Confessions And Announcement

I’ve had a schedule up since the beginning of October. I LOVE the schedule part. I LOVE that I have a guaranteed blog to post every single day. The problem is that I didn’t love all of the things on the schedule. There are two I really look forward to. WWW Wednesday and Reading Wrap-Up. I also look forward to Featured book. Things just don’t really excite me anymore.

Either way, I’m happy to post. I’m blessed to have people who enjoy what I’m writing. It makes me look forward to it. I love reading other people’s blogs too. It’s very great to have a community to people who share the passions I do.

I’ve really been confused on a lot of things. There was this post about things to give up for the month of November. Each month had a different task. Mine (August) was no social media. I kept posting blog stuff to social media, but I didn’t actually get on.

It was very therapeutic for me. It helped me sort a lot of things out. I love writing, but I need to get out of my own head. There is a writer’s group starting up at my library. If I can, I’m going to do what it takes to join it. I think it will help. I’m also considering finding a way to do some writing classes.

I’m still putting consideration in narrating. I’d like to spend quite a few months practicing before I put serious consideration in it. I’ve always loved reading. I used to read out loud to my siblings. There was just something comforting and thrilling about it. This would be different, but it’s something I really think would make me happy.

As I stated, I wasn’t completely happy with my schedule. I’ve decided to vamp it up to see if that helps.

Monday: Writing Diary. I will either post a sample of my writing or I’ll post an update on how my writing is going. Most of the time, it will most likely be writing progress. I haven’t really had inspiration to write lately.

Tuesday: Arts and Photography. I really do love taking pictures. I don’t get the chance to do it as much as I was when I was getting out of the house more. I have been taking drawing lessons! I’ll share some photos or drawings or talk about how things are going for me in this area.

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday. It’s a popular blog that goes around that gives an update on reading plans. I really love this. Very much.

Thursday: Featured Book. I’ll pick a book that recently finished or I’m currently reading that I’ve really been enjoying.

Friday: True Crime and Conspiracies. I want to share about a subject I’m passionate about. I’ll probably talk more about True Crime than Conspiracies, but I’ll talk about those that interest me. I’m willing to take requests and do the research for whatever crime or conspiracy asked about. Please note I will put the facts in about whatever I blog about, but I will heavily be putting my opinion in on it and my feelings.

Saturday: Free Day. I’ll post anything that strikes me. It will be book related or something about my life.

Sunday: Reading Wrap Up. I’ll be posting about my weekly progress and the links for the blogs posted for the week. This will be for this blog and my promotions blog.
Promotions Blog

Thank you all for putting up with me through all of this. I don’t mean to be indecisive. Sometimes I let my fears and doubts get the best of me. I’ll get better eventually. The point is I’m trying. Right?

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Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!

I hope everybody had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I did. I don’t have many family left, but I cherish the ones that are! You can mess up a lot and they love you anyways. It’s beautiful!

I have fallen behind this week due to planning for Thanksgiving and training. I just haven’t had much time. Instead of making up the blogs, I’m going to cancel blogs for the rest of the week. That way I can get caught up on the other things I fell behind on. This will also give me more time to figure out what to change my Thursday blog too. Still open for suggestions!

While the scheduled blogs are cancelled, I will still post reviews when I finish books. I will also post discussion questions. I’d love to hear all about your Thanksgiving and what you’re currently reading!

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Upcoming Changes

I have loved the schedule. There have been changes made over time to work best for me. It’s been going really well for me. Thursdays have been Featured TV Show/Movie. The problem with that is that there are some weeks I really don’t watch much television or movies at all.

This week, I caught up on two weeks of His Dark Materials. I’ve already posted about the television show. I can tell you this, I am still enjoying it very much. They’ve taken some liberties to the show, but in ways that enhanced the story rather than hinder. I don’t mind it at all.

So I’ll be looking for something else to replace this particular weekly blog. I had a few ideas, but I haven’t made a final decision yet. I also considered opening the comments to this post to suggestions as well. Either way, I’ll make sure to have the decision made next Thursday. I’ll have it updated in the blog schedule when I make it official.

One of the ideas I’ve had that’s stuck with me is to do a weekly segment on Mysteries and Theories. I plan to leave it open so that my topics on the series can be broad. Any kind of mysteries and theories. I’d even be open to taking suggestions. I am not sure how this topic series would be welcomed. I’d love to hear thoughts on this.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. I’ll take a few days to take everything into consideration. At the very latest, I’ll have my decision made by Tuesday. I’m hoping that I have it made before then. I’d love one that sticks. That’s why I’m taking my time on it.

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The Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated for this by one of the most organized duo I know. I love their blog. nen & jen

Taken from Emer’s post:

The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

The Rules:

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate some bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

Nen & Jen’s Questions:

What name have you always wanted to have, other than your own?
I’ve always connected strongly to the names Meredith and Natasha.

What is your favourite type of character?
I would have to say a strong sassy type character. I love the character Aphrodite in House Of Night. She can be a pain in the ass, but she’s honest and she’s loyal.

What holiday do you look forward to the most, every year?
Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. With all the real horrors we face every day, it’s nice to have something to pretend to be scared over instead.

What type of blog post do you enjoy writing the most?
I love writing book reviews the most. It helps me reflect on how I really feel about the book. It’s also nice to have to go back and read about the book.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Oh this is a tough question! I guess I’d have to say Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Byrnes

If you could interview any author, who would you choose?
I’d have to say Janet Evanovich. I have so many questions about her writing and her life. I especially have many questions about her Plum series!

