Monthly Archives: November 2011

RTW: Best November Reading


Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.



This week’s topic:  What’s the best book you read in November?

I’m going with THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger (I swear it’s not because she is a YA HIGHWAY member!).

This read was really fun and unexpected! Being inside Bianca’s head was a fun ride ;)


I tried picking only one, but I have to mention another:

RULES OF ATTRACTION by Simone Elkeles.

I confess I didn’t pay attention to the order and didn’t read (yet) the first on the series, about Alex Fuentes. This one was about his brother, Carlos Fuentes, and omg I love Carlos!


November was an YA contemporary month.

Tomorrow I’ll publish a post with all the books I’ve read this month.

How about you? Did you read these? What was the best book you read in November?


Model Monday: Music 02

I love soundtracks. While browsing for Pirates of Caribbean, Thor, Narnia and Lord of The Rings, I found this group, called Two Steps From Hell.


Their latest CD


How come I had never heard from them before?

Well, now I want to compensate for the wasted time lol

I just bought many of their songs and added to my writing playlist.

They are amazing!


Some samples:

(I couldn’t decide between the 785 they have … so I chose a few).











And don’t tell me you don’t think their songs are inspiring! They are simply AMAZING!




#ROW80 Checkin 11/27


Hello everyone!

Here we go for another check-in (already?).

Note: this post was written Friday night and scheduled to go live on Sunday morning (so no news from Sat and Sun). 


Reminder of my goals:

  1. Participate on NaNoWriMo
  2. Revise my NaNo novel (G.H.)
  3. Read 1 book per week
  4. Blog at least once per week (besides the #ROW80 check-ins)
  5. Comment on #ROW80 friends’ blogs



All done.



Finished THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

Finished RULES OF ATTRACTION by Simone Elkeles.

Reading HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD NOVEL by James N. Frey. Hopefully, I’ll have finished it by Sunday.



Honestly, I lost count of how many words I wrote each day this week. However, I went from 39k words (last Friday) on my NaNo novel to 50k (on Thursday). And added about 3,400 words on Friday.

I just wrote the final battle. I tend to rush through it because I’m so caught up (battles are exhausting! lol). I have to learn to relax and think it through, think about all surrounding the battle, all emotions, etc.

Then, I just need to write the three final scenes to settle everything and I’ll be done with it. So it should be more 8k-12k words to finish this manuscript.


How are you, my friends? How was everyone’s Thanksgiving?

To check other #row80 members’ progress, you can visit the blog and click on today’s check-in post. There you’ll find a linky list with all the participants.



I kicked NaNoWriMo @$$

I’ve finished NaNoWriMo yesterday!

Yup, I did it!


My manuscript (I’m calling it G.H. for now) isn’t finished yet, but it’s near the end. About more 10k-15k should do it.

Oh, I would like to tell you two  things:

  1. I didn’t wrote on 11 of these 24 days. Oh, yeah. Sick kid, sick me, holidays and weekends. Busy month, I’ll say. So, doing the math, I got 50k words down in 13 days.
  2. Well, 13 days if you count the novel I started writing but abandoned the second week of NaNo. That’s right. I changed manuscripts on the second week. The first ms had about 15k words on it when I switched to a new ms and went from 0 to 50k words ;)

Before you go “ohmigosh how can you write so much” just remember I don’t have a day job and my daughter goes to school at least for the afternoon, giving me  lot of free time, of writing time.

Writing is my day job. If I don’t get a lot of words down on a regular writing day, it means I’m procrastinating and doing a really, really bad job. Which happens sometimes. I try to treat writing as my serious job, which means to write even when I’m not in the mood and through blocks and through colds. I just push it through. However, it does happen when I have a migraine (which is often) and when I procrastinate to start my writing section for the day … I end up going around the house, fixing things, cooking, etc … there is always something to do around the house … I’m getting better at this, though there are days when I slip a little.

Anyway, I’m happy I “won” NaNo!

And how are you guys? Done? Almost there?

Good luck!


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