Camp Nanowrimo July 2018: WEEK TWO!

Hey everyone…

So as you all know I’m participating in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo! I decided it would be fun to do a sort of “Write With Me” over the course of a week, and I can do this for each week of the month! I think it’ll be exciting to be able to look back on and keep you all updated with where I am with my writing.


Monday, July 9

10:30 PM Today I went to Bray again for most of the day so I didn’t get a lot of writing done. I’m so exhausted so I only got 59 words written, but I have done lots of planning and basically planned the rest of my WIP!


Tuesday, July 10

3 PM I’m having a movie night with some of my friends and we’re starting in a while so I doubt I’ll get a lot of writing done today!

2 AM So we did a few sprints now before our last movie and I managed to write 1,349 words in total today.


Wednesday, July 11

5:30 PM I wanted to get a decent amount of writing done today, like at least 3/4k, but I’m absolutely knackered after staying up until nearly 6AM last night!! So far I’ve written over 1000 words but hoping to double that by the end of the day!

11 PM update: I did not double those words because I’m so tired. Here’s hoping the rest of the week will bring me lots of words!


Thursday, July 12

3 PM Haven’t done any writing this morning yet because I was incredibly nervous. I had a job interview today and I’m delighted to say that I got the job and I start Saturday. I was scared of it being a lot of hours during the week but thankfully it’s only 3-4 days a week so I will still have time to write and (hopefully) finish this WIP this month and reach my word count goal!

8 PM I’m really only home now because I popped in to see my Nan for a while then paid a quick visit to my friend. I have impulsively decided to go out tonight to celebrate so in total today’s word count is 148 words. I’m not doing the best this week at all.


Friday, July 13

4:30 PM I woke up quite late today and have just been chilling this afternoon, watching some Skins and, well, eating. However, my friend Chloe is over now and we’re planning on doing lots of sprints because we’re both behind on our stats for this month’s camp nano. I will update you all later!

12 AM I ended today with writing just over 1000 words! I’m starting my new job tomorrow so I’m off to bed now!


Saturday, July 14

10 PM I know it’s incredibly late to be having dinner, but I’m about to sit down to some now. I was in work till 3 today and when I get home I spent a while eating/reading then I got stuck into sprints with Chloe. My current word count for the day is just over 1500 words. Hopefully I can get to 2000 words before I go to sleep!

12 AM My total word count for the day is 2,147 words. I’m happy with my progress and hopefully I’m getting back on track.


Sunday, July 15

4:45 PM So as I sit patiently for the Doctor Who teaser, I thought I would update you all. I’ve been writing for most of the day and am currently sitting at 2,012 words. My aim for the start of the day was 5k but I don’t think that’s very doable any more. However, I’m aiming for 4000 words and finishing this chapter!

11 PM Hey guys! So happy with the progress I made today. I’ve finished today with 3,074 words and I finished both Chapter 15 and 16! I’m in work tomorrow at 10 so I’m going to head to bed to read some more of Children of Blood and Bone! I’m so glad I’m finally caught up and can’t wait to start a new week tomorrow!

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Down the TBR Hole #13!

I saw the most AMAZING post from LOST IN A STORY with the most AMAZING idea to help cut down my ridiculously large TBR! Thank you so much for creating this post!!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Every week I will be going through 10 books on my Goodreads TBR and purging as many as I feel comfortable with. Most likely these posts will go up on a Sunday. Currently I have 273 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Kings of the Boyne by Nicola Pierce

kings of the boyne

I’ve been meaning to read more of Nicola Pierce’s books for ages so I definitely want to hang onto this!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

iron cast

This sounds absolutely gorgeous.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

three dark crowns

I really want to start this series!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Breathe by Sarah Crossan

BREATHE

Sarah Crossan is one of my all time favourite authors so I need to get on this!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

YOU'RE WELCOME UNIVERSE

I feel like this would serve as great research for my own writing, seen as I have a deaf MC!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

TILOML

I’m not really feeling this any more!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

UNBECOMING

I’ve been recommended this so many times so I definitely need to keep this.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt

it looks like this

I’m not feeling this book anymore!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


My Messed Up Life by Susin Nielsen

my messed up life

I’m not really feeling this anymore either!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

INTO THE WATER

I don’t think I’m ever going to get around to this, to be honest!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


So in total I’ve gotten rid of 4/10 books off my TBR, reducing it to 269 books!

