May 29 2015

Goals for June #WriteClub2015 #WW #FirstReads #NewToYouRC #NewAuthorsRC2015

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Here are my current goals and review of goals from the past:



  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 40 years



2015 Goals:


  • Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 4390  — up 146 from last month!
  • Update / redo Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Support Diverse Books
  • Three Four Reading Challenges
  • After editing fantasy novel, get new query letter out there



Goals for June:


  • Make at least 10 stops on the A to Z Challenge Roadtrip
  • Continue work on my NaNoWriMo fantasy novel
  • Finish up the fantasy writing class
  • Keep up with Twitter follows
  • Tweet for #WriterWednesday  #WW
  • Finish reading and reviewing 3 books
  • Vote for a 500-word story every weekday over at Write Club



Review of Goals for May:


    • A to Z Challenge ReflectionsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Select a WINNER for my current giveawayMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

  • Continue work on my NaNoWriMo fantasy novelMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Keep up with Twitter followsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalsomewhat
  • Tweet for #WriterWednesday  #WW Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal and  #ReaderthuRsday #RR
  • Finish reading and reviewing 5 books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Visit and comment on 60 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Survive my “weekend journey”Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Submit the next assignment for the young adult writing classMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write ClubMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

I have given up on #ReaderthuRsday #RR. I’m still the only one who has been doing it after a year. Obviously I can’t make praising readers a trend all by myself. The ship has sunk. Perhaps I’ll try again one day.

read something 'new' to you in 2015 and review it
#FirstReads book by an author that @JLenniDorner had not read before

Books Read and Reviewed in May:     #FirstReads #NewToYouRC #NewAuthorsRC2015

Trust Me, I'm Lying (Trust Me, #1)Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A must for Veronica Mars Marshmallows.
Trust Me, I’m Lying is a smart, witty, and exciting book. The vocabulary lends to the credibility that the main character intends to go to Yale one day. In other words, even though this book is YA, it doesn’t feel like someone “thesaurused-down” all the big words. This book is a demanding page turner. I believe every chapter ended on a cliffhanger. You think you can put it down and walk away for five minutes, and then, BANG! There was even a twist that I thought I saw coming, and it looked like I was right, but then NOPE, retwisted and turned into a moment full of “the feels.”

The Easy Way to Write Fantasy That SellsThe Easy Way to Write Fantasy That Sells by Rob Parnell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For writers who are new to the game and need a quick, basic crash course in fantasy writing, this book would be useful.

I’m not sure there are many lit agents who will be excited at the 58% mark when the book says that fantasy novels are around 200,000 words. (First-time writers— good luck pitching anything over 150,000!)

The section on plot points is clear and logical. The idea that characters are the most important part of a good story is spot on. There’s a great section focused on showing-not-telling and avoiding info-dumping. “It’s not really the artifact that’s important, it is its influence on your characters and plot that matters most.” – That is my favorite line in this book. It does preach the current modern-day importance of making stand-alone novels, especially for unknown authors.

It reads more like the transcript of a seminar than it does a book. Though it does come with some suggested writing exercises to help foster improvement and motivation.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book does stand alone, but I’m hoping for it to become a series. The themes presented in Red Queen are relatable. One more story of oppression, of the 1 percent lording over the 99 should be eye-rolling and dull — but this book makes it feel fresh and exciting! Another fairytale with the poor girl catching the eye of the handsome prince should be a snoozefest — but the twist and turns of Red Queen turn it into a thriller. Books are supposed to have one climax, but this book has a new climax every few chapters. There’s some beautiful foreshadowing. Poetic prose snuck in a few times and took my breath away. This book is utterly magnificent. I’ll be in line for the midnight release of the movie or the next book — hopefully both. Yes, it really is that good.

The Imaginary FriendThe Imaginary Friend by Kelly Hashway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A short read well suited for younger readers.

It’s a story that will assure children that it is okay to come out of their shell and grow-up. This seems aimed at comforting the reader in knowing that imaginary friends left behind will be all right. That they are here to do a job and will move on to do another when it’s time.

Portrait of a Lone Wolf (Black Hills Wolves, #7)Portrait of a Lone Wolf by Katalina Leon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The love scene is wonderfully well done. The story is short, so it doesn’t beat around the bush for very long. In the end, most readers will root for the couple.

The editor could have done a better job. I noticed a handful of errors.

Better Living Through GRAVY and Other OdditiesBetter Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities by Isa-Lee Wolf

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very imaginative.
There are some good jokes. (Ricky Rocky… ha! And the abs, omg.) And “drop me off on the way” is an ominous and brilliant line. Gotta watch out for that Aunty Ida! That last story– I think several writers wish for readers that dedicated to our words.
It has a great deal of dialog. There are some fun twists. It’s very fast paced (I read the whole book in half an hour.)

Reading challenge 2015 @JLenniDorner

Still seeking a book with bad reviews, and a book by someone with the initials J.D. or J.L.D. (Not J.D. Salinger)


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    • Misha on May 29, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    I’m finding #FF and all the others don’t seem to be all that effective anymore, so I’m moving away from those things and focusing on being more personal on Twitter.

    Good going on your goals!

    Incidentally, my initials are in fact MG, but I’m under 30. 😉
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    1. I still have decent luck with #FF and #WW. I try to start personal conversations, but Twitter doesn’t seem to be the venue for making real, lasting connections. I don’t know.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  1. I think your second big main goal is a good thing to work toward. =)
    Good luck with all your goals.
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    1. Yeah, it was harder than you’d think last month.

  2. Congratulations on a productive May. Getting the balance right between writing, reading, and networking is so hard, but it looks like you’ve found a good balance this month. Good luck for June.
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    1. Yes, May went well. Balance went right out the window for June though. LOL. Eh well, such is life. Thanks for stopping in.

  3. I’m not on Twitter so you have 4390 more followers than I do. 😉

    Every other week I try to visit the bloggers participating in the A to Z Road Trip.

    Good luck with your June goals.

    BTW I love your He For She poster on the sidebar. 🙂
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    1. Thanks. I’m a fan of the speech Emma gave. I wanted to show my support.
      I totally fell behind in June. But I’m trying to get caught up now.

    • Beth on June 3, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Good luck on your goals.
    They are from outer space.
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    1. LOL. Thanks.

  4. You achieved a lot of goals in May. And those June goals seem equally challenging. Good luck 🙂 The #ReaderthuRsday sound like a good idea and sorry to hear it didn’t take off.
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    1. Yeah, I really thought it would. Yes, writers need to support each other. But I thought supporting readers would be equally important. Shows what I know, eh? Oh well. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Hey there! You recently friended me on Facebook. I’m making my way through a Road Trip post A to Z. Wanted to say hi! Nice little blog you have here. 🙂
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    1. Cool. Hi! 🙂

    • Beth on June 6, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    wonderful goals–listing them out always makes them feel that much more attainable to me!
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    1. Yup, I’m the same way.

  6. That’s a whole lot of goals! Writing a list like this (especially in public) is a great way to stay focused! Trust Me, I’m Lying sounds really good, will be grabbing a copy of that!
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip but I’ve already read your a-z posts so I thought I would just have a read of this!
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    1. You really should grab a copy. I loved it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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