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Confessions of a bibliophile and aspiring authoress

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I Kinda Love Creepypastas

As someone who has reviewed Stephen King books on this site before and plans on reading more of his books this year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, dear follower, that I enjoy being somewhat creeped out.
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Happy New Year! (+ resolutions & tease at A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!)

What a good year 2015 was!  Full of new and exciting things for me, and old but always wonderful things; life is always full of changes, but I welcome those and can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

Here are some of the things I want to do in 2016; all related to reading, writing, or blog-ish things!  I’m going to take this blog seriously this year–not that I didn’t last year–and I might need some help.  Book suggestions are always welcome, encouraging comments, new followers….

2016BookishGoals

I have a list of books TBR-in-2016 on Goodreads  and so far it only has 13 of those 50 books on it!  Of course I’ll be adding more–I have more in my to-read list–but if you have any suggestions, I’ll take ’em!

I’m so looking forward to reading oodles of pages, writing more, and posting here and on my other social media just about all the time!
My Instagram (theloquaciousbibliophile) is starting to grow at a rather encouraging rate!  Daily pictures of the books I’m reading, or quotes about books, or something book related!  Any advice on how to take some really good book pictures?

All of these things require having good time management!  Something I don’t really excel at…but should by the end of the year!
Will you help me keep these resolutions for, y’know, more than a week?
What are some of your resolutions and how can I help?

Happy New Year, dear followers!

 

~*~RaeAnne

 

P.S.  My super sweet friend Kayla and I (she writes the splendid blog Caught Between the Pages and is part of what inspired me to start this one!) are going to be hosting something pretty awesome on our blogs the 13th-17th of January!  If you like to binge-read….
More on this soon!  I’ve been posting about it on my social media already!  

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit–Are You Ready?

Everybody is different, something that the people over at the NaNoWriMo site understand!  Something that I like about that is that they realize people write differently.  There are the Pantsers, and the Planners.  The former, Pantsers, fly by the seat of their pants–which explains the funny name.  And the Planners…are just that!

Are you a Pantser, or a Planner?
Funnily enough, I’m a Pantser.  At least, in regards to NaNoWriMo I am.  I take it seriously, but perhaps not as seriously as I would other projects, so I’m not sitting there mapping out every detail for months.
Personally, then, all I have right now are a handful of ideas.  I know what I’m going to write about, and a few vague ideas about plot points here and there, but that’s all.  I find that planning things out scene by scene is overwhelming and limiting–this is true in my “regular” writing as well.  It’s stifling, and my poor muse is confined to a small room instead of the vast outdoors.  There’s nothing wrong with the people who plan for months and months, but that’s just not how I approach NaNoWriMo!
It might also help that I really only ever see myself doing something like fan-fiction for NaNoWriMo; that’s what I did last year, and what I’ll do this year.  It helps, then, I think, as I have my characters sorta figured out, and a bit of a plot to mess around with as I see fit–or one that I come up with entirely!  The setting could change, too…the possibilities with fan-fiction are endless (just click around the Internet!), but it also provides a bit of structure, so that’s nice.

As a Pantser, my survival kit is probably a bit smaller than that of a Planner might be.  I don’t have a myriad of notebooks to keep track of, maps that I’ve sketched, any of those things….  But here’s a few things that I think will help me get through NaNo this year:

My wonderful writing program, Scrivener:
Up until NaNoWriMo last year, I mostly wrote things on paper.  Obviously that would prove difficult for writing 50,000 words, so I had to change that up.  And I’m glad I did.  My problem with writing things by hand was that it took too long; my thoughts would get ahead of what my hand could scrawl across the page–and that’s with writing in shorthand!
Sure, any ol’ program will work just fine, but I’m excited to use Scrivener this year!
And if you’re the type who attacks NaNoWriMo with a paper and pen (or pencil), then…more power to ya!  I can just imagine the hand cramps….

Chocolate!!  (Or some other snack….):
Snacks are important, of course!  I prefer chocolate to anything else, and have a stash in my desk just for the purpose of eating while I’m writing!
Over the course of the month, I’m sure I’ll eat many different things as I write…but chocolate is just so wonderful!
It provides a slight distraction (especially if you have something like Skittles with different flavors to it!), and something else to focus on for a moment or two, but sometimes that’s helpful.  Plus, if you’re eating chocolate, there’s some caffeine in there!  XD

Good music:
Your taste will differ from mine, and probably on the type of scene you’re writing!  I mentioned some of my favorite artists/albums to listen to while writing in a previous post.  What do you find helpful when you’re writing–or can you not have any noise at all?

Moral support:
NaNoWriMo is not easy.  The very act of writing isn’t easy–it’s simple, sure, but that’s not the same thing!  Though I don’t talk much about what I’m writing, that doesn’t mean that I don’t need a few people to encourage me while I write!
My family and friends are wonderful at this…and the NaNo community is awfully nice, too!

A designated writing space (and time?):
I need minimal distractions.  I’m not the type of gal who will go to a coffee shop with my laptop and write to my heart’s content; partially because I don’t drink coffee, and just because that doesn’t appeal to me!  I might do it for a change of pace, but that has yet to happen….
The room I choose to write in is my bedroom, but that’s as specific as I get with it.  Maybe I’ll sit on my bed, or at my desk…it just depends!
Also, I usually choose to write late at night, when most everyone else is sleeping; the distractions are kept to a minimum, then.  And I just like to write at night!

Tea (or coffee, if that’s more your thing):
Always!  Tea is good for everything, but I see myself drinking an awful many pots of the wonderful stuff over the month of November.  (This won’t be a big change for me!)  I like to drink tea as I write…for no particular reason!  🙂  The same reason that I snack while I write, perhaps?  It’s calming, if nothing else.

Something to reward yourself with once you’ve reached your goal:
Whatever your goal is, you deserve to reward yourself once you’ve reached it!  This will provide a little bit more motivation, too, though the feeling of having reached a goal is a reward in itself!
Splurge a bit!  You’ve accomplished something incredibly difficult and taxing!  Throw yourself a little party and celebrate!

What will help you with NaNoWriMo this year?  Are you a Pantser or a Planner?
Good luck, to anyone attempting NaNo this year!  You’ll do splendidly!

I would love to know how you’re doing with your novel!
Follow my Instagram and Twitter accounts, and be my buddy over at the NaNoWriMo site!  I’ll gladly follow you back!

I’ll be sharing updates here daily, as well as on my social media sites–and the NaNoWriMo one!

You can do this!  And so can I!  XD

~*~RaeAnne

{Favorite Words} Pluviophile

Favorite Words- pluviophile

The Urban Dictionary (which I’m pretty sure is the only one you’ll find this word in!) defines the “word” pluviophile as someone who not only loves rain, but also someone who finds joy and peace of mind on rainy days.Pluviophile

I do realize that this isn’t exactly a word yet, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t be considered one.

Also, it’s one of those words that fits perfectly when I try to describe myself.  I don’t know if I can say I’ve always been a pluviophile, but I’ve been one for as long as I can recall.  Who doesn’t have fun splashing around in puddles and coming inside soaking wet from playing out in the rain?
And I do find rain to be soothing.  I could almost dare say that I feel a bit more creative when it’s raining, though why I couldn’t say.

Speaking of which, while searching for some good background noise last year when I was getting ready for NaNoWriMo, I came across this website; I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit since then!  🙂  It’s just got the sound of rain with a few (not startling) rolls of thunder thrown in now and then for good measure.

How ’bout you?  Are you a lover of rain?

~*~RaeAnne

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