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, and even better, why not join in! Also, don’t be afraid to give the amazing Lia some love over at her LOST IN A STORY!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

Ross!

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Floored Blog Tour: “You okay, Mum?”

Hey guys! I feel so very privileged to be bringing you a short story that I’ve been working on as part of a blog tour for the amazing Floored. Not only am I happy I get to celebrate this superb book, but I also got to work with some really lovely people! We’ve managed to link them all in subtle ways so if you want to check out the previous posts, head to Holly’s post here to follow the story from there!

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“You okay, Mum?”

I’m sitting on a chair beside her bed.

The heavy armchair I carried upstairs with the help of Abbie and Rosie two weeks ago. The armchair that’s been through both wars, that’s been in my Mum’s family for over a century.

The stupid armchair that’s so terribly uncomfortable yet so precious and meaningful to Mum.

“Tabby, sweetheart,” she says.

And just from her tone I think I know what she’s about to say. Through her wallowing breaths, her shaky voice, her dry lips: I know what fate has in store.

“No,” I say.

Because Mum is my story. The story I’ve not told anyone, bar my two closest friends. I don’t know how Peter would feel if––when he finds out. Probably hurt. But looking at my weak Mum, my heart is shattering as we speak and I couldn’t care less about anyone else’s feelings.

She’s dying.

In front of my eyes.

And it doesn’t matter how, does it? Because she’s going to be gone soon and this is what she’s trying to tell me.

“Tabitha, darling,” she whispers, and I can tell it’s an effort and a half for her to even manage speaking.

“Mum, please,” I say. “I’m seventeen.”

I know this isn’t how I should be acting. I love her and she loves me and I know that there’s nothing she can do about the situation.

In what could be her very last moments, I should not be guilting her into needing to stay.

“I’m sorry,” I whisper. “I just…I don’t know how I can live a life without you.”

“Darling,” she whispers.

Then she does the most amazing thing. As a tear trickles down my face, she reaches up and uses her thumb to brush it away.

“Darling,” she says again.

And I think this might be it. I think back to every moment I’ve shared with her in my life.

As a child, watching Brother Bear every Sunday morning with boiled eggs and soldiers.

When we went on a cinema date, deciding to see Carol, despite having no idea what it was about. And crying at the end, sitting still in our seats, holding hands as we watched the theatre around us begin to empty.

But I couldn’t bring myself to move and nor could Mum. That was the same night I told her I was gay. The same night she enveloped me in a vacuum of warmth and acceptance and love.

The day last year, when she felt strong enough to drive me to the local shelter and surprise me with getting us a third family member: Roxie, my gorgeous German Shepherd.

I look at my deteriorating Mum now and realise that aside from Aunt Lynn, Roxie may be the only one I have left.

“Do you want anything?” I ask. “Do…do…do you want me to get someone? Or, er, something?”

My voice breaks and more tears slip out. Mum’s hand falls to her side once more.

“All I need is you here, my love,” she whispers. “All I ever needed and will need is you.”

I can’t cope. How can you say goodbye to someone? Goodbye to them…forever?!

“I don’t want you to go,” I say.

And I’m crying because life is so fucked up and unfair.

“I don’t want to go either,” Mum says. “And do you know something, Tabby? I wish…I wish I had a hundred years. I wish I had a hundred years I could give to you.”

I stand up from the armchair immediately. Not only is she quoting one of my favourite movies, but it immediately sinks in that A Monster Calls is the last ever film we’ll have watched together.

“Mum,” I say.

Because that’s all I have to say. That’s all I need to say.

I say it again. “Mum.”

Mum. A simple, three-letter word. From a distance it’s meaningless. But up close, it’s so very important. It carries with it every emotion ever known.

Love.

Anger.

Sadness.

Regret.

Loneliness.

And again,

love.

“Mum,” I say one more time.

And I lean down and she holds my hand, putting every last bit of energy into squeezing her fingers around my own, interlacing them for the last time.

“I know,” she whispers. “I know, my love. I know.”

And she closes her eyes. And then, without another word or even another breath, she’s gone before my eyes.

Her hand becomes looser in my own and I want so desperately to scream out her name and destroy everything in this room.

