Camp NaNoWriMo – How I Create a Story!

Camp Nanowrimo is right round the corner and if your anything like me (which is quite unfortunate) you will only be just starting your planning. Here is how I plan, plus a few tips. Please be advised this is only the way that I plan and this is what suits me. It may not be for you and that is totally fine.

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The Other Slipper Review

The Other Slipper by Kenechi Odogu is a novel based off the tale of Cinderella but taking it in a different direction. This book is set in a fantasy world that is reminiscent of the worlds fairy tales are usually set in. I read this book as an ebook which went really well.

I was given a copy of this novel by the author for review, this does not in any way impact my opinion of the novel.

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Cress Review

My review for the third book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer whoo let’s go. I loved this book, as I am writing this I have finished the whole series, and this review may contain spoilers for Cinder or Scarlet, you’ve been warned. I have reviews for Cinder and Scarlet already up so reading those may be helpful for you so you understand my opinion. Now let’s dive in.

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Heyyy guys

This is a bit of an odd post. I have decided to introduce a co-blogger due to the large amount of homework I have. This way I can keep posting at the same regularity. So without any further ado… here she is:

Hi I’m Ella and I am going to be a co author to this account.

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Participating in Camp Nanowrimo? You Should Be

Camp nanowrimo is coming up soon, for those of you who don’t know camp nanowrimo is a month long writing event similar to nanowrimo (an event where participants try to write 50 000 words in a month) however in camp nanowrimo you can choose your own word count goal and you get a cabin of writers to help encourage you throughout the month.

For those of you already interested you can sign up to camp nanowrimo for a fun month of writing but don’t leave just yet – I’m going to make this list helpful for you too by including tips for reaching your full nanowrimo potential for each of these motivators. (there’s even a printable in there for you – that’s right a free printable to track your writing during camp nanowrimo) For those of you still not sure here’s my handy dandy list of reasons why camp nanowrimo is great.

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Scarlet Review

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is an amazing series that I have currently finished but I have too many thoughts to lump the books into a series review. Beware this review will be from the perspective of someone who knows where the series ends up so I might overlook some details etc. You can read my review for Cinder to see my thoughts. I refer heavily to themes or topics in that review in this post so reading it will be incredibly helpful.

**also there WILL be spoilers for Cinder in this review**

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Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for the blogger recognition by Ellyn from allonsythornraxx books so thanks you. I’m so proud of my blog that you consider it worthy of this award. I am currently busy with school and down with the flu so I thought what better time to write a blog post…

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Heir of Thunder Review

Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel is the first novel in the Stormbourne Chronicles. This is a fantasy novel with a touch of steampunk. This book is probably not one that I would have picked up on my own but I am glad that I did because a lot of the elements are ones I personally quite enjoy in novels and therefor have included in the novel I am working on. It was really interesting to see how Karissa did these things and I think reading this book has helped me to improve my writing.

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February Wrap Up and March TBR

just a note: I didn’t do much this month, school has been super busy for me so that has had to be my focus. Despite reading ten books in January I only read half that this month – although this still means I am on track for my goodreads reading goal of one hundred books this year.

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I am still SUPER busy with school so writing reviews is going to have to be put off for a few days, luckily Bella from Bella Blogs Because Books tagged me in the Rapid Fire Book Tag.


Physical Book or Ebook

Physical book, you can’t beat the feeling of book pages beneath your hands and I like carrying books around so I can see who the bookish people are.


Paperback or Hardback

I have always been a paperback girl, they’re cheaper, easier to carry and take up (marginally) less room on my bookshelf. The only hardcovers I have are of one specific series, a few second hand ones I bought and the hardcover of Caraval that I bought a few weeks ago and was really excited about. Here are some pictures I took.

Isn’t it super adorable??? I kind of don’t want to read it now to keep it fresh… but I will eventually. It’s more time that’s an issue right now but we’ll talk about that more in my February wrap up.


Online or In Store Book Shopping

I love in store, but I am starting to love online too. I like getting the package of my book and opening it and feeling so happy about it. But the process of going and picking up a book will always be important and special.


Trilogies or Series

Series, I read a lot of fantasy and that’s where you get a bunch of really good super long series. I also think that trilogies are common in paranormal romances and dystopian novels which although they have their hype most of them don’t end up being super great. I’m committed to the characters and the plot long term so I want it to be as fleshed out and long as the story needs to be. Not to say I won’t read trilogies, they’re good because they’re fast compared to long series, however I do love the long series.


