What I’m Reading
I've just finished UNRAVEL ME by Tahareh Mafi, which I enjoyed, and now I have a host of new books to chose from -- I'm looking forward to Chuck Wendig's THE BLUE BLAZES in particular. (ARC Provided by Angry Robot.)
What I’m Writing
I've just passed the 30k mark on Leviathan Rises, and the voice is finally starting to feel solid. I managed to go back and fix the first chapter, which had been not-quite-right for a while, and now I'm working on the rest.
This story is proving tricky because I wrote those 30k haphazardly: jumping around the timeline, skipping to exciting scenes, writing sections with no idea where they'll fit. Now that I'm on the end stretch, I need to go back and pull it all together into solid chapters, and that's rough going.
Worth it, though. I really love this ridiculous oddball of a story.
What Inspires Me Right Now
I'm on a musical kick! Mostly listening to Fall Out Boy's new album Save Rock and Roll, and this gorgeous track by a new musical find, the band Les Friction:
"This force is in love with you. It wants you safe. It wants you well."
What Else I've Been Up To
I'm thinking very seriously about doing my theory test in the near future, and I've been studying for it in my spare moments.
I'm also trying to eat healthier -- more fruit, less sweets, more water, no fizzy juice, and multivitamins ahoy. It's working reasonably well, my sleep is settling down and I'm more aware of issues with my blood sugar level. I just need to up my exercise amounts to go along with the new regime.
Last but not least, I'm playing the free horror game Ib. I wasn't convinced an 8-bit game but be creepy, but I've jumped out of my seat a few times. It's a great little game.
Busy, busy week. Wouldn't mind a longer weekend to make up for it. How about a 5 day weekend? No? 3 day? I'll just be over here living in hope.
The other half's been doing important work things, and once that was all clear I've been burning up my weekend writing and spending time with mates. But mostly the former, because I'm a hermit.
Some good articles going about - a post on the Hell of spending 10 years trying to finish a novel, and a good post on the need for change to get guys reading YA fiction. Any male readers want to comment on if they read teen fiction, and if female main characters put them off? I know a few who will happily read them, which is good to see. And girls, do you like stories with male main characters?
Personally, I tend to prefer male main characters - when writing my own work, and reading others. I'm perfectly fine reading a female main character as well, though some female narrators tend to talk in irritating high school slang which stops me reading a book very quickly (House of Night, I'm looking at you).
I also put a day's work into updating the store! It now looks about 3 times as snazzy, at least, and I've been tweaking a lot to make it more user friendly. If you find any issues, feel free to let me know! Right now my only qualm is that I can't figure out how to change the favicon. Curse you, favicon. I will find you, and I will change you.
Shiny new features on the site: you can change the colours up in the bottom-right corner, ask a question about the product or view related products. I like to turn it green!
Anyway, it's not just a new look, but new products as well! We've now got a super-awesome-value 'Dragon Tamers' bundle, with posters, bookmarks and the books themselves all for only £10. This one is aimed at new readers, and people buying gifts for their children or friends who want to give the series a go.
I've also the lovely gold-tassel bookmarks.
To top it all off, some of our most popular stuff is now on sale. Normal bookmarks are just £1, the gold bookmarks are £3, and posters are £1. Compared to what these were selling for before hand, it's a fiiiiine deal.
Anyway, I'm off to do things that don't involve self-promotion - like housework and sleep.
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