Sunday, August 7, 2011

On My Shelf (23)

On My Shelf highlights books I've acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I'm writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it's pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It's Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. ;)


Review

I got this for review from the author. It sounds really interesting! I can't wait to read it, but because I'm taking a reading break this month, I'm going to have to. I would read it during my read-a-thon, but I don't think I'd have time to really enjoy it (or take notes). Also, it's kind of long. But it will definitely be the first thing I start in September. Thank you, Penelope and T.S.!

Birthday
I squealed when I got this. I LOVE the Deltora series, and was so excited when  found out about this book. And now I own it!!! I can't wait to read it!!! Big thanks go to my family for getting this for me! Love you guys! ^_^

I started writing TCW this month for the August session of Camp NaNo. I hit my word goal on August 1st, skipped writing on my birthday (as I had originally planned), fell way short on August 3rd, only managed to catch up to August 3rd's goal on the 4th, and haven't written anything since then.

Normally, I would jump back into writing, determined to catch up on all the writing I missed, so I might have a chance of winning NaNo, but not this time. It's just too stressful. Yes, it's good practice for if I ever get published and have to work on a deadline, but I'm not even to the point to consider getting published yet. I've written one book. One. I would never get it published, not without completely rewriting it with an almost entirely new plot. So, I have decided to give up NaNoWriMo. From now on, I'm just going to focus on writing to write. Not to finish a book in a month, not with the hopes of getting published. I'm going to continue writing TCW, but I'm not going to obsess over word counts and deadlines. I'm going to obsess over plot lines and characters, and just try to write the best book I can, even if it takes me forever to finish it.

I might be getting rid of this section of On My Shelf. One of the main things I post when I'm actually writing is word counts, and that wouldn't really be helpful to my new plan of writing just to write. So, this may be the last you see of What I'm Writing for a while.

This week I got the happiest wake-up ever... okay, not ever, but it was still very happy. I woke up on Wednesday to find out that my sisters, awesome people that they are, registered me for Pottermore! *squee* I can't wait to get the Welcome letter! I'm pretty sure you get sorted into a Hogwarts House, and I'm really excited to find out which one I get.
Are you on Pottermore? If so, what's your name? Mine is SunPhoenix152.

In case you haven't heard, I have two giveaways running right now. The first is to celebrate my birthday, which was this past Tuesday. One winner will get a paperback of Heist Society by Ally Carter and a hardback of Rotters by Daniel Kraus. US only, ends 8/19. There are four challenges connected to this giveaway, which will earn you extra entries (I'm pretty sure it's 10 per challenge, at least with most of them). Full giveaway details and links to all the challenges can be found here.

The second giveaway is for my read-a-thon, which will take place August 11-13. One winner will get $15 to Book Depository, open wherever BD ships. You can sign up for the Read Dangerously Read-A-Thon here. Sign-ups close August 10.

I posted a blog survey this week. If you have a few minutes, I'd really appreciate it if you fill it out. Also, if you've entered one of my giveaways, you will get 10 extra entries by filling out the quick survey. Check out the survey here.

I believe that's all for this week. See you next week!

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