My Literary Bucket List

Before I get into today’s blog post, I wanted to announce that ONCE AGAIN I am tweaking my posting schedule. Since I have unintentionally NOT been posting my Sunday updates (I will eventually…I just keep forgetting), I decided to spread my posting days out a bit more. So, instead of Monday, Wednesday and occasionally Sunday…I will be posting Monday, THURSDAY, and occasionally Sunday. It’s not that big of a deal, but I thought I would let you guys know!

As I hinted in one of my previous blog posts (5 Places I Want to Write At), I have been curating my literary bucket list because I thought it would be a really fun thing to share with you guys. When I used to make bucket lists when I was younger, I realized that apart from things like traveling and Daredevil(ish) type excursions, a lot of the things I want to accomplish in my life are literary related things. To be fair though, some of these things on this literary bucket list are still traveling related. ANYWAYS, onto the blog post!

  1. Attend a Reading Convention – By this, I mean some sort of reading festivals like BookCon or Yallfest. Something that celebrates one of my most favourite things: reading. The top two I want to visit though would definitely be BookCon in New York because it includes a lot of my favourite authors, BookTubers AND it’s in New York which is somewhere I have yet to visit. The second festival is the Edinburgh International Book Festival because it is one of the largest and most famous book festivals, and also SCOTLAND.
  2. Completely Finish a Novel – I have written an entire draft or two of a novel, but I have never completely and totally finished one. By this, I mean I have never written as many drafts as I could and then edit it to (almost, but also not quite) perfection. I don’t mean published, but just something I can look at and feel content with the final product of it.
  3. Meet My Favourite Author – This is kind of a generic one to be fair. Doesn’t every reader want to meet their favourite writer? Well, I am adding it anyways because I would love, love, LOVE to meet Cassandra Clare in the future. There is something so special about meeting the person who created your favourite world and story that you can always dive into and forget your world around you, and I think every reader should experience that!
  4. Attend the Literary Pub Crawl in Dublin, Ireland – This just sounds so freakin’ cool! You visit eight famous pubs in Dublin and some actors recite famous Irish writers works like James Joyce. Apparently, the tour also takes you to where Oscar Wilde studied and it’s crazy how much literary history is in one country. I live in Canada which is WAY bigger than Ireland, yet severely depleted of literary roots.
  5. Visit Anne of Green Gables House in Charlottetown, PEI – As I was saying above, Canada has a limited literary history. Well, at least, I don’t know much about it anyway, so it is my duty to visit the Anne of Green Gables House because it is as famous as Canada gets literary-wise. Also, it is always so inspiring to see where writers inspiration sparked.
  6. Go On a Writing Retreat – As long as it is somewhere quiet and nice, I don’t care where I go for a writing retreat. The point of them is to be productive, however, I would like it to be somewhere kind of cool so when I am not writing, I can go exploring. Oh! Maybe a writing retreat IN Ireland so I can knock a few things off my literary bucket list.

That’s all I can think of for now, but I think that is a pretty good start. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to comment below some of your literary bucket list ideas! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep – Last Minute Writing Checklist

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I haven’t done many (or any, I can’t remember) Camp NaNoWriMo prep posts, and since it is the LAST Monday of the month before we are in April (aka Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought it would be good to squeeze at least one in. Today, I decided to put together a checklist of all the things you should get done this week before Camp NaNoWriMo. I know I’ve fallen a little behind on my prep, so I will 100% be going through this list to make sure I am ready to go for the month of April. Anyways, I hope you enjoy and find it helpful!

