Journal

February 2017 Recap

How about let’s turn this upside down? Thoughts first. Stats later.

The reading list feels like a cheat this month. It looks okay at a glance, but there’s a novella, a graphic novel, two YA novels and a MG one. Word wise, it wasn’t high volume reading month and it came in mad dashes rather than slow and steady. On the other hand, a lack of time forced changes to my usual reading diet, but variety is a healthy thing. My goal is to add a little non-fiction to my reading list from time to time, but I write manuals for a living, so any non-fiction has to be very well written to keep my interest. Do you have recommendations?

On the writing side, things are chugging away though the ‘cold of doom’ hit me at the end of the month and slowed me down a crawl. I’m on track to have this first draft done by the end May, but while that writing pace is great, this novel is making its own peculiar way into the world. The last one came out a chunk at a time, fully formed, but not in order. The one before was a skeleton that needed multiple passes to add meat to its bones. This time, it feels like I’m figuring out the world and the characters on the page, and I suspect I’ll have to trim down the exposition instead of adding it. Maybe it’s because this one is science fiction instead of fantasy? I guess, some things about writing will always be mysteries. The muse always seems to have its own agenda.

Writing Days: 17
Word Count:
20817

Books Read: 

  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Fables Vol 1 – Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (Graphic Novel)
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

OH lastly! Creative Ink Fest is happening March 31 – April 4. This is my local writing con and I’ll be on several panels. See you there?

Panels: 

  • How to Swim Through a Sea of Rejections – Friday 1pm
  • Author etiquette in a world of social media – Friday 3pm (Moderator)
  • Writing Workshops – Friday 6pm
  • Real World Politics in Fiction – Saturday 7pm (Moderator)

If there are any topics you think are important to address about social media, or politics, let me know even if you won’t be attending. I’m making up a nice juicy list of items to discuss.

2 Comments

  1. You go, girl. I’m very soon going to write my own summary of what happened in February. I’m not as concerned about the length of works that I read as long as I can comfortably say they’re you know – individual books! 😀

    1. hehe it still feels like cheating, though it shouldn’t. Man if I added all the kids books I read to the little bean, this would be a mile long. But yeah, all reading is reading 🙂

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