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Review: Amazing Fantastic Incredible – A Marvelous Memoir

Hey all, Dani here.

The great Stan Lee passed away on Monday, November 12, and I have been pretty much a mess since then. I curled up on the couch and cried. I scrolled through social media and read all the posts and comments, and looked at wonderful fan art from people’s memories or experiences with Stan. And then I went into my library, pulled this book down, and hugged it to my chest for an hour or so while my fiance and I watched TV.

On Tuesday, my Facebook memories revealed that I had actually read this memoir exactly two years earlier. A quick browse on the blog revealed that I had never actually done a review. So I sat down after work and read the book over again.

Before I jump into the review, I need to talk about my experience with Stan Lee. I feel fortunate in that I got to meet him twice. The first time I could only manage to get his autograph. This was a few years ago, and he looked so old and frail even then. But he was still pretty spirited. As he was signing his photo for me, I told him “Thank you very much,” and he replied in his adorable old man voice “You’re welcome very much.” He was just such a sweet old man, and he was honestly there because he loves his fans.

Then he was the featured guest at Cincinnati Comic Expo in 2016, and I knew I had to get a photo with him. It was so worth the long long wait in line.

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Stan Lee’s creations have been such a big part of my life. My first fandoms were pretty much Power Rangers and X-Men. My geekery has only expanded since those days. Now I’m into so very many superheroes, many of whom are popular today because of Stan. He created some and took over others. His characterizations and his ideas have honestly been an inspiration to me. I have looked forward to seeing his cameos every time I go to the movies to see the latest Marvel superhero movie. And I think there are still a couple more cameos that we’ll get to see. But I knew that he was getting old, and I knew that someday in the near future, we of the geek community would go to the movies and there would be no more cameos. That instead we would get text that would say “In Loving Memory of Stan Lee.” He was 95 years old; obviously he couldn’t live forever. Thankfully his stories will continue on.

But I’m still sad right now. (Also, the universe had better protect Betty White for at least a few more years.) Anyway, thank you for all of the great characters and the great stories, Mr. Lee. Excelsior!

Okay, thanks for listening to me. Let’s jump into the review now.

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Summary

In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes—shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.

Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life—and into the mainstream—some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories—filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity—added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century.

In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir—illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran—Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.

This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

Okay, so when I read this last year I gave it a 4 star rating. Obviously considering my mental/emotional state right now, my second read-through is a 5 star rating. But for honesty’s sake, I’m leaving the rating as 4 stars.

I absolutely adored the fact that this memoir was written in a comic book style. It made it such a quick book to read through. And it is filled with details about Stan’s life and career and more. It was great to see the inclusion of narrator Stan breaking the fourth wall to speak to the readers, and it was amusing to watch narrator Stan interact with his younger self as he was telling little stories about his life. It was so meta, but I greatly enjoyed it.

Yes, I realize that there is some controversy around Stan Lee because he was so often given all of the credit for the comics, instead of the artists also being acknowledged. And Stan mentions that in this book, and he gives credit to several of the artists he had the privilege to work with over the years.

Much like the characters he created or wrote about, he was not perfect. But you know what, none of us are. But it was so cool to see how he kept pressing forward, and kept thinking and imagining and creating and writing. Seeing how he changed the rules for the superhero stories and comic book publishing in general was just super interesting to me.

I just think that this was a fascinating read. I’m glad that I sat down and read through this again.

Where to Buy

You should be able to pick up a copy of this memoir from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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What I’m Reading (38)

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, it’s Wednesday again already. Awesome. Welcome back to me talking about my reading for the last week…which is probably not going to be the most exciting post, because I don’t think that I have a whole lot to talk about.

What I do want to talk about first is all the lovely people who made comments on my NaNoWriMo update from a few days ago. Thank you all so much for caring and encouraging me. I’ve been away from creative writing for a little longer than I would like to admit, and it was so great to have so many of you help motivate me. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

At the time this post goes live, I will just be getting off work, and then I have to go home and pack up all of my writing gear so I can go to Panera for a local write-in.

But first let’s talk about the little bit I have read in the last week. Well, I have read about another 20 pages of Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. And then I managed to get to around the 200 page mark with Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Mansicalco.

