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Bullet Journal | June 2018

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Hello all, I hope this post finds you on a good day. So this month I decided that I would share my bullet journal. I have had a bullet journal for well over a year, but never really thought to post pictures of it or anything until a fellow blogger Charlotte mentioned that she would be interested in seeing mine. So I decided that for June I would share what I drew for the upcoming month. Without anymore delay here is my bullet journal! DividerHere is my main June page. I always have a doodle on one side and a vertical calendar  on the other. I tend to write when my library books are due or when I have a buddy read section “due”. This month I went with a “future” type theme. This is why throughout my layouts you will see runes, crystal balls, crystals, tarot cards and feathers.

The next layout is my monthly overview where I write the blog posts I plan on writing. Now I don’t stick to this perfectly, but I like having a good idea of what I want to write and any reviews I plan on writing. On the right hand side I doodle a book when I finish one. I took inspiration from BookandLala from Youtube. So far I have read 0 books mainly because I have been very busy, but I hope to turn that around soon. On this page I drew some tarot cards, though not very well.

My TBR page on the left, now if you have seen my post: June TBR | 2018 those books are now written on this page. On the other side I can write all the books I picked up since my last book haul. I will not be adding the books I got from bookcon because I posted a separate haul for that. You can find that here: Book Haul | Bookcon 2018

So this page is just for me to keep track of how many days over the month. As you can see I have updated this already. So while I have been too busy to finish a book, I have been making time to read at least a little bit.

These are my tracker pages. On the left I make a mock letter from the Ministry of Magic saying I am banned from buying too many books. I am currently doing a Read 5 Buy 1 challenge. I have been doing very well on it. I will say It was on hold when I went to bookcon because I wanted to live the bookish life. On the other side I have decided to track the days I do to the gym. My goal is to go about 12 times a month so I am not off track just yet.

Here is a little peak on how I track my reading. I write down the title of the book and then a box is a chapter or a section of a chapter depending on how the book is split up.

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So there you have it my June bullet journal layouts. I hope you enjoyed a little peak into it and let me know if you would like to see what happens to these spreads when the month is all through.

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Writing | My Reading/Review Kit

Writing12:17Hello everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful day. Today I thought I would share something different with you. As a book blog I write book reviews and other book related posts. Now, for me this was not always an easy thing. I still struggle from time to time, which is fine by me.

When I started this blog or I should say when I really started to post on this blog was January 2017. At times point in time I never really wrote book reviews and I never really thought ahead with my posts. A little over a year later, I approach my writing a bit differently. That is not to say I am more rigid or I am not free to write whatever I want. In fact, how I approach writing has made it more fun and freeing.

Now, when I started my blog the only reference I had was looking at other peoples blogs. I saw these awesome reviews and blog posts and the entire time I was reading them all I kept thinking was, “How do they remember all these details?” Thus, my journey to create my review/reading kit began.

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What is a review/reading kit?

A review kit or reading kit is a small or big, depending on your preference, tools that help you keep track of your reading, ideas, and thoughts. This is highly personal and will vary from person to person. It could be digital or physical, maybe when a mixture of both. The important things is that it works with you and made the process of keeping track of your ideas and thoughts easier, not more cumbersome.

What does my reading kit look like you ask, I’ll show you.

 This is the pouch I keep my reading kit in. It is small, durable, and lined so no water can get inside. I had a few reasons for picking this pouch. The first was because the size was perfect for what I needed, obviously this is the most important and practical reason. The second is because I liked how the zipper was on the smaller size, that way when I no doubt left it open there was less of a chance of escape by the things that I placed inside. The last reason is the aesthetic of it. I love the colors, they are soothing and remind me of the water. I also love the quote, it is a nice reminder “Life is Lovely”. Sometimes you just need to hear it from time to time.

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But Luna, what is actually inside? Let me show you!


Inside I keep very little because I personally don’t need much. This is a year worth of me trial and error. Finding what worked and what didn’t. It is important to note what wha works for you will not work for you. But, if you need a starting point you may use mine as a reference.

  • bookmark
  • mini notebook (mine is a soft moleskin)
  • 2 mechanical pencils
  • post-it tabs

I have a habit of not grabbing a bookmark when I begin a new book, so I always keep one in my kit just incase. My mini notebook is the perfect size to fit into my pouch and it nice and light. I write a the title of a book on the top of two pages. Once side I write the positives and the other I write the negatives. I write a star next to random thoughts at the bottom of both pages. It almost ends up looking like a T chart with a free block at the bottom. The post-it tabs are used for various things. The first reason being if the book is a buddy read or a larger text I will tab my daily reading goals so I stay on track. The second reason is if I find a quote that inspires me or gets some type of reaction out of me I want to remember where it is.

