Writing: Monthly Update for January

It’s the first of the month! 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) – Had a great month with this. I received feedback from my content editor. Not as bad as I expected. I spent two weeks revising and handed my revisions in. This guy is is now back with my content editor and I’m waiting on my next round of feedback!

What revisions did I make?

There were some clarity issues. People in one place suddenly appearing across the room with no indication they had moved. It was a bit disorienting.

No structural changes. But I did add and change some minor world building things to allow for the development of other characters and the direction the series is going.

General clean up! It had been many months since I touched this manuscript. My writing has improved a lot in those months. There were several passages that were clunky. Descriptions that were too shallow or on the nose. Not that I went purple with my prose or anything. That’s not how I write. It just needed beefed up a bit to bring you into the scene better.

Title coming soon (The Seven Stars #2) – The beginning of January, when FSCD landed on my editor’s desk, I dove into book two of this series! I’m having a great time with it. I love where it’s going! As of this morning I’ve already written 16,752 words. It’s coming right along. My goal is to finish the rough draft by the end of February. Though, revising FSCD could push that back. Publishing comes first!

 

Reading:

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

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

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Goodreads rating: 4 stars

I’m not really sure what to say. A beautiful story told even more beautifully. Yet… I was left feeling off balance. Not bad, necessarily, just… Off. A lot happened in this book for it being a little less than 300 pages and yet, I didn’t feel like anything important was missing. Then came the end and the epilogue, and I just felt like there was so much more could have been told between them.

I suppose my only complaint is the one I should have… I wanted more.

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

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Goodreads rating: 4 stars (I really wish they’d implement at least half stars)

4.9 really, but can’t quite bring myself to round up. This was such a fantastic journey. It was so deliciously dark. I even teared up at one point. The poor children! Truly, I loved this book. Until the last chapter. Not that I didn’t like it at that point. I was just so far on the edge of my seat throughout, I thought for sure the end would push me off. But I just felt like… is that it?

I still highly recommend it! It’s a journey worth going on. The fairytale telling. The characters. OMG the Defaiders! The use of religion… Deep breaths… I don’t know if the author was inspired by it or not, and this story is not this, but the tone, many times, reminded me of the movie The Village. I’d say if you like that movie, you’ll like this book. Just don’t expect the M. Night twist 😉

Ok that’s it. Really liked this book. Probably read it again sometime.

Beta Reading:

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time for beta reading in January. I have volunteered to read for one of my beta readers. Should see that soon and read it in February.

BLOGS:

This week I set a new goal to read more blogs! To keep myself honest, I’m also tweeting about the blogs I read. I’m doing pretty well with it so far. Here are the links to the tweets about the blogs I read this week.

S.E. Isaac

Lindsay Newton

 

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 January?

2018 is off to a great start!

Last week was a great start to the new year. I had set a goal of writing 5000 words on the first draft of my WIP, From the Vast, which I’d planned on finishing before starting on the sequel to From Stars, Come Dragons, but I put it aside when the sequel consumed my brain.

I wrote almost everyday last week and as of last night my total word count was 8,414 words!

For those of you who don’t know, a typical young adult fantasy novel will clock in around 70K – 100K words. Since this is the rough draft, which I treat more as a detailed outline, though it will read like a book with dialogue and structure, I will come in well under that 70K this time around. I expect I’ll hit around 40K – 50K on this rough draft and have to add scenes to fix plot holes and descriptions later. I could be way off, of course, but this is based on my past experience.

This week, I’ve set the same 5K word goal. You can see this in the What’s the Buzz? widget on the right side bar of the website –>

Another great thing to come out of last week and starting to write a sequel, was naming the series! And here it is!

From Stars, Come Dragons and its sequels will be part of THE SEVEN STARS series. YIPPEE!! /me goes a little nuts and likes it!

The last few weeks of 2017 were amazing, and the first week of 2018 was just as great!

How was your first week of 2018? Any big plans this year? Resolutions? Share in the comments! And have a great year!

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FSCD Cover on book

 

 

Release date for my debut novel, From Stars, Come Dragons is TBD. I will update the Books page with a link when it is available for purchase!

From Stars, Come Dragons – Coming Soon

I can’t breathe! It’s too much xD Here’s the link to the From Stars, Come Dragons book page! Cover is in the works

http://fyreandbrimstonepublishing.com/coming-soon

Announcement

I’m proud to announce I am officially signed with Fyre and Brimstone Publishing! Fyre and Brimstone Publishing Keep an eye out, here and on their website for more information 🙂 Thanks to all of you for your support. And especially to the greatest and most loving husband in all the world for his undying support. Trevor Swaim
http://fyreandbrimstonepublishing.com/