But I don’t. Because Mum wasn’t okay. But now, looking so peaceful on her bed, I think…

Now I think she actually is.

I might not be okay, and I might not be okay for a long time, but in my heart I know now that my Mum finally is and I think that will be the thing that gives me the push to keep on going.


I hope you enjoyed that guys! The next, and final, post will be up tomorrow on Lois’s blog at Lois Reads Books!

My review for Floored can be found here!

And if you’re looking to buy a copy of this amazing book, you can do so HERE from my Book Depository link!

Until next time,

Ross!

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WWW Wednesday!

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I should probably add that this is my first time doing a WWW Wednesday, but I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

thoughts: I’m nearly finished this book and I really, really like it!

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The Island by M. A. Bennett

thoughts: I really really liked STAGS but I’ve been reading this for ages and I’m only 20% through 😦


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

thoughts: I absolutely adored this book, can’t wait to share my review!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

children of blood and bone


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

Until next time,

Ross!

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Review: SweetFreak by Sophie McKenzie

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SweetFreak

by Sophie McKenzie

YA Mystery, Contemporary

Buy HERE on Book Depository!


When everyone thinks you’re a liar, how hard will you fight for the truth? 

Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats.
 
Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to clear her name and find out who’s really sending the messages. But as the online attacks spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control… Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it’s too late?
 
A gripping page-turner from the award-winning Sophie Mckenize, SweetFreak will keep you guessing until the very end…


I’ve only ever heard amazing things about Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie and despite having a copy of it for so long I just never got around to it! I met her at Deptcon3 last year, where I bought her latest book, SweetFreak, and it really caught my attention. I went into this book expecting a thrilling mystery with a shock twist at the end, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I finished.

I did enjoy this read but I felt I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more at a younger age. The pacing was brilliant but I didn’t really feel I connected to any of the characters. I’m not sure if their personalities shone through enough for me to feel for them. From what I remember, I found the protagonist Carey to be quite annoying too!

I was really hooked on this book because I was desperate to find out whodunnit, but in the end I was left quite disappointed with who the culprit was. It was slightly underwhelming and didn’t shock me as much as would’ve liked it too.

Overall, it was to be fair an enjoyable read. McKenzie is a very talented writer and it’s clear this story was well thought-out but it lacked a satisfactory conclusion for me, despite its strong, engrossing opener. I would still definitely recommend this for younger readers, aged 12-14!


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Camp Nanowrimo July 2018: WEEK ONE!

Hey everyone…

So as you all know I’m participating in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo! I decided it would be fun to do a sort of “Write With Me” over the course of a week, and I can do this for each week of the month! I think it’ll be exciting to be able to look back on and keep you all updated with where I am with my writing.


Sunday, July 1

11 AM I’m going to start today by doing some blogging and reading, and then get stuck into writing. My goal for the month is 50,000 words and hopefully finish my current WIP!

7 PM I haven’t done a lot of writing today, ugh. My goal was 1500 words so and I’ve only got around 400 words. I’m going to do some sprints with my writing group now to see if that helps.

12 AM Okay, it’s midnight and I can say I’m absolutely delighted that I got to 3,070 words as a total for today! I’m going to bed now but I’m so happy with the progress I’ve made for the first day!


Monday, July 2

2 PM I’ve not done any writing yet today, just watched some more episodes of The Vampire Diaries and worked on a blog post. And I’m going into Dublin now for the day so I won’t get any writing done there. Hopefully I can make it up tonight!

10:30 PM So I’m just after finishing Love Island and am going to participate in some more sprints with my cabin. Hopefully I can get some words down!

12 AM I ended up getting 670 words in total! Not what I was aiming for but it’s better than nothing!


Tuesday, July 3

12:15 PM Right! I’ve spent my morning reading some of Moxie, watching some more of The Vampire Diaries and Skins and working on some blog posts! I’m going to get some lunch now and do a writing sprint or two. Luckily I’m meeting with my writing group so we should get a good few words down! My goal for today is 2000 words, but I would love to catch up and get to 34,500 words of my WIP (I’m currently at 31,500!)

2:50 PM I know I said I would do some writing sprints but that has just not happened…however, my friends are here now and we’ve settled with tea so we’re going to get stuck in now!

