The fifth month of 2021 has arrived. We are so close to being halfway through the year already. April seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye. Some months are like that, while others drag on for an eternity. Regardless of how fast or slow a month goes, it gives us the opportunity to work on various tasks and objectives. Every month, I take some time to reassess my goals, determine what is and isn’t working, and make adjustments for the current month. Before we get into my May 2021 goals, let’s take a moment to look back over my April goalsRead More →

With the arrival of May, it’s time to take a moment to back at the books I read during April. Each month I do my best to read as much as I can. Some months are better than others, but I am determined to get through all of the books that I own. Over the last two years, I have been able to take my enormous TBR down to a more reasonable amount and it shrinks with every month. Reading is one of my favorite activities, it provides entertainment and a chance to learn something new. It doesn’t matter if you read one book aRead More →

Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end! The final week is often a chaotic rush to reach the word count goal and see your story through its final few chapters. Since I had hit the 50,000-word mark last week, anything I wrote in these final few days was a pure bonus. I honestly love when I can go past the goal and get extra words written. It means that the novel draft is that much closer to being done. This April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo final update goes over the last week of the month-long writing challenge and shows the end result of all that writing.Read More →

Grab your DVDs, Blurays, and some popcorn. It’s time for the May 2021 Use It Up Challenge. This month we are focusing on movies. We all have a collection of movies. The allure of the $5 movie bin at stores has allowed your collection to bloom. But are you actually watching those movies regularly or are they sitting there collecting dust? Let’s deal with this entertaining clutter and reduce that collection down to what you truly want to keep and watch. The previous categories this year covered were kitchen items, pet supplies, technology, and seeds. In the first year of this challenge, we have tackled notebooks,Read More →

The fourth week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. With this week behind us, we are truly staring at the finish line. There are just six days left of this month-long writing challenge to write an entire novel in 30 days. At this point, writers should be closing in on the 40000-word mark. That does sound like a lot of words, and it is, but it’s entirely possible. This April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo week 4 update goes over how this week of writing has gone. Curious about how the previous weeks have gone? Check out my week 1, week 2, and week 3Read More →

The third week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. Not only does this week get us past the halfway point but it also starts us down the path to the finish line. By this point, many writers have a solid hold of their stories and are actively building their way towards the ending, tossing all kinds of obstacles at their characters and doing their best to create an amazing world. Or they may be huddled in the corner panicking over their lack of words. Trust me, I’ve been in both situations over the years. Luckily, this time around my progress is going quiteRead More →

This year, I decided to truly dedicate myself to writing. It’s something I want to change from a hobby to a full-time career. This is where the year of writing comes into play. Not only does this mean I am spending a significant amount of time writing, but I am also doing what I can to improve my writing. This includes reading many writing craft books and articles. Because this is a year-long project, I decided to share quarterly updates on my progress. So without further ado, here is my year of writing: update 1 covering January to March. Year of writing: update 1 JanuaryRead More →

The second week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. Writing is a passion that I am working hard to turn into an actual career. That is why I have made this my year of writing. I’m putting more effort than normal into my writing. Part of that is participating in writing challenges, such as Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo. Writing on a deadline seems to work best for me, as it adds pressure to sit down and get the words written. Now that another week of writing has gone by it’s time for the April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo week 2 update. Let’s see howRead More →

Another new month has arrived. Can you believe we are already in the fourth month of 2021? This year seems to be going by quite quickly. In a way, this is good, because it means the days, weeks, and months aren’t dragging on endlessly. As each new month arrives, it creates an opportunity to work on my long-term and short-term goals. Setting goals each month truly helps me work towards what I want to get accomplished while giving me the accountability to keep up with them. Every month I reassess my goals, determine what is and isn’t working, and go from there. Before we getRead More →

With the arrival of April, it’s time to take a moment to look back at the books I read in March. When it comes to hobbies, reading is at the top of my list. Reading is an escape, a form of entertainment, and a way to expand my knowledge in various topics. A while ago, I felt like my enormous TBR was completely overwhelming and that I would never get through it. Yet two years later, I was surprised by how much progress I had made with my TBR. One great thing about the books I read this month was that there were so manyRead More →