  • Join a cabin – Cabin assignments were made yesterday so I would hop onto joining a cabin ASAP. Cabins are a great way to meet other writers and motivate each other to keep writing during this busy and slightly stressful month. Sometimes cabin experiences are better than others, but overall, my cabin experience has always been fantastic! You can turn to your cabinmates for advice and a lot of them are pretty experienced and eager to help out.
  • Gather Up All Your Writing Inspiration – By this, I mean make a playlist of all the writing vlogs that inspire you on YouTube, pick out a few books that make you want to write, or create the perfect playlist that forces your butt into your writing chair. Whatever gets you motivated, gather that all up and make it accessible to you for April!
  • Fuel Your Creative Well – This is so important as we approach April because you do not want to start Camp NaNoWriMo with your creative well dried up and depleted of ideas. This means you should be reading as much as you can in this last week, as well as watching all the good movies and TV shows! Take a break from writing and planning too, and you will start Camp NaNoWriMo feeling refreshed and ready to write.
  • Take a Break from Your Outline – If you are starting a new project or new projects like me, then you have probably been working on your outline(s) for a while. This is your last chance to take a step back from them before April starts, so I recommend letting them sit for a few days and then a day or two before Camp NaNoWriMo actually starts, look them over again and see if you want to change anything. Not only will this give you a breather from your work, but you also might return to your outline and realize something needs to be changed.
  • Clean Up Your Writing Space – Wherever you are writing, make sure it is cleared off and clean so you aren’t wasting writing time during April to “just tidy up a bit”. I do this all the time, and while I do get down business afterward, I am wasting precious writing time by doing this “little” clean up. Get it done now!

There is my checklist for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I hope some of you found it helpful! Let me know if you are participating this year in camp because I would love to know! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked down below for more writing and reading related content. Thanks for reading 🙂

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5 Places I Want to Write At

Lately, I have been obsessed with looking at pictures of gorgeous libraries, coffee shops, and just literary locations from around the world so, I thought today it would be fun to share with you all the places I would want to write in! Only 5 of them though, because otherwise, this blog post would go on for eternity and we don’t want to be here for that long. Anyways, I hope you enjoy!

The Elephant House – Edinburgh, Scotland

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I feel like any writer and reader wants to visit the birthplace of Harry Potter, so obviously I do too. Writing in there would really cool, and is definitely on my literary bucket list (hint, hint to a blog post coming soon). Also, I heard the food is really, really good so that just makes me more eager to go. I’ve always wanted to visit Edinburgh because it is like the literary capital of the world, and this would 100% be one of my first stops.

Library of Congress – Washington, DC

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Not only is this library beautiful, but it also has CLASSICAL CONCERTS which is pretty awesome. I don’t usually write with music, but if I do, it’s always classical music so this would be perfect. I read that there is a statue of Minerva, the Roman form of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom which is cool because I love my Greek mythology. Anyways, this just sounds like a gorgeous and peaceful place to write so it’s on my list!

Cafe Tortoni – Buenos Aires, Argentina 

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This coffee shop is Argentina’s oldest cafe and has been around since the late 1800s! From the pictures, I absolutely fell in love with the architecture of this old cafe and dark, haunting colours. I can see myself just bursting at the seams with inspiration while writing in this place. Also, I read that it has been a popular “hang-out” place for famous artists and musicians. And then, of course, chocolate con churros which are their specialty and are a favourite of mine.

The National Library of Spain – Madrid, Spain

 

This is another gorgeous library that I would just love to sit down and write in. After looking around of course. European libraries have such beautiful architecture (well, the older ones do at least), and that is something I don’t see a lot of here in Canada! On the outside, this library reminds me of a Greek temple and ugh…it’s just so gorgeous.

The Champ de Mars – Paris, France

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The Champe de Mars is that green space in front of the Eiffel Tower, and it has been my dream to not only visit the Eiffel Tower but relax in that green space below it. It’s kind of a weird dream, but that green space is so beautiful and has an equally stunning view. While I am sure it would be crowded with tourists, with the water fountains and the actual Eiffel Tower, I think it would be a great atmosphere to write some words down in!

Those are 5 places around the world (but let’s be honest, mostly just in Europe!) that I would want to write at and I hope you enjoyed! Make sure you comment below any literary related places you would want to visit or even write at because I would love to add more to my list. Anyways, don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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March + April Reading Plans

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday is my favourite workday of the week because we are halfway to the weekend, and I also only have one class in the morning! It leaves me a lot of time to, of course, get some homework done, but also focus on my physical health (going to the gym) and also allows me to work on my writing, reading, and other hobbies!

Anyways, today I will be sharing with you all my reading plans for this month and the next month. I decided to combine these two TBRs in one blog post because one, we are already approaching the middle of March (what?!) and two because I don’t plan on reading enough books each month to earn two separate TBRs.

