Mini Update

Hey everyone, I am sorry I’ve been away, but I hope that soon I will come back to regular posting.

Currently, I am still sick with the flu and on antibiotics, so I hope to feel better soon ❤

Sick, Coffee n' Notes

I will see you all in a few 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Mid Month Update of #NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone, I hope that your day is going well and if you’re doing NaNoWriMo then I wish you all a great writing week 😉 As we enter our third week into Nanowrimo… I thought it was the best time to share with you how I did so far 🙂

Week 1

If you are following me on Instagram, Then you know through my story that I had a busy week with my mom, doing a small procedure to look if everything is okay with her. Everything is relatively okay, lol 😀 I also started to feel really bad and I check my temperature and I have a fever that comes and goes (don’t know why). I really don’t like being sick and… I don’t have much time for that, lol.

Day 1: 1767
Day 2: 1833
Day 3: 0
Day 4: 0

Total: 3,600 words 🙂

Week 2

After a few days of not writing, I finally had a couple of days where I could do some writing and catch up on my word count. I have a few appointments with my mom to see a doctor in the hospital, and a few ultrasounds, but I hope to catch up more on the next week 😉

Day 5: 6580
Day 6: 0
Day 7: 300
Day 8: 0
Day 9: 1470
Day 10: 3028
Day 11: 0

Total: 17,678 words 🙂

Nanowrimo, Coffee n' Notes

I really hope that next week I will be able to push more than my daily word count goal (as I am still very much behind) and do a bit more of writing 🙂 So wish me good luck everyone and I wish you tons of luck as well in your word count. Now get to your writing.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Last Minute Prep

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good day. For me, it’s morning right now as I write to you and my day is already planned to be a very busy day of last minute prep for NaNo and some house chores, hehe. I hope your day is looking better and more relaxed 🙂 Btw, if you want a writing buddy, I would be happy to be yours – Add me if you want here

Let’s take this second to breathe in, lol… NaNo is only 1 day away 😀

Going Crazy

I really wanted to write a last-minute prep and some tips to help you get started and overcome the blank page and start the first day of Nano with good energy and feeling of being prepared as possible. If you are trying NaNoWriMo for the first time or you do it for years, sometimes we get overwhelmed really fast… So we all can use a little help and I am here to try and make things a bit easier 😉

Organize your thoughts

Take a look at your outline and try to finish it, or add more details before NaNo starts. If you don’t like writing an outline, write some notes on how your novel will start and end and more importantly, what do you think might happen in the middle of the story. This way you won’t get stuck and you always have something to go back to and that will help you going through that middle burned out.

Writing

Sleep

Try to go to sleep early today and don’t go for that midnight writing. You will be exhausted the next day and you already be behind on your word count. Take this night to sleep well and relax as much as you can, so when you wake up the next day, you will be ready to conquer the day and write all those words.

Make a last-minute commitment

Say to yourself and to everyone around you that the upcoming month you won’t be able to be as social as before. Make a commitment that you are doing your best to finish your novel and win Nanowrimo. Also, go the NaNoWriMo site and make your announcement there as well 🙂

Plan your writing but also plan your breaks

This one is the most simple but still so hard to be committed to, lol. But in order to really finish that Nano project, you must schedule your writing in blocks of time, every day both for your writing and for your breaks.

Last but not least… Stay calm, embrace the madness and have fun ❤

Writing

Hope this last minute prep helped in any way…. What are you doing on your last day before Nano starts?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Happy 3 Years Blogiversary (WOW)

I received a notification that I’ve been blogging for 3 years… WOW ❤

How amazing is that?

It’s my third blogiversary – omg I am so shocked and overwhelmed – wow 😀 I am so happy to see how much I’ve changed and how much my writing have changed because of starting this blog and meeting all of you ❤

Wow… I can’t stop saying wow, lol.

I know that I took a long break due to my mom’s health issues, but I am still so happy and so amazed that it has been 3 years. That three years ago, I decided to open a window into my life and into my writing and even though it scared the hell out me (still do, lol), I am so happy that I took this step and even more so… I am extremely happy to know you all and have you here in our small corner of bloggers community.

