Thursday, October 30, 2014

Searching for a Particular Book. Help!

Help me!  I'm looking for a particular book that I remember the cover photo and the premise of the book but can not remember the title or author.

What I remember:
  • Female YA author
  • girl on cover with a brown ripped looking cloth for top and skirt
  • she is holding a gun
  • I think there is barbed wire on cover
  • book is about rich cheerleader types that get placed/stranded/crash (something) on an island
Anybody remember this book?

November Craziness

Well, I did it.  I officially joined NaNoWriMo 2014.  I've tried once before and failed miserably.  Maybe 2014 will be my year.  I'm keeping the thought of "shitty first draft" as Amanda at Fig & Thistle pointed out from Anne Lemont.  That's my goal: shitty first draft.  You can only go up from there!

I've had this idea for a novel for years.  It's time to get it on paper.

My other option is writing the travel guide that I want to self publish as an ebook.

Either option will be my first real crack at writing a book in its entirety.  I've put it off long enough.  I'm ready, willing and excited.

If you happen to find me on their website, I will show no words for the first two weeks.  I'll be in Mexico and I'm not taking my laptop with me.  I plan to buy a notebook there and write long hand.  It's going to be my souvenir in addition to a much wanted novel written in Spanish for me to practice this winter.  I think those are pretty good souvenirs for a bibliophile.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Goal Setting

It has been a really long time since I set goals.  Sure, I make to-do lists all the time but I haven't set any real goals just partial thoughts that I may or may not get to.  I have a lot of things I want to accomplish from now until I come back to Alaska.  My mind was going crazy with thoughts and lists last night.  I find as my end time here draws close I am having a hard time sleeping.  I spent all day yesterday on my computer doing stuff.  Relevant stuff.  It was 11 pm before I knew it.  Then I was up till 3:30 thinking, doing, writing etc.

Things I want to Accomplish before I leave Alaska:
  • finish reading my library books - I have 4
  • write 3 scheduled posts for my travel blog
  • write 3 scheduled posts for this blog - done 10/27 wrote 4 so far
  • make a bunch of important phone calls - already done 10/27
  • send a bunch of important texts - already done 10/27
  • work on Spanish for 2 hours a day - 10/27, 10/28
  • write down notes for novel/non fiction book to write for NaNoWriMo
  • pack and mail belongings
  • take final photos of local places
  • finish the skein of yarn on my blanket - done 10/17
  • Get caught up on Scandal before Hulu deletes my backlog
Ok, so not a lot, right?  I have 5 1/2 days. I'm only working 5 hours a day for 4 days this week.  Goals seem manageable.

I'm super motivated to start and finish new projects.  Must keep this momentum going.  I'll be living by myself in Portland (which I've never done except this one month here in Alaska).  I do best when I'm alone at home.  I've spent this past month reading, reading and reading.  And I've enjoyed it to the utmost degree.  Now its time to focus on my writing and future plans along with reading.

How do you feel about goal setting?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Library Loot #4

I believe this will be my last Alaskan Library Loot for this year.  I actually went to the library on Tuesday and still haven't picked up one of these books to read yet.  I've been too absorbed in the internet and finally catching up on my travel emails (7 months worth).  I have to be in the mood to read them for some reason and then I binge.  So I haven't stopped reading, I just reading a different format. 

I can't decide if I want to read An Echo in the Bone here and try to finish it before next Saturday or wait, buy the book for my collection and read it leisurely in Portland.  Actually, I decided right now.  I'm going to wait.  I don't want to rush through book or take the chance that I won't be done with it before I leave.  In fact, I may buy it in Fairbanks and take on vacation with me.  Yeah, that's what I'm going to do.  I was slightly worried about only having 3 books with me on vacation anyways.  With my reading streak that I'm on right now, I didn't want to get stuck and have to read on my phone.  The beach and phone don't go together.

This week's haul:
  • An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
  • Angel Falls - Kristin Hannah
  • Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
  • The Castaways - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Summer Island - Kristin Hannah
I've been on a real Hannah and Hilderbrand kick lately.  Emotion and summer.  I'm noticing a trend.  11 days and I'll be in summer for 2 weeks.  Woohoo.

Did anyone else notice the YA tags on 2 of the books?  They are not YA books.  I have no idea why they are mislabeled.  I asked the library volunteer.  She tried to explain that those authors write YA too.  Uhhhhh, no.  I'll ask the librarian when I return them.

