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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: He Needs Discipline

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He Needs Discipline by Dominic Rod

Summary From GoodreadsHe Needs Discipline

Their relationship never felt normal. Jake and Dorian never quite bonded the way they were supposed to.

It made things a lot easier when little twenty-two year old Jake came to older Dorian for help with his out of control lifestyle, and Dorian’s solution was…taboo at best.Jake needs discipline. Dorian is more than happy to dish it out.

M/M erotica. 18+ Contains BDSM, and taboo situations.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

He Needs Discipline is another great find that I discovered over at Luna Erotica. Luna has become one of my go to sites when I am looking for something of the naughty variety, but also want something really well written, and it has yet to fail me.

Containing somewhat incestuous as well as fully BDSM scenes, He Needs Discipline is certainly not going to be for just anyone. However, if you aren’t bothered by that, and certainly if that is your thing, then I highly recommend giving it a read. There is even a sequel already released that you can get here, just in case your desire isn’t completely… satiated.

There is plenty of M/F, and even F/F pairings in the world of erotica writing, but M/M is a bit harder to find. While this is short, as are most of the works from Luna, it will put you in just the right mood, and you don’t have to worry about it sounding like a fifth grader wrote it, something that happens far too often with this type of work.

The banter between the brothers is well done, the sex scenes and what might be considered foreplay is certainly exciting, and the stimulating aftermath isn’t shabby either. I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot, and if you like it check out what else LE has to offer. Thanks for reading and enjoy. 😉

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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Taken By the Satyr

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Taken By the Satyr by Celestia Dew

Taken By the Satyr

Summary From Goodreads:

Anthea the nymph’s purpose in life is to give pleasure to the young people who visit her. Still, she is unfulfilled, until a satyr catches her unawares while bathing. She conquers her fear of him and finds animalistic pleasure in his arms. Contains m/m/f, m/f, multiple explicit scenes, rough sex, size. An 18+ erotic fantasy sure to titillate.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Taken By the Satyr is another naughty short story by the lovely people at Luna Erotica, and it (as is pretty obvious) has a fantasy theme to it just like many of the books I’ve featured here. Unlike many of the others that I’ve read, however, Taken By the Satyr is less comical and more about showing what these mythological creatures would have gone through if they were (or are) real.

Both Anthea and Phanocles (the satyr) were characters to be pitied, or at least sympathized with. Anthea’s life seems to be perfect and filled with love (or at minimum lust) yet she feels empty and unfulfilled. Phanocles takes what he wants and does as he pleases which seems very freeing, and he has the might to do so, but he appears sad at times and lonely. This depth of character in a story so short is what sets the Luna writers apart from the rest and makes these not only worth reading, but re-reading as well.

For those looking for some naughty fantasy creature time, no worries, that is here too. The sex scenes aren’t entirely my taste, but they are well done and enjoyable nonetheless. It’s easy to recommend this, especially if you have enjoyed any of this subgenre before. Thanks as always for reading, and have a great weekend! ^.^

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #80/365; 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge #26/75

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Killing My Kindle: Beneath the Sand by Scott Zavoda

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Killing My Kindle

For 2014 I am tackling my Kindle app in an effort to make a dent in the large library of often forgotten eBooks. Every week I will talk about an eBook I read, be it good or bad, so that I can stay motivated and share some of it with you.

This week I took a stab at: Beneath the Sand by Scott Zavoda

Released On: June 10th, 2013

Summary From GoodreadsBeneath the Sand

Have you ever worried that something is hiding beneath the sand? What if something brushed your foot one night on the beach?
Would you run? Could you?

Now that surfing, dating, and every aspect of a California retirement are off limits, he paints and pretends the beach isn’t so close. Things might have been okay, too, if he hadn’t found the new pile of sand in his house or thought so hard about the accidents.

He tries to do what they trained him back in his Vietnam days – focus ahead but never behind, but it’s hard to ignore what tickles and scrapes your feet, what whispers to you in the dead of night.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Beneath the Sand is a freebie I stumbled upon a while ago and I rarely get to read about military characters, be it active or formerly enlisted, and so I figured I would give this novella a shot. I wish I had passed. Beneath the Sand, unfortunately, does nothing to intrigue the reader or use any sort of twist or turn anywhere in the story. Essentially it took the obvious summary and just elongated it to ~45 pages of zero surprises and little else.

