Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! Every time I jump back onto the blogging bandwagon life decides to smack me with the busy stick, so it’s been a few weeks. I’ve decided to change Science Tuesday to a monthly post, so most of June’s science news will be posted next Tuesday (the 28th). But I’ll still be posting custom ponies every Sunday when I can find them. I have one for you this weekend and it’s so beautiful!
Last we talked, I was in my reading cycle (I’m now in my video games/HGTV/recover cycle, which is kind of backwards from normal…but I’m not complaining because I’ve been playing WoW for the first time since the Panda expansion came out!). I finished TAMING OF THE QUEEN and HALF A WAR. I really enjoyed both of them, but TAMING was really really really good. It gave me nightmares about King Henry VIII, and even though I already knew the history and what would happen, I was seriously on the edge of my seat in places. That’s how well done that book was. I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a female author (Katherine Parr was the first woman to publish under her own name in English). I’m now reading THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss and listening to ANCILLARY JUSTICE by Ann Leckie.
I’m about to roll into the writing cycle, and as I was trying to fall asleep two nights ago I realized the issue I was having with Enfields. I’ve got two MCs who’re trying to fight the big bad guy, but the big bad guy isn’t fighting back. The MCs are too small to really be much more than an annoyance to him – he’s focused on something else until the end of the book. So it’s time to restructure this sucker, rip apart the worldbuilding and stitch it back together, and get the big bad guy to see the MCs as a threat and actively work against them.
And I still need to find a place for that sex scene I already wrote…
I’ve joined Camp NaNo next month in hopes that my cabin-mates will help kickstart my brain and make the pieces fall together so I can finally make some headway on this book. I also picked up STORY FIX by Larry Brooks (you may have heard me praising STORY ENGINEERING in the past, which I’ll also be re-reading with an eye towards Enfields).
Last but not least: the Littles have become Ladies! They started laying eggs this weekend! Little eggs, because they’re still half the size of Mona😛
<–Look how teeny the eggs are!
Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans! I’ll see you on Sunday for Custom of the Week🙂
Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! If you missed it, I started posting Custom of the Week and Science Tuesday again this week, so make sure you check those out. I’ll have another custom this weekend, but family is arriving today so I’ll be offline for the most part until Tuesday (and next week’s Science Tuesday may be a little late).
I spent the long weekend cleaning the house since it was raining and family was coming, but in between scrubbing the bathroom and moping the floor, I got to know my new agent siblings, who are all wonderful❤ They set up a Facebook group for support and silliness, and we spent the weekend trolling our agent with subtweets and cheering each other on our various projects. It’s amazing to be a part of such a supportive group of people going through the same process I am. #TeamRocks
Last week I finished the CP project for my agent and started another, and I’ve plotted out Enfields for the next several chapters. Then things become fuzzy again, but I’m sure I’ll figure out what happens by the time I write all the scenes that need to be written (I write by hand, so it’s a lot slower to write out the scenes and type them up than it is to storyline them). My MC has taken a turn for the not-so-likable, but it works so well that I’m really excited for it. I had no idea she was such a bad person. She comes across as such a nice, quiet soul.
I’m going to have a lot of fun with her >:)
As for reading, I finished THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE and loved it! I gave it to my boss, and he also loved it, as did his wife. Now another coworker has it and I’m willing to bet she’s loving it (but she’s on vacation this week so I can’t ask her). I’ve started reading THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN by Phillipa Gregory (gosh I love her Tudor books!), and I’m nearly done listening to HALF A WAR by Joe Abercrombie.
Happy Tuesday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been a loooong time since we’ve had a Science Tuesday, and we’ve missed a lot of awesome science news, so let’s take a look at all the awesome things that happened in May, starting with ET!
Happy 10th Anniversary to my wonderful Hubby!❤ Ten years ago today we were married on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in a tiny ceremony that included our parents, siblings, and a best friend each. Thirteen people total, including us and the pastor (who also owned the bar we toasted at the night before).
