The arrival of December brings another month of reading to an end. November is the month when I am focused on NaNoWriMo, and so I wasn’t expecting much reading-wise. However, my best-laid plans of ignoring the vast majority of my TBR were thrown out the window. Despite dedicating most of my time to writing, I still managed to read plenty of books. I think it helped that so many of these books were stellar reads that I gobbled up. Be prepared to add many of these books to your own TBR as they truly are phenomenal works that everyone should read. So, without further ado,Read More →

NaNoWriMo has come to an end! Thirty days of frantic writing, trying to create a novel in a single month is over and all writers can now let out a sigh of relief. Whether you hit the word count goal or not, everyone who participated should be proud. You are closer to seeing that novel idea come to fruition. The key thing to remember about NaNoWriMo is this is merely the first step. It’s about getting the words down, not about having a perfect product at the end of the month. That’s what the coming months are for. To help finish that rough draft ifRead More →

Gather your wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift bags! It’s time for the December 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on gift wrap. With the holidays on their way, now is the perfect time to use up your collection of gift wrap. Whether you hit the post-holiday sales last year to stock up or have a small collection leftover, let’s make an effort to use up what we have on hand. The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, seeds, movies, outdoor decor, tools, hardware, school supplies, organizers, and music. December 2021 Use It Up Challenge – Gift WrapRead More →

The fourth week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This is the point where writers are either casually cruising toward the finish line or frantically typing for all their worth in an attempt to come close. The word count goal total for this week is 45,009. That is certainly a lot of words, however, it’s also deliciously close to the end. Soon, we writers can let out a sigh of relief and give our keyboards a well-deserved rest – at least until our characters and plot demand our attention once more. Speaking of plot, let’s move on to my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 4 update.Read More →

Readers have this funny habit of buying books faster than they can consume them. This often leads to TBR growing at an exponential rate while the actual number of read books stays relatively low. I was one of those readers. The desire to own all those books outweighed the ability to read them. However, I have changed my ways. Back in 2018, I made the choice to focus on reading the books I owned and limit how many books I purchased. I certainly still buy books, but I feel like I am doing a much better job of keeping up with those recent purchases whileRead More →

The third week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. By the end of this week, writers should have reached a word count of 33340 words. That is assuming that they have stayed on track the entire time. Some writers may be ahead, others behind, and then there are those who will be perfectly on track. Now that we are past the halfway point, the finish line is starting the steadily creep up. That means that the second round of writing panic may hit as well. This is also when the project is starting to look better as the chapters build up. Speaking of theRead More →

The eleventh month of 2021 has arrived. We are getting wonderfully close to finishing the year and starting another. November is one of my favorite months, mostly because it is the month of NaNoWriMo – the month-long writing challenge. But the month itself is nice in other ways. The weather, while cold, is still pleasant most days. Hot chocolate and soup become regular features on the meal plan. But, like all months, it’s an opportunity to get stuff done. Breaking my large goals into smaller monthly chunks helps keep me on track and avoids the overwhelm of trying to get it all done at once.Read More →

The second week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. By now, many writers have fallen into a steady flow of words, watching their beloved idea come to life before their eyes. Others may be wallowing in despair as their word count is well below where it needs to be. Whether you are ahead, behind, or right on track, it’s important to take a moment to acknowledge each and every word you have written. Those words will one day become a full draft of your novel idea. Speaking of creating a novel, it’s time to share my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 2 update, to see howRead More →

The arrival of November brings another month of reading to an end. October was a semi-busy month but I did find a decent amount of time to devote to reading. Working my way through my TBR has been a huge aspect of my time, as it had gotten overwhelmingly large not all that long ago, but with dedication, I was able to reduce it by quite a bit. Reading is a favorite activity of mine. I get to explore new worlds, learn something new, and entertain myself for hours on end. As with other months, I will be sharing what I read in October. IRead More →

November ushers in the month-long writing challenge NaNoWriMo. It is a challenge where writers around the world attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Every year I look forward to this writing challenge. It is a chance to sit and write without worrying too much about perfection. Of course, it will also help me get that much closer to reaching my goal of writing 1 million words in 2021. With the first week of writing complete, I thought it would be fun to share how it has been going. So, without further ado, here is my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 1 update. NaNoWriMo 2021 weekRead More →