September 2018 Wrap-Up


This revision is going surprisingly well. I’m at the point where I know exactly what I want this story to do and how to get there, so this time around I’m enjoying the scene craft. Some people like to polish as they go, but I like to work in layers from the big picture down to the details. I find that  a lot of the world building and character details come in while I take breaks between drafts.

Also, I wrote about my experiences as a writer of colour for the POC in Publishing mailing list. You can check out the October newsletter here.


Oh Jenny Han and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, thanks to you I’m having a crisis. You reminded me that how we see ourselves is not always how the world sees us.

I mostly live in my head. I’m in the worlds I’m creating or the work that I’m doing. It always surprise me when the world intrudes, and it means I’m also a walking disaster. I break things, and when people I know suddenly say hello, I’m often too surprised to do anything but squeak and turn away, embarrassed.

I was also a painfully shy child, and all my life I assumed that I was invisible. Somehow when I became ‘not so shy’ the second part never really left me. It’s often easier to feel invisible, because then I don’t feel cripplingly self-conscious. If I were invisible, I could act any way I pleased. Anonymity offers a strange kind of confidence.

But the truth is, I’m not as invisible as I always thought. I get so lost in my own head that sometimes I’m the one guilty of not paying enough attention. I have some amends to make.


  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (YA)
  • Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo  (YA)
  • Hero by Samantha Young
  • Monstress Volume 3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Graphic Novel)

6 Comments to “September 2018 Wrap-Up”

  1. I started trying that “big picture” approach on my second book, and it’s amazing how much more focused things turned out! Probably will keep doing that for that draft when I get back to it. So far, it seems to be helping with avoiding unnecessary info dumps.

    Monstress and Six of Crows are great! I kinda got distracted in the middle of them with other things, though, so I’ll have to get back to those soon. 😏

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      *high fives* I don’t want to worry about sentence details if the whole scene might just get cut in the end, you know?

      And yes they’re great! I usually borrow my books from the library so there’s a ticking timer for me to finish them all.

  2. Aww, I love how you related to Lara Jean. That movie was so wonderful — not like the greatest film(making) of all time, but a delightful teen rom-com with a ton of heart, and more depth than you’d expect. For me, it was a perfect reminder that I don’t have to write a “perfect” book in order to have a huge impact on people.

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