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Friday, August 9, 2019

I'm - reluctantly - on Twitter now



In further efforts to start getting my aspiring author social media built up - I've joined Twitter. Yes, I'm late to the party. I've always hated Twitter and still do really. But I know it's a good way to get followers. I've only been there 24 hours and have a few already. I love my blogs and will continue here, and over at Koriana Brackson - but in the meantime I'm finally doing the Twitter thing.

I'll follow back any followers - especially anyone doing Bout of Books - or other read-a-thons, as well as any other aspiring authors / new authors / writers.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Joining Bout of Books - but not here




I have a new blog. Specifically, it's my 'aspiring author' blog. If you've followed any of my Camp NaNoWriMo posts, then you know about that already. If you haven't, feel free to check out my April Camp NaNo Wrap-up and my July Camp NaNo Wrap-up.

I'll still post here occasionally but am going to focus on posting on that blog until I can grow a following. If you'd like to follow my Bout of Books progress - please visit me there. If you want to follow further book(s) progress, please follow me there as well, that blog will continue to grow. Click on the link below.




Koriana Brackson

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo - July Wrap-Up


My 2nd Camp NaNoWriMo is Complete


I know, it's been a while since I posted. I'd thought / planned to do as I did for Camp in April - write nearly daily, post about my updates. But, that didn't happen.

The reason being that I didn't write much in the start of the month. There were external forces that made me just not in the mood to write and for a while, I didn't think I'd write at all. It sucked, but for me, I don't stress if I don't meet goals. Though things turned around for me the start of the month was abysmal - I only wrote a total of SIX days in the first TWENTY!! Yeah, awful. So at Day 20 - which in April was the day I MET my goal of 50k words - I had only written 9,932 words. Not good.

But I really kicked things into gear, those last 11 days, and ended up making my goal! I really still can't believe it! Yes, I wrote 40,068 words in 11 days. Whoa! :D

That's not to say I didn't do other things, because in the days of not writing, sometimes I did work on other things of my books. I finally firmed up my cover (love it), I drew out my fictional town, so I know the basic layout. I named some roads in the town, though I still need business names. I named characters that previously didn't have names, I worked on the backstory of my main characters and how they interconnect to their large group of friends, and I started thinking about a blog (for my actual pen name) so I can eventually start promoting, if/when I decide to do anything with these books. So things did still happen a lot, even when I wasn't writing.

I didn't write as much in April, but a LOT got done and I still met my goal of 50k in the month. I also officially finished the first book, wrapping up the couple things that were giving me issues in it. My Husband read it - the only one to do so - and liked it. Actually liked what I did, thought I did well. His praise meant everything.


What's next?

My main novel STILL needs editing. I only edited the first 3 chapters (let me know if you'd like to read them, they are available for critique) so the rest (20 or so chapters) need big big edits. I think I over edit myself so I'm hoping to find a Critique Partner or two to take a look at the first book.

The 2nd, what I focused on with this NaNo is about 70% complete, so eventually I need to round it out, complete some chapters and pull it all together.

NaNoWriMo is in November and I've already had ideas for the 3rd book. :) So I plan to be back to writing more. We'll see what I can get done with the first two, between now and then.



For Camp NaNoWriMo I am challenging myself to write 50,000 words.



Camp NaNoWriMo Progress

Total for NaNo: 50,306 / 50,000 words
Story Novel Total: 47,049 words

  • Day 01: 2,875 words written
  • Day 02: 1,321 words written
  • Day 03: 261 words written
  • Day 04: Did NOT Write
  • Day 05: Did NOT Write
  • Day 06: 1,281 word written
  • Day 07: Did NOT Write
  • Day 08: Did NOT Write
  • Day 09: Did NOT Write
  • Day 10: Did NOT Write
  • Day 11: Did NOT Write
  • Day 12: Did NOT Write
  • Day 13: Did NOT Write
  • Day 14: Did NOT Write
  • Day 15: Did NOT Write
  • Day 16: 3,548 words written
  • Day 17: Did NOT Write
  • Day 18: 646 words written
  • Day 19: Did NOT Write
  • Day 20: Did NOT Write
  • Day 21: 1,518 words written
  • Day 22: 1,086 words written
  • Day 23: 2,528 words written
  • Day 24: 8,060 words written
  • Day 25: 3,526 words written
  • Day 26: 4,566 words written
  • Day 27: 2,825 words written
  • Day 28: 2,284 words written
  • Day 29: 3,193 words written
  • Day 30: 6,214 words written
  • Day 31: 4,538 words written



For anyone interested, my story is EROTIC ROMANCE featuring the following themes: F/F sex, FFM threesomes, BDSM & Polyamory. What I'll do with the story when it's done, I'm not sure.

I'd love to hear from anyone else doing Camp NaNo, now or if you have previously. Thank you for any interest you take in my accountability here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo - Day 2



A slower day, but still got in a good chunk of writing. I'm not as worried about getting over my daily target goal every day this month because I know from April if I just write, and if the ideas keep coming to me, then getting out the words is easy. It's the ideas that are hard for me.

