Sooo yes, I’m completely aware that my blogging updates have been sketchy lately, BUT there are a few reasons for that:
- University has started! Which is definitely new and exciting (and terrifying) for me, and I want the time to adjust after a gap year. Right now I’m studying an introductory astronomy unit and Egyptian Archaeology (!!!), both of which I’m reallllyyyyy liking so far.
- I finished drafting a novel! (see below.)
- I’ve finished up FRAYED pass pages… and I’ll admit it was really, really hard to let it go.
- I’m working on revisions for THE EMPIRE OF STARS. (YA high fantasy—another fairy-tale based novel.)
My first big news: I finished MIDNIGHT QUEEN!! I absolutely love, love this novel—if you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s my Beauty and the Beast meets The Firebird epic fantasy—and there’s part of me that is absolutely itching to revise it. I’m a terrible perfectionist and having a rough draft drives me a little insane, but at the same time putting it aside for awhile gives me a chance to work on other WIPs that are dyyyinnnngggg to be written (and, well, revised.) That, and I’m beginning to sort through my ideas for sequels. At the moment, I have ideas for two or so books, but you literally never know with me. Ideas grow and flesh out as I write the novels, so there might be more or even less than I’d originally planned. But for now, here’s a teaser: the first paragraph of chapter one!
In other MIDNIGHT QUEEN news I thought I would share another song I listened to (literally on repeat, guys.) Later on, I do plan on uploading a MIDNIGHT QUEEN playlist as well as one for FRAYED. As I literally cannot write without music, it fuels so many different aspects of my novels—from characters to scenes to a single sentence.
And the other day I sent in my FRAYED pass pages with last-minute changes which is crazy-terrifying, and yes, exciting—FRAYED galleys will be sent out soon. Sometime this month, I think. So if you’re on Netgalley and are interested in the novel, keep an eye out! And yeah, it was hard sending in that final-final-FINAL pdf off. I’ll totally admit that. I absolutely love seeing my novel in book-format with the fonts, the spacing, the copyright page. And I don’t think that’s a feeling that would ever go away, regardless of how many books you’ve published. But in a way it’s a little sad: I’ve worked on this novel for four years and now… it’s done. Gone. I can’t change anything else. Definitely a bittersweet moment!
So, a fairly brief update from me today. I plan on focusing more on university studies and my current WIPs, aaaaaaaand maybe get to get into a more regular blogging pattern.