Mmm. S’mores.

Don’t you just love the smell of campfire smoke? Wait. I think I’m getting ahead of myself.


There are plenty of weeks where I don’t get to see a movie at all, but then there are weeks like this one where I got to see two.

  • Storks – Did you get to see Storks? I missed it when it was out in theaters, but I finally managed to catch it on HBO, thanks to my wife. It’s essentially about a stork and an orphan who works for a giant stork corporation who’s stopped delivering babies and are delivering packages instead. The orphan human is a bit of a troublemaker, and when one of the storks tries to handle the situation, the orphan ends up re-activating the baby factory and an adventure around delivering that baby unfolds. It ended up being a cute movie.
  • Wonder Woman – Let me just start out by saying Gal Gadot made that movie shine. She brought Diana Prince to life, much like Lynda Carter had in her day. The movie covered her early beginnings and how to came to be part of our world. I was pretty impressed by the film, and I look forward to seeing future movies where she reprises the role. I might have a crush.


Because I commute to work so much, I typically like to make that time somewhat productive by listening to audiobooks or podcasts. This week I finished Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding, and despite my initial reservations about the main character, I ended up really liking the book. I liked it enough to look for the next book in the series, and that’s where the good went bad.

Turns out, the remaining books in the series don’t have an audiobook version, and it’s not because they’re too new either. The last book in the series came out in 2013, and the next one I’m supposed to read came out back in 2010. That’s plenty of time to make audiobooks! Okay. Fine. E-books then.

Well, NO. They don’t have e-book versions either. They come in paperback or hardcover. *sigh* I can’t drive and read a physical book at the same time. At least with e-books, I can listen to them as I drive. So that means if I want to read the remaining books in the series, I’ll have to order them and slowly read them as time permits, aka the bathroom. TMI, sorry.

I hate when they do that! I want books the way I want them. Because of that, I may end up skipping the remaining books in the series and move on to a new author. I really don’t like doing that. I feel it short changes both the author and me.


I’m packing my bags, my notebook, and my bug spray because I’m going camping in the month of July. Well, virtually anyway. July is Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s touted as being “an idyllic writers retreat smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.” They got the crazy part right!

I didn’t intend to do it, but a couple of my fellow #turtlewriters press-ganged me into joining the #turtlewriters cabin. At least this version of NaNoWriMo lets me choose my goal, unlike the November event. If it was going to work for me, it needed to be something I could do without stressing me out. I have enough stress, trust me.

I’m aiming to do 10,000 words this July, which is just a little over a page per day for me. That’s doable with my schedule and will apply enough pressure to keep me consistent. As you can see from the image above, I still need to find my chocolate. Anyone else got their s’mores ready?

The Writing Front

I’ve been trying out a new method of writing where I pre-write the chapter before actually writing it. It’s a technique I’ve never tried before, but I have to say, I kind of like it. It certainly adds time to writing a novel, as you’re basically writing it twice, but I love how the chapters have been coming out.

This week, I’ve done 9 pages of pre-writing and 5 pages of the actual draft. As an INTJ, I’m only looking at the 5 pages and thinking that’s not enough. But I really do need to remember that those 9 pages count too and that’s harder than you can imagine. So, really, I did 14 pages this week, and that’s not bad!

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