The MC is a war vet who is stereotypically (though not surprisingly or inaccurately) cynical and slightly off in the head, bemoaning this or that, and in general being unhappy with something even during the better times. There was nothing that drew me to care about him or the characters around him and so, when he experienced the loss that was clearly coming, I didn’t care. The mysterious sand is a simple concept and Zavoda wasn’t able to make it come alive for me.

The story was pretty simple, the relationships fine but not special in any way, and it was a sad and dull tale indeed. This was a rare time where I was glad the story was short. Oh well, they can’t all be winners. Thanks as always for reading!

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #70/365; 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge #24/75

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Mini Review Monday: Five Empires: Wasps by Joely Black

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Five Empires: Wasps

Summary From AmazonFive Empires - Wasps

Ayla’s test subject has escaped, and the others are dead. Lorasz is on the run, fleeing the deadly Master Assassin into the dangerous slum known as the City of Heaven. Placing his trust in the mysterious Keshwar spy, Tallis, he fears for his life as Ayla sends out spies of her own: deadly mechanical wasps.

And what of the test subject herself? Released from her prison, she is on the hunt for adventure. And prey.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews on Mini Review Monday! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Wasps, volume two in the Five Empires series, just released so go get a copy here and get a copy of volume one, Escape, for free!

Wasps continues where Escape left off with Lorasz on the run from Ayla and the life he knew. He doesn’t really know what he’s got himself into and is blindly following Tallis hoping they’ll lead him to freedom, or at least a semblance of safety. We don’t really know much about Lorasz yet, he seems like he’s got some heart to him, after all he took some serious risks with the test subjects, but he’s just running with no idea where he is headed so I’m not sure how bright, or at least prepared the guy is.

Wasps introduces a new perspective, that of the test subject, and I absolutely loved it! You get to see this new being, and see it develop, grow as it is introduced to new surroundings, and really watch its brain work. Absolutely fascinating. However, just as the summary would suggest, the subject is on the hunt and when the prey is determined the ruthless, kick-butt action begins! Oh, and may I mention how much I love all the cool weaponry? LOOOOOVE

This series is playing out like a video game might, which is no surprise knowing Black’s love of them. The novellas are short but pack in a ton of fantastic action. The characters are intriguing but you can tell the overall picture, the cool fight scenes, and the plot are the focus. I can even picture the author planning it out so we get some dialogue, slam us with action, go back for a brief respite to the characters, and BAM a boss fight (epic clash) at the end! I can’t wait to read more of this wonderful series and I really encourage you to check it out! They are short but really well written stories and well worth your time. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #138/200

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Touched by Zoe E. Whitten: Frodo’s Review

Touched

Summary From GoodreadsTouched

Amber McKenzie considers herself a bland, normal student until she feels the touch of something cold and invisible. Scant hours pass before she’s attacked by her best friend. She returns home to find her family slaughtered, forcing her to rely on the dubious protection of a D&D “mage” and a woman who may, or may not be a vampire. Is the threat real, or is Amber just “touched in the head”?

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Touched, a 69 page novella, is a fast paced thrill ride involving all sorts of creatures of the paranormal variety. From a potential vampire to a changeling and even a mutant witch, Whitten offers new and rarely used beings not seen in the mainstream to keep readers on their toes. There are frightening enemies and plenty of dangerous action as well as plenty of gore (I mean that in a good way!) so horror junkies should be pleased. There is an underlying message of the fight for acceptance, particularly among people deemed outcasts by the majority and what it is like in their shoes. Whitten is never afraid to tackle real issues and does so without overwhelming the reader or taking away from the fantastic goings on in the novella.