The past ten years have been filled with adventure and romance and lots and lots of fur-babies (and feather-babies). I hope the next ten are filled with the same!
Tonight we’re celebrating with a fancy dinner at my favorite restaurant, FIG.
Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! I’ve had a big, busy week since last I saw you – but the biggest news is that I NAILED MY EDITS! Woot! The “training manual” sections worked, making Finn less douchy while still keeping him in character worked, the sweeter sex scenes worked (and now I get to go back through and turn the heat up again ;P), and all the other little tweaks and edits worked. I’m so relieved! This was my first round of edits with an agent, so I’m really glad to hear my changes worked😀
We go on sub next week! Eeeep!
Now I’m CPing for my agent, which is super fun. And I love the book, it’s very much in line with StO, but without mermaids.
Last week I finished listening to THE MIRROR EMPIRE by Kameron Hurley and started HALF A WAR by Joe Abercrombie, but I haven’t been able to listen to much of it lately because I haven’t been doing the test that allows for audiobooks in the past week (those samples don’t come in often, but when they do come in it’s all at once). I finally started reading THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE yesterday at lunch, and I’m only 30 pages from finishing, so I’ll be finishing at lunch! That’s how good this book is! And it’s not even fantasy. I don’t always read Contemporary YA, but when I do apparently the MC must be mute and I’ll adore it (remember me raving about SEA OF TRANQUILITY? I still think about that book *often*).
Once I finish THANKS, I’m jumping back on the writing train to finish Enfields. I finally figured out what needs to happen next (thank goodness! I was stuck for MONTHS!), and it’s going to be very exciting and a little depressing. My favorite combo😉
Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans, and if you need a little pick-me-up, have some chocolate:
Happy Friday Aledan Merfolk! April is always a rough month for me because it’s audit season at work, and this year I took over two additional tests right before audits started AND got my edits on StO back from my agent, so it’s been a whirlwind of activity on this end (which is why I haven’t posted since April 1st).
I’ve been writing a fake training manual for StO, which has been fun and challenging and should bring another dimension to the book that it was lacking before. Most of the other edits are pretty straight-forward, mostly making Finn less of a douchebag in the beginning (he’s so much fun to write as a douchebag, but not as much fun to read). It’s been an interesting balancing act, trying to keep him in character while also toning him down.
When my edits are done (should be next week!), I’ve got a couple CP projects lined up, and a couple books as well. One of my agent-siblings sent me a signed copy of THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE by Tommy Wallach, and I have a mermaid anthology to burn through. Last time I saw you I was still reading THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT, and OMG you guys, that book was PERFECT (for me). The ending was far from happy, but I tend to enjoy endings like that. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely grab a copy and start reading. It’s amazing from page one. I also read EMERGE by Tobie Easton, which was a nice twist on the classic mermaid tale. I really enjoyed it.
With my new tests at work I’ve had lots of time to listen to audiobooks, so I’ve blown through A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (wonderful, as are all of Victoria’s books), and THE MIRROR EMPIRE by Katherine Hurley (which I’ll finish this afternoon while working). It took me a little while to really get into Mirror Empire, but once I did I loved it. The narrator is good too.
And last but not least, we got two new Littles! But don’t get too attached, we plan to eat these ones (we may not be able to go through with it, so we got females just in case, but we’re going to try).
This is the first book in the thrilling new Deception Games series coming November 21, 2016!
Title: Catalyst (The Deception Game, Book One)
Author: Kristin Smith
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA near-future thriller
In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teens, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.
With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.
In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels with enough kissing to make her mother blush. She’s a beach lover and a Just Dance guru who enjoys belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). As a self-professed chocoholic, Kristin is a firm believer that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, then it’s not considered a dessert. (Except for crème brûlée. She can always make an exception for crème brûlée.) Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to scarves, you can connect with her at the links below.