Today, I also played games and read, so all my favorite things on the same day, that's a pretty good day. :)


For anyone interested, my story is EROTIC Romance featuring the following themes: F/F sex, FFM threesomes, BDSM & Polyamory. I am still looking for Beta Readers for the first, especially anyone who wouldn't mind reading it unedited, as I think that I over-edit myself, trying to polish it TOO much. If interested, please message me.

For July's Camp NaNoWriMo I am challenging myself to write 50,000 words.

Camp NaNoWriMo Progress

Total for NaNo: 4,196 / 50,000 words
Story Total: 9,507 words

  • Day 1: 2,875 words written
  • Day 2: 1,321 words written



I'd love to hear from anyone else doing Camp NaNo, now or if you have previously. Thank you for any interest you take in my accountability here.



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Camp NaNaWriMo for July - Day 1



In April, I participated in my first ever Camp NaNoWriMo. I challenged myself to 50k words, and the month was a HUGE success. Interested in seeing how I did? Check out my Wrap-Up Post I wrote, detailing the month.

Though that project isn't completed (I'm stuck on a few parts) I decided to jump right back into Camp again this month.

This time round, I'm writing the sequel to the first story. In April, I wrote about 5k words on the sequel, but hadn't written anymore since then, leaving it for now. Instead I did some editing of the first, and just took some time to do other things, like read and play video games.

For July, I'm aiming for 50k again. We'll see if I have it in me. I'm a Pantser, not a Plotter, so I only have basic ideas in mind, it's taking shape as I write.

For anyone interested, my story is EROTIC Romance featuring the following themes: F/F sex, FFM threesomes, BDSM & Polyamory. I am still looking for Beta Readers for the first, especially anyone who wouldn't mind reading it unedited, as I think that I over-edit myself, trying to polish it TOO much. If interested, please message me.

For July's Camp NaNoWriMo I am challenging myself to write 50,000 words.

Camp NaNoWriMo Progress

Total for NaNo: 2,875 / 50,000 words
Story Total: 8,186 words

  • Day 1: 2,875 words written



I'd love to hear from anyone else doing Camp NaNo, now or if you have previously. Thank you for any interest you take in my accountability here.



Monday, May 20, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Wrap Up





Another good Bout of Books!! I completed my loose goal of 14 books, finishing 15 on the week. Would have been more, if I hadn't been sucked into a game, but Rage 2 is soooooooooo much fun. :) The books were good too and it was a good time of reading. Now, I can game more and get back to writing too.

How did you do? Leave me a link and I'll come visit your wrap-up!


I visited every blog (sorry Twitter people, I don't do Twitter) listed before mine so far, and will visit every blog posting today. But I can't comment on blogs that just have the "google account" sign in to comment. I'm not sure why, probably one of my privacy settings, but it won't let me. I wish I could, I love commenting on all the blogs. :/



Bout of Book 25 Stats

  • I completed 15 books
  • I read 2,607 pages
  • I read 4 books on my Kindle
  • I listened to 11 books as audiobooks
  • I read 6 Novels, 6 Novellas & 3 Short stories
  • I read for approximately 31 hours 40 minutes (9 hrs 20 min on Kindle, 22 hrs 20 min on Audio)


Sunday

Night Time Audio listening time/pages: -----
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: 1 hr 15 min / 71 pages
Kindle reading time / pages: 1 hr 10 min / 140 pages
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books I've read: 15
Current Book: Big City Magic
Pages Read Today: 211
Total Pages Read: 2,607
Time Read Today: 2 hrs 25 min
Total Time Read: 31 hrs 40 min



COMPLETED BOOKS:







Started, but did not complete:





Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 6



Got back to reading some for DAy6, finished up two that I started Day 5 and read a short story. Will likely finish up the book started early this morning for the last book of the week, but maybe I'll do more. We'll see.

I visited sites until Day 5 but haven't discovered any new ones. Here are some bookish sites I like in general.

FictFact - Unfortunately has just closed it's doors. It was the best way to keep track of series. If you were a member, you can still sign on to download your book info. Gonna miss that place, it was the BEST way to keep track of series - I tracked over 200 of my series I read on there.
Fantastic Fiction
BookSirens - new-ish review site - like NetGalley only way smaller
Booksprout - Ditto
BookLikes - a variety of stuff going on here, haven't played around with it fully yet
r/booksuggestions - I'm always on here, recommending books



Saturday

Night Time Audio listening time/pages: 1 hr / 63 pages
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: 3 hr / 311 pages
Kindle reading time / pages: 50 min / 100 pages
Number of books I've read today: 3
Total number of books I've read: 14
Current Book: Big City Magic
Pages Read Today: 411
Total Pages Read: 2,396
Time Read Today: 4 hrs 50 min
Total Time Read: 29 hrs 45 min
Today's Completed Books:




Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 5



I didn't finish a book today, for the first time this read-a-thon. I wanted to play some games instead. I played a little Rage 2 - which is fun but has tons of problems and a little poker on Red Dead Redemption 2. Other than those, I didn't do much else, only reading before I went to sleep, continuing one audiobook and starting a new ebook.

