Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Goals

I can't believe that it is the last month of 2016! It's hard to believe. I love December! I love Christmas, spending time with friends and family, and I love celebrating a new year! (Also I love my birthday, which is December 31st.) It's time for an update in my monthly goals. I'll update my yearly goals at the end of this month.
My new tree with Star Trek ornaments!
Here are my goals from November:
* Write to 50,000 words on "Charlotte"


 Yes!! It was only one goal, but I completed it!! :) I finished writing my novel "Charlotte". I started it a few months ago, but couldn't finish it. I'm really happy with how it turned out! Normally I'm not too thrilled with my novel at the end of NaNoWriMo, but I still like this one. Hopefully revisions will go well, but I don't plan on starting revisions until January to give time to let the book settle before I look at it again. I also did some reading last month!

Forgotten God by Francis Chan
Erasing Hell by Francis Chan
What Light by Jay Asher
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) - Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

I read four books. Not bad since I wrote a whole book last month! I'm only 6 books away from my goal of 50 books this year. I need to keep reading!

Goals for December:
* Read six books

* Write personal/writing goals for 2017

* Celebrate Christmas with my friends and family

These should be easy goals to accomplish! I will keep you updated. How did your goals from last month go? What are your goals for the last month in 2016?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Goals

November is finally here. It's time for NaNoWriMo. I decided that I wanted to try and write 50,000 words this month, though I'm not sure I can do it. I'm gonna try! :) October wasn't as exciting as I hoped it would be, but it was a good month.

It's time for an update in my goals.

Here are my goals from October:
* Have a spooky Halloween party!

* Decide if I want to do NaNoWriMo in November

* Read six books



Well.... I completed all of my goals! These weren't too hard, but I am almost caught up on my Goodreads Challenge goal for this year. I'm at 40 out of 50 books read. Only 10 more books to go! I did read 6 books last month.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
Return to the Isle of the Lost (Descendants #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Rainbows and Raindrops by Kelley Lynn

I'm really hoping that I can finish my goal of 50 books read in 2016. I just need to keep reading!

Goals for November:
* Write to 50,000 words on "Charlotte"
It's just a working title, but I started this book months ago and never finished it. I really hope I can! I'll be starting with 8,045 words. 


Seventeen-year-old Charlotte "Charlie" Haven is pregnant. Her mom is deployed over-seas, her dad is gone, and she lives with her grandparents and brother, Brian. She struggles with feeling bad for herself and not knowing how to deal with her life circumstances. One day, a boy named William enters the diner she works in. William is homeless and teaches Charlotte how to move on with her life and how to save his.

Only the one goal! That will be enough. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? You are welcome to follow me on my novel page. Good luck if you are! :) How did you goals from October go? Tonight I will be trying to get some writing done and watching "Star Trek Beyond"! If my copy ever arrives. I'm off to stalk the mailman! :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IWSG - Why am I doing this?


Today is a meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

To make this post short, since I really haven't been into blogging lately, I've had trouble writing. I haven't written anything in months. I don't feel motivated. I'm still waiting on a full request from the last book I submitted. It's hard to wait after over a year, but I'm being patient. Writing doesn't come first when I'm working two jobs and dealing with some personal stuff, stuff that I need to think about less. Gah! Writing. I haven't even found a story that I want to write in a while. I'm a struggling writer. Yep.


I'm really hoping to get motivated to do NaNoWriMo next month! Hopefully I can! What are you feeling insecure about?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Goals

It's 30 days until Halloween! :) My favorite holiday and time of year! I work today and tomorrow, but I have time after that to start my decorating! I absolutely love decorating for Halloween.

It's the first of the month, so it's time for an update in my goals!

Here are my goals from September:
* Read "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"

* Read "The Girl Before" by Rena Olsen


* Buy "Captain America Civil War" on Blu-Ray


* Start planning my Hocus Pocus Halloween Party!



I completed all four of my goals! :) Last month went very well. I'm still not getting any writing done and I'm behind on my reading, but I did make some progress. I'm happy with what is going on. I celebrated "Hobbit Day" with my sister, which was wonderful! She finally got to see the last movie and see how it ends. Watching her observe the movie was my favorite part! I did do a little reading last month.

The Girl Before by Rena Olsen
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) by J.K. Rowling

Not enough, but something. I'm falling behind on my reading goals, but I can catch up. :)

Goals for October:
* Have a spooky Halloween party!

* Decide if I want to do NaNoWriMo in November

* Read six books
I have to catch up before the year ends!


Those goals should be obtainable! How did your goals from September go? What are your goals for October? :)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

September Goals

This isn't going to be an update like I usually do at the beginning of the month. For one thing, I'm late posting this at all. I normally post my update on the first. I can honestly say that I only completed one of my goals from last month. I'll show you.

Here are my goals from August:
* Write 10,000 words

* See "Star Trek Beyond"!

* Read three books


One goal. It's something. I guess. But I didn't do any writing or reading. None. I loved "Star Trek Beyond" though. I possibly saw it 3 times. :) Although I did finally manage to catch up on some house work and get my apartment cleaned. I'm still working my 50-55 hours a week. It's just tiring. But that's not the only thing on my mind.

Here's where my post gets more personal.

