Warm beverages, good books, and lots of time for family, that's what I have planned for December! I'm crossing my fingers for snow and stocking up on warm scarves just in case, but really, I just need a warm and comfy place to read this month. The Goodreads reading challenge is almost over and I have a whopping 18 books left to read in the next 32 days, so be prepared for a rapidly updating home page widget!
If you're looking for something new to read, might I suggest Channillo.com for some serialized lit. Nearly every genre you can think of, a variety of characters, and writers from all over the spectrum. I am currently publishing Everyday Adventures bi-weekly or if you're looking for a grab bag, try the short story finalists and read my short, Beverage Therapy, and others in one easy place. I am still planning on publishing Beverage Therapy for a small donation to charity here on my site (see the new cart up there ^), however, the time table has been bumped to January and I will keep you posted on when and how you can purchase that.
Alright, it's time we had that talk blog. You know the one I'm talking about. The one where I put it off for weeks for fear of hurting your feelings and when I do get around to telling you you resent me and get angry. You'll pout and less people will come to read you and eventually you'll start to hate me for taking away your attention. Eventually, you will come to realize that I never intended to hurt you, but rather I am doing this for your own good, and you'll see that. In time.
Yeah, that talk. Let's start with the positivity sandwich!
NaNoWriMo is carrying on and I am holding steady! I managed to get myself two days ahead, only to have some personal reasons as to why I am now back "on track" and not ahead. My average has been closer to 2k a day than 1.6k and I even beat a personal record! While running a 1k3om sprint (1k words in 30 minutes) I actually hit 1,011 words! My first time reaching 1k!
So overall, NaNo is going and I'll continue to keep trucking on.
Now for the "bad" news.
As the title of the blog suggests, I've done some thinking, and it's time I reset my priorities.
When I started this site it was to inspire me to write, track my progress, and share my process with the world. Somewhere in the last two years, I've lost that. The way I see it today Imaginary Adventures is less about writing and more about books. My current schedule is a HUGE time commitment, and while I LOVE it. Please, don't get me wrong, I love my blog, this was not a quickly decided process. I am going to be lessening some of my weekly content so I can focus more on writing and getting novels finished and out to you, because let's face it, that's what my entire reason for being here is about.
Without further ado, here's the new and improved Imaginary Adventures content schedule:
All of this means I am not going anywhere. You'll still hear from me at least once a week here, and twice a week on Channillo. As always, if you have questions, comments, or suggestions please leave them in the comment below of reach out to me via email, twitter, or other social media.
Thanks as always and happy reading!
It’s time for audible review! All the details are below for how you can pick up the Audible or eBook file for Love Beyond Reason. This is the second book review I’m doing by Bethany Claire, she was once again kind enough to provide audio copies for review. By the way, I LOVE the covers for this series! [goodreads | Audible]
Finally, Blaire and Arran’s love story gets told! At the beginning of Love Beyond Time we are introduced to Blaire and Arran but quickly transported into Bri and Eoin’s love story. Because book one was ultimately not about these two lovers, we are left holding our breath that they will ultimately get together. Thankfully, we are not disappointed!
Arran and Blaire embark on a twisting story of misconnection and betrayal that is both heart wrenching and romantic. Honestly, if you can dream up a complication for these two lovers, it was in this book. Time travel, pregnancy, murder, marriage, etc. Though there was one obstacle after another it didn’t become tiresome, but it did get close.
The Morna’s Legacy series has fantastic character development. The characters are well realized and deeply interesting, each with their own quirks and personalities and thanks to the talents of the voice actress, they all sounds remarkable lifelike and multi dimensional. The weakness of the series is in the descriptions. Two new castles were introduced and nothing was described of them, characters wore clothes (I assume), and the beautiful Scottish countryside was basically ignored.
Lily Collingwood is the voice actress for the trilogy and while her performance in the first book grated on me slightly, by this second book I was grateful for her diverse voices and the level of quality she brought to the table. Coming in at just over seven hours the story was easily digested in two work days. The recording quality was great with no hum or distortion and made the entire focus on the story.
I have 8 days of NaNoWriMo under my belt and I am so relieved!
This has been a NaNo unlike any other I have participated in. Struggle, frustration, and self-doubt have been my bedfellows. Thankfully, I think we have come to an agreement.
When I finished writing Stealth in April I was asked if I would keep writing or if I had done what I needed to do and was now empty. Stealth was HIGHLY personal for me, more therapy than enjoyable at times. It was written through the lens of a stalked victim and based on situations I have personally lived through. So it wasn't a question from left field.
So would I lay down my pen?
My knee jerk response was "duh, of course I'll keep writing... Won't I?"
When I started planning my third novel for this month I was praying I hadn't lied to myself.
Day 1 was pretty normal, a bit slow for me, but I chalked it up to blank page syndrome.
Day 2, I rocked it! Got ahead and was excited to write.
Day 3... speed bump. I came home, fought with my plot, my characters, and myself. I eventually gave up and went to bed. Pissed.
Day 4 I was once again on top of my game. I wrote nearly 3k words and not only came up to my goal but left it in the dust.
But then days 5, 6, and 7 came and once again I found myself at my desk, fingers clicking away, playing with my imaginary friends. And struggling.
I'm not sure why this NaNo is such a challenging one, but I'm not giving up. So what If I sit down and can only write 2k words a day, who cares if I am more of a turtle than a hare this season. No one is watching. I am free to write what I want, how I want to. That's one of the joys of NaNo. Pure writing. No bs, no naysayers, no criticism. Just me and the paper.
So am I done? Is two book and a failed third my limit?
I am relieved and overjoyed and so proud of myself. I really want to be a writer, I'd love to one day be a full time writer, but that's going to take time, patience, and practice. This is my third NaNoWriMo and I can now say I am here to stay, even through the struggles.
So to answer the question, yes, I WILL keep writing, I don't have the option not to.
It's November alright; Starbucks has released the red cups, the leaves have colored and are falling, and NaNoWriMo 2015 has begun! Before you get back to writing those sprints or snuggling up with a good book by a warm fire, let's catch up on the news.