Blogging 201: Give ‘Em What They Want, II

Today’s assignment:

Create a poll and/or a survey to collect feedback from your readers on your site and its content.

Because I’m curious and I don’t think I’ve ever asked this before:

Why did you make the conscious decision to follow me anyway?

The above was very much a rhetorical question. However, if you’d like to know why I’m following you, ask away and I’ll give you my honest answer.

Now that Blogging 201 is officially over, I’m going to go back to blogging about whatever my mind conjures up. Like always if you have suggestions or requests, let me know in the comments below. I’d be more than happy to comply.

This might seem like an afterthought, but I promise Camp has occupied plenty of my thoughts all month long. It’s over. Insane, huh? 31 days. Plenty of words richer.

Ready to do it all over again?


Blogging 201: Give ‘Em What They Want

Today’s assignment:

Do a basic stats analysis to help you create an editorial calendar for the next 30 days.

I’d love to know what you guys want to see and read on this blog.

While I hate saying this, I’m facing a bit of a dry spell in terms of content ideas.

Camp NaNo is going to end soon. Blogging 201 isn’t going to last forever. July is almost over. I’m off to university in a month and a half.

Tell me what you want. I’ll make it happen before my summer ends.

Writing related posts? Blogging articles? Book reviews? Something else entirely?

Leave any suggestions below. Or else you’ll have to put up with whatever my mind creates. You don’t want that, do you?

Blogging · Writing

July 2015: What I Love + Blogging 201: Get Read All Over

Because I knew exactly what I was going to be raving about in July, I decided to get a head-start and write parts of this post in June.

Guess what I’ve been loving this past month?

It’s none other than Camp NaNoWriMo. Imagine confetti and fireworks and balloons and streamers everywhere. It’s a party every day at my place.

Here’s why:

Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo in general means I write more than usual on a consistent basis. 

The more the better. Consistency never hurt anybody. 

Other writers are going to attempt the task of finishing a novel.

Not an easy task, let me tell you.

It’s fascinating to hear about everyone else’s experiences.

Tell me your stories.

Even if you don’t reach your word count, you’re still a winner in my books.

Doesn’t that count for something?

If you write something, you’ll have more than you started with.

Go you.

Damage has been done. Look at my desktop before. I didn’t take a screenshot prior to July. I just moved all the files to one side today. Then I took a picture of with all the files, one for each day of Camp so far. 

Before And After Of My Desktop-Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

The file for day 22 hasn’t been created yet because I haven’t written today.

As you can see I also don’t have a title for my novel, not even a working one.

Today’s assignment:

Make sure your site is mobile-friendly, and familiarize yourself with the features of responsive design.

Mine is.

What about yours?

I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Or night.

Personal Reflection · Writing

Why I’m Loving Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015

Because there is no school and no stress.

July is a good month to do a whack-load of stuff. For me it’s the most relaxing month of them all.

I realize that sentiment doesn’t apply to everybody.

Still, ten months of school for fourteen years is the worst. At least once university starts, I’ll have eight months of school and four months of summer.

July is my most stress-free month. What’s yours?

As if I need to say it, but I’d rather write 50,000 words every month each year than go to school at all. Can someone grant me that wish?


Camp NaNoWriMo 2015: End Of Week Two

Week two, supposedly the hardest week, is over. It was rough, but it could have been worse. Much worse. Like little to no writing done worse.

Thing is I always feel like the last week of the month is the busiest for me and therefore the hardest. Let me know I’m not alone.

I hope Camp has been good to you and your novel has been too.

Keep writing. Push through. We’re halfway there.

Throw a party—your definition of one—to reward yourself. Don’t forget to invite me.

Seriously though if you can get through week two of NaNo, you can get through anything.


Camp NaNoWriMo 2015: What Am I Working On

I thought I’d share a bit about my current project because I haven’t really talked about it.

What is it called?

I haven’t thought of a title yet.

What is it about?

I’m going to give generalities rather than particulars or specifics because I’m still writing the first draft and things change all the time. The story revolves around relationships binding a family together and how love can push people away yet bring them together at the same time.

Which genre?

I thought it was going to be YA, but it’s turning into a more mature read. So OYA? Older young adult.

Which POV?

First person but the chapters alternate in viewpoints between a few of my characters.

Who’s the main character?

An eighteen year old girl. Names are tentative and subject to change at any notice. I’m calling her Lily as of right now.

Who’s your favourite character?

I like writing Andy’s parts. He’s a young boy who takes more than he should. I’m leaving it at that.

Favourite sentence or passage so far?

Completely unedited: “I feel like I’m suffocating. But maybe drowning is the better word.

I’d love to know more about your current project. Create a blog post about it or leave a comment down below.

You’re working on something, right? I’m kidding. Of course you are. You’re a writer after all.

Personal Reflection

Canada’s Birthday, Camp NaNoWriMo, Creative Ice Cream Flavours Day

Happy Canada Day. I know most of you are from the United States. Send your love up north.

Happy first day of Camp. And by Camp, I mean NaNoWriMo. What else could I possibly mean?

Happy creative ice cream flavours day. Did you know about that? Because I didn’t until now.

Happy first day of July. Unless you’re reading this next June. If you are, hey you. How’s 2016 treating you?

Happy birthday to those of you who happen to be born today. I don’t wish many people happy birthday so be grateful.

I’ve used the word ‘happy’ way too many times in this post. Just know I’m wishing you all the best and I wish I could shower all of you with happiness.


Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

Where did June go? This time next month, I’ll be asking the same about July. I can guarantee you that much.

Today or whenever you happen to be reading this is a good time to sit down and write. As long as you do, you’ll have more words to your name than what you started with.

Whether or not you’re taking part in this year’s Camp, I wish you good luck. Remember I’m sending positive vibes your way.

I hope to see all of you on July 31st with some words written somewhere. Don’t disappoint although I know you won’t.

Happy writing. Please don’t neglect your blogs (too much). I plan on reading your posts when I’m not writing.