A few months ago, I went to the doctor for shingles. (I'm definitely glad that has healed.) While I was at the doctor, he wanted to talk about my blood pressure which has always been elevated. It was high enough that he decided not to wait any longer. He gave me a prescription. I admit that medication does make me feel better. I get less headaches and I feel better overall. But there was something he asked me. Before he gave me the prescription, he asked if he could be a little more personal. He asked if I was planning on getting pregnant in the next year because the medicine he was giving me wasn't the best for that and he had other choices. Of course, I made a joke about virgin births and said no.

But his question has stuck for me for a while now.

I'm twenty-seven years old and in December, I'll be twenty-eight. I'm not getting any younger. I'd dated a few guys, but I've always struggled with being in a relationship. I don't like to be too close and I hate being smothered by the person. No, don't text me multiple times to check on me or always want to be touching me. I'm not a touchy-feely person. (On a side note, my sister is the same way.) I'm just not a physically intimate person. It makes it hard to me to stay in a relationship. I just want out after a while. I'm okay being single. I've accepted that I might not get married and I'm okay with that. Some days I want it, but that's pretty rare. I'm happy as who I am.

My adorable siblings :)
There's something I'm not happy about. I have a strong desire to be a mom. I always have. I love children and I work with kids. Ever since I found out where babies come from, I've wanted to be a mom. But I don't necessary just want to adopt. I do love adoption, since I have an adopted sister and brother, who I love to pieces. But there's something about having my own child, feeling it kick, and be mine. I strongly desire that.

I'm not old, but I'm not getting any younger. And I don't think a woman should be forced to be married to have a child. We live in a non-traditional world anymore. I looked into artificial insemination. The cost is quite high. So I looked into doing it on my own with a known donor sperm. I won't go into details, but the male I had talked to, he decided he couldn't do it. That's fine. I gave him the choice, but I didn't realize how much it would hurt. I'm not going to give up on my dream, but it's harder. I don't want to wait until I'm 35 or older to have kids, though some do. I'm the most healthy now and it's better for my body and the baby.

I want to be financially secure first, of course. I'm really working on that. But I can't wait forever. :) I'm still deciding what my new step will be. I know that even though the child won't have a father, I have a great support system who would help raise a child. It'll feel impossible some days, but I can't imagine not being a mom someday.

Sorry if that was too personal, but that's really been weighing on my mind. I believe that I'm a strong woman and I can do it. I just need to figure out how.

I am going to do some goals, but they will be a little less for this month.

Goals for September:
* Read "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"

* Read "The Girl Before" by Rena Olsen
I know the author! I can't wait to read her book!

* Buy "Captain America Civil War" on Blu-Ray
I have mine pre-ordered and I'm waiting to get it!

* Start planning my Hocus Pocus Halloween Party!


Hopefully I can accomplish some of those goals and at least catch up on my reading goal for this year. I'm falling behind. Please don't judge me too harshly for being honest. I hope the rest of your Labor Day weekend goes well! I'm off to spend time with a friend and possibly go tubing tomorrow. How did your goals from last month go?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August Goals/IWSG - Finding Time

It's a new month and I've been at my new job for three weeks! I'm really enjoying my new job. I'm working as an infant teacher and starting to bond with the little ones. I'm enjoying my baby cuddles! I'm going to miss the big kids at the school, but I really do like playing with the little kids now. :) Also, I'm cutting down hours at my retail job, so hopefully I have a little less stress and more writing time!

It's time for an update in goals!

Here are my goals from July:
* Write 10,000 words

* Read four books

* Buy a new bookcase

Isn't my new bookcase beautiful?? :)

I love my Captain America figurines!

I completed all of my goals from last month!! Yay! :) I also did get my reading done. Barely. :) I managed to read three books, though I wanted to read more. My to-read list keeps growing!!

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2) by Jenny Han
We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3) by Jenny Han
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Goals for August:
* Write 10,000 words

* See "Star Trek Beyond"!
I love Star Trek so much!!! :)

* Read three books


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Also, today is a meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

To make this post short, I'm really feeling insecure about finding time to write!! I'm work an average of 50 to 60 hours a week between my two jobs. I love both jobs, but it's a lot of work. It's hard to find any time for writing, which is hard. When I'm not working, I'm trying to find time to relax.


How do you balance work and writing? :)

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Goals

It's July! :) I can honestly say that last month started rough, but it got much better. I did well with my goals! And I have today off work, so I'm planning on hopefully going to see "Finding Dory"! Yes, I'm an adult, but I've waited so long for this movie!

It's also the first of the month and time for an update in my goals.

Here are my goals from June:
* Write 5,000 words
On anything! I actually wrote 10,000 words on a novel and about 5,000 on a fun project. :) It feels pretty good to be writing!

* Write a plan for life changes

I didn't write a full plan, but I did find a job!!

* See "Me Before You" in theaters!


I almost did it! The only goal I didn't get to was the last one. I waited too long and the movie was gone from my local theater before I could get a chance to see it. Though I confess that I saw "Captain America: Civil War", 3 times last month. :) It was totally worth it. I'll just see "Me Before You" when it comes out on DVD. As for reading, I didn't do as much, but I'm still ahead with my goal, so that's okay. :) Here are the books I did read:

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1) by Jenny Han
Robyn (Making a Splash, #1) by Jade Parker

Two books is still better than reading no books. :)

Goals for July:
* Write 10,000 words
On new novel! Or on fun project! Just keep writing!

* Read four books

* Buy a new bookcare
I've had the same little bookcase for years and I'm ready for a bigger one. :)


How did your goals from June go? What are your goals for July? I'm off to get read to see "Finding Dory"!