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What are words? | Week 1 of #NaNoWriMo2016

Posted 7 November, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Fun, NaNoWriMo, Updates, writing challenges / 1 Comment

Guys, guys, guys…HALP?
I honestly don’t know why I chose to do this. I mean…50k in a month? Am I mad? YES. Yes, I am. So as I forgot to actually VLOG this week, I realise I’d have to do a written post about my progress so far. WHUUUUUT WHYYYY
CRIES
Okay, enough dramatics. 
I’ve been pretty behind on my word count, but not as much as in previous years. I’m  holding up well. Here’s a break down:
Tuesday 1st November: I kinda cheated this day because I forgot to reset the word count on scrivener. *gasps* Yeah, so  I put into nano site I did 1200 words, which wasn’t THAT far off, to be honest.
Wednesday 2nd November: Ugh, I hate maths. Nano site doesn’t tell me (past the actual day) how many words I did specifically, and I forgot to write notes. I used a calculator (woo go me!) and deduced I wrote 1164 words this day. *party time*
Thursday 3rd November: Apparently I wrote 1159 words? Um…okay, if you insist Mr Calculator.
Friday 4th November: Seriously, I’m thinking I’m doing the maths wrong. *growls* Apparently I only wrote 1058 words this day. WHAT?
Saturday 5th November (*Guy Fawkes day* WOOOOOT! fireworks everywhere!!!): *calculates* ah yes, that’s better. I wrote 2240 words. I am the master of words this day! Watch me type….ROAR! 
Sunday 6th November: sigh. 1269. I SWEAR I wrote more. I swear it. This adding and subtracting business is screwing with me. GRRRR!
Monday 7th November (THAT’S TODAY!!!): Haha, well that’s easy. 0words. I mean, I haven’t written any yet. I’ll guess..hmmm…I’ve written 5000 words today. 😛 What? You don’t believe I can do it? Pfft! 
Just you wait.
*starts rapping Hamilton lyrics* 
Oops, sorry.
See ya next week! xx Kat xx
p.s. if you’re doing NaNo, let me know your progress! I wanna know who I need to beat. Mwahahahaha
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Did somebody say #NaNoWriMo?

Posted 14 October, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Updates, writing challenges / 0 Comments

I was going to make a video, proclaiming how I would be taking part in the greatest writing challenges of our generation, NaNoWriMo. It would have been magical.
Sigh.
But, because I am still ill – though honestly, I’ve been ill for a lot longer than this before but for some reason this seems exceptionally long and therefore I am 1000% done – and I can’t exactly TALK properly without coughing like a crack addict (do crack addicts cough? I dunno. I would have put ‘smokers’ but it sounded too cliche, ya know? no? alright then) so filming, alas, is out of the question. Unless…you wanna watch me hacking my lungs up and husking out words with maximum effort? 

Didn’t think so.

So here is me, saying to you, that yes, I will be doing nanowrimo.
WHAT?

what indeed. 
Don’t act all surprised. You didn’t really think I’d not TRY this year, did you? I’ve “TRIED” every year since 2009…or 10. I can’t quite remember.

The details are hazy.

But in any case, it’s going to be one mish mash of ‘oh this is fun’ to ‘fuck it, I give up on this shit’. 

Same old, same old

that’s pretty much how I feel about a lot of my half hearted stories.

But this year, ohhhhhh no, I’m working it. 

Not exactly an accurate example of how I work, but you get the idea.

So I know that the idea is to start a NEW story, new idea, but whenever I do that, I end up bored half way or stuck somewhere in the 20k mark, wishing for a life boat to save me from these wretched waters. 
This time, I’m already 10k into a story, that I’m ACTUALLY enjoying somewhat, and so for nano I’m going to use this time to FINISH. IT. ALL. Like no lie, really, I’m gonna finish it. I know, crazy right? 
It’s a whole new experience. lol

Since I don’t expect to WIN anyway, I might as well work toward a goal I can master. Which is why this story is (so far) going to be a novella. Until I decide that actually no, wait, it could be a full ass novel. I have utterly given up on working towards a 60k plus novel, getting to the half way point or whatever and losing the plot entirely. If I even had a plot to begin with. 
If you’re interested in reading what I have so far…here’s a link to my WattPad account: just clickety click here 
As far as what the story is about is concerned….well all I’ve gathered so far is it’s about magic, and evil step sisters, and teens who just don’t know themselves that well. I’ll try and throw in some romance, but that’s not exactly my strong suit. Neither is action, so don’t, yknow, hold out hope. 
If you’re planning on doing nano, let me  know. If you fancy adding me to your buddies list on the nanowrimo site, my username is Woah_It’sKat

 

So until my next update which may or may not happen in video or written form – depends on my health – I’ll see ya later!

