Posting Schedule Update | WWW Wednesday: March 18th, 2020

WWW Wednesday

Hi, all! I hope everyone is currently safe and healthy. So…it’s been 3 weeks since I last posted, and honestly I didn’t even realize it till I looked at the date of my last post. 😅 School has been crazy (as always) and especially overwhelming with the recent decision of my college to kick us to online classes. Luckily, this week is my spring break so I’ve been able to be in denial and hang out with my housemates but this has also resulted in me having like no motivation to do really anything fun in terms of individual activities e.g. blogging, reading, writing.

So what I’m trying to say here is… I have absolutely no clue how often I’ll be posting, if at all, for the next couple of months. I would love to get this post up today, then come back with my February wrap-up this weekend, and then a TTT next Tuesday and stay strong in my reading and blogging game during this social distancing time in the U.S.. But I don’t know how realistic that is and I don’t want to hold myself to any potentially stressful expectations.

So yeah…please don’t be surprised if I go on a hiatus or a semi-hiatus (even tho I kinda already was, lol).

Wow okay, so sorry for that long intro, let’s get into what I’ve been reading! Due to school and actually being able to pick up a fun book yesterday, I actually sorta have books to talk about!

(Also, for those of you who don’t know: WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where you answer 3 ‘what’ questions about your reading.)


What did you recently finish reading?

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Last week I finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring! YES, I’m finally reading The Lord of the Rings! It’s for my Tolkien & Medieval Lit class. And lol yes, my copy really does have this old cover, albeit in somewhat better condition than this image from GR. I’m really loving reading about Middle Earth (so far I’ve read The Hobbit and most of The Silmarillion) and the antics and sass of all these characters. As expected, I’m adoring the characters of Sam and Gandulf. I did find the beginning/first half to be slow, but I can’t wait to see how the story continues!


What are you currently reading?

  • The Silmarillion– STILL need to go back and finish the chapters my class skipped over.
  • The Tolkien Reader– Read a couple sections for class, and I believe we’re coming back to it again later.
  • The Unspoken Name– WHOOPS, I haven’t touched this in a month, but like…hopefully I’ll return to it soon?
  • House of Earth and Blood– I finally found the motivation to pick this up and ahhh, I’m adoring it! Yes, it’s still full of SJM’s dramatic writing and stereotypes, but it’s exactly what I need right now. I started last night around 10pm and I’m already 100+ pages in.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Honestly, I have no clue? I have a couple books from the library and lots that I own sitting on my shelf. Perhaps The Girl in Red, but also I don’t know if I could do horror right now? I also just wanna focus on my current reads. Hmmm, I’ll probably just try mood reading because I don’t wanna force myself to read anything else than I already will have to for school.

For classes tho I will be starting the next LOTR book and The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell!


How is everyone holding up? Anything I can do to help? Are you also struggling with your blogging*/reading? Read any good books recently?

Also, if you participated in WWW Wednesday this week (or have any other recent posts ya wanna share), feel free to drop the link in the comments; I would love to check it out!

*I must say though that I feel quite a bit better after finally getting around to writing a blog post and being freshly showered. 😊

WWW Wednesday: January 29th, 2020

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Wow, I just realized I haven’t written a WWW Wednesday post since October! Last semester was crazy (as you probably noticed by my sparse and late postings), but I really missed these fun little update posts!

I haven’t been able to do as much reading as I would have liked this month, but hopefully it’ll pick up soon!

Also, stay tuned for a 2019 Wrap-Up post coming from me (finally). Fingers crossed I’ll get it up by Friday!

Also, for those of you who don’t know: WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where you answer 3 ‘what’ questions about your reading.


What did you recently finish reading?

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Frederick Buechner’s Telling Secrets. It’s only the second book I’ve finished so far this year *cry* (I’ve been so slow!). I was required to read this for a seminar I’m currently taking. Buechner has a lot of great thoughts and ideas (and notes about writing!), but for a memoir that’s only 106 pages, I struggled way too much to get through it. The author spends the majority of this book in his head sharing his ideologies and contemplations and I completely stumbled through these sections. I guess in memoir I expect the sections to be grounded in scenes and concrete imagery and that was definitely not the case here.


What are you currently reading?

A lot! All these books, with the exception of What I Want You to See, are books I’m reading for class. Yes, I’m finally reading Tolkien (as you can see above, we started with The Silmarillion and The Tolkien Reader)! I’m actually taking a whole class on his work and Medieval literature!

What I Want You to See is a book I’m reading for a (rapidly approaching, eek) blog tour! My plan is to finish this book and Blankets before the end of the month. *fingers crossed*


What do you think you’ll read next?

Hopefully many things! In early February I’m starting my (first!) buddy read and reading The Unspoken Name with Sammie @ The Writerly Way. After that I think I might pick up the Dragons & Tea February group read, Let’s Talk About Love. But who knows?! Maybe I’ll pick up something totally random and mood read! But most of what you’ll probably see on my blog are more books for classes, lol.


Have you read any of these books? How often do you participate in WWW Wednesday posts? Hope everyone is having a great reading month!

Also, if you participated in WWW Wednesday this week, feel free to drop the link in the comments; I would love to check it out!

Blog & Reading Update: My Semi-Hiatus is Over!

