April Reads

Another month, another (small) list of books. I put this post off from a few extra days because I hoped to finish one extra book before publishing this. But I have a while to go until I finish ‘Self-Editing for Fiction Writers’ so I’m putting that in the May Reads post. April went by in […]

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A Memory Called Empire: Review

A Memory Called Empire follows Mahit Dzmare, the newly minted ambassador to the vast and ravenous Teixcalannli Empire. At the start of the story, her mission is simple: discover what happened to the previous ambassador and keep the empire from annexing her home, Lsel Station. But the simple quickly spirals into the complicated within Mahit’s first few hours in the City, the planet that serves as the heart of the Empire.

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A Writer’s Journal: March ’21

While my novella has a LONG way to go until it’s ready for submission, I’m enjoying this process so much. I love the main character and how she moves through this world. I’m trying to shy away from actively revising the story as I draft, but I’ve made notes on what I want to research and add to the story in future drafts.

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January Reads

From novellas to novels to the occasional non-fiction book, I chipped away at my ‘TBR’ list in preparation for the host of highly anticipated books that will be published later this year.

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A Writer’s Journal: July

Living creatively is rewarding because I get to take my ideas from a mere thought in my mind to something tangible that people can enjoy. But it can also be draining, especially when I fail to see the results I want. And it’s even more draining when my writing has to compete with so many other parts of my life. Writing is my escape and some of my best stories come when I’m experiencing a strong emotion.

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Sword Of Destiny: Review

The main character in this series is Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who travels the land, taking on odd jobs in villages and cities. He’s a monster slayer, often going into some of the ugliest parts of this world to make it habitable for humanity. He’s unique in that his body has undergone extreme mutations making him faster, stronger and more durable than the average person. Of course this makes him an Other, forcing him to exist on the fringes of society.

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A Writer’s Journal: April

April was such a good month for me. Despite not finishing the first Camp NaNoWriMo challenge of the year, I still have a rough beginning for my new novel. I’ll be honest, most of it is crap and will either be edited out or heavily revised in future drafts. But it’s still a start and that was my biggest goal for this month.

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The Stone Sky: Review

Also, I want to take the time to acknowledge that Jemisin is a hardworking writer. I believe these books were all published within a year of one another and I’d like to imagine that she had everything nicely outlined and planned out before beginning the first draft. But it’s still impressive that she managed to publish three, phenomenal, award-winning books in such a short amount of time!

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The Obelisk Gate: Review

Set in the Stillness once again, The Obelisk Gate, primarily follows two characters, Essun and her missing daughter Nassun, though there are brief interludes from Hoa, the stone-eater who follows Essun. (Read the first book to learn why Damaya and Syenite “disappear” from the narrative.)

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