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Camp Nanowrimo Blog Series

Hi everyone! This begins the first in my new blogging series concerning Camp Nanowrimo in April
and starting a new first draft. I am already super excited with my own plans of what I'm writing and I hope that you will join in on all the fun.

In case you've never heard of Nanowrimo before, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and occurs in November of every year, where writers around the world attempt to write 50,000 words in only 30 days. You can check out more about Nanowrimo here.

It's not November now, but Camp Nanowrimo runs every April and July, where you set your own writing related project goal and use the month as an opportunity to get stuff done. You can check out the Camp Nano website here. Camp Nano especially is not just about starting a new draft; it is about getting writing-related work done, whether that be writing, revising, editing, or anything else. It is all up to you.

I found out about Nanowrimo in 2013 and participated in Camp Nanowrimo for the fi…
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The Other Side Review

Title:The Other Side
Author: Sarah Hocut Genre:Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Trigger Warning:
Rating: 3 stars

Spring 2019 TBR

It's Top Ten Tuesday! This week's prompt is books on your Spring 2019 TBR.

I hope to get a ton of reading done this spring. I am awful at making tbr lists, but hopefully I will get all of these read by the end of May for sure. My last exam is on April 30 so May is ideally going to be my major reading month before I have to start working for the summer. Let me know if you've read any of these books and your thoughts!

1. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro Multiple people I follow on twitter absolutely love this entire series so I figure that it's about time that I get into this now that the fourth and final book is released. I figure that I probably should read actual Sherlock Homes as well, but that will just have to be pushed off to a later date. Apparently the leading couple is adorable as well and I have hopes for how I will feel about these characters. I've read the first 75 pages this weekend and I love it so far!

2. If You're Out There by Katy Lout…

Novel Planning

I'm back with another post about Camp Nanowrimo, this one mostly on time! I just have to say that I am glad that Camp Nanowrimo isn't this much because I have had so much that is going on this month. I've been working on planning while trying to get ahead on other stuff to have more time for writing in April.
Planning, Plantsing, and Pantsing Before planning, you first have to decide how much you want to plan, if even at all. Some people will have nothing prepared for April. Others will have enough paper to write a dissertation on their future novel that they will be writing. There is no wrong way to do it. This is all about what is best for your personal preferences.

I have prepared stuff in a variety of ways, but through trial and error, I have found I really need to have some stuff that is written down, especially in terms of names and knowing in general what has to happen next. I'm happy with what I've been doing so far so I'm going to share my process here.…

The Next to Last Mistake Review

Title:The Next to Last Mistake
Author: Amelie Jahn
Genre:Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Trigger Warning: Bullying, death of a loved one Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Synopsis
Tess Goodwin’s life in rural Iowa is sheltered and uncomplicated.
Although she chooses to spend most of her free time playing chess with her best friend Zander, the farm-boy from next door, her skills as a bovine midwife and tractor mechanic ensure that she fits in with the other kids at East Chester High. But when her veteran father reenlists in the Army, moving her family halfway across the country to North Carolina, Tess is forced out of her comfort zone into a world she knows nothing about.

Tess approaches the move as she would a new game of chess, plotting her course through the unfamiliar reality of her new life.

While heeding Zander’s long-distance advice for making new friends and strategizing a means to endure her dad’s imminent deployment to the Middle East, she quickly discovers how ill-e…

Books Needing Sequels

I didn't end up doing a Top Ten Tuesday post last week because I was struggling to come up with characters that I'd like to switch places with. Maybe it's the kind of books I like. I'm not quite sure. But I am excited to return with this week's prompt, which is about standalone books that need a sequel. I love series and have thought this after finishing multiple books. Still, I loved all of these books I just wish that I was able to have some more of them. I only stuck with five because all of these five are fun and/or great.


1. The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls by Elise Primavera
From all I can figure, this was initially supposed to be a series but I guess there just weren't enough sales. This group of four girls is really fun to read and a great whirlwind of a middle grade Oz spin off. I haven't read it in a while, but if I recall correctly the ending has so many hints towards a sequel that just never happened. I'd love to know what else lies …

NaNoWriMo Goal Setting

I was going to post this over the weekend but life got in the way and I didn't have it finished. But here it is now! Better late than never. You can check out my introduction post here.

How to Make Your GoalCamp Nanowrimo is a lot more flexible than Nanowrimo. In the November challenge, your set goal is 50,000 words. Sure, some people have individual goals, especially the overachievers (in the Beyond 50k forum) but this is what is officially winning. In Camp, your goal can be set in words, hours, minutes, lines, and pages. This leads to a variety of projects and stages within those projects. Writing a screenplay? A goal in lines might be ideal. Planning and editing are good to measure in time, but some people may use pages. Everything is literally up to you.

I'm focusing primarily on the first draft, but I love how you can measure in anything. I stick with words because timing things annoys me and words Is a more concrete way to measure. I definitely see the pros of using a dif…

What Happens When Review

Title:What Happens When
Author:Samantha Boyette Genre:Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Trigger Warning:Homophobic language and actions, bullying, toxic relationship, alcohol abuse Rating:  3 Stars Release Date: March 12, 2019


Synopsis


For Molly Kennan, senior year is already an epic disaster. It feels like the whole school knows she made out with Lily at that party, and now she’s accidentally outed herself as a lesbian. Her ex-best friend is trying to ruin her life, and school generally sucks. All she wants is to drown her sorrows in sweet potato fries, but she finds herself tongue-tied by the diner’s new waitress, Zia. Zia is way out of Molly’s league. Older, beautiful, and definitely way more sophisticated. It’s probably just wishful thinking, but Molly can’t help wondering if maybe Zia is flirting with her. Despite Zia’s always-there boyfriend, Molly falls hard for her, and Zia says she feels the same way. So then why doesn’t Zia break up with her boyfriend, and why does she keep so man…