I really enjoyed meeting Marcus and Vicky who I know reappear in other works by Whitten and I can’t wait to learn more about them and read stories from their perspectives. Marcus is funny and sweet and Vicky is a badass but with a softer personality underneath that I would love to explore. The one issue I had with touch is not quite loving the MC, Amber. She is a bit frustrating at times, callous and completely without tact. While I didn’t think she was poorly written by any means I also didn’t get any motivation to root for her in most cases which would have helped to balance out her flaws. This didn’t stop me from enjoying the plot and Whitten’s beautiful writing. Touched is a fun, freaky read with a good message at its core and I quite enjoyed it. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #122/200; Mount TBR Challenge #70/150; 2013 TBR Pile #70/50

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Day 88: Newton in the New Age by Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Day 88

Summary From Goodreads

Some people are married to absolutely the right person. Some people are married to absolutely the wrong person. Some people are married to someone who is both the absolutely right and wrong person at the same time. This was the fate that had befallen Richard, a gentle, scholarly man, hopelessly in love with Annie – a firecracker of a woman, as sexy as she is bright, with whom any man could be completely besotted. The one small – actually, rather largish – fly in the ointment is that Annie’s life ambition is to be the best designer of thrill rides on the planet – and Richard is terrified of them.

But when Annie needs some random member of the public to test her newest and greatest device, surely she will call on someone, ANYONE, besides her long-suffering husband. Surely she would not hatch some fiendish scheme to lure him into the role of guinea pig.

Think not? Guess again . . .

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

If Wurtenbaugh’s name sounds familiar it might be because I reviewed another of his novellas, The Old Soul, last week. I really enjoyed that piece, and though I knew this was an entirely different genre I figured my odds would be pretty good that I’d like this one too. I wasn’t disappointed!

Newton in the New Age is a cute short story centering around Annie and her husband Richard. The sense of humor that Richard has and the storytelling ability of Wurtenbaugh come together to form quite the humorous piece. Richard talks about what he would say to his son, if he had one, about women and often gives specific examples referring to Annie. These were easily my favorite parts and it gave the story a uniqueness that it otherwise might not have had. Oh sure, the thrill ride and Richard getting freaked the heck out were enjoyable, but the banter, most of which was in Richard’s head, was very entertaining. Wurtenbaugh gives us a character that we can sympathize with, we all have our fears and our temptresses, and it makes the ending all the more satisfactory. I can’t wait to read another of Wurtenbaugh’s pieces in the near future, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 89!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #88/365

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Day 82: The Old Soul by Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Day 82

Summary From Goodreads

‘The Old Soul’ is an enthralling blend of science fiction and speculative fiction that chronicles the adventures of That-Which-Had-Been, as it traverses the fearsome wilderness of the micro-universe. As tiny and inconspicuous as it may seem, That-Which-Had-Been exhibits an unexpected and varied gift for survival, as it journeys implacably toward its ultimate destination. Along the way, it meets a rich array of ordinary human beings, some of whom assist it along its way, others who impede its progress, none of whom have any idea of its existence.

From whence comes the strange, but universal, experience of deja vu? Why do some people exhibit a wisdom far beyond their age and experience – persons reincarnationists refer to as ‘old souls’? Joseph Wurtenbaugh in this short story offers a fascinating and tantalizingly plausible explanation for these phenomena, presented in a natural setting that brims with adventure and exhilarating possibility. Not to be missed by anyone who enjoys science fiction or thinking outside the box.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Before happening upon The Old Soul I had never heard of Joseph Wurtenbaugh, this piece will make it hard to forget him. When I was in high school science was my favorite subject, or at least tied with history, but regardless it fascinated me, from biology to chemistry and into physics and even anatomy and physiology, there was always some new realm of the world, or even the universe to explore (yes I took astronomy too). The Old Soul explores one of these realms, that of microbiology and does so in a way that captivates and teaches you a little while entertaining you all at the same time.

