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2012 Goal List

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I decided that this year instead of starting with my goals for the past year, that I should just look ahead for the next year. Sometimes it better to look forward rather than behind. There are so many possibilities in goals and that is what I want to see in 2012. Lots of possibilties. 


2012 Goals
Finish revisions on KIN and submit.Write another novel.Submit a short story for publication. I decided that I want to make writing my biggest priority, and that is what I plan on doing.

Here are the results of my 2011 goals:

1)Finish the rewrite of Kin and have it ready for submission by the end of the year. I am on the fourth edits and will be doing major revisions next. I’m proud of what I have done so far with the time I have been given. So, you will be seeing new goals pertaining to this.

2)Do a rewrite and edit of Beyond the Garden. Start writing book 2 in the series. I am dragging my feet on what to do with this book. When I was talking to my mother about it, she gave me this look and said, “Do…

East Coast Side Trip

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It seems like an odd thing to go from the West Coast to East Coast in one trip (while being one from the Midwest). We just figured since we are on vacation, why not combine them? We wanted to see our friend in San Diego, but New York City was on our Want To Visit list. It wasn’t that crazy since we have travel quite a bit.

Talking to people about our trip, people were concerned about us getting around the city. I had to laugh and comfort them by saying it will be easy. We visited Japan earlier that year, and with the language barrier and the size of Tokyo, NYC didn’t scare me one bit. I never thought that would be possible, but it is the truth. 
Here are some of things we saw in New York City:









Related blog post:
West Coast Side Trip

Natasha

2011 Favorite Books: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Night Circus

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone  by Laini Taylor
“Love is a luxury."
"No. Love in an element."

An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.
I hadn’t read any of Laini Taylor’s books before, but after this one, I wanted them all. I surprised myself since I had grown tired of the contemporary paranormal/fantasy/andsoforth that has taken over the shelves of YA. This stemmed from reading a few books that I didn’t enjoy as much as I had hoped, but also learning more about my own preferences. I am now taking more caution in more reading samples before I buy or borrow them.  
I will admit that the beginning of the book wasn't the strongest part, but the thing is, that is the weakest that we see the character. There is so much ahead of her that she doesn’t even know. Curiosity of Karou is what drew me in—blue hair that grew straight out of head, sketches of “creatures” in her notebooks, and living a double life among the human in Prague and her sketches are portraits of her rea…

Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo) Afterthoughts

It is hard to believe that another NaNoWriMo has passed. I completed my personal writing challenge a week early. Here are some of the things I learned:

What goals works? 250 words is a decent goal and I gave myself a day off a week. It doesn’t take long to write, and I can always write more. The words add up over time and it is a good way to keep building my skills when I’m busy. I love NaNoWriMo, but the 1667 words a day is hard to keep up with when I have a full time job.Confidence. I feel better when I write. When I go to sleep that night, I know that I have done something instead of overwhelming guilt.Day or night? I like writing in the morning. Evening tends to be more realisticObvious distractions. I always have a drink by my side and eat beforehand (I don’t tend to snack). Social networking that I am writing or editing reminds me if I go on there too long after I announce it, then it is a sign that I’m doing the opposite (shame sometimes works).Go out. It is easy to stay in now …