- My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
- Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
- The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Angel’s Flight by Nalini Singh
- Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh
I write these posts mainly so that I can look back and hold myself accountable. If I’ve done nothing, or lapsed in my reading, in a month, then there’s no hiding it.
I spent January brainstorming, and reading. I’ve gotten a few words in, the first scenes of the new novel are bubbling up, and I have an outline halfway there, but I still have a lot of worldbuilding questions that I need to answer.
Worldbuilding is not my favorite thing (I’m more of a character girl). Worldbuilding for fantasy or science fiction, always feels like a black hole of “Dear God, how do I pick out what’s important?”, because there’s so much that needs to be in place. The details like “If this country has sugar, who is this country trading with?” snowball into “So how does the economy work, and how does political policy tie into trade negotiations?” And these details usually don’t make it into the story, they just crowd in my head banging pots and pans.
(Don’t even let me start whining about the time I wrote a historical. When you’re writing a historical, you can’t just guess, you have to KNOW, like, did they have spoons? Or how do they bathe themselves and how often? And sometimes all the sources aren’t even in English, or there are no primaries and… and… AHHHH okay I’ll stop now. That one nearly broke me. )
It’s been a rough time on the personal side, and I was burnt out by 2016. I was in serious need of a recharge. I think I’m almost at the point where I can start writing again. Almost. Maybe. If the world allows. I don’t have much zip yet, but I think my resolve is coming back. I’ve got work to do.