Books, Writing, and More!

Hey everyone, I’m back!

It seems that somehow, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to keep all of my social media accounts in order at the same time. I’m just not that great at it I suppose.

I’m sure some of you have noticed that I’ve been working on my Facebook page lately. It has almost reached 400 page likes! Yay! It’s a small achievement, but I’m more than thrilled with it.

I’ve not just been spending the last couple weeks on Facebook, though it does kind of feel that way sometimes. I’ve been reading, and listening to, books! Let’s do a quick catch up to get to speed!

Last you knew, I had just finished reading Simon’s book and I was going to start the Maze Runner. Well, I finished that one a couple weeks back before I set headlong into Flashback.

6186357I loved The Maze Runner. It was a great story line with a dystopian setting that I honestly wasn’t sure was there when it seemed like Thomas was just locked up in a crazy prison. I loved the writing, and I’m actually pretty excited to read the next in the series. The Scorch Trials is currently on my list of books to read on GoodReads. I will also say, I watched the movie the day after I finished the book. There were a few… cinematic changed that caught my attention, but overall it was a good adaptation. There are always changes or things excluded when books are turned into movies. I’ve come to accept that, even when it’s hard (think of Harry Potter).

Since finishing Maze Runner, I’ve read several books, and attempted a few others.

I read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with my children. They weren’t as interested in it as I was, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I also attempted to read a book called Shiver, the first in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I can’t place my finger on what it was exactly that put me off, but I wasn’t able to get through it. I may go back to it, in print, and try again. I did listen to it as an audio book, perhaps that was in part to blame.

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I read through the book How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method. It was very enlightening, and I think it was much more detailed than the boiled down version I originally found on Pinterest. I am excited to use this book to plot my next project in March.

 

For the last week I’ve been going through another nonfiction book aimed at improving my writing. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne

self-editing-for-fiction-writers-143980167and Dave King. I’m enjoying it thus far, and I’ve learned more than I originally thought I would before beginning it. I will be posting about this once I’ve finished it.

game-of-thrones-tie-in-cover-a-song-of-ice-and-fire-20154638-794-1213Back on the fiction track, I’ve started a new book today. I’ve always had an interest in the television show A Game of Thrones, so now I’ve started the first in the series by R.R. Martin. As usual lately, I am listening to it as an audio book. It’s quite the book though. The audio file is more than thirty-two hours long. I’ve never seen the printed copy of the book, but it seems like it would be rather long. I’m excited to continue on with it. I’m currently an hour into it. I’ll update more about it when I’ve finished it.


On the writing end of life, I’ve made a bit of progress with Flashback. My plan has fallen behind a tad for it, but as of this point I’m using it as the guinea pig for the things I’m learning from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. I still hope to have it finished by the end of the month, but I’m very well aware that it will not be ready for beta readers at that time.

There are several stories waiting impatiently in the queue, so I have chosen to start plotting the Silas Stinger story in March, whether Flashback is ready or not.

The real goal for me is to make more than the easy time for writing. I cannot simply wait for the time to present itself.  I have to MAKE the time as well. It’s been a struggle, but I’m pushing it now.

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