For right now, I don’t think I’m going to make plans for books I want to start in the next week. I still have some NaNoWriMo writing to catch up on, and I think these books are going to occupy me for a little bit longer.

How is your week going? Let me know in the comments. I will be back soon with more bookish content.

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The Library Lover’s Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

My blog backlog isn’t just a bunch of reviews. I actually have a few different tags to finish up as well. So once again, I have to thank Katie at Never Not Reading for tagging me in a fun little book tag. What I especially love about this one is that it has a focus on libraries. Considering that I do have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and of course being a bookworm, libraries are a big part of my life.

So let’s not waste any time, and I’ll just jump into the questions.

How often do you visit your local library?

Not nearly as often as I did when I was younger. I did go to the library once last month, but that was to use their access to Ancestry to do some genealogical work for my fiance. I don’t really use my library for book borrowing any more. There are so many books I have in my home library that I need to read. Not to mention all the galleys and ARCs I get as well. But I may have to put myself on a bit of a book buying restriction, so my library may just be seeing me a lot more frequently in the near future.

Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you can read or are you someone who checks out the exact amount of books you intend to read before they are due?

Well, I check out as many books as I should be able to read in the time before they are due. BUT, some days I end up not getting to read as much as I would like, which means that it sometimes seems like I check out more than I can read in that time.

How old were you when you got your first library card?

When I was little, the library rules were that you couldn’t have your own card until you were 5 years old. So I have had my first library card since then, so for 25 years now. But my library has changed their rules so that parents can get kids books out on their children’s cards; I think the age limit is 6 months or older now.

Do you go to your library for a particular book or do you check out anything that piques your interest?

A little bit of both, depending. Sometimes I’ll go there for a specific book, sometimes I’ll wander through both the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section and the YA section, and sometimes I’ll do a little bit of both.

Do you only check out books or do you also get DVDs, audiobooks, etc.?

Books and DVDs, though there was a little while when I just went online and borrowed e-books.

From what section of the library do you check out most of your books?

Sci-Fi/Fantasy and YA

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

The library was my happy place when I was growing up. I discovered so many wonderful stories because of being an avid user of the library. So even now when I don’t make frequent visits, I still have fond memories of all my time there. What is really great about using a library is being able to try out a book that you may or may not enjoy without having to go buy it at the store. Libraries are accessible to pretty much everyone, and I like that they make the books easy to access as well.


At this point I am supposed to tag others to do this book tag, but I don’t know who has or has not done it already, so if you would like to do this quick little set of questions then you are TAGGED!

Thanks for reading everyone, and I will be back soon with more bookish content.

 

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NaNoWriMo 2018 Update 1

Hey all, Dani here.

So am I just going to keep doing NaNoWriMo posts on Sundays? Well, yes, I suppose I am. They may not always be 500+ word posts, because obviously it is November and I need to be focusing my words on my novel, but I also need the accountability of talking about my progress.

Today is the fourth day of November, which means that going by the NaNoWriMo goal of writing 1,667 words per day, I should be at a total of 6,668 words by the end of the day. But since this post will be going up in the morning, to be on track so far this month, I need to be at 5,001 words right now.

Let’s talk about how I’ve done so far this month with my writing.

Day 1 – November 1 – Well, I woke up at 4:30 am to get ready for work, and then I worked from 5:30 am until 4:00 pm. Oh, and it rained all day. It has actually been raining for most of the last few days. Did I mention that rain has a tendency to make me sleepy? So by the time I got home, made dinner, and then settled down to write, I was pretty darn tired. I think I wrote a grand total of 142 words. So, not the best start to NaNoWriMo, but not the worst either.

Day 2 – November 2 – I woke up at 7:00 am, because I get 3 day weekends every week, so Friday is not a work day. Oh, yeah, and the continued rain let me sleep for pretty much 8 hours, which doesn’t happen all that often. I’m still looking for my story notebook. It has my list of the scenes I need to write to finally finish one of my books, and I decided to work on that before focusing on my new writing project. But after cleaning the apartment yesterday, not everything is where I remember it. So yeah, I need to find this notebook so I can get writing.

End of day update…still no luck finding the notebook. Oh, and there was that five hour chunk of time where we went to our local nerd store to run our bi-weekly D&D sessions.

