fairytalewitch: (Book)
Mirrored from my Wordpress

I haven’t read much in 2017. At first it was because… hell, I don’t know. But then I got to thinking about it. Yes, I can – and usually do – take the Goodreads challenge to read a metric butt-ton of books in a year, but maybe that’s not the best way for me to go about it. That’s not where I’m at anymore.

Instead I’m choosing to slow down. One of the core maxims of DIY MFA is to read with purpose. I need to ruminate over and pick apart the books that I’m reading.

So of course, I signed up for every October read-a-thon that didn’t get up and run away. (And if it actually had run away I’d have probably hunted it down, clonked it over the head, and dragged it home.) The only thing that keeps this from being completely bonkers is that the idea to do this didn’t come to me until near the middle of the month.

So here are the read-a-thons I’ll be taking part in during the remainder October:

  1. FrightFall Read-a-Thon (Oct. 1-31)
  2. OWNtober (Oct. 1-31)
  3. #readathonbyzoe (Oct. 14)
  4. The House Cup Reading Challenge (Oct. 15 – Nov. 12)*
  5. Spook-a-Thon (Oct. 16-22)
  6. Cozy Reading Night (Oct. 20)
  7. Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon (Oct. 21)
  8. Autumn Read-a-Thon (Oct. 22-28)
  9. Sbooktacular Read-a-Thon (Oct. 25-31)
  10. Hallowreadathon (Oct. 31-Nov.1)

*  Ravenclaw, represent!

Whew! Listing them all like that freaked even me out!

Backing the truck up, I would like to reiterate that I will not be reading as many books as possible between the time of posting and Samhain. I’m pretty good at finding books that meet more than one read-a-thon challenge requirement so I definitely will be doing that. And this month I won’t be checking any books out of the library or buying any specifically for any of the challenges. I’m going to read books I’ve already got, focusing on the few physical copies of books on my literal shelves.

Even so, the TBR list for the month would be alarming and probably get lit on fire before next weekend. So I’ll be doing this three books at a time.

  1. War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (finish)
  2. Zombies vs. Unicorns, Justine Larbalestier vs. Holly Black, editors
  3. The Ghost in the Garden, Hilda Feil

See y’all next Friday! (If not, you’ll most likely find me in the darkest corner of my book fort, curled in a ball and gibbering.)

P.S. Several of these read-a-thons ask that participants make a post in their own blog announcing their participation. This is it. I’m not making ten separate posts! I’d loose too much reading time!

Son of PS: A special thanks to Little Book Owl for her tempting handy read-a-thon calendar.

fairytalewitch: (Dastardly Plan)
  
[Streak: 328 Days]


01: 1,010 words
02: 2,760 words
03: 2,790 words
04:
2,100 words
05:
2,235 words
06:
2,250 words
07:
4,050 words

17,195 words this week, averaging 2,456 words per day. That's a decent start for the month.

This week I started reading War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, which is considered to be one of the foundational books in the Urban Fantasy/Magic Realism genre. Her descriptive power is nothing short of bardic. 

I'm beginning my adventures in coding using Scratch, which is a foundational tool developed by MIT to teach kids - being taught on Coursera in a class titled Code Yourself. If an eight-year-old can grasp it I stand a pretty good chance. The end goal is to write and program my own variety of interactive fiction (like an adult version of choose your own adventure) currently popular in the Google Play store.

On FutureLearn I'm taking a class, Start Writing Fiction, which is basically teaching me to do what I've been doing since I was eight years old. Keep a writer's notebook and focus on the characters. I'm plugging away at it, though, because I can always learn something even from material that seems familiar to the point of redundancy.

