Journal

June 2016 Recap

Writing Days: 9

Books Read:

  • The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by by Renée Ahdieh
  • An Ember in the Ashes by by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

I have news of both the strange and happy sort.

Let’s start with the happy: I finished the first draft of my current novel (the fifth I’ve written, if you’re tracking) the second week of June. I can’t believe it came together in just eight weeks. That’s a speed record! This might be because I’d been dying to write but had zero time as a new parent, or because this book found my happy writing place, or because I’ve done this a few times and I’m a well oiled writing machine. The first draft comes in at roughly 68k words, and this is fine since I tend to write sparse first drafts. I’m aiming for around 80k.

In between then and now, I took a break to breathe in some books. July is for edits.

NOW for the strangely unexpected: I discovered a podcast of the first story of mine that was ever published. I did submit it to the podcast, but the posting was delayed so I never knew if it ended up online. It did! I think it was re-recorded a second time (oddness). If you’re in the mood for a listen to a Gothic horror story, you can find Nine Nights on Tales to Terrify no 146. Never mind the typo in my name please. Never mind that I’m about 2 years late to find out.

So tell me, how was your June?

2 Comments

  1. Congratulations! (You well-oiled writing machine, you 🙂 )

    I haven’t been having any success getting started on my new story, so I’ve skipped the beginning and now I’m writing the middle instead. That’s going better.

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