April Recap: The Month of Productivity

April, why can’t every month be like you?

Thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo, I was incredibly productive the month of April. I wrote 52,540 words, which averages to 1,751 per day. I hit my goal during Camp, and I made tons of progress on my project.

On the reading side, I only read 7 books, which is less than I wanted. But in my defense, I’m very close to finishing three books right now, and I’m reading two very long books (Anna Karenina – still, and 11/22/63).

Other accomplishments this month – I finally caught up with Mad Men, which involved watching 2 and a half seasons over the course of the month (it’s a lot of TV). I think Daredevil is up next. Saw Furious 7 and The Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters, which are both great movies, for different reasons.

Goals for May: Write 30,000 words (and maybe finish Project), read at least 8 books, finish Daredevil on Netflix, and watch Avengers at least 100 more times (okay, okay, maybe I won’t accomplish that one).

Good luck to you all this May!

January recap

I consider January to be the dreariest month of the year, so I’m happy that February is finally here. One of my goals this year is to be more consistent with my writing – e.g., less spurts of 7,000 words over the course of a weekend and more consecutive days of writing, even if it’s a little bit. After all, slow and steady wins the race, right?

In total, over the course of January, I wrote 22,329 words, which averages to about 720 words per day. It’s not my goal, which is 1,000 words per day, but it’s something. Most of those words are on one project, although I did stray a couple times and work on something else. I set an end date goal for that project of April 16th, and I’m currently on track to complete that by a few days, even though I’ve missed several days in the latter half of January. I’m hoping to get that average back up this month.

On the reading side, I finished 9 novels, which are outlined on my Reading List page. I’m on track to hit my reading goal this year, which is 100 books.

In other news, I’ve been slacking when it comes to movies this year. I try to see most, if not all, of the Best Picture nominees, along with the scattered films that pick up other big nominations or awards. To date, I think I’ve only seen three or four movies that are big in the awards scene this year. There just isn’t enough time in the day for all of the writing, reading, and movie watching that I need to do!

Last (but not least), I’m going to be running a promotion starting tomorrow, February 3rd, for my novel, The Historian. It’ll be a Kindle Countdown Deal, so it will be available for $.99 for a few days, and then $1.99 after that. Pretty good deal! Check it out if you haven’t yet.

Hope everyone had a productive January.

2015 Reading List

This year, I’m challenging myself to read 100 books through the  Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge.  I usually read 2 or 3 books at a time, because I get too impatient to wait until I’ve finished one to start the next one.  There are just too many good books waiting! I know that books will crop up that I haven’t thought of, but here is a list of books on my must read list for 2015:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (*If I have to leave out one, it’ll be this one)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Imperial Earth by Arthur C. Clarke
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
Blood of Angels by Michael Marshall
Collapse by Jared Diamond
American Gods by Neil Gaimon
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Books of Blood #3 and #4 by Clive Barker
The Intruders by Michael Marshall
The Peripheral by William Gibson
The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin (*Wishful thinking. I’m unrealistically optimistic for a 2015 release).

That’s 25 titles for the new year. That leaves me 75 to go. I tried to mix classics and contemporary novels, and I even put on a few non-fiction books on there.

Have I left anything out? Any recommendations for other must read books for the new year?