Hello, old friends!

Goodness! It has been far too long. But between mystery illnesses, lung infections, asthma flare ups, no sleep, new job, family member’s surgery, and just life in general, I haven’t had much time, or energy, to devote to writing. Or even reading, for that matter. My poor journal has been much neglected! But now that things are kinda, sorta, maybe starting to calm down, I’ve been starting to delve back into the wonderful world of writing. And the equally wonderful, time honored art of procrastinating.

Yeah, so maybe more of the latter has been going on, buuuuuut…. *hides*

Anywho, I’ve been back on Twitter lately (@ebthompson93) so definitely come hang out and chat if you have a Twitter! I’ve also read some A-MAZ-ING WIPs from @booksquirt. Seriously, she’s one you want to be watching.

I may or may not be going to a young writer’s conference thingy, depending on logistics, so cross your fingers there!

But what about my own writing, you ask? Well. I have pulled out and dusted off Crystal. I also gave it a hug, because it felt much neglected and needed some authorly love. (I may or may not be kidding on that last part, but you’ll never know for sure😉 ) My editor has been contacted and editing has been booked. He knows to come knocking on my door if he doesn’t have it within the week. So! It will, God-willing, be published sometime in the next month. Ish. And if it isn’t, kindly poke me on Twitter or through email and ask where it is and why I’m procrastinating again.

And also, I’m plotting a super exhausting story. But it’s also a fun one, and my beta friend told me the idea was super cute, so more on that later!🙂

Read any good books lately? I’d love to hear about them?

Write anything super cool that you’re super proud of? Tell me about it!

Do you have a book published? Let me know! I love reading books and supporting fellow authors!

Until next time!

 

The Day Before NaNoWriMo

As I sit here writing this, there’s approximately eight hours until NaNoWriMo starts. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I’ve found a lovely writer’s group that meets twice a week during November. I’m really excited to get to write with them and share the sweat, blood, tears, and words that is NaNo. And I’m not the only college student in the group, so I’ll have support and a sympathetic ear when it comes to doing NaNo on top of homework, studying, and prepping for the ever-looming finals.

Plus, this NaNo is going to be very interesting. Right now, I’ve got three separate ideas vying for attention, so unless I can choose one over the other two, I’ll be flipping through three novels this November. It’s kind of funny, actually, because I’ve been in an “edit-all-the-things” mood recently and now I’m in a “write-all-the-things” mood.

The good side of the “edit-all-the-things” mood is that Crystal is almost ready to go. All that’s needed is editing and that’ll happen in December, so with any luck, Crystal should be published sometime in January. And if it isn’t, nag me incessantly because I’ve procrastinated on publishing that book for far too long. Really, I have.

After Crystal, I plan on taking a short break from the Anayldrisian world. Homesick and Inheritance, books 3 and 4, are both written, but I need to mull over them for a while. Especially Homesick. Of all the books I’ve written, it’s the one that’s giving me the most grief. I’ll still be writing, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll mostly likely be finishing up Cursed, Unwanted Gods, and Destinies Collide. All written and in need of revising. So there’s definitely some fun things in my future. I *might* even post some excepts as I revise.

Oh, and one last thing. Because Crystal is coming out soon, I’d like some more reviews for Starling. If you’d like to review it, shoot me an email and I’ll give you a copy in exchange for an honest review. Offer’s open now until Crystal is published. And I’m considering also offering the same deal for Crystal, so definitely let me know if you’re interested in that too.

That’s all for now! Happy Nano’ing!🙂

A Much Needed Update! :)

Hello there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? This summer has just flown by! I only have a week until school starts again. I can’t wait, even though it means less time to write.

Speaking of writing, Crystal is coming along nicely. It should be sent to the editor by the end of the month, although I’m aiming for the end of next week. We shall see.

I’ve also wrote a blurb for Crystal. It’s a work in progress, so tell me what you think!

                A mysterious woman. A duty bound Starling. Drawn together by fate, kept together by the ties of forbidden love.

When the alliance between their realms slowly shatters, Kathryn and Rikarean fight to stop the inevitable. But is it already too late?

And other news on the writing front, I’ve almost completed a new book, this one on superheroes! I can’t wait to share more, but first, Crystal!

How goes your reading and writing?

The Thing About A Second Book

It’s kinda funny. You hear all these people talking about how they’re writing a book, their first book. You hear all about their struggles, their joys and triumphs, and every step in between. But then, the book is published and you never hear from most of them again. At least, not regarding their writing process. You never really see much of people’s journey writing their second book, their third, or their fourth. Not until the “it’s published!” notifications that rolls around on your social media.