Wish me luck. November’s gonna be hell.

-Kat

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Update | A weekly summary | Lots of Gifs | The Struggle Is Real

Posted 13 October, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Updates / 2 Comments

Who needs bookshelves, really? 
Bookworms.
And you want to know the problem with book shelves? 
Books.
Why?
I don’t know about you, but I constantly rearrange my books, they always leave me frustrated. I mean, why can’t they just…Align? Match? Be the right height? Why can’t they sit still, stop leaning, be quiet?
I recently moved some of the books from my TBR bookcase to my regular bookcase, and now there are books I haven’t read hidden among books I have read. I don’t have OCD but maybe I do because there’s a severe itch to put them back. But let’s face it, they’d have to be moved once they’re read anyway so why not now? I was running out of room on the TBR case. It had to be done.
But I’ve also developed this obsession with heights and books aligning properly. I never had that before. Only a couple years ago I’d be okay with one hard back in a series of paperbacks. Now? 
I’m conflicted. 
I just ordered two books from a series I’ve already got, read a few times, just so I can have them in hardback. WHO AM I?
Crazy. Probably. Almost definitely.
Oh and don’t get me started on reading slumps. I’ve got all these new nice lovely wonderful books and LIKE NO MOTIVATION TO READ THEM. 
I blame Supernatural 
It’s ruined me. I’m re-watching the show from start. In less than a week I’ve gone through 2 and a half seasons. LOL
And then there’s the issue of the books I’m reading. Crooked Kingdom and Heir of Fire. Yknow, there’s a way to make it quicker to read. MAKE THEM SHORTER!
I swear to god, CK could have been made into 2 more books. I love it, I love the series, but it’s so convoluted It’s just taking too long for me to make sense. I want to be done. I want the ending. I have 150 pages left and I’m about done. 
I just thought I’d write this jumbled up mess of a blog post because yknow I’ve not blogged in ages and I feel like you deserve to know stuff. 
Also, I’ve been ill for over a week now, and a cough to make the heaviest smoker proud. 
I’ll see you when I’ve finished something. BYEEEEE
XX
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#UKYACX BLOG TOUR | Spotlight on…Ellen Phethean @phethean @UKYACX

Posted 12 September, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blog Tours, Book Promo, Interviews, Spotlight / 0 Comments

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Ren and the Blue Hands
Set in the fictional 16th Century Calico Isles, Ellen Phethean’s YA novel, Ren and The Blue Hands, sees teenaged Ren drawn into a world of intrigue, passion and politics.
Betrayal by your friends is heart breaking, betrayed by your own heart is devastating.
In a world on the cusp of change, Ren, a Blue Hand dyer, is plucked from the dye sheds to become lady’s maid up at Barrow Hall. At first she’s excited about her future, but through her mistress, Lady Lilac, she becomes entangled in a plot which threatens the dye industry that has supported her family and the islands for generations. When the secret organisation, the Mazards are exposed, Ren must think and act for herself. She’s torn between helping the conspirators, loyalty to her roots and her love for fellow conspirator Bark. Driven by passion into danger, where right and wrong are hard to tell, only a terrible event can help her see more clearly.
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On a personal level it’s about love, loyalty and how to do the right thing. On a wider level it explores political themes of power and espionage as factions struggle to control the winds of change.
It’s due to be published on 2nd November by Red Squirrel Press, it’s the first book in a trilogy
  1. Ren and the Blue Hands
  2. Ren and the Blue Cloth (working title)
  3. Ren in Samara (working title)

 

Ellen Phethean wrote Wall, a teen novel in poems, set in the Byker Wall estate, based on her interviews and workshops in the east of Newcastle while Writer in Residence for Seven Stories, Newcastle in 2003/4. Wall was published by Smokestack Books, 2007.

