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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Pros & Cons of Writing Late At Night


It was approximately 11:30 P.M.  I had just gotten home from work and was pretty tired from a long shift when I realized something.  I had forgotten to finish my daily word count for the day!  My goal was to reach 1k for the day and I only had about 200 words.  Oops!

What's a girl to do besides sit down at her computer and start to write?  I'm not sure to be honest.  But that's exactly what I did.  I got myself a snack of hummus and chips and sat down and started typing. By a 12:30 A.M. I had my daily writing done (which I just realized is actually the next day! lol).

The Pros of Writing Late at Night:

  • The house is quiet so there aren't any interruptions.
  • You're motivated to get things done because you're really tired and just want to go to sleep.
  • When you finally get to go to bed you feel successful because you checked another thing off your daily to-do list.

The Cons of Writing Late at Night:

  • You're tired so you're not at your most creative.
  • You're tired and so you make a lot of spelling errors and grammatical errors.
  • Sometimes when you read your manuscript the next day you have no idea what you were trying to say.

Exhibit A


The Moral of the Story

I should not wait until late at night to finish my daily word count.  How about you... do you like to write during the day or late at night?

Take care,
Marian

Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Haul: My Loot from the Franklin & Marshall Book Sale

On May 23rd, 24th, & 25th Franklin & Marshall hosted the annual community book sale.  It's always an amazing experience.  You walk into a gymnasium filled with thousands of used books and can buy paperbacks for as cheap as 50 cents.  It's the best, really!


My main goal when I go to a used book sale is to find books that interest me.  Looks like I have my summer reading cut out for me, huh?  You'll notice that quite a few of my selections are books for kids, and that's because I'm trying to research for the kids series I am going to write.

So many books to read.  So little time.  I can't wait to add all of these to my bookshelf.

Take care,
Marian

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Notebooks: Some Cute Stationery Finds for Summer

Notebooks:  Some Cute Stationery Finds for Summer

I have a moleskine notebook right now that I use for journaling, bullet journaling, and keeping daily to-do lists.  I've had it since last Fall and finally it's almost full.  Yay!  That means it's time to look for a new notebook to use.

Some of my favorite places to look for cute notebooks are Target (Seriously.  Great notebooks at Target) and Barnes & Noble.  I also find some good stuff at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls from time to time.  But I've also been looking online because I want something cute for summer.  Below are some of the notebooks that I have my eye on.

Obviously they're a little bit pricey but I can't help but admire some of the Kate Spade notebooks!  What is your go-to notebooks for journaling, or just general writing?

Take care,
Marian

Monday, May 23, 2016

Does a Blog need to Update Everyday to be Relevant?

Does a Blog need to Update Everyday to be Relevant?

This is a question I have been wrestling with for a while.  The truth is that while I would like to post new and interesting content on my blog everyday, it's just not possible.  I need to find a balance.  The past couple of days I've been so focused on blog work that I've been slacking on my fiction writing.  Oops!

So I'm going to take a break from posting every day.  I'm still going to participate in Top Ten Tuesday and post my Saturday Six Roundups on Saturday but I think that's going to be it for the rest of the month.  I'm going to do some more brainstorming and see what I can come up with for June!

Take care,
Marian

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Goals for the Rest of May 2016

Happy Sunday!  I'm working the morning shift at work and in between checking people out and answering phone calls I've been musing about how the month of May has been going so far.  It's been a good month.  I got to spend some time at the beach, enjoy the warming weather, write a little, read a little, and I even started dating someone new.

Sounds like a good month, right?  I think so.  But there are still a few more things that I would like to accomplish this month.

Goals for the Rest of May 2016

  1. Start editing Make Me Believe
  2. Finish my May zine release (Which is a collection of my poems from when I participated in National Poetry Writing Month last month)
  3. Keep writing!  I would like to hit 30k words for this month.
  4. Update my bullet journal daily!

I think these goals are manageable and so I'm going to write them down in my journal so that I can hopefully complete them all by the end of the month.  Do you have any goals or projects that you would like to complete by the end of the month?

Take care,
Marian

Saturday, May 21, 2016

6 Writing Books I Have My Eye On


When I am intererested in a subject, I like to learn as much as I possibly can about it.

1.  The Plot Machine by  Dale Kutzera

I like the idea of having a book that takes you step by step through the plotting process.  One of the reasons why I have trouble finishing writing books is that I can't seem to finish the plot beforehand.

2. The Efficient Writer by Sara Rosett

Ever since I first heard of NaNoWriMo, I've realized that one of the most important parts of writing is learning to use your time properly.  This book looks interesting to me because it's about finding the time to write and then using your time efficiently.

3. Write to Market by Chris Fox

I've read two other books by Chris Fox on writing and they were so good!  The first one in this series is 5,000 Words Per Hour and the second is Lifelong Writing Habit.  Write to Market sounds interesting to me because I think it teaches you how to write with marketing in mind, so you won't have issues with selling your book once you're done writing.

4. Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt & Johnny B Truant

I like the Sterling & Stone, self publishing podcast guys.  I find it completely fascinating how they produce so many words!  It's inspiring.  So when I saw that they wrote a book on their process I knew I wanted to check it out.

5. Iterate and Optimize by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant

Another book by the self publishing podcast team!  The first book I mentioned is more about their writing and this one focuses on how they grew their creative business from the ground up.  It certainly sounds interesting to me!

6. Writership Anchor One-Dreamtime by Alyssa Archer

This appears to be a book series about how to write your novel.  In this first book, the author teaches you about the prewriting process.

Wow!  Seeing all these awesome books on writing out there makes me wish that I had more hours in the day so that I could spend more time reading.  haha!

Take care,
Marian

Friday, May 20, 2016

Who's Ready for Summer? Me!

Who's Ready for Summer?  Me!

This rainy and cool weather has made for an interesting spring, but I'm ready for summer.  Last weekend I spent the day at the beach with my family and ever since then the weather has been getting a little bit better each and every day.  Yay!
1. Belted Denim Shirt Dress
2. Woven Stole
3. Oval Belt
4. TOMS Canvas Wedge

Fashion Choices for the Summer Weather

You know what that means... Dresses, sandals, and shorts!  I've been doing a little bit of browsing online but so far I've just picked up a couple of sundresses at Plato's Closet.  If you have one in your town, definitely check it out.  I got 3 dresses for around 12 dollars.  I also got a Vera Bradley laptop case for $15.  What a deal!

The Dreaded Search for a Bathing Suit

I already have a bathing suit from a couple of years ago that fits me but now that I'm going to be visiting my parents at the beach more this summer, I've been looking for another one.  I've been checking Old Navy and J.C. Penney to see if they have what I want but I haven't found it yet.  I'm in the game for a cute, not too revealing one piece.  Anyone have any recommendations?  Hit me up in the comments. haha

Don't Forget to Find a Beach Read

When I go to the beach, I usually like to stop at places like Target or Costco to look for enjoyable beach reads.  You never know what you might find and even the hardcover books are usually a good price.  But now I do a lot of my reading on my Kindle or through library reads.  Last weekend at Cape Henlope, DE my beach read was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Some Beach Read Recommendations


1. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
2. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
3. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
4. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

That's All For Now!

I think before work today I'm going to go one a nice run around my neighborhood and maybe sit outside in the sun for a while.  If you have any recommendations for Beach Reads this summer, let me know in the comments.

Take care,
Marian