Plans for 2016

Plans, goals, resolutions? For the first 6 months of 2016. A year is a long time and in a couple of months I might not even care about some things or plans will change and I can’t do anything about that, except adapt.

These goals are the ones I can think of right now. I might write another post in July, with goals for the final months of the year.

Let’s get started with the list…

no.1- Work on novel.

I can’t say that I’d have a final copy of my novel in a couple of months. I have no idea how things will turn out and I’m a painfully slow writer. It pains me to write at a slow pace. If I could write fast, I’d love that. That would be the best thing ever.

So my goal is to ‘work on novel and be satisfied with the progress made’

2- Read 20 books within the next 6 months.

My GR goal is 80 books for the year, I’m not stuck on the number I just want to read the books I own that I’m sick of not having read yet.

3- Write more book reviews, tags and whatever. Basically, don’t go a month without posting anything

I have ideas and things I really want to talk about and maybe discuss but I don’t write down my thoughts and when it comes time to writing a post, I’ve forgotten everything.

4- Save money to visit South Korea

I’ve been dreaming of visiting S.K for a while now and this is the year I want to go. I’ve been teaching myself how to speak Korean, so that I can speak to the locals when I visit. I have to stop wasting money.

5- Practice speaking Korean.

My mum speaks Punjabi. She understands English perfectly and could speak it if she wanted to. She’s so shy that she doesn’t speak it ever and assumes people will laugh at her. I don’t want to be shy to speak in Korean. I want to learn.

6- Stop stressing out over the little things. Or when I can’t live up to my own standards.

This one is to remind me that I’m not very smart and my standards for myself are harsh. I live with a dull bully inside of me. It doesn’t annoy me all the time, only when things are bad. I have to remember that the bully is simple minded.

 

This list might seem a little superficial, I have other goals too, they’re a little more personal and not as fun to talk about.

 

Anyway, thanks for reading, hope you have a great day

Alina

 

 

 

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NaNoWriMo and I suck at blogging

 NaNoWriMo 2015

So I lost Nanowrimo 2015 and my world didn’t shatter. Nano gave me the push I needed in 2014. I knew I would be crushed if I lost, winning was so important to me then, if I couldn’t do it then in my silly little mind I couldn’t be a writer.

Accomplishing 50k in 2014 made me feel validated so much that I barely wrote anything afterwards. 2015 however, was more about not burning out, writing daily rather than waiting for November to write.

I did write a little in November, I just didn’t update anyone on here.

My main priority this year is to write my novel, if I have time for another novel, I’d love to start fresh in November.

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I get overwhelmed by the smallest things and I usually need a time out. I go away and I come back then I’m overwhelmed again and I need to hide out until I feel better again. Which can last for a long time.

I’ve learned things about myself that I thought were laziness or procrastination but turns out I’m going through something else, which I don’t want to talk about just yet.

I’m not consistently posting on here and I’m no longer disappointed with myself. I guess this is my process.

I don’t have any plans for my blog, no schedule no nothing. Just that I will be posting whenever I have the time

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Alina

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) created by The Broke and the Bookish is an original feature/weekly meme in which any one who participates must talk about their top ten books. This weeks topic is ‘Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel’.

For anyone who wishes to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, click the link here to read the rules for participation.

It was really hard for me to come up with this one because I haven’t read many books from debut authors but the ones I have read, I’ve already read their Sophomore novels so I thought I could switch it up and count a trilogy or a quartet as a whole book from a debut author.

The authors on this is list are the debut authors who’s books I’ve enjoyed and I’m interested in reading what ever else they release.

  1. Laini Taylor

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I didn’t quite love ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ but I loved Laini Taylors writing. The world she built is interesting and her writing style is very unique to me.

2. Stephanie Perkins

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Her books are adorable, ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ definitely was. I never thought I’d like it as much as I did.

3. Marissa Meyer

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‘Cinder’ and ‘Scarlet’ are the only books I’ve read by her and even though I didn’t love them (they weren’t bad, just didn’t love them as much as other people). I’m still going to consider reading what ever else she releases.

