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Sunday Status: Week 48

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On writing

This is the worst week ever writing-wise. I had two exams that needed to be finished and handed in, and I got sick with the flu as well, so there were days where I didn’t get anything written. In fact, there were more days of me not writing this week than it was of me writing. I only wrote 7,800 words the entire week, and I spent 9,25 hours writing.

I did, however, manage to finish More Than Words. I did it yesterday, and it ended up at 70K. I managed it just in time to finish NaNoWriMo too, which I won with 111K. This is a first for me, because I’ve only won NaNoWriMo like once before or something and then I wrote on a lot of different stories. I started More Than Words on November 8th, after finishing up More Than Anything on November 7th and writing some shorts. November’s been mad, but it’s been so good. I can actually write a lot, and I really hope it’ll continue in December and next year.

On reading

Writing has been even more abysmal than the writing. I did read a short at the beginning of the week, Gaydar by Kim Dare. It was quite enjoyable! I started on He Completes Me by Cardeno C., but I haven’t had time to read much in it due to the exams and the flu. I hope to read more this week after my last exam is over.

December 1st, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Sunday Status: Week 47

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On writing …

This week wasn’t as good as last week, but I did write 20K. I can’t really complain about 20K in a week, can I? Still, I don’t like seeing my word count go down from last weeks 29K, and certainly not the week before’s amazing 46K! That week was mad though, and I should learn to pace myself. I wrote for 42 hours that week, which is twice as much time as I’ve spent the last two weeks.

I’ve written exclusively on More Than Words this week too, and it’s on 65K now. I’m thinking it’ll be around the 70-75K range, instead of the 80K I had planned. This because I skipped some scenes. I do have a couple of scenes to add, so you never know, but that’s how it’s currently looking. I’m more than happy with that wordcount. It’ll be the longest novel I’ve written, right behind the first in the series, More Than Anything, which clocked in at 104K. I hope to finish MTW this week!

On reading …

Last week I started Home Again by Cardeno C. and I finished it this week. Let me tell you one thing: I loved it! The only reason I haven’t started on the second book in the series is because I’ve had two exams to write, and they’ve come before my own writing, even. Still, I am so looking forward to continuing this series. I really like the author’s voice and the way the book was told, and I really hope the rest of the series is as good as this one!

November 24th, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Saturday Status: Week 46

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On writing …

Writing hasn’t been going like it did last week, but then last week was mad. Last week I wrote 46K, and I have no idea what possessed me. This week I’ve written 29K, and I’m quite happy with that. I don’t think I’m going to reach 46K anytime soon again, so nearing thirty thousand is quite good. I’ve written exclusively on More Than Words this week and it’s on 44K now.

I had to skip some scenes that weren’t working, so I’m back to thinking this novel will be around 80K again (this means I’m over hallways, yeah!), and not a 100K like I believed at first when I did the outline. I’m happy about that. This novel is longer in history, in that it takes place over several years, but there are time jumps. Not major ones, but from a couple of months to a year. If I were to write everything that happened during the five years this novel spans, it would be epic, and truthfully, extremely boring. So that’s why only the interesting stuff is put into the book. The other scenes, the ones that doesn’t work, will probably end up as free shorts once the novel has been published.

I’m excited about it. As MTW is at 44K, all of which I’ve written in November, this means I can actually win NaNoWriMo properly, even if I’ve already reached 84K this month. I might just win NaNoWriMo by writing 50K on a new novel, on More Than Words. This is nuts, because all other years I haven’t managed the 50K margin, and now I’m going to a 100K for the month. Let’s see if I can pull this off!

On reading …

I haven’t read much this week. I finished reading Where Nerves End, by L.A. Witt and I liked it. I didn’t love it, but it was okay. Then I moved on to actually finishing Aria by Shira Anthony, which I’ve had on my to-finish shelf since April or something. There’s nothing wrong with Aria, it’s a good book, I just lost interest in reading and writing around that time, and I haven’t gotten around to finishing it since I came back to everything. It was good though. I also started in on Home Again by Cardeno C. This is a new author for me, and though I’ve only finished the first chapter, I’m liking it so far.

November 17th, 2013|NaNo'13, Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Sunday Status: Week 45

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On writing … 

So this has been the first proper week of November and it’s been mental! I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo, and I won, which means I reached 50,000 words!, on the 9th. Nine days in and I’ve gotten 50K down, isn’t that just completely mental? I have no idea how it happened. I’ve written 55K in November so far, and 46K of them this week. Last month I write 69K. Think I can beat that this month?