She followed that up with another teen novel in poems Hom, set in the West End of Newcastle, published online as a weekly blog, still available at her website.

Her latest young adult novel, Ren and the Blue Hands, in prose, is launched in November 2016 by Postbox Press (an imprint of Red Squirrel Press). Inspired by real historical events, but set in the fictional 16th Century Calico Isles, Ren and the Blue Hands, was Long listed for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2012: ‘A vividly imagined historical background, and interesting mixture of politics and romance. Ren is a courageous female hero whom readers will empathise with and root for.’

She’s a sound artist, playwright and poet too – her first poetry collection Breath, 2009 Flambard, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010.  Her second collection, Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman, 2014, Red Squirrel Press was a New Writing North Read Regional choice for 2014.

Ellen’s website
Tweets as @phethean

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What inspired you to write this?

First of all, years ago, I came up with a scene and a character in a writing workshop. A young woman finding a secret note. It seemed to be about a mystery and I kept writing scenes – I wrote about young women working together in a dark shed and singing beautifully. I imagined a nasty villain when I was given the word Grist. So it all began with bits and pieces, and all seemed set in some historical past.

Then I read about the real struggle in the Dye industry in the 16th century, when the Guilds in Europe were resisting a new dye, Indigo, coming in from India. They called it the Devil’s Dye – and that became the core of the story that pulled all my disparate bits of scenes and characters together. My women workers in a shed were Dyers, the Blue Hands. But I knew their resistance to the new dye was bound to failure, so I began to think about when change is inevitable, how and why do people adapt? I gave these dilemmas to my main character Ren, who’s caught up in the middle of these big historical changes, and has to deal with it on a personal level.

Is this a fantasy?

No, because it’s based on real events and all the technology and clothes are based on 16th life, but I’ve taken liberties with reality, and have created my own alternative world. I’m aiming for emotional rather than literal truth. It makes the book difficult to categorise by genre – it’s a historical drama, but fictional, some call it fantasy because I made up the country, but that suggests dragons and elves – there’s no magic or non-human characters. There’s a love story at its heart, so it’s a romance too, but it’s also about political struggle. Try and sum up that in three words!

Did you have to do research?

I used many historical sources for help and ideas. It’s been the greatest fun imaginable making up the world, my 16th Century cosmos. Characters have natural names like Bark and Moss and Count Saffron. The blue dye comes from the Shebble Shell. The group of isles where Shebble shell is found are The Calico Isles where the story is set. Braymer is the country that exports the wool and yarn that gets dyed by Shebble shell.

The workers on Calico are organised by their Gild. The different classes of society are subject to sumptuary laws (which were real laws detailing who could wear what fabric and colour of clothing) – in my world only the wealthiest nobles are allowed to wear the unique Shebble blue dyed cloth, while workers in the dye industry get Blue Lung or Shebble Pox, and their hands are stained blue.

I’d done an MA in Theatre Studies, and had explored the traditions of Shakespearean theatre, so I included a Travelling Theatre troupe called The Chancellor of Braymer’s Men who come to Calico to perform for the May Day Revels and stir things up. In the past there have been Dye Wars. The time of peaceful monopoly of Shebble is about to change.

Where is it set?

In my imagination, the Calico Isles are a sort of combination of mediterranean islands with elements of Cornwall. The country of Braymer is a colder, more northerly island, not a million miles away from Britain. Samara, the third major country referred to, is a mash-up of north african/middle eastern countries.

Was it a dragged out process?

Yes! I’ve been writing the story off and on for about 10 years, and it’s only in the last four or five years that I really got down to working out how the story fitted together, and filling it out. It took two more books to get the story to a satisfactory end and I still haven’t quite finished the third although I know where it’s going. I haven’t decided on the actual fate of my main character in the final chapter!

I put an early draft in for the Times Chicken House Children’s Novel competition in 2012 and it was long listed which gave me a confidence boost, and encouraged me to keep working and finish it all.

Do you have any favourite authors?

Two of my favourite YA authors are Ursula Le Guin, particularly The Wizard of Earthsea, and the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Not only are they great writers of stories that grab you and you can’t put down, but they also deal with real, serious issues that people have to deal with: moral dilemmas, how to choose the right decision in difficult circumstances, complex characters who are both good and bad. They set their stories in the other worlds, but that allows the reader to reflect back on the real world. If I could achieve that in my writing, I’d be happy.