Day 3 – November 3 – Woke up around 6:30 am today. Still no notebook, but there is blog prep work to do, so let’s get to writing some of those. If only I could count blog words towards my monthly total. My November Calendar Girls post is well over 1000 words. Sadly I can’t do that.

The other bi-weekly D&D session we are in is today, and one of our fellow players likes to come over two hours before the session begins. So, he’s here at like 10:30 am. He and one other player stay after the session to just talk and stuff too. They don’t leave until 8:30 pm. That is a huge chunk of my day gone, especially since the sessions are supposed to be from noon to maybe 5:30/6:00 pm.

Still no actual novel writing accomplished. Three days in and I have 142 words. This is really starting to suck. I think this may be my worst start for NaNoWriMo…and this is my 13th year doing it.

Day 4 – November 4 – Again, I wake up at 6:30 am. Well the clock says 6:30, but we just did the whole Daylight Savings thing, so the clocks fell back an hour at like 2:00 am, so really, my body feels like it is 7:30 am.

For the record, my Calendar Girls post stands currently at 1355 words. Yeah, that is almost what I would need for one day’s worth of writing.

Okay, we went to my mom’s house and I managed to find a backup notebook with my outline so I think I can finally get into writing. I have a lot of catching up to do. It’s time to get writing.

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NaNoWriMo Prep 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) starts in just a few more days. Ahhh…I don’t know that I’m ready yet. This is probably the least prepared that I have been in all my years of NaNo. But I’ve just been so out of practice with creative writing. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to write consistently through November. It would be really nice.

I just keep seeing all of these BookTubers who also write, and they talk about finishing drafts, or finishing edits. One just got her first bound ARCs for her book, and I got so happy for her because that is a big deal, but also sad because I feel like I’m starting to fail even more on my own writing journey.

So what am I doing for planning/plotting/prepping for NaNo? Well, I had some basic chapter title ideas written down, and some very loose character names. But looking at the names, some of them just didn’t fit…so I’m combing through character name databases or baby name databases trying to find names that do work.

But then I feel like I want to get a rough synopsis written. So I’m trying to get a draft of that finished today as well. But then that makes me wonder if I should play with Photoshop a bit and make a mock-up of a cover for inspiration purposes.

I also know that I need to come up with a writing playlist for this book too. I like to have songs that will inspire me for the actual plot of the book I’m writing. So I need to find at least 10-12 songs that work.

What I’m I working on this year? Well, as if it isn’t enough of a challenge for myself that I’m trying to get back into creative writing again, but I’m also going to be tackling a genre I don’t typically write in…and by that I am talking about romance. Basically my book is going to be a nerdy contemporary romance.

I’ve been inspired by my real life romance, and while I have been seeing a little more geeky and nerdy YA contemporary romance books, I think we could still use more of them. And honestly I think my book will be probably more New Adult to adult in age range. The characters all feel like they are in their low to mid 20s or so. I mean, I just turned 30 this year and my fiance is 26. So the characters will probably be around that range as well.

But I’m still so nervous about this project. I want it to be a great story. This is a tale that is near and dear to my heart, because in many ways it is a story I wish I could have read several years ago, when I was feeling so alone and believing that I would never find my own nerdy fairy tail romance. In many ways I feel like perhaps I am putting too much pressure on myself for this story, and that is making it harder for me to actually sit down and write.

However, NaNoWriMo is almost here, so hopefully I can push aside my inner editor and just write. I want to get this story out into the world.

Oh, and if you have any song ideas that you think would fit a geeky couple contemporary romance story, then please suggest them to me in the comments. I would be glad for the help.

Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, are you ready to start writing in a few days?

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NaNoWriMo 2018 is Coming

Hey all, Dani here.

Crap, it is almost November. I am so not ready. This year I have not talked about NaNoWriMo as much as I have in past years. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, has been a huge part of my life for over a decade now. I participated for the first time back in 2006, and it became something that helped motivate me and keep me going for years.

But my writing has slowed down dramatically…and by that I mean my creative writing. Obviously I’m still doing pretty good with my blogging, though I wish I could squeeze more time in for writing up more reviews and tags and other posts. I’m still trying to find the right work/life balance.

Anyway, I miss creative writing. I’m realizing that it gave me an outlet for a lot of my frustration and anger and all the not so nice feelings that build up in me because of life in general. Channeling those feelings into writing helped me deal with them in a healthy way, and I think not having that outlet is starting to lead to problems for me during the work day.

