As I’m sitting down to write this post, I actually have no idea what I’m going to say, but I’m here to say it anyway! (I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing or a good thing. 😂)
I actually haven’t done a general ‘updates’ post since the end of 2018, so it’s high time I sat down with a cup of chai and chatted life with you guys. As I said, I have no plan for this post, it’s just going to be a totally random chat about all the life things, in whatever order I think of them in!
The Writing Things!
I wrote the first draft of Princess!
I did Camp NaNo in April and I wrote the sequel to my middle grade (ish) fantasy book Prince. It was so much fun, but it also seemed to be over so quickly. It turned out shorter than most of my books, but it was still great to revisit the old characters.
ASoG is. almost. ready.
I’ve been working on this novel on and off since I wrote the first draft in July 2017. This year, I got it back from my beta readers and I’ve started work on draft five. And it feels sooo different.
The tone of the story, the characters, the prose has all matured, and I feel like I’ve finally grasped the core and the heart of this story, though I didn’t realise it was missing before.
I’m currently in the middle of editing. So far, I’m rewriting every sentence to strengthen the prose and adjust it to flow into the true heart of the story I’m telling.
The edits are going extremely slowly–I’m only halfway through chapter 2–but it’s so, so good to see the change on the paper, as well as the change in my mind and heart, with the discovery of the real story.
Once I’ve finished these edits, whenever that is, I hope to be launching straight into prepping my book proposal. (*distant screaming*)
The Land of Books
I’ve been trying really hard (or thinking about trying, anyway) to get a good balance of reading books and not spending time reading when I should be doing something else. It’s always a hard balance.
But I’ve read 15 books so far this year and six of them were five-stars!
But I’m really proud of myself because I’m finally making my way through the second half of the dreaded Oathbringer (Brandon Sanderson). Aka the book that’s the size of two bricks. The book that I started in June last year. The book that I’ve been reading on and off since then, but mostly just avoiding because it’s so huge.
I’m nearly finished it, and once it’s done I’ll be able to move on to new books without having it haunting me in the background. 😂
I also just want to take a moment to scream about Romanov (Nadine Brandes), because IT’S RELEASED INTO THE WORLD!!! I read an ARC of this book back in December and it was glorious. I’m soo excited that now it’s officially out though!
My pre-order arrived a day after release (and two days after my sister’s did 😭) and it’s so beautifulll.
Okay, I’ll stop gushing now, but if any of you are on Instagram, go to my account! I’m hosting a super cool giveaway to celebrate the release!!
Before I get carried away with flailing…let’s move on. XD
I watched Avengers: Endgame (Don’t worry, you’ll get no spoilers from me.)
This movie was sooo good. It’s a sign of good storytelling when you can make the audience laugh, then a few minutes later have them nearly sobbing.
I cried so much during this movie, it’s actually hilarious. Every time I’d pull myself together and wipe the tears away, something else would happen that set me off again. The tears started even before the Avengers logo/intro came up so if you’re planning to see this movie but haven’t yet: FEELS WARNING.
I will fully admit that the main reason I wanted to see Endgame was because I needed an explanation for what happens leading up to Spiderman: Far From Home. If you’ve been around for long, you’ll know that I’m a huge spiderman fan, so I’m reeeaally looking forward to Far From Home. My dad and I have already planned that we’re going to go see it together, like we did for Homecoming and it’s going to be so gooood. 💕
I played violin at a bush dance.
In case you don’t know already, a) a bush dance is an Australian version of a barn dance (I think), and b) bush dancing is THE BEST.
My friend was doing the bush dance as a fundraiser for a mission trip, and the church was organising the music, so I offered to play violin. I’d played guitar and piano at bush dances before, but never actually led. This time, though, I was the only violinist on call, so there was no backing out. 😛
There was a lot of time spent practicing, and the actual day was so full-on with two other music-related commitments earlier in the day, then the bush dance that night. I was so exhausted by the end of the night, I was practically asleep, but I absolutely loved every second of it.
Murder mystery/dress-up birthdays.
I went to my first ever murder mystery party in February, which was so much fun. I even guessed the murderer (though it was mostly a fluke).
One of my best friends (practically-my-sister) had a steampunk/pirate themed birthday, and I went along complete with a top hat an a machete.
If you don’t have friends who will dress up and be nerdy with you, you’d better find some more friends. 😉
Highlight. Of. My. Year.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, and it’s hailing all the way back to January, but I can’t not mention this in an update because it’s been months but I still look back on the amaaazing night I had at the For KING & COUNTRY concert.
Every time I think about it, I get this huge swell of excitement all over again.
Lots of life busyness.
Day-to-day things take up so much time, don’t they? 😛 It’s amazing how busy you can be without doing anything special.
I feel like I’ve been pretty full on with all the different little things, but it’s all good.
And that’s a bit of an update from me! Lots of things have happened, but that’s the adventure of it. 😀
Tell me about what’s been going on in your life! What books have you been reading? Are you a Marvel/Avengers fan?