11:45 PM So my friends have been gone a while, but I’m super happy with the progress I made! Doing sprints with them REALLY help me so we’re gonna try meet up as often as possible over the course of the next month. I’ve written over 2000 words and just 34k! I’m going to write a little more now but then head to bed so I’ll fill you all in tomorrow morning if anything major happens between now and then!


Wednesday, July 4

11 AM Today I’m heading out in an hour or so to go to Bray for the cliff walk so I won’t be getting any writing done until this evening!

10 PM Okay, I’m literally only home now and I’m absolutely wrecked so I’m hoping to finish Chapter 10 I’m working on and hopefully get around 1000 words written before bed!

11:50 PM I finished chapter 10, as well as writing just under 1000 words, thanks to two sprints! I’m devoting tomorrow to writing anyways so hopefully I can reach 38,000 words!


Thursday, July 5

3 PM This morning I’ve taken it pretty easy. I caught up on last night’s Love Island and Ackley Bridge and read some more of Moxie. I’m at my friend’s now so hopefully we’ll get a lot more writing done!

11 PM Yasss! I’m so happy with the progress I made today. I reached my goal of 2000 words and also hit a total 10,000 out of 50,000 for my Nano! Time for sleep now!


Friday, July 6

3 PM I’ve spent the morning sleeping in and watching the latest Poldark episodes so I’m only sitting down now to start writing. My goal is 2000 words today which will bring my WIP up to 40,000 words! I’m going to do some sprints now with my writing group so hopefully that will help me get some words down!

6PM I got two sprints done and 1000 words written! I took a little break and finished Moxie but now it’s time to get back to writing!

1 AM So I know it’s technically Saturday but I’ve finished writing. I got so much done today! Over 3000 words written and finished Chapter 11 with a devastating end! Hopefully tomorrow’s progress goes just as well! 🙂


Saturday, July 7

10 PM I’m staying over at my friend’s tonight so I didn’t get a lot of writing done today. I got about 200 words written but I don’t mind that much because I am ahead of my goal for today anyways! Hopefully I’ll get lots done tomorrow.


Sunday, July 8

2:30 PM Okay so I’m sitting down now to get some writing done today. Aiming to write 1500 words and bring myself up to 43k in my WIP!

8:30 PM I’m about to have dinner and then sit down to watch Love Island but I think I finished off this week very strongly. In total today I wrote 3,615 words! I reached 17/50k after just Week 1, which is pretty crazy considering that’s nearly halfway there!


 So there’s my first update for Camp NaNo! I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you did, let me know and I’ll continue it for week two!

Until next time,

Ross!

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Down the TBR Hole #12!

I saw the most AMAZING post from LOST IN A STORY with the most AMAZING idea to help cut down my ridiculously large TBR! Thank you so much for creating this post!!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Every week I will be going through 10 books on my Goodreads TBR and purging as many as I feel comfortable with. Most likely these posts will go up on a Sunday. Currently I have 281 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


The Secret Treasons by Cassandra Clare

NO COVER

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins

summer days and summer nights

I’m not really a fan of anthologies all that much so I probably won’t get around to this particularly, knowing myself.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

catwoman

I’m not really a fan of Sarah J Maas any more so I’m going to delete this!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Untitled (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J. Maas

NO COVER

In my opinion, I’ve got no interest in these spin offs anymore.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Untitled (ACOTAR #5) by Sarah J. Maas

NO COVER

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

tower of dawn

If I had wanted to get around to the next instalment, I would have by now so I think I might as well just delete it now.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

the crane wife

I absolutely adore Patrick Ness and I really want to get around to this adult books! I’m thinking now I might try get my hands on this for my holidays!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Someday by David Levithan

someday

I cannot wait to read this book, considering Every Day was such a fantastic concept!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Feminine Gospels: Poems by Carol Ann Duffy

feminine gospels

It doesn’t really do anything for me any more, to be honest!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

the coldest girl

I really want to read a Holly Black book but I feel like I’d read the Cruel Prince first and then see if I like her as a writer from there.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


So this week was a really good week! I got rid of 7/10 books, reducing my TBR down to 274 books! We’re making steady progress, guys!

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, and even better, why not join in! Also, don’t be afraid to give the amazing Lia some love over at her LOST IN A STORY!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

Ross!

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