I really want to know you and your blog better ❤

So here is what we gonna do… If you are reading this, go to your blog and paste the link, of your last post or even your favorite post ❤ I will visit you all and I can’t wait to see what amazing things you’ve made and written 😀

Thank you so much for being here and reading all my ramblings, you are amazing and I am so thankful to each and every one of you, you gave me the courage to grow and share, something that I always feared of due to some anxiety issues, hehe ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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7 Tip To Survive and Win NaNoWriMo

So… We are a week away from the start of NaNoWriMo and I thought this will be the best time to share with you some of the tips and tricks that really keep me motivated and win (Well… Most of the time anyway, lol, sometimes life must be first and last).

Btw, If you want you a writing buddy, you can add me here and feel free to add me on Twitter as well, and we can do some word sprints 😉 Remember that this is not how you normally go about writing a book, but NaNoWriMo is about the community, quality and fun, and this change of pace helps a lot sometimes… Just remember to have fun ❤

Okay, let’s start with some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years of doing NaNoWriMo 🙂

Plan your time

A planner is your friend here, on those busy days plan some 5 – 15 min of writing. Now on those days that you have a bit more time on your hands, try to plan more writing time an hour or two and you will see that even though you are a bit behind one day, the next day you can be in the lead 😀

You have 50K words to write a month and even though the estimate word count per day is 1667 word, this is not the law – You can write 500 a day and the next day you can write 4K. What matters is the finish line.

Word sprints

These really help to get your brain fluids run smoothly, hehe and twitter NaNo Sprints is a really good place to find many people doing sprints of 5 – 20 minutes of fast writing. It makes you write fast and not think of what are you writing and if it’s the right thing to write or not… You just write.

Writing, NanoWrimo

Planner or Pantser

I am a strong believer in an outline, and I really think that a well-developed outline can keep the darkness of a writer’s block away. So take this week and write your idea – outline it as much as you can and write a sentence or two about your project.

Food and Drinks

Yummy food both healthy and not so healthy is always have been a great part of NaNoWrimos and a great part of my writing process, lol. Pick a few of your favorite food items, but try to put some healthy choices in there as well.

Junk food, NanoWrimo

Books, Movies, and Tv

I really recommend reading a book, see a Tv show or a movie that really inspires you to write and gives you a nudge to go back to your project ❤ I recently saw the great movie Stranger Than Fiction and it was so much fun to watch it, perfect movie to see before NaNo 😉

Kill the inner editor – Kill it!

Never edit as you go. This is not a regular writing session, where you can edit – Editing will only slow you down and even make you doubt yourself. So leave all the errors, red lines and other things that your brain will try to convince you they must be addressed – Don’t listen and keep writing.

Be kind to yourself

If by any chance you are getting behind and starting to feel frustrated, don’t beat yourself up for that. Take a deep breath, go for a walk or do your chores and when you come back, and keep writing. I know the goal is to win but it’s also to have fun with your writing and getting used to writing. So don’t be harsh on yourself – You can always write more words in those other days when you have more time.

That is all for today, I hope you found a tip or more to help you win Nanowrimo. Do you have any writing tips to share with us, that might help everyone be more prepared for Nano?

Embrace the madness that is NaNoWriMo and have fun ❤

Can’t wait for November to start 😀

Fun, Excited, NanoWrimo

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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My NaNoWriMo Prep 2017

NaNoWriMo2017

Happy Sunday to you all, I hope you are all resting and recharging your energies for the week to come 🙂

For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a National Novel Writing Month (which takes place every year in November), where a bunch of people all around the world tries to write a novel of 50K words in 30 days. Nano is only 10 more days away (according to my sidebar counter hehe) and with the huge holiday we had here, and my mom’s doctor appointments, this month will fly by even faster.

This will be my 9th or 10th year of doing NaNo and even though I had to quit last year due to my mom’s health issues, I do hope that this year I will be able to finish.

