My career is in accounting. It took me four years to get my CPA license after graduating with my bachelor’s degree. The first year of that I was also getting my master’s degree while working full time. Accounting students that may be reading this: I do not recommend doing all three at once. Pick two. I used to be a tax accountant- did five tax seasons- and now I am a cast member. I create a story with numbers.
However, that is not the type of story I want to create. I started college as a creative writing major. I wrote a lot of fanfiction and a trilogy in high school. I want to be published. I want to write stories.
My goal this year is to create the stories I want to tell. But I’m treating it more seriously. I am reading books on writing. I am watching Brandon Sanderson’s lectures on YouTube. I even have a planner separate from my normal one to keep track of how much time I put into my writing. This blog included. It’s practice.
While my main goal is to finish the NaNoWriMo project I started in November, I also want to start creating more short stories. Ones that I can share here. I haven’t done that in some time, but I think it would be good for me. Exercise my brain and all that jazz. It should hopefully help with writer’s block as well when my main stories get to be difficult.
Speaking of NaNo, Camp NaNoWriMo starts next week! I have a modest goal of 20,000 words as it is a slightly busy time at work. I will be working on that 2019 NaNo project, and I hope you guys will join me! The people at NaNoWriMo are also doing a “Stay Home Wri Mo” right now. They are posting daily challenges and prompts on the Facebook page if anyone is interested.
Add me as a NaNo buddy: https://nanowrimo.org/participants/destinydalma. DestinyDalma is also my author name if you feel like reading cringey fanfiction on fanfiction.net that was written a decade or so ago. Tell me about your writing projects! We’re a large community, and I am excited to be a part of it.
I am so sorry it has taken this long to reveal the full list. I read 42 books last year, and my Goodreads goal was 40. Yay me! Here they are in order that I read them:
- Red Queen by Victoria Avegard
- Empire of Storms by SarahJ Maas
- Legendary by Stephanie Garber
- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
- Catwoman by Sarah J Maas
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
- The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm by Christopher Paolini
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
- Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
- Phasma by Delilah S Dawson
- The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
- Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
- Rebel Born by Amy A Bartol
- Before the Broken Star by Emily R King
- Eldest by Christopher Paolini
- Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
- Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
- The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham
- Into the Hourglass by Emily R King
- Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Fledgling by Nicole Conway
- Avian by Nicole Conway
- Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett
- No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
- Wicked by Gregory Maguire and Douglas Smith
- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
- Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire
- Finale by Stephanie Garber
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- The Thorn Princess by Bekah Harris
- Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul
- Loki by Mackenzi Lee and Stephanie Hans
- Heir of Iron Hearts by Bekah Harris
- Game of Shadows by Bekah Harris
- Reign of Darkness by Bekah Harris
- Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
- On Writing by Stephen King
- The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
- Everafter Song by Emily R. King
I would say that Song of Achilles and Spin the Dawn remain my top recommendations. Both had amazing storytelling, and I am still thinking about them almost a year later.
On Writing and No Plot? No Problem! were books I chose to help me with my author related goals. If you want to learn more about becoming a writer, especially if you plan on doing National Novel Writing Month, you should put these on your must read list. I have a couple more that I plan on reading this year as well. Do note that On Writing is about 50% autobiography of Stephen King. It’s a really interesting read.
Bekah Harris was a Kindle Unlimited find. I devoured her series on there. It’s a fun, quick young adult story dealing with fairies. I am mad at her for doing something to one of my favorite characters that I believe was not necessary, but that’s spoilers so… yeah. If you want something good and quick for a beach trip or school holiday, check her out.
Feel free to ask me about any of the books on my list. I promise to give honest reviews. I cannot wait to tell you all about what i am reading in 2020. My goal is 50 books, and I am currently at 17. I’ll do a post when I hit 25.