Well, April is officially over, and what a month it was. I participated in the A to Z Blogging Challenge for the second year, and definitely found it a challenge. I heard about it several weeks ago, and started jotting down ideas for different letters, but didn’t get very far, thinking I had lots of time. Does that ever go well? Not for me. I ended up flying by the seat of my pants through most of the challenge, and even though I didn’t have an actual theme, I managed to keep most of it book or writing-related. It was difficult and tiring, but it was fun, and I’m glad I did it. Here’s the run down of my A to Z posts:
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Well. Ha. I’d sort of like to skip right over this part, actually lol. I had big hopes for April. I was sure I’d be able to finish my current WIP, but I had a ton of issues in April. OMG, I just opened up the document for my WIP, and I keep track of the days I write and the word count for each day and I only wrote six days in April. I could cry. That’s horrifying. I’m actually embarrassed, and wouldn’t even be admitting it except that clearly I need motivation and support! In those six days (god, it makes me cringe to type that), I did manage to get 11,537 words written, and I hit the 80,000 word mark, so that’s something right? At least I had a decent word count for my lame-o six days. *sigh*
Part of it is having my 2-year-old nephew here four (sometimes five) days a week. I love him to death and it’s a joy having him here - he’s sweet and happy and loving and so GOOD - but it’s very hard to sit down and write when he wants to be wherever I am. The days I did manage to write, it was while he was napping, but then all the rest of the time, I either had a nap myself, or worked out, or caught up on other stuff. I hate excuses, but I just wasn’t feeling it in April. It didn’t feel right, I couldn’t find the motivation. My heart and mind just weren’t in it. Kind of a scary thing for someone who makes a living off writing.
My writing goals for May:
Finish my current WIP. I’m at 80,000 words, and the story is going to be longer than I anticipated, but there can’t be that much more to write. I need to finish in May. No ifs, ands, or buts, no excuses.
And since this is a book blog, here are the books I read in April (none of these have been reviewed yet, because I didn’t have time with A to Z. All reviews will be posted in May and June):
Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts
The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
Switched by Amanda Hocking
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
Gossip by Beth Gutcheon
The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
I’m also partway through Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.
In other news:
If you haven’t already seen my all-call for Canadians (or people who love Canada/Canadians), please, please, please take a minute to read this page. I’ve already got some amazing authors and bloggers on board, and so far a total of 8 amazing books (most of the signed) by Canadian authors. You’re going to want to be part of this, trust me! I'll be talking more about that very soon.
April was crazy, but I'm optimistic about May. I think part of my problem is that I set too many goals, so this month, my goals are simple and straightforward. Hopefully this time next month I'll have some exciting book-related news for you guys!
If you set goals in April did you achieve them? What are your goals for May?