January Reading List
Books 1-3 for 2016. #harrypotter #halfbloodprince #heiresses #sarashepard #allthebrightthings

1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
2. All the Bright Things by Jennifer Nixon
3. The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

I've been a busy bookworm over the past two weeks. If you're curious as to how they were, ask me here. I would only suggest one, though. #books #winterreadinglist #insurgent #grey #charliebone #wordworkout #survivalmode

4. Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
5. Grey by EL James
6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
7. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
8. Word Workout by Charles Harrington Eister

The last of the books I've read in January. 📚 #books #winterreadinglist #dianekeaton #thelyinggame

9. Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
10. Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton
11. One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds
12. Cross My Heart, Hope To Die by Sara Shepard
13. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tremblay

January Soundtrack

1. Taylor Swift :: Out of the Woods
2. Hedley :: Hello
3. Hedley :: Quit
4. Demi Lovato :: Confident
5. Simple Plan :: I don't wanna go to bed (Feat. Nelly)
6. Hilary Duff :: Young Blood
7. Mariana's Trench :: Burning Up
8. Taylor Swift :: Shake it off
9. Simple Plan :: I don't wanna be sad
10. Mariana's Trench :: One Love
11. Lunchmoney Lewis :: Bills
12. Jason Derulo :: Want to want me
13. Britney Spears feat. Iggy Azalea :: Pretty Girls
14. Beyonce :: Run the World (Girls)
15. Taio Cruz :: Do what you like
16. A-Trak :: Push (feat. Andrew Wyatt)
17. Little Mix :: Wings
18. Union J :: Loving you is easy
19. Demi Lovato :: Really don't care (feat. Cher Lloyd)
20. Ariana Grande :: Focus
21. Selena Gomez :: Hands to myself
22. Coleman Hall :: 2 heads
23. The Weeknd :: In the night
24. Nick Jonas :: Levels
25. Sam Smith :: Stay with me
26. Sam Smith :: I'm not the only one
27. Justin Timberlake :: Mirrors
28. Meghan Trainor :: Like I'm gonna lose you

January 2016

Events: Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 7 -> 16 - VSX Week at work
Jan 27 - Chocolate Cake Day

This Year

Believe that anything is possible
Start each day with goals
Eat more real food
Buy good books and make time to read them
Drink water
Exercise daily even when it sounds like a bad idea
Shop for quality not quantity
Purge the unnecessary and decrease clutter
Hug the ones I love
Find the best in others
Show others the best in me

2016 stats

Nicknames: Candy, Baby, Candyland
Relationship status: Married
Birthday: June 15
Horoscope: Gemini


Colour: Pink/Burgundy
Animal: Monkey
Book: The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Mathieu
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live, The Mindy Project, American Horror Story
TV Actress: Mindy Kaling
TV Actor: Jimmy Fallon
Movies: Zoolander, Elf, Mean Girls, Clueless, Roman Holiday, Sabrina
Actress: Audrey Hepburn
Actor: Dave Franco
Song: Simple Plan :: Addicted
Singer: Justin Timberlake
Group: One Direction, BackStreet Boys
Band: Simple Plan, Mariana's Trench
Holiday: Christmas
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, City Girl
Flower: Gerber Daisy
Vacation Spots: Vancouver and Seattle
Music: Top 40
Drink: Gingerbread latte
Clothing Designer: Coco Chanel

Some conversation, no contemplation...hit the road

This is what my weekend looked like. I even took some time off to watch a terrible movie also known as Green Lantern with my husband. We're both big buffs of super hero movies but that one will probably never join the ranks of our superhero collection. Not even the fact that Ryan Reynolds was in it could save the story line. Since when did super heroes admit to their nemesis that they were scared? It was just all so bad and quite a few times, I just wanted to turn it off and write again.

I'm planning on taking some time off this week to read and relax. At least two days off, like a normal job. I've just been going non stop on this editing project that I keep forgetting to take time out for myself. Another reason is because I'm out of correction tape. I can't stand crossing out my mistakes and writing over them. It just looks messy. I am currently itching to take a whole roll of correction tape over my last two edits. Its driving me mad. The only other thing that drives me this crazy is no internet...that's saying a lot since no internet means a nuclear meltdown. Must. Stay. Calm. Send correction tape soon!!

If you smile, that should set the tone

I've been pretty busy lately with the editing process. Its really gratifying when I finish a new part and the word count gets higher. I thought that editing this book would take at least a year because it would be such a hot mess. Its actually quite the opposite. I'm so invested in my characters that I enjoy the time I spend rearranging their lives. I think they're happier with the maturity they've all gained as well through this massive editing session. I'm not the only one who has grown during this time.

One of my friends told me that characters are technically real because they are ever changing. A story can always be added to. I agree with that, 100%. My characters feel like my children sometimes. I just want them all to lead good lives. Even the antagonists who seem to destroy everything. What's good for one character is completely different from the next one.

Before I leave, I have a quote which my bestie told me to post so I can always remember it:

"I'm finding that publishing my first book is kind of like having sex for the first time. I want it to be with someone good who isn't going to walk away with something precious the next day, leaving me in the lurch."

Starships were meant to fly...

I'm editing at such a rapid speed that I don't have enough hours in the day to write it all out. This is another one of those moments in my life where a house elf would come in handy. I have since edited more and probably have another five pages to write out. I know I don't HAVE to write it down, but I like the paper reference in case I can't use my computer for whatever reason. It just makes me feel better to have a hard copy somewhere close. Also, my sister brought me home 7 packages of 200 sheet loose leaf paper when her work didn't need them anymore. I had to put them to use in some way...

Its been said and done, every word has already been sung...

Here we go, round two...or chapter two, anyway. I know in the long run, this will probably be chapter 6, but let's not get into that right now. So much to do, so little time. The summer may seem to be stretched in front of us right now but it'll fly by like nothing. Must get back to work.

I think its special, what's behind your back

I've been working pretty hard on my writing lately. I'm really driven to get my novel finished by September. This is a summer of sacrifice, but its worth it. Every word of it. I want to be a published author by 2013. Even if it is just digitally. I want to get my writing out into the world. I have started to work on my book everyday. If I'm not in the mood to write at first, I do writing prompts until I'm ready to write...as you can tell, I haven't need any in exactly a week. *knocks on wood* I hate the Writer's Block but the Writer's prompts are fun to do.

If my book does well, I'll have the money to go to Paris next year without really trying - well, I guess if you add in all the writing and editing, I tried a Hell of a lot. I'm so excited but at the same time, nervous. This is my first publication, I don't want it to get in the wrong hands.

The picture above is all of Chapter One after edit 1. I'm going to have to make it into five chapters because I added way too much to each part. Oh, well. I expected there to be more than 15 chapters. At this rate, there will be 75? Is that right? Eep! I'm going to have to do some serious editing. Blerg. Writing really isn't as easy as it looks. Trust me. There is as much labor in it than anything else you work hard at. I wouldn't give this up for anything in the world.

Chapter One Word Count:

Rough Copy: 6,606 words
1st Edit: 18,279 words

In other words, I added 11,673 words to it in a matter of four days...how come I can't do this when NaNoWriMo is on??


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