Happy July, friends! Also, happy Canada Day to those of you up north. Summer is officially here, and this month is going to be crazy busy in the very best of ways. I made a list below of everything going on this month to help me keep track of it all, and because I’m excited about it.
1. Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo
I have participated in NaNoWriMo four times, but never Camp NaNoWriMo. I have a novel that I really want/need to finish, but I haven’t felt motivated since NaNoWriMo ended in November. The benefit of Camp is that you can set your own writing goal instead of the standard 50,000 words. I set my goal for 10,000 words since that’s probably about how many words I still need to write in my novel before the first draft is (finally) complete. Hopefully I can be proud to say I have a novel written by the end of the month. Wish me luck!
2. Blog About European Travels
As I briefly outlined in a previous post, I went to Europe in June for 2.5 weeks with one of my friends. I plan on writing a post for each of the five countries we visited. I’d like to do one post each week, but with everything else going on this month I suspect it will be more like one post every 2-3 weeks. No harm in putting it off so I have an excuse to look at the pictures more, right?
3. Make Progress with 20 Books of Summer
Confession: I have only read 2 books from my 20 Books of Summer list. I’m horrible at sticking to the books I pick for events like this, so I’m hoping to just say I’ve read 20 books over the summer with as many as possible being from the list. It doesn’t help that I’ve been working on Gone With the Wind for a while and hardly read on my 2.5 week vacation, but with any luck I’ll get to 20 and feel accomplished. So when I’m not working on the novel in my spare time, I’ll most likely be reading. (Sorry, Netflix. I still love you, but I think we need to take a break. It’s not me, it’s you.)
4. Make Progress with the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge
While the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge is going better than 20 Books of Summer, I still have some catching up to do. I hope to get through at least one book on this list in July.
5. Update My List for The Classics Club
I decided to start over with The Classics Club since I never actually got around to reviewing any of the books I read. I don’t have any links to share yet, but I hope to have the list ready to go sometime this month.
6. Finish Reading Gone With the Wind
Here’s yet another project that I’m behind on. I’m getting a little more caught up each day, but my ultimate goal is to finish Gone With the Wind by the end of the month. I’m not done with you yet, Rhett Butler!
7. Participate in the #24in48 Readathon
The #24in48 readathon (July 11-12) is a lot of fun. There’s far less pressure than people feel with other readathons, and it’s going to be a damn good time. Of course it’s going on during one of my days of having company, but I’ll make it work. Always do!
8. Make Time for People
Despite what you may think, I will indeed be seeing people outside of the internet and work this month. In my opinion, no amount of “busy” should keep you from people. You wouldn’t be who you are without them, unless you live in complete isolation… in which case, you do you.
My best friend is coming with her husband and son (my godson) at the end of next week. They live in Wisconsin and I haven’t seen them in about a year, so excitement doesn’t begin to cover it. It’s also my birthday on the 18th (yay… or something), so seeing people will likely happen then as well. Otherwise, I look forward to random shenanigans as they come up.
What are you excited for this month? Any big goals/plans?