

The little cheddar goldfish/pretzels combo bag. It’s perfecto.

  • Coffee/tea/beer/hot chocolate

obviously.

  • Fluffy blankets and socks

I mentioned finding the right temperature above. Well, my ideal is a cold room and then warm stuff on me. So blankets and socks are essential.

  • Epic instrumental playlist

This is the playlist! It’s perfect for writing. It melds basically with whatever you’re on, particularly if it’s fantasy. It’s just so great. And it’s huge, so it can play for hours.

  • Story binder

This is where I store all my research and character stuff and world building. And by binder I mean.. part of it is in an actual binder, part of it is in Google Docs and just hasn’t all been printed out yet, because I have no printer (pbtbt). Either way, this is basically all my prep work.


And that’s it! Today is today, tomorrow is Halloween, and then the next day, it begins.

PUMPED.

 

 
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Posted by on 10/30/2019 in Uncategorized, Writing

 

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