So I know I am super late with this post – life is a little crazy right now, so I’ve had to prioritize. October wasn’t a great month – it was a lot of waiting, a lot of stress, a lot of doubt. And it ended with a whopper of a rejection. I am not sharing this with you all to gain sympathy or complain though. I am sharing it because it’s normal. It’s okay to have rough patches and it’s okay to feel sad or anxious or overwhelmed.
What’s most important is the ability and drive to bounce back. And I think I am on my way. *fingers crossed*
What I Read
Toward the end of the month, I took a much needed beach vacation with my mom and was finally able to get some reading in!
GRAND TOTAL: 3
Where the Crawdads Sing ★★★★★
I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did, but holy moly. It’s a story of a young girl who is abandoned by her family and grows up alone in the marsh. Kya is such a unique character – unlike any I’ve read before. Her resilience – which is the primary theme of the novel – is incredibly poignant. The setting is beautifully described and atmostpheric. There’s also a romance which I really rooted for throughout and a murder mystery with a twist ending. Definitely a must-read.
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth ★★★★☆
So when I originally started this book a few months ago, I put it down about 50 pages in. I just couldn’t get into, and the pacing was killing me. But something about the story stuck with me, so I finally picked it back up. And I am so glad I did. This is basically a retelling from the perspective of what happened once the kids come back from Narnia and have to assimilate back into their old lives and old bodies.
It’s a more literary style than I usually choose, but the writing was drop dead gorgeous, the characters were nuanced and beyond deep, and I had all the feels. The pacing never really picks up, so if yo’re looking for a fast-paced plot – this isn’t it. But it’s a powerful look on the human journey.
The Bear and the Nightingale ★★★☆☆
I am very conflicted about this book. There’s no doubt that the writing is beautifully and the Russian fairytales are captivating and well-researched. I absolutely loved the concept and the characters. But it was so slowwww. And the POV jumped around so much that I found myself confused and lost more than once. It definitely requires a very careful read which isn’t really my style. So don’t get me wrong, it’s a strong novel that a lot of people love. But something about it just didn’t click for me.
What I Wrote
I took a break this month, and it was bittersweet but necessary. I have so much going on personally and professionally that I frankly just didn’t have the energy or the emotional bandwidth to start a new project. But I miss writing. Which I guess is a good sign that this is what I am meant to do.
Speaking of that, I have news to share. Unfortunately I was not chosen as a Pitch Wars mentee. And holy smokes was I disappointed. I cried my eyes out for about fifteen minutes straight after the email went out… until I got an email from one of the mentors who had requested to read The Blood Between Us.
She had nothing but nice things to say and actually told me that the reason she didn’t chose me as a mentor was because she felt my novel was already strong enough and agent-ready. And it was really the boost I needed to confidently dive back into the query trenches.
The next few weeks are going to be interesting with even more waiting and lots going on. I sent my first round of queries out this week and already have one full request (squee!!!) and am really hoping to get back on track with my blogging. I’ve missed you guys, and it’s always been a cathartic process for me. I have a long weekend coming up and am hoping to take a stab at outlining my new WIP….
Basically I am taking things one day at a time. But I look forward to sharing my progress with you next month!