08:
2,600 words
09:
3,509 words
10: 2,400 words
11:
451 words
12:
2,250 words
13:
450 words
14:
2,250 words

Only 13,910 words this week. I've been out a lot and when I'm home I'm not up for much so I've fallen behind.
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fairytalewitch: (Writing)
 
[Streak: 314 Days]


01: 900 words
02: 4,140 words

03: 2,655 words
04:
3,115 words
05:
2,515 words
06:
3,090 words
07:
450 words
08:
2,265 words
09:
2,250 words

10: 1,500 words
11:
3,680 words
12:
3,150 words
13:
3,025 words
14:
2,250 words
15:
2,550 words
16:
1,500 words

17: 2,250 words
18:
3,150 words
19:
3,300 words
20:
2,250 words
21:
3,330 words
22:
450 words
23:
675 words

24:
1,275 words
25:
2,535 words
26:
2,715 words
27:
1,800 words
28:
2,760 words
29:
2,760 words
30:
450 words
fairytalewitch: (Autodidactism)

|Streak: 284 Days|


01.
2,691 words
02. 2,074 words
03.
617 words
04.
2,550 words
05.
7,185 words

06.
1,230 words
07.
4,050 words
08.
1,020 words
09.
5,340 words
10.
1,620 words
11.
1,245 words
12.
4,290 words

13.
3,056 words
14.
2,175 words
15.
5,180 words
16.
1,750 words
17.
1,650 words
18.
3,885 words
19.
3,541 words

20.
4,051 words
21.
3,855 words
22.
1,355 words
23.
5,400 words
24.
2,251 words
25.
2,805 words
26.
1,250 words

27.
2,250 words
28.
2,250 words
29.
2,730 words
30.
2,250 words
31.
3,600 words
fairytalewitch: (Writing)
I'm currently working on two (massive) projects.

Solitaire: In an alternate Detroit where magic is legal but tightly regulated, Ava - an unlicensed witch - must right a wrong that she was tricked into committing, while dodging a pair of very determined Magical Law Enforcement "witch hunters."

The Fairy Godmother Problem is a fairy tale retelling in which the fairy "helpers" are actually the source of all woe. Vipers & Pearls is the first book of this series, running a riff on Charles Perrault's Diamonds & Toads. The protagonist is the "rude sister" who was cursed to spew forth toads, snakes, and frogs whenever she speaks. Yeah, this is gonna get wild.


🎉 Books & Writing: January 2017
💖 Books & Writing: February 2017
🍀 Books & Writing: March 2017 
☔  Books & Writing: April 2017
🌷 Books & Writing: May 2017
🎡 Books & Writing: June 2017
🍉 Books & Writing: July 2017
🌞 Books & Writing: August 2017
🍃 Books & Writing:
 September 2017
🎃 Books & Writing: Halloween 2017
🌽 Books & Writing: November 2017
🎁 Books & Writing: December 2017
fairytalewitch: (Writing)

|Streak: 253 Days|

 
01. 2,706 words; Solitaire

02. 1,702 words; Solitaire; podcast, journaling.
03. 3,326 words; Solitaire, podcast, The Craft of Style (Coursera) 1.1, journaling.
04. 2,250 words; podcast, writing videos, Solitaire, journaling.
05. 1,830 words; podcast, writing video, TCoS 1.2-1.3, journaling.
06. 2,060 words; Solitaire, journaling.
07. 6,553 words; typed notes, podcast, writing videos.
08. 2,765 words; podcast, writing videos, journaling.

09. 2,850 words; Solitaire, TCoS, journaling.
10. 550 words; Solitaire, writing videos, journaling.
11. 2,640 words; Solitaire, TCoS, writing videos, journaling.
12. 2,076 words; Solitaire, TCoS, podcasts, journaling.
13. 525 words; TCoS, journaling.
14. 4,033 words; Solitaire, journaling.
15. 4,276 words; Solitaire, TCoS, podcasts, writing videos, journaling.

16. 2,100 words; Solitaire, TCoS, journaling.
17. 2,550 words; Solitaire, TCoS, journaling.
18. 650 words; TCoS, journaling.
19. 3,200 words; Solitaire, TCoS, journaling.
20. 4,008 words; Solitaire, TCoS, podcasts, journaling.
21. 6,000 words; Solitaire, TCoS, podcasts, journaling.
22. 3,540 words; Solitaire, TCoS, podcasts, journaling.