I did make some great tips and NaNo prep a while back, and you can find them here and here. But this year I really wanted to share with you what I am doing these last days and how I prepare myself for NaNo (even with a busy schedule).

NaNoWriMo

So here are the main things I do to prepare myself for NaNo

Writing an outline

If you don’t have any idea what to write, just brainstorm ideas and pick one that you liked the most 🙂

For me, I know what I am writing… So I am doing a full detailed outline, as detailed as possible. I guess that this outline will be around 30-40 pages, lol. I have already started today, so I have 10 days to finish my outline and prepare everything else I might need.

Cleaning and organizing my space

My desk tends to get messy, a lot and very fast, lol. So I am going to clean my entire space, which is our spare room where I have my desk, our washer and dryer, our closets, printer and a few more bits here and there. So, I need to reorganize it and clean it. Making sure I have an inviting space to write in.

Writing a few pages

In a few days, I will start writing just a few pages, this way I will have a good place to start from and I won’t get overwhelmed. It really helps me see my project better and what I want to write, so when NaNo starts I am not stuck and can immediately continue writing. It’s just helping me not fall into the writer’s block trap 😀

Picking up a nice notebook, pens, and even an app

Usually, before NaNo starts, I pick a good notebook and my favorite pens and I take them with me everywhere in my bag. However, due to a busy schedule with my mom, I learned to use my phone for writing – a lot.

I love to clear out some space on my phone’s screen that only has my writing app and a timer (or the widgets) and I choose that screen as my home screen. This helps me to see my writing all the time on my phone and keeps me motivated to write and not get stuck.

Embrace the madness!

I starting to accumulate lots Coffee, candy, tea, water and healthy (and unhealthy) snacks 😀

I loved sharing with you how I prepare for NaNo and I hope it helped in any way 🙂 If you enter NaNo, how do you prepare for that? Share with us what are you going to do, in order to prepare yourself for NaNoWriMo 🙂

Thank you so much for reading and don’t forget to add me as a NaNo buddy ❤

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I’ve Got Mail <3

Happy Friday everyone, I can’ believe it’s Friday and that weekend is finally here 😀 I hope you are all having a great day and remember – It’s almost weekend!

Yesterday I went to the post office and I was so happy to find 2 packages. With all the technology, getting snail-mail is still the best mail ever (or is it just me?) One of the packages, was of Loot Crate (yay) and the other was a book, but not just any book. It was the new John Green’s book Turtles All The Way Down (oh my god), I can’t believe I got the signed addition (how exciting).

You have to go and swipe to his signature, it is so cute ❤ It literally made my day and I immediately started reading it ❤ I will do a review next month about it for sure! I am so excited to read this personal book.

I've got mail 😍😄📚😱💕 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢 I am so excited, that I literally screamed when I opened the package 😍 Finally #johngreen book has arrived, omgosh 😢😍 #turtlesallthewaydown is finally in my hands and… It's signed Ahhh 😱 Thank you @johngreenwritesbooks for this amazing book and for the autograph. I can't wait to start reading tonight (Swipe to see his cute autograph 😂) Btw, there's a cute surprise on the book itself, if you remove the dust cover 😉 Plus, I will post my review on this for sure. . . #turtlesallthewaydown #johngreen #bookstagram #books #bookish #bookshelf bookishlove #bibliophile #read4fun #readersofinstagram #bloggers #fbloggers #booklover #bookworm #bookdragon #writer #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #author #writersofinstagram #mentalhealthawareness

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I am still over the moon about this book, love the cover and from the first chapter you understand the meaning 🙂 If you want to see John himself reading the first chapter, just click here 😀

That is all for this post… Had to share my excitement 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Monthly Update

Hello everyone, missed you all so much. I hope you are all having a nice and relaxed Wednesday. Weekend is almost here (almost) ❤

My month is a bit crazy, full of doctor’s appointment, huge holiday and lots to do overall. From the start of November, I am really hoping to do some changes… Some I’ve already started. You might have already noticed but if not… I’ve changed my blog theme and I really love it 😀 Also doing some changes to old and new posts and I have a few other projects I am working on right now.

