Goals for July

Guess what? Today is the end of the last full week of June. Which checklist1sucks because that also means there’s only one more month before I have to put my nose back to the grind.

Ugh…I guess you can’t get too comfortable, right?

But anyway, here’s what I accomplished in June:

  • I started posting 3 times a week again
  • I believe I’ve given the Tavern the special love and care it deserves
  • I did one book review. I planned to write two but I’m glad I did something.
  • I got back into writing my WIP again thanks to a Tuesday writing sprint on twitter

 

Here’s what I plan to do in July:

  • Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo
  • Finish my WIP during Camp NaNo
  • edit scifi WIP
  • Read Two books and write reviews on them
  • Register for classes

I’ve got a busy month ahead of me!

On Your Marks…Get Set…#WritingSprint!

Relay_RunnerThis Tuesday night, I’m going to be participating in a writing sprint on twitter!

What’s a writing sprint?

I’ll let Winter Bayne explain it:

“First, word sprints are short allotments of time where everyone works on their WIPs. At the end of the time, largest word count wins. Give each other some encouragement, grief, help with problems that arise and do it again until people start heading to sleep.”

Interested? Come join in on the fun!

Participants (and counting):

  •  @DEmeryBunn
  • @ebthompson93
  • @Sourcererblog
  • @DarlaGDenton
  • @winterbayne
  • @InkyTavern (me)

This Week’s and June’s Goals

Ugh, the end of the month is approaching faster than a steam engine. It’s like it snuck up behind me like a ninja! Can you believe that?

There hasn’t been much going on in the Tavern this month (at least to me) but I’m planning on picking things up. Which brings me to my goals for the week and for the month of June.

For the week, I plan to…

  1. Get back to posting three times a week
  2. PASS my finals *crosses fingers*

For June, I plan to…

  1. Read more
  2. Write two book reviews
  3. Begin outlining a manuscript for July Camp NaNo (Hmm…I wonder what I should write)
  4. Continue to read through Restitution
  5. Give the Tavern the attention it deserves 🙂

Have you been meeting your goals for May?

I was Nominated for the Liebster Award!

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award from Ben Pastore!

Whoot!

The rules are that I state 11 random facts about myself, answer 11 questions from my nominator (Ben), nominate 11 other bloggers with 200-ish followers, and give them 11 questions to answer. Then the people that I nominate do same things that I did.

Whew! Did you get all of that?

Let the bore-fest BEGIN!

 

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I am the clumsiest person you’ll ever meet
  2. I was inspired to play the violin after listening to this. (While we’re on the subject, I’ve also played other instruments like the flute and a wee bit of guitar. My love for music started in elementary when I played on my music instructor’s piano.)
  3. I have a kitty named Fluffy MoMo (we call her MoMo for short. Cute, right?)
  4. I didn’t like to write at first until this happened. Funny how things work out, huh?
  5. I am a gamer! (Tekken and Sims are my favorite games)
  6. I like the snow
  7. I have an awkward fascination with tying bandannas on my head. (What, they’re stylish!)
  8. I love Cheezits
  9. Green is my favorite color
  10. I am a Taurus
  11. My favorite show is The Blacklist

Answering Ben Pastore‘s 11 Questions

1. What do you picture yourself doing 5 years from now?

Hmmm…

Rubs crystal ball

I see…I see myself still in college pursing a degree and, most of all, writing (that’s a constant).

2. Who is the person that has had the greatest influence on your life?

My parents. They keep me going! 🙂

3. If you were given a blank ticket good on any airline, where would you go and why?

New Zealand to see Hobbiton (I HAVE to know if Gandalf’s beard is real!)

4. What makes you sadder than anything else?

I’m a family person so I feel worst when they feel bad.

5. What was the last kind act you did for someone?

I spotted a spider on my keyboard, I raised a shoe to hit it, but I thought it would be nicer if I waited until it crawled off. You know…for the laptop’s sake?

(I’m joking)

I helped a friend study for a quiz this week. 🙂

6. Do you consider yourself a person open to new ideas?

Yeppers! In fact, the whole reason why I decided to go to college was to broaden my horizons!

7. What was your single most coolest experience in your life?

When I attended my very first symphony–it was surreal!

8. Would you still write if no one else could see what you wrote?

Heck yeah! I don’t write for my stories to be read. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE for people to read what I write! However, I write because I just have to. I can’t go to long without writing because I get…well…lets just hope I’ve written something.

9. To your mind, what would you need to accomplish to consider yourself successful in life?

I consider myself successful when I learn something new. If I am not leaning something new then I am failing to approve myself.

10. Who’s the best ‘unknown’ author that you’ve read?

Oh it was….uh….I don’t think they gave their name. (All joking aside…I really can’t remember. Sorry!)

11. Would you be willing to change your thoughts and behavior if your life were in the balance?

Depends on the situation and what my thoughts or behavior is being changed into.