I finished More Than Anything on the 7th, went through it and submitted it on the 8th. If this is what can happen when I have an outline, I will always have one from now on. I also wrote a short, sexy stand-alone for an anthology call, which I also submitted on the 8th. And I did something else on the 8th I should’ve done for ages now: I finally submitted White Nights and Moscow Nights, fourth in the Arctic Love series and third in the Seasonal Love series respectably.

I also, on the 8th, started the second More novel, More Than Words. This is up on 16K now and there’s still a lot to write! Hoping to get it out during the rest of November, though I’ve set a deadline of December 10th on it. We’ll see how it goes. It isn’t on a proper deadline after all, but it’s nice to set one for myself.

On reading …

Haven’t been reading so much this week, since it’s been all about the writing. I did, however, read the last book in the Coda series, Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding. This book didn’t catch me like the others, because of the subject it deals with. I do not have children, nor will I ever have children. The thought of having them does not appeal to me at all. So no, the subject matter here did not draw me in at all. But, this is Jon and Cole, and I love them. The writing is as good as ever, too, so even if the subject covered in the entire book is not my cup of tea, it gets a full five stars anyway, because there’s nothing at all wrong here to retract from that.

I also read a short, Putting Out Fires, where Matt tries to do something nice to Jared and it’s an epic fail. Kind of. He was so sweet, and he tried his best! After that I started in on L.A. Witt’s Where Nerves End, which is the first book in the Tucker Springs series. It’s looking promising so far!

November 10th, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Sunday Status: Week 44

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On writing …

This week has been the most productive writing wise so far. In fact, every week has been better than the last. I sure do hope this pattern continues! I’ve been writing exclusively on More Than Anything, as I’ve done since I started writing it again at the beginning of October. This week I have written an incredibly 26K! I almost couldn’t believe it, but the spreadsheet does not lie. Last week was 17K, so this means almost 10K more. I am stunned. I am hoping I can keep it up!

More Than Anything has now reached 86K. Or was it 87K? Still, it’s just so incredible! I will have this novel finished in no time. Here I thought I was going to use NaNo on the rest of the novel, and the words are just pouring out. I have plans to write something else, a short story, then the second novel, afterwards. I hope I can keep the word count up on those two!

On reading …

After finishing Marie Sexton’s A to Z I continued the series by rereading The Letter Z. I read that back in 2010 too, so I didn’t really remember much of it. Back when I read this the first time, there were certain major things I didn’t like about it. This time around though, I just loved the book. What their relationship grew into was right for them and I have found now that I didn’t have any problems with it. Before, I had really deep-rooted issues with cheating, and I guess for me that this books touched on that. I guess I had the same reaction Jared did, but the first time around I didn’t open myself up enough to accept it. I did this time, and I’m glad for that!

Next up was Strawberries for Dessert, the last book in the series I had already read, also back in 2010. I love Jon and Cole, I did back then and I do now. After that it was time to move on to Paris A to Z. This is the book I’ve been waiting for, the one I haven’t read before. Loved it too! It was great to see Zach finally dealing with what happened over 10 years ago with Jonathan. It was great to see Matt deal with his jealousy of Cole. Zach’s and Angelo’s relationship is awesome, I admire it! And Jon and Cole themselves, getting married. Such a good story! Now I’m on to the last book in the series, which I’ve also been looking forward too.

November 3rd, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Sunday Status: Week 43

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On writing …

I didn’t think this week was going well, but looking at my spreadsheet now I see that it’s the best week yet. I’ve written a stunning 17K this week. This brings the monthly total to 51K, and More Than Anything to 59K. We’re getting somewhere now. New characters are being introduced, and I particularly like the one I just introduced. Like literally just. He’s in the scene I stopped writing to do this blog post.

I’m really excited about writing lately, even if everything else is shit. I won’t go into it though, because that’s personal stuff, and I keep this blog for my writer persona only. Just know that I’m the most happiest when I can buckle down with my characters and bring their story forward. There’s nothing quite like the feeling I get when I can concentrate fully and the words just write themselves.

So I’ve already reached 50K this month. I have the same goal for next month, because that’s NaNoWriMo. Anyone doing NaNo this year? I’m cheating, since I’m continuing MTA. I’ve put a deadline for November 30th for it, and Scrivener helpfully told me today I only have to write 1.1K every day to reach it. I think I’m going to finish it before, but then I’ll move right over to the short story I’ve got planned, and maybe even the next novel in the series if I write quickly.

