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Sunday Post: NaNo Update & Beautiful Books

NaNoWriMo Update

Hello fellow bookworms 📋 The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer and is a chance to recap the past week, share news and tell others what you have been reading. I’m linking up roughly every two weeks so I’ve got more news and stuff to share with you!

What I Read 📖

1. Queens of Geek (Jen Wilde) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ An unexpected new favorite that resonated within me so very much. This book made me very emotional, as it talked about fandom and accepting yourself.

2. Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Obligatory Reread, my third time reading this glorious book about fandom, fanfiction and social anxiety as well as the reality of college.

3. Silber 02 [Dream On] (Kerstin Gier) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Finally continued with the Silver Trilogy and really loved the second book, even though it was largely a setup for the grand finale.

4. It Only Happens in the Movies (Holly Bourne) ⭐️ DNF @ 50% I’m still trying to recover from hating one of my most anticipating releases by my fave authors. RTC when I stop crying about it.

5. Juliet takes a breath (Gabby Rivera) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ An important read about feminism, coming out and intersectionality. Sadly the pacing was off, the plot dragged and I was a bit confused at time.

6. Demon Road (Derek Landy) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Great Road Trip book about demons, that I really enjoyed. Has lots of flawed, but lovable and realistic characters, that you grow to love!

What I Watched 📽

1. Supernatural (13×05-13×06) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Obviously I’m “livewatching” this, and really liked the past few episodes. I’ve got to say that this season is different but better than I thought.

2. Stranger Things (2×02-02×08) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Finally got around to finishing the second season and I liked it even more than the first. I’m a bit unsure what Season 3 will be about though.

3. Thor: Ragnorak ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Hands down the best Thor Movie that I have watched and I WANT MOOOORE, where is Thor 4? Give me everything. Give me all the Loki. GIVE MEEEE.

4. Fack Ju Goethe ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Rewatch of one of my fave movies. Full of fun and very enjoyable about an ex-criminal posing as a teacher and becoming fonder of it than anticipated.

Beautiful Books 2017 aka NaNo Halftime Update 📋

 

To reflect upon my NaNo progress I thought it would be cool to use the questions from the Beautiful People Linkup, which for NaNoWriMo is called Beautiful Books! It’s hosted by Cait @ PaperFury and Sky @ furtherupfurtherin, who post 10 questions for us to answer every month!

1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going? 🖋 My mental state is a bit worn, but that’s mainly because university is sucking the life out of me. I’m feeling exhausted and stressed at time, but mostly writing improves my metal state, because it immerses me in my world and distracts me. I have been weirdly good at shutting up my inner editor, so I am mostly doing well. My novel is going smoothly, I have broken into the second Act, which likely is going to be too long compared to the first, but we’ll see. I still love my story, but the middle is the perfect ground for doubts to arise so we’ll see how things go. Ahem now would be the perfect time to note that I have won NaNo by reaching 50K today 😱 😱 😱 , but I won’t be breaking my own NaNo record because 2012 me was a little writing beast that wrote 3K almost every day … I have no idea how I did this back then 😀

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2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)? 🖋 “The static from my cellphone screeched in my ear making me jump and knock over my coffee cup, spilling its remaints all over the wooden table.” – This is the very first sentence in my WIP!

3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel? 🖋  How dare you make me chose between my children 😮 Is it bad that I kind of love my villain right now? Like he’s really cool and not at all as bad as my main character makes him out to be, which is fascinating to read about. I am so looking forward to exploring his role in the sequel. Shhh don’t tell anyone but he is a sad sinnamon roll. BUT of course I love my main character as well, otherwise I would not be writing from her perspective 😉 Then there’s her love interest, his brother and the MC’s best friend that I love writing about. Basically I love nearly everyone in this book so so much!!! The characters were the main reason why I wanted to write this story in the first place so it makes sense.

4. What do you love about your novel so far? 🖋 Surprisingly much, as I had expected to be much less confident. Gladly, I think that I am finally writing the right story, after having started a few failed attempts. Here is a short list of what I like about my WIP so far!

