Things I Learned from Writing the 1st Draft

The best way to learn about writing is by doing it, and while I have written my fair share of first drafts, I still learn a lot each time I sit down and begin a new story. On April 1st of this year, I sat down to write the first draft of my WIP I like to call “Project Mystic”. This is by far my most developed project and is something I am still working on today, but boy, did I learn a lot after writing its (AWFUL) first draft. Today, I am going to give a list of all the things I learned while writing its first draft that helped me become a better and more understanding writer.

  • First drafts really do suck
  • Only time will make your writing good
  • Your ideas will change with each draft, and that’s okay
  • Sometimes our thoughts don’t translate perfectly onto the page…and that is also okay
  • The more you love your project, the faster you will get through that horrid first draft…don’t waste your time on a project you aren’t passionate about!
  • You have to be okay with things not going according to plan otherwise you will spiral in on yourself
  • Just get it done. No matter how crap it is, just keep on writing
  • But remember to take lots of breaks…whole day breaks, weekend breaks, evening breaks, whatever fits your needs
  • First drafts can be as long or short as you need them to be, there is no right length
  • Stretch…a lot. This goes for whenever you are sitting at your computer for long periods of time, whether its when writing your first draft or not
  • The writing routine/schedule you are using for your first draft might not hold out the entire drafting process, and it probably won’t be the same routine you use for your other drafts or other projects. Be flexible
  • If you change something from your original outline make sure you add it into your outline right away! You don’t want to write it in and then have no idea where to go from there
  • Be patient and enjoy the process of writing your first draft

So there is my rambly list of things I’ve learned from writing the first draft and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post and my social media accounts which are all linked below! Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

FIRST OFF, before I get into this update I wanted to take a minute and ask you all to either comment on this post or head over to my Twitter and/or Instagram and give me some blog post suggestions! I really want to make content that not only I enjoy making but that you all enjoy reading so it would be really helpful if you gave me your ideas. If you have any thoughts or ideas on anything about my blog and what you want to see from me in the future, please let me know.  Thanks 🙂

For the first time since school started (for me, that was only 2 1/2 weeks ago but feels more like 2 1/2 years), I am excited to give this reading and writing update to you all because I have lots of fun reading and writing related things to update you all on!

I FINISHED TO KILL A KINGDOM BY ALEXANDRA CHRISTO. I know, it took me like 3 weeks to finish this book which is ONLY 350ish pages, and that is insane. I blame school and stress and also my tendency to procrastinate. However, I did really enjoy the story and how cut-throat and interesting all the characters were. I finished this book earlier today because I had maybe 50 pages to go, and I am just so happy to say I have read it because it was a great and bloody twist on The Little Mermaid that I was definitely in the mood for this month. Sometime last week I started listening to the audiobook for City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, and yes, I am still working my way through it. I have only 2 1/2 hours left and since I listen to it on double speed I have no doubt I will finish it sometime in the next three or four days so yay. Oooh, I also finished reading Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (thankfully, because I have a class discussion on it tomorrow morning), but again, I finished it just before I sat down to write this post. This book took me through a whirl of strong emotions and sometimes I had to put it down for a bit because it was shockingly real and raw. I did enjoy it though and am glad my teacher assigned us to read it because it is a very important book covering a very important topic in Canadian culture; residential schools.

As for what I am going to pick up this week, I think I am going to start reading the City of Bones graphic novel as well as The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater…I read the first 100 pages around a month ago but got distracted and never finished it! However, due to all my classes and all that fun stuff, I might also be picking up a collection of short stories called Traplines by Eden Robinson. I am super excited to get to this short story collection but the realization that it’s for school kind of takes away the excitement. You know? We’ll see.

A lot of writing also got done this week because I am racing to meet a deadline that is next Sunday, Septemeber 30th. I need to have 20 polished and revised pages to submit to this fellowship I have been working towards for months, and while I am way more behind than I set out to be, that’s okay. I have been working really hard this month and finally finished writing those 20 pages this week and I am kind of…happy with them. This coming week, however, I will be focusing on rewriting and editing them like crazy. Overall, I wrote around 11,000 words this week and it feels good! It really does. I am kind of sad I didn’t have a chance to work on this short story I started writing this month (a fun but dark and mystical fairy story), but I knew I had to put what was important first and that was my 20 pages.