From the inside of a human to jumping from one tiny organism to the next, this entity known only as “That-Which-Had-Been” goes on an epic journey showing how the world of microbiology is so very interconnected. If a being were able to do what this one did it would be remarkable, and while luck plays a huge role in such a journey, the inevitable is just that for one with such drive and purpose. The writing is compelling and even though there is a lot of terminology and names of organisms in the piece it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable or cause it to become stiff whatsoever. I thoroughly enjoyed diving back into my old love of the unseen world in our own, the one that is truly the most vital, and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 83!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #82/365

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Day 80: Monster by Bridget Clerkin

Day 80

Summary From GoodreadsMonster

A dark and savage story about a mother struggling to keep her family together amid unsettling events: the family dog goes missing, her teenage daughter has become increasingly rebellious, and a bloated, unidentifiable animal corpse washes up on the local beach.

As her two younger children hang up missing dog posters around the neighborhood, she discovers that a class ring identical to one worn by her old flame was found in the mysterious creature, and now the local news and her children are beginning to ask questions.

Bridget Clerkin’s Monster is the chilling story of a mother who leaves the monsters of her bad relationships in the past–but has to face the reality that her children are unable to forget the scars left behind.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

If you read the summary from Goodreads and then read the novella, Monster, you might be a bit confused, don’t worry, it isn’t just you. The last part specifically is not represented in the piece. It isn’t the scars from the past that are haunting any of the children, it is the present and the issues that they are going through then. It isn’t like the 2-year-old remembers any of that, and the other younger child wouldn’t remember much, if any, of the bad times either. The older daughter, Lena, may have dealt with some rough times when her mother wasn’t altogether or there for her, but that doesn’t give her credence to be the whiny brat that she is. She isn’t a likable character, and with her messing with her younger siblings she loses any understanding or pity she might have received for the troubles she had experienced.

The story is rather predictable, but it ends quite abruptly. There is no way to know what will happen to the mom or her kids at all and if you do manage to invest emotionally in any of the characters in this short piece than that can leave you a bit sore. I can’t deny that Monster is an interesting read, but it isn’t a light one to breeze through like many of the novellas I’ve read. If you want a more serious story that deals with some real life issues than Monster could be the piece for you. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 81!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #80/365

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Day 78: No Time Left by David Baldacci

Day 78

Summary From Goodreads

Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

My first experience with Baldacci’s work, No Time Left is a very short story that I am sure is aimed to shock and amaze the reader quickly and without remorse. Unfortunately, for me this was not the case. I knew what was going to happen to Becker before the midway point of the short piece and while I am usually pretty quick at figuring these sort of things out in books, I think this was more about the obvious setup leading to the ending being responsible.

While I certainly wasn’t looking for a ton of depth in a piece of this length Becker felt exceptionally like a cardboard cutout. Average guy that can blend into a crowd, really good at his job yet ignores obvious pitfalls because of money, even has the stereotypical crappy childhood with abusive parents to lead him to this line of work. The amount of cliches packed in No Time Left is the most impressive part of the story and that is clearly not a positive thing.

After reading this I certainly can’t recommend trying it out and even though it was just a short story that will probably be my only foray into Baldacci’s work. Oh well, they can’t all be winners. Also, I do apologize for the overabundance of novella reviews lately, work has been a tad crazy, but it should be closer to normal after today so thank you in advance for bearing with me, I appreciate it. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 79!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #78/365

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Day 76: Don’t Eat Cat by Jess Walter

Day 76

Summary From Goodreads

In this brilliantly entertaining send-up of zombie lit, Edgar Award winner and National Book Award finalist Jess Walter offers a twist on America’s favorite monster: You don’t have to be dead to be a zombie. Walter creates a postapocalyptic nightmare that is as sidesplitting as it is moving—and all the more damning because it’s so recognizable.

Set in the year 2040, amid rolling epidemics, economic collapses, ozone tumors, genetic piracy, and an Arizona border war, “Don’t Eat Cat” is the story of Owen, a guy who just wants to forget the results of his recent full-body scan with a grande soy latte before going to work in Seattle’s food/finance district. The world has gone straight to hell, and the most horrifying part of it is that not a damn thing has changed: You still have to go to work, you still don’t have a girlfriend, and, unbelievably, the line at the Starbucks Financial still stretches on forever. Why? Because there’s a zombie working behind the counter, an addict of a club drug that causes its users to become aggressive, milk-pale, dead-eyed dimwits with an appetite for rodents and house pets—cats in particular (and, in very, very rare cases, humans).

