Friday 30 June 2023

I've decided... really push the boat out with trying new things on the NaNo Camp thing.

Not only will it be my first ever camp, it'll also be the first time I've set my own goal with writing for the month (25k 'cos my Camp MS is for lower MG) but I've also only got 1 J2O left and loooooadsa cartons of chocolate in the fridge, soo I'm gonna allow myself to have one treat-sized bar of chocolate for every completed chapter in a day and have the J2O as my big reward when I've completed the Camp MS.

I'm also not gonna focus solely on the MS at the expense of everything else.  I'm not gonna aim to write any more than I can cope with in a day (although I hope it's more than a couple of chapters at a time lol) and I'm gonna eat and get washed and carry on with my life as it is now, I just won't be spending so long eating and drinking because I'm bored/lonely.  It's gonna be the main focus of my day but not the *only* one like it has been since my second attempt at NaNo.

I'm gonna use July as my experimental month to see if I can get away from relying so heavily on the J2O's for NaNo and JanNo.

Writing or editing is gonna fill my day as opposed to boredom, loneliness, shopping and chocolate.

Wednesday 28 June 2023

I'm definitely...

...doing my first ever Camp NaNo in July.

I wanna get the sequel finished so that I can focus on NaNo23 and JanNo24 which are both already planned out and waiting to be written.

The sequel will only be around 25k words and I've only got one J2O left, so I'm gonna try getting through camp with just chocolate as my reward until I put in the final full stop then I can have the last J2O as a reward.

Life is starting to settle down now so I wanna get back into writing again and I'm gonna try to keep the J2O's just for longer projects like NaNo and JanNo... like with everything else, this is a purely experimental year for me so it might or might not work out, but I wanna make the most of my creativity now that I've got the time and space and freedom to do it in.

Friday 23 June 2023

Book Review: "BODY SWAP - Books 2, 3, and 4" by Katrina Kahler

Kindle Unlimited:
⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

If you've read any of my other recent book reviews, you'll already know that every book starts of with the full whack of stars and that I'm always hopeful that they will all still be stuck firmly in place by the time I close the back cover.

I read the first book in this series in just over 2 hours yesterday and there's 3 in this one book, so I'm thinking it'll take around about 6 hours to finish this one in.  I'm not gonna rush it, if it's anywhere near as good as the first in the series then I'll devour every word.

Let's get going.

Oh dear, the first 5 pages were good again, but that dreaded copyright/trademark infringement has already cropped up, so heartbreakingly, after only 1% of this set of books, we're already down to 4 stars  :-(  I hope that magic sentence is at the back so that the star can be replaced!

Ah right, I know how old the main character is now so I know he's in the US equivalent of secondary school so the reading age is about right and it's definitely a Middle Grade book.

Ooh that chapter was good and it raised a small smile out of me.  The author has got everything spot on again so far in this book.

I'm still enjoying this book, it's just not as gripping as the first one in the series unfortunately.

Ooh!  *That* was a surprise ending to that book!  The author is dangling a piece of chocolate just out of my reach again!

Onto the second of the three books in this book but the third of the series of 4 (if that makes any kind of sense at all lol)

Oooh!  It's take 2.5 books, but there's finally a mention of Mum!  No spoilers, don't worry lol

Ooh!  Another cliff-hanger at the end of book 3!  There's only half an hour left until my bed-time so I'll read the last book tomorrow and constantly think about how it will end while I'm asleep lol

It's been 20 days since I last read this book and I've forgotten every word of what's already happened, thanks to my neurological disability but I'm hoping that I'll be able to quickly get back into the fourth book in the series and hopefully finish it before I head to bed.

Oooh!  Has the author decided to not only start winding down the book, but the entire series too?

I was right about winding down the series but wrong about how it would end - it's a happy-ever-after but not in the way I was expecting.

I'm sooo glad I discovered the first book and decided to carry on reading.

Friday 2 June 2023

Book Review: "BODY SWAP: Catastrophe!!!" by Katrina Kahler

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

If you've read any of my other recent book reviews, you'll already know that every book starts off with the full boat-load of 5 stars and that I'm always hopeful that they will all still be stuck firmly in place by the time I close the back cover.  You'll also know that I'm not afraid to return a docked star if there's a magic little sentence that the author has put in.

Let's get going shall we?

Oooh!  I like the front cover... it's kinda giving me the feeling that it'll be like older comic book humour?  Let's see if that's the reality  :-)

Pretty much straight into the action and I've even raised a slight smile a few times, which is pretty much unheard of for me.  I'm enjoying this book so far and I hope it continues like that!

Oh yes, this is definitely a good book.  The author has well and truly got into the head of her character and the slight smiles are still appearing occasionally, which is incredible considering I'm only 36% of the way through the book.  I doubt I'll finish it before bedtime, but that's OK, I already feel lighter so I'll hopefully feel easier about going to sleep tonight and I'll stick my nose straight back into it when I wake up tomorrow.

What.  An.  Incredible.  Book.  I managed to get it finished in one sitting after all, but I can't wait to read the others now!  Definitely a must-read!