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Guys, I haven’t forgotten you!

Hi guys, just wanted to let you know I have a lot in the works including website redesign. Look forward to it, it’s going to be beautiful. A very important review from Algonquin. A very important review for a book tour and two NetGalley books. What I mean to say is I’m in the weeds guys. the book review will come because I’m still reading from the readathons, I’m just not sure when. I’m going to do the best I can to keep posting content regularly I’ve also got a nice surprise coming! I can’t wait to share it with you guys. Hope to keep posting as regularly as possible!

Photo by Todd Trapani on Unsplash

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Feburary Goals

Hopefully February will be a re-building month. Not just for my bones but for the blog as well. I hope I’ll have the money to get some things improved and if not well I’m still planning a little early spring cleaning.

1) Get ahead on posts.

Ideally I’d like to be a month ahead but I’d settle for 2 weeks.

2) Do some kind of Ace Awareness thing for Valentine’s Day

3)Find a read-a-thon I like.

4) More interaction, book tour maybe?

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Weekly Review

It’s been a pretty good week. I’m healing and I go back to the doctor’s first of next week to see how I’m doing. Hopefully things will move along at a timely pace. I can tell I SHOULD NOT be on my foot yet but I’m hoping I can put some pressure on it soon so I can be on crutches.

I finished a few books this week just graphic novels

I’m also playing Skyrim, but I recently had to start over to get a few characters and things that I wanted. I’m playing as a female Imperial. I’m going to be a Mage type sticking with my normal standard of gameplay. If you have any tips feel free to drop them in the comments, I can always use the help.

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January Wrap-up

When I was writing at the beginning of the year I forgot to set monthly goals. So I’m getting back to that. But I’ll wrap up January anyway with some idea of what my goals were for it even if I didn’t write them down here.

1) Equal December’s views.

While I didn’t do this, I have done pretty well especially considering I had to take two times out for injury.

2) Read 10 books

I’m at 9 and almost finished with 2 more.

3)More interaction

Well I did an author interview with one of my favorite authors so I’m doing better about interacting with authors.

4) Planning ahead

I did this pretty well until it got ahead of me due to breaking my ankle but I’m trying to get back on track.

Photo by Ali Inay on Unsplash

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Yallfest (YallWrite)

Are any of ya’ll come to the panels at Yallfest. Usually it’s a book festival held in Charleston SC. But this year due to COVID they are focusing on writing instead. There are so many great writers coming to share their knowledge and they are doing all sorts of contests and author chats leading up to it. It’s going to be the weekend of November 13th through the 14th, but there are some panels on Friday as well.

In their own words with YALLWrite is a craft-themed, online festival for readers, writers, illustrators & storytellers to stay connected and inspired despite our social distance.

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They have lots of great panels that can be found here.

The couple that I’m looking most forward to are Fantastic Fantasy and Astonishing Adventure

How do you build a world for middle grade readers, establish magic, and supernatural phenomena, avoid info dumps and engaged middle grade readers with the wildest flights of your imagination? How do you keep your fiction grounded in the emotional reality of being a middle grade person, when you’re casting them far from the reality they know? Basically, how do you make stuff up and make it feel real?

Moderated by Soman Chainani with John August, Sayantani DasGupta, Kwame Mbalia and Claribel A. Ortega

The Story Corpse

WITH VICTORIA “V.E.” SCHWAB

One because V.E SCHWAB! And two because the description sounds amazing This class will look at drafting as the construction of a body, from the bones of plot, to character muscle, to the flesh of prose. Attendees will hopefully leave feeling more ready to conquer the always strange and sometimes overwhelming necromancy of bringing a book to life.

Seriously theses are just a few of the panels that are available, you all should really go register.

This post was not sponsored by YallWrite just an excited fan looking forward to meeting people.

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Blogtober Wrapup

Blogtober was a smashing success. I only missed a couple of days but I got tons of new followers and my number of visitors and views reflected posting every day. I haven’t had this many followers since before the summer, leading me to wonder, is the summer a slow time in blogging? I’ll have to check into this and see what other bloggers say.

Anyway, some Blogtober highlights

  1. Lots of new followers.
  2. Visitors are up.
  3. I’ve been reading more.
  4. I almost didn’t have to use the prompts at all to think of posts.
  5. I’ve been interacting on Twitter more.

These are all goals I’ve been trying to reach over the summer so I’d consider that a smashing success. I hope to continue this positive energy in November!

Image by Benjamin Balazs from Pixabay

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Weekly Review 10/24

It’s been a pretty good week. I finished my tenth book for the month making this the most productive reading month of the year so far. I’m still not sure how some of those mega-bloggers do it though with 30 plus books a month. Shout out to them because there is no way I could read that fast, I mean I feel myself getting faster, but like I just don’t ever see 30 books a month happening.

I’ve been reading two books one new one girl. Lil who finds a another girl. Alice from a what she thinks is a cult, and then life in the cult where Lil’s own sister may be, it’s twisty and turny and perfect for Halloween.

Then I’m re-reading Small Spaces to be followed with a re-read of Dead Voices because both are mega creepy and are perfect for this time of year.

This week I also finished The Unwanted’s Quest: Dragon Fire. I’m waiting for my library for the next book in the series to be ready, then for the next book to be released by the author, which is final one in the series. Other than that I’m very glad I read the series and can’t wait to read more.

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Dragon Fire (The Unwanteds Quests Book 5) by [Lisa McMann]

Other than that I’ve just been working on Dragon Age, still trying to level up. I’m also sitting in on an author presentation with Ghost Squad author Claribel A. Ortega about telling ghost stories so I’m looking forward to that.

Hope you all had a good week and are getting read for the spookiness next week!

Image by Various-Photography from Pixabay

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Delays Ahead

Hi all,

I really hate to have to do this because I love posting three times a week. However my sister is sick at the moment, and will be sick for the foreseeable future. It’s not Covid don’t worry, but I will need to be stepping up and helping out with some things. I’ll still try to post as much as I can, and I’ll still be posting at least once a week. But as you all know family is in general more important than blogging.

Keep my sister in your thoughts if you do that kind of thing, she has some medical hurdles she needs to get over. However I believe in her as does her husband and the rest of the family. So hopefully I’ll be able to post soon with good news. However if you don’t see me in this space as often, that’s probably why.

Hope all your family is well,

Solara

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Princess Reads Change of Plans

So I announced I was going to do a project on Princesses back in May, then totally felt uninspired by it. After trying to work out some post for the project I think I’ve figured out why. I’ve seen enough people do lists of retellings, not that those lists aren’t great and not that I don’t plan to include interesting retellings in my posts, however. I want to do more like things that are associated with the objects the princesses deal with in the movies. For Cinderella, glass slippers (shoes in general), balls, and dress. I also had so much fun with Pokemon I’m going to loop them back into this project.

Don’t worry I also haven’t forgotten about my Eevee project, that will hopefully be coming soon as well. Expect to see all of this beginning of July and end of July, I have a virtual summer camp I’m helping with in the middle of July but I’ll try not keep you all waiting. Thanks again for your patience.

Solara