Showing posts from December, 2012

2013 Goals and 2012 Review

This year was big, no, it was HUGE! My husband applied for a job in San Diego in January, and at the end of March, we were out of North Dakota. It was a major game changer since I'm now able to stay home to work on my writing full time and we get to live in this amazing city. I've attended many author events, played to my heart's content in Disneyland (well, it is a start), geeked out at San Diego Comic-Con (Firefly!), kicked NaNoWriMo's butt, and have fallen for the peaceful ocean. I miss my family and friends, but we really feel like we're living in a dream.

So, that brings me to my simple goals for the year. I didn't want to overdo it and it is a bit strange to re-read them now. 

2012 Goals
1) Finish revisions on KIN and submit. I've done three different revisions on KIN this year. I have it currently sent off for a critique, and I'll go through the process again when it is returned. I would have loved to have it sent off, but it just didn't work ou…

The Heroine's Favorite Books of 2012 and onto 2013!

I used some of the categories from YA Highway and created a few of my own of books I loved in 2012. I read 75-ish books this year and there are so many to talk about! The choices weren't easy. I'm also including a list of books for 2013. 

And don't forget to look below for the GIVEAWAY (closed) details and how you can win a copy of Marie Lu's LEGEND (which just hit the New York Times Bestseller List. Definitely a series you don't want to miss. Her second book, Prodigy, comes out January 29th, 2013.

Now onto the books!

Most Unexpectedly Delightful Book Of The Year
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard I'm not one to read a lot of contemporary and I'm so glad I went out of my comfort zone. This took me back to being eighteen years old and trying to figure out where to plunge into in the world. 
Book I Can't Get Out Of My Mind The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken This book... this book there are no words on the pacing, the action, and the truth of what would transpire i…

NaNoWriMo, Writing Sprints, and Goals

I joined the NaNoWriMo website on October 5th, 2005. Wow. Seven years ago! I graduated from college and was three months from getting married at the time. I was starting on my writing journey and learning about the publishing industry (which was much different back then). I've participated several times in this program, sometimes with my own goals, and only completed the 50,000 words goal twice (including this year). I'm fine with not winning since NaNoWriMo isn't just about reaching the goal. It is about learning more about my writing process, the writing project, and the incredible writer people.

This year I discovered writing sprints where I write for a half hour and then take a break in between (usually 15 minutes). Authors Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard hosted them under NaNoWriMoBattle on Twitter. It was fun to see everyone's numbers and comments after each sprint. My word count was usually around 1,000 per sprint. Most days there would be 3-4 sprints so the spr…

The Heroine's November 2012 Reads

November was National Novel Writing Month. This year I was determined to complete the 50,000 words, and after that, a novel. Reading sometimes takes a hit when it comes to revising and writing. It wasn't hard to pick what books to help inspire me through the times when my brain needs a break. And, if you need a break from the mundane of everyday, these are definitely ones to pick up.

Prodigy by Marie Lu
Prodigy is the second book in the Legend dystopian series. The books flip back and forth between the perspectives of Day, the country's most wanted criminal, and June, who is the prodigy of the Republic. Their worlds end up colliding and they are at the head of the fate of their country. I'm already dying to read Book 3!

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Another second book in a series. The first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, is one of my new favorite books ever. Days of Blood and Starlight is completely different from the first book since Karou has changed f…

The Heroine's October 2012 Reads

What books have taken you by surprise lately?

I couldn't asked for four books so different from one another. It was quite refreshing to have such different settings and characters. I have to say, I recommend each and every one of the reads this month. Read a bit more below to find out why.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I've been waiting since forever to buy and read this book. I'm a huge fan of the author's Killer Unicorn series and I can't recommend it enough (especially to Buffy fans). This book is nothing like that series, but that is fine by me. This is a different interpretation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I've been meaning to read this book, but for years. My best friend had it in on her bookshelf and the title stuck with me. When the movie was announced, and I watched the trailer, I knew I couldn't put it off much longer. It was much different than I expected coming from a very …