Monthly Recap: January 2017

A new year, a new President, a new promotion, a new blog series, and a new draft of State of Grace

2017 has been off to an interesting start as I’m sure you will all agree. But despite the craziness, I was able to get some reading and writing done this month…

What I Read

GRAND TOTAL: 4

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer ★★★☆☆
I have a love-hate relationship with Ms. Meyer. Twilight, The Host… I loved the stories, but the immature voice and subpar writing skill makes it tough to get through. The Chemist felt similar. The story of a ex-government employee on the run may sound mundane and overdone, but Meyer’s protagonist is female and a scientist who uses her medical background to torture terrorists with – you guessed it – chemistry. But along the way, she falls in love and the story seems more and more unbelievable. Still worthwhile if you’re looking for an easy read… But stop before you reach the epilogue. I took an entire star away for just that…

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ★★★★★
Okay so if you are a writer, you need to read this. Same goes if you are an artist, sculptor, dancer or musician. Hell, even if you are a financial advisor, insurance salesman, or garbage man! Everyone needs to read this! A fabulous testament to living a creative life, saying “no” to fear, and becoming the person you were meant to be all along.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan ★★☆☆☆
I wanted to love this book… I adored Atonement. But this was a rough one for me. The refreshing point of view of a fetus in utero and the modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was intriguing. But McEwan’s beautiful prose was a bit overdone, and I found myself skimming over some of the longer, more droning passes that seemed irrelevant to the story. Luckily, it was only 150 pages long.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
I do not know if I really need to review this or not… Anyone who knows me knows my unnatural obsession for all things HP. It’s not my favorite of the seven novels (The Goblet of Fire in case you are wondering), but the gorgeously executed introduction to Rowling’s magical world is enough to keep anyone begging for more. Plus, the added magic of Jim Kay’s illustrations kept the reread fresh and exciting!

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January Reads

 

What I Wrote

So January was a busy month of blogging with the kickoff of my “How to revise and resubmit” series. I wanted to share the information I learned throughout my own revision with other writer’s who may not know where to start. If you missed these so far, you can catch up here.

Also, I am slowly but surely diving back into 700 Main – to keep myself busy and excited while waiting for agent news. Maybe my next month, I will have another excerpt to share with you…

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 Coming up in February…

A new year means new resolutions. And even though we’re already a month into 2017, I’ve finally developed my writing/reading resolutions.

I will write at least one new chapter of 700 Main per week until I finish the first draft (estimated completion date: September 1, 2017).

And based on my reading habits last year, I will also read at least three new books per month. Here is my list for February:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Ranked as the most anticipated YA lit of the year!)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Check out this list of novel to TV adaptations coming out in 2017.)
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin

So what are your writing and reading resolutions for 2017? Comment below and let’s work together!

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