23. 663 words; podcast.
24. 2,500 words; Solitaire, TCoS, journaling.
25. 2,115 words; Solitaire, TCoS, journaling.
26. 2,250 words; Solitaire, TCoS, podcasts, journaling.
27. 560 words; podcast.
28. 1,500 words; Solitaire, TCoS, journaling.
29. 500 words; podcast.

30. 2,854 words; Solitaire, research, journaling.
31. 2,250 words; Solitaire, research, journaling.


Books of July 2017

1. Foiled! Jane Yolen
2. Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne
3. Curses! Foiled again! Jane Yolen
fairytalewitch: (Music)
fairytalewitch: (Cats)
 

Or, why it's 9:30 am and my bed still isn't made. (No, I'm not moving him. I'm a witch, not a monster.)
fairytalewitch: (Frog Kiss)
Last night was pretty hellish. It may have been the cheese (I'm lactose intollerant and most of the time eat dairy anyway) that caused me to have bad TMI problems all... night... long. I was exhausted and hurting and miserable penduluming back and forth from bed to toilet until six in the damn morning. The tummy meds I took made it a little better but didn't stop it. I finally got a bit of sleep but woke up weak, shaky, muzzy-headed, and droopy.

Today was Vet Day. I'd cleaned the cat carriers prior to all intestinal hell breaking lose and left them sitting out and open for Serena and Prince to get accustomed to them. But my Mr. had to take them. I couldn't even form a coherant sentence let alone wrangle two cats in a vet's office. When he returned Prince was fine, Serena was miffed, and he had care items. Lots of care items.
  • Subway Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt
  • Greek yogurt
  • Probiotic smoothie
  • 2 bottles of Powerade
  • Dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses
  • Caramel Hershey's Kisses
  • Real mozzarella*
* Yes, I will take my dairy pills before eating the mozzarella.

I slept off and on all morning and much of the afternoon and spent the rest of the afternoon drooped over the keyboard doing pretty much nothing. But maybe food and fluids will perk me up enough to get some writing in.

fairytalewitch: (Book)
  1. Malice in Wonderland, Lotus Rose
  2. A Red Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire
  3. Indexing: Reflections, Seanan McGuire (reread)
  4. In Sea Salt Tears, by Seanan McGuire
  5. Forbid the Sea, by Seanan McGuire
  6. No Sooner Met, by Seanan McGuire
  7. Once Broken Faith, by Seanan McGuire
  8. Feed, by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)
  9. Deadline, by Mira Grant.
  10. Girl Genius, Kaja & Phil Foglio (catch-up)
  11. Murphey's Luck, by Benjamin Laskin
  12. Kilt at the Highland Games, by Kaitlyn Dunnett
  13. Witch Myth, by Alexandria Clarke
  14. Karma's a Bitch, by Shannon Esposito
  15. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire
  16. Deadbeat, by Jim Butcher
  17. The Cabinet of Curiosities, Guillermo del Toro
  18. The Productivity Project, Chris Bailey
  19. Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day, Seanan McGuire
  20. Hopeless Maine 1: The Gathering, Nimue & Tom Brown
  21. Hopeless Maine 2: Inheritance, Nimue & Tom Brown
  22. Detective Comics #27-30
  23. The House with a Clock in its Walls, John Bellairs
  24. The Figure in the Shadows, John Bellairs
  25. The Letter, the Witch & the Ring, John Bellairs
  26. The Baba Yaga's Assistant, Marika McCool
  27. Detective Comics #31-40
  28. The Ghost in the Mirror, John Bellairs
  29. Detective Comics #41-50
  30. Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
  31. Foiled, Jane Yolen
  32. Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne
  33. Curses Foiled Again, Jane Yolen
  34. Prince Charming Must Die, Isabella Fontaine
fairytalewitch: (Stories)
 
|Streak: 222 Days|


01.
1,771 words; Solitaire; Power of the Pen: Writing Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction (NovoEd); writing tutorial videos; journaling.
02. 5,019 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial videos; journaling.
03. 1,800 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial videos; journaling.

