Week 1 Recap | NaNoWriMo 2016

One week of NaNoWriMo down, three more to go! I hope everyone is off to a great start so far! I must confess I have slowly petered out even though I started strong right out the gate.

First, let me give you an insight into my proposed writing schedule.In a perfect world, my November would be free of any life events and all my focus on NaNoWriMo. However, I do not live in a perfect world, so life pops ups all the time! So, to combat stress or great upheaval, I created a writing schedule that allowed me to still hit 50,000 words, but also enjoy socializing with the outside world. Life events that have occurred so far, my long time best friend from grade school was married this past weekend. It was such a great time and we had a mini reunion of our “group” from primary school days. It was nice not to have to worry about my word count. Of course, as I live in America, then Thanksgiving is something that disrupts any NaNoWriMo flow. Since I have family on both my mom and dad’s side, we have at least three Thanksgivings and as much as I would like to buckle down and write during the holiday, I usually only see some of my family member once a year.

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So, I did some math (with a calculator’s assistance) and created a schedule, so even if I fell off the wagon, I would still be okay. I even added my own personal word count goal (3,000) for some extra motivation. How have I done so far? Well, as I stated above I started out strong on Day 1 with 3,009 words! However, Day 2 and Day 4 I wrote a total of 706 words. My current word count stands at 3, 715. Obviously, not how I envisioned where I would be on Day 9 of NaNo. Now, it would be easy to blame life for interrupting, but it was not life’s fault (this time).

My sluggish writing has come to a standstill because I am at a VERY boring part in my story. I am needing to describe the cabin my character is staying in. I decided to use her search for a landline phone as a way to describe the rooms and layout of the cabin, yet as I pull up my Google Doc and set my fingers over the home row keys, a heavy weight sits upon my shoulders and my mind races about a million other enjoyable things I could be doing.

I have not done a very good job of combating my procrastination, however here are a few tricks I have tried that may be helpful to other NaNo writers who are currently struggling.

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I bought Halloween candy with the sole purpose of using it as a motivation tool. Never mind I have snuck a few (or all) the Reese’s during my lunch. Unfortunately, this tactic did not work. It only made me hungry or realized I was, so I would instead cook a meal and then plop down in front of the TV for only ONE episode of whatever show I am currently binge watching. Like Lays says, you can never have just one and I sure do not watch one episode on Netflix.

 

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I learned about using Pinterest to create boards for my characters, settings, and simply building a creative atmosphere for inspiration to flow from other NaNo participants. I have thoroughly enjoyed pinning! It really does get the juices flowing and as I am a visualizer it aids me greatly in my writer. However, once again, this tactic did not work for this cabin situation. I pinned so many cute cabins and it made we want to do was run away to one. In fact, I even proposed to my family we take a vacation to a cabin just for fun.

 

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Simply skip to another part of your story. Now if you are strict about following a timeline this may be difficult. I am not a big stickler for a timeline, but it does help me keep my thoughts organized and not become a chaotic jumbled mess. During Camp NaNoWriMo, I did jump ahead to my main character meeting another character. The urge to write the scene was burning inside of me for a few days, so I finally caved, wrote the scene and the sensation was gone. I simply had to get that part of the story out of me, so that I could focus on the rest of it. Did I try this method again? OF COURSE! Did it work? No, not this time. I have no urge to write another scene, but I only want this cabin scene to be not so boring.

 

4). Power Through                http3a2f2fmashable-com2fwp-content2fgallery2f25-exhuastion-gifs-for-when-you-cant2fpolar-bear-tired
That’s right. Suck it up and push through. I’m a terrible pusher. I need Ms. Norbury to be my pusher. However, I’d probably just write about her in my own Burn Book. (I’m kidding, Tina Fey is bae!). So what’s a lady to do?

 

5). Compromise                     67058483572bae418c31694b16710b734a25e3fb
Try to find some middle ground in order to move forward. It struck me this morning how I could work my way past this cabin scene. I am still writing a description scene, but not as detailed as I had planned. It will be a rough and dirty run through of the cabin whilst searching for a phone. I plan to “Fix it in post!” Yes, my word count will suffer, but it already has by my not writing at all.