4. Veronica Roth

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‘Divergent’ got me to love reading Y.A. I wasn’t a reader growing up and the only Y.A I had read was by Colleen Hoover. After ‘Divergent’, I couldn’t stop reading.

5. Huntley Fitzpatrick

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‘My life next door’ surprised me. It was a lot better than I expected. It was really good. Characters were well thought out. I envisioned all of them as real people.

6. Leigh Bardugo

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This was the first time I’d read a book where the main character had my name and she’s Russian-my ancestors were Russian. I felt connected to the character ‘Alina’ more so than any other character and I loved the world building. I really want to read ‘Six of crows’.

7. Tahereh Mafi

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Her writing style makes her stand out. Her next book is going to be ‘Middle Grade’ which I think is perfect for her style of writing.

8. Michelle Hodkin

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‘Mara Dyer’ trilogy, was fast paced and intriguing. I think I’d like what ever else she writes.

9. Veronica Rossi

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I haven’t read the trilogy yet, just the first book. The world building in was my favourite part of the story. She made it easier for me to envision the world she had created.

Didn’t quite get to ten this time. This was a hard list to do, but I wanted to write this regardless.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

Hello

Hello everyone,

It’s been more than 3 months since I last posted anything, and I’d like to say thank you for sticking with me.
I don’t want to bore with reasons as to why I was away, but I would like to say that certain things in my life have drastically changed and I had to put other things before blogging, writing and even reading, for a short period of time.

I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow but for today I want to get back into blogging.

With that said.

I really wanted to change my site name ‘Scriberblog’ but the name I had my heart set on is taken (and it wasn’t when I was initially thinking of taking it).

I just have to embrace this now. It is what it is. Even if I have no idea what a ‘scriber’ is (obviously because I made it up).

Anyway, thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you all are having a nice day.

Alina

No Nas, Hip-Hop is NOT dead.

Why I love Hip Hop

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One of the many ridiculous things that I run across in my day to day internet browsing is the melodramatic decree of “Hip Hop is dead.” This is really nothing new, I’ve been hearing people say that since roughly 1999. Let’s say for the sake of argument that Hip Hop is, in fact, dead.

Who is to blame? The businessmen who figured out how to pass off a parody of an entire culture as art? Should we blame the rappers who decided to embrace that parody and subsequently cash in on the watering-down of Hip Hop culture? Was Hip Hop’s death certificate signed when Biggie Smalls passed? Some people feel that “real rap” died along with him and Tupac Shakur. This can’t be the case; Sugarhill Gang rhymed stolen lyrics over a recycled disco beat long before Vanilla Ice rapped about ninja turtles and Sean “P.Diddy” Combs popularised outright plagiarism…

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25 things I’ve learned in all my 25 years of living.

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I turned 25 this past weekend. In retrospect, I took a good look at my 25 years of living and felt perpetual gratitude for the life that I have and all that I’ve learned so far.

And so what have I learned? Here’s a thing or two.

1. Don’t find yourself, create yourself. We have the ability to become whoever we want to become, and to materialize the kind of lives we want to life. That’s a power that we can cultivate. The person you think you are, the kind of life you have right now, isn’t all that there is. You won’t always be this person, you can change, you can be better. You are meant to do great things, create yourself to become that person.

2. True love. That doesn’t mean to need, or to attach, or to keep them to be happy. It means…

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The truth about travelers

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We have been called many things. Travelers, by default. But we like to be called nomads. Explorers. Vagabonds. Adventurers. Wayfarers. Modern gypsies. Wanderers. We’ve adopted them all. A growing breed of humans with restless feet and the inability to stay still, the inability to stay in one place.

That is who we are. And that’s just the gist of it.

We come from all walks of life, from bustling gray colored cities, sleepy beach towns, snow-covered metropolises, small villages nestled in between lush green mountains, we come from everywhere. But our inner gravity always brings us to the same place… the road.

We deem courage weighs more than money when it comes to travel. We’re not rich, not financially well-off and we don’t travel for luxury. Our money does not come from rich parents, trust funds, or whatever privileges you think we have in order to maintain…

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