The cutest animal in the world is….

I Nominate:

The Geekish Brunette
Mom’s Book Collection
Kitty Marie’s Reading Corner
Shalini’s Books & Reviews
Life’s Fine Whine
Alice In Bookland
Traveling Trailer Trash

My Questions:
What book world would you willingly live in for the rest of your life?
What is a book that stuck with you since you read it?
What is a series that you’ve loved and could read more than once and not get sick of?
What author do you want to meet the most?
What are some characters you wish weren’t fictional?
What’s your favorite go to book snack?
Where is your favorite place to read?

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Depression Sets In

This week and last have been really rough for me. I’ve had a lot of stress in my personal life. I haven’t really felt motivated or inspired at all. All I’ve wanted to do is lay down and give up. Luckily, I have people who care about me in my life. That helps. Even when they don’t know something is wrong. Just thinking about them helps.

I will get back in gear starting Monday. I have been doing nothing but reading. Which has been amazing, but I know I need to get back into productivity. Depression and trying to adjust to a new schedule have been intense to say the least.

I posted a random thing I found on Facebook. My birthday is in August and I’ve been putting some serious thought into doing this. I mean I’ll make an exception for my blog posts, but other than that, I’ll be off social media.

Thank you all in advance for being so very understanding. I know that it would be easier to schedule posts, but I don’t really do well with scheduling posts. I always forget to go in and share. I wish there was a way you can just automatically post it to your social media when it posts. But honestly, in this case, there was no material to schedule. I do have some poems I can post for the rest of the week if anybody wants me to. I’ll also post my reviews like I always do.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Closing Survey

Closing Survey!

How would you assess your reading overall?

I think I did fantastic! I wish I’d read the entire 24 hours, but life and sleep happened. I missed the first and last part of event.

Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it?

My strategy was basically to just tackle the books I was behind on and read as much as I could. I’d say I stuck to it pretty well.

What was your favorite snack?

Chips and French Onion Dip ❤

Wanna volunteer for our next event?

I’d love to. This is one of my favorite events of all time!

Books Read:

Books Finished:

Total Pages Read: 383

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Dewey’s 24- Hour Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?

2. How many books have you read so far?

I’ve chipped away at 5 total. Finished 2.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I’m looking forward to finishing up A Gentleman in Moscow
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

We had to run some errands, but I dealt with it by listening to audiobooks in the car. It was actually very fun.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

The fact that I’ve finished two books so far! I’m in shock.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Opening Survey

Opening Survey!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m from Georgia (United States)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

This is a hard choice for me. I’m torn between saying I’m looking most to making a dent in Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I never really plan snacks, but I have this delicious bag of peanut brittle I love to randomly munch on. So maybe that!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

My name is Nicole (Willow Star Serenity). I am 33 years old. I was born and raised in Georgia. I love reading and writing. I’ve recently found that I love drawing as well. I run two blogs. Willow Writes And Reads and Willow Writes And Reads Promotions. I love them both!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I’ll be better with time management this time around. I kind of piddled around the last time around.

TBR Pile:

Small Announcement

I made some minor adjustments to my blog schedule. Mostly it is just wording, but there are some things that I moved around a bit. I removed Willow’s Book Chat for now. I didn’t want to leave anybody hanging for weeks that I blanked out a topic to talk about. I replaced it with a “Free Day” blog to talk about anything and everything I’m interested in. Here’s the link to check out the new blog schedule:

I also won’t be posting anything for the rest of the week with the exception of book reviews and book tags. If I’m tagged in anything. I just got a new job and I have some things I need to get in preparation. I have a lot of paperwork and a drug test. It’ll be fun. I’m excited. I’ll resume blogs on Monday. I may do a Reading Wrap-Up on Sunday. I haven’t decided yet. If that’s something you want to see, let me know!

I’ll also be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this Saturday! Anybody else do readathons? Let me know if you’re joining so I can follow your progress! I applied to be a moderator of the event for an hour. I haven’t heard anything back, so we’ll see.

Happy reading everybody!

Happy Birthday Audiobook Obsession

All week long I’ve been racking my brain to figure out the best kind of post to honor Audiobook Obsession for their first birthday! I mean these ladies put in a lot of work to make these tours and reviews possible. They are amazing, intelligent, and highly organized. So they deserve a high praise anyways. Especially on special days!

Then it hit me. The best way to honor their birthday is to share my own personal story. I can’t tell you how long I’ve worked with AO. I can’t even tell you how I came to join it. What I can tell you is that it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Through AO, I discovered one of my favorite narrators of all time. Her name is Sarah Puckett. She’s incredibly talented and incredibly humble about it. I’ve also branched out and listened to books I’d of never listened to before. And that’s not evening mentioning that I got to meet two of the sweetest ladies of all times! They are amazing and I will happily work with them as long as they will let me.

If you love listening to audiobooks as much as I do, I would seriously consider giving them a chance. You’ll discover new authors and narrators. You’ll discover a great community that treats you like family. They have a review group and a tour group! I’m happily an active member of both.

Happy birthday Audiobook Obsession! I’m proud to be a part of your beautiful community. Krystyn and Brandie are some of the hardest workers I know and I will always happily consider myself a part of their team and community!

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