When Owen finally makes it to the head of the line, the afflicted barista’s people skills falter under pressure and he mauls the store manager. It’s the first documented zombie attack in months, and it sets the sim-tweets buzzing, ultimately ending in a vigilante killing. As for Owen, he gets more than a free latte out of the incident: He’s forced to confront the brokenness of his present life by venturing into the past. With the help of a private investigator, he heads into Seattle’s Zombie Town to search for the only woman he has ever loved. In “Don’t Eat Cat,” some highs are better than a lifetime of being human.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

I always find it a bit funny when the summary is so long like this one is when the piece is a bit over 20 pages. I guess they need to give extra reasons to purchase the short story since it isn’t free but is so short? Anyway, Don’t Eat Cat is a mixture of humor and a harsh view of reality. Zombies being a clear metaphor for anyone from druggies (the most obvious example) to the lazy and unmotivated (if you read between the lines/look deeper). The short plot is the selling point in this piece as you fly through this journey to discover what is left of humanity in the world as it is and the depth of some people’s motivations and choices. The best line by far in Don’t Eat Cat is delivered by a ‘zombie’ “That nobody chooses. That we’re all sick. We’re all here.” An enjoyable and surprisingly eye-opening short story, I’d say Don’t Eat Cat hit all the marks it was aiming for spot on, quite well done. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 77!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #76/365

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Day 56: Heroes & Vallenez by Angela Kulig

Day 56

Summary From Goodreads

Victor Vallenez might not be a villain, but that doesn’t make him a saint. At age 16, Vic could be a career criminal, but instead he spends his time lurking in corners and telling other peoples’ secrets—for a price. As a professional snitch, money is the only thing that talks more than he does. Still, as much as Vic hates to admit it, there are some things even blood money won’t buy—mainly Emily. So, when her chivalrous butthead of a boyfriend shows up and asks for his help, there is one very good reason he won’t turn him down—and that’s his angle.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Heroes & Vallenez is an interesting and humorous short story, but one that I have a hard time categorizing. For one thing, the main character, Victor, does not seem to be at all like a teenage character, and had I not known that he was going in I would have though that he was an adult who happened to be a snitch. That doesn’t necessarily detract from the story, but as this is intended as more MG, not even YA, it throws me off a bit. Also, I don’t want to spoil the story, so suffice it to say there are some certain “unreal” elements that are thrust at you in the latter half. Those elements seem a bit forced, if you take them away completely I don’t know that you really lose any of the major plot points or developments that occur which makes me wonder if it is simply because it is an MG piece that Kulig thought they were necessary. Not sure.

I did enjoy the novella overall. It was an easy read and the ending certainly was interesting. The humor used was easily my favorite part of Heroes & Vellenez and from reading Kulig’s other works that comes as no surprise. There were things I might have changed or left out, but the piece worked, and a MG reader probably wouldn’t even pick up on the subtle ticks that I found which might mean they’d enjoy it even more. Try it out for yourself! Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 57!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #56/365

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NaNoWriMo: Day 7

NaNoWriMo Day 7

Today was not a failure. That is what I have to keep telling myself when I see that 0 for how much I wrote. There will be days like this and I not only have the cushion to easily withstand it, but I actually needed this particular one. I have pretty much finished my first piece as I mentioned yesterday and so I’m down to my new second one. The problem was that I hadn’t planned on doing a second piece so I was still making it up as I was going along. I wasn’t having a good day to begin with for reasons I won’t get into and I didn’t have enough direction for my second piece and I was feeling a disconnect from it. I didn’t feel any urge or desire to write it, I didn’t have a why.

Since I haven’t ever provided a visual of what my place looks like let me inform you that I have stacks of books surrounding me. My general place of being, as far as inside my house goes, is on my bed. It is obviously nice and comfy and big enough so that I have some work space too. Next to it is a dresser of which I primarily use the top of it and also some wire cage type shelving. My bed is also next to a window with a rather large sill so there is space there as well. That means that currently I have not one, not two, but three small stacks of books within reach, a fourth not much farther off and then on the other side of my room all of the rest in various shelving or lack there of. Almost all of the new books I get hang around near my bed in case I feel the desire/find the time to read one.