Thank you to Ellen for the interview, and to all those reading this, thank you. Check out the #UKYACX tag on twitter to follow posts on the authors attending the event on the 17th September in Newcastle!! 

-Kat

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What’s this? What’s this? There’s something very wrong! #bookbloggers

Posted 17 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Updates / 0 Comments

Haha, got your attention! You like my Jack Skellington reference? No, but seriously, this is horrible. I’m in serious trouble. Reading wise.
I’ve not finished a book in 7 weeks! 
I mean, yes, I’ve read a few pages here and there, but of DIFFERENT books. It’s seriously getting me down. I think me reading 9 books in June properly ruined me.

So instead I’ve been editing my WIP, the one which I finished the first draft of a few years ago. It’s going…okay. So far. I’ve also been watching Netflix. 
And I mean. A lot. Of. Netflix.
I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls. I’m on to season 4 now and I must say, I can’t stop talking/thinking/dreaming of it. I’ve also been rewatching Once Upon A Time. Because, yknow, why not? 
The show is like crack for me. Anyway, besides THAT, I’ve been rereading bits of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (cos usually contemporaries get me out of slumps…) and I’ve been sort of rereading An Ember In The Ashes. I’m supposed to be in a buddy read with @emmmmychan on twitter, but again, that’s kind of a lost cause as I’ve been slow. Slow as fuck. (excuse me. I’m frustrated, okay?)
Of course I’d fall into the slump of hell given that I recently acquired a shit ton of books. If you saw my latest book hauls, I have like…35 odd new books to read. On top of the 40 odd I had to start with. I know to some people that’s not a lot, but my god, my shelves are bursting at the…hinges? 
I don’t really have a point to this post, but I felt like I needed/wanted/should post something, since I’m also out of ideas for booktube. Not to mention energy. I’ve just had no enthusiasm, energy, motivation or inspiration, to do just about ANYTHING. Short of go to my nieces on the days I’m supposed to (like prison visiting rights, it’s Monday/Tuesday or nothing …-.-) I go nowhere. Not that that’s much different to usual, but it’s been worse since I got back from SDCC. I’ve been in constant ‘can’t be bothered’ syndrome for weeks. Ugh. It doesn’t usually last this long. 
ANYway, enough babbling on about my problems. LOL. Tell me about your days? 
-Kat
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#SBPT | Week 7: Brooke from The Cozy Little Book Nook @brookeevans2001 @TheBookBratz

Posted 14 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Interviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Hey everyone! We’re nearly at the end of this fun tour organised by The Book Bratz. Again, thanks for having me! This week we’re talking to Brooke as she does the Epic Reads book tag. Enjoy! 🙂

 


Hi Everyone! I’m Brooke from The Cozy Little Book Nook and I’m so happy to be able to blog here on Kat’s blog today! So my post today is the Epic Reads Tag which is just questions about books (duh). Anyway, without too much of my blabbering, let’s get into the post!

 

  1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Ok I talked about this in another of these SBPT posts but I will talk about it again because I love it so much. Kiera Cass and her character, America Singer. I would love to talk with Kiera Cass about the thought process behind the book, how she came up with the idea, etc… Also America Singer is such a force to reckon with and a role model to like everyone. As to what I’ll serve… I guess cookies and coffee (because I dislike tea).

 

  1. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?
For some reason, i don’t have strong feelings about any authors having a prequel for their book. I don’t know if it’s just that I don’t want to (which actually is highly unlikely) or that I’ve just read so many books these last couple of weeks that I can’t remember any of them.

 

  1. Which two characters (NOT from the same book) do you think would make a good couple?
Two characters that would make a good couple and not from the same book. Taylor from The Way to Game the Walk of Shame and Finn from Summer of Sloane. Even though the two books both ended up with them having a happy ending, I feel like the two can really balance each other out with their personalities.

 

  1. If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?
‘Oh My Gosh I love you’ (?) But knowing me, I’ll probably just stand there staring in awe at them trying to figure out what to say and then end up saying nothing to them.