So, I really need to get writing again.

With just ten days left in the month of October, I need to get working on my NaNoWriMo project. In general I am a fly by the seat of your pants writer. But I do like to have some general things planned out. For the most part I actually just spend hours and hours thinking about what can or should happen in the story. So while most people proclaim to be a planner of a pantser, I consider myself more of a percolater. The ideas just sit in my brain and percolate until it is time for them to come out onto the page.

But since I’ve been away from writing for so long, I also feel like I might need a little more outlining and planning before November comes.

So on top of my reading and my blogging, I now get to spend the rest of the month kind of working on novel stuff.

Wish me luck, everyone. I’m going to need it.

Is anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know so we can help motivate each other.

That’s all for today, and I will be back soon with more bookish content.

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It’s Time for Another Q&A

Hey all, Dani here.

Well, you might have noticed that my fiance, AKA Damian Trypp, finally posted his first review on the blog. He’s working on putting together other reviews, and he’s still trying to figure out a posting schedule that’ll work for him, but we all know that doing that can take time…and possibly even change as time goes on.

Anyway, I think that now is a great time for the two of us to sit down and do a get to know you Q&A. And what better way to do that than to let you guys ask us questions. So ask your questions in the comments, and next weekend we will sit down and write up a post where we answer them all.

These questions can be about anything, though obviously we reserve the right to not answer questions that are too personal. But seriously, ask about us, ask about books, ask about other nerdy hobbies…we’re pretty open about most things.

So, I will collect all of the questions next Saturday, October 26th, and then shortly after we will have our answers posted for all of you.

Sorry this is such a short post, but I’m actually a bit occupied with Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon right now. That is all from me for today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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Tips and Tricks for Surviving a Readathon

Hey all, Dani here.

I love readathons. I think they are really fun events that generally help to increase the number of books I read. For the most part, I feel like I do a pretty decent job with readathons and so I thought perhaps I can share some of the tips and tricks that help me get through them.

Now, I guess I should start with a general disclaimer. Just because these tips help me doesn’t mean that they will work for everyone.

Next I suppose I should clarify what I mean by readathons. When I’m talking about readathons I am referring to 24 Hour reading events, weekend reading events, or week-long reading events. For me personally if it lasts for a full month then it is a reading challenge.

So some of the tips I give will be more helpful for all the readathons, while some others are more useful for a specific type of readathon. Okay, let’s just jump into some of these tips and tricks.

Number 1: Announce Your Participation

The most important tip I can give is to let people know that you are participating in a readathon, specifically that you may not be as active or available for social media, social calls, etc. for the duration of the event. Seriously, it has been so helpful for me. And honestly, not just with readathons, but also with events like NaNoWriMo. Letting people know that you are going to be doing something that you feel strongly about and want to dedicate your time to for a day, a weekend, a week, whatever, can be pretty liberating and wonderful.

Number 2: Catch Some ZZZs

For my second tip, I totally recommend getting a good night’s sleep before the readathon starts. When it comes to 24 Hour readathons, having a full rest might mean that you can stay up for the whole duration. Of course this tip can also extend to making sure you get enough sleep for the entirety of your readathon.

Number 3: Don’t Forget to Eat

Snacks! I find that having a good stash of snacks significantly helps me with my readathons. By planning my food and snacks ahead, I don’t have to waste time during a 24 Hour Readathon trying to figure out what I want to eat or where I want to go to get something to eat. It is a serious time saver. Plus, not gonna lie, sometimes during a readathon you need a little energy pick me up, and snacks are a wonderful way to get that.

Number 4: Schedule Reading Time

Okay, so this tip is definitely aimed more towards a week long event. Schedule reading time during the readathon. Obviously during a week long readathon, most of us have work and/or school, and sleep is necessary. Outside of that you might have other obligations. If you schedule an hour or two of reading into your day every day then you can get some serious reading accomplished.

Number 5: Read, Read, Read

Read every time you have a free moment. Again, this one definitely suits a longer readathon than a shorter one. If you leave the house, take a book with you, and if you find yourself waiting for an appointment, or if you get to work a few minutes early, etc. pick up your book and read. Trust me, those minutes all add up in the long run.