Now that you have that visual in place I can move on. So I was trying to find some inspiration for my second piece, or even possibly come up with a different idea and decided maybe just picking up some of these unread books and reading a small bit from each might inspire me. I read about ten pages or so of six or seven books and I don’t know if it was that or just the time my brain had to contemplate, but I finally came up with the inspiration I needed. I worked on outlining a bit and though it isn’t completely structured I have a much better idea of everything and a gist of how I want it to go. I figured out more about my main characters, how they connect to each other, what obstacles they need to overcome and their purposes. I also hashed out more of the setting in my mind and what the bad guy might be working on that they would need to stop. I know, that sounds like a lot, and it was which is why I’m not THAT upset by my lack of writing for the novel, I made progress, it just doesn’t show up on the word count. I really hope that tomorrow I can make up for that lost day and get back to my normal routine. We shall see!

How is your NaNoWriMo going so far? Are you still having fun and enjoying writing? Have you been participating in any word wars, sprints, 1k1hrs or hangouts yet? Let me know in the comments if you’d like! Good luck! Thanks for being so supportive as well, I really appreciate it.

Pages Written Today: 0

Words Written Today: 0

Approximate Hours Spent Writing Today: 0

Words/hr Today: 0

Total Pages Written: 42.25

Total Words Written: 35,406

Snacks Eaten/Drank Today: None


NaNoWriMo: Day 6

NaNoWriMo Day 6

Today was the day the USA election took over. I barely even thought about writing as I was watching hour after hour of seemingly endless and repetitious coverage. The winner was decided and I was left with one hour to cram in as much writing as humanly possible. I didn’t get quite as much done as I would have liked, especially not with the day as a whole, but considering that constraint I feel relatively satisfied with the knowledge that I somehow managed to at least hit the official NaNoWriMo daily word count goal of 1,667. They admittedly are probably not the best 1,667+ words that I have written thus far, but at least they are in there and I have to remember that I am allowed to suck.

Tomorrow when I am not going around to the hundreds of Waiting On Wednesday posts and commenting on them I will hopefully be putting in some extra writing hours. I look forward to it as I am now essentially done with my initial piece which will end at ~34,000 words and have moved on to my second piece which is hovering at ~2,000. Oh! I just realized, I also passed another milestone in the path toward 50,000 words which was moving past the 35,000 mark! Hooray! Should be a fun day tomorrow. ^.^

How is your NaNoWriMo going so far? Are you having fun? Have you been participating in any word wars, sprints, 1k1hrs or hangouts yet? Let me know in the comments if you’d like! Good luck!

Pages Written Today: 2

Words Written Today: 1,683

Approximate Hours Spent Writing Today: 54 minutes

Words/hr Today: 1,870

Total Pages Written: 42.25

Total Words Written: 35,406

Snacks Eaten/Drank Today: Dr. Pepper (1 can), Yogurt (1)


NaNoWriMo: Day 5

NaNoWriMo Day 5

I did not set any goals for Day 5 which I suppose turned out to be a good thing. However, I have decided that my personal goal will be 2,500 words rather than the NaNoWriMo standard of 1,667 per day. I don’t know if it is because the number is just so nice and round or if it is just a benchmark I prefer to get but that’ll be the one I work with. It will also keep me ahead of that NaNoWriMo daily mark which is helpful just in case I have days where I can’t write, perish the thought.

I only wrote in my initial piece for today. I just had a few things I had come up with for it that I wanted/needed to get out and so for the limited amount of time I did write that is what I chose to focus on. I actually had to do some research for the bit I did today which was interesting as well as time consuming. I enjoyed adding some scientific studies into my main piece because it was a passion for me for so long, especially in high school, and I had missed reading articles on various new understandings. I am very, very close to finishing the first piece though so I’ll be forced to work on the second one, not that I mind terribly. The piece looks like it will end somewhere between 35,000 and 40,000 words, or about 40-42 pages single spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font if you prefer a visual. I’m satisfied with how it went and though it is somewhat unfortunate that the initial piece will almost certainly fall far short of being enough for the 50,000 goal by itself I do not want to stretch it just for that very purpose.

