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My Goals For 2018

This year I didn’t make a resolution, and I find myself content with that decision. Yes there are things I would like to accomplish this year, however I don’t feel the need to stress myself by making those goals a must. If they happen, they happen, and if I don’t complete those goals I’m happy with that as well.

Personal Goals

If you’ve read my previous post you will know that a lot has changed in my life over the past couple of months that I have been absent. I had a stalker, moved in with my boyfriend, got engaged a month later, and even got a cat. This year my goals, not just the personal ones, are going to be different because it’s not just me anymore.

More than anything this year I want to continue to focus on being happy and loving myself. It’s something that I’ve had my struggles with over the years, but I can honestly say that I’ve improved the way I feel about myself greatly. That’s one thing I don’t want to lose.

Another thing I would like to focus on is being a good wife. I know what you’re thinking, you just got engaged so why are you getting married so soon? My future husband and I have a whole plan. What we are going to do is go to our local courthouse to apply for a marriage license and get married there. We’re doing that because we financially can’t afford a traditional wedding right now. So, we’re going to put money aside for the wedding that we want.

That all being said within the next two weeks I will be a happily married woman. So I want to focus on our relationship and make sure that I make him as happy as he makes me.

Fitness Goals

2017 was hard on my body. Between me getting sick or dealing with the unfortunate effects of my birth control it was hell. That’s being said I would like to either maintain my current weight or even lose a couple of pounds. I’m not looking to train for aesthetics I just want to be healthy.

Author Goals

This year I would like to complete 4 projects. I have everything all planned out and plotted. I just have to do it.

That being said I would also like to make more time for my writing. I’m in a whole different atmosphere now, and I feel so more at piece, so I want to get back on my grind. I want to push out the words because it makes me happy and I love it.

Towards the end of the year I would like to publish a novella for Christmas. If that doesn’t happen, I do plan on self publishing my first full length novel in March of 2019.

So those are my major goals for this year, what are yours?

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New Year, New Me

What’s Been Going On

I kind of went MIA on all social media platforms. Slowly I’m coming back, but it’s a process. The reason behind it was the fact that I was scared for my own personal safety.

If you’re a regular follower of mine, you would’ve seen my posts become sporadic before I completely dropped off the map. A guy that I had been friends with became obsessed with me. He harassed me and stalked me constantly. I blocked him on all platforms that I could find him on, but he still managed to find me.

I went silent in order to avoid conflict. To keep myself and family safe. Who knew what he would see me post, and who knew if it would cause him to lose it? I do tend to use this platform as a form of online diary to document my progress in my endeavors, help others, and share the things I enjoy. I just wanted to play it safe.

Big Changes

A lot has happened in my personal life. By a lot I mean a lot.

I moved. Again something that partially involved my own personal safety but only partially. Only partially because I got engaged.

I’ve never been so happy and content. I’m marrying the man of my dreams.

As some of you may also know, I’m a pre medical student. I just finished my first semester in college with a 4.0 GPA. I didn’t think it was possible for me, not with all of the chaos that was going on in my life, but I did it.

Aside from that I am still writing. I’ve been able to complete and entire manuscript and I’ve started another. I’ve been plotting out future projects as well. I’m also setting money aside for the publication process.

So What Happens Now?

Well I’m not exactly sure. I want to get back to blogging a couple of times a week. It’s definitely my goal but we will see what happens.

The content that I will be posting will be the same general content that I was posting before.

I know that I will be posting again tomorrow, most likely, with my goals for 2018.

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On Writing | 6 Reasons Why Reading Is Essential For Writers


I’m sure you all have heard that in order to progress as a writer you must read. You might think that it isn’t as nessecary as everyone makes it out to be, but I can assure you that it one of the best things you can do to improve your craft. 

Why reading is such an important part of being a writer goes much further than you might think. Here are some key point to keep in mind of why it is so important. 