Number 6: Take Breaks

So here’s the thing…even during a readathon, it is important to take a break periodically. Get up and take a short walk (though if you feel the need to listen to an audiobook while you walk then that’s fine). When I take a break, I do a quick social media check. During the readathons I participate in, I like to do status updates on my Instagram. So every time I finish a book, or at least every couple hours, I’ll log on and browse through the readathon’s hashtag just to see how other participants are doing. The trick with this is to limit your social media time. Only let yourself have a few minutes.

Number 7: Read Some Shorter/Quicker Works

This is one of my favorite tricks or cheats for readathons. It really helps to boost my books read total, and it feels really good to start off feeling successful. I like to start my readathons with a couple of quick reads. For this I use volumes of manga, a novella or two, or a couple of short novels. Being able to fly through a book in 30 minutes to an hour per book helps me to feel like my 24 Hour Readathons are super-productive.

Number 8: Hydrate

While this one could include this one with the snacks tip, I feel like it is important enough to warrant its own section. Whether this hydration means drinking plenty of water, or having tea, coffee, etc on hand, that’s up to you. I like to get myself a nice assortment of coffees and teas so that I can either make drinks that correspond with what I’m reading or that just sound good at the time. Perhaps you need to have a six-pack of your favorite soda/pop ready so you can have a pick me up to survive your reading marathon. Much like with snacks, I like to have my beverages planned and purchased ahead of time.

Number 9: Have Fun

Obviously this goes without saying, the best way to have a successful readathon is to enjoy yourself. If you aren’t enjoying what you’re reading, then set it aside and grab whatever book you really want to read right then and there. If you need to get away from your books and spend a couple hours socializing with friends, then that is perfectly fine. Yes, readathons are meant to help with reading productivity, but any amount of reading–even if it is just a sentence or a paragraph–is fine. So what if someone else has read ten books during the readathon, while you only managed one. That is one more book than you read before this event.

And I do believe that is all the advice I can think about passing on, at least right now. I’m sure I’ll remember something after this post has gone live. And for the rest of you who participate in readathons, if you have some tips to share, please feel free to let all of us know in the comments.

That is all from me today. I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

It has been a little bit since I’ve done a tag, so thank you to Katie at Never Not Reading for tagging me in this lovely little tag. It’s been a little while since I was tagged, but better late than never, right. And the header for this tag was created by Maddie at Munch Reviews, so feel free to check out the blogs of either of these ladies.

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Okay, this is a get-to-know-you type tag, so let’s just jump into it. The rules are pretty much just to answer the questions. Simple.

  1. How long have you been blogging?I started Mousai Books in January 2016, so it has been almost three years. But I had a couple other blogs about a decade ago that didn’t go so well, so I don’t exactly count them in my total blogging time.
  2. At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

    Currently I don’t see me stopping with blogging any time in the near future. But if at some time blogging became more of a chore than something I enjoy doing, I would need to take a break and re-evaluate. But honestly, I so enjoy talking about books and other nerdy hobbies, so I don’t see that happening.
  3. What is the best thing about blogging?The community is absolutely the best part of doing this. I have made some wonderful bookish friends in the past few years, and I am just so glad to have people I can discuss books and games and all sorts of other topics with. It’s wonderful.
  4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?The pressure. This time last year I literally was posting something each and every day, but with work and life changes, I haven’t been able to maintain that sort of schedule this year. I’ve had to spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to adjust my time and my planning and my prep to keep posting, though I wish I could post so much more. I don’t know if there is anything special I do to make that okay, but I do try to reassure myself that pretty much all of us deal with the pressure, and that it’s okay to not post every single day.
  5. How long does it take you to make/find pictures to use?I don’t spend more than a couple minutes setting up a photo if I’m taking it myself. Otherwise I just grab the cover image of a book from Goodreads and use it for reviews.
  6. Who is your book crush?Is it sad that I don’t actually have a book crush right now? Honestly since I met my fiance, all the fictional characters just haven’t been able to compare. I realize that is a bit sappy, but it is also true for me.
  7. What author would you like to have on your blog?Oooh…right now I’d have to go with Emily A Duncan, author of the upcoming debut Wicked SaintsThis book will be released in early April 2019, and it currently tops my most anticipated list. Also, Emily Duncan is a fan of some of my favorite metal bands, and she is a librarian from Ohio. So we went to the same grad school, which is really cool. It would be cool to be able to do an author interview with her. Actually, is it okay if I said that I would love to just go hang out with her at a coffee shop and just talk about writing and books and stuff?
  8. What do you wear when you write blog posts?Umm…whatever I want? It really depends on where I write the posts. But for the most part I suppose I am in lounge pants and a t-shirt. When I’m at home I generally like to be comfy. So I wear pajamas and sit on the couch with my computer on my lap and books stacked all around me. It is a setup that has worked for me over the past year and a half.
  9. How long does it take you to prepare?This depends on what post I’m working on. For reviews it doesn’t take that long. The only real prepwork is to grab the cover image, the purchase links, and the summary details. After that it is just a matter of typing up my intro and my review. When it comes to book tags, I prep by copying over the questions and linking to the tag creator and/or the person who tagged me. For some tags I can just answer the questions, but for others I may need to go and look around my personal library for a little while.  But really, most of my posts only take me about a half-hour or so to write up, which isn’t really that bad.
  10. How do you feel about the blogging community?I absolutely love the blogging community. Like I mentioned before, it is my favorite part of blogging, and I have made some great online friends because of it. I can also say that this community has introduced me to so many fun tags and readathons and book clubs, and I am so glad for all of it.
  11. What do you think one should do to create a successful blog?

