Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NaNoWriMo: Coming Soon to a computer near you!

Hey guys, it's that time of the year! Fall!
My favorite season because of apple cider, Thanksgiving, pretty trees AND NaNoWriMo! 
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as the cool kids say, is a challenge to write a WHOLE BOOK(50,000 words) in the month of November. 
And fighting the slow pull of insanity while trying to meet word count. Just kidding, kind of.
It also brings the writer community together and can jump-start a new novel idea.

According to Nanowrimo.org:
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
NaNoWriMo kind of reminds me of college because you have an excuse to be grouchy and crazy at 3 AM and there are likely other people doing that exact same thing! So you know what that means, 3AM coffee/wine and whine time with friends! 

I also always like to point out that some awesome novels were started and/or written during Nanowrimo (http://nanowrimo.org/published-wrimos).

Okay, so here are some of the fun things you get by signing up (FOR FREE) at Nanowrimo.org

Cool stats and graphs telling you how awesome (or, in my case, how lazy) you are:

Awesome Forums where you can connect with other authors. There are so many options to base the forums on (genre, hobbies, progress in your WIP, where you live, who you read):

And there are some Regional specific events:

I participated in NaNoWriMo for the past two years (and won *cough cough*). I loved it, I loved meeting new people and working on a new WiP. Fun fact, none of my WiPs from NaNoWriMo became full novels. However, I don't think that's a bad thing. I got super inspired (often times halfway through NaNo) to write MSs that DID become full books. And I queried the snot out of at least one (that means I thought it wasn't complete garbage and other people were allowed to read it). So, there you go.

Anyway, I love the idea of NaNoWriMo. I like anything that gets people to write and to get excited about writing. I am knee deep in a WiP, but it's actually split into 2 parts, so I'm writing part 2 of my YA contemporary fantasy during NaNo this year.

If you want, you can find me on the site and we can be nanowrimo pals! (I'm katjc589)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Feature Follow Friday: Kiss, Marry, Kill

Every Friday Parajunkee and Alison Can Read hosts Feature Follow Friday. It's a great way to get to know the blogging community and they ask fun questions!

This week's Question is:

Pick Three Book Characters - Kiss? Marry? Kill?


I really like Jace's snarky personality and his bad-boy attitude. But he does give Clary some anxious moments when he acts a fool. So I don't think I'd want to have a real relationship with him (plus he super loves Clary). But I wouldn't mind the kissing.


Minho is strong, smart, and funny. These are all things I would totally want in a husband. He's also Korean, this is what my grandmother would want in a husband for me. So really Minho was made for me to marry (or my cousin Axie I guess, since we have the same grandmother). Anyway, I love him, he's one of my favorite Maze Runner characters and I would marry him and help him deal with his maze PTSD and cook him kalbi and kimchi chigae.

Mikolas Vavra 
He is a side-side-side character at first. He is the crush (and eventual boyfriend) of Zuzana, Karou's BFF in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. So he is a human who happens to be thrust in the middle of all of the supernatural happenings in the story. I love how he accepts and fits into this world of angels and monsters. And I love how loyal he is to Zuzana and by association to Karou. He's just a great boyfriend and would probably be a great husband.


I've said before that I think Clancy is too evil. So I'm just going to quote myself here (haha) "I don't particularly like villains that are just villains. I much prefer the ones that have a redeeming characteristic so that I can be conflicted about and for them."