On reading …

I did more reading this week than I did last week. I tried my hand on Jordan Castillo Price’s first PsyCop book, Amongst the Living as well as the short companion piece, Thaw. I’m not much for anything that isn’t contemporary lately (and by that I mean all year), but I really did like this book. Victor was a very likeable character and I didn’t feel it was particularly paranormal. Sure, he could see and talk to ghosts, but the trouble in this first book was that they weren’t communicating with him. Still, I really loved Victor’s voice, and I bought the second novella. I read a short story I did not like, but I want to keep this part of the blog post about books I like, so I won’t mention that.

I also finished Marie Sexton’s A to Z today, which I started reading last week, or something? I read this book once before, but that’s years ago. I am so glad I read it again, because this around I could appreciate it a lot better than that first time around. This book rang true to me, because I recognised myself in both characters. In Zach, I recognised the cluelessness when it comes to what literature and films are really about. What I see or what I read is what I get, I hardly ever manage to go deeper than that. Quote from the novel: “You want to know what I think it was about? Aliens.” This sentence is so me. In Angelo, I recognised myself in his need to be private, to be by himself, to have his own space. I need that too–I need my space.

So this book got a full five stars from me this time around, because I felt connected to these characters. They felt real to me. It was all realistic. They had a good ending that fit well for them. Now I’m on to reading their next book, which I also read before, but it’s years ago and I can’t properly remember it. I am looking forward to discovering it all over again though, like I did with this novel!

October 27th, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Sunday Status: Week 42

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On writing …

Writing hasn’t gone great, in my opinion. I’ve been travelling at the beginning of the week and back in my hometown for the latter part of it, thus I have not been able to concentrate fully. However, I have been writing on More Than Anything, and my Excel spreadsheet tells me I’ve written 14K this week, which all-in-all isn’t so bad. Last week I only wrote 11K, but then I was on holiday and definitely not able to concentrate. This week has been better, in terms of wordcount.

The story has now reached 42K and it’s moving into the last part of the first part. It’s supposed to be another 10K according to my plans before it moves into the second arc of the story, which is one I’m both excited about and dreading, in terms of content. It’s going to be hard to write. But I need to get these character through the second arc and over to the third and last one, so it’ll happen. It must happen!

I also planned the rest of the story longhand this week, as well as outline what should happen in the next book. It needs to be outlined, because some things overlap with this novel. Not a lot, but some things happening in the second arc. I also have plans to write a short m/f companion piece to More Than Anything, which will explain certain things about two minor characters. I’m actually looking forward to that too, and I don’t even like writing m/f!

On reading …

Haven’t been doing much reading this week, to tell the truth. I started in on Something Like Summer last week, but haven’t continued this week. I don’t know why, because it’s a good story. I’m just not feeling it at the moment, I want to read something else. So I decided to reread A to Z by Marie Sexton, which I started a couple of days ago.

October 20th, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Sunday Status: Week 41

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On writing …

I’m visiting family this week, so I knew I wasn’t going to get a lot written. Still, I’ve exceeded expectations. I’ve continued on More Than Anything, which is promising to be very long indeed, and this week I wrote 11K on it. That’s not to bad for someone who’s away visiting family, is it? The novel has now reached 28K altogether, and all the lads have done so far is a couple of hugs. They’re going to be progressing very soon though, and then everything will promptly go to hell. Yes, I’m putting these lads through their paces. Just you wait for the sequel; that couple will go through a heck of a lot more than these two.

I’m learning how to put my characters through their paces, because normally I’m all like I don’t want to hurt them, I just want them to be happy. Not now. Not this series. These men are going to hurt before they get their happy-ever-after. And it’s so much fun! I’m looking forward to continuing MTA and I’m looking forward to when I start to flesh out the sequel, and also the rest of the series. I have big plans! I’m so excited! I just wish writing the novels didn’t take so long. I wish I could just finish them all right now. Wouldn’t that be nice, huh?

On reading …

Well, as I’m away, reading has fallen off the wayside to actually writing. I finished From Out In the Cold by L.A.Witt and I loved it! This book was realistically written, and I cannot even express how much I liked it. It dealt with a heavy subject which simply wasn’t cured by sex or love like in so many other books. They had to work for their recovery, and I loved to read about their journey. Highly recommended! After I finished that one, I started in on Something Like Summer by Jay Bell, which I’ve read a bit about. Apparently he’s very good at putting his characters through their paces, and I’m looking forward, and kind of dreading, what’s to come!