Well, that was my week reading and writing wise and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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October 2018 TBR

September was a better reading month than I thought, so fingers crossed that October is just as good. For the most part of September, school work was steady but easy enough, however, now that it is halfway through the month it has picked up a lot, to say the least. I still want to make time for my personal reading though, but I also have a few required reading books for my writing and English class so hopefully, I’ll get a few books read by the end of the month.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am re-reading The Mortal Instruments series via audiobook and will definitely be on the fourth book by the time October rolls around. This series follows a race of half-humans and half-angels called Shadowhunters who fight demons to keep balance in the world. This is one of my favourite series and I’m really loving listening to the books while commuting to and between my classes every week.

Traplines by Eden Robinson 

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For my writing class, we have a mini assignment series called “Reading Like a Writer” where we read/watch projects written by living Canadian writers. For the short story part of this assignment, I decided to pick up this short story book and am really looking forward to it. It is written by a First Nations woman and her stories are heart gripping and incredibly realistic. I read one of the stories in this book for English last year and liked it so it was the first book to come to mind when this assignment popped up.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Clearly, I did not get to this book in September because of all the homework, reading and procrastination that had to get done. However, I am ready to (hopefully) pick this West African YA fantasy book up in October. Like I just said, this is a West African fantasy book that has lots of magic and epicness. Other than that, it is a mystery to me but I am so ready to dive in.

Those are the top 3 books I want to get to this month but I know this list will grow once I get more assigned reading for my classes. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts all linked below! Thanks 🙂

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Tools for Writers

All writers have some tools up their sleeves that they use whenever they write, but in case you are in search of some new ones, here are a few of my personal recommendations!

Grammarly

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I recently got the free version of Grammarly and not only is it great for essays and other school assignments, but it is also great for short stories and other creative writing projects. I wouldn’t recommend it for poetry, but if you are submitting a short piece to a contest/literary magazine, I would recommend giving it a try! The free version catches any obvious and common grammar errors, and also helps drive you to write stronger sentences. Sometimes when using creative pieces in it, it isn’t the best, but for those grammar errors, it’s really useful. (I’m actually using it right now to write this post)

MyWriteClub

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When it is not NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo season, I like to use MyWriteClub to track my writing progress. I am not the best when it comes to keeping up with always putting my daily/weekly word counts in…but that is something I am trying to form a habit of. If you like tracking your progress, especially if you have multiple writing projects, I definitely recommend this website!

Pinterest

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I am 99% sure I put this in every writing tool related post, but it’s because it’s probably the best tool out there for writers. You can search for writing prompts of all genres, setting inspiration like forests, castles, etc, characters, and outfits. It has everything you need on one website/app but just make sure you don’t spend too much time on it. We all get a little distracted by Pinterest’s wonders sometimes, but try not to get sucked into the deep, dark hole too often.

Craft Literary

This is a great website where you can submit your own work and also where you can get helpful writing tips. There are lots of websites similar to this one, but I decided to give this one a try one day and really like it. If you sign up for their email you also get some extra tidbits and don’t worry, they don’t bombard you with emails every day or even every week.

Prompt Generator

I absolutely love using this website if I just want to write a fun, little story, or I can’t seem to rack my brain for one, single idea. It is also great if you are in a writing class and need to write a lot of stories because after searching our brains for ideas for hours, our brains kind of turn to mush. What I like to do is spend maybe 15 minutes on this website with my notebook in hand just writing down all the prompts it gives me so whenever I am in need of one, I just can flip through it quickly and pick one.

