Productivity

17 Things To Do In 2017

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  1. Compose a poem that is 17 lines long.
  2. Write 17 stories in one month.
  3. Read a book published in 2017.
  4. Read 17 books in 7 months.
  5. Publish 17 blog posts for 17 consecutive days.
  6. Learn how to say one word in 17 different languages.
  7. Memorize 17 words in another language.
  8. Listen to 17 new songs.
  9. Watch 17 old movies.
  10. Run for 17 minutes.
  11. Dance for 17 minutes.
  12. Try 17 foods you’ve never had before.
  13. Eat healthy for 17 days in a row.
  14. Develop a new habit in 17 days.
  15. Smile at 17 strangers.
  16. Meet 17 different people.
  17. Connect with 17 friends and/or acquaintances.
Reading

Bad Reading Habits

Because if I have some pretty bad writing and blogging habits, then I definitely have reading ones.

  • Picking up a book as a way to put off doing other work. 
  • Saying “one more chapter” more than once. 
  • Ignoring basic survival needs like eating. 
  • Staying in one position for hours. 
  • Forgetting a minor detail that turns out to be a major deal later on.  
  • Sticking to the same genre or authors. 

Oh, the things I do for books. 

Blogging

Bad Blogging Habits

Bad Writing Habits inspired this. And also my bad blogging habits rearing its ugly head helped me out as well.

  • Coming up with the longest titles. 19 words?!
  • Not publishing or scheduling my posts properly. Case in point.
  • Adding way too many tags. Well then
  • Bolding and italicizing excessively. Yikes!
  • Checking off several categories for a post. About that.
  • Doling out advice I don’t follow. Here, here, and here.

Shall I conjure up some “Bad Reading Habits”? I think I shall.

Writing

Bad Writing Habits

I’m basing these upon myself. Also I use the term “bad” loosely, as I do with most words.

  • Starting but never finishing.
  • Being too critical and harsh.
  • Not listening to helpful feedback.
  • Refusing to do what’s asked.
  • Taking very long writing breaks.
  • Getting extremely attached to my work.

I have many more habits, many of them beyond bad. 

Blogging

Blogging Quirks And Habits

I can’t stop myself from doing this now.

I have to write something in the title section (even if I don’t end up using it), save as a draft, before I write anything in the text editor.

It’s a habit.

A habit I can’t kill. It won’t die.

You know what else I have to do?

I have to use the old text editor. I can’t use the new one. 

What are your blogging quirks or habits? I want to know. Let me know!

Reading

Q&A: Reading Habits

Thanks Charles for nominating me. This is late, but I’ve been getting worse and worse at being early.

I’d like to give more credit except I have no idea who came up with these questions.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I let fate decide for me. Most of the time, it’s quite random. Once I tossed some dice. Thanks Rachel for the suggestion.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

Probably commit and hope that it gets better. Most books pick up afterwards anyway.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?

What’s the meaning of the word quit? I tend to have a winter break at the end of the year, which means more reading for me. Especially because it’s cold in December. The last thing I want to do is go outside and freeze to death before I read as much as Herminialy (humanly) possible.

The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

I just do. The content of the series matters more than how the covers look.

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Bloggers. No surprise there.

You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I’d run to the washroom.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?

I tend to remember the previous novel the more I continue reading the sequel. Or I’ll skim through the prior book if it’s on my shelf.

You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

One time, a friend asked to borrow my copy of The Maze Runner. I gave in. But I might try to lie and make up some excuse about not having the book they’re hoping to borrow. In the future, I’ll just buy them the book as a present because I’m nice like that.

You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?

Read something new by an author I like.

There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

As many as I can afford. Even though I accumulate more books over time.

After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

This depends. Sometimes I’ll start a book the day I purchased it. Other times I leave the book sitting there for several months. Neglecting novels is what I do best.

I nominate all of you because I want to know your reading habits. Air them like laundry on your blogs for the world to see.

Writing

My Bad Writing Habit

I really should get back into the habit of writing in the morning.

I don’t understand how writers have the energy and willpower to write late at night.

On a side note, this writer desperately wants to go to bed and stay there for the next month.

Writing

NaNoWriMo: Conflicting Feelings

I don’t know if I want NaNo to hurry on up or if I need time to slow down so I can mentally prepare myself.

October is the calm before the storm.

November is pure havoc and madness.

But I love it.

Good luck to everyone participating this year. And if you aren’t, I’ll try to reduce my annoying habit of constantly bringing it up.