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I’M DONE; I’M DONE WITH MY SEMESTER! Though I’m at college until I leave for home on Friday, I’ve turned in all my projects and thus finished all my classes! I still have to tie up a few loose ends and work a couple of shifts today (and force my housemates to binge watch the last season of Avatar: The Last Airbender 😀), but now I have ALL the time to read, write, and blog (oh my!).

Omg, it’s so weird to be done. I honestly don’t know what to do with myself; I’m so used to working on some sort of project but now I have none?? So bizarre, ahhhhhh.


Blogging Schedule Update:

I know back in my August Wrap-Up I announced a new blogging schedule for the semester (which I completely failed at right from the beginning), but now that my semester is over (wow, it still hasn’t fully hit me), it’s time to announce my new “schedule”!

Here is my new plan for blogging, at least for the next month, since I don’t know what my schedule will look like next semester because I’ll be studying off-campus in New York (ahh, I’m so excited and nervous, very nervous).

My New Blogging Goal: To post 2-3 times per week

This includes:

  • Regularly participating in Top Ten Tuesday and WWW Wednesday posts
  • Posting book reviews roughly once a week

Currently Reading:

For those of you who have been following my blog regularly now, you’ll notice that these are essentially the same 5 books that I’ve been “reading” all of fall. My reading plan is to first check off some of these books before I begin any new ones. I’ll be posting my official winter break TBR on December 18th for Top Ten Tuesday though, so stay tuned.

Any suggestions as to which books I should return to first?


How is everyone? I missed you guys! ❤

What books have you guys been reading? For those of you still in school, are you hanging in there? (You got this!)

Camp NaNoWriMo: Update & Encouragement | July 2018

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Struggling with Camp NaNoWriMo? Me too, bro. Me too. 😅

Lol, I meant to get a Camp NaNo update post at the half way point through the month, but as you can see, I obviously failed at that (if you want to see my original post about Camp NaNo, you can view it here). I’ll try to make this post short and sweet, because I know you writers are probably anxious to return to your writing (I know I’m starting to be).

First off, let me tell you a little bit about my project for Camp NaNo. I’m working on revising my current WIP. The first draft is 50K words which I completed NaNoWriMo-style this past February with my Novel Writing class (If you want to know more about the class I took, here’s a post I wrote about it!). Of course, writing fantasy, I’d like to get my WIP up to ~100K words. Between my class and the (minuscule) writing I’ve done this summer, I started this month with 9.5K words already done on my second draft. Because I’m rewriting and I want to take more time on this draft (and not to mention I’m working full time), my goal for Camp NaNo is to add 25K words to the 2nd draft of my WIP.

Honestly, I started struggling with writing literally at Day 3. Suddenly my plot seemed insufficient in multiple areas, one of my side characters started begging for their own regular POV chapters, and my writing felt crappy whenever I sat down and started typing. Praise the lord I had my writing buddy to talk to, because she was also going through these “plot freak outs.”

When it comes to stressing, I’m not sure I’m the best person to give advice, but I’ll tell you how I coped. Whatever element of your story is bugging you; DON’T LET IT. I know that’s easier said than done, but what I mean is focus on what you know for sure you want in your story, whether it be a concept, a following scene, or whatever. Push that stressor to the back of your mind. Don’t forget it, but take a vacation from it. Revisit it occasionally to see if you can figure out a solution, but if it just stresses you out again, send it away again.

This leads in perfectly to one of my new favorite quotes, which comes from Kirstin Chen’s Camp NaNo Care Package on June 9th:

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

~ E.L. Doctorow

I love this quote so much, because this describes my writing process so perfectly right now. I’m currently working on rewriting the first quarter of my WIP, and while I know the basic plot points for the rest of my story, everything is foggy beyond the first 25%.

A lot of my fellow cabinmates seem to also be struggling, so I want to say this loud and clear for all you writers: don’t be afraid to lower your goal! Camp NaNo is suppose to be fun, not stress you out, so reevaluate your goal and change it until you feel confident in your ability to meet it! You want to strive and push yourself, but within reason. This is a month to unify with other writers and feel good about your writing. As long as you’re writing, even if it’s only a word a day, you have nothing to feel ashamed about!

Write like it matters, and it will.

~ Libba Bray

One of the biggest things that I also find myself struggling with in this revision stage is making my writing perfect. In my first draft, I let go of my “Inner Editor” and my writing was pretty crappy (and that’s okay!). But now I keep putting this unconscious pressure on myself to replace my crappy first draft with a nearly flawless version, which is 100% unrealistic.

So those of you struggling with the same thing, here’s what I’ve been telling myself:

  1. You can write as many drafts as you need
  2. Not everything will be fixed right away
  3. Each draft needs to only be slightly better than the prior one

Don’t be afraid to write crap because crap makes great fertilizer.

~ Jessica Brody


Wow okay, I never actually gave a true update on my progress:

Currently, I’ve written 15K words this month, so I’m about 2.7K words behind. I’m not too worried though because I still have this weekend and the next to catch up, not to mention that I’m going to be on a mini vacation the second half of this week, so I’ll hopefully have time then! If the stress becomes too much though, I might lower my goal to 20-22K words instead (no shame, remember?). I’m not loving my writing right now, but that’s okay because I know I can always go back and fix it later once my plot if solidified.


Now excuse me as I quit procrastinating and return to working on my WIP… 😅

Happy writing everyone!

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Do you have a WIP? Any writing advice you want to share? If you’re participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, how’s your progress so far?

Honestly, I would just love to talk to someone about writing, so please comment! ❤