Those are 5 of my top writing tools and I hope you give them a try if you haven’t already! Make sure you comment some of your favourite writing tools because I am always looking for more to explore. Also, check out my last blog post and all my social media accounts linked down below. Thanks 🙂

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5 Books That Surprised Me

In my several years of being an avid reader, I have had a lot of surprising reads. Whether I’ve picked up a book without knowing anything about it, or it was one that I didn’t really think I’d like but gave it a chance anyways…what ties all these books together that I am going to share below, is that they all surprised me in some way, shape, or form. Anyways, here are 5 books I read that have surprised me.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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This was the book that sparked my idea for this post because I LOVED this book, as I have mentioned a lot since I read it just over a month ago. This is a contemporary-fantasy book that follows two sisters who have returned from a magical kingdom called The Woodlands and now have to readjust to reality. While the eldest sister, Philippa is eager to get back to her old life, Evelyn is unable to let go of the beauty and magic that was The Woodlands. I love, love, love this book. It is whimsical and atmospheric with a story that really grabs you from page one with its deeper meaning underneath. I had no idea what this book was about going into it, but if anything that only made me love it more.

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

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I spoke about this play a bit in yesterday’s reading and writing update, and I actually really enjoyed the play. I am not a huge fan of plays, and this one was a weird one that is for sure, but it had so many elements like irony, setting, and truth that I couldn’t help but admire it. In this Greek tragedy, we follow King Oedipus of Thebes who is told by Apollo to avenge the death of the former king of Thebes, Laius. Lots of truths unravel and our characters are faced with the dilemma of staying in the dark or opening their eyes up to the light. The character dynamic is strange, to say the least, but it is fast paced and a very thought triggering read.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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Again, I had never been one to love mangas but Fullmetal Alchemist help transition me into being more open to mangas. The anime is also a great adaptation of this manga and helped me fall in love with the story and characters more. The manga is very detailed and interesting, and of course, a really quick read. I could sit down and blast through one of the books in an hour if I wanted to because of how enjoyable they are. In this manga, we follow two brothers, Edward and Al who are alchemists in search of the philosopher’s stone to undo some past…complications while doing alchemy. I am only on the second one in the series but I am excited to continue it!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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This was the book that got me into the world of YA/Middle Grade and for that, I owe it everything. I did not expect to love this book and its series as much as I ended up to because I refused to read it or watch the movie for the longest time. It was funny how quick I was to draw the conclusion that I would hate it when I ended up adoring everything about it. In this story, we follow twelve-year-old Percy Jackson who learns he is the offspring of a Greek god and human and is brought to a special camp that is home for kids like him. However, he is being accused of stealing one of the most powerful weapons in the world; Zeus’s lightning bolt, and is forced to go on a quest to find it before time runs out.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

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I am pretty sure I picked this book up from a thrift shop after hearing good things about it, but it took me about a year to finally read it. When I did though, I was blown away by how gripping and mysterious it was, and how eager I was to find out what really happened in the end. It wasn’t the best book ever writing or story-wise, but it was enough to really keep me interested. I don’t want to give too much away about the plotline, but it mainly focuses on a family and a certain summer on their private island. This book made me cry and laugh, and somehow I connected with the characters in just over 300 pages. Something I was not expecting!

Those are 5 books that surprised me and if you haven’t had the chance to pick them up, definitely give them a try! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

I was going to start this update off how I usually do, with “I didn’t get AS much reading done as I hoped, but that’s how it goes sometimes…” but then I realized I actually did get a lot of reading done. The thing is, I started 3 new books this week on top of the one I was already reading which is To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. So, while I didn’t finish a whole lot of books this week, I did read a lot of pages. This is at the fault of my English AP class because of all the required reading I have to do, but I’m not complaining because so far, I’ve been enjoying what I’ve had to read for this class.

Let’s start at the beginning though. I am still not done reading To Kill a Kingdom, but I did read another 150 pages meaning I only have around 100 pages left. Again, still really enjoying it. I also started listening to the audiobook for City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and am about halfway through it. I really enjoy revisiting this series via audiobook while riding the bus to my classes or walking around campus because I spend a lot of my time commuting. As for my English class, we started off the year with the famous Greek tragedy Oedipus the King by Sophocles, and while it was a really weird story with really weird character dynamics (if you’ve read it…you know what I’m talking about), I did actually enjoy it. I’ll go into more detail in my monthly wrap up, but I was surprised at how quick and easy of a read (took me 2 days) it was for me. Phew, okay, the last book to update on is Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, another book I am reading for English class. This is a book that follows a character who has dealt first hand with residential schools (a massive part of Canadian history). I am also really liking this book and it really touches your heart while reading it. I’m on page 110 out 221 so I have no doubt I will finish it this coming week…well, actually I HAVE to have it read for September 24 so I have no choice but to finish it this week.

