Sunday Funday: Jan. 31

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Y’all! (Oops, my southern is showing :P) How has everyone’s weekend been thus far? My socks have dinosaurs wearing sweaters on them so clearly I’m winning Sunday. *achievement unlocked* I’ve had a productive weekend filled with reading and writing and…that’s about it. Oh, and lots of time wasted spent on the time suck that is Pinterest—although, I did have good reason, as I have been researching things for a possible new story ;D

The past two and half to three weeks have been more than a little rocky and I’m glad to have it behind me for the most part. The start of a new month has me feeling hopeful and I can’t help but think good things are gonna happen. I see this as the perfect opportunity to dive back in and make some good progress towards this novel’s completion.
200-1Another motivation behind wanting to complete Unrung Bell, besides the obvious, is once the first draft is complete, I’m going to allow myself to start fully working on my new story idea. I don’t want to become completely engrossed by it until I’ve finished my MS or else, I fear, Unrung Bell will never be completed. It feels like this MS is hanging over my head, constantly clawing at the back of my neck and I cannot keep putting it off. I know, if I can settle in and remained focused, then it shouldn’t take long to have the first draft done—I’m thinking as early as the end of February. So I’ll be using the new story as motivation to get my sh-stuff done.

In case you were wondering, the new idea which has gotten me so energized and excited would be about Ura, the character who was introduced in yesterday’s Saturday Short. I realized while writing it, there was a full novel there possible two, three if I’m really lucky. My brain has been constantly churning since I started working on it and I can’t help but feel like this might be something special. Although, this could just be wishful thinking on part and the whole idea might peter-out in no time at all. But I really hope not as that would leave me feeling like this…

I’d like to thank the Academy…
I have been lucky enough to have been tagged three different times for the Liebster Award. A big thank you to Charlotte, Jasmine and Jewel for nominating me. I’m sure as you have guessed, this will be the topic of Monday Musings; however, the post will be split between Monday and Wednesday, due to length and size issues. (And yes, at this moment, I am giggling hysterically)
tennet-childTuesday Tunes
The song prompt this week is from the lovely and talented K.J. Chapman, who was kind enough to suggest AWOLNATION’s hit, Sail. I have a couple ideas in mind for this song and will be interesting to see which one wins out in the end. Stay tuned…

Reading: I read six books in January! Yay me 🙂 But…I pledged to read 125 this year, so six books really isn’t that great. For those of you playing along at home, I have to avg. 11.3 books a month to complete my goal. This might be one of those classic instances when my eyes ended up being bigger than my stomach :/ Oof it’s gonna be tough but I think I can do it…maybe…I hope…

This week, I read two books which were…umm…more ’adult in nature’. Both were extremely hawt entertaining and a great way to heat things up on a chilly day 😉 I won’t go into further detail, as there might be children in the room, however, I’d be more than happy to share their titles and my uncensored thoughts with you anytime–just shoot me a DM on Twitter. ;D

200I’m in the process of finishing up Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon. It’s beautifully written and has been captivating since the first page. New spins on classic fairy tales are one of my favorite things to read. And duh…mermaids are cool.

Watching: I’ve watched a TON of Doctor Who. (if you couldn’t tell from the gif usage :D) Actually, it’s been the only thing I’ve watched this week but there are worse things I guess. My cousin and his girlfriend came over to babysit me hangout Thursday evening and this is how we chose to pass the time. I have Dr. Who to thank because for the first time in our WHOLE lives, my cousin and I have finally found something we both enjoy and could discuss for hours. Bless you Doctor. Bless you.
tennet-happyOh, and we both agree his new girlfriend, Merida, is amazing! In fact, I think I’m experiencing a full-blown ‘girl crush’. I mean, the woman brought homemade sausage rolls and made me an honest-to-god cuppa. What’s not to love? Not to mention, being kind as to say my English accent was indeed ‘rather impressive’ and ‘quite good’—she would know being a native of Southhampton. Although, there’s could be a strong possibility she’s lying but I don’t care.

