Welcome to our April Book Anti-Haul, the post where I go through the new, best sellers on Amazon and tell you why there’s no way in hell I’m going to buy the book. I was inspired by Kimberly Clark, my favorite YouTuber. She’s a drag queen committed to helping other makeup lovers break the cycle of consumerism. In her videos, she talks about new makeup releases she’s not going to buy because they are too expensive, ridiculous, or otherwise not worth the money.
I know what you’re thinking. “But you never buy books! You get them at the library!” You know how they say ex-smokers are only one cigarette away from being smokers again? I’m only one book from being a book hoarder again. So yes, part of the reason I’m not going to buy any of these books is because it will open a flood gate of buying books, and there’s no way I’ll be able to read them in a timely fashion. But mostly, they look like a horrible waste of money. Let’s begin.
Hello friends, it’s time to check in with my NaNo progress for this week!
Word Count: 21,404. This doesn’t include the writing I’m going to do today!
On target? Yes and no. As predicted, I wasn’t able to do a lot of writing last weekend. Okay, I didn’t write at all. So this week, I’ve upped my daily word count to catch up. I will be back on track tomorrow!
Challenges: My increased word count in addition to the slog of week two is making writing really painful. Sometimes I have to force myself to open Scrivener, or bribe myself with treats. I haven’t given up yet, though!
Victories: My book is really beginning to take shape. It’s so weird because when I started it just kind of felt like I was writing down a bunch of characters and their stories, but now we are really moving and grooving. I also know now that my book is going to be really long before the revision stage begins. I’m talking like 100-150k words. So, I’m probably not going to be done at the end of April. I’ll probably finish in May because I plan on keeping my word count goal at 1,667 every week day until I’m done with the first draft.
The Circle by Dave Eggers has been in the back of my mind since I first saw it at Half Price Books a few years ago. The concept was intriguing to me, but I never got around to reading it. Then I saw they were coming out with a movie, and being the book lover that I am, I had to read the book before I could sit through the movie adaptation. So I checked it out from the library.
The book’s premise is a pretty typical “what society could become” type of novel. Not quite dystopian, more like what the path to dystopia could look like. Our brave hero Mae gets a job at The Circle, a large, prestigious, and very trendy company. The Circle runs a program called TruYou, which is like a Google account. You have to use your real identity, so no one can be anonymous, and most of your utilities (banking, shopping, social media, etc.) are connected to this one account. I’m sure you can already see where this is going just based on the description of the book, but hang with me for just a second.
On to the review. As always, I am going to try to be spoiler free. I am going to be talking a lot about character development, which may give you some hints as to what’s going to happen, but I won’t spoil anything for you.
Now that I’ve got my personal projects (blog, book, etc.) up and running again, I thought it would be a good idea to set bi-monthly goals for myself. I think these will keep me from getting stuck in a rut or choosing to do other, time wasting things (I’m looking at you, YouTube) that stagnate the work I want to do. I want to post these here to create a little accountability for myself. It’s almost like if I tell the world what I want to do I will be more likely to make it happen.
Sup, blog. I’ve been meaning to post for a while but my schedule has been incredibly hectic the last few weeks. I haven’t gotten any sit around and do nothing days in a few weeks, and I feel really exhausted all the time. This is actually pretty welcome considering that a few months ago I was just sitting around waiting for time to pass, but I digress.
Uhhh, hey. Sorry. It’s been like, a real long time since I wrote anything. It’s not even that I’ve been really busy, it’s just I haven’t sat down to write anything. I’ve been meaning to, but I didn’t. Also, I didn’t have anything to write about BECAUSE…