Camp NaNo Plans

As we approach the end of February, I feel like a frenzy of writers across the globe are about to hop right into pre-Camp NaNoWriMo mode. This will be that time when they pick their projects, announce them, and decide who they want to be in a cabin with. To be fair though, as crazy as it seems some of us have already been thinking of our Camp NaNoWriMo April 2019 project ideas. I for one have. Now I won’t lie, I also considered skipping NaNoWriMo’s April camp session this year so I could solely focus between Collected and Vini’s Story. Then I realized that if I stick to my plan, Collected should hopefully be in the hands of an editor in April – which would free up a bit of time. Then it hit me! I knew what I wanted to do in April.
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My Thrill Club • February 2019

It’s been a couple of months since I did an unboxing post for My Thrill Club. So for those of you unfamiliar, this is a monthly book subscription service. Members can choose between three different genres (mystery, thriller, or horror) to receive two hardcover books and an eBook! What I love about the service is that not only do I get to add to my ever growing personal library, but I’m also getting cool books from authors I may not have otherwise heard of. I’ve been subscribed to My Thrill Club since August of 2017 and I can honestly say a solid 98% of the time I’m completely happy with what I receive. There is a natural (at least) 2% where I get books that I question if I’ll ever get around to, or that just make me unhappy for a different reason.
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Setting A Deadline

I’ve come to the conclusion with myself that I give myself too much leeway. There’s always an excuse, right? Life happens with a variety of incidents that continuously distract us and pull us away from what we want to accomplish. For me, it’s getting Collected done and published. I am slowly, but surely working on my edits and revisions before shipping my manuscript off to an editor for a fresh set of eyes to comb over it. I have been searching editors for a while now, but have yet to actually make any solid connection with one. Why? Because life happens and I think up until now a part of me was nervous they’d give me a deadline I couldn’t reach to send my work in by. Naturally they would need to, but that would mean I’d have to stop slowing down on my work load when life is happening behind the scenes.
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Making Personal Changes

I’ll be the first to admit that I used to approach personal development books with a roll of my eyes, before abruptly turning away. Somewhere along the way however I have found myself more intrigued by this area of literature. Over the past several months in fact I find myself looking more closely at the motivational books the world has to offer. I think for me it started when I read Candace Cameron Bure’s book Kind is the New Classy. I literally bought the book last year because it was an opportunity to meet the actress/author when she came through town on her book tour. I’ve adored her for literally years! When I actually read the book though, as cliché as this sounds, I felt a sort of spark ignite inside of me. It was like this moment of clarity where I was pushed to be really real with myself and admit I’m way too self-depreciating. Perhaps that’s a default from a lifetime of battling depression and anxiety. Either way, I felt that inspirational spark that I really needed to be more aware and mindful of how I was living and viewing life.
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