  • You are exposed to many different genres
  • You are exposed to many different styles of writing
  • Say you wanted to write a book but didn’t know exactly how, you can get ideas from the way other authors have written similar topics
  • Reading can inspire you
  • Reading can widen your vocabulary 
  • You can find popular tropes within your niche

Those are just six examples of why reading is important to us writers, but the list goes on and on. There are so many benefits to it. 

Speaking from experience I feel like reading has genuinely helped me better my writing skills. If you follow me on here quite regularly then you know I read a lot of different books. I think that’s another key factor. If you read “easy” books, or those within your comfort zone, it is harder for you to grow. 

I hope that some of you found that this post helped you in some way. If it has let me know! I love connecting with fellow writers. 

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2017 Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017 Results


This is probably going to be a fairly short post, because things did not go as planned during the month of April. I started out so strong, but it didn’t end that way. 

As many of you may know I was using Camp NaNo as a way to jumpstart my revision/editing process on my novel Vendetta. I can say that it is quite effective if you are able to commit time specifically to write. I was not. 

I had a goal of 35,000 words, and I ended up with 16,987 words by the 30th. I’m upset that I didn’t reach my goal, but I have to remember that there were a lot of factors I didn’t have control over. 

One being my mothers week long stay in the hospital. That just turned everything upside down, and it sucked up all of my time. Even after she was released I was always busy with school, taking her to the doctors, going to the doctors myself, my normal responsibilities, and trying to find time to sleep. It was a hard month. 

All of that being said I am continuing on with revisions/edits. I’m actually in the middle of completely rewriting the second half of the book. I’m hoping to have it polished and ready for an editor by June, but we will see where life takes me. 

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Camp NaNoWrimo Week 2 Check-In

Day 8

Today was better than I had thought it would turn out to be. I didn’t hit my goal word count for today, but I was able to get some words down on the page. I still feel solid about the work I was able to accomplish today.

Words Written: 699

Total Words: 4,549
Day 9

I didn’t write anything. At all. Which puts me even farther behind on my goal. I’m hoping that tomorrow will turn out to be better. I was just so exhausted today.

Words Written: 0

Total Words: 4,549 
Day 10 

Today was semi productive. I didn’t hit my word count goal, but I’m happy I at least got some words down on the page. 

Words Written: 513

Total Words: 5,062
Day 11

I got more done today than I did yesterday. So that’s a plus. However, I still wasn’t able to hit my daily goal. 

Words Written: 658

Total Words: 5,720

Days 12-14

I didn’t write anything during these days. I’ve been battling a severe migraine that doesn’t want to go away, and staring at the computer screen just seems to make it worse. 

Total Words For The Week: 1,870

Total Words: 5,720

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Camp NaNoWrimo Week 1 Check In

So as many of you may know I decided to participate in the April 2017 Camp NaNoWrimo. I’m still struggling to figure out it was truly one of my better decisions. Either way, I plan to do check ins each week to keep you guys updated on my progress. So there won’t be any “Writing Update” posts from me until next month.

So, how is it going so far?

Not terribly well. I set a goal of 35k and as of right now I’m a couple of days behind. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but unfortunately because my mother doesn’t follow the instructions of her doctor she ended up in the hospital on Tuesday. I’ve been so stressed out about everything, and so busy making sure she’s got everything that she needs that I haven’t had much time to write. Yesterday she got released, so I’m hoping that I’ll have a little more time on my hands.

Currently I’m sitting at 3,936/35,000 words. Still 31,064 remaining in order to complete my goal. I’m going to do my best to get the bulk of my writing done this weekend, so that if I don’t have the time during the week I’ll have some sort of a cushion.

I hope everyone also participating in the Camp is making progress! Wish me luck guys!

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March Wrap Up & April Goals

March was another one of those months where I felt, well, blah. Unmotivated most of the time. Yet even when I got the feeling of motivation I let others put me down. It was definitely a month of me questioning my values and what it was that I truly wanted.

At the end of the month, I’m glad to say, I got my shit together. I sat down and started making character lists, outlines, and even decided to participate in CampNaNoWrimo.

