Hello My Scripturients,
A year ago today I decided to peruse a goal that I had been wanting to do for quite a while. As you may have guessed at this point I absolutely love books. They have been vessels for my happiness for such a long time that I wanted to shout my love from the roof tops.
Writing and filming these reviews and writing updates has defiantly been a learning curve for me. I haven't had the most eloquent reviews to start with but I am working on it. And will continue to work on it in the next few months. Down below I am going to be talk about updates to my posting schedule ect.
Now a year later I have a little bubble of friends. I have had interactions with best selling authors traditional and indie, small booktubers, and readers and writes alike. We share our love for books across many platforms. This community that I have become a part of is so kind and so encouraging. Everyone is so inspiring and I find it incredibly encouraging to hear, and see how people are doing in their own writing projects.
This has helped me a lot this year. Particularly this semester when I have been felling down on myself. You all keep me in check and don't even realize it. Just by clicking on the link to get to this blog post you are holding me accountable for the things that I say I am going to do. This little bit of structure helps to keep me on track and keep me feeling happy and healthy.
So officially, next Wednesday December 13th my Senior Thesis is due at noon and after that I will have finished my degree. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH Okay got that out of my system haha. That has pretty much been my internal monologue since mid- November.
So if you have finished your degree Katelyn what does that mean for your blog?
I am glad you asked. It means I will have a lot more time for you all! I am working on a day job, and I will be working a show, but I plan on spending a lot of time writing for this blog, reading for reviews, filming videos and, writing my books. (Wednesday is going to be all about this with a NaNoWriMo update and book plotting session) And of course you will get to hear all about all of those things. Why else have this place I can shoot nonsense into the void from?
You may know that I have a youtube channel where I also post reviews and updates on my reading and writing projects. I think that both platforms are invaluable as a reader/ writer working to improve my reading and writing skills now that I am going to be out of school. As such I am going to use them as a pair. I am going to try to have a video for each review, a blog post for each wrap up, ect. I have been sticking to a Monday, Wednesday schedule over there so I am going to go for that here. So Writing Wednesday, and Fiction Fridays are back, being joined by Monday Musings. A series of blog posts on things in the publishing world that have intrigued me or really any random thing I wanna talk to you about.
I am thinking of starting a monthly newsletter. What do you think? Let me know on one of my socials what you think and what sort of things you like from other newsletters.
So I got caught up in work and now am writing this blog post at 1 am. I can't tell if it even makes sense. I am sure I am missing things. If so check out my twitter for any updates after posting.
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How are you? I have been busy working and planning planning for Camp Nanowrimo. If you aren't sure what Camp Nanowrimo, it is run by the same people that doe Nanowrimo, but this time it is more flexible. Instead of doing 50k I will be able to choose my word count. I am not really sure what my word count will be yet, I am still working on outlining the end of The Fritual's Fatel. If you want to know a bit more about Camp Nanowrimo and Nanowrimo I did a video on youtube last week all about my Nano experience.( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8O2lvaGdzc )
So what have I been doing to help my writing progress? I have been busy rereading all that I have written and edited, and am making a "reverse outline" of what I have written and plan to start a full outline this week. If you wanna know more about my outlining process you can look back in my posts from January where I discussed it breifly, or subscribe to my Youtube channel where this weeks video will be on creating an outline.
My writing goals this month:
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We are gunna be looking at something a bit different today. I have to order my school books today. And I kinda thought it would be interesting too look at the books I have for this semester? Maybe? It is what is on my mind and my bank account right now.
I will be taking hopefully 18 credits this semester. If you didn't know I am a Creative Writing major and a Theatre minor, and my schedule clearly reflects that.
My classes include:
Shakespeare: I have always loved reading Shakespeare or as we lovingly call him here at Wells "Billy Shakes". Even in high school when we would read the scripts "popcorn style" I loved his work and the variety in his work. I have only had the oppurtunity to act in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" so I am excited to spend the semester studying his works in depth. I am kinda cheating for this one and am going to see if I can just use my own anthologies of the scripts and the sonnets but the books for this class are:
Special Topics in American Novel: This class is being called just Moby Dick because that is what we have decided we are going to study. This semester we will be studying Moby Dick by Herman Melville for the entirety of the semester. I found a free copy of the book last year but never have read it so I am looking forward to reading it. The copy I have is the 150 year anniversary edition though a different version is needed.
Special Topics in American Poetry: As I just said, I am not a huge fan of poetry, even more so modern poetry.... but I love the professor and he makes it more accessible for the people (me) that have a hard time analyzing the poems. So this should be a fun class. This is also one of his favorite poets, at least he mentions him a lot lol so it should be pretty great.
Intro to Stage Lighting&Design: Here is where the Theatre minor pops in. I know very basices to stage lighting from high school so when this class cropped up I knew I had to take it! I mainly know how to act (does anyone really know how to act?) so working back stage this semester has been a nice refresher.
Adv. Rhsl & Perf/Theatre: This month I am Stage Managing the show Juvie here on campus. I have never stage managed a show so this will be a learning experience for me. But I am close with most of the cast and know I can turn to people if I need help.
Internship: Lastly I will be doing an internship this semester for a small publishing company in Rochester called Starry Night Publishing. I will be helping to convert their classic literary collection to ebook format. I am really, really excited to start this. It will my first insight into the publishing industry.
A lover of words, reading and writing.