Listening: Its been an Imagine Dragons kinda week, having had both of their albums on constant repeat. I don’t know what it is but their music offers so much comfort and peace when times are tough. Making me feel as though I could curl up in their musical notes and drift off into the worlds they create through song. *sigh* They’re fantastic.

Random Facts
*My mom thought taking a summer enrichment course in acting, taught by one of her former students, would be helpful in combatting my shyness. It didn’t work as she had hoped but I loved my teacher, so much! His full name is Jack McBrayer, although you might know him as Kenneth from 30 Rock.
giphy-2*I am an excellent whistler but cannot for the life of me do the “two finger super loud whistle”.
*I honestly have no clue how to describe the color of my eyes and it makes me feel inadequate as a writer.

I believe that just about does it for this Sunday Funday. As always, thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings and for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world for having the BEST blog followers!
gonnahugyouWhat are your plans for the week? What have you been reading, watching, or listening to? How about sharing some random facts about yourself? Got any questions for me?


After Sleep

vaThis is a continuation of the story I posted like week called, Before Sleep. Turns out, Anne’s story wasn’t over–funny how life works out that way.  I’ll admit this is not one of my better pieces and was going to wait to post on Saturday, to give me more time to edit but decided I needed it to be done and out of the way, so this chapter could be closed. Some stories are just have that effect on us. I apologize for its length, rambling nature and for any typos you might encounter along the way. Continue reading

Monday Musings: 7 Deadly Writing Sins

In today’s edition of Monday Musings, I’ll be sharing my 7 Deadly Sins of Writing. A big thank you to my amazing friend, Holly, for tagging me. Be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Twitter if you don’t already.

These exercises always make me think and reflect on things I’d never really considered before. It was a little bit harder than anticipated but fun nonetheless. Continue reading

Sunday Funday: Hands up, who missed me?

Hands up, missed me? *All hands immediately go down*

Okay so I paraphrased a tiny bit, but the title of this post makes more sense now, doesn’t it? 😉 That clip was from the hilariously funny show called, The Young Ones and is one of my all time favorites. If you’ve never seen an episode…what are you waiting for? Come over and we’ll have a marathon. I thought it was appropriate considering my recent, unplanned absence from the blogging world.

Whether your hands went up or down, I’m back. *fingers crossed* at least, that’s the plan. My posts may be a little shorter than usual *waits for the cheering to die down* but my goal is to ease back into a regular posting schedule, this week. We’ll see how this goes, but so far, things are looking good.

I’m not gonna do a preview of the posts so you’ll just have to tune in to see what they’re about. The reason: don’t want to show my hand entire hand—gotta keep you guys interested somehow—and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I don’t really have a set idea past Monday’s post ;p But here are your other goodies:

Reading: While I was not feeling so great this week, I read The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons. A bunch of my friends had read it, loved it and couldn’t shut up stop talking about it, so I thought I’d get it a shot. Let me just say, I devoured this book and all the feels that came with it. Needless to say, I understand the fuss.

I also had the opportunity to read my friend Jewel’s new novella, Tales by Rails and let me tell ya…it was HAWT! Definitely warmed me up on a cold afternoon ;p Trust me, I’ll be writing more about this fun little read in the the coming weeks, so be sure and be on the look out for it.

Listening: Rachel Platten’s Fight Song has been on repeat lately. It is a wonderful inspirational tune and has kept me going during the past few weeks. I recommend giving it a listen if you in need of an extra push or a little ‘umph’. It has even made it on to the Unrung Bell playlist.

Random Facts
* I can put both feet behind my head but not at the same time
* I hate black olives and mushrooms. I like banana things—breads, muffins and chips—but I cannot eat just a regular banana. Something about the texture freaks me out.
* Bonus fact: If it weren’t for Gwen Stefani, I would never be able to spell spell banana(s) correctly on the first try. I have to sing *ba-na-nas* in my head 😀

Alright, I believe that just about does it for this post. I plan on catching up on all of your blog posts, commenting and responding to comments; even though, I’ve tried my best to stay on top them, I know some have fallen through the cracks. I hope you all have a fantastic week filled with inspiration and productivity.