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Mid-Year Reading Checkup

 

So, we’re a little over halfway through the year and I thought it would be a good idea to check on my yearly reading goal!  Every year, I strive to read (at least) a book a month. You can always see my progress for each year on this page. Because I usually surpass my goal each month (by a LOT of books sometimes), I don’t always record every book I read on this page. It would be a HUGE list! I decided it would be fun to count up the books I’ve read so far in 2012. It may not sound like a lot to some of you, but for me, I think I’ve done pretty well.

Drum roll………………………..>>>>>

 

20 books! WOOHOO!

Again, not that many for most of us bookworms, but the year is only half over! I can’t wait to see how many I’ve read by the end of December!

How many books, on average, do you think you read in a year? Do you set any goals for yourself? If you don’t and you’d like to read more, I highly recommend my own goal of (at least) a book a month. It takes pressure off to read a huge amount (unless you want to), but it at least gets you reading!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy reading!

 

~L.M. ❤

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Update on Writing Progress

Morning, everyone!

I thought I’d give you all an update of what’s going on in my little writing world. Jumping right in, I’ll tell you that my tentative deadline is coming up at the end of August. I will be finishing up the fourth edit of my novel manuscript today and starting the fifth sometime this weekend or Monday. I am finding less and less to fix each time (which is ideal) and I am upping the amount of pages I edit a day with each subsequent editing session. Things are moving along. I am about 3/4 of the way through Zoe Winter’s bookSmart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author. GREAT book. You should all check it out if you are thinking about publishing independently.

As well, I’m about 70,000 words into the sequel to the novel I’m currently prepping for publishing. Last year, I wrote four manuscripts. This year, I’m not even done with my first, but I’ve been focusing so much on editing the first novel I wrote last year that it was hard to get more writing done. However, I have confidence that I can finish one manuscript, publish a novel, and at least get half-way through another manuscript by the end of 2012.

Things are getting really exciting in my writing life. I am going to achieve a life-long dream by the time fall rolls around (or at least by winter!), and I will hopefully be successful enough to keep pursuing my dreams full-time. It has been an exciting ride. My advice to anyone who is dreaming of becoming a published author and work full-time on their writing is this: make it a priority. Make sure you communicate fully just how important your writing is to your family, friends, and yourself. Start with an hour a day. Seriously, just sit down and write an hour a day and you’d be surprised how much work you can accomplish. Once you’ve got your hour down, start making a word-count goal for that hour. Once you’ve got that down, keep it going! Read about the craft, try different styles and exercises to strengthen your skills! Practice editing your own work to learn how to think objectively about your own writing. Dare to dream! But, also dare to make goals of your dreams. Typically, dreams remain in the clouds unless you put feet to them and bring them to earth as goals.

Get going! What are you waiting for? You can do it!

Working on anything exciting? I’d love to hear about your current writing escapades and goals!

Thanks for stopping by,

 

L.M.

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Currently Reading…

Afternoon, everyone!

As you may have seen on my “I’m Reading…” page, I like to read (a lot)! My goal each year is to read a book a month. That would be a total of 12 books in a year. I’ve already read 10 so far in 2012. 🙂 I just finished up reading The Borrowers by Mary Norton. LOVED it. I’ve just started Small Gods by Terry Pratchett. I’m a huge Pratchett fan. My husband got me hooked on his books earlier this year.

I love to read fantasy, historical fiction, and science fiction books. Some of my favorite authors are: Juliet Marillier, Orson Scott Card, Terry Pratchett, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis.

What are you reading? I’d love to hear! What are your favorite genres? Any favorite authors? Share in the comments section!

Thanks for stopping by!

~L.M.

About Me · Publishing · Writing

I Live on Bunny Alley

Evening, all!

It has come to my attention that my house sits approximately in the center of Bunny Alley. This means, of course, that on any given morning or evening, my husband and I will encounter at least one bunny, if not four or five, in our yard or a neighbor’s. It is painfully cute, to say the least. Every bunny we’ve seen seems to be of the brown, mottled, adorable variety with big giant eyes and perky pink ears. I’ve gotten pretty close to them before they dart away, but they always do in the end. I LOVE rabbits and bunnies. If I could have one in the house (without fearing it would chew through all of my husband’s computer cords), I totally would. I’d let it run around with a little bell collar on its neck throughout the house.  At least I get to see them all in my neighborhood most days. It fills the little bunny-shaped hole in my heart. It keeps me appreciative of my precious fancy rats (who are both currently sleeping curled up in their hammock about a foot from where I’m typing.) Yeah. They know they’re awesome. They know I keep them close just to admire their cuteness.

Today, the Philosopher and I woke up, went to early church, and then headed out for a fun early birthday celebration for me. My birthday is actually next Saturday, but next weekend is going to be pretty busy, so we decided to do our fun excursion today. I’m a sucker for animated films and since “Brave” had just come out, we went to see it. I LOVED it. I had heard mixed reviews about it, but I could not have been happier or more impressed with it. My husband also enjoyed it immensely. We left the theater pleased and happy. Afterwards, we meandered around the mall and  ate a nice dinner out.

I am about to do some editing before I head off to relax for the evening. I am DETERMINED to enter into the fourth edit of my manuscript this week. I have about 130 or so more pages to get through before that can happen, but I am DETERMINED, as I said, to make it through it this week. My husband and I have set a publishing goal for ourselves–which I will reveal in a later post. I just hope you all will be excited about my upcoming novel! I know I am. I will, of course, release details closer to our publishing date. We are planning to publish through Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords at this point.

I hope you have all had a nice, relaxing Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by!

~L.M.