Enough talk though, here are the books I plan on reading and finishing in the next month and a half!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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When I checked the last time I read this book on Goodreads (this is why I love this website), I realized it has been 3 WHOLE YEARS since I’ve given Ember a read. And I’ve only read it once too! I have yet to read the third book in this trilogy or series (I don’t know which one it is), and in order for me to be able to do that, I have to re-read the first two books because my memory of what happens in them is very, very spotty. I’m actually currently reading this book and flying through it, so I have no doubt I’ll be done in the next day or two. Every month I pick one or two “fun” books to read that are anything but assigned reading for school, and this was my pick for March!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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Suprise, surprise, the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series is on here too, because I just need to keep reading these books. It is one of those series that you need to read one after the other because of the fast-paced plot and interesting world. I’ve been really in the mood for YA historical(ish) fantasy, so this is only continuing to satisfy that desire. Also, I just love this story!

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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I am reading this for a scholarship essay contest, but since the deadline is just over a month away, there is no way I will be able to read all 700+ pages of this book and also write an 800-1,600 word essay about it on top of that. However, I am also currently reading this (and am about 100 pages into it) and I am trying to read as much as possible before April 15th, which is when I want to start writing the essay. I do plan on actually completing this novel, however long that may take because surprisingly, I am enjoying it. It is a story influenced by the author’s own philosophical beliefs and follows characters who are architectures and there approach to that craft. I find it relates to the creative process of writing a lot, and for that, I have been enjoying the story.

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

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All I know about this book is that our main character is seeking a teacher and the teacher turns out to be a gorilla…but other than that, I have no idea what this adventure of the “mind and spirit” is about or where it will take me. I am reading this for my English class, a book club type project actually, and I am really curious to see what my opinion takes the form of throughout my time reading this book. I only just started reading it last night and I have to reach a certain page number every week, so I should be finishing this book sometime in the middle of April. This will also be an interesting read because one of the things I fear most is…gorillas. Really any type of monkey or baboon or anything like that. *shudder*

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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While I ordered this book from the library weeks ago to read, of course, it decided to arrive now. The moment in time that I have the least amount of time to read it. Luckily, it is short and I have a feeling I will like it, so I am thinking of sitting down sometime this coming weekend and powering through it in a day or two. I’ve always wanted to read this book, and can’t believe I haven’t already, so I am excited to knock it off my list of “Must-Read Classics”!

Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood

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I don’t think I have read anything by Margaret Atwood, so I think starting off with learning about her and her writing process would be a good place to start. Since I plan on doing an English degree, especially since I am doing it in Canada, I know for a fact I will be reading Margaret Atwood at some point whether I do it on my own time or not. Anyways, I love books on writing and it’s been a hot minute since I’ve picked one up, so when I saw this sitting on the library shelf, I swooped in for the read. This will most likely be another weekend read because, during the week, my reading time is pretty booked up!

Those are 6 books I plan on reading over the next month and a half, but I am sure I will add and possibly even take books off as the time passes. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and don’t forget to comment below what books you plan on reading in the next bit because I’d love to know! Also, make sure you check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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My Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 Plans!

Happy Monday!

I wanted to start this week off with a productive blog post so that is why I am going to share with you all what I plan to get done during the first round of Camp NaNoWriMo this year in April! Let me know if you are participating and what your goals are in the comments below because I would love to know! If you have no idea what Camp NaNoWriMo is, then read this blog post HERE where I explain all of it! Anyways, onto the blog post.

This year, I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo a liiitle differently. Basically, instead of working on one single novel idea, I’m working on about 5 different essays and stories. April and so forth is the beginning of lots and lots of scholarship deadlines so I will be using Camp NaNo to get those essays and stories written AND edited completely. Here are my specific writing projects:

  1. Ayn Rand Essay Scholarship Contest – For this scholarship contest, I have to write an 800-1,600 word essay on Ayn Rand’s book, The Fountainhead, on one of their 3 given topics. The deadline for this is April 25th so this will be my first priority during Camp NaNo!
  2. Grandfather’s Clock – This is a short story I’ve been working on for years, and while I just wrote 6 whole drafts of it in the last month, I am going to write another draft or 2, edit that and add it to my portfolio for a scholarship. The drafts always fall between 2,000-2,500 words so I am sure this one will be around there too.
  3. Another Scholarship Essay – I am very excited to write this scholarship essay because it has a travel-themed prompt, being “If you could live anywhere outside North America, where would you go and what would you do there?”. My answer is writing related because it is going to be Edinburgh, Scotland, a very writerly place. The maximum word count is only 500 words so it should not take me long to write at all.
  4. The Night Market Short Story – I have been writing and writing this short story since FOREVER because it NEVER turns out how I want it to, but I think I’ve solved my plot and pacing problem. So, I am very excited to give it another go this April. I am guessing this story will be around 5,000 words…somewhere on the longer side because it does have fantasy elements and those always take longer to develop.
  5. Project Mystic – I guess I am kind of going to be working on my novel project, but I only plan on writing like 10-15,000 words for it. Whatever amount I manage to write during whatever time I have left because the projects above will be coming first. I am very excited to pick this project back up though! It’s been a while.