Don’t worry, don’t worry. Despite all that reading, I did this week, I also did some writing. For my writing class, our first assignment is actually due tomorrow and it was a “polished prompt” assignment. The prompt was a picture and we were put to the task of writing a 250-300 word story (more like a scene, to be honest) based off of it. I wrote exactly 300 words for that story and had a lot of fun doing it. It required a lot more editing than I thought it would, mostly because I really want to do well on the first assignment despite it being a tiny, tiny fraction of my overall grade. I have also been scrambling to write my first 20 pages for this fellowship with a terrifyingly close deadline. Over this past week, I probably wrote 12 pages towards it but I need to pick up the pace. I still need time to edit it and make it (almost) perfect because I really need this. But anyway, I’m trying not to stress too much and am just enjoying the process of rewriting my WIP of 6 months.

That is all for this reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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Going Into College As A Writer – Tips, Tricks, and Things To Keep in Mind

Helloooo everybody!

Today I have a post I am really excited to share and really enjoyed putting together. I will be talking about going into college as a writer because I am a writer in my senior year, meaning I am applying for colleges this year and going into my first year in about elevenish months… Because of that, I put together some tips, tricks, and important things to keep in mind when applying for majors, minors, scholarships, and also just approaching your years to come.

Applying

First off, it is important to figure out what you are going to college to study. Is it related to writing? Is it not? These are all really important things to think about and decide before you apply for your dream school(s). Obviously.

As of now, I plan to study English and minor in Professional Communication because those are two things that could benefit my career as a writer. It is important to realize that you become a better writer not by studying it at college, but by constantly writing new things. That is the only way to become a stronger writer and you can’t go into your first year and expect that studying writing or English will instantly make you a fantastic writer who will 100% get published. It can be helpful to study something apart from writing or English that will benefit your writing like history or business; something that you can make into your back up plan or just help yourself become a more diverse writer.

I decided to study English because while I want to write novels, I also want to write short stories, articles, essays, and blog posts. I want to become better at grammar and structure because those are two things I can easily improve in, and English is all about that. My Professional Communication minor will also help that because it focuses all on business and social media writing, two things that could help me find jobs still related to writing. While being a fiction writer is ideal, that will only come in time and while we should aim high and follow our dreams, we need some realistic revelations sometimes as well.

Scholarships

Lots of scholarships require you to write essays about yourself or your career plans so if you are a writer, it would only make sense to focus on the scholarships where you can let your writing skills shine. Keep an eye out for the ones that requirer longer essays because students who don’t like to write will definitely stray away from those. I also recommend submitting just to writing contests overall because you can get prize money for them too. Find essay and short story contests, or whatever you feel most comfortable writing and submit! Sometimes writers forget that this is an option and really, it is a great way to make money for school! Here are some contests I recommend:

Reminders

  • Writing classes won’t exactly make you a better writer, especially if you enjoy writing YA fantasy or whatever genre stories. Writing classes at colleges are geared toward writing stories of “high class” literature and it’s important to remember that.
  • While it may be your dream to study writing, sometimes it’s best to major in something apart from that passion…you might start to hate it or doubt yourself by the end of it all.
  • Writing is the only way you will become a better writer. Focus on your own stories in your own genres and trust that success will come within time.

That is all for this post and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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How I Became a Writer – Storytime

While most writers were avid readers since a young age, that really was not the case with me. While I enjoyed stories, I liked having people read them TO me rather than read them myself. I was a very active and outdoorsy kid who would rather run free outside with friends then sit inside for hours. However, I did read the Magic Tree House and Geronimo Stilton series occasionally despite them being way under my age level at the time. My fourth-grade teacher told me to try and branch out my reading a little bit more but if anything, that only hindered my growing love of reading and I stopped for a few months.