For now… I am waiting for next week where I will have a bit more time on my hands and I will be able to start working harder on every goal I have. But until then… I’m waiting.

Alice In Wonderland Gif

Today, I am having a day at home, which I am dedicating to relaxing (finally). My entire body hurts and I feel exhausted pretty much every day, these days. I thought today is the best day to update you on some of my goals and some of the things that I did this month (which is not a lot, lol).

Writing:

From the start of the month, I knew that I won’t have much time to editing or writing, due to a long holiday and a lot of doctor’s appointments for my mom. So no editing/writing at all this month. I did start to work on my new outline, so I can’t wait for NaNo to start this year.

Reading:

Well… Here I have some progress 😀 I wanted to re-read the Harry Potter Series and I am so happy that I finished the entire series 🙂 These books always inspires me and fills my energies, for writing and more reading ❤

I ‘ve also finished The Young Elites By Marie Lu

Home:

I did manage to do a few thing around the house, but not as much as I wanted.

I also had some time to re-watch some series like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and finally had a bit of gaming time (wish I had more though).

Anime Gaming Gif

Already planned out the last week and a half weeks of October and I am getting very excited for NaNo, and maybe even achieve some of my November goals.

How was your month so far? 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writing Ritual Tag

Hello everyone, I hope you are feeling well and having a wonderful day 😀 For me, this month is already full of doctors appointments (for my mom), long holiday and almost no time for myself and to write. However, from next week things will change a lot when my husband starts his school, and I will have 3 whole days to myself… to write, edit and put a little dent in my projects, lol.

More than a month ago I watched the lovely author Kim Chance on her YouTube channel and I saw this cute tag and I knew that I have to do this tag 🙂 Btw if you don’t know Kim Chance or her upcoming book – Keeper, then go visit her channel and say hello ❤

Questions for the Writing Rituals Tag

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

Well, I mostly love to write at night but life won’t have it. So… I write in the morning when I am all alone in the house up until the sun is high up in the sky. I don’t have a specific day to write, every day or time that I get to write is a gift for me ❤

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

That is so easy. I love listening to the Rainy Mood app (and site) ❤ I’ve been using it for years now. I also try to write when I am alone in the house, that way I can write tons of words without any stress or interruptions.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I usually use two ways: I select everything and let my Windows or Chrom speak what I wrote out loud and take notes. I also love reading what I wrote out loud with the right emotion (if I read a dialog), like actors going through their script.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

Hmm… This one is hard, as I don’t listen to music while writing, but when I hear rain outside or just rain on that site, It puts me in the right mood for writing, lol, always!

Rain, Coffee n' Notes

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

Writing block is hard at times, but what works best for me is to write little poems, watch youtube on writing and on books, trying to write new ideas and new characters that maybe will inspire me more and free me of whatever stopped me from writing before.

I love going back to my favorite books and re-read them again to get the energies back.

I also take a look at my outline and try to find what made me feel stuck. Maybe there are things that aren’t working for my story and I will need to change them.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

This is easy. I use my computer (word document) if I can. Sometimes, and sadly this happened a lot lately, lol, I use my phone (google keep), I use Rainy Mood app or site, pen, and paper (I mean a huge white paper that covers a huge part of my desk, I love it).

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

Pen and paper. I love my huge white papers (the kind that kids use to paint on, lol). If I am out and I am using my phone, then I must use the rainy mood with headphones.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

Coffee, tea, snacks and more coffee. Wait… Did I say coffee already?

Coffee n' Notes

How do you know when you’re done writing?

Well… Here I really agree with Kim on that, I try to ask myself if I feel good with what I wrote and if there was good progress. If the answer is yes then I know I am ready to finish for today. But, from time to time if I must I will use a word count, page or chapter goal, but I try not to do that a lot.

