November 2016 - further up and further in

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Beautiful Books #2: (Still) Carrying the Throne

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Beautiful Books #2: (Still) Carrying the Throne

1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Currently, at this moment... I'm good. This may change. It's been a rough November for me personally, as my mental health state isn't the greatest, and I actually wasn't sure at all if I would finish NaNo. But I'm still here, still writing, still fighting, still trying. And I think I'm on my way to catching up.

2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

The fall leaves skitter on the ground in front of me, almost as if they’re fleeing. 

3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
Currently, Felix. He's the easiest to write as because I've grasped his voice, and I love him. He's enjoying being in another world. Enjoying the heck out of it, actually.


4. What do you love about your novel so far?
I love how it's coming along, how it balances both our world and the fantasy one. It's like a fantasy novel, but I still get to make some pop culture references, which is super fun. It's taken some twists I didn't expect, but it's all the better for it.


5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
My Twitter can tell the tale...

"She puts an arm on my hand--"
No. That's not how it works. #NaNoWriMo2016

"It's creping me out."
When you're trying to convey spookiness and you end up just craving breakfast food instead. #NaNoWriMo2016

In other news, Manhattan is apparently Manhatatan. #NaNoWriMo2016


6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
Ugh, no idea. They each have their pros and cons.

Beginning
Pro: It's fun! You get to begin a novel you're (hopefully) excited to write.
Con: WHAT EVEN ARE WORDS


Middle
Pro: This is, arguably, where the meat of the story happens.
Con: IT GOES ON FOREVER OH MY GOSH WHEN WILL THE SUFFERING END


End
Pro: You're done!
Con: You're done.


That was a long-winded way of saying, "Meh. I don't have a favorite."

7. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
Whoaaa, so many questions. Let's unpack each one.

What are your writing habits?
Personally I'm fond of this thing called not writing unless it's NaNo. I am working to fix this.

Is there a specific snack you eat?
I end up getting so caught up in the story that I forget to eat. However, often you can find me eating cereal at night while I'm writing. (Cinnamon cereal, it's delicious.)

Do you listen to music?
Ideally, yes, but not lately. It's too much of a hassle for me to go find my earbuds. I'm lame.

What time of day do you write best?
WHENEVER I CAN FIND IT [THE TIME, I MEAN].

Picture of my writing space:


Things that have changed since last year: my blog design and the fact that my laptop has died. I now use a desktop located at the same desk. But you can still find my flannel often discarded by my desk. (I'm wearing it right now, in fact.)

8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing?
Super private. I mean, if you ask, I'll do my best to tell you! But it's hard for me to share. I do really like making Pinterest boards and aesthetic collages, though.

Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
I don't have a massive cheer squad, but I do have a few friends to cheer me on. Most of the time, though, I work alone.


9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
Sometimes I don't even know. I think it boils down to the fact that writing is in my bones. I've tried to stop, but I can't. I've gone weeks or months without writing, but I always come back. And when I do, it's like coming home.

10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
It is never too late to catch up.

Be bold in your writing, take risks. Just write whatever comes to mind first. (Write it down, edit later.)

Go do this Hamilton-themed word crawl. You are welcome.


Hey! How's NaNo going? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, November 7, 2016

What I Read: October

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What I Read: October
October is over, and 2016 is almost over too, which is really wild to think about. But for now, here's what I read this past month!


Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

You can read my full review here, but to sum it up: definitely a really good read, especially with the autumn and spooky vibes that this book evokes.

Book in a gif:

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

It's hard to find the words to sum up how much I loved this book. Colleen Hoover doesn't disappoint, and Slammed is easily one of my favorite books.

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Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

The sequel to Slammed, Point of Retreat was just as enthralling and heartbreaking and amazing as its predecessor. I loved it.

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Unwind by Neal Shusterman

This book was the worst but in the best way. Nauseating but compelling. Horrifying but amazing. I think you get the idea.

(No gif because how do you even sum this book up?!)


The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Um. What. I still don't understand this book fully, but it was PERFECT. I'm not kidding. One of the best, most-mind-blowing books I've read this year.

Book in a gif:

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

I had a few issues with this book's portrayal of mental illness, but I did really like the characters. Caroline wins the book for me.

Book in a gif:

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

I'm so sad about this one because the cover was gorgeous. I so wanted to like it, but this book was just not for me.

Here's how I feel about that:


The Reader by M.K. Harkins

This book was super intriguing. While I found the writing and characters a bit off at times, the premise was really interesting and kept me involved in the book.

Book in a gif:

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan

This book was so good, and I'm still thinking about it. I think it's one that will stick around in my subconscious for some time. Read my full review here.

Book in a gif:
(I mean, the Dress wasn't made by Cinna, but it COULD HAVE BEEN.)

Finding Libbie by Deanna Lynn Sletten

This was a sweetly written story. It took me a while to get into, but by 40% I was hooked. It was a really interesting love story wich plenty of obstacles and heartbreak. But it ended so beautifully. Yay happy endings!

Book in a gif:



The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno

This was one highly-anticipated read for me, and it did not disappoint. It portrays internet friendships so well, and the quirky characters are just a major bonus. Though we didn't get as many answers as I would have liked, and the ending was a bit ambiguous, I am still so glad I read this one.

Book in a gif:
Look, I know this gif choice is out there, but this book was SO SWEET, and what better to convey that than Zac Efron with whiskers?


What was your favorite book you read in October?


Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with the copies of The Reader, The Dress, and Finding Libbie.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Beautiful Books 2016: How's the Writing Going?

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Beautiful Books 2016: How's the Writing Going?

Hello, writerlings! If you're like me, you're deep in the throes of NaNo. (This post was scheduled beforehand and thus is brought to you by pre-NaNo Sky, who is probably a lot more calm than current Sky.) It's time for another round of Beautiful Books to discuss our novels!

Beautiful Books is a three-month long event focusing on your novel, whether it's for NaNo or otherwise. In October, we focused on plotting and introducing your novel. In November, we'll be focusing on the writing process and how NaNo is going. And in December, we'll be focusing on editing and how you think your book turned out!

You may have some questions about this...

Do I have to be doing NaNo to participate? Absolutely not! While the general format is suited well to writers doing NaNo, we want this blog link-up to be for everyone! Just pick a work-in-progress and you'll be good to go. Come one, come all!

How does it work? The format is really similar to Beautiful People. Each month, we'll be posting 10 questions, except this time for you to answer about your WIP (or yourself!). You'll take our 10 questions and answer them on your blog, then come back and link up here! And don't forget to go around and read the posts of the other participants--it could be a great way to make friends!

What about Beautiful People? Beautiful People will be back! But for now, show your WIP some love! There’s always the archive if you get the itch to do BP as well.

So... what do I do? Sit tight and read the questions Cait and I will post, then use them to help you think through one of your novels! Then link back, and overall be your awesome self! Also, if you want to share this with your friends, we aren't at all opposed! Making this one big party would be really cool.

Don't forget to link back, either via a text link or this fancy blog button.



This month, let's discuss the nitty-gritty details of your novel and the writing process.

  1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
  2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
  3. Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
  4. What do you love about your novel so far?
  5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
  6. What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
  7. What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
  8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
  9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
  10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?



How's NaNo (or writing in general) going, lovelies? Let me know in the comments below!