Goodreads Blog Post: 9 Tips for Squeezing More Reading Time Out of Your Day

via Goodreads Blog Post: 9 Tips for Squeezing More Reading Time Out of Your Day

I found this short list while on Goodreads.com, and I must say that this list will help not just me in particular, but ANYONE who wants to finish 2016 with a BAND. (Especially when it comes to reading books.)

 

All I can say is that if you follow these tips, you can accomplish your reading goals in no time flat. You might have to give up some “other” activities, but trust me; it’ll all be worth it in the end.

JuNoWriMo, Day 5

Now we get to the part of the story where I seemed to have abandoned everything.

In the original story, Jennifer’s younger brother Addison is attempting to recreate a fake World War 2 battle when he notices Jennifer and scolds her for being cruel to a random student. Jennifer accuses him of being a Lisa Brooks wannabe and decides to “seek her own company“.

Pretty selfish, don’t you think?

That part of the story is going to be changed around, so don’t worry about that. I haven’t decided what to do with it yet.

My books Cthulhu ReturnsHarry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever, and The Summer of Our Discontent are available on Smashwords.com.

Back to Work

Now that 2015 has begun, I really need to do soemthing other than obsess over the fact that it’s 2015. Which means that I must do more for my writing career and less daydreaming. It’s time for me to put away my toys and grow up.

Anyway, I guess that I have no choice but to give up everything else and just concentrate on writing. I have to start my serial novels back up as well as finish the stories that I have started. I can’t be bothered with any more distractions.

That is all.

Strong Female Characters, Part V

With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I think that I will have to be putting this segment on hold until it’s over. But before I do, I will have to say this: I will be doing an experiment on a very poorly developed female character as opposed to the “strong” female characters that we have seen as of late.

Hopefully, this little experiment will teach us not create characters that are so strong that they will break the story.

But I did learn a lot about while I write my own characters from these series of essays, and I hope that you will have learned a lesson too.  I plan to pick this segment back up the following week. So, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to the blog and you will be surprised.

My books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent can be purchased on Smashwords.com.

Book Editing, Day 12

"We Celebrate" The Real Potter - Not...
“We Celebrate” The Real Potter – Not Harry (Photo credit: SeeMidTN.com (aka Brent))

After that emotional day of writing Chapter 21 of my 2011 NaNoWriMo Novel, “Life, Sin, & Blood“, I can safely say that that chapter is done and I’m going to be writing Chapter 22. I bet that within a few days of writing and editing, the novel will be sent to Smashwords for publication.

Anyway, I’m going to be editing my 2010 NaNoWriMo novel, Harry Potter SucksA Novel for those who have had it with the Harry Potter Phenomenon and the Hype that it caused. (I recently retitled it How Harry Potter Ruined My Town) The story is about a boy named Daniel Dickens, who is an avid reader of anything fantasy-related despite the fact that his family tries to control which fantasy books he is allowed to read. The city that Daniel lives in consists of a small population of Potterheads (or fanatical Harry Potter fans), who make it a point to force the rest of the city to embrace Harry Potter to the point of shutting out every other book in the world (except for the Bible). Daniel’s family does NOT stand for that crap.

Meanwhile, Daniel’s next-door neighbor, an older boy named Adam Wilkins, is being exploited by his foster family by being forced to star in a homemade movie about Harry Potter. Adam’s disappearance leads to rumors about his death and Daniel’s eventual recruitment into the movie. But Daniel’s resistance to give in to the Harry Potter hype leads to the entire town to admit its problems and being forced to clean up its act.

And now for the stats:

  • Last Chapter written: Chapter 11 completed; total 15 chapters plus prologue and epilogue
  • Finished: no
  • words written: 30,429
  • Story renamed as How Harry Potter Ruined My Town

Why is the story not finished: story needs re-editing and chapter 12 needs to be completed. Story to be finished at a later date.

Now you have the most controversial of my stories. I shall finish this one eventually.

And yes, you’re welcome to buy my books Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever and The Summer of Our Discontent on Smashwords.com.

The coupons:

  • QC39P – Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever
  • HH42W – The Summer of Our Discontent

(Note: coupons expire on March 18, 2014, so you better hurry if you want your free copy of the two books.)

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DailyLit and Reading the Classics

As part of my goal to read more books in 2014, I sighted up for a website called DailyLit, a site where they deliver a classic book of your choosing to your email. So far, I’ve been readingAnne of Green Gables” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland“. There will be others, as I will be finding more books to read as the year goes on.

Which brings me to the next question: would anyone be willing to read my books if I emailed them to your inbox bit by bit? Please respond in the comments.

And yes, you’re welcome to buy my book Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever on Amazon.com.

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Final NaNoWriMo 2013 Update!

NaNoWriMo Stats
NaNoWriMo Stats (Photo credit: elkit)

As the title of the blog post implies, This is the final NaNoWriMo update for the year. Yesterday, I managed to complete 50,397 words of my NaNoWriMo novel, Janette Lennox. But despite the accomplishments I made in completing the challenge, I know that I still have four more chapters to write before I’m finished with the story. Plus, I have some editing to do as well.

I’ll be selling the story on Amazon.com and Smashwords within a few weeks.

Anyway, I’m going to admit that I almost gave up on the story. That’s hard to believe, but I have been known to start projects and never finish them. But instead of doing that, I forced myself to keep going and eventually, the writers block dissipated and I was able to keep going on with the story.

So that’s that.

And yes, you can buy my book Harry Moffer & the Dumbest Story Ever on Amazon.com. It will make a great gift for someone who likes parodies or Harry Potter.