Most of the month I did manage to hit 500 words a day on at least one project. There were a few days that I just felt blah and didn’t write anything. I did read during the month, but it was a lot of picking up books and losing interest. I also did work out as well, which I’m quite pleased with. I feel better when I do, and that alone makes me want to be in the gym more.

April Goals

  • Finish my goal of 35,000 words for CampNaNoWrimo. I’m revising VENDETTA and with the way that it looks now I’m scraping the whole second half of the book.
  • Continue going to the gym
  • Complete and post 6 blog posts for the month
  • Stay on top of my school work
  • Read. Just read. Then review what I’ve read regardless of genre or release date.
  • Continue outlining Anasatia’s Rising

So those are my goals. I’m really hoping to finish NaNo this time around, I’ve never been able to do it. But since I set a reasonable goal for myself I think it’s a good bet. I’m also hoping it will help me get into the habit of writing everyday.

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Writing Update 5

I feel like someone finally ignited a fire within me this past week. I’ve felt so good about it too.

If you follow me on twitter you’ll know that I’ve been quite busy. I’ve been able turn my writing up to a whole other notch. I was able to write more than 2,000 words. 2,417 words to be exact on VENDETTA.

I haven’t worked very much on Anastasia’s Rising this week. I did do some work on outlining further, and creating a character list for it as well. However, for VENDETTA I’ve been revising/rewriting, creating a character list, and basically an outline so that I know what I’m up against when it comes to writing the second book.

I’ve also been quite active on social media. I’ve made several posts on Instagram that have gotten some pretty decent likes, and my engagement on twitter has been pretty good as well. Twitter really has been my place recently, and it’s actually helped me get in contact with other writers. Which I do like.

Besides my writing, I’ve been out a couple of times. I went to see Beauty and the Beast, which I absolutely loved. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I think Emma Watson was perfect for Belle. However, I feel like they could’ve picked a better Beast.

School has been going good as well. At this point as long as I’m passing my classes I no longer care. I just want it to be over with.

So that’s been pretty much, and with Camp NaNo going on I can’t wait to return with an update next week.

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Where Has Time Gone? | March Goals 

I honestly just looked at the WordPress post calendar thingy and noticed that it was March. Like what?!?! Where did the time go? So here I am to tell you all my goals for the month of March. 

I’m keeping very simple this month. No extreme or crazy goals are going to be made. 

1. Write everyday 

-At least 500 words per project

2. Read 3 books a week and post reviews of them

3. Pinterest 

-Create inspo boards for all projects

-Pin my blog posts

4. Go to the gym

-nothing specific, just get in the gym multiple times a week

There you have it four simple goals that I think are pretty easily attainable. I’m really interested in seeing what happens this month with my writing. I’m really starting to get on a roll with Anastasia’s Rising. 

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A Less Than Expected|Writing Update 3

My Week

So this week was interesting to say the least. I’ve gotten extremely less writing done then I would have wanted, and that is really my own fault. I let new shiny things distract me. Everything was goodish, I suppose, until Saturday. 

On Saturday I went to the Naval Academy for a basketball game. I was so excited to go. I wanted to spend quality time with my best friends who I might not see after graduation. I have to say I wish I hadn’t gone, because of the other people that I knew who also happened to be there. 

My best friends ditched me and my ex found me. I’m still going back and forth in my head about it. I wish I hadn’t gone. I wish I hadn’t started talking to him. I just wish my friends hadn’t ditched me like that. 

My Writing

I have been distracted quite frequently this past week. I’ve found loads of new books that I’ve gotten into—so ready yourselves for an influx of book reviews coming soon. I only wrote two days this week, totaling just under 300 words. 

I was working on Anastasia’s Rising per usual, and I ended up picking out two already written chapters to rewrite. I just didn’t like how they flowed. So dispite only writing 282 words, I was able to map out two chapters for the rewrite. On top of that I also did some plotting for future chapters, which is very out of the ordinary for me. I’m usually a pantser. 

So that has been about it. Not many exciting this this past week, but I’m hoping to be more productive this week.