When it comes to a writer’s journey, reading is really the start of it all. The falling in love with storytelling and characters and a life apart from our own. And finally, the chance to create our own. While my true love and passion for reading came a little bit later on in my life, I made up for the lack of reading as a younger child with one of my favourite games at the time called “what-if?” I played this almost every day, coming up with different scenarios to ask my mother and that was when my love for storytelling sparked…even though I didn’t realize it at the time. And while I wasn’t reading a lot, I was playing make-believe games with my friends all day every day, and was creating worlds of my own in my head to live in. However, reading did come full force into my life when I was ten years old. I had just moved to a new school in a town close to where my family lived and I spent more time with my older cousin who introduced me to a movie called Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. I absolutely adored the movie because of its characters, story and of course its mythology. I had to have more and to my luck, it was a book series. A fantastic book series as well that led me to, later on, realize how terrible the movie was. But it was what got me into reading and became the only series I read for a solid two or three years. Eventually, I expanded my horizon to the spinoff series, The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan, and also The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Around this same time, when I was thirteen years old, my eighth grade English class teacher gave us the assignment to write a short story. Since we had just finished a unit on fairy tales, I decided to write a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood where Little Red Riding Hood was an assassin trying to discover the murderer of her family and the kidnapper of her grandmother. It was…awful, but of course, at the time, it wasn’t that bad. That was the turning point of my passion for writing because my teacher gave me such kind and uplifting feedback that I wanted to keep writing stories…and I did!

Writing this story opened the gateway to writing for me and I needed to write more. One day, my younger brother came home from school with a flyer advertising a local(ish) writing contest looking for ocean-themed stories. I submitted to two contests previous to this one with no such luck, but at age thirteen I was anything but unmotivated. I wrote a story inspired by the recent and sudden death of my brand new pet fish, except in the story the fish is flushed down the toilet by its owners who didn’t realize the fish was actually dead. I wrote about the fish’s adventures in the ocean as it tries to figure out where it is and what to do next. Somehow…it won. I, of course, was ecstatic and winning this contest gave me even more validation that maybe I could do this. That moment made me realize that I could potentially make money off of writing and turn it into my career with time, practice, and motivation. Since then, I haven’t stopped writing because that is the best thing you can do to move your career forward; write. Practice and practice and practice and eventually, success will come. That is something I’ve learned in my four years of being an active writer and is ultimately the most important realization. Without stories to share, you won’t get anywhere as a writer.

Thanks for listening to my story on how I became a writer and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments how you became a writer, and the journey you’ve taken to get to where you are now because I’d love to know. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts linked below. Thanks 🙂

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My Favourite Books of 2018…So Far

I know that it is like 3 months past the halfway point of 2018, but I still wanted to make this post just to reflect on some of my favourite books I’ve read since the beginning of 2018. Some are new releases and some aren’t, but what these 5 books do have in common is that I really enjoyed all them!

On Writing by Stephen King

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On Writing was a fantastic book about the journey and process of writing and really opened my eyes to the world of writing even more. Not only was it insightful and motivating, but it was overall just an enjoyable read. Sometimes with craft books, they are helpful and full of great tidbits of information but are kind of a bore to read. That was not the case with this one and because of that, I would definitely be willing to give this book a re-read in the future! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to write and wants to hear the story of one of the greatest writers ever. It is also beneficial and inspiring to see that like all of us aspiring authors, Stephen King struggled too and that is something really important for all writers to realize.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

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One thing I loved about this book was that it was a contemporary-fantasy book and that is a genre I have been loving recently. While it had an interesting and beautiful storyline, the characters really pulled it off the pages with how realistic and flawed they were. This book really gives off mystical Narnia vibes that bring you back to when you were a child and really believed in a world of magic. In this book, we follow two sisters; Philippa and Evelyn who during a World War II bombing, somehow end up in a magical kingdom called The Woodlands. Years in this world pass and finally they are returned to their world as if no time has passed by at all. While Philippa and her brother are anxious to return to the pattern of their old lives, Evelyn dreams of returning to the magical kingdom and struggles to find herself back in the real world. One day, Ev disappears and Philippa is forced to look into the truth of her younger sister’s despair in order to understand why and how Evelyn disappeared. This book is beautiful, mystical and lyrical and hits shelves in late October so make sure you check it out when it comes out!