 

  1. What book made you a reader and why?
There is no specific book that made me a reader; books were something that I always loved as a young child since I had all the friends that I could ever want in books. But when middle school started, I kinda lost that passion for reading due to my lack of time so when I read The Selection by Kiera Cass, I guess that’s what made me the reader I am now and the reason I started my blog.

 

  1. Incendio! Your bookshelf just caught on fire! Show us the one book you save.
Um why would you ever do this to me? I think the book I would save is The Unexpected Everything because I haven’t read it yet and I’ve been wanting to read it for so long. But let’s be real, I’ll be grabbing all the books that I have on my shelves if they catch on fire.

 

  1. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?
Hmmm, which dystopian world would I like to live in. I’m not sure because the only ones that I’m thoroughly familiar with is the Hunger Games and The Selection so….. But they both have huge downsides so I think I like living in our current world… That’s also the reason I like reading contemporary books over dystopian books (but I still like reading them both).

 

  1. What is your most epic read of all time?
Why are all these questions so hard to answer? Actually I’m just indecisive. My most epic read of all time is One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swanker. But of course, that is just my choice for right now.

 

  1. Also, tag some friends to answer these questions!
This sounds utterly cliche but I tag all of you guys to do this tag! Also send me links to your posts if you do this tag so I can see it too!

Thank you so much to Kat for having me on her blog today! If you guys want to see more of my posts, go over to my blog, The Cozy Little Book Nook and check those out because I’m featuring another blogger on there as well!

 

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Thanks to Brooke for taking part. Make sure you look at the #SBPT hashtag to see others’ blog posts! 🙂 See ya next week.
-Kat
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Alright, I’m doing this! #BoutOfBooks17

Posted 8 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Readathons, Reading Challenges, Updates, Video / 2 Comments

 It’s not for a while yet, but I plan on taking part in #BoutOfBooks17 and I plan on KICKING ASS!
What is #Boutofbooks17 you ask? Well…
Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.
As you probably are aware, I’ve been in a horrid reading slump since my fantastic June reading frenzy. Pretty sure I burned myself out. Since then I’ve not managed to finish anything in July or even this first week of August. Oh yeah, I’ve read a few chapters of different books, and I’ve been rereading stuff, but I’ve yet to finish ANYTHING. It is really getting me down, especially since I’ve bought so many new books in the past few weeks, and I just can’t get the enthusiasm to read, either.
I’ve not participated in any readathons since June, and I am really hoping this one will get me out of this slump and back in the saddle, so to speak. 🙂
If you’re planning on taking part, please let me know by commenting in the box below.
Also if you haven’t already seen, I uploaded 2 new book haul videos, so this will give you an idea of what I might be reading. 😛 Though nearer the time I’ll post what I will ACTUALLY be reading, HAHA.

 

 

 

 

So I’ll see you later, and remember, keep on reading! 🙂
-Kat
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#SBPT | Week 6: Flo from Book Nerds Across America @TheBookBratz @booknerdsblog

Posted 7 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Fun, Updates / 0 Comments

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Yo ho everyone! Week 6 on the Summer Blog Promo Tour and wow, I can’t believe we’re this far through the summer already! Jeez…Where is the time going?
Anyway, this week is all about Flo from Book Nerds Across America. Everybody should check out their blog! 😀
Today Flo will be doing the Bookish Identity Tag. So take it away!
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Hi! *waves* Flo here. I am co-founder of Book Nerds Across America and…well…I’m a Book Nerd! When I was a little girl, my Mom literally took me aside one day and said, “…maybe you read TOO much?!” Yeah. True story. I devoured Lurlene McDaniel, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, John Grisham, Michael Crichton. Fast forward to today, and you’ll get a girl who devours most anything YA and certainly anything that keeps my attention! I love falling into a book, where all I want to do with myself is read it. I love cute, quirky fictional YA guys. I literally need a new bookshelf, because my apartment is being overrun by books. Like Mary, I am a staff member member of Down With The Capitol and co-host of Haymitch Happy Hour. You can follow me on Twitter at@FloeticFlo.

