Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (5/5)

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update: Day 7

All righty folks. I added in the beginning chapter that I’d written before camp began (I think that’s ok since it’s…you know, kind of an essential part of the novel) and hammered out some 1000 words and my word count is now at: 3425 words!

Contemplations: A lot of my writing is word vomit at this point. I think Camp NaNoWriMo’s no-edit rule will be good for me. It’ll make me blast out half a novel without thinking much about the intricate word choices and stylistic preferences. It’ll be a really terrible first draft of a novel (which means I will have accomplished my goal), but it’ll give me something to work with. And that’s what I need, isn’t it? I need something to work with.

My buddy Inkspelt is at 3000 words as well. We are both doing internships this summer (our introduction to the 9 to 5 world that awaits us soon in the adult world.) Inkspelt drafts during her internship and writes a little bit at home each day. When I heard the word draft, I kind of panicked. DRAFT? Oh dear…I don’t draft.

I just word-vomit onto the word document. Yes, it’s a rough draft…but I think my rough draft is extremely rough. At times, I just insert a certain plot point that should happen (even bullet points!). I’m also writing the whole half-novel in one word document. I usually separate things out by chapters and meticulously edit/outline each chapter. I’m being far crazier at camp, and I think we’ll see what the results are.

How is your journey at camp coming along? Are you outlining? And where is your draft on the polished to very rough continuum? What are you writing about? Post me a comment below and lemme know!

Camp Nanowrimo Update: Day 5

It’s midnight. Technically it should be Day 4, but I’ll respect the courtesy of time standards.

I’m at 1357 words (wrote em all from 10 PM today to 12:24 AM.) I’m a late starter, but I have set my goal at 25,000 words. So hopefully I’m well on my way.

Goodnight! See you tomorrow (maybe). How’s your journey coming along? Leave me a comment below and lemme know!

Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s July 2. *gasps and checks the calendar* It is July 2!

I forgot about Camp NaNoWriMo! I registered with my writing buddies a week or so ago…and I’ve forgotten all about it. Now it’s the second day! I’m two days behind!

But I don’t think I can stay up tonight. I’m beginning to feel the effects of sleep deprivation. They manifested throughout my day in the form of clumsiness and slower thinking, and I’ve been feeling half-brain-dead. I need sleep.

Camp NaNoWriMo’s goal is: write a 50,000 novel in a month. The month of July. What a wonderful month, very summery and relaxed (but not this summer).

But I must persevere! I must be a happy camper! I can do this: less reading, less Jimmy Kimmel, less worrying, less anxiety, less whatever it is I do with my time.

That was a very motivational post. I should implement some of this energy into planning for writing.

Follow my blog and my journey this month! Tell me about yours and leave me a comment below!

Book Review: A Really Awesome Mess By Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin (3.5/5)


Emmy, adopted at birth from China, is sure she doesn’t belong at Heartland Academy. She doesn’t have issues like compulsive lying, possible psychopathy and anger management. Similarly, Justin is also sure he doesn’t belong at the reform school…It’s a terrible place for terrible kids, and he doesn’t have that many issues. Maybe.

Because I was never a “rebellious” teenager, I did, at times, mentally berate Emmy and Justin for acting entitled. They were both very cold to their sympathetic families. Despite this, it isn’t difficult to sympathize with Emmy and Justin. The issues they deal with are, respectively, anorexia and depression – but what’s important about Emmy and Justin is their maturation throughout the course of the novel.

As part of a support group of other “troubled” kids, they start to see outside of themselves and their own distorted point of views. They start to feel empathy for others and appreciate their family and friends. Maybe…they’ll even start seeing life from a different perspective.

Overall, I did enjoy reading A Really Awesome Mess – but it hasn’t left me with any of the wonderful lingering after-emotions of a spectacular read. I would have liked a deeper plunge into all the tangled messes of relationships, eating disorders and emotions. Several issues in the novel were addressed and then resolved too simplistically (for instance, the psychotherapy).

On the other hand, kudos to Cook and Halpin for the strong personalities. I can remember every one of the “troubled” kids’ names. Funny, troubled and distinctive, the characters are the heart of the novel, the beacon of light in the middle of a teenage wasteland. A Really Awesome Mess may not have been an astounding or life-changing book for me, but it was an entertaining story littered with characterization and humor. 3.5/5

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