monthly wrap up

May Wrap-Up and June Goals!

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Hey friends!

Whoaaaaaa!? Is it REALLY the end of May already? Can you believe we are only one month away from the middle of 2019?! I am forever impressed by how fast time flies.

May was a good month for me. Unlike the hectic months of March and April, I really had some time to recollect myself and get my life together hahaha. I am glad that I had some quality reading, writing and blogging time. In general, it was nice to be able to slow down and breathe a bit and not feel like I’m going full-speed down a rollercoaster hahaha :’)

These past few months have been a bit of an adjustment for me in terms of reading. While I used to read on my commute, now I bike instead of taking the transit. Because of this, my daily commute reading time has decreased from 80 minutes to…. zero. However, I re-discovered the wonderful world of audiobooks, which I can put on while I am walking my dogs, cleaning, crafting, or other relatively mindless activities!

In the month of May, I finished three books and started one. It is a slow pace, but now that I am going to make audiobooks a more regular thing, I am hoping to read more in the upcoming month!

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) was AMAZING. I loved the characters, and the plot always had me guessing. Because of this, I couldn’t help but pick up Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) right away. Lots of people have told me about how brilliant this sequel was; the hype was well-deserved because I LOVED it!!! Check out my reviews for Scythe and Thunderhead!

Wonder Woman (DC Icons #1) was the first superhero novel that I read, and I enjoyed it very much. It was packed with action and girl-power, which is super awesome. I was, of course, in love with Leigh Bardugo’s writing which was the reason I decided to read this book in the first place hahaha. Check out my review here.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about On the Come Up, so I decided to give the audiobook a try. So far I am about 50% through and enjoying it. I like that this one is about music (specifically, rapping,) and though I did like The Hate U Give, I do appreciate that On the Come Up is a bit less political.

Current YARC Progress: 4 books out of 10

Okay, so I didn’t read an additional book for YARC this month and I am slightly behind. I kind of just forgot about it hahaha. I will definitely keep YARC on my radar in June!

May was a great writing month for me. As some of you guys may know, I am continuing to work on draft 3 of Children of the Sun. It is going very well so far. I am feeling passionate about my characters and my story, and every day I am itching for the opportunity to write. My only complaint is that I don’t get as much time to write as I would like!!

My goal for this month was to write 25K, and as of today I am at…

DRUMROLL PLEASE

36872 words!!!!

This is how my month looks in terms of the word count progress:

As you guys can see, I’ve been fairly consistent in writing about 1K a day, although there are occasional days with 200-500 words or even 0 words. (By the way, I’m by no means saying that this is the way to go and everyone should aim for 1K a day. Everyone writes at different paces, some are faster and some are slower. My tendency is to go through my draft very quickly, though I usually have LOTS of things to revise and touch up on by the end of the draft. There is no right way!!)

I am almost done this draft. My novels tend to be about 100K words in length, so I guesstimate about 30-40K left to go πŸ˜€ I’ll have to say that writing Children of the Sun V3 has been the smoothest that a novel has ever been for me. *knock on wood haha*

Some of the things that has helped me blaze through my novel this month:

  • I stuck with my Camp Nano habit of waking up an hour early in the morning to write. Some mornings are more productive than others. There are days when I get 1000 words down and there are days when I get less than 400 haha. However, all in all I love the feeling of waking up looking forward to spending some time with my characters before work.
  • Though I had previously been an avid laptop writer, ever since Nanowrimo last year, I started handwriting my drafts before transcribing it onto Scrivener. I tend to be a compulsive editor, but when I am handwriting, there is only so much room on the page I have to cross something out and rewrite hahaha :’)

May has been a HUGE blogging month for me!!! First of all, Sophie’s Corner celebrated its TWO year blogiversary! To celebrate this occasion, I decided to do a Q&A, and also my first ever giveaway!! Both the Q&A and giveaway ends on June 15th, so you guys still have plenty of chance to enter. Click below for the Q&A and giveaway link:

Some of you guys have also noticed that I revamped the blog graphics! Yup, now we have a nautical theme going on haha (and a dopey fishy that tells you “whale-come” :’) ) I also had a chance to optimize the menus, so you may see the Writing and Reviews sections looking slightly different (and much better!!!) Over the next few days, I will be re-working the About and Miscellaneous sections, so you might notice some additional changes as well.

