NaNoWriMo has been over for 2 weeks now, and I never posted the final results! I know some of you were waiting too (and at least one of you commented a few days ago asking). I’m so sorry! I don’t know if you know this, but December is honestly the most stressful month to be a teacher. I’m #exhausted and we still have one week left until Christmas break. I took today as a personal day because tomorrow is birthday, yay!
So, in honor of my birthday, and of trying to lead a more productive 27th year, I give you…the results of my classroom NaNoWriMo 2018 project…
a sparkly book cover and a kinda-but-not-really-synopsis of her project this month!
“Life is a big question mark, and anyone who thinks they have all the answers is wrong.”
Life after high school is a scary place, full of dark, twisty caverns of unknowns and questions. Mariah can’t seem to see past the darkness. Instead of fighting against the world, she’s in a constant battle against her mind. How can you win in the real world when your mind keeps telling you you’ll always be a loser?
Something about creating a book cover makes me feel really attached to a project. Like I can’t just forget it exists, because it has a cover. It almost exists as a book already.
I also LOVE sharing book covers when I make them, which then causes all my friends and family to constantly ask, “When can we read your book?” Continue reading →
We are roughly 4 hours away from the Central time zone start of NaNoWriMo, and I. am. pumped. Probably more pumped than I’ve ever been for this month. (Although, I think my first ever NaNoWriMo is 2007 is right up there.)
The excitement of some of my students has me feeling that same excitement. I’m not even concerned about how I’m going to stay on top of grading and parent contact over the next month. I’m gonna write my novel!
After one last day of new joiners, last minute backer-outers, and word count goal changers, here are the final numbers. Continue reading →
…and I’m so excited about it I can’t even contain it.
Hello friends! Long time no blog! (I feel like I’ve had this intro in the last few postings, but it’s still true so.)
I am teaching 7th grade English (specifically writing) this year, and I offered my students the opportunity to participate in NaNoWriMo this year (through the Young Writer’s Program). My 4th period has a 30 minute advisory period, so for those students this is our project for the next month and beyond. For others, it was completely optional.
There is still one day to join in or change word counts, but as it stands right now, I have 65 students participating (35 by choice!), and we are setting out for a total of 497,700 words. (I’m trying to convince someone to raise their goal, or someone else to join in, so we can be shooting for 500,000 words!)Continue reading →
(I started this on Monday. It took me a day to finish it haha!)
This is my first year teaching, and I have one big complaint to make:
Why do we have to raise kids to only be expository writers and not creative writers?
This is the biggest complaint of all teachers, right? We have to teach to a test, not teach our kids things they’ll use in real life. Not all kids are going to grow up to write academic papers in their career for their entire life.
Should students be writing expository often? Obviously. Most college writing is expository in nature and it should be mastered before you get there.
But how do we raise the next JK Rowling when creative writing is barely touched in school?
But I accomplished so many other things I had never planned for, so is that really something to be ashamed of?
Hello friends! Long time, no post!
So I logged into Goodreads on 12/29 and was so depressed when I saw how far from my minuscule 30-book goal I still was. 30 books is barely one per 2 weeks. I had friends accomplish their 75-100 book goals! What! Continue reading →
So I scrolled back through my blog posts and found the one where I listed my goals for 2016. So here we are, in the last week of a very up and down year, and it’s time to look back and see what kind of accomplishments I made.
Here we go:
Get 500 followers
Accomplished. I currently have 507 followers. Yay!
Close but no cigar. Had I not stopped blogging, I’d probably have accomplished this one. But 9,100ish views is not something to scoff at!
Have an active following, where no one is afraid to comment and discuss!
I would consider this accomplished.
Continue posting a few times a week
I was doing great until we moved. But that’s okay.
Never forget a Monday Musings
Nope. MM died out pretty early in the year lol
Post at least 20 book reviews
Did I even post one?
Bring in more followers to the blog from Twitter
I did bring in significantly more readers this year from Twitter than last year. So check.
Get 250 Twitter followers
415 as of right now. Check!
Finish a second draft of Cover Up
I need to finish the first draft too, LOL
First draft was finished. Second draft was never started.
Finish the first draft of Where I Belong and start editing
This was not a good writing year for me.
Write two additional pieces of short fiction per month
Not even one.
Read 30 books (I know it’s not much, but it’s more than I’ve read in a loooong time)
According to Goodreads, I read 17 books this year. I averaged over 1 a month, and that’s an accomplishment to me.
Feel good in my dress (I’m really trying to get it taken in, but we’ll see)
I was never NOT going to feel good in my dress.
Save another $1,000
We saved a lot, spent it all on the move, and are back over $1,000 in savings. So check!
Go out and do things with new people
Seriously I need friends here
I never accomplished this in Roanoke haha
I’ve posted about my slump already for the year. But I’m over the negative thoughts. I may not have been able to mark off all my resolutions for this year, but I made a lot of progress in life this year. I built this beautiful blog. We moved to Texas. Brad and I are finally married.
Next up: big moves with my career. A house. A new dog (or 3).
So considering that I am not the most dedicated year-round writer as of yet, I have never played around with different writing softwares before. But I was scrolling through the NaNoWriMo Sponsor Offers today and decided I was going to utilize one of the free trials to see if this helps enhance my novel-writing experience.
I know Scrivener is the big one that a lot of people use. I see posts about it all the time from blogs I follow. I watched the introduction video and honestly felt super overwhelmed. Maybe one day I’ll be more in tune with software of this kind that Scrivener will have what I need, but right now, I’m looking for something really straight-forward. Continue reading →
Ahh craziness all around. We’re leaving in 10 DAYS. I’ve been crazy busy packing, going through my last week of work, and just mentally preparing myself to say goodbye to these beautiful Appalachian Mountains.
As such, I do not have much of an update for my eight week challenge. As much as I figured this would happen, I really haven’t focused on any of my goals recently. I finished one book, started another but probably can’t finish it before we leave (and it’s a library book so…) and while I’ve been packing (a workout!) and walking (thanks Pokemon G0!), I’ve been kinda eating whatever I want.
But it’s fine. I’m midway through the last week of the challenge, and while I probably won’t be able to say it was the most successful, I know that I did make some accomplishments. But I’ll go through all that sappy stuff next week when I do my final update.
This is all I have to say in this post today, as it’s getting busy and I’ve got a lot of stuff to do. I can’t wait until I’m moved and settled in so I can get back to regularly posting on my own blog, as well as get back to reading more of the blogs from friends I follow.