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Stay Bookish is a blog by Hazel, a twenty year old bibliophile from the Philippines. She believes that the nirvana of reading a book can only be achieved once you share it with other people.


I’ve Been Busy Writing || Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

It’s been awhile since I wrote a real blog update and I know you’ve all missed me. (Right, right?) While my blogging time out- if you could call it that, since I still posted once/twice a week last month- has been mostly just me taking a break, I’ve also been busy with other things. Like writing, for one.


During the last week of March, I decided that I wanted to join Camp NaNoWriMo this April. While I’ve done NaNoWriMo exactly once and totally failed, it’s my first time doing Camp and I’m totally determined to reach my 50k goal this time.

The Idea

I dreamt of my story. I mean this in the most literal sense. I woke up from a funny, weird dream of going on a road trip with Harry Styles of all people and decided hey, that could happen in a book and so I tried to make a plot out of it. I started planning the trip, as if I were going to take it on myself, and then worked on characters and a storyline. Come April, I started writing.

The WIP: What Happens Now

what happens now by hazel ureta

So yeah, I kind of love my book cover. I designed it myself just last night- the photo isn’t mine of course but I edited the colors, added a gradient and then added the typography using the Boho Family font!

Anyway, on to what my WIP is about. What Happens Now is a YA road trip novel and it’s largely about breaking out of your shell and going on an adventure. I’m not going to share the synopsis (it’s super cheesy) but the story is about Megan and Zac, a recluse and a famous singer/musician respectively, who travel together to attend a wedding between their loved ones.

There’s romance, music and travel in the story and it’s so exciting to write about these things. I’m at a good pace at the moment and I hope to keep it up!

The Inspiration Board

What Happens Now on Pinterest

I have here my dream cast for Megan and Zac- Bridgit Mendler and Shane Harper (super cute real life celebrity couple)- as well as photos of the places they go to among other things. I’m still adding on to the board as I go along the story but it’s coming along pretty well!

The Soundtrack

I love making playlists and this one is totally inspired. I put several of my favourite road trip music and then chose several tracks for character ‘theme songs’. Most of the stuff here is upbeat which I think is perfect since my WIP is totally a light-hearted summer book.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month too? What do you think of What Happens Now?




  1. AHHH I LOVE THE COVER. You’ll have to share your novel with us after hehe. I absolutely love road trip + music stories – I think they blend so well together and they create this beautiful atmosphere. Good luck on your journey! :)
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  2. I LOVE that idea. It sounds like it could be such a cool read. And the cover is so perfect!!! Lols. I remember the one single time in my life I tried Nano. Best of luck to you! I’m sure you’ll get there, and even if not, you’ll still have made incredible progress!
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  3. Oh Hazel I am seriously in love with your cover and your story! The cover’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s giving me summer vibes! The font is so pretty and I love the colours you picked out. Also road trip books are my FAVOURITE so I’m really excited to see how your story goes. Wishing you the best of luck with it! :)
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  4. Such a wonderful project. It’s inspirational to watch your progression, hear your excitement, and to see all the hard work you’re putting into it. I hope nothing but the best for the outcome and someday I expect you’ll be letting us all know where we can get the book so we can read it for ourselves. I’ll be keeping up with your progress and cheering you on as best I can. *smiles*
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  5. Oh, road trip novels are fantastic. They are perfect for traveling to places you’ve always wanted to see without leaving your home. This sounds like such a fun novel, Hazel, and I hope you have tons of fun writing it. I love the cover! I’m also doing Camp NaNo, and I’m about 23k in. However, I expect my pace to slow down now since school is really busy. Hopefully I’ll get to 50k!
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  6. YOUR STORY SOUNDS PHENOMENAL! I would very much like to read it when you’re finished with it ;) But seriously, so excited for you to be doing Camp NaNoWriMo! I was going to join, but haven’t quite found a story idea that I really want to work on just yet. Good luck, Hazel! You can do it :)
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  7. I’ve been meaning to join since the first time I heard about this but I’m just so so busy that I know I won’t be able to concentrate and I admit that I need to be more inspired. :)

    Anyway your cover is so gorgeous! Is it available on GR already? Because I’ll add it! No hesitation. :D Can’t wait for you to reach the finish line Hazel. I know you’ll be great. *cheers for you on the side!!!!!*
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