Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 GOOOALS



  1. DO NOT PRESSURE MYSLEF ABOUT ANYTHING. Last year, 2013, I rushed to finish my goodreads reading challenge. This year, 2014, I haven’t completed my goodreads reading challenge. Next year, 2015, I don’t think I’ll even set a reading challenge. Or if I do, a really low one, like 5 books. Also, I won’t pressure myself about any other goals in this list.
  1. BLOG CONSISTENTLY. I blogged consistently for the first half of this year… then I got a job and stopped. Not because I didn’t have time, but I had less time and I lost interest and you know. I’d like to put up 4 blog posts per month: one on reading, one on writing, and two about whatever else I desire (which could include more posts about reading/writing)
  2. WRITE STUFF AND FINISH IT. I have a real problem finishing stories that I write. This year, I have some very specific writing goals in mind, which I will probably talk about in my writing blog post in January.

That’s basically it. I have other goals, like lose weight, save money, and wear more nail polish, but that’s not really relevant to the blog, so I don’t think I need to talk about those in depth.

See you in 2015! :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Santa, Bring me Books!


Top 10 Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish

  1. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  3. The Falconer by Elizabeth May
  4. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney
  5. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  6. Fray by Joss Whedon and others
  7. Unremembered by Jessica Brody
  8. The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman
  9. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman
  10.  Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

At the End of the Year…



Looking back on this year and all (some) of my experiences.

BLOGGING:
I’m not too happy with my blogging record. I was doing well up until around July. I got a job in July, which has been eating up lots of my time. Though that’s no excuse.

READING:
As of right now, December 16th, I have to read 14 books to complete my goodreads goal. I could do it… but I’m not gonna pressure myself. And I might forgo having a reading goal entirely next year.
On the other hand, I hacked my way through quite a few books series (15) reread some favorite series (2) this year and cleared off some of my physical TBR (??), which is great, and overall, I’m quite happy with my reading this year.

WRITING:
Well… hold up, hold up. No, I don’t think that I’ve actually finished anything this year. But—no wait, I DID finish one manuscript and submit to a contest. I could win lots of money. I won’t know until February 25th, 2014. ((I don’t think I’ll win lots of money))
Yet, I did start some solid stories, I started redrafting a couple things and I’ve narrowed it down to four stories I mainly want to work on in 2015. Hopefully, I will report success on finishing these things next year.
I did participate in April Camp NaNoWriMo and won word-count wise but didn’t finish my story because I took a wrong turn and then wrote several chapters on top of that and didn’t want to go back and change everything… (That is one of the stories I’m planning on working on in 2015), and I technically participated in July camp NaNo and November NaNo, though I won neither. As I said, I got a job, my first job, in July and that threw a wrench in that NaNo, and during the November session I found out about the contest I mentioned and switched stoires, though that did end up being the story that I finished in 2014 (though I started it in 2013, so I’m not sure that’s a win.)
Overall, I’m not too pleased with my writing in 2014, but I have hope for the coming year!

REVIEWING:
I think I was doing a REALLY good job on reviewing, but then in like September I went on this rereading binge with Vampire Academy and then catching up on Bloodlines, and then rereading Percy Jackson and the Olympians and catching up on Heroes of Olympus… I didn’t re-review the ones I’d already read, but what can you do?



All in all, I think I had a pretty solid year doing the things that are important to me… but there’s always room for improvement. 2015, here I come!