Total: 8,598 words |  Average: 2,866 words per day | Notes: I've decided to try to write 5,000 words every Friday.


04. 1,885 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial videos; PotP; journaling.
05. 2,220 words; Solitaire; writing podcast; writing tutorial videos; PotP; journaling.
06. 1,300 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
07. 1,300 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
08. 1,050 words; Solitaire; journaling.
09. 5,100 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial video; research; journaling.
10. 900 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial video; research; PotP; journaling.

Total: 13,755 words |  Average: 1,965 words per day | Notes: I'm coming right along on the early stages of figuring out what I'm doing with Solitaire.


11. 3,290 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial video; research; PotP; idea to be explored later; journaling.
12. 2,995 words; Solitaire; writing tutorial video; research; journaling.
13. 2,018 words; Solitaire, research, journaling.
14. 2,110 words; Solitaire, writing podcasts, PotP, writing tutorial videos, journaling.
15. 2,835 words; Solitaire, writing podcasts, PotP, writing tutorial videos, journaling.
16. 5,032 words; Solitaire, writing podcasts, writing tutorial videos, transferring notes, basic character profile, journaling.
17. 2,270 words; Solitaire, writing podcasts, journaling.

Total: 20,550 words |  Average: 2,936 words per day | Notes: Still in the early stages of figuring out what I'm doing with Solitaire.


18.
1,950 words; research for The Fairy Godmother Problem, PotP, writing tutorial videos, journaling.
19. 501 words; writing tutorial videos.
20. 4,410 words; Solitaire, writing tutorial videos, research, journaling.
21. 1,400 words; research, writing tutorial videos.
22. 5,145 words; research, writing tutorial videos, writing podcasts, journaling.
23. 5,212 words; research, writing podcasts, transcription, journaling.
24. 3,480 words; writing podcasts, writing tutorial videos, Solitaire.

Total: 22,098 words |  Average: 3,157 words per day | Notes: Okay, I have no blasted idea what I'm doing with Solitaire.


25. 1,700 words; PotP, research, journaling.
26. 2,250 words; PotP, Solitaire, journaling.
27. 3,150 words; finished PotP, Solitaire, writing podcast, journaling.
28. 500 words; journaling.
29. 705 words; writing podcast.
30. 5,010 words; writing podcasts, writing videos, journaling.

Total: 13,315 words |  Average: 2,219 words per day | Notes: This week was hellish on a lot of different levels. I'm amazed I was able to write so much as a grocery list.


Books of June 2017

01. The Letter, the Witch, & the Ring by John Bellairs
02. Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola
03. Detective Comics #31-40
04. The Ghost in the Mirror, by John Bellairs
05. Detective Comics #41-50
06. Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier
fairytalewitch: (Book)

| 192 Days |
 

1.
 601 words; general writing studies.
2. 692 words; The Craft of Character & Description (Coursera); noodled a bit on an idea.
3. 853 words; worked on a Blacktree setting.
4. 3,102 words; TCoS&D, journaling, plotted Minestrone & Murder; general writing studies.
5. 2,927 words; plotted M&M; TCoS&D, general writing studies.
6. 3,663 words; general writing studies; plotted M&M; TCoS&D; journaling.

Weekly Total: 11,838 words |  Average: 1,973 words per day | Notes: Not bad, but I was a bit all over the place this week.
 

7.
 2,700 words; journaling; research for Unchained.
8. 2,200 words; general writing studies; plotted M&M; started revising the hook of Unchained; journaling.
9. 2,200 words; outline of M&M; journaling.
10. 2,522 words; outlined the second draft of Unchained; TCoS&D, journaling.
11. 501 words; general writing studies.
12. 1,101 words; TCoS&D; noodled on Unchained; journaling.
13. 2,662 words; webcast; TCoS&D; journaling.

