Final results – Bout of Books Readathon

Well the challenge is over, and the time has passed. Many pages were read and I suspect a good time was had by all who participated.

During the week of January 6th-12th I finished 1 book and read 5 others for a grand total of 1,3 49 pages.

In order: I finished Stardust by Neil Gaiman                   Monday 6th

One foot in the grave by Jeaniene Frost                             Monday 6th

The Vampire’s assistant by Darren Shan                            Tuesday  7th

Not your Ordinary wolf Girl by Emily Pohl Weary       Thursday 9th

Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan                                          Sunday 12th

At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost                                          Sunday 12th


So I hope everyone who participated in the Bout of Books Readathon 9.0 did an awesome job, and here’s to getting life back on track after spending the week reading my eyes sore. ^__^


Bout Of Books READATHON 9.0

For those of you who don’t know, I started a youtube channel a while back to review and discuss books. Being a writer, I think it’s just as important to read a lot, as it is to write a lot, so I’ve been really focusing on pushing myself to read a ton these past couple of months and I hope to extend that well into 2014. So here are my plans for the Bout Of Books READATHON 9.0.

It actually started yesterday Monday the 6th, but I only just found out about it twenty minutes ago. That being said I actually finished reading two books yesterday which was crazy unpredictable planning on my part. For those of you unfamiliar with Readathons, the idea is to read as much as possible in a short period of time. This challenge started Monday January 6th, and will continue till the 12th. It’s not too late to sign up, if your feeling like getting your inner reader on, so please check out the Bout of Books website 

This week I would like to read:

Stardust by Neil Gaiman  Monday 6th

One Foot in the Grave by Jeanine Frost  Monday 6th

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairy Land by Catherynne M. Valente

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl Weary    Thursday 8th

The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan     Tuesday 7th

Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan   Sunday 12th

Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan

So those are my goals for this week. Stay tuned for updates on how it’s going. I hope everyone finds plenty of time for reading this week. Cheers!


UPDATED January 12th Noon: I’ve just crossed some books off my list. I’ve still got about 12 hours to go, let’s see if I can read another book or two? ^__^ Happy bout of books readathon!

Goals for 2014

Now that everyone’s (hopefully) sober, and the new year has officially been rung in, I think it’s time we got our noses back to the grinding stone. I personally spent the last few hours of 2013 finalizing my goals for 2014, so today I’ll share a few of my more writerly goals with you.

Being an avid writer of lists, and a sporatic procrastinator do not a novel write, I’ve found, so I find it best to divide my year/months/weeks, with goals. I used to come up with prizes and consequences but after many months-years of tyring to sustain creativy productivity, I’ve come to the decision that if you have to bribe yourself to do something, it’s either not worth doing, or you aren’t doing it for the right reasons. So no consequences, no grand gestures for a deed well done.

-Win Nanowrimo 2014
I realize this happens 10 months from now, but I felt really bad that I lost this year since I won the last two years that I did Nano. So this is really important to me. ^_^

-Win Camp Nanowrimo 2014
I tried looking this up, but so far I don’t think they have announced the dates for which months will be “camp”. I’ve also got a schedule for which projects I’m working on this year, so I’ll probably only do one of the months.

-Rewrite C.O.S.
This is the first book I ever tried to write and boy has it been through some big changes. I’m working on the second full rewrite at the moment, but really this is like 8th version of this book.

-Send C.O.S. out to Beta readers (Hopefully send out queries later too)

-Rewrite Violet
I wrote this book last year and tried editing it very soon after I finished it and couldn’t find the heart to do anything productive with it. But I really love the story and it’s not the far off from being where I want it to be so I’ll be making that a priority this year.

-Outline a sequel for Violet
I’ve got a large cluster of notes that venture past the ending of this novel and while it might only become a Novella, I’d like to flesh some of those ideas out.

-Edit 5 short stories
The pile of forgotten short stories on my hard drive is seemingly endless. A couple of them still make me feel warm and fuzzy inside so they’ll get some attention this year.

-Complete 3 first drafts
I’ve got about 4-6 novels in the 20k-40k range of completion, and several of them I really want to finish, they’ve just been pushed to the back burner while I worked on C.O.S. and Violet. Well no longer. ^__^

That’s it. I’ll also be aiming to read 104 books this year, so that’ll be interesting. As it stands, 2014 is going pretty well for me. Let me know your goals (writing related or not) in the comments below and tell me how 2014 is shaping up for you.

Happy Scribbling.