Hello, October

It’s been a while. I haven’t picked up a book in a week. Last Saturday my relationship ended, and I can’t find space in my brain for fiction right now. I’m in the middle of Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

 

I’m trying to remember what words taste like. I’m slowly inching back to the world of the familiar. I’ll get there.

 

Thanks for sticking by.

And if you’re new from the OwlCrate Society, thanks for stopping by! & Welcome.

 

xx

Melanie

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Five (More) Things about Melanie Kristy

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I discovered Francesca Lia Block novels at my local library when I was in high school and she’s been my favorite author ever since.

The beach is my favorite place to be. I burn easily, and bugs love to nibble at my skin, so you can often find me sitting in my car in the parking lot with the windows down, looking out at the ocean and reading or listening to an audio book. I usually have iced coffee or tea with me, as well, and if I’m not listening to an audio book, music is definitely playing.


I was a fangirl before fangirl was actually a word. In my day we were called “teeny boppers”, and I used to argue with people who didn’t care about why we weren’t obsessed, all while trying to prove the worth and value in my all time favorite band.

I’m a lefty, and I wholeheartedly believe that if I was a righty, I wouldn’t bother to even mention it. In my experience, lefties always notice other lefties and righties just don’t care.


While I’ve only been to a few, I’m a total nerd for conferences. I’ve been to AWP (Associated Writers and Writing Programs) Boston 2013, Seattle 2014 and MLA Hyannis 2016 and I want to go to more!

Xo

Melanie

May 2016 Wrap Up

I read a lot of books this month in paper, kindle and audiobook format. In January this year I started keeping track of the books I read, as I finish them. Starting in June I’ll be adding a small blurb with each one so I can keep better track of what I’ve read and my thoughts. This is my first wrap up post.
When We Collided – Emery Lord 

5 stars

Love May Fail – Matthew Quick 

3.75 stars

The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner 

3.75 stars

Girls In Pants (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3) – Ann Brashares

4 starts

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes 

3.5 stars

Forever In Blue: The Forth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 4) – Ann Brashares

4 stars

After You – Jojo Moyes 

3.5 stars

Wildflower – Drew Barrymore 

5 stars

Keto Clarity – Jimmy Moore & Erin Westman MD

4 stars

 

Have you read any of these books? Would you agree with my ratings?

x,

Melanie

Find me on Goodreads!

I’m gearing up to bring this page back to life. Are you excited? I sure am! I’m trying to figure out if I should keep it to text and photos (through Instagram), or if adding in a video channel is a good idea. What do you think?

I joined the Goodreads Challenge for 2016 (75 books, though their counter isn’t accurate because if I’ve already read a book it doesn’t count, and if I rate a book that I read previously and not this year, it counts it) and since then I’ve been updating my profile more often. I usually use my Amazon wish list as my “hey I want to read these books sometime this millennium” list, but I’m thinking of switching all those over to Goodreads, too. I’d like to streamline, just a bit.

So in the mean time, I’d love for you to tell me what you love about book blogging, what you want to read about, what you prefer to see as video, etc. And add me as a friend on Goodreads!

 

Love,

Melanie

2016 Bookish Goals!

  
The holidays are finally simmering down, the sales of diet books are soaring and I’ve decided to settle into creating two very doable reading goals. I’ve never had reading goals before, because I’ve never wanted to turn reading into a chore, but I don’t think these  goals are too daunting or annoying.

1. Keep track of what I read. I tried this last year and fell behind. One of my goals for the year is to document more, so I’m going to keep track of everything I read.

2. Read 75 books. This includes audiobooks, graphic novels and reread a as well as brand new books and those on my TBR shelves. I joined the Goodreads Challenge. You can find me on Goodreads here
What are your bookish goals for 2016?

X.

Melanie 

NaNoWriMo : Writing Spaces

  
I often have to leave my house to create the right atmosphere for optimal writing. Usually there’s coffee involved, and some sort of extra noise.
You can create the coffee shop sounds in your own home by running the Coffitivity website in the background

In order to write, you need to be in a space that will inspire you, or at least not bring you down. For me that space is decluttered and bright with music or background noise. There’s an amazing candle lit near me, or I have Badger Balm’s Focus on my temples. 

  
This is my current desk: not optimal at all. Not even functional. This week I’ll work to declutter the desk and incorporate some Feng Shui so I have space to write, and next week I’ll show it off to you!
How to create a space that’s right for you:

Check out some inspiration on Tumblr.

Follow Write To Done‘s suggestions 

Incorporate some Feng Shui into our space for optimal energy 

Show me your writing space!

How To: NaNoWriMo

  

An unhelpful guide to writing 50,000 words in a month

Sign up at NaNoWriMo.org

Decide to write something

Have a plan

Don’t have a plan 

Practice typing by pounding keys on the keyboard

Decide to write fan fiction

If you’re stuck, you aren’t. There’s no such thing as stuck

Throw in a monster

Change genders halfway through

Write at least 1666.6666666666 words per day

Forget what plot means

Write too much dialogue

Spend five pages describing an unimportant rock 

Read a lot of how to articles online

Gather lots of snacks 

Stay up until 3am staring at blank pages

You can do this.

All you need to know is that you can.

For actual helpfulness, stay tuned. Every Sunday in November I’ll post something.