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Even though my kit only has 4 items in it, it helps me greatly. If I am sitting at home reading I know everything I need is in one spot and if I am out and about it fits nicely into any bag I own. For me this has made reviewing more fun and LESS WORK. I used to dread writing reviews because I thought my brain would explode trying to remember everything. For me that is not an option. I need to keep track of my ideas and thoughts as I read. Now I am writing more reviews that I have ever and I am proud of that. It has given me confidence to try new things on my blog and go outside my comfort zone.

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Do you have a reading kit? How do you keep track of your ideas while reading books?

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NaNoWriMo | What I Use to Write

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Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a break from being sick and trying to write to share with you some of the things I use to help me write and stay on track.

Pinterest

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I use this site as a vision board. I pin people that might look like my characters or places I see them in. I may even tag some clothing I think my characters might wear. I am a very visual person so having a place to organize it all is very helpful for me.

Scrivener

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This writing program always has a free trial during NaNoWriMo and I use it each time. I find it to be very organize and I can easily navigate through my novel. It is very helpful  when I need to reference a detail or I am fuzzy on what I wrote a few nights ago at 2 in the morning.

Notebook

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes my writing ideas don’t always hit me when I am near my computer. That is why I always carry around a notebook. I am currently using a Moleskine Harry Potter Marauder’s Map notebook and I am loving it. This round of NaNoWriMo I have filled about a quarter of this notebook.

Google play

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A good playlist always puts me in a good mood or a bad mood. It all depends on what is happening in my story. Music really helps me get into the mindset to set an appropriate tone. If I am writing an epic fight scene or a scene where one of my characters are being self reflective I am not going to be playing the same type of music. Having music set for a particular part or mood really helps me focus on my story.


What do you use to help you write?

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NaNoWriMo | Update Week 1

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A week into NaNoWriMo, I can’t believe it. I am writing this post on November 8th so my word count may be different. Feel free to follow my writing journey on twitter for a daily word count update. So with all the NaNoWriMo festivities I thought I would give you guys a bit of an update on my progress and a little quote from my writing. Keep in mind I am not proofreading or really editing in any way. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

Here is a little quote:

“You made these?”

“Yes, I did. Here” He pulled a muffin from the display and added it to my bag, “try this and let me know what you think. I’m Caleb by the way” he held out his hand.

“I’m Ariana”

“Well Ariana, welcome to Leesville, come by anytime. I hear the coffee is great here”

Word Count:


How is your NaNoWriMo going?

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NaNoWriMo | My Survival Kit

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For me I always hit a point in NaNoWriMo where I say, “Yeah, I can’t do this”. So I have developed a little survival box/kit over the years that I know helps me a lot.

  • A writing prompt book
  • My favorite tea – I only drink while I write
  • A candle – I only burn while I write
  • My favorite snack(s)
  • Slips of paper with inspiring quotes
  • Headphones
  • Story outline – I do a little prep in October
  • references for topics I will be mentioning in my story
  • A coloring book – because taking a break can be helpful.
  • Images that work with my story
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Here is a peak at one of the images I am using for my story I am using this year.

While this is not a definitive guide, these are things I keep close to me while writing during the month of November. Some may or may not help you, but I do hope that you find some inspiration.


What is in your emergency writing kit?

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NaNoWriMo | 2017

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Hello everyone, happy (almost) November! I wanted to let all of you know that this month my blog posts are going to be a little bit different. I am going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo for the 4th time. So my blog posts for this month are going to be revolving around this. While NaNoWriMo is still dealing with books. My posts are going to be focusing on my writing process and my experience in this month long challenge.

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

https://nanowrimo.org/about

Yep, so the goal is to write a 50,000 DRAFT of a novel. It is not about writing well it is about writing and getting the amazing story that has been in your head finally down on paper. Another way to look at this is that you need to write  1,667 words a day. You can write in any order, you can jump around, all you need to do it write.

For More Information:

If you would like to learn more about NaNoWriMo or sign-up for the challenge you can visit https://nanowrimo.org/. Here you can get inspiration, support, and keep track of your stats.


I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts and if there is anything you would like me to talk about please let me know!

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