Weekly Total: 13,886 words |  Average: 1,984 words per day | Notes: I was a bit more focused this week, but I could still do better.

 
14. 2,376 words; outlined Unchained; TCoS&D; journaling.
15. 1,038 words; scrapped the outline of Unchained and started from scratch; Power of the Pen: Writing Identities & Social Issues in Fiction & Nonfiction (University of Iowa); journaling.
16. 2,500 words; Unchained, TCoS&D; PotP; journaling.
17. 595 words; TCoS&D; PotP; journaling.
18. 1,800 words; TCoS&D; PotP; Unchained; Solitaire; journaling.
19. 4,462 words; Unchained; TCoS&D; general writing studies; journaling.
20. 3,500 words; Unchained; TCoS&D; PotP; journaling.

Weekly Total: 16,301 words |  Average: 2,389 words per day | Notes: That's definitely better, but I still didn't achieve my goals.


21.
2,750 words; Unchained; PotP; TCoS&D; journaling.
22. 575 words; Unchained; PotP; journaling.
23. 600 words; Solitaire; journaling.
24. 3,450 words; Solitaire; PotP; TCoS&D; journaling.
25. 2,850 words; Solitaire; PotP; TCoS&D; journaling.
26. 1,300 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
27. 1,125 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.

Weekly Total: 12,650 words |  Average: 1,807 words per day | Notes: I decided I was just spinning my wheels on the Blacktree universe and decided to poke Solitaire for a while instead.


28. 1,300 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
29. 1,125 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
30. 988 words; Solitaire; PotP; journaling.
31. 1,750 words; Solitaire: PotP: journaling.

Total: 5,163 words |  Average: 1,290 words per day | Notes: Using PotP to work on Solitaire feels a little like cheating, but it's really helping me find the shape of this story.


Books of May 2017

1. The Cabinet of Curiosities, by Guillermo Del Toro
2. The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey
3. Dusk or Dawn or Dark or Day, by Seanan McGuire
4. The House with the Clock In It's Walls, by John Bellairs
5. The Figure in the Shadows, by John Bellairs
fairytalewitch: (Writing)

| 161 Days |

  1. 4,928 words - The Craft of Plot (Coursera)
  2. 1,196 words - The Craft of Plot 
  3. 2,351 words - General writing studies
  4. 3,252 words - Mindmapped Minestrone & Murder; general writing studies
  5. 6,752 words - Worked on the mindmap for M&M
  6. 3,669 words - Worked on the mindmap for M&M
  7. 5,506 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Plot 
  8. 2,557 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Plot 
  9. 1,941 words - The Craft of Plot 
  10. 4,375 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Character (Coursera)
  11. 890 words - The Craft of Character 
  12. 5,854 words - General writing studies; journal; worked on the mindmap for M&M; The Craft of Character 
  13. 2,751 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M
  14. 5,859 words - Worked on mirroring the mindmap for M&M onto an app on my tablet so I can work anywhere
  15. 4,151 words - Worked on reviewing The Craft of Plot
  16. 3,600 words - General writing studies
  17. 2,050 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  18. 3,910 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  19. 3,473 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  20. 3,300 words - General writing studies; plotting for M&M
  21. 3,874 words - The Craft of Character
  22. 5,744 words - The Craft of Character
  23. 1,991 words - The Craft of Character; general writing studies
  24. 3,311 words - Changed my goal for the month from 50,000 words to 100,000 words
  25. 3,002 words - General writing studies; The Craft of Character
  26. 4,911 words - The Craft of Character; general writing studies
  27. 2,008 words - The Craft of Character
  28. 2,970 words - The Craft of Setting & Description (Coursera)
  29. 7,740 words - The Craft of Setting & Description; general writing studies
  30. 601 words - Outline of M&M

Books of April 2017
  1. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire
  2. Deadbeat, by Jim Butcher
fairytalewitch: (Frog Kiss)
From[community profile] thefridayfive.

