Weekly Writing & Reading Recap: April 17 - April 23

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Guess what time it is?! Yup, time for my weekly writing and reading recaps! Check out this week's stats and see how my current projects are coming along! And as always, get a little insight into my life :)

In honor of my two year wedding anniversary, I took the day off today! So instead of spending all day on my computer, I spent it with my husband and our three fur babies! Once he got home from work, we filled up on Easter leftovers, watched tv, and took a nap. And after two hours of sleeping, we got all dressed up and made our way over to Outback for a yummy steak dinner! Being the lucky person that I am, my husband and I exchanged gifts at home and he surprised the crap out of me! Among other things, he found me a signed copy of my favorite book, Tuesdays with Morrie. Needless to say, today was pretty amazing :)

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Today started out pretty rough. I did a lot yesterday and my body is definitely making me pay for it. Not to mention the allergies that are kicking my butt! Luckily though, I figured out part of the problem and it was my meds. My rheumatologist recently switched me from Zyrtec to Benadryl and boy was it making me sleepy! So, I took it upon myself to switch to Claritin, which will arrive on Thursday, and I'm hoping that does the trick! But until then, I've been wandering around like a zombie in between naps, barely able to accomplish anything other than the occasional email response; so I'm headed to bed! Hopefully I'll be able to finish my book before falling asleep again!

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I swear, I don't know what's up with my body, but it does not want me to get any work done! So, while I'm still trying to figure out what's wrong with me, I used today to focus on social media! I invited a couple bloggers to join my Perfectly Ambitious Blogger board on Pinterest, then I followed a ton of authors on Twitter, and then I did a HUGE following spree on Instagram. So much so, that I actually managed to get temporarily banned on both of my Instagram accounts! Once that happened, I switched to Hootsuite and started scheduling my social media and giveaway posts :)

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Today has been pretty productive! I got a ton of stuff done for both of my blogs, plus I marketed a bunch for my two current giveaways. And on top of that, I got a lot of reading in! I'm planning on going to a book festival this weekend, so I'm trying to read something from each of the attending authors before I get there! It's been difficult, but I've finished three of their books so far and I'm hoping to finish a couple more tomorrow too! Fingers crossed!

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The day didn't exactly start out as planned, but I've gotten a lot done anyways! In addition to laundry and packing, I've also prepared both of my blogs for my absence this weekend and I'm ready to head to Montgomery! I'm beyond excited for the Alabama Book Festival and I can't wait to meet everyone there! Hopefully, I learn a lot with each of the panels and workshops and I'm hoping to get some books signed too :)

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Can I just say that today was absolutely AMAZING?! I truly mean it. No matter how much pain I'll be in tomorrow, no matter how long it takes for me to recover, today was 100% worth it! I met so many amazing authors, I took workshops with Molly Brodak and Jay Asher, and I ran into a few of my author friends! Honestly, the Alabama Book Festival was everything I could have hoped for and more! I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go and I only hope that I'll be able to participate as an author next year!

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For those of you that don't know, today is my birthday! So, I will be spending my day reading and recovering and that's it! I won't be working in the slightest and that is completely unusual for me, but necessary nonetheless! And after yesterday, I think I deserve it :)

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Weekly Wrap-up 
Although I didn't get any writing done this week, I'm incredibly proud of my progress! I managed to finish three different books from the Alabama Book Festival authors and I had an amazing time at the actual event. Believe it or not, I pushed myself to walk around the festival from 8:30 am until 3 pm and then I drove myself home. And even though it took far more strength than I had, I'm happy to be able to say that I accomplished it. More than that though, I'm thankful for all of the support that I received from both the staff and the presenters at the event!

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Debut Novel Progress: 80 pages in
Second Novel Progress: 49 pages in
Third Novel Progress: 20 pages in
Anthology Progress: 4 pages in
Poetry Memoir: 120 pages in

What have you accomplished this week? Tell me in the comments!

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