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New Year, New Home, New Goals

We’re finally in our house!

  • The Kitchen!
  • Dining Room!
  • Living Room!
  • Master Bedroom!
  • Ensuite!
  • Tupperware!

(Do you think I have enough Tupperware? Probably not…)

We moved in on December 30th, so we got to bring in the new year in our new home. I am currently writing this in my half-setup new office! Woo, first time home owning!

Anyway, now for something not as exciting… I failed at my 2015 goal of finishing a full first draft of a novel. I know, I know… LAME! But I did get further than I ever have before, so that’s something right?

But now it is 2016, and I am setting the bar even higher! (Then, even if I don’t reach it, I will probably get further than I did this year. That’s my problem… Not setting the bar high enough!) This year I am going to PUBLISH my first book. Crazy, I know. I’m going to dive right into The Tree of Eternity and get this book DONE. New year, new home, new (lofty) goals!

How am I going to do this? I’m going to write. And edit. And write. And edit. REPEAT. Until I am done. Then I am going to put it out into the world and see what happens. Oh, and start writing my next book (Which will be the first of a trilogy that I am super excited about!).
I better get to work!

What are your goals for 2016? Comment below so I can stay on your case 😛 (And please stay on mine!)

Life and Writing Update!

Sorry friends, I haven’t posted in quite some time!

But…… Here’s an update!

Life has been busy and stressful and exciting and crazy, but that is no excuse. I’ve got a few ideas for blog posts so expect more to come shortly.

My husband and I moved back in with my parents in June, while we wait for our house to be finished being built. It should be done in about a month (soooo excited!) and then life will get a bit back to normal. I’m also back to work as buying a house is an expensive venture, so writing has kind of fallen to the side lines. I know, I know, I should really make it a priority but life is hard and days are short!

I’m still reaching for my goal of having a completed first draft of a novel by the end of the year, I am close to the half way point on The Tree of Eternity, so now I just really need to get down to business! Life just needs to stop throwing me curve balls, gosh darn it!

Here are some pictures of the progress of my house:

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Also, you can check out the completed chapters of the first draft of Tree of Eternity on Patreon by becoming a patron! Just click here.

Ignore the Fire Hazard

I was just looking through some old folders from school (I was searching for a short story I had written) and I came across this piece of writing. It’s from a non-fiction creative writing course that I took in the 2012 winter semester and I thought it was kind of funny. I wrote, basically, that hardcover books are better than eReaders, which is funny because now I own an eReader! Although I still prefer the real thing… (but paperbacks are easier to read from than hardcovers, so I don’t know what I was talking about back then…)

Ignore the Fire Hazard

Reading is essential in the everyday life of our culture. But what we read and how we read it, is usually up to each individual. There are novels, newspapers, magazines, comic books, textbooks, and many articles and blogs online. As for novels, we can choose to read a hardcover, a trade paperback, or a mass market paperback. Plus, with all the technology in the world today, we can read novels online, on our Smartphone, or via an eReader. But nothing beats reading a good, old-fashion, hardcover book.

The feel of a brand new hardcover book in your hands is astounding. You feel the weight of it; the density of the words inside. I, personally, always take the dust jacket (the detachable outer cover) off before I begin to read. I do not want to accidentally ruin it. I put this aside, with my other books, in the safety of my bookshelf. Usually, the cover underneath is plain on the front and back, but will have the normal information (title, author’s name, publishing company) along the side in metallic writing. The simplicity of the cover is refreshing after the design of the dust jacket.

The inside of the book is made from crisp, high quality paper. The paper, and the book itself, are more durable and will last longer than a trade paperback or mass market paperback. The paper has a fresh, wood like smell that is stronger than the scent of either paperback types, and that would be non-existent for any technological way of reading. It is real, and you are holding it in your hands.

As the pages turn, you get a feeling of accomplishment. You can put your finger in between the pages and say to yourself, “I’ve read this much, and I have this much more to go.” You can flip to the glossary, if there is one, to look something up. You can flip back if you see something that was foreshadowed chapters before without losing your current page. You can place your bookmark, or whatever you like, to mark your place for next time. Please, just do not fold over the corner of the page.

Another beauty of the hardcover book, is that you can keep them all lined up on your bookshelf. The neatly placed books, among trinkets and bookends, are a practical decoration for your home. Or the haphazardly scattered books on a table, chair, or even the floor can even be pleasing to the eye. Just ignore the fact that it is a fire hazard. You cannot have your eReader books on display in your home.

Yes, eReaders are convenient, but they do not give you the same experience as a real book does. If you are on the go, then an eReader is perfect, but if you are relaxing on the couch, on the porch, or on the beach, nothing beats the real thing. Plus, there is always the chance that your eReader will break, or the battery will die, then it would leave you bookless (which is unacceptable). But again, it is up to personal preference.

Whether you choose to read from one of the three forms of a real book, or via a technological device, you will still be getting the same story, but your experience of that story may be affected. When deciding whether to buy a book or to buy an eReader, keep your experience preference, and when and where you will be reading in mind.

 

I hope you enjoyed that excursion into my mind from over 3 years ago. What method of novel reading do you prefer?

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