    There are many things that any of us could do to create a successful blog, but I think being passionate about what you are doing is key. That and trying to have an active presence online. My previous blogs were ones where I didn’t exactly comment on other blogs and try to be a part of the community, and so they never really grew or developed at all. With this blog I have started following a bunch of other blogs, and reading and commenting on other posts, and it has greatly helped me.

Wow, okay, so now I’m supposed to tag people so they can do this tag as well. Hmm… I will tag these people, but if any of you would like to do this one, then by all means consider yourself tagged.

That’s all from me today. I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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Plans for the Rest of 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

I am making some plans for the remainder of 2018, and I really need your help to follow through with some of them…well, one in particular. So thanks for reading this post, and as a warning, it may get a little ramble-filled. We’ll see.

Anyway, my first planning category is obviously reading. My current Goodreads Reading Challenge goal is 100 books, but seeing as how I have finished 93 books already this year, I’m thinking I’ll need to increase this goal a little bit. I’m going to be a little conservative, and probably bump my goal up to 120 books.

Next up for my plans over the next few months is blogging, naturally. I’m doing pretty good with having my Wrap-Up/TBR post each month, as well as my Calendar Girls post each month, so those are definitely sticking around. I also plan to continue with my What I’m Reading posts each Wednesday. They are pretty easy to put together little by little through the week. Since I’m still reading quite a few volumes of manga, it is likely that I will be able to continue with my Manga Monday reviews (with the exception of the first Monday of each month, which is the Calendar Girls post day). What I hope to do is to also have one other post each week, whether that is a review or a book tag or something. Most likely reviews, because those are really starting to pile up on me.

Finally…here is the part where I need your help. Writing. I used to write all the time, working on drafting novels and then edit them, with the hope of publishing. I have been in a pretty big writer’s block for the past couple years, at least when it comes to creative writing. The truth is that I really miss writing. But now that I’ve spent so long not writing regularly, I’m struggling to get back into it. I just stare at my notebooks or my word document on my computer…and nothing happens.

So my plan is to spend the next six weeks trying to do some planning and preparation. Maybe some writing exercises to try to get used to creative writing again. Then, in November, I will participate in NaNoWriMo again. The last couple years I have still completed the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days during the month of November, but a lot of it has been forcing out words that honestly end up being 90% garbage.

That’s where I need your help. I need people to keep me accountable for my writing. People who will bug me in comments here on the blog and/or on social media. I need people to ask how my writing is going, and to keep asking me.

What I’d like to do is to start writing this novel I’ve been dreaming of for a little over a year now. Ideally I would write at least 50,000 words in November and then keep writing in December and on until I finish the novel.

I’ll probably try to do a couple writing posts between now and the start of NaNoWriMo (with some more random writing posts throughout this writing process). One of those posts will likely be some vague chatter about this novel that I plan on writing with a reader survey included.

So, can you help me out, my lovely online book friends?

Thanks for reading, everyone, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.