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– What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
My first thought was the Harry Potter world. How cool would it be to go to Hogwarts?! But I think Narnia was pretty cool, too, right?
– Who would your partner be?
Ooohh….hmm. Vague enough question that I’m swimming in possibilities. My first thought was Cress because she can hack me into anywhere I want to be, so I guess I’ll go with that.
– Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]
Dionysus! God of Wine 🙂 I mean….. ;-p
– Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]
Nephilim. Blood kinda grosses me out, so couldn’t be a vamp. I’m not clever enough with my words to be fae. And much as I love Jacob Black, Luke and other wolves, shapeshifting looks so uncomfortable, so I couldn’t be a werewolf. 
– Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]
I’m Hufflepuff through and through! #PuffPride
– Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]
Amity. What is it they say in the beginning of the Insurgent movie? “Go in happiness”? Love it!
– What would be your daemon [Northern Lights]
I don’t know this one, so I’ll take a pass.

Thank you to Flo for taking part, and again to The Book Bratz for organising this wonderful tour! I’ll see you next week!
P.s. remember to check out the #SBPT tag on twitter for other bloggers! 😀
-Kat
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#SBPT | Week 5: The Book Bratz @thebookbratz

Posted 31 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blog Tours, Blogging Challenges, Updates / 0 Comments

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Hey all. It’s week 5 and I have the wonderful creator of this promo tour joining me today. Meet Amber from The Book Bratz. Here she talks about juggling both life and blogging, and just what kinds of things one can do to ease the pressure.
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For those of you that don’t know me that well, I always seem to be busy. I’m involved in tons of extracurricular inside and outside of school, and I try to keep up with blogging whenever I can. Now that I’m out of high school and it’s summertime, you’d think I’d have more time to get blog work done…but I actually have less. All of my free time is spent dorm shopping, at college orientations, preparing for college, working at my summer job, doing my summer assignments, etc. So you might be asking yourself how the heck I do it, which is my intentions for this post: to explain to you how!
I have a few key pieces of advice that help me to multitask with blogging and my everyday life. So without further ado, here they are:

#1: Set aside a certain time to get blog work done.

Most of the time for me it ends up being Sunday mornings, where I’ll set aside an hour or two to make sure that I finish setting up and scheduling all of the blog’s posts for the week. I sit down (away from distractions, which I mention more in #2), and I focus on setting up posts, updating the blog’s review archive, being active on the social media, replying back to comments, entering giveaways and visiting other blogs, etc. I actually factor “blog work” into my daily planner for the week to make sure that I have a set time to get work done without worrying that I’ll be interrupted somehow.

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#2: Distance yourself from distractions!

I am well acquainted with the rabbit hole that is social media. When I’m doing blog work (such as I am right now), I usually stick my phone in the other room or facedown across the room on silent, and I only check it during breaks. Because the minute I cave and answer one text, I’ll answer them all, and then check Twitter, and then Instagram, and then snapchat…and then, before you know it, all of my preciously scheduled blog work time is over.

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#3: Make social media a priority.

Okay, I know this sounds like the complete opposite of #2, but hear me out. Since I’m constantly running around all day, by the time I get home I tend to be pretty exhausted and won’t check the blog’s Twitter. Then I’ll notice that for five or so days in a row, all I did was Tweet the post links. Part of being a blogger is interacting with your followers. You’re literally nothing except an empty space of internet without them. So what I’ve started doing is taking a lull in my day and setting my phone timer for ten minutes, and then I spend those ten minutes scrolling through the blog Twitter’s feed, replying to Tweets, entering giveaways, etc. It’s my goal to be active on the blog’s Twitter for at least ten minutes each day, which is barely anything when you’re super busy. It’s easy to do, and I love interacting with you guys.
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#5: Read every waking chance you get.
As book bloggers, reviewing will always be our top priority, even when we do other posts (such as this one) or promotions and such. When reading time is sparse, I learn to read every chance I get. I throw my book in my bag and cart it with me wherever I go, so I’m never without it. I’ll read on line at the post office, in a waiting room, while getting a pedicure, etc. Stealing ten or so minutes of reading time everywhere you go will eventually add up and help you finish a book a lot faster than just trying to speed-read every night after a long, exhausting day.

*this post was taken from The Book Bratz blog with permission. To read the full original, see this link


Thank you to The Book Bratz for taking part and also for organising this tour. It’s been lots of fun so far and I look forward to the rest of it. 🙂
Remember to look at the #SBPT tag on twitter to find other blog posts. 
I’ll see you next week! 😀
-Kat
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