Overall, I plan on writing around 20,000 words this Camp NaNoWriMo, but I have a feeling I will write a lot more than that. Don’t hold me to that though. Who knows what April will hold! If more scholarship essays come up, I will obviously add those to my project list and that means Project Mystic will get pushed back. However, I will be working on my passion project the first moment I can, whether that is at the end of April, beginning of May or sometime in the summer. My graduation is fast approaching and all the fun but stressful things that come with that, so it is really a touch and go process. Anyways, I am very excited to work on all my projects this Camp NaNoWriMo, and I hope all of you who are participating are excited as well!

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Happy Wednesday!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a creative writing assignment I wrote for English because I thought the prompt was really interesting and fun! Basically, we had to write a short paragraph (200 words or less) on something we would want a teacher to teach us. Let me know what YOU think I want to learn from a teacher from reading my assignment, and then comment below your idea so we can put the clarity of my writing to the test! Ha, anyways, I hope you enjoy 🙂

The pen is said to be mightier than the sword. So, why do these words I bleed onto the page drip between the cracks of a sharpened voice? You can clutch my words against your chest, crumple them in your fist, and use them to blot your tears. Yet, so often chosen are the spoken words whirling around. Why? Spoken words can fly free amongst the birds, but eventually, the sun’s merciless breath will melt the wax fastening them together. With wide eyes we then watch them plummet into the sea, confidence their hamartia. Remind me why I keep writing despite this. Why I empty my soul and let it pour into the pen gripped right here between my fingers. Will I have it in me to try again? To pick up this pen and write? Remind me that my words can last centuries, like the ones scrawled in the books I devour because spoken words are too wild to tame inside a book. So, teach me how not to let my words get lost in the shouts and rustling of paper. Help me to ensure that my words will live on forever, safe in the hands of those seeking strength.

Yep, that’s it! Short and sweet, right? Anyways, I need to get back to reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, a MASSIVE philosophical book I’m reading for an amazing scholarship opportunity. Let me know if you’ve read this because I am only a few pages in but have discussions churning inside me. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media accounts linked down below! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Reading & Writing Goals – March + April 2019

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I did not start the new year off on a strong note…the only goal I achieved within the first two months of the year was to apply to two scholarships. So yeah, we are going to try and pick up the pace these next two months. April is Camp NaNoWriMo which means during March, I will be prepping like mad (and also writing) so stuff will definitely get done. Anyways, here are my goals!

  • Write + Edit Fantasy Story – This is a story I’m writing for a contest, but I’ve also been working on this story for a while now. This is my push to just finish writing it, and also polish it up as much as I can. The maximum word count is 17,000 so I definitely got my work cut out for me!
  • Plan Out Camp NaNoWriMo Stories – I’m aiming to write about four short stories/essays for upcoming scholarships and contests during Camp NaNoWriMo. This also includes editing and polishing them up because a lot of them are due on the very last day of April!
  • Read 10 Books – Once again, I’ve changed my reading goal. At the beginning of the year, it was 70 (5 books less than last years goal), but I saw how I was already struggling to keep on track so I lowered my goal to 60. Now I only need to read 5 books a month and I’ve been keeping up with that pretty well so far.
  • Post 12 Blog Posts – Since I’ve cut down on how many blog posts I post every month, I’m hoping it will make it easier to achieve the other goals that I listed above. I like posting “creative” content only twice a week rather than three times and then posting my update on Sunday. It definitely helps minimize any stress I feel surrounding it.

I feel like I’m forgetting some goals but this covers the overall idea of things I want to achieve this month. I hope you enjoyed reading all my goals, and make sure you comment down below all the goals you plan on achieving in the next month or two because I’d love to know! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my social media accounts which are all linked down below. Thanks for reading 🙂

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