One of my goals as I go into my third year of blogging is also to becoming more consistently active on other platforms, such as Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter. I’ve recently been transplanting my reviews onto Goodreads, and gotten a bit addicted to the Twitter-verse. Instagram has been a challenge for me (because I am still clueless when it comes to taking beautiful pictures of books, so I’ve mainly been just stalking other people hahahah….)

Last but not least, here are some of my favourite posts this month!!!

Beth @ Reading Every Night wrote about her book blogging firsts! Beth is one of the bloggers that I’ve known for a while now and she’s been around for longer than I have, so it was very inspiring to read about how she began blogging!

Madeleine @ Caffeine & Writing Dreams wrote an inspiring letter to aspiring writers! I tend to be a goal-driven person who lives for the future, but this post reminded me to take a step back and focus on the journey, rather than the end goal.

I discovered Luna’s Positivity Press, which is a feature for writers and bloggers who have positive stories to share. What a wonderful way for writers to connect!

Kay @ Hammock of Books wrote this awesome review for Starfish which made me want to read the book even more!

Paige @ Currently, Lately discussed her insights after making the decision to not check her phone in the morning. Checking my phone is something that I do every single morning- I almost rely on it to wake up! However now I am wondering if this is a habit I should adopt!

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talked about book blogging with anxiety, which is such an honest and insightful post.

The Orang-utan Librarian celebrates their 4th year blogging, which is simply, breathtakingly AMAZING.

Life was very, superbly manageable this month. Work wasn’t too busy so I had plenty of time to spend on my hobbies. Wedding planning is slowly rolling along. I am glad to see that some fo the details are beginning to pan out. Here is my wedding dress update πŸ™‚

Here are some plans for June!

  • More reading… in the form of audiobooks! Including 1 YARC book!
  • My June writing goal is to FINISH Children of the Sun! YES, you’ve heard me right! If you want to be a beta-reader, give me a shout in the comments below πŸ˜€
  • More blog theme fine-tuning
  • More presence on Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter! (Are you active on any of these social media platforms?! Drop me a comment and I’ll follow/friend you πŸ™‚ )
  • Sewing the wedding dress. Maybe, maybe, juuuust maybe…. finish it?!

How was your May? How do you like this new nautical theme?! Did you leave a question for the Q&A? Let me know how we can get in touch on Goodreads, Instagram or Twitter!!

19 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up and June Goals!

  1. Congrats in two years of blogging!! πŸ˜„ I’m very impressed by your dedication to wake up early to write, and it looks like you made some amazing progress this month on your WIP! I hope you continue to enjoy On the Come Up – audiobooks are truly a great way to fit reading in when you’re busy 😊 Hope your June reading goes well!!

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    1. Thank you Margaret!! ❀ I fell off the writing wagon a bit towards the very end of May because of a busy week but now I'm climbing back on the wagon haha. How is writing going for you? Wishing you a wonderful June as well πŸ™‚

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  2. Oooh, Scythe! Cool! I’m planning to read it this year as well πŸ™‚

    I listen to audio book while i walk to work. There’s a certain section of the road where i always miss some bits though cuz the traffic is just way too loud, LOL πŸ˜€

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    1. Hey Norrie! I loved Scythe and Thunderhead so I really hope that you’ll enjoy these books πŸ™‚
      Lol yes that’s the thing about audiobooks! I miss some parts here and there because of noise and also because of my own wandering mind haha πŸ™‚

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  3. Hey Sophie!! I’m glad to see May was a a bit more restful– its nice to have months like that after a few hectic ones!! And I agree how is it nearly half way through the year– time is flying!!
    I have been trying audiobooks for the first time ever this month from my library and I am enjoying them and they definitely help me to read more books.
    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Scythe and Thunderhead and I really want to read them– I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them!!
    And big congratulations on your writing process— you are doing amazing!! I’m glad the third draft is going well and I’m glad you are feeling passionate. Best of luck with the rest of it πŸ™‚
    Best of luck with your June goals and I hope you have a wonderful month!! ❀