Outside of the daily goal of 2,500 I don’t have any plans writing wise for tomorrow. Tomorrow is election day for those of us in the United States so I will be paying close attention to, and voting in, it for the majority of the day, hopefully it won’t prevent me from getting my daily goal in, I don’t think it will.

How is your NaNoWriMo going so far? Are you having fun? Have you been participating in any word wars, sprints, 1k1hrs or hangouts and if not what is holding you back? I find them extremely fun and helpful to motivate me. Let me know in the comments if you’d like! Good luck!

Pages Written Today: 3.5

Words Written Today: 2,784

Approximate Hours Spent Writing Today: 1.60

Words/hr Today: 1,740

Total Pages Written: 40.25

Total Words Written: 33,723

Snacks Eaten/Drank Today: Dr. Pepper (1 can), Monster Energy Drink (2 16oz cans), Pretzels (undetermined quantity)


NaNoWriMo: Day 4

NaNoWriMo Day 4

You know what they say about the best laid plans? Well that expression really has applied to my writing lately. I had said that my “day off” was Day 3 when I only wrote 3,425 words and that I planned to write a minimum of 5,000 words for Day 4. Try about half that. This time I don’t even have a good book as an excuse, to be truthful I don’t have any excuses. I didn’t really do anything meaningful during all of that time that I could have been writing and yet here I am having barely moved forward. Part of this is because during Day 1 & Day 2 I wrote almost all of the easier part of the novel. The first 25,000 words or so came easily and practically poured out of me like a dam that couldn’t hold back the water any longer. In contrast the last almost 6,000 words have been like pulling teeth. I am at the point in my novel where it is more about reflection and the actual attempt to solve the issues that were brought up, definitely harder then laying out the groundwork of the problems themselves. Also, this novella, I’m calling it that since even 50,000 words is considered a novella not a full fledged novel, is reaching the end. I don’t know that it is going to make it to 50,000, it looks like it will be much closer to about 40,000.

This meant that in order to “win” this NaNoWriMo I would need to do *gasp* a second piece. Well I hadn’t thought even a little bit about doing that before the last day or so which meant I had nothing prepared. One might think I would have a well of ideas, or at least a few pages of them in a notebook or word document somewhere, one would be wrong. I could only come up with the smallest of parts of ideas, nothing that I could turn into even a novella of decent length.

I guess today wasn’t a total loss because I used it to do some contemplating to come up with an idea. I did finally come up with one that I will be running with. It isn’t fully formed by any means, still just a baby idea, but it is workable. This will also keep my creative juices flowing because I will be able to work on two different pieces. I can work on whichever my mind feels like moving forward and hopefully I won’t have to push so hard just to write a couple thousand words like I did today. The second piece is going to be much harder for me because, unlike the first one, it is going to be much more in depth and involve a lot more characters. The first piece really only focuses on the main character and how they perceive the world in relation to them, the second won’t be anything of the sort which is something that freaks me out and excites me at the same time. The second one will also require a lot more world building so hopefully I’m up to the challenge. It will likely drastically lower my speed levels but that’s alright since I’ve built up plenty of cushion. The even more awesome part, or at least I would imagine it would be for anyone reading this, is that unlike the first piece I may actually be willing to share the second one with people! Crazy I know. You’ll have to wait and see. ^.^

How is your NaNoWriMo going so far? Are you having fun? Have you been participating in any word wars, sprints, 1k1hrs or hangouts and if not what is holding you back? I find them extremely fun and helpful to motivate me. Let me know in the comments if you’d like! Good luck!

Pages Written Today: 3

Words Written Today: 2,514

Approximate Hours Spent Writing Today: 1.75

Words/hr Today: 1,437

Total Pages Written: 36.75

Total Words Written: 30,939

Snacks Eaten/Drank Today: Dr. Pepper (1 can), Monster Energy Drink (1.5 16oz cans), Pretzels (undetermined quantity), Chocolate Muffin (1)