Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2 Goals and a Dream

While I'm querying and pursuing my dream of publication, I’ve got to do something to keep my mind occupied. So, I thought I would set two goals.

1)I will be doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November. I’ve never done it before and I think it will be good practice for me to try and hit a goal. I usually write or don’t write based on how I feel. Wow—50,000 words! I’m an over achiever but even that is a high goal for me.

2)My other goal is to read 12 books in October. I feel like my reading has been slipping lately. I miss it so much :( I have 19 days to reach my goal and I already have 4 books done. Here is my list:

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs– Read October 1, 2011
  2. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – Read October 3, 2011
  3. Possession by Elana Johnson – Read October 9, 2011
  4. When the Tripods Came by John Christopher – Read October 11, 2011
  5. Illusions by Aprilynn Pike – Currently Reading
  6. The Golden Spiral by Lisa Mangun – TBR
  7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - TBR
  8. Veiled by S.B. Niccum - TBR
  9. The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker – TBR
  10. The Maze Runner – James Dashner – TBR
  11. River Secrets – Shannon Hale – TBR
  12. Seven Miracles That Saved America – Chris Stewart - TBR

My To Be Read list may change depending on the library, and maybe if I am fast I can throw in a few more.

What are the most books you ever read in one month? Or the most words you wrote?



Cherie Reich said...

The most words I wrote in a month were 68,000 and some. Of course, that was during NaNoWriMo 2009. The most books I've read in a month is much harder to guess, i.e. I don't have my list in front of me. ;) I try to average a book a week, though.

That's great about NaNo and reading!

Tara Tyler said...

that nano thing scares me! i get obsessive about challenges so i'm not ready for 50000 words. maybe next year...i may do the wd pad challenge (writer's digest, poem a day).

and add my ms as a book completed! that counts, right? =)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I think the most words I wrote in a month was 30,000. And that was last month! :D I don't know how many books I've read in a month, but I do know I've read 100 books in a year before. Two years ago actually. It was a hard goal to reach, but I did it!

Brinda said...

I don't know how many books I've read in a month. I've never counted! From your list, The Maze Runner is the only one I've read. You have a great list there. I am not doing NaNoWriMo this year, but I wish you luck!

Abby said...

First off, thank you for having the NaNoWriMo link! Being new to this I have often wondered what it was then once I figured out what it was I wondered about "where" it was! Lol. I think it is awesome that you are doing it. I want to, but I feel it is unrealistic for me right now, especially with it being the end of a semester in school. I think I need to pick a different month to do it in, because it's a wonderful goal. Best of luck!

E.R. King said...

Good job making plans to keep busy! You've got some great books to read and a lot of words to write. It's the perfect cure to take your mind off querying!

Angela Cothran said...

Cherie - That is amazing!

Tara - Totally counts :)

Chantele - 100 books! That is over 8 a month!!!

Brinda - I'll let you know how good these books are

Abby - What? You can't do 50,000 words in a month and go to school? You are such a slacker :)

Stacy Henrie said...

Good luck with NaNo! I liked the Historian - it's long but a fascinating read with REAL vampires. :)

Jenny S. Morris said...

I think my 5,300 the other night might have been the most words written in one sitting. Although, back when I didn't pay attention I probably did a lot more.

I think when I read the Twilight series for the first time, I read all 4 books in one week. That might be the most.

Great goals, and good luck!

Sara Bulla said...

I love the Historian. What did you think? Creepy and fun huh? I'm on board with NaNoWriMo, too. I think. :) I am a slow reader, so 10 books would be a stretch for me. The most words I've ever written in a month is somewhere around 40,000 - my first draft of the Take Back. :)

Christine Rains said...

I've done NaNoWriMo every year since 2003. I managed to do 70,000 words one year. Last year I didn't make the goal. Babies take up a lot of time! I use to have more time to read too. Three or four books a week. Now I'm lucky to read one in a month.

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I'm trying NaNo for the first time, too! We'll have to keep each other on task.
I have Home for Peculiar Children sitting on my shelf begging to be read. I'm kinda itching but I have to finish my revisions first (or convince my bookclub- which probably would never happen.)
When the Tripods came was one of my favorite books in grade school. I've tried to convince my son to read it but so far no luck.
I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn just a couple of months ago. It's good but a slow read.
Great list!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

One of these days I think I'm going to listen to your 'prompt' and tell you my secrets...
but not today.

Angela Cothran said...

Stacy - This is my second read through The Historian. Just as good the second time.

Jenny - I'm a slow writer, so 5,300 sounds like a ton to me!

Sara - Yay, we can do it together :)

Shelly - *cracks the whip* Get going Shelly! There is no way my book club would read Peculiar Children either--just looking at the back cover gave my sister nightmares. I will wait for the secret :)

Jolene Perry said...

I'm embarrassed to say how many words I've written in a month. It's a lot. i write fast.

Read?? I have NO idea. I do know that I'm 8 books ahead of what goodreads says I need to be to meet my goal, and that's all I care about ;D

Anonymous said...

They don't call you Miss Teen Idaho for nothing! You are an over-acheiver! Good luck w/ NaNoWriMo - I just listened to an interview w/ an author on NPR (see wrote the Night Circus) who said participating in that is where she got the inspiration for her story...
And A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my all time favorites ;) Enjoy...
Kim Karras

Anonymous said...

I too write depending on how I feel. I'll go without writing for a few weeks and then have a single day where I write over 5,000 words. I'm going to try NaNoWriMo this year in the hope it will help give me some sense of discipline when it comes to writing.

When I lived with my parents then I could read in long sessions finishing a book in a day. Now, I've rather a more chaotic lifestyle. Although I read most days, it's only a couple of chapters in the evening or at breakfast.

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