Friday Five (9/28/12)

1. I realize there hasn't been much activity on the blog lately, but for once, I make no apologies! I've been busy writing my next book, earning money to pay rent, and getting through school. So the blogging schedule probably won't change much. However, I still read every comment, reply to e-mails, and Tweet, so I'm not completely abandoning the online world! 

2. It's never really hit me before just how far 1,000 words a day can get you. For instance, I started a manuscript on the 1st of this month. I now have a 27,000-word document sitting on my desktop. That's nearly halfway done, folks! In a month. That's pretty cool, right? So I think I'm going to make it a habit. That way, when NaNoWriMo 2012 begins, I'll be good and ready for some hard writing. (So excited...)

3. Somehow I've managed to get some reading done in these past couple weeks. A series I want to give a shout-out to is Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires - for those of you who think you're sick of vampires, just give it a try. So addicting. Plus there's a really cute boy. Can't go wrong there.

4. Goodreads. I have developed a passion for Goodreads lately. Rating books, reading reviews, finding friends, checking the page for my own book to see if anyone else has added it to their "to-read" list. Is that pathetic? Probably.  I talked to my friend about it, and I mentioned that I was nervous for the inevitable bad reviews. She was shocked. "Why are you assuming there will be bad reviews?" she asked. I sighed. "Because some people won't like it. That's how it is for every book. Some love, some hate, some will think it was just okay." After that conversation, I've decided that I'll avoid reading those reviews, like many authors do. But at the same time I'll be grateful for them, because those reviews will mean that someone decided to give the book a try. 

5. Jenna Marbles. Enough said.