My 11 Nominees

  1. Ravenly Writes
  2. The Diaries of James Purcell
  3. Paper, Pen, and No Plan
  4. Wordy and Nerdy
  5. Ladyofthepen
  6. The Word Trance
  7. Between Ardency and Glory
  8. AsilngrainLiebster-Award
  9. Until the Ink Well Dries
  10. Vik Tory Arch
  11. Grady P. Brown — Author

My 11 Questions

  1. What’s your biggest goal for the month?
  2. What milestone are you hoping to accomplish in the next five years?
  3. What’s the biggest milestone that you’ve accomplished thus far?
  4. When you started your blog, what was your first expectations for it? Has it changed?
  5. Aside from writing, what other activity captures your interest?
  6. Where is your favorite place to read or write?
  7. Who is your favorite author?
  8. What keeps you going when things get rough?
  9. If you could give one life tip, what would it be?
  10. What genre interests you the most and why?
  11. Out of all your favorite books, which character do you wish you could be? (Oh, and you can’t use your book)

Back in Business…well Sorta

Hey guys and gals,open-sign

After cleaning up alien goo and dragon…droppings…the Tavern is now back in business!

…Well sorta…

Since it’s finals week I’m going to have focus a bit more on school. I wont bore you with the details but I’m going to be posting once or twice a week (instead of three times).

I know, I know. It’s sad.

Sniffle.

A Birthday and Closing for the Week!

Hey guys!

It’s been a real fun month with Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m glad I wrote the 4k that I did. I hope that everyone had a very interesting month too! Anyway, I’m going to be absent until May 9th because….imagesPLTCILK7

Drum roll

My 21st birthday is this Friday!

I’m going to use the week to relax and write!

I’ll comment on your posts when I can.

 

My Schedule is in a State of Chaos!!!

There’s a snobby space-elf at table three, dwarves are brawling in the bathrooms, someone set a bonfire in the middle of the Tavern…and an old guy is swinging a shirt over his head screaming “ANARCHY!”

This is the type of stuff gray hairs are made of!

Ok… I am not really dealing with a tavern in the state of anarchy but I do have a lot going on. I’m dealing with a book report, term paper, presentation, research paper, critical analysis, finals, not to mention the four quizzes coming up and a nasty fever. So yeah, I’m a pretty busy gal.

Don’t feel sorry for me, that’s all apart of being in college.

Aside from my studying aka legal torture, I wanted to share a few things about my WIP(s).

First, my Camp NaNoWriMo project is going…okay. I planned on writing 50k this month but it was an utter mistake didn’t work out. However, I am glad with what I did write!

On a brighter note, I’ve been using April to critically read another WIP that I finished in March. I don’t see it being sent off to editors or beta readers any time soon but I am happy with how far I’ve gotten it.

My big goal this week is to see some progression in both projects. Whether that’s writing 20 words a day or critically reading ONE paragraph (or even a sentence).

 

So what’s your big goal this week?

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Love at First Sentences

Books. How do I love thee?

Enough to go on a book buying frenzy!

So after abusing the “BUY” button on Amazon’s website, I began to wonder what possessed me to buy a virtual truck load of books? What about them drew my attention?

The first few sentences.

It’s said that these sentences are the most important part of the book and I agree. It’s usually what readers use to determine if they want to buy your work or not. For me, the first sentences simply have to grab my attention and make me wonder what’s going to happen next.

Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) by Susan Kaye QuinnimagesFZTDAOJE

“A zero like me shouldn’t take public transportation.

The hunched driver wrinkled a frown before I even got on the bus. Her attempt to read my mind would get her nothing but the quiet of the street corner where I stood.

Defiance Rising (Book 1 of the Rising Trilogy) by Amy Miles

“I’ve been told that this world used to be a beautiful place, filled withuntitled twinkling electric lights and tables overflowing with food. A place where children played in parks and couples took leisurely strolls on Sunday. A time when humans weren’t slaves to aliens or nature. Staring out over the concrete graveyard before me, I find that hard to imagine.”

Artificial Evil (Book 1 of The Techxorcist) by Collin F. Barnesuntitled (2)

“In 2153 the lottery didn’t just change lives, it ended them. And Gerry Cardle’s numbers were up.”

 

What steps do you take before buying a book?

 

Monthly Wrap Up: A Toast to March and You!

With the end of March and National Reading Month, April and Camp NaNoWriMo are just around the corner. But before March ends, I wanted to take a look back. Some of you may (or may not) know this but March was the grand opening for the Tavern. It’s been such a joy to see it become as fantastic as it is. Thanks for following and making this such a success! I’ve met a lot of awesome bloggers, writers and authors whose words have either entertained, educated, or influenced me. Thanks! I hope the Tavern will keep on growing! 😀

Toasts a glass to you.

Alright, alright, alright enough with the mushy stuff.

Here are the past posts for this month:

 

So…are you ready to dominate April?

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Looking Forward to Camp NaNoWriMo?

Shrieks!

Camp NaNoWriMo is next month!? I swear time moves faster than a heavily caffeinated radioactive squirrel (in case you didn’t know those move pretty darn fast).

Not familiar with NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it usually happens every November where you challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in a month. Camp NaNoWriMo happens in April and its a virtual creative retreat where you work on whatever project you want. For example, I’ve noticed that other bloggers are talking about writing poetry everyday, others are going to pen new first draft(s) for the month, and others are going to spend the month editing old NaNo projects. But it’s not limited to writing, you could do whatever you want this month. I know someone who’s going to scrapbook April away.

As for me, I’m going to try my hand at penning a new novel as well as finishing the first draft to Restitution (if I don’t finish it in the next week).

So what’s your creative goal for April?

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