Musing on June, Hailing July

8:00 AM

Greetings to you all!

To all the fellow bloggers out there, I just want to start this post out with an overdue apology. Y'all have been writing some really awesome content on your blogs out there, and I feel really ashamed to not have commented as well as I could have done. It's been terribly selfish of me - wanting to hide away and consume all the blog posts that come my way, not wanting to talk or having no idea what to say other than the stale "good job!".

Know that, even if I don't comment (and let's be honest, this month's comments will resemble scattershot at best), I'll be avidly reading your posts and enjoying them immensely!

🙞 In the Realms of Fiction 🙜

1. I finally got my bookshelves put together! See below for a full reveal!

2. This was a month of re-reads and re-watches. Adam-12, P&P, American Girl books....I think I need a bit of variety in my life.

3. I finally broke the dry spell of writing. Not only was I able to write over 10 posts this month, I finally wrote a novel scene for the first time since April!

4. I finally changed up my favorites playlist. It really was getting stale, and I found a lot of new favorites that I wanted to listen to more often. I also went on a few raids on my friends and family's Spotify accounts and added even more songs from those.

🙞 Blog Happenings 🙜

For Working by Candlelight, I wrote 3 posts: Operation Vintage Makeover: Carpet!The Weapon Tag, and Covering My Head: My Reflections on 1 Corinthians 11. This latter post is one that I've been dying to finish for YEARS, and I'm so glad that it's finally released to the world!
I also remade my header in Canva. In the same spirit of my recent blog aesthetic change over on RM, I decided to use the same pictures from my handmade header and put it in a custom sized banner that fits the width of my blog. I have no plans to change the blog least not yet.

For Rebelling Muse, I wrote 4 posts: Meet the Books (The White Rose)A New Blog Look and Header10 Common Tropes in My Writing, and Double Feature: Disney Princess and Greatest Showman Tags.
As noted in the second post, I also re-did the whole aesthetics of RM. This included blog header, colors, and background picture.

For Rebellious Writing, I wrote two posts: Historical Fiction: 4 Things Writers Get Wrong, and June's Wrap-Up. After this month, I'm going on a writing hiatus from RW until after August so I can continue to concentrate on getting my own ducks in a row.

My hiatus for Maidens for Mary continues, though I did kick some old posts from WbC over there to develop later on.

🙞 Goal Checklist 🙜

There has been some interesting changes in this month's goals - shall we see what's different?

1. Make a nice aesthetically pleasing bookshelf.

Well, I'm not sure how asethetically pleasing this bookshelf is, but here it is:

Fiction bookshelf

Non-fiction bookshelf

I didn't have enough variety to do a color coded bookshelf this time, and I wanted to keep my genres together. As I've mentioned before, I have wayyy too many non-fiction books. You can't see it too well, but the non-fiction books are actually double-stacked. Believe me, I'll be glad when I get my own office to showcase them in!

And now, you see I was not kidding when I said my bookshelves were in a rather sorry state. Hardly any adult novels whatsoever. And the rest that I've read? Either from my Kindle library, or my parent's shelves.

2. Complete two tags.

I actually completed 5 tags - 2 were released at the end of this month, and the other three are being released at the end of July. Then, I'll only have 2 more tags, and those are slated for publication in August and September.

*screams* That means....I'll be caught up on tags! Hallelujah!

3. Finish beta reading Ceci's story by the first week of June. 

This definitely got done! I greatly enjoyed reading this story and I can't wait to see the finished product!

4. Prep for July Camp NaNo. 

This wasn't nearly as structured as it was in March.

Part of it was the fact that neither of the stories weren't "new" WIPs and so nearly all of the research and development had already taken place. However, during the last week of June, I did finally plot out those action scenes that have been missing since forever....

Oh yeah, this is the first I've had to mention it, but I'm making a last minute change to my Camp NaNo plans. Instead of working exclusively on TWR for 30k words, it will be a combination of FW and TWR for 60 hours. This is because of a last minute change to my grandparent's move plan, which means I'll spending at least a week at the seashore. And we all know that the only WIP that I can work on down there is FW. Since I can't afford to waste either this opportunity or lose a week of writing, that's the plan!

With so much done this month, what do the yearly goals look like?

1. Finish The White Rose - and have it ready for betas by May at the earliest.

June Update: Wrote another 300+ scene addition because it wouldn't leave my head. During the last few weeks of June, I started prepping what I was going to work on during Camp NaNo. 

6. Finish the draft posts - including old tags and linkups

After a lot of ditching and writing, I managed to get the draft posts down to 4. 3 are posts connected to the Meet the Books linkup, and the other is the Marvel tag by Christine Smith. All the other tags (Disney Princess, Greatest Showman, #CoverLove, Voted Most Likely, and Forging the Fellowship) have been written and slated for publishing between July and August. Which is wonderful, because I can now develop new content (finally!). 

July Goals: 

1. Fulfill my NaNo goal of 60 hours, working on TWR/FW. 

I feel confident that I'll be able to accomplish this, as it's only 2 hours a day. But anything can happen, especially as moving happens...

2. Finish FW's section of Project Blueprint, and update TWR's as necessary. 

As I have a time goal instead of a word goal, there is a bit more room to play with here in terms of "working on the story". So, might as well get this part done, right?

3. Make plot sketches of FTC. 

I'm starting on the "action" part of TWR, and the sequel's action will be determined by these events that I draft. To save me a bit of editing headache, I'm going to develop the major plot points of FTC.

Your turn! What are you writing for Camp NaNo this July? Any new books that you're excited about? What is your newest favorite song? Chat with me in the comments! 

Scribbingly yours,


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  1. Your book shelf looks awesome!! Are those Nancy Drew books? Wow, I think I only have eight. XD Way to go on your June goals, and good luck on your July goals!! :)

    1. Oh yes, that one was so good!! I think my favorite is 10: The Password to Larkspur Lane, 11: The Clue of the Broken Locket, or 32: The Scarlet Slipper Mystery. I wasn't able to read all of them, but I loved the ones that I dud read!

  2. I love your bookshelves!!! AND YES FOR CAMP NANO!!! I can't wait!!! My newest favorite song is Silver by The Gray Havens. It's SO GOOD. :-D

  3. That's a really high goal to me XD My goal is only 12,000 words on several projects! My current favorite song is Child by CHPTRS. I just discovered them and would highly recommend!

    Good luck on your goals! :D

  4. I never have good comments either. XD
    I think the bookshelves are aesthetic.

  5. "Y'all have been writing some really awesome content on your blogs out there"
    *hasn't posted barely anything for a WHILE*
    Eh heh... :D

    Great post, Catherine! You always strike me as very motivated. :)

  6. Ooh what lovely bookshelves though!! (Bookshelves are always lovely, I suppose? But all the Nancy Drews. So pretty.) I loved your post on things historical fiction gets wrong, too. Very nice reminder. *nods*

    Good luck with Camp NaNo! I'm not sure exactly what my goal is (way to start the month, Megan), but I know I'll be spending lots of time with my barnstormers...

  7. Wow!! That's a big goal for Camp!! I hope it goes well for you!

    Your shelves look great!!

    I hope you have a really good July!

  8. Okay, I just about laughed - "only" two hours a day?! That's a lot! That is one impressive goal...!

    (And, pfft, as always, no sweat about commenting - as you've probably noticed, my commenting comes and goes with the tides... a.k.a., the tides of busyness and non-busyness...)


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