  • All the sass and humor
  • Getting as many fandom references in as I can
  • My characters, most of them with a tragic back story/motivation
  • Strong female friendships
  • Actually good dialogue (I’m mostly good at this)
  • buildup for my slow burn romances

5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes? 🖋 I have spelling turned off so I don’t know about typos, as I tend to try not to pay attention to anything like that during the first draft. However, I have noticed my horribly tendency to use some words so many times 😅 My most frequently used words are: so, just, maybe, many, probably.

6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why? 🖋 Uh this is a kind of tough question, because when I read it, I had no clear favorite. Beginnings are tricky, because having to set everything up without info dumping stresses me out. Endings are nice, but then you have to tie everything together nicely and it’s over. Therefore, I’ll go with Middle, because you have the most possibilities for scenes in the second Act. Of course that can also be a problem, because there is so much space, but I personally like it. I can do whatever I want and try out as many scenes as I want! It’s so much freedom for fun and games.

7. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space! 🖋 Normally I go into my writing lair, which depends on where I am. At university it’s my black armchair from Ikea at home it’s mostly our old couch. What I typically fetch as well is water and a hot drink, be it coffee or tea, to stay hydrated and feel cozy as I start writing. I also pull up my playlist on Youtube, that I have been frequently listening to these last weeks. I am also 100% an afternoon writer, which is hard to maintain at university as I somehow always end up writing later than I want to. I cannot function in the morning, so no writing is possible and when it comes to the evening, it stresses me out not to have finished by then.

8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)? 🖋 Interesting question, as this depends on the context. This year I have not told my parents about it like the last years, my mom knows I am writing something, but she has no idea what NaNo even is. In real life surprisingly few people even now about my novel. But when it comes to online, that’s where I tell people. I’m talking about my project on Twitter all the time and here on my blog. When it comes to specific I am a bit more secretive like a dragon guarding its gold, but I am also keen on sharing a few things because I love talking about my writing, so I guess it’s even.

9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard? 🖋 First off all ambition, because when it comes to hitting my word goals I am pretty strict. I will not stop until I have reached it, because otherwise I will not be satisfied. Therefore, I am typically not behind schedule and on track, even though it’s hard. Another thing that keeps me writing is my attachment and love for my WIP, because I simply cannot give upon my children, I need to keep writing so that their story comes to a close. I would never be able to let them rest, so I push through. What helps is reflecting unto a scene and twist it until I am excited about writing it. Tea and coffee as well was music have also been known to help.

10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice? 🖋

  • You can’t edit a blank page – seriously, everything you write can be fixed, but first you have to actually get the words down
  • Every scene must be a magical cookie scene (from Susan Dennard) = every scene must get you excited and itching to write it in some way
  • Limit description to 4-5 sentences – might not work for everyone, but does it for me, as I am a chronic rambler and always write too much needless description/thoughts

Life Recap for the last two weeks 📋

  • Uni is sucking the life out of me. No other way to put it. This semester is the worst one so far, because nothing is working out and there is not much I can do against it. Sometimes unfortunate things happen, like my seminar getting cancelled. I’m currently waiting on a response about changing courses (to a course I didn’t want to take in the first place, but what other choice do I have?), which is difficult because we’re already a month into uni. If I cannot take another seminar, I won’t be able to take the exam, which will mess up my plan for the third time in under 4 weeks. As a committed planner this means tremendous stress for me. *sigh* I’m just really stressed right now, was I have to write two long papers and I’m starting now instead of stressing out later.
  • Blog Work day 17. This was an event that took place on November 5th and was created by a German blogger named Lotta. It was a day dedicated to working on our blogs – answering comments, writing long overdue blog posts and working on things we have neglected. It was a lot of fun, I got my review index and goodreads shelves up to date and scheduled a blog post!
  • Tome Topple Start. WUHUUU! On November 17th the 5th Round of Tome Topple has started and I’m starting off with The Book Thief, a book I have wanted to read since forever. Here is my TBR where I talk about all the important information and what books I plan on reading.

How have your last two weeks been? Tell me what you’ve been reading, watching and what’s currently going on in your life 📋

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