What are some tips and trick you have used to help you get unstuck in your writing? Have you tried any of the one’s above? How did they turn out for you? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Writing!
Pilar

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It’s The Final Countdown! |NaNoWriMo 2016

Only four more days until NaNoWriMo 2016!!! This will be my third year participating in NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth, meaning for the month of November I will be attempting to write 50,000 in 30 days (roughly the length of a novel). I have yet to succeed in this task, but I’m feeling pretty good about it this year. As part of a motivation tactic, I plan to post updates on my progress. Once a week on here and daily on Twitter (@lilpbubs), so feel free to follow me for all things NaNo for the next month! I am working on a project I started this summer and wrote 10,000 words on for Camp NaNoWriMo. I wrote a post about it here.

There is still time to join! It is completely free and no consequences if you do not reach 50,000 words. The goal is to get people to write and write ANYTHING! Participants are not restricted to write ONLY a novel. They may write scripts, music, poems, short stories, work on old projects, and etc. If you can make it 50,000 words then go for it! Winners who reach or surpass 50,000 words do get sweet prizes and awesome discounts!  You can find out more information on their website: http://nanowrimo.org/

So are you participating this year? Share any tips, tricks, past experiences or your story in the comments below! Also, feel free to add me as a writing buddy (RPBee).

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Until next post (Happy Writing!),
Pilar

Books That Took You the Longest to Finish 10.15.16 | T5W

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. There is a new topic every Wednesday where bloggers/booktubers/etc. create their top five list. Join the group today!

These are the books that you had on your nightstand “in progress” for months or years. The books that you took weeks to read because they put you in a slump. Those books that were an uphill battle. These are books you started and actually read, not books you’ve just had on your shelf the longest.

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

orderofthephoenixI stopped reading this book when I was 15. I placed the book down and swore to never pick the series up again. I was annoyed by Harry’s angst, exhausted by Cho’s grief, irritated beyond belief by Umbridge’s rules, and over it all when Fred & George left Hogwarts. However, I did enjoy the mayhem they delivered to Umbridge. I did not pick up the series until I was 23 and smack dab in the middle of my last semester of university. I started with book one and read all the way to book seven. I dreaded reading Order of the Phoenix when I returned to it at 23, but it is now my one of my top favorites out of the series. I simply lacked the maturity and life experience to grasp the concepts of Harry, Cho and so many of the other characters situations. Also, 15 was a year of big change for me as I went through all the wonderful teenage hormone insanity, along with high school and all that entails, a change in tastes in basically everything, and a dislike for reading (Le gasp! I know.). While it took some years, I am glad I gave this book another chance and finished the series.

2. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

13497After coming off of A Storm of Swords, I was excited to jump into A Feast for Crows. Then I read Martin’s note inside the book that told of how this was originally intended to be a much larger book, containing all my favorite characters, but was split in two with all my favorite characters ending up in A Dance with Dragons. It was a struggle to start this book. However, towards the end it did pick up and I came to love new characters (Sam).

3. Hystopia by David Means

HystopiaThis book is the quickest of this lot that I finished. The reason I had a hard time zipping through it was the way it was written. I’m still debating whether I enjoyed this book or not. I feel as if the writing did a great job of reflecting the drug induced state most of the characters were in, but it also made my head hurt trying to comprehend their thoughts and actions. However, I do recommend it if you can make it through.

4. The Lucky One by Nicolas Sparks

3063499This is another book I started in my teens and did not finish later until I was in my 20s. I had this horrible habit of reading books, but when I got close to the end I would stop reading them as if I could preserve the enjoyment of reading this particular book. Yes, it makes absolutely no sense which is why I have since quit this ridiculous habit. I finished it while weeding out books to give away. I only had 5 pages left to read. I also became aware I clearly had a change of taste regarding Nicolas Sparks books.

5. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

13422727Full disclosure, I have yet to finish this beast. I’m less than 1,000 page from finishing it. Usually Martin’s books have pulled me in, towards the middle become a bit slow, but then hook me and yank me around at the end. However, ADWD has me feeling as if I am slowly scaling The Wall. Do not get me wrong, I love the series A Song of Fire and Ice, and I am patiently waiting until The Winds of Winter, but whew this bad boy is a struggle!

