Writing Update: February 2016

(It feels so weird to not have a No Angels section of this anymore! I suppose I’ll adjust.)

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My monthly progress with this one has been halting, mostly due to essays and midterms. That being said, I’ve written 13k thus far and plan to be at 15k by the end of the month. It’s still wildly fun to write, but the fact that school has been getting in the way had been less than satisfying. I’ve also missed the previous two writing-treat-weekend sessions because of life’s hiccups. It’ll be nice to feel on-track again!

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Still subbing. Still no response. *Bangs head on desk.* Waiting is just part of the game!

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Again, this one is still out with no response. I’ve been toying with the idea of reworking it a little since my writing has developed over the years and I want to bring it up to par, so next time it comes back that’ll be what I do!

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Ah yes, my sci-fi/horror short. It’s decided to take a very different, more compelling turn from what I originally intended, one that makes for lots of morally-gray areas. (A definite plus!) Again, this one feels halting in its progress, but that’s just how this month is going I suppose. I can tinker with the flow once I have a finished draft!

How is your month going? Are you working on any projects or goals? Comment below!

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Writing Update – January 2014

(I’ve never done writing updates before, but I saw the idea from author Elisabeth Wheatley and thought it was wonderful!)

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I’m currently slaving over this series to make sure it’s in top shape before I lay it to rest. Right now I’m revising the first book, No Angels, (checking for typos, rewriting portions, etc.), which should be completed by the end of spring at the latest. I’m shooting to rerelease it within 2-3 months.

I’ll also be glazing over Collapsed Cathedrals to take care of some typos, but I’m not doing anything major with that one. It shouldn’t take long whatsoever.

Finally, I’m also editing The Final Advent, the third installment in the trilogy. I’m aiming for a June release date, and things seem to be chugging right along!

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Currently I have a flash fiction piece, “Where Gold is Born”, out on submission. I’m working on another short story, “The Stolen Sun”, that I’ve finished and have begun editing. I’ll be sending it out to magazines afterwards for (hopefully) some official publishing credentials. (Pin board for my short fiction.)

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I hope to begin my fourth novel, – it’s WIP title being The Cradle-, this year. This will be a very different novel from anything I’ve ever written before, which is both intimidating and exciting. (You can find my pinterest board for it here, if you’re interested.) I unfortunately can’t give you a projected release date, as I’m going to seek a publishing house for this one. However, I hope to have a fully edited manuscript within one year of starting it.

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As you can see, 2014 is going to be a busy year for my writing life! It’s promising and exciting for me to have all of this up ahead; a year in which I’ll wrap up my trilogy, possibly get a few publishing credentials, and begin a brand new novel.

Wish me luck!

Book Review: Kings of Nowhere

KoNTitle: Kings of Nowhere

Author: Patrick de Moss

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: N/A

Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary: “In this collection of darkly magical short stories, Patrick de Moss grounds speculative fantasy in a more psychological, complex world – and does so to stunning effect. In “The Sweet Shepherd” a man incapable of dying and living in Connecticut hires a chauffeur, and comes in close contact with the unmitigated sorrow of loss. In “Like Clockwork” a lonely accountant discovers a man of bronze and brings him back to life, only to see the pain he carries with him from her act of kindness. In “A Strange Boy”, Nicholas must decide the fate of a childhood friend – a moment that may in many ways save or end his own life. In each case, de Moss hones in on the small victories and losses of ordinary people trying to survive in a world that only rarely needs them. Reminiscent of the spirit of Charles de Lint and Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pan’s Labryinth” de Moss’ debut is a meditation on isolation as the stories weave together to create a vivid tapestry and a unified, though broken whole. His stories delve deeply into the very nature of what it means to try to be human, exploring our fears, triumphs, tragedies and the heartache that comes along with the reality – and our perceptions of reality – of the gulf that exists between another and ourselves. As thought provoking as it is arresting, “Kings of Nowhere” is a transformative collection, keenly aware of the pulse of life and the desire within us all for a place to feel needed and welcome.” – Goodreads

I’m not typically one for anthologies, so this came as a pleasant surprise!

Kings of Nowhere carries a steady pace throughout most of the book. Although, there were times when it dragged in both the writing and flow. (The pace of the writing occasionally lagged in, for example, an action scene.) Even so, this was minor and didn’t show up much.

The writing in particular is great. Descriptive without getting too flowery, and highly imaginative. One thing to note is that each of these stories takes place from a different character’s point of view. With many authors, their characters may tend to sound alike, if not completely similar. Here however, each character has their own unique voice in addition to being well developed.

The only other drawback is that sometimes it wasn’t clear what was going on in the plot. I know these stories are intended to have an air of mystery about them, and while most of the time I enjoyed that, I did want to know at some point which story was true and which wasn’t. (This might sound cryptic, but I don’t want to spoil anything. You’ll just have to read the book for yourself!)

Overall, Kings of Nowhere is an intriguing, enjoyable read, earning a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: The Bone Knife

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Author: Intisar Khanani

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: October 25th, 2012

Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary: “Rae knows how to look out for family. Born with a deformed foot, she feigns indifference to the pity and insults that come her way. Wary of all things beautiful, Rae instantly distrusts their latest visitor: an appallingly attractive faerie. Further, his presence imperils the secret her sister guards. But when the local townspeople show up demanding his blood, Rae must find a way to protect both her sister’s secret and their guest. Even if that means risking herself.” – Goodreads

Whenever people try to make characters have flaws, they go for lazy, snarky, or something else society generally looks past. This author goes for a club foot. (Not saying that’s a flaw, though it is a hinderance society generally makes fun of.) It’s refreshing to have a character, (Rae), that isn’t perfect or conventionally beautiful, already setting me up to love her.

Here’s the second thing the writer did that I really liked. Reportedly, the inspiration behind this was based off how disconnected fantasy families usually are. Protagonists are often orphaned or have dysfunctional backgrounds. Khanani wanted to have a story where that wasn’t the case, which is nice to see.

The descriptions were well done, even though I felt the writing could’ve been more clear as to who was saying and doing things. I caught myself having no idea who was talking more than a few times, plus there wasn’t enough explanation as to how the magic worked/what they intended to do with it.

The plot isn’t terribly exciting, but it doesn’t have to be. It carries a lot of tension in a unique plot and world. Plus there’s a hot faeire. So.

For its all around uniqueness, docked only a point for some confusing writing, The Bone Knife earns a four out of five.

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P. S. Isn’t the cover beautiful?