I had an unofficial goal of reading 14 books this week and even with taking the day off, it will be easily doable with 2 days left, probably even hit it on Saturday, so I don't have to worry about reading much on Sunday, when my Hubby will be off.



Friday

Night Time Audio listening time/pages: 40 min / 32 pages
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: -----
Kindle reading time / pages: 35 min / 55 pages
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 11
Current Book: Titanborn, Midnight Blood
Pages Read Today: 87
Total Pages Read: 1,985
Time Read Today: 1 hr 15 min
Total Time Read: 24 hr 55 min
Today's Completed Books:


Friday, May 17, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 4


Another light day of reading with 2 books completed. Not too bad.

I love the "If you like this, try that" Challenge. I'm going to copy/paste mine from the last BoBs so I don't take time to do it again. Mine focuses on Time Travel (my favorite genre), Middle Grade and LitRPG/Virtual Reality/Gaming.



Challenges

If you like _____ , then try _____


If you like TIME TRAVEL, then try

  • Chronicles of St Mary's series by Jodi Taylor
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly
  • Chronos Files by Rysa Walker
  • Rewind Agency series by Jill Cooper
  • Future Shock trilogy by Elizabeth Brings
  • The Drafter by Kim Harrison
  • Timewaves series by Sophie Davis
  • Rewinder trilogy by Brett Battles
  • Hexad series by Al K Line
  • Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
  • The 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch
  • The Rise & Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl (more of a time loop)
  • Place in Time duology by Wendy Nikel
  • The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

If you like MIDDLE GRADE books, then try

  • The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
  • The Lemoncello series by Chris Grabenstein
  • The Island of Dr Libris by Chris Grabenstein
  • Cragbridge Hall series by Chad Morris
  • Oldies but goodies: Trixie Belden series and Nancy Drew series
  • Ulysses Moore series by Pierdomenico Baccalario
  • 39 Clues series & spinoffs, first is Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  • Voyagers series by various authors, first is Project Alpha by D.J. MacHale
  • Tombquest series by Michael Northrop
  • Infinity Ring series by various, first is Mutiny in Time by James Dashner
  • 13th Reality series by James Dashner
  • Ever After High series by Shannon Hale
  • The Magic Misfits by Neal Patrick Harris
  • George series by Lucy & Stephen Hawking
  • The Librarian series by Eric Hobbs
  • The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie
  • Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
  • Stranded trilogy by Jeff Probst
  • Hover Car Racer by Matthew Reilly
  • The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  • Grimm Legacy trilogy by Polly Shulman
  • Mysterious Benedict Society & The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart


If you like VIDEO GAMES, then try

LitRPG: (read & loved)

  • Chaos Seeds series by Aleron Kong
  • Play to Live series by D. Rus
  • The Gam3 series by Cosimo Yap


LitRPG: (haven't read yet but on my personal TBR)

  • Awaken Online by Travis Bagwell
  • Ascend Online by Luke Chmilenko
  • Divine Dungeon by Dakota Krout
  • The Dark Herbalist by Michael Atamanov


Virtual Reality: (read & loved)

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Solarversia by Toby Downton
  • Mortality Doctrine series by James Dashner
  • The Leveller by Julia Durango
  • The Game is Life series by Terry Schott
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel


Other books a gamer would enjoy:

  • Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
  • Insignia trilogy by S.J. Kincaid
  • Tag, You're Dead by J.C. Lane



Thursday

Night Time Audio listening time/pages: 1 hr 15 min / 81 pages
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: 3 hr 30 min / 334 pages
Kindle reading time / pages: -----
Number of books I've read today: 2
Total number of books I've read: 11
Current Book: Titanborn
Pages Read Today: 415
Total Pages Read: 1,898
Time Read Today: 4 hrs 45 min
Total Time Read: 23 hrs 40 min
Today's Completed Books:



Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 3



Just like Twitter, I hate "emoji" or any kind of chat speak. We do not have cell phones (no, we're not barbaric - we have no need or want of them) and even if we did, I'd never ever use chat speak. Putting in a smilie face is the extent of my emoji / chat speak. So, no challenge for me today.

Yesterday was a lighter day of reading. We've never figured out why, but I don't read when my Hubby is here, even when He's doing His own thing. I didn't read during the day at all yesterday, just some before going to bed in the early morning and before bed last night. Still, got two books read, so can't complain!



Wednesday

Night Time Audio listening time/pages: 3 hrs / 210 pages
Day Time Audio listening time/pages: -----
Kindle reading time / pages: 1 hr 15 min / 152 pages
Number of books I've read today: 2
Total number of books I've read: 9
Current Book: -----
Pages Read Today: 362
Total Pages Read: 1,483
Time Read Today: 4 hrs 15 min
Total Time Read: 18 hrs 55 min
Today's Completed Books: