Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013, You Were All Right

Lets just quickly run over what 2013 held. I know practically every blogger is doing this right now, but I don't see why that should stop me. Just let me get my diary. My mind doesn't stretch that far back.

Writing Challenge: Day 19

Day nineteen of the writing challenge: Whats in my bag?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Stumble on Your Blog: Using Social Media


This is the forth blog and last post in my Stumble on Your Blog series. We have had: 



And now I want to talk about using social media to your advantage. There is so many ways to promote your blog. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Search Engines, Pinterest, the list goes on. I want to talk about 5 ways you can promote your blog. 

  • Twitter 
  • Google+
  • Search Engines 
  • Comments 
  • Pinterest 

Writing Challenge: Day 18

Day eighteen of the writing challenge: Someone I miss.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stumble on Your Blog: Blog Content (Part 2)


In part one, I talked about finding structure and whether on not you need to be a 'niche' blog. In part two of Blog Content, I want to talk about being original, doing the actual writing, and making sure people can respond and interact.

While it's important people like the look of your blog, the fact they will be reading is your writing, is a lot more daunting. People may be thinking about what you said for a week after. Or it might drop out of their heads straight away. Either way, they are going to come away with a reaction (we hope).

Writing Challenge: Day 17

Day seventeen of the writing challenge: Someone who broke my heart.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Stumble on Your Blog: Blog Content (Part 1)


When I started blogging, I wrote a list of things I was interested in. I was consumed with the thought of filling a niche in. I'm not a person who enjoys craft a whole lot, and I already had a blog about horses with my bestie, HorseFrenzy.

I ended up with my life. So I tried to keep to that, writing posts about my life. But it was hard to conform to, I wanted to blog about other things. So in the end I ditched the idea of being a niche blog, and concentrated of writing what I liked, when I liked.

Writing Challenge: Day 16

Day sixteen of the writing challenge: Something I regret not doing in the last year.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Stumble on Your Blog: Resources to start with


I have spent hours and hours reading about how to get the best blog design, more traffic ect. ect., and I thought I would do a series on what I have learnt while doing this. It's hard with so much social media around, people have so much to read, they're not sure where to go.

I don't have any claim to knowing that much about the blogging world, but I'd love to share what I know and have learnt.

Writing Challenge: Day 15

Day fifteen of the writing challenge: Something that excites me and fills me with joy.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

7 Ways to Prepare For a New Writing and Blogging Year


2014 is just 10 days away people! For the last year, we have been hunched over the keyboard, typing away, weather its at your novel, shorts story, poems, or blog, if your like me, you're ready to sleep for a hundred years. At least. 
However, I'm a firm believer in finishing things with a bang. If I'm not asleep or drinking coffee. So while your winding down for the year, here is 7 ways to prepare for a new writing and blogging year.

Oh, Pinterest

Can we just take a moment to appreciate what Pinterest is?

Writing Challenge: Day 9

Day nine of the writing challenge: My favourite thing to do right now.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Writing Challenge: Day 7

Day seven of the writing challenge: Someone who doesn't live in my country.
This is acutely day six, but I got day six and seven mixed up... oops.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Just Because I Liked This


The Mystery of Writers Block


You want to know something weird? I never had writers block when I wrote my first novel, Whispers. And right now, I'm working on the sequel, and I still haven't hit that wall.

Writing Challenge: Day 6

Day six of the writing challenge: Siblings. There is no plural, sadly. Its just sibling.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Writing Challenge: Day 3

Day three of the writing challenge: My day in detail. 

Well. I guess that means today. 

I woke at about 9:20am, because I've been having a bit of insomnia, and didn't sleep very well the few nights before.  It was 20 minutes until we had to leave for church, so patted my cat for 5 minutes before I got up (glad my sore throat was gone). 

I then had some cooked toast (not quite yet brown, because that would be burning it) with penut butter on it. After that, I made some herbal tea, and got dressed in jeans and a singlet top. Somewhere it there, I cheeked with dad we were still going to church.

I made sure mum had all my diabetic stuff, then me and my sister guessed that we wouldn't go to church, because dad wouldn't have enough time to get ready. 

We were right, so at about 10am, I changed into some around the house clothes, and cleaned the kitchen for mum, dad vacuumed, and mum put stuff away. My sister stood in the middle of the chaos drinking the rest of the herbal tea I had made. 

After the cleaning was done, we talked about the challenge of being a Christian in the modern world. I drunk coffee. Then we started our Bible study, which was the book of Esther. We each took turns to read, then summarised what had been read, and we did that for 5 chapters. 

At 12:30, we stopped and made a huge raspberry smoothie, and just chatted. 

Then I did some writing and research, and stopped about 3:40pm. I patted Hunter (my cat) and told him how cute he is. After that I read a book, which was really good. When I had finished my book, at about 4:50pm, I got of my lazy backside, and started dinner. And made some herbal tea. 

Dinner was ready at 5:50, and it was very yummy :) 

After dinner, I was excused from my chores because I had cooked. 

As of yesterday, I have started playing my clarinet again, for my own entertainment. Considering I played 3 years, and have taken 2 years off, I'm doing pretty well. Yes, sometimes it squeaks, but I'm playing pieces I played in concert in my last year. So I did practise for about 35 minutes. 

Then I made some more herbal tea, and sat down to answer my messages. Then I remembered I'm doing this challenge. And realised it must look like I'm obsessed with herbal tea. Oh well. 

Now it's 7:40, and I'm going to drink the rest of my tea and blob some more. 

One can never do to much blobbing. 

CUTENESS

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Writing Challenge: Day 2

Day two of the writing challenge: Something I look forward to in the next 12 months.

Well.


  • School
  • My birthday 
  • My cats birthday
  • My best friends birthday 
  • Everyone's birthday
  • Editing Whispers 
  • Fresh apples
Among other things, such as sleeping and drinking coffee. 



I'll Be Forever Against Abortion

You know what makes me mad? Like super, super mad?

People who think abortion is ok, because the women should have a 'choice'.

You know what annoys me the most about it all? Those women did have a 'choice'. They didn't use birth control, they made a mistake... but thats ok, because they can just roll up and get an abortion. No problem.

Can I put my hand up? I have a problem.

Friday, December 13, 2013

30 Day Writing Challenge

30 day writing challenge? I'm in! Find the page here.

Because I'm Still Into Graphics


Things I Have Learnt While Writing Whispers, "The Book" (Part Two)

I have to be honest with you. The first reason I wrote Whispers in less than a month was because of Scrivener. See, when I got the idea for Whispers, I decided to try Scrivener, which many people rave about. So I found we have a trial version, that lasted for 30 days. (It's amazing, if you haven't, it's definitely worth the investment).

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Whispers Next Door - An Extract

I started writing Whispers Next Door today! Here is part of the first chapter so far. I'm really enjoying writing about Fanny again, she's becoming quite a strong character, but I'm not aiming to finish in a month this time, I'm just sort of rolling with what happens and how much time I have.
And I've turned planner, so I spent this morning writing up profiles -- Arg!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Whispers Completed

I have finished the first draft, and my word count is on the side bar. I'm really happy, and have started planning the sequel, which I'm calling Whispers Next Door for the moment.

This drew an 'oh nooooo' from my mother. Really, how bad can it be?

I will be taking 6 weeks of break from Whispers, before I start the editing. Hopefully my Granma will agree to help me edit, she did professionally as a job for a while I believe. I'm pretty sure its a bit of a mess, because I didn't write it all in order. Right now I think it makes perfect sense, but in 6 weeks...

As I struggle with being descriptive, I think my word count will go up rather than down.

Also, starting Whispers Next Door will hopefully help me learn even more about my characters and develop them even more.

Bring on January 25th!

In other news, Hunter threw up again today, and we discovered he has worms, so an emergency trip to the vet was made so we could worm and Him and the evil Blackberry. Guess who is responsible, and cleaned up after her poor kitty?



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

15 Days Until Christmas.

I'm sorry, did you just say it's 15 days till Christmas?

Saaaaaaay what?!? You're joking, right? Cause I haven't wrapped any presents yet.

Um, they're in the bottom of my cupboard. The ones have bought, that is. Ooops.

50,000 Words!

My own personal NaNo is complete. I can not tell you how happy I am. Personal goals are something I often set for myself, though not all I carry through with. When I got the idea for Whispers on the 13th of November, a few days after my last exam, which was what stopped me from doing NaNo, I challenged myself to reach 50,000 words in under a month.

100 for 100 - It's Over

I finished the 100 for 100 over at Go Teen Writers!

I can not tell you how happy I am, I ended up with just over 51,000 words. Wow.

So anyway, a big thanks to Stephanie and Jill, the 100 for 100 really motivated me, and helped me push forward even when I didn't want to.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Music Monday: Radioactive

After last week, when I did Angles Among Us, which I now realise I had already done, I decided to pick something safe.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

To What Was, Beruna


I have this spot in the garden. 

Christmas Help


I know I'm running late. That seems to happen a lot at the end of the year. Anyway, for anyone who is as disorganised as me when it comes to Christmas presents, here'ssome ideas and places to shop!
I don't like getting 'stuff' for Christmas, because within months the 'stuff' is at the back on the cupboard, so I have tried to pick things that will last and be used for a long time. (click on the picture for the link)
Please note: The only time I am disorganised is Christmas. Every year. Without doubt.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Goodbye November

We have said goodbye to November.

Whaaaaaaat?! I don't know about you, but I just got used to it being 2013.

I did a lot in November. More than what I would normally achieve.
*cough*

Music Monday: Angels Among Us

I decided not to do an Imagine Dragons song today, because thats what I did last Monday, and I also did a post with music from them during the week.

I'm a little obsessed.