 

I think this T5W list of mine is pushing it in terms of these books qualifying for this week’s topic, but they are the closest I could get (and remember) to taking a long time to finish.

What book(s) took you the longest to finish? Why? Share in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

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September 30, 2016 | Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS is hosted by A Daily Rhythm where you showcase the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list. The books can be found online, in a bookstore, in the library , or anywhere! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

When Watched Stories by Leopoldine Core

28186245I stumbled upon this read via a Literary Hub article, What About a Woman’s Right to Idleness. I highly recommend reading this article as well as checking out Literary Hub. I became intrigued by the stories within Core’s work that were talked about in the article as I found myself relating to them. I feel as if I spend a lot of time lying around on my bed, floor, couch, or draped over my rocking chair simply getting lost in my own thoughts. I’m really excited to read this book and perhaps even other work by Leopoldine Core. (Also, what an awesome name!)

Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

144073I found this book while reading another Literary Hub article, Being Bad: 10 Books Featuring Subversive Women. Again, I highly recommend this article as I selected quite a few books to add to my TBR. The story focuses on one woman, who is seeking indifference, courage and independence in 1930s Paris. Sold.

 

The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR by Brian Tuohy

7696042I came across this author’s material through the podcast Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know. He was interviewed in a two part episode entitled, Sports Conspiracies. Don’t let the title turn you off, I believe conspiracies was used as the topics talked about, game betting, fixed games, and corruption, lacked enough evidence to bring the allegations to court or to the knowledge of the masses.However, the recent charges and corruption brought to light against FIFA were talked about as well. Both episodes are interesting for sports fans and the non-sports minded. The Fix is In, is only one of three books Tuohy has written on the subject of sports and corruption.

The Saint-Germain Chronicles by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

1162534This is a book I physically discovered in real life. I work in a library and while shelving books, I noticed the cover, flipped through a couple of pages, and decided to add it to my TBR. Upon looking up the book on my Goodreads, I learned it was #6 in a series of 27. However, this book is a collection of stories involving the character Saint Germain in various places from the 18th to 20th century (I think I’ll be safe jumping ahead). I am interested in picking up the first book of the series as well. It appears this book series has quite the following.

What reads have you come upon recently? Are any of them different from what you normally read? Share in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch | WAYRW

What Are You Reading Wednesdays, #WAYRW, is a weekly feature hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions down below.

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1. What’s the name of your current read?
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
“Yes, master.”/”Don’t call me ‘master.’ Makes my balls shrivel up and my teeth crack. Just call me Father Chains.”

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
Yes, as I want to look at all the beautiful architecture and the hanging gardens Scott Lynch describes. However, no, as it seems a very dangerous place for all.

What are you currently reading? What are your answers to these three questions? Share them in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

Hear Here

via Daily Prompt: Silence

Silence. “It’s what I like most about this place.” Silence. “It’s so quiet here.” Silence. “You must have the most quiet job on campus.” Silence. Freely used to describe our environment. Silence…is not what you will hear here.

Here you will hear, the rushing air of the A/C, the swish of pants as a patron leaves the room, the typing of keys on a keyboard, the sudden sneeze or stifled cough, a discussion between scholars, a tour being given to plain faced students, but not silence. Here you will hear, the clicking of a mouse, the scratch of pencils, the muffled whispers of conversing researchers, patrons seeking help in person or by phone, boxes being opened, pages being flipped through, a ringing cellphone a patron hurries to answer by dashing out of the room, but not silence.

This building, this job, this moment is anything *but* silence. Yet, it is the favorite word of choice to describe us, shame us, compliment us, mock us, label us. Silence. Is not something you will hear here.

 

Time Travel by James Gleick | Waiting on Wednesday

Title: Time Travel | Author: James Gleick

Publisher: Pantheon | Release Date: September 27th, 2016

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.

The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book and an international sensation: The Time Machine. It was an era when a host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological: the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Jorge Luis Borges to Woody Allen. He investigates the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future. (With a color frontispiece and black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

 

My thoughts

Time travel. Enough said.

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Image courtesy of Total Film

 

Until next post,
Pilar

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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