The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

These are the second and third books in The Raven Cycle, another beautiful and mystical book series that I have really enjoyed reading over the past few months. They follow a group of friends whose paths all lead to finding a supposedly lost Welsh king from ancient times.  I love darker fantasy-contemporary books just like The Light Between Worlds, and The Raven Cycle is exactly like that. I have one more book left in the series and am extremely curious and excited to see what happens!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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While I went into this book with high expectations because of all the amazing hype it has received, and Scythe completely exceeded them all. Neal Shusterman somehow created such a vivid and three-dimensional world that really popped off the page and built itself up in my mind. The characters were people I could truly imagine meeting in real life; flawed and unique, and they interacted with the storyline perfectly. The story takes place in a world where humans have conquered basically everything from disease to death but to keep the population in check there are scythes who choose people to glean in order to do just that. Our two main characters Citra and Rowan are chosen to be apprentices to a well-known scythe and then eventually become scythes themselves, however, that is something neither of them really want. Such an amazing read that takes the genre of dystopian to a whole new level.

Those are 5 of my favourite books of the year…so far, and I hope you enjoyed! Let me know some of your favourite books of the year so far and what ones you think I would like because the year’s not over yet! Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below. Thanks 🙂

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Reading + Writing Update

Happy Sunday!

Thank the blogging gods that I prewrote this past week’s blog posts because I had absolutely no time to sit down and write. I also didn’t have the mental energy or creative juices because this week was my first week back at school, and that always means chaos. I started my first day of senior year on Tuesday and my first day of college (I’m taking a writing class) on Thursday. However, now it is Sunday and I have recovered enough from the week to sit down and update you all on my reading and writing progress of this past week!

As expected, not much reading really happened this week. I read about 100 pages of To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo this week which is more than I expected and so far, I am still loving the story and ruthless characters. It is an entertaining and yes, slightly violent twist on the Little Mermaid in Ancient Greek times. Maybe it isn’t supposed to be influenced by the Little Mermaid, but I’ve noticed quite a few relations and I am really enjoying it overall! For my classes at school this year, I am taking a few that have required readings so it will be a new challenge for me to fit my own personal reading into my schedule while still getting readings for school done. As far as I know, I have to read a book called Indian Horse by…I’m not sure who exactly, Traplines by Eden Robinson, The Life of Pi, Writing Home by David Carpenter, and a few others. That’s kind of a lot but I am still determined to read for my own personal enjoyment here and there, and I will make sure to update you all on those readings as the year goes on! Apart from To Kill a Kingdom though, I also listened and finished the City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare audiobook this past week. I re-read the first book during the BookTubeAThon and really wanted to continue on with the series but this time in audiobook format. I do plan on starting City of Glass this week so I am excited to listen to that whenever I go for walks or just on my commute to school.

As for writing…I did no writing. This week, like I said, was a hectic craze of new schedules, places, and people. I do have a few personal deadlines I really want to hit this month though, so I need to get a move on that before time slips between my fingers. I am re-writing the firsts 20 pages of my WIP for a fellowship (its deadline is September 30th) and I want to get that done in the next two weeks so I have time to thoroughly edit it. I also want to submit those pages to a local scholarship for a writing conference and that has a deadline of September 15th…I did get some writing done today though, about 3 pages of my WIP, and I am really happy with that! I want to keep that up for the rest of the week, and hopefully, by next Sunday I will have something writing related to update you all on. Secondly, I have a writing assignment for my writing class that will be assigned to us on Monday and basically, they just give us a prompt and we have to write a 200-300 word flash fiction story based upon that prompt. Since it is such a short length, this shouldn’t take too much time out of my day, but I do want to put a lot of effort into making it well, good because after all, it is my first writing assignment of the year.

That is all for my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post as well as my social media accounts which are all linked below, and I will see you in my next post tomorrow 🙂

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