A Day In My Life · Motivation

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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A Day In My Life · AmWriting · College · Road To MedSchool

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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2017 Writing Updates · AmWriting · CampNaNoWrimo · Uncategorized

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!

Book Reviews · suspense · Thriller · Uncategorized

Book Review: The CypressTrap by JC Gatlin

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Synopsis 

When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect. 

Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though. Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means — including a posse led by a killer dog. 

At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive.

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I have to say that I have become quite shy of free books for download on Amazon. That is only because of the fact that the more I have read, the less good books I have found. However, JC Gatlin has pleasantly surprised me with this captivating read.

Normally I don’t  read a lot of thrillers, or suspense, but I’m glad that I picked this one up. From the beginning I was sucked in. It was an interesting concept with the little rabbits foot being the point of the conflict throughout the whole story. Simple, cliche even, but I did like that bit.

It’s a story that keeps you interested, the kind where you want to keep turning the pages. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that recently I’ve been struggling with finding these gripping types of books.

Besides my own personal praise on the books entirety. I feel like the characters were good. Maybe they could’ve been fleshed out more, but they weren’t bad in my own opinion. But something that really got under my skin was that Owen kept saying “Dropp’n F.” Like what? Why? I understand that characters have quirks but that really just annoyed me more than anything else.

Overall I’d give this book a solid 3 out of 5 stars.

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A Day In My Life · AmWriting · Monthly Goals · Uncategorized

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. 

2017 Writing Updates · A Day In My Life · AmWriting

A lot Has Happened | Writing Update 4

A lot has happened. Surprisingly much more good than bad. 

My Week

This past week had been so up and down. I went to dinner with a friend at a really good Mexican restaurant, and it was quite lovely. I have to make a point of going out more with people, even if it just with friends.

 I had several dental appointments which were horrible to say the least. I actually am in the doctor’s office right now because of them— I’m convinced. I woke up two days ago, after having fillings done, with a splitting headache that has now lasted two days. I’m not a happy camper. 

The Writing

If you have been following along with me for a while, you will know that I write with pen and paper. It just works a lot better for me. However, with that style of writing comes with a lot of work. 

The past week I used all of my spare time to type up everything that had been written for Anastasia’s Rising. In total it is up to just over 4.6k words. 400 of those were actually new words that I was able to add in during typing. That’s one of the reasons that I enjoy writing with pen and paper. When you have to go back and type everything up, it allows for productive change. 

I’ve really been enjoying writing this WIP. It feels like a breath of fresh air. The characters are also really cool too. The lead, Anastasia, is my favorite of course, but there’s a werewolf, Carson, that is quickly stealing my heart. I’ve made an inspiration board on Pinterest if you’d like to check it out : https://www.pinterest.com/SaraBWrites/anastasias-rising-inspiration/

I know this week’s post is a bit short and sweet, but there really hasn’t been anything eventful. 

Monthly Goals

January 2017 Goals

Hey everyone! I hope you all are doing well. As you can see from the title of this post I will be posting about my goals for this month. I’m leaning towards doing this at the beginning of each month, and then doing sort of like a wrap up as well. You know, so I can see what I’ve been able to accomplish.  

Goals

1. Post a new blog entry 2-3 times a week.

– I want to start doing different types of posts. I’m thinking writing updates, book reviews, tbr’s, and maybe other things as well. 

2. Become more active on social media

– I already have a twitter and a Instagram, but I want to more active when it comes to posting quality content. I also want to experiment with Pinterest. 

3. Finish all of my college applications 

– I have already submitted ten, but there are a few more schools on my radar. 

4. Stop drinking soda 

– For a while I had quit. I was strictly drinking water, tea, and coffee. I felt so much better and that’s something I want to get back to. There are so many health benefits to kicking a soda habit

5.Get my butt in the gym at least 3-5 days a week. 

– With winter well set in, it’s been hard to motivate myself. But I need to do it. For a long time the gym was my sanctuary, and I need that back. 

So there you go everyone, five goals for the month of January. I wanted to start off small so I don’t get overwhelmed, but I can’t wait to see what I’ve accomplished come February. 

A Day In My Life · AmWriting · Daily Writing Update · Word Count Check In

Daily Writing Update (9)

So I’ve been absent on her for a little while. Not nearly as long as I have been in the past, thank God, but I have been absent. I’m sorry about that. I’ve been dealing with a hell of a lot of stuff. I got sick, people ended up in the hospital, I had to help those people out, I have school, and tests, and homework, and I have to go to they gym everyday. 

And you know what, before I knew it everything had gotten away from me. I was caught up in everyone else’s lives, and had no time left for myself. My priorities slipped from me, and I’m pissed at myself for letting that happen. 

However, I would like to say that I wrote today. I actually wrote productive words. 1,100 of them so far today. I’m very please with myself. I’m taking it one day at a time, so I don’t get overwhelmed, but I will be back in the swing of things. I just have to find my balance again. 

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Daily Writing Update(8)

Today’s Outcome

Picking up speed over here, and I’ve also been hitting down my next projects in the order I want to complete them. In sort of a business plan fashion. Not a lot to report, but I’ve been busy. 

Plans For Tomorrow 

Tomorrow I’d like to buckle down, and get a couple thousand word out. We’ll have to see though, because I have a list of things I have to do. 

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Daily Writing Update (3)

Today’s Outcome

Today was pretty good as far as my writing goes. I got 478 words done on the prequel, and added in a new twist that I think will make things much more interesting. 

Plans For Tomorrow

Well I have a lot to type up. Like thousands of words. I also want to maybe finish the prequel tomorrow. I wanted to finish it today, but I added the new twist and things took off. 

What are your writing plans for tomorrow?