How's your reading life since the Readathon?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Readathon Update

End of Event Update:
Pages Read: 549
Finished reading at: 1:00am
Started reading at: 5:30am
Took 3 naps
Made cinnamon rolls, gingerbread cookies and pasta
Drank chai tea and Pepsi
Read: 1 book and parts of 3 books
Visited 15 new to me blogs
Enjoyment level: I enjoyed the community feel of the event more than the personal pressure to read continuously.  The next day I went right back to reading all day so the pressure didn't deter my reading mojo.  Thank goodness.  Next year I may join as a cheerleader instead.

Hour 18 Update:
Pages Read: 460
Reading: Between Sisters - Kristin Hannah
Finished: Fly Away, 50 pages of Baby Proof and 10 pages of A Year of Pleasures before realizing I've already read them
Other things done: another nap, dinner and made cookies
New blogs to visit this hour:  Of Life and Lists, Eat Sleep and Read, What Sarah Read, Carol's Notebook, Gone with the Words, and Good Books and Good Wine

Hour 14 Update:
Pages Read: 400
Reading: just started Baby Proof by Emily Giffin (I may have read this though so I may switch)
Finished: Fly Away

Hour 12/halfway point Update:
Pages Read: 280
Still Reading: the same damn book. urgh
Finished: 0
Mini-Challenges: 0
Snacks:  simmering some pasta sauce for dinner
Drinking: Pepsi
Other things done: spending too long on computer
New blogs to visit this hour:  Dream of Reading, Ticket to Anywhere,  Between the Pages, Confessions of an Avid Reader, and Read Write Tell

Hour 8 Update:
Pages Read: 160
Still Reading: Fly Away 
Finished: 0
Mini-Challenges: 0
Snacks: making cinnamon rolls as we speak
Drinking: my ever present chai tea
Other things done: another nap (got up way too early and didn't fall asleep till 3 last night) and was called into work for 1 hr
New Blogs to visit this hour: On the Wings of Books, The Small Town Look Book, Dead Book Darling, Brona's Books

Hour 5 Update:
Pages Read:  90
Currently Reading: Fly Away - Kristin Hannah
Finished: 0
Mini-Challenges: 0
Snacks: half chocolate muffin
Drinking: chai tea
Other things done: 1 nap

Dewey's 24 Hr Readathon

It's finally here. The beginning.  And I overslept by an hour.  Oh well, time to start Reading!!!

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
warm gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
My first time participating in the readathon.  I'm on a reading roll for October with 10 books read already.  In two weeks I'll be traveling to Mexico before settling in Mt. Hood, Oregon for the winter.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Seeing if I can read for 24 hours (oops 22 1/2 hrs now)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Library Loot #3

Today I decided to use these Library Loot posts to track how many times I visit the library for my last month in Alaska.  I didn't take a photo of the books from my first visit so I will add one at the end.  I also discovered the village I'm moving to for the winter does not have a library.  So sad.  I will have to go back to ordering books online.  Maybe there will be one in nearby village.  When I went to the library yesterday, one of the volunteers said "you read that stack already?"  Yup, sure did.  That's what happens when I only have one job. :)

Yesterday's haul includes:

  • Between Sisters - Kristin Hannah
  • Lost December - Richard Paul Evans
  • Barefoot - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Fly Away - Kristin Hannah
  • Baby Proof - Emily Giffin
  • The Year of Pleasures - Elizabeth Berg
  • MASH Season One - DVD
  • Northern Exposure Season Six - DVD
  • Two Weeks Notice - DVD
I hope these books last until my Sunday visit.  I do have 2, count them TWO, days off this week and one of those days is the Read-a-thon. Yikes. I do need to catch up on my travel blog emails.  That will take a day.  I should be ok. 

I also realized that I get more pleasure reading blog posts than Facebook.  I've been weaning myself off Facebook checking since everyone left in September.  I started by limiting how many times I could check. Then limited to when I could check.  After a comment exchange with Trisha at eclectic/eccentric, it got me to thinking about how much I miss reading a wide variety of blogs.  So I replaced the coveted front screen spot on my phone held by the Facebook with Bloglovin.  (I really miss Google Reader)  We'll see if it works.