BA News: Post Change, Blog Tour News, and NaNo Update

Hey lovely readers! Well, it’s safe to say it’s November and NaNoWrimo is well under way. I’m updating over at my writing blog, twitter, and my other FB page, so won’t go on about it here too much. I’ll add something a little later in this post though, first up there’s been a change to what I announced in the last BA News update.

For those keeping an eye out for my Iron Fey reviews, I’ve made it to the end of The Iron Queen, but I’ve put a hold on the rest. I’m still going to be reading The Lost Prince, but the review won’t pop up until December some time. I will be finishing the iron fey part of the series at a later date.

Another thing that’s coming up though, and was in my last update, are blog tours. I want to share which ones they are so you can see what’s going on.

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BA News: Upcoming Posts, NaNo, and Blog Tours

Hey readers. Lately I’ve been somewhat sporadic (read absent) with my posting. One went up the other day, which means it’s safe to say posts are resuming. They may not be as routine as before though. Why? Blog tours, The Iron Fey, and NaNoWrimo, that’s why!

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, the first in the Call of the Forgotten series (related to The Iron Fey series), hits stores a couple of days ago. Currently I’m working my way through The Iron Fey series so I know what’s going on because I plan on reading The Lost Prince. I’m attempting to post reviews to all six books, starting on the 29th, and then having The Lost Prince review. There will be the first three in one week, followed by the last three in the second week, and then The Lost Prince. So if you’re wondering why there’s a whole bunch of Iron Fey book reviews coming your way, now you know why (edit: I may end up skipping the last two books, given my reading schedule and writing schedule, just in case they conflict). Continue reading

My NaNoWriMo Experience

I love NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month aka NaNo). I came across it a couple of years ago before it started, but then missed it by a couple of months so wasn’t able to join in. Then last year I missed it by a month so wasn’t able to join in again, but this year I remembered just before it, lucky!

So this is my first year participating and I have to say it is a fantastic motivator. Usually I only make it to the 5,000-10,000 word mark on average and that’s because of several reasons. The motivation is there, but I am not thinking long haul. I get carried away and mostly burn out before I even really begin. Add on to that illness problems and that just makes me lose the desire to keep writing at some point. Before the illness I was a sporadic writer and had a lot of bouts of writer’s block, but when I was writing I was able to go for hours and days if I wanted to. When I had insomnia the only good thing about that was staying up all night writing.

That and the big problem; perfectionism. I have quite a problem with it that I can get carried away with the minute details for some time. It’s actually really bad and isn’t just in my writing (you should see how long I can take when it comes to doing my girlfriend’s hair and putting it into a simple ponytail). The point I know that I’m stuffed when it comes to perfectionism is when I get stuck on a word and want to read through the dictionary and thesaurus. I don’t feel the sentence is right because of a word so have to fix it before I can move on. Might not sound like a problem, but do I get carried away with reading through the dictionary!

I found with NaNo that it motivated me because I don’t like failure, and it set out an actual timeline. I’ve also learnt to pace myself so avoid burnout and with no obsessive editing I actually get somewhere! The motivation to finish and not fall behind is far greater then my obsession with editing or that is what I have learnt, but I am a bit worried that I have relied too heavily on NaNo to get me going and I will lose that motivation after it. I haven’t finished. After a few missed days from being sick, I reached 50,000 words on the 23rd and my novel only feels half done so I am still writing.

As for how it went? I made the deadline almost a week before it finished and that was something I was not expecting. I missed some days because I couldn’t get out of bed and because I wasn’t near the computer, but I pushed myself while pacing at the same time and made it.

It’s been interesting because I’ve had frustrating days, questioning days, exultant days, and far out is writing an emotional roller coaster. I was expecting that though, but in the past I was taking days away to do research or draw up maps, whereas this time it was writing every day.

So now I’m having a break because my body hates me at the moment and doesn’t want me to get out of bed. I was going to continue writing from Monday, but I have no idea if I’m up to it.

When my body likes me again I’ll be writing again, but not every day this time because even though I loved NaNo, every day is too much for me. I’m going to stick to a set amount for 5 days a week.

I was also going to join in on Script Frenzy next year because I used to love writing those, but I figure I should probably focus on the novel instead of starting a hobby. There’s several other projects going on including a NaNo style one in June for the Southern Hemisphere called Southern Cross Novel Challenge, but I think I’m only going to do National Novel Writing Month. I’m pretty sure I can finish my novel by then even with Christmas and a heap of birthdays coming. If you want to see what other projects are going on you can do so here.

As for my story? I don’t know if I’m ready to share the plot just yet. Let me think on that and maybe I’ll post it when I start writing again.

Congratulations to everyone who made the goal and congratulations for those who made an effort even if you didn’t because really making such a commitment and sticking with it, regardless of making the goal they have picked, is still something to be proud of.

NaNoWriMo

It’s almost November which means the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost upon us! Usually I miss it by a few days to a few weeks, but this time I have been reminded of it a few weeks in advance! I’m so excited! Can you tell by all the exclamation marks? And yes this all means I am taking part in it this time around!

Exclamation marks!

Sorry, I’m a little out of it at the moment. Basically I’m going to be writing like mad during November because the goal to reach is 50,000 words (175 pages) by midnight of the 30th. I have no idea if I’ll make that. Given my health and pain issues I might not, but I’m willing to give it a try. It’s nice to have the motivation and to be part of a writing community. I’ll be happy if I can make it to at least 40,000 words. I won’t get angry with myself if I make it to that.

I’m pretty much going to be entering into Hermitsville all that time which will be interesting because Sarah (poor Sarah) has never had to deal with me in writing mode before. I can be a little crazy. Just a little. We’ll know she’s a keeper if she isn’t’ ready to smack me by the time we come out of November!

This also means that I won’t be posting that much with all my typing and writing power going into this event (apart from my book clubs I won’t be doing anything except being a manic writer). So for the rest of the month I won’t be posting any reviews. Instead I’ll have them scheduled for November and spaced out so there is something to read. Plus I’ll try and pop in and do some Memes every week. I’m also organising the next Must Reads now which will be Must Reads: Books on Writing (how appropriate).

You can follow me on the website here or click the banner up top and they are going to have word count widgets which I’ll see if they are WordPress friendly.

Are you or anyone else taking part in NaNoWriMo? Would you like a writing buddy? Let me know!