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Writing: Monthly update for February

It’s the first of the month, or close enough lol Time for another writing update!

Querying:

While I’m deep in the revising trenches preparing to publish, querying will be on hold.

Current WIPs:

From Stars, Come Dragons (The Seven Stars #1) – Round 2 with my content editor is done! If no other changes are needed, it’s off to line editing. So close to having a release date.

What revisions did I make?

Too much distance in my POV. I had a lot of “I think…” “I feel…” “I look…” Not so great in first person POV. It creates distance between the character and the reader. I read my MS out loud after making these changes, and WOW, it makes a difference.

 

Title coming soon (The Seven Stars #2) – If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I had hit 20K words on this, then hit a giant plot hole that forced me to start over. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to use anything I’d already written, but fortunately, changing the POV and tense of a couple of those chapters, I was able to.

I’m now over 10K words on this WIP again! Hoping I can power through the first draft this month.

 

Reading:

Read two books in February, which means I’m still on track with my 2018 reading goal!

Below, I included my reviews of the two books I read in February. TBH, I wouldn’t say I review books as much as I give my initial thoughts after closing it. Anywho, here they are!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Goodreads rating: 3 stars

RedQueen-HC-C.jpgThe middle of this book was 5 stars. It lost one for the slow, unclear beginning and the other for the multiple endings and unnecessary twists.

The big twist I was fine with, but the other twists, the ones that only seemed to exist so the author could avoid a trope or cliche, were frustrating and caused the ending to drag on in an unfocused mess. It felt like I read one complete book and three alternate endings that all led to the same result. I would say more but I’m doing this on my phone and it’s late and I’m sleepy lol

Here’s the thing though, I still enjoyed reading this. I looked forward to reading it every day, up until the last fifty pages. I’m going to try the second book and hope the twists are tamed. We’ll see! 

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads rating: 5 stars (This was a reread and I upped my rating from 4 to 5)

This is my original review:

77493_originalAfter TOG I thought I’d never read another SJM book. I didn’t find many, if any redeeming qualities in it. But I thought, at the library the other day, what the hell. It didn’t cost me anything to be curious. Now I’m glad I picked it up. I’ve been struggling to read this year and this drew me out of my slump. It was entertaining as hell, if absolute trash. And I will read the rest, because she so thoroughly entertained me.

My thoughts after the reread:

This second time, it was even better. I still rolled my eyes a couple of times, but I got so much more out of the characters and plot knowing what was coming.

 

Beta Reading:

I read for CK Page last month and provided him with feedback on the third installment of his series Love, Death, & The After. Check out him and his books!

BLOGS:

So, I’ve gotten pretty good at this! Making it part of my routine helped a lot. Thursday and Monday now blog days! I write my weekly update on Monday, then read, like and comment, and follow new blogs. On Thursday, I usually write a thoughts blog and visit the blogs I follow. It’s awesome! Here are a couple of the bloggers I’ve been keeping up with!

Ashley Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile

Bree @ Perpetual Fangirl

 

Well… I think that does it. Some ups and downs, (let’s be honest, mostly ups) but all in all a great month!
How was your February?

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