October 13th, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Sunday Status: Week 40

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On writing …

What have I been doing on the writing front this week? I’m not quite sure, to be honest. I started in, for real, on that old series I’ve been mentioning a couple of times. I actually made an outline for it, which is so not like me. Usually I just fly by the seat of my pants. I have it planned for a 100K words! It’s crazy. I am a person who struggles writing a 30K novella, and now I’m planning this epic piece. There’s a lot of story to cover though, so I don’t doubt I’ll reach it. Trouble is, I might grow tired off it and opt not to finish. That’s a pretty good bet with me. The novel is named More Than Anything, which is a perfectly fitting title for it.

I also got the release date for Measured Doses. It’ll be out on February 26. I’m so excited for my threesome to hit the shelves! I also got the contract for Midnight Sun, Arctic Love #3 in the mail today, so that book will be released soon too.  I now have five books on the coming soon page, and it’s all just really exciting. I cannot wait for you all to meet all of my characters, they’re all lovely, I tell you.

On reading …

This week I haven’t read much, but what I have read have been novels Maybe that’s why, huh? I started in on Ariel Tachna’s Inherit the Sky. It was the first book in the Lang Downs series and I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t put the book down. I loved Caine and Macklin, and how their relationship slowly grew. I loved Caine’s stutter. I promptly bought the other three books in the series and stared in on Chasing the Stars the moment I finish the first one. Chasing the Stars was a bit of a letdown for me. It was nicely written, and it was so good to see more of Caine and Macklin, but I just wasn’t as enthralled by Chris and Jesse as I was Caine and Macklin.

I started another book this morning when I finished Chase the Stars. This was From Out In the Cold by L.A. Witt. Haven’t gotten far, only a couple of chapters in, but I’m really liking it so far. I’ll get back to Lang Downs later, after I finish some other TBR books I really want to get to. I am curious about the next two books, especially number four, which is the book that originally caught my eye in the series. As of now, I’m enjoying From Out In the Cold.

October 6th, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|

Sunday Status: Week 39

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On writing …

I finally finished Maybe Tomorrow, the sequel to Yesterday’s Tears. As YT hasn’t come out yet, no one probably cares about the sequel, but yeah, it’s all done! I’m going to let it lie for a while before I go back to read through and do some revising. It didn’t turn out at all like I had planned at first, but I’m pretty happy with the end result, regardless.

I also finished revising Black Sun, the sixth and last previously written book in Arctic Love. I’m letting this lie for a bit as well, before I go through it one last time. Last week I submitted Northern Skies, the second book, and this week I got the contract in my inbox. I read through Midnight Sun, the third, one last time as well, so it’s all ready to be submitted now. I will probably submit it tomorrow. I had plans to do it today, but it never happened. I’m not quite sure what I’ve been doing all day, to be honest.

New ideas are flitting through my head and I’m not quite sure what I want to write next. I’ve just been writing notes for more Their Circumstances books though, so I’ll probably keep on writing that series as I also read through and submit the written Arctic Love and Seasonal Love books.

On reading …

I haven’t been reading much this week either. I’ve read Las Palabras de Amor by K-lee Klein, which was really good and Piper Vaughn’s Last First Kiss. Ive also started on Amy Lane’s Puppy, Car and Snow. I’m really liking it so far, though I didn’t know it was part of a series. Oh well. Still enjoying what I’ve read, and I’m not feeling lost, as all is explained.

I decided to put a ban on myself on the buying of books, but I haven’t stuck to it. I’ve bought books. I have, however, sorted out my TBR shelf in iBooks. Now they’re sorted by genre. As I’m on a major contemporary roll (I only read contemporary lately), it felt wrong counting the other genres in the total sum. Plus, it’s simpler to find stuff now.

So yeah. Now I’m putting a ban on myself. No more buying books before I’ve read at least 10-15 of the books on my contemporary TBR shelf. We’ll see if I can actually manage this. There are some older books that I have read before that I would really like to reread as well. They will not count. Only books from the TBR shelves will count in the 10-15 limit, not books previously read. I’m hard on myself, but I must be. I need to read some of the books I have and stop buying new ones all the time. I don’t have money for that. I’m back to being a student now. No more work and lots of money.

September 29th, 2013|Sunday Status|0 Comments|