Heroes or Villains

Heroes, often because more effort is put into writing them. There are some good villains out there but there are so many amazing heroes, plus I love watching them struggle and fight back and grow on their journey and what they stand for and the friendships they make.


A Book You Want Everyone to Read

The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody, but if that monster of a series is too much for you which I totally understand considering it is seven books long and the last few books are a thousand pages each, I recommend The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater which is a standalone and will get you hooked on the rest of her books if you aren’t already. Phew that was a long sentence.


Recommend an Underrated Book

I’ve actually done a whole blog post on underrated books, but I think the one I would recommend the most is Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington, she is an Australian author and this stand alone really messed me up emotionally. It was such an interesting concept and I’ve heard that her other books are pretty good to so I plan on giving them a go soon. (haha I say soon, I mean in the next five years).


The Last Book You Finished

Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel, I have a review coming soon (that was the post I was going to write for today but it would have taken so much more time so it will be up sometime in the next week) but basically my thoughts are that it was good but could have been better.


The Last Book You Bought

I have actually been buying a lot of books recently. I want to be able to say that the last book I bought was The Hate You Give because I want it so badly, but it was either my copy of Caraval or Windwitch.


Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark

Ummm I don’t think I can pick just one, I’ve used bracelets, my phone, clothing, my arm, my toe, scraps of paper, train tickets… pretty much anything I can get my hands on.


Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes, I love used book shopping even thought I’ve only been a few times, I did manage to find a few good books that way so even though it takes time it’s worth it.


Top Three Favorite Genres

Fantasy, sci-fi and … hmmm what else do I read???? maybe post apocalyptic? does that count as a genre?? I like survival stories pretty much.


Borrow or Buy

I used to go through so many books it would have been uneconomical to buy them, but now I just borrow because I am used to it and I don’t have that much money. Plus borrowing gives you a deadline of sorts.


Characters or Plot

As much as I love a clever plot it has to be the characters that are most important to me. I need to have people I can get behind or the book isn’t worth my time.


Long or Short Books

Long. How long is the average book? Like three hundred pages (I think…) how long is the average book that I read? Like five hundred pages…. I think it’s because I read so many long epic fantasies.


Long or Short Chapters

This is a difficult one, if I am liking the book then I don’t mind if the chapters are super long but if I am not liking the book much then longer chapters are only going to annoy me more. How long are chapters on average?? because right now the ones in my english texts are thirty to fifty pages each… that’s not normal right?? or am I just noticing it more because I am hating every second of reading them?


Name the First Three Books You Think Of:

  1. Shift by Em Bailey – really cool but better not to know anything going in
  2. Matched by Allie Condie – dystopian… not great… check out her other books
  3. The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost – cool in the first book but gets weird after that

Ahh I hate questions like this because my mind goes a thousand miles a minute so figuring out which books I thought of first is a traumatic experience.


Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

It’s really difficult for books to make me laugh and still pretty hard for books to make me cry, I like the ones that can make me laugh more but there aren’t many of those at all.


Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I’m a fantasy reader… fictional worlds will always be more interesting to me.


Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes. Although some are pretty bad there are some great ones out there and they are so good for multitasking.


Do You Ever Judge Books By Their Covers?

Yes. I always see books with old covers and think they must be boring when I’ve actually found some of my favorite books that way.


Book To Movie or Book To TV Adaptations

Hmm well neither if they’re going to be bad, but if they’re good then book to tv because there’s more of it. Plus I watch more TV shows. Also I think that the reason a lot of book to movie adaptations go wrong is because they want to make it more exciting and have a major fight at the end or something which is less of a problem in TV shows. They have more freedom to do what they want.


A Movie or TV Show You Preferred to Its Book?

I actually don’t watch a lot of book adaptations in their movie/tv form and most of the ones I have seen were pretty bad. Some that I thought were good adaptations and I liked as much as the book are the Harry Potter Movies and the Pride and Prejudice movies/mini series.


Series or Standalone?

Series for sure, I can’t deal with only just getting to know the world then being torn away from it. Although there are actually a lot of standalone novels I like too.


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