Personal Reflection

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

I’ve been putting off writing this post. Because there’s so much to say, and I don’t know how to say it all. Fine fine. It’s because I’m lazy.

I will try to stop procrastinating in 2017. But habits are hard to break, especially bad ones. So it might take me a year to get my act together. Or maybe I never will.

Even though 2016 has been a great year for me, I’m ready for 2017. Let’s hope it’s the best one yet. 

Thank you for the past 366 days. If 2016 felt especially long, blame those extra 24 hours.

Thanks in advance for the next 365. I know you’ll stay awesome.

Have a happy new year. Have a wonderful 2017. Have yourself many reading, writing, and blogging parties!

Writing

My NaNoWriMo 2016 Goal

I want to write every day this month. More specifically, I want to write prose. I might occasionally dabble in some poetry if I feel the need to spice up my writing life. Ideally, in November, I’ll write an entire story about the same characters in the same world. Because the writing gods know just how long it’s been since I’ve started writing a novel and went on to finish one.

Also, I wish someone could transcribe everything I thought in my head. It would make things so much easier. On second thought, maybe not.

Although I love handwriting, I haven’t been the biggest fan of typing. I blame my computer for being slow to start up. Same goes for Microsoft Word. Go figure.

So this NaNo I’m just focusing on one story. Or trying to, at least.

Ideas in my head are great. Having them written down on paper is even better.

That’s the goal. My goal. I’ll worry about everything else later, possibly in December.

Personal Reflection

Birthday Wishes | What I Love | August 2016

Dear You,

To celebrate me and my new age, I just wanted to say thank you. I don’t say it enough. Clearly, I’m not well-mannered.

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. Even though you’re all just reminding me that I’m older…

To everyone who remembered it’s my birthday, can I have your memory? I don’t have my date of birth posted publicly on Facebook or anywhere for that matter. So kudos to you. Let’s hope I remember yours.

I appreciate anyone and everyone for putting up with me, for putting up with my bad humour and blog posts. How do you do it?

You make this experience that much more enjoyable. Who knows I might have stopped blogging a long time ago or started making my posts private. But I didn’t do either. Because I would dearly miss the interactions.

I don’t know what else to say, but thank you so very much!

Please continue to put up with me? For another year at least. I’ll be twenty in 2017. Let’s hope I’ll be a better writer and blogger.

No guarantee, though. Maybe this year will be my blogging demise.

I should’ve ended this post a long time ago. Better late than never. I know. Never late is better.

Sending you my love,

19 year old me

Reading

Fav Books Mid-Year 2016

Déjà vu, much?

These are some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading so far:

On Writing, Sky Key, The Guilty, On Such A Full Sea

Can anyone tell me how 2016 is halfway over? Or should I say there’s still half a year to go?

Reading

Books Of The Month: April 2016

Reading over studying?

Of course!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

One phrase description: Wow.

Quote:

Is it right…to do something only because everyone else is doing it?

My general thoughts: It’s so beautifully written. Unlike my stories.

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll

One phrase description: Animals rendered like human beings.

Quote:

We find purpose in our lives by leaving no stone unturned in our search for it.

My general thoughts: I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did. And I did manage to finish it before the exam. I also managed to pass, somehow. I’m still not sure how.

City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareCity of Ashes by Cassandra ClareOne phrase description: Incest!

Quote:

Everyone has choices to make; no one has the right to take those choices away from us.

My general thoughts: I didn’t like it as much as the first. Shame because I planned to finish the series but now I don’t know if I will. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

The Guilty by David Baldacci
The Guilty by David Baldacci

One phrase description: Read it and guess who’s guilty.

Quote:

If you want it done, send a man. If you want it done right, send a woman.

My general thoughts: Baldacci didn’t disappoint. For once I saw the ending coming. Professional reader right here.

What I’m currently reading and hoping to finish next month…

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

Why: Because I love the Millennium series.

Happy reading. Read happily.

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Writing

Poetry Contests 2016

In honour of National Poetry Month, whip up a poem and send it out!

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Title of contest: 2016 CBC Poetry Prize

Type of entry: 400-600 words; unpublished and original obviously

Deadline: May 31, 2016

Fee (if any): $25 CAD

Prize (if applicable): $6,000 if win it all, publication, writing residency

Qualifications/Restrictions: Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents

Additional notes: They also host a short story and creative nonfiction competition every year

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Title of contest: Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Type of entry: Under 50 lines

Deadline: May 31st, 2016

Fee (if any): £4

Prize (if applicable): £200.00

Qualifications/Restrictions: Your poem shouldn’t be considered for publication elsewhere or accepted either

Additional notes: Ensure you haven’t published the piece on your blog

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Title of contest: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Type of entry: 250 lines or less; published or unpublished

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Fee (if any): $10 USD per poem

Prize (if applicable): $1,500, publication

Qualifications/Restrictions: None, really

Additional notes: Tom Howard accepts any style or genre; Margaret Reid accepts a poem that rhymes or follows a traditional style

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Review the complete rules and guidelines if you plan on submitting. Remember that dates, fees, and prizes are subject to change.

I have no control over anything. If I did I would shower all writers with bills and books. Although the latter might hurt a little.

Blogging · Studying · Writing

What I Love-Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2016

You had to have seen this coming.

I mean have you met me?

If it wasn’t for NaNoWriMo, I don’t think I would have written anything that’s longer than ten thousand words.

Wannabe writer right here. Novelist, more like it.

Why did I ever think I could get novels published when I can’t even finish one?

Somehow though, come November, I’m writing more words in one day than I usually do all year.

Hilarious, aren’t I? Delirious too. It’s late. Give me a break. My small brain can’t handle studying, writing, and blogging. Something has to give, okay?

Why do I do this to myself?

But this April I haven’t let myself off the hook.

Despite classes and exams.

School needs to leave me alone.

Of course I finish exams on the second last day of this month, the last day of the official exam period. I refuse to fail at anything, even though university is clearly conspiring against me.

I can’t promise that my posts this summer will be worth reading.

But maybe my Camp NaNoWrimo stories will be!

After I spend the next four years of my life editing them. Or rewriting.

Blogging · Reading · Writing

Firsts Of 2016

First book purchased:

First book read:

First short story written:

First poem finished:

First blog post published:

First comment made:

What are your firsts of 2016 going to be?

If you’ve already had a first, write it down or find a way to remember that moment. Then at the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017, you can look back and see the first things you’ve accomplished this year.

I wish the very best! Go tackle some firsts.