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A New Bookish Magazine And A Writers Groupchat


Are you a massive book lover?

Do you constantly fall behind with latest releases?

Or miss out on readathons?

Or do you want to find more bookish creators?

Then, your prayers have been answered, because, on October 1st, the Bookshelf Magazine is launching!

Created by Harriet Rose, Bookshelf Magazine is dedicated to all things books, from going behind the scenes of the publishing industry to the latest book reviews, and everything in between!

Our aim is to be the go-to source for bookish content, across all genres. We’ll be publishing articles multiple times a week, and have a bi-annual, online ‘flip-through’ style magazine.

In the future, we’re also going to be expanding into other content, such as videos and podcasts, so everyone’s needs are going to be covered!

And, if that’s not enough, we’ll also be featuring your favourite bookish creators, including bookstagrammers, book bloggers and booktubers, as well as keeping you up to date with the latest readathon news, so you can keep up with the community.


Sounds like fun? Fantastic! We’ll see you on October 1st for our big launch!

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Mailing List

Want to help out?

Even better! We’re always looking anyone who wants to help out!

We’re always looking for writers, so if you’re interested in writing for us, please don’t hesitate to contact us on twitter.

Or are you more of a video or podcast creator? Again, please don’t hesitate in contacting us, we have huge plans, so are looking for people to join that department!

Bookstagrammers, we’re also looking for you too! We need a lot photos of all things bookish, so if you wish to donate photos (with full credit, of course, as well as a huge shoutout too!), we’d be entirely grateful!

And lastly, but not at all the least importantly, donators.

Bookshelf Magazine has hosting and domain costs to get it up and running. So, if you would like to donate to help us get to our £100 goal, we would be incredible grateful for your help.

Go Fund Me.

In the future, we will be creating a Patreon page to cover expenses, with some rewards for our donators, but we would love for you to donate to help us get up and running.

We’re so excited for this magazine, and we hope you are as well. We’ll see you on October 1st!

WOW NaNoWriMo Group Chat

Now, onto something completely different!

It’s September, we’re heading into Autumn, and that can only mean one thing – NaNoWriMo is coming! AH!

But, help is at hand for those who don’t want to go this alone!

With a group of friends, separate from Bookshelf Magazine, we’ve created a Discord chat, especially for people taking part in NaNo this year!

Everyone is welcome, it doesn’t matter how old you are, how experienced you are with writing (let alone NaNo) or what you are writing. If you’re taking part this year, you are more than welcome!

We intend for this to be a support group, where you can make writely friends, cheer on other’s achievements, and get help when you feel like giving up entirely.

And the best news is that it’s open right now! You can join up now, introduce yourself, make some friends, and get to know everyone before the start of the daunting month of November.

Wow Group Chat

So if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo this year and want to make writerly friends, or just don’t want to go it alone, we’re all here to support and talk.

Write Or Wrong, Let’s Have A Wrocking Wrimo!

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NaNoWriMo Week Three – A Change Of Pace

NaNoWriMo2017 - Week Two (1)

If you saw my previous video, you’ll know that on Thursday I reached 30k, and planned to relax a bit on Friday and watch Punisher, then pick back up on Saturday and continue on with the challenge.

That didn’t happen.

Well, it sort of did, sort of didn’t.

So Friday, I managed six episodes of Punisher, and liveblogged them in a post that will be up once I’ve finished the entire series, but apparently, that entirely threw me off my game. For the last two days, I’ve written sod all, and nearly lost my two-day lead.

I’d always built up to be at least a day ahead of schedule so if weekends like this happened, it wasn’t the end of the world. But to lose it over the course of two days fills me with a lot of anxiety because it means that I don’t have as much of a safety net anymore. I’m a big fan of a writing safety net, in case the worst happens, so to have it be quickly depleted is really worrying.

But, I have a plan.

This week, I’m going to aim to write 2000 words a day. I’ve finally got my usual daily routine back, which has been missing from literally November 1st, so I’m hoping that means I’m going to get some level of normality back.

And with that normality, I also get:

  • The chance to write freely, without having to worry about fitting it into a one hour space, or having to rely entirely on catching up at midnight.
  • The ability to watch the inspiration videos I’ve had saved for weeks now, waiting to be watched, so I can be in the mood for writing.
  • The routine I’ve craved, and thrived upon, for years now. With hopefully fewer interruptions, fewer people in the house to distract me, and just generally more chance at concentrating on what I’m doing, instead of racing to get out as many words as possible in the shortest amount of time.

