Saturday, December 22, 2018

Annual Hiatus 2018/2019!

My annual hiatus begins today with the exception of my annual year-end post on the 31st. I'm going to take a month to refresh and spend time with family. I'll be back on January 15th. Thank you so much for making 2018 blogging great and Merry Christmas!

Tools for Writers: Campaign Monitor Review

I know I’m supposed to be on hiatus but I had to delay it because I got my very first sponsored post! Woohoo! Thank you, Campaign Monitor. ^ ^

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Knowing the Novel Part 3 (Though I Only Did this Part)

I know, I know, I said I'd do a Writing Lessons post today, but my brain has been pudding lately from working lots of hours (Iceland will be worth it! *pants, cries a little, passes out on bed*) so I can take some time off around Christmas. Thus I needed something easy and I've been wanting to participate in at least one part of Christine's linkup, so here we are. I'll be answering questions for my steampunk fantasy novels Silver Hood and Black Hood both of which I worked on for NaNo. Let's get started!

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Book Review of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. 

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 2, 2015)
Page Count: 352 pages

I’ve been meaning to read this novel for quite some time since my friend Cassia and my bloggy buddy Sara have been recommending it to me which has been like over a year now at least. A couple months ago I finally got to reading it. I can’t say I’m in love with it but I really do appreciate many elements of this book.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Shared WIP Tag (Week 4 Even Though I Didn't Do the Other Weeks but I Wanted to Do a Post on Side Characters and Setting So There)

I've been seeing this tag floating around at Melissa's blog, but I feel like I'm repeating myself too much talking about my main characters over and over again (It may be annoying. It may not be. Let me know. XD), so I decided to do the edition of this tag that focuses on my side characters. I'm going to be talking about ones from Silver Hood and Black Hood since those are the novels I worked on for NaNo. Basically, Little Red Riding Hood retelling with werewolves, steampunk, and some Romanian mythology tossed in there. My two MCs are Mor and Claes. Thank you so much, Jules @ Saver of Memories for inventing this tag!

Friday, December 7, 2018

A Book Review of Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve

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London is hunting again. Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed. 

In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage -- and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

Series: Mortal Engines (Book 1)
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (May 30, 2017)
Page Count: 320 pages

Way back last year when seeing the Last Jedi with friends I saw the teaser for Mortal Engines and wondered what the heck it was. I asked my know-it-all (I love her) friend and she told me, so I've been wanting to read it and subsequently see the movie. In Canada, I was at a bookstore and decided to purchase the book!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Monthly Summary: November 2018

November was definitely a whirlwind of a month. Between NaNoWriMo, going to Kentucky for a wedding, working, getting sick, the Chinese Lantern Festival, and Thanksgiving, something was always going on.