Hey! There’s An Update On My Blog!

DUDES! I got my line edits last week. 😳 So. Many. Notes. Now, admittedly, it still wasn’t that bad, but dang! Lots of axing adverbs and dialogue tags. I did get rid of most of the adverbs in my last edit, but there is also lots of technical stuff. I have a Chicago Manual of Style, too. Pretty obvious that hasn’t been looked at in some years. 😛 Not a lot of grammar issues though. So, point for me. Haha.

Anywho, it’s the end of the year, which means it’s reflection time!! One of my most favorite things to do! ^_^

At the beginning of the year, I was so hopeful for this year to come. I felt like it would be productive and exciting and whatever other progress-making adjectives there are out there. This is what I accomplished this year:

  • I finished two novels and started a third. Of course, I’m trashing one of the novels, but I finished it, and I’m planning on rewriting it, so it’s all good. 🙂

  • I decided to go into author-entreprenuerialism. That’s a big word that’s probably not actually a word. But this is exciting and gratifying and other -ings.

  • I finally gave up on trying to write young adult. Let’s face it. It was making me miserable, and it just wasn’t what I wanted for my writing. I write new adult. Unofficially, as in I don’t categorize it as such. But it’s where I’m happy, and I can’t not write in that space just because I don’t feel like it’s a real space in the non-romance arena just yet, you know. But it’s okay. I’m happy. And I haven’t been this happy with my writing since I wrote about vampires. And, as some of you know, I’ve been trying to get back to that happy place for four years.


So, for the upcoming year, besides the May 10th release of No Rest for the Wicked!! I’m super excited about writing a couple more books, reading a lot more, and working on being at least marginally less neurotic. I can hope, right? 😛

My main priority this year is to make conscious steps towards reaching my goals. I know what I need to do, but it’s so easy to get through an entire day without even thinking about what I want to accomplish. I have a list of 7 goals with some steps on four on them detailing what I need to do to reach them. Some goals will be more difficult than others, and change is always hard, but it’s much easier if I actually focus on what I want and need to do instead of hoping things just get done by magic. 🙂

Books I want to read in 2017:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Screenplay by Jack Thorne?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling
The Vatican Princess by C.W. Gortner
The Witches by Stacy Schiff
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The Countess by Rebecca Johns
Time Weaver by Shauna Abe
Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon! and John Cassaday
Two Marvel X-Men/Avenger Crossover Comics: Messiah Complex & Second Coming

May by Kathryn Lasky
Lucy by Kathryn Lasky
A Treasury of Royal Scandals by Michael Farquhar (such a great name)
Infamous Lady by Kimberly L. Craft
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

I figure if I make an official list, I might actually remember what to make a priority, and maybe it might actually get done. ^_^ This said, this isn’t an exhaustive list. There are a few books due out next year that I definitely want to add to the list, but with any luck, I’ll read these and a couple more and be very happy. 🙂 I’m not purposely leaving YA off my reading list. I am poking my way through a couple of low angst YA books right now, but I don’t actually like YA all that much, it turns out, so I’m limiting my YA reading next year to indie authors I already know and like.

Anyway, 2016 has been a pretty good year – I really can’t complain, so I’m SO excited about next year!! What are you excited about? Any books you think I should add to my list? It’s my number one goal to metaphorically eat through some books next year. 😀

Actually, my number one goal is to hit the high note in the “The Phantom of the Opera” – but reading a bunch is a high priority as well. ^_^
(Seriously, that high note is actually my number one goal.)

Best wishes for a great 2017 for everyone!!

8 Responses to Hey! There’s An Update On My Blog!

  1. Yay to finishing line edits!!! Sounds like you’re heading full steam into 2017 – good for you 🙂 Maybe we’ll have to double up on sprints (I hoping to pound a lot through this year too).

    As to YA. . .I’ve come to the conclusion (while choosing my favorites for 2016 for my review blog) that the YA category itself isn’t exactly easy to pinpoint. I mean, there’s YA that actually isn’t different than an adult read (albeit cleaner ones) and then there’s YA which is definitely more teeny and younger sounding.

    Anywho, have a great slide into the New Year and can’t wait to hear all of your writing updates in 2017!

    • ^_^ I want to get two books published next year, so hopefully I’ll be on my writing game most of the year!!

      I don’t mind the younger voice in YA because I read a lot of MG – I think it’s just the angsty whiny stuff that’s hard to stomach.

    • No they’re not!! 😀 Since I’ve been in editing mode, it’s been hard to read. I keep finding stuff that needs fixing. Lol!

      Happy New Year! ^_^

    • Oh my gosh, they really are so scary! I’m okay, and I’ll be better when I get started. I just can’t believe how much I don’t know!

      Happy New Year to you! 😀

  2. Happy New Year!
    Congrats on all of your hard work and the line edits! I’m looking forward to reading your book release!
    I need to keep my goals in front of me, too. I accomplished a bunch of things that were rabbit trail items last year – think 18,000 words into a novel that I think I might hate, not a good use of my time. Maybe I was learning?
    Anyway, I love your book list! I’ve read some and not others. I would love to hear about your thoughts on The Fireman because I’ve heard about it from other writers.
    I really liked Harry Potter and the Cursed Child more than I expected to – I got it from the library.
    If you like action-adventure fantasy and don’t mind two male characters who have a sense of humor to them as the main characters, i recommend The Rirya Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan – it starts with Theft of Swords. They are super-lengthy books, but I enjoyed them.
    Sorry for the super long comment. I hope you have a great day!

    • Yay, long comment! ^_^

      I’m really looking forward to The Fireman. I might need to read that next. I’m also pretty excited to read Cursed Child. I’m glad you liked it! I’ve heard pretty mixed reviews.

      I’ve definitely spent a lot of time on novels I don’t like. Lol! You’re not alone at least. 😀

      Happy New Year!!

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