To say the least, I’m excited about it, and hopeful that I can actually manage to get out the extra 333 words a day like I want. It doesn’t seem like much, but those numbers soon add up, and will hopefully give me back my two day word cushion. At the very least, it’ll get me a bit closer to my goal of finishing the whole of NaNoWriMo early.

There’s only ten days left of this entire challenge, and I’ve never finished on the 30th, I’ve always finished early, and while it’s not a bad thing to finish on the 30th, I don’t really want to break my streak. I’ll be ecstatic if I finish on the 30th, but at the same time, I’d really like to finish early, even if it’s only a day early. It’s a stupid thing to want, especially in such a massive challenge, but yet, I can’t help but want it.

Either way, I’m going to be happy with my progress, and I’m going to hope I’m going to go into overdrive this week. At the very least, I’m going to try.

I feel like this week may be a good week for me, because I’m hopefully getting my routine back, and can rush that little bit less. I can take my time this week. Really put some thought into what I’m doing. Hopefully go to bed earlier. Maybe even dedicate some time to reading, which I have been severely lax in doing this month.

I don’t know, but I have a good feeling about this week. I’m hoping I’m proved right.

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NaNoWriMo2017 – Week Two – I Jinxed It

NaNoWriMo2017 - Week Two

So… I jinxed it in my last blog post. Turns out, this week could be worse and that things were going to get a lot tougher.

I mean, I’m still ahead of schedule, but it’s been hard. It’s taken several midnight writing sessions, and lot of snatching any moment possible to get things done, but I’ve managed it as best as I can.

But, I’m still ahead, and that’s what matters. As long as I’m not behind, I’m happy.

On a lighter note though, I have done some great things this week. I’ve managed to:

  • Start sending my children’s book off to publishers
  • Keep myself ahead of schedule
  • Write a few things I actually liked writing.

Not a lot of what I’ve written, I’ve deleted most of it and rewritten it. But the bits I’ve kept I’ve reasonably liked, which is always a start.

Currently though, that’s all I really have to say on NaNo week 2, I would make thing longer, and probably spell check it too if it wasn’t 2am in the morning, but never mind. How are you guys getting along? I hope it’s all going well for you, leave me a comment below about your progress!


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NaNoWriMo2017 – Week One – Not A Bad Start

NaNoWriMo2017 - Week One

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Not only is it Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, it’s also the 5th day of NaNoWriMo, signalling the end of the first week of 2017’s attempt.

And it’s not going too badly so far.

You know that blog post I made a few weeks back, talking about how scared I was for this year’s madness? Turns out, this week has proven a few things to me:

  1. I can write in my madhouse, with all the distractions going around.
  2. Midnight writing isn’t always needed (ironically, apart from right this moment).
  3. I can actually get ahead of myself when I put my mind to it.

Currently, my progress graph looks like this:


So you can see that I’m currently running around a day ahead of myself, which is where I usually like to stay, as it gives me a cushion for those really bad days where absolutely nothing gets done because words refuse to co-operate.

On top of that, I’ve also already managed to achieve my second goal of this year’s NaNo, which was to finish editing my children’s novel, so it’s ready for publication.

I know, editing isn’t usually allowed during NaNoWriMo, but I knew that if I didn’t finish editing this book now, it was never, ever going to get done. It was going to languish on my hard drive forever and never see the light of day. And I didn’t want that, so I decided that on top of getting to the 50,000 words, I was going to actually edit a book on top of that.

Not only do I now count my children’s novel as done and ready to start sending off to publishers (ahhhhhhhh!) I’ve also managed to come up with three more books in the same universe, to make an entire series out of it! I totally didn’t think that I was going to make more than one sequel, but as I thought about it, I got several more ideas rolling around in my head, and it’s just built into this four book series I can’t wait to get stuck in with!

Of course, I’m going to wait until after NaNo to start that, I’ve got enough on my plate as it is, without writing more children’s books on top of that. But, I’m really happy with what’s coming next in that series, and my progress so far with the projects I’m focusing on this month.

All in all, I’m really proud of myself this month so far, and I’m really hoping it continues. Currently, only time will tell, but things are looking good. I could be jinxing this, which means at this time next week I’ll be having a bit of a breakdown, but right now, things are feeling good. I feel like I’m in the flow of this now, and a hell of a lot more confident in this years 50,000 attempt.

There are still 25 more days to go, but I feel like I can do it now, that my confidence is back, that I may actually be falling back in love with writing again.

Let’s hope it continues!

How’s everyone else’s writing going? Anybody storming ahead, anybody really far behind, anybody not taking part at all because it’s too crazy? Let me know in the comments!