Tuesday, 16 October 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018... Why did I agree to this?!

As the title alludes, I've signed up for NaNoWriMo!
I have no bloody idea.
I've completely lost my mind...

I was minding my own business at work when I got chatting to one of my work friends, and colleagues, about books and that I blog about books. 
It was quite a lengthy discussion with lots of questions like, "What happens when you don't like a book?" and my answer: The same as when I like one, I state it.
She asked if I felt bad 'trashing' someone's hard work? My answer was something along the lines of I don't 'trash' anything, I just simply state all the reasons I don't like it. 
To her, it's the same thing. 

She asked if I'd ever tried to write a book and my answer was a big fat nope!
I elaborated that I wouldn't have what it takes to write a book and the conversation went something like this:

Her: Why not?
Me: I'm not a writer.
Her: You write a blog. Isn't that the same thing?
Me: You've clearly never checked out my blog. I'm not the one who writes the lovely detailed well thought out reviews... I just patter out my thoughts. I don't write well-argued discussion pieces. I don't write funny pieces... I just do whatever makes me happy but none of those things - I'd argue - would make me a writer.

She disagreed.

We moved onto NaNoWriMo and the insanity that is trying to write a first-draft (no matter how rough) of a book in a month. 
50,000 works in a month.
She bet I could do it if I applied myself to it.
I called her nucking futs. 
But, see, she's a persistent one and oddly persuasive.
Over the course of the conversation, I got backed into a corner and was issued a formal challenge. 

What was the challenge?
To undertake NaNoWriMo 2018.
I have to fully apply myself to the task, and write 50k words that resemble a story.

In short, I have to treat this like an aspiring author would treat it. 
I have to take it seriously. 

Apparently, it'll teach me more respect for the process. 
I have no idea why I agreed for I have plenty of respect for the process and for those brave souls who torture themselves and leave it all out on the page for my vicarious entertainment. 
I just don't want to be one of them! 

I think what tipped me over the edge into accepting the challenge was when I said something along the lines of there being enough aspiring authors in the world without me further clogging the pot and her responding along the lines of "imagine if JK Rowling had thought that." 
I legit almost choked to death on my tea at the very thought because... Seriously?!

But, I got her point. 
I accepted.
I will apply myself 100% to NaNoWriMo. 
I will 'gain an appreciation for the process' and sacrifice of an author... Or something like that.

The problem now is that I have to actually do it!
And I am not a writer!
Seriously, regardless of whether being a blogger makes me a writer (and for my 'style' of blogging I'm still not convinced!), it doesn't make me a novelist. 

I have no ideas.
Okay, not entirely true. I have some ideas. I mean, I AM a bookworm. My brain is always churning with some kind of fiction but I have no idea how to turn those wispy, incoherent, snatches of something into fully fleshed out ideas or how to focus on just ONE of those wispy possibilities!

I have no idea how to turn that fully fleshed idea out into a plot! 
I have no clue how to structure a story. 
I have appalling grammar.
I have hideous outbreaks of anxiety when stepping out of a comfort zone and I find it impossible to shut my brain up. (Own worst critic!)

I like reading the books not writing them!
(Her argument at this point was, "How do you know, you've never written one." Pfft.)
Being an author isn't on my to-do list! 
However, it's all irrelevant. 
I've accepted the challenge. I'll give this a try. It's an experiment. I don't need to publish anything!
I'll just write and get a tiny glimpse of the blood, sweat and tears that goes into creating something from nothing.
I can survive a couple weeks prep and a month of writing. 
(Even while moving house! Maybe?)
And heck, if nothing else it'll give me a few blog post ideas and it'll shut up Mrs persistent!

Anyway, that's a long rambling rant on NaNoWriMo.
Anyone else doing it this year? Anyone did it in the past?

For those who are interested, I've set up a separate twitter to dive into the 'community' for it felt weird having it on the blog's feed... I figure when NaNoWriMo is done, I can use it as my personal twitter, for I don't have one of those!

Now, I'm off to find an idiots guide to plotting or something.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Blitz: Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

Hey all!
Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan is out now and it's a good 'un!

I broke her heart ten years ago and left town.

She hates me, and rightly so. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the country loves me, that I’m a starting quarterback with a multimillion-dollar contract. Because when I look in the mirror, all I see is a failure who was too young—and too afraid—to fight for what I wanted.

But I’m not that guy anymore, and all I need is one shot to convince her.

He has no idea what happened after he left. And now I’m supposed to work alongside him like we don’t have this huge, messy history?

But I’m older now, wiser, and I won’t let anything stand in my way of doing a good job for this league. Not even one overpaid, arrogant player who thinks we’re going to kiss and make up.

News flash, buddy: I am over you. 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Weekly Update #33

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

Friday the 19th I officially become a home-owner!
It's so exciting.
And I'm so tired.
It's been crazy at work, busy with the little dude's school and we've been under siege with viewings on our current place which is beyond annoying when we're busy with work, family, wedding planning, packing up our bloody house and generally trying to stay sane throughout everything!

Needless to say, I've been pretty absent from the blog, horrible with keeping up with comments, failing miserably at the blogahead and not really reading much.
It sucks but I keep telling myself we're almost done!
We'll have keys Friday (19th) and we'll be moved in by the 4th November.
I can't wait!


I had a cheeky wee re-read of this one after I found it on my shelf during a packing session.

Kindle Unlimited

I was excited about this one when it released and finding out it had moved onto KU while on the wishlist was awesome! It's not on the kindle awaiting me...


I've got enough on without taking on more review commitments but when the publisher reached out about this one I jumped on it! It's going to be emotional... I can already feel the tears.
Luckily, I have until Feb to read it!

I signed up for a blog tour for a book called Vlad. Yep! Urban Fantasy and an interesting twist on Vlad the Impaler. How could I resist?!
 But Vlad is book two in the series (and the arcs aren't ready yet) so I was also sent a review copy of book one in the series, Veiled.

Sign up to take part!

I've not watched much... Lilo and Stitch with the little dude was the highlight of my week.

Excerpt: Something Wicked by Emery Nicolson
Review: Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan
Giveaway: Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Erm, this week I have a book blitz and a Can't Wait Wednesday scheduled. I'm going to try and write some more today and actually get some posts 'banked' for blog ahead too!

Have a great week all!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop (15th - 31st)

It's been a while since I hosted a giveaway so I'm jumping onto the Bookhounds Spooktacular hop!

I debated listing some Halloween books, or movies or something to go with this hop but I already plan on doing that over the next couple of weeks in their own posts. 

So, instead, I decided to share some festive images I found on Pixabay that amuse... All in their own ways. 

This is just too cute! Look at those ghoulie-dogs!

Atmospheric and beautiful. It's just so... Still. And oddly hypnotizing. 

It's not Halloween without a black cat!
I used to have a black cat (his name was Loki) and I had loads of fun taking pictures of him with pumpkins.
I miss that cat. 😿

This is what a witch's grotto would look like.
Personally, I think visiting a witchy grotto during October should be a thing just as much as visiting Santa's grotto in December. 
(Just sayin'.)

This isn't just a Halloweeny one. This one is a nice autumny/winter vibe that harks back a couple of hundred years and I love it!

The giveaway goes live at midnight UK time so - if you're here before then - check back later to enter.

I'm giving away a $10 Amazon giftcard to one winner so they can treat themselves to a book or two (or three!).
Giveaway is open internationally.
Entrants over 18 years only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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