1. Have you ever been to Ireland? Not yet. My husband's (justifiably) nervous that if I go I won't leave!

2. According to Facts about Ireland, 73% of Americans are unable to locate Ireland on a map bereft of country names. Whether you are American or not, can you find it on a map? Yes, and I can point to Co. Cork, from whence my twice-great grandfather came.

3. Are you or do you know a natural redhead? My hair is auburn, as was my father's.

4. Will you be celebrating St Patrick's Day? In my way, yes.

5. Do you even know who St. Patrick is and why we celebrate his day? Yes, and the controversies on it.

 
 
 
 
fairytalewitch: (Writing)
4thewords Leaderboards 
  • Streak: 111 Days
  • Words: All Time 243,177 (#48) | This Year 127,760 (#24)
  • Battles: All Time 416 (#19) | This Year 275 (#17)

All totaled, I wrote 15,061 words this week - 4,561 words over my weekly goal. Mostly I worked on revising the zero draft of Unchained and climbing around in the bad guys' family tree.

This next week I'll set all that aside. I've decided to unofficially (meaning I won't actually sign up) do Camp NaNoWriMo in April. 4thewords is having a special event and I might as well jump in. Originally I was going to write the actual first draft of Unchained. But I have another idea. I'm going to write a cozy mystery set in Blacktree. I've been itching to try my hand at a cozy. Plus this will give me more worldbuilding and characters to use in Unchained and other works. I've never done anything remotely this structured so it's going to be a real bitch challenge to which I'm both looking forward and dreading.
fairytalewitch: (Stories)

| 130 Days |

  1. 1,547 words; worked on merging and organizing my files.
  2. 4,543 words; worked on merging and organizing my files.
  3. 7,233 words; worked on merging and organizing my files, started a list of potential character names.
  4. 552 words; worked on merging and organizing my files, added to my potential names list.
  5. 6,008 words; worked on Confrérie des mains d'or, worked on merging and organizing my files.
  6. 1,646 words; worked on Confrérie des mains d'or
  7. 2,620 words; worked on Confrérie des mains d'or, worked on the Bellamy family tree, worked on organizing and merging my files.
  8. 570 words; worked on the Bellamy family tree.
  9. 1,112 words; worked on the Bellamy family tree.
  10. 1,525 words; worked on the Bellamy family tree.
  11. 1,580 words; finished the Bellamy family tree.
  12. 1,744 words; noodled on Murder & Minestrone.
  13. 1,510 words; noodled on Murder & Minestrone.
  14. 1,991 words; played with a character profile app on my tablet; worked on merging and organizing my files.
  15. 1,057 words; worked on revising the 7PSS for Unchained, finished merging and organizing my files.
  16. 550 words; worked on revising the 7PSS for Unchained.
  17. 4,941 words; extracaricular writing, homework for The Craft of Plot.
  18. 1,100 words; worked on revising the 7PSS of Unchained.
  19. 591 words; worked on analysing a cozy mystery.
  20. 1,555 words; The Craft of Plot (Coursera)
  21. 1,552 words; The Craft of Plot (Coursera)
  22. 625 words; revised my character sheet.
  23. 800 words; noodled on Murder & Minestrone.
  24. 3,277 words; worked on character profiles for M&M; The Craft of Plot; research.
  25. 3,406 words; worked on character profiles for M&M; backed up my work; added to the list of potential character names; worked on a thing.
  26. 944 words; The Craft of Plot.
  27. 1,504 words; worked on the plot of M&M; The Craft of Plot.
  28. 1,100 words; worked on the plot of M&M.
  29. 900 words; worked on the plot of M&M.
  30. 551 words; The Craft of Plot.
  31. 1,350 words; research.

Books of March 2017
  1. Kilt at the Highland Games, by Kaitlyn Dunnett
  2. Witch Myth, by Alexandria Clarke
  3. Karma's a Bitch, by Shannon Esposito