So what is it about writing the first book that’s so different that the second? I don’t really know the answer to that. Maybe it’s that when you write the first book, everything’s so new, and you’re all excited and want to share what you’re learning?

But there are some things I think are just as important for people to know when writing a second book that’s different than writing the first.

Your standards are different, higher. You’ve already been down this path before and now that you have, you have higher standards for yourself. You know you can do better, so you push yourself. Which can cause a lot of frustration, especially when you can’t seem to get the words on the page to behave the way you want them to.

Readers expect at least the same quality from you, if not a higher quality. They’ve read your work and they know what you do well. And they want to see more of it. Which puts pressure on you, the writer, to craft a novel that’s at least at the same quality level, if not better. And you’re putting the same pressure on yourself.

What worked the first time may not work the second. The way you write is always constantly evolving, especially if you’re constantly trying to improve your craft. It can be frustrating when what worked the first time doesn’t work the second. But! It means you can find new ways to do the same thing, which can be a fun adventure.

These are just some things that I’ve learned, but I’m by no means an expert. So chime in! If you’ve discovered things about writing a second book that are different than writing a first, tell me! I’ll add it to the post.

Happy Friday!🙂

Trying New Things

This past week has been really interesting. I’ve done so many things, including trying out some new things.

-I’ve worked a lot on finishing up Crystal. Almost there! Almost! I’ve added a lot of new scenes and chapters and am fleshing out the back half, making that it seem like I didn’t rush events.

-I joined this website called Critique Circle. So far, I like it. I even put up a chapter to be critiqued. That starts on Wednesday, so I may be an emotional wreck this upcoming week. Or I may be the happiest person on the planet. More likely, I’ll be somewhere in between.

-I went to a local writing group. Given that I’m extremely shy, this was something big for me, but I had so much fun! The people were very welcoming and even though we chatted a great deal about unrelated things, we actually got a lot of writing done. Or in my case, revising. In three and a half hours, I got through revising two entire chapters, which is approximately 10,000 words. I was very proud of myself. I’m definitely going back.

-I made a list of what all I needed to do to get the rest of my WIP’s ready. …It’s a very long list. I’ve realized I have the habit of writing the story and not looking at it again for over a year. So, I have seven stories in various stages of completion. This summer’s goal is to focus on one at a time and get them done so I can start on a new project without feeling guilty about it.

-I signed up to help judge the first round of a writing contest. Really excited about that!

Added to all that is all the craziness that is life and job-searching, so I’ve been very busy! But it’s a good kind of busy.

I’ve also been debating on whether or not to keep this blog going, since I so very rarely update. And if I decide to keep it running, on what I would post. It’s a very hard decision since I don’t know what direction I’d even want to take this blog. Thoughts would be most appreciated.

Oh, that reminds me! Have you heard of Story Bundle? It’s this thing where you get a bundle of books and you get to pick the price. This month’s bundle is writing how-to’s. I haven’t read any of them, but they seem like they’d be helpful.🙂

How has your writing been going? I’d love to hear about your current WIP’s. I’d even love to hear about your pubbed books. I love supporting fellow authors any way I can!

Crystal

Writing is hard. Sometimes, we give ourselves deadlines and then conveniently forget about them. Sometimes, life gets in the way. And sometimes, we just don’t feel like editing when there’s a half a dozen new story ideas floating around in our brains.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is this: Crystal is coming. I don’t know when. It’s written, but in the process of being revised one last time. But life, and college, got in the way and I haven’t had a lot of time or energy left at the end of the day to work on it. But it is coming. I have a pretty cover for it and everything!

The Yellow Hoods Book 1 Review

The Yellow Hoods is a cute romp with a nice twist on a well-loved fairytale. Its main protagonist is Tee, a spunky 12 year old who likes to invent things with her grandpapa and go as fast as she can in her sail cart. Along with her friends, Elly and Richy, she goes on an adventure to save her grandpapa from the dreaded LeLoup, or the Wolf. Along the way, there was some nice character development for Tee. I especially liked the bit with the “lala’s.” I felt that it was well done.

The setting was well realized and the steampunk aspect fit right in believably. The best part was the grandpapa’s house, full of secrets and surprises. It was so well described that you could see it easily. Following that was the tree house on the mountains, complete with its own pulley system.

Interestingly, the book has aspects of a fairytale embedded within. Specifically, the three little pigs and little red riding hood. And it works, as the embedding was done quite cleverly. It took me a while to figure out that the Cochon brothers were the three little pigs, I have to admit. (Cochon literally meaning pigs)

The pace was just right and kept the pages turning.

And that ending! Definitely makes me want to read the next book!
4 out of 5 stars😀