Okay, it’s the end of the month again. I can’t deal with how fast this year has already gone by. Does it seem ridiculously fast to anyone else?
What I’ve been working on: Cell Story! After a long chat with a couple writer friends, I figured out The Thing That Was Missing and I was able to finish my synopses for the series (yep, I like to have things planned out that far in advance) and get back to writing. I’m not quite 40k into the book — but almost! There’s a lot to go still and a lot I’ll need to revise to get the book to where I want it to be, but I’m back to enjoying the commas off this story.
I also got my pass pages for the final OQ novella — THE BLACK KNIFE — and finished those, so unless my editor has any last-minute questions about my changes . . . I’m finished. The OQ novellas are officially off my desk and ready to appear on your ereaders at the appointed times.
What I’ve been reading: Lots of good stuff! While I was moping about not knowing how to finish my book, I went ahead and read other people’s books.
- THIS MONSTROUS THING by Mackenzi Lee (ARC) – This is one of my editor’s books, so I was predisposed to like it. And I did! I loved the historical elements, the general vibe of creepiness, and the relationship between the brothers.
- COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliot (ARC) – I haven’t yet read Kate’s adult books, but I was really curious about her first YA. I was really pleased to find a book with thoughtfulness, depth, culture clashes, and layers — things I feel are a much-needed addition to YA fantasy.
- THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir – This. Book. Several people told me to read this one (notably Cynthia Hand) and I’m so glad I did. I can’t believe how much I loved it. I’ve been shoving it at people ever since.
- ICEFALL by Matthew J. Kirby – Norse mythology! I felt the writing was really strong in this, particularly some of the observations by the main character. While the book was not as action-packed as I’d anticipated (the cover made me think all action all the time), I quite enjoyed this story.
- THE MURK by Robert Lettrick – A Middle Grade horror, one of my agent’s books (so again, I’m predisposed to like it). I really liked Robert’s first book FRENZY and was definitely scarred for life. This one is more scary goodness. I’ll never look at Percival the Houseplant the same way again.
What I’ve been watching: Hubs and I are both excited for the shows we watch to start coming out on DVD soon, so we’re getting ready by watching previous seasons of them again. We’re starting with AAROW. I’m so excited for season three!
What I’ve been yarning: I didn’t do a whole lot of yarning this month, if you can believe, but I did spin some of the wool I’ve been working on with my tiny spindle. It’s a little frustrating, because whoever carded it used a carder for a heavier wool, so there are neps in this — little breaks in the fibers that look like knots. It’s ridiculously fine wool and it needed to be treated delicately.
I also started knitting a pair of Incarnate mitts for a friend.
What the ferrets have been up to: Oh. More of the same. The ferrets are always up to trouble. Actually, I’ll go ahead and mention . . . Todd is showing signs of his age. He’s getting up there, as far as ferrets go, and though he’s still active and eats plenty, I’ve notice him slowing down, taking easier ways out of the cage, being unwilling to work too hard even to get his favorite treats. I’m not worried that he’s going to die tomorrow, but I do have my eye on him a little extra.
What the Kippy has been up to: This morning I stepped in a hairball.
Other things you might be interested in:
And THE GLOWING KNIGHT comes out this week! That gives you the first half of Tobiah’s story. Plus, since there are two chapters of MK at the end of every novella, you’ll have the first four chapters. Yay!