That is all for this tag, this was such a fun tag to do 😀

I will tag a few people, but if you wish to do it yourself, consider yourself – Tagged!  (don’t forget to link your tag in my comments so I will see your answers).

Heena Rathore P.

Kate M. Colby

Rachel Poli

E.E. Rawls

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Author Interview: Serina Adham

Welcome to Coffee n’ Notes. Today, I’d like to welcome Serina Adham, author of Lulu’s Balallam-Bam-Bam Grooves, for an author Interview.

About the author

Serina Adham drew on her experience as a dancer and dance instructor to give you this fun new adventure with Lulu and all her animal friends. She hopes that Lulu will teach children to enthusiastically follow their dreams but also consider the effects they have on others.

Adham lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to teaching dance, Adham has also worked as a jewelry and clothing designer and an interior designer. She has one fearless, dancing and singing daughter of her own.

Contact Details:

Website: Adham Books 
Goodreads: Serina Adham Goodreads

Hello, Serina. Thank you for being here today at Coffee n’ Notes 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. (This can be a quick blurb of the kinds of books you write, etc.)

My name is Serina Adham and I am a newly published author of a children’s book called, Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves, which by the way is the first edition of much more to follow.
I also have a young adult novel I have been working on that is on hold at the moment while I finish writing and publishing the children’s books.

How long have you been writing for?

Around ten years.

What is your writing process like?

It’s about picking the character I would like to work with and building up from there.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?

I prefer writing in the mornings, with a nice cup of tea, at a sweet spot in a café.

What motivates you to write?

It’s like painting or creating a piece of jewelry. An idea hits me and I just have to create it.

What was the first thing you did when you found out your book was being published?

I actually had no patience for the whole process of submitting my book to a publishing house then wait for 6 months for a response or none at all, so I decided I would self-publish on Amazon.
I am very excited to see the outcome.

Are you currently working on anything new?

All the time. I always have a few different projects on the go.
But the next one in line is another children’s book about a giraffe.

If you weren’t a writer, what would your career be?

I Have not yet completely switched over to a full-time writer just yet, I hope I will soon, I am optimistic. My other career or careers I should say were as a designer/artist and dance instructor.

What is the easiest part of writing for you? What is the hardest part?

The easiest has always been coming up with an idea.
The hardest has always been the editing, although sometimes, I do enjoy doing that too because it might lead me in another direction.

What’s one thing you learned through writing that you wish you knew before you started?

I wish I had started earlier.

What is your favorite book or genre? Is there a special book that made you realize you wanted to write?

My favorite book has to be The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul, written by Douglas Adams. I realized I wanted to write when I felt I needed to express my creativity in a different way.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

I would still call myself an aspiring writer, but I can say one thing, write every day, even if it’s nonsense.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I would like to thank everyone that took the time to read this interview and for those of you who will give Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves a read.

Thank you, Serina for visiting Coffee n’ Note  🙂

About The Book

Lulu's Ballam-Bam-Bam Grooves, Coffee n' Notes

There is nothing Lulu loves more than dancing by herself. With each new song, she practices the “Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves.” She slides her feet, claps her hands, and bumps her hips against a tree trunk.
There is just one problem. Lulu is a gorilla! When she stamps her feet and shakes the trees, she ends up disturbing all the other animals in her jungle home. Poor Squin Squirrel cannot even sip his nut tea without Lulu’s dancing rattling his tree home. Squin and the other animals try to tell Lulu that her dancing is disruptive, but they cannot get through to the gorilla.
Then, Lulu’s loud music and dancing ends up waking up the mighty king of the jungle. The angry lion Jhawfors then confronts Lulu with the problem. Will the animals be able to find a compromise?
This rhyming children’s tale imparts valuable lessons to young readers. Lulu does not want to stop doing what she loves, but she needs to understand that her actions affect others. Through Lulu, children will learn the importance of respect, compassion, and compromise.

Book Links:

Amazon: Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves

Goodreads: Add Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves to your TBR list

My Review: Look what I thought about the book

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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