Journal

Writing:

Well that was another trip to revision land! The landscape is more familiar now, but it’s still  unsteady ground. While I’ve written a number of first novel drafts, I haven’t ever taken any one of them this far through revisions. Every draft is a learning experience, and I’m working on a better editing methodology as I go. The only way to get better at the process is to go through it from start to finish.

So I turned it in to my agent and after a short break, hmm… I guess its time to dive into revisions on the Beasty novel. So its more revision practice for me. Just what I wanted, right?

P.S. There’s now a link to my Pinterest page in the sidebar if you’re interested in novel aesthetics, research links, or you just want a taste of what I’m currently working on.

Wondering:

Before having a child, I had no idea how much we inherit from our ancestors. I expected the physical things: my nose, his eyelashes, but I didn’t expect the behaviors. The kiddo likes to rub her feet in circles to sooth herself, which my dad always teased me about when I was a kid. She likes to rub her lips against certain textures, which I used to do with my childhood blanket. She also takes great satisfaction in cutting papers and playdough into small pieces instead of building things, and this is 100% her dad.

How many traumas and traits get passed down over the generations? For better or worse our ancestors live on in us, yet the end result is a completely unique person. We all contain multitudes, and the sum of our parts is something unknowable.

Reading:

  • The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
  • House of Binding Thorns by Aliette DeBodard

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Book Thoughts

The Belles Book Cover The Belles
Dhonielle Clayton
Young Adult Fiction
Disney Electronic Content
February 6, 2018

In the world of Orleans, where everyone is born gray, the Belles are important, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is the most precious commodity there is.

Camellia is a Belle and what she  wants most in the world is to be chosen as the Queen's favorite. But she soon learns that the job is not what she or her sisters expected. Dark secrets are hidden behind gilded doors, and while her magic makes her dangerous, it also puts her life at peril.

This book is something special. If you are a visual reader there's so much to delight in. Every paragraph is a feast for the senses. The world is gorgeous, and the worldbuilding feels effortlessly unique. All the beauty stands in sharp contrast to the sinister truths lurking just slightly beneath the surface. Reading this book is like slowly eating the most delicious ice cream sundae and realizing there's something rotten in the middle.

The story takes it's time immersing you in the rules of this world and the lives of the Belles, before galloping to its conclusion. But even though it started a bit slow, there were so many intriguing things about the story that it was hard to lose interest.

If you like lush, original, fantasies, then you will love the Belles.

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