Epic Reads, as part of catching up to the Olympics buzz, started a swell idea for the #ReadingDecathlon. I didn’t quite make it to ten books in ten days, but I learned a few things along the way.
The other weekend I had an existential crisis about how large whales are. I mean, not many people have seen one up close unless you’ve been to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Naturally, I fell into a rabbit hole of whale facts that I will shamelessly share now.
Recently, I went to an event with the amazing Victor LaValle and we talked about the course in introductory novel writing that he teaches. What stuck out to me was that he said that many beginner writers lack focus in this work. There’s an . And I realized that that was totally true about my work during the first draft, way back in college when my writing was actual trash.
It’s International Women’s Day and I wanted to draw some attention to five women and girls that I met in recent reads. They’re pretty different from each other and I wanted to compile them into a helpful list for fellow female-lead story writers such as myself to draw inspiration from. From women who can rule the world to kids looking for companionship, this list has some of it all.
I’ve just finished playing Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II and reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Both books tackle the idea of having blood magic, which gives me food for thought as I develop the seven main magical systems in my work.
This is my contribution to the fact that it is Valentine’s Day today. I’m going to focus on three couples that are almost formative in my idea of what romance is.
Where I am in my story, weather doesn’t play a huge factor. I use phrases like “biting cold,” “oppressive humidity,” and “sunny” to get an atmosphere going. After this weekend’s Winter Storm Jonas, it gave me fuel for thought as my characters do more traveling as the tale goes. Here are some tips for navigating the weather of your realm.
Goal setting is a thing I’m working on, especially since I have so many other projects going on (graduate school, what?). So here are some books I’m reading and the order of priority for Kindle.
Radiance by Grace Draven (Kindle)
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus (Hard-Copy)
The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski (Hard-Copy)
The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman (Hard-Copy)
I’m a mess when it comes to my hard copies, so by mid-January, after grad applications, I want to be done with all those. So I can move onto the books with deadlines.
To Be Read:
Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer (Read before 1/25)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Read before 2/23)
Wiesza Jaskolki by Andrzej Sapkowski (Note: My project before going to Poland is to read this, so let’s see how that goes. The last most-difficult book I read in my native tongue was Harry Potter. Or was it Faerie Wars? Either way, NOT an adult dark fantasy)
What are y’all planning to read? Friend me on Goodreads because yay, recommendations.
I spent my New Year’s Eve with the boyfriend and my best friend from high school watching One Punch Man (2015), an anime about a bored of his super hero career because he can kill any enemy with one punch. So, what’s the plot? Well, let me tell you.
Back to the editing board. This time, my book is on a diet to shed some excess words. And it’s working! I got rid of 8,000 so far and the plot hasn’t changed yet. I have, however, gotten to the point where some chapters just have to go. And the first one I got rid of was chapter 1. It came down to one thing.