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    1. Hello Sophie πŸ™‚
      Yes time flies! That’s great to hear that you are enjoying audiobooks so far. These days I don’t have much time to sit and read a physical book so audiobooks definitely help me get my reading done πŸ™‚
      Hope that you’ll like Scythe and Thunderhead! They are some of my favourite reads this year!
      Thank you for your kind words Sophie ❀ Wishing you all the best in June ❀ πŸ™‚

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      1. Time really does fly haha!! Yes they are really handy and it really nice that even if you are busy you still get to read a book!!
        Ahh.. that’s good to hear. I’m really eager to pick them up so hopefully soon.
        You’re welcome ❀ Thank you Sophie!! ❀

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  4. Omg congrats on the two year blogiversary!! πŸ™‚ I just started my blog this year so I have a long way till I reach that, but that’s so amazing, and I hope to get there too! I’m an aspiring author just like you and that is a super impressive word count for your WIP. Keep going!!
    I’ve had a twitter account but I just started to use it more now too, and I’m still trying to figure out how twitter works lol but let’s be friends! I’m @jaiiiilynn .
    I wish you best of luck with Children of the Sun and all of your June Plans!!

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  5. I’m so glad this month was a little more relaxed for you and wow, I admire all of your writing progress SO much, Sophie, all of your dedication towards writing impresses me always, I love it! I can’t wait to hear more about Children of the Sun, hopefully soon πŸ˜€
    Congratulations again on the blogoversary and ahh I don’t even think I commented your new graphics, they look adorable, I love them so much and they just make me feel happy ahhh. ❀
    I hope you'll have a beautiful June and thank you so, so much for sharing my post! ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you Marie!! I actually had a stretch of zero-word days at the end of the month since it was very busy but now I’m ready to climb back on the writing wagon πŸ™‚ Are you working on something right now or taking a break after finishing your novel?
      Yay I’m so glad that you like these new graphics πŸ˜€
      Thank you and wishing you a wonderful June!

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  6. Hey Sophie, sorry for taking forever to read and comment (and I still haven’t gotten to reply to your replies). The writing process is just difficult. I’ve been spending much less time writing my fiction than before, which makes me a bit sad, but then I’m also spending much more time writing nonfiction and reading books than usual lately. I enjoy writing fiction and nonfiction equally. For nonfiction, I mean both writing book reviews (for Goodreads and Amazon) and writing blog posts. Oh my goodness, my latest two blog posts are crazy long. One of them is 5000 something words, and the other one is almost 7000 words…No wonder my time has been slipping away from my fiction-writing, lol. I’m still debating whether to split the latter blog post into two posts. I do have a blog post that’s 7000 something words, though. So I’m just deliberating whether dividing it up into two posts would ruin the continuity of it. We’ll see.

    Did I tell you that instead of setting wordcount goals for myself, I’m now setting hour goals? So I aim to do at least 16-18 hrs of writing-related activities per week, which I’ve been successful at doing so far. These activities include reading (both books and blog articles), editing, proofreading, and typing up my writing as well. I prefer counting hours rather than counting words, because in the past when I focused on wordcounts, I was obsessed with writing a lot, that I wasn’t reading enough. (I still read a lot more than the average person, but it was very little compared to the average writer. The “average person” reads 0 books outside of work and school, though, lol. So that’s not hard to beat.)

    Still, I’ve been falling behind in general on my writing goals, as well as on my practicum work. (On the bright side, I finally graduated!). The reason is because for both this and last week, Pokemon Go had a special challenge where, if you walk 50 km that week, you get a big in-game prize! I succeeded last week, and succeeded this week too. Yes, I cut out my gym time just to walk the 50 km, but I’m happy that I completed the challenge and got the big prize anyway.

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    1. No worries! I get behind on blogging all the time πŸ™‚

      Word counts definitely aren’t everything, although I think people like to measure it because it is a tangible outcome. (Compared to something like the quality of writing, which is much more difficult to assess!) If it helps to focus on time rather than words, then by all means go for it! I think 16-18 hours a week sounds great!

      Congrats again on graduating!!! πŸ™‚ What are the next steps?

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