Welcome to the latest edition of Time Flies! It’s my version of a monthly update, where I recap the past month’s accomplishments and articles, share news and random things from my offline life, and hint at what may be coming in the month ahead.
Can we first take a moment to celebrate the fact that it’s SPRING?! 😀
Apart from my favorite season arriving, March was an awesome month. Many of you already know the biggest news on the writing front: I finished the second draft of my YA fantasy WIP, The Keeper’s Curse! Now, let me share some of the other “behind-the-scenes” happenings since last month’s round-up.
This Month’s Posts
- A Character Interview with Aurek Kolsteg of The Keeper’s Curse
- Recent Reads: February 2016
- 5 on the 5th: Five Soothing Music Albums to Help You Relax
- A Screenwriter Gets Schooled in Novel Writing (A Guest Post by Heather Jackson of WriteOnSisters)
- Chronicling The Craft: Draft #2 is DONE!
- Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 24: March 2016 Haul, Part 1
- An Ode To… The “Lord of the Rings” Film Score
- Beautiful People, Vol. 13: Nomaro, One of the Protagonists for a Future Novella
- Stacking The Shelves, Vol. 25: March 2016 Haul, Part 2
- Interview with Emily Skrutskie, Author of The Abyss Surrounds Us
- The Character Evolution Files, No. 7: The Journey Through the Character Arc, Stage 5 – The Revelation (Midpoint)
Interviews, Guest Blogs, and Columns
- Tea Time at Reverie: Golden Tips’ Moonlight Darjeeling Black Tea (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- Tea Time at Reverie: Longbourn Wedding Tea from Bingley’s Teas (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- Tolkien Talk: Sara Letourneau (Pages Unbound)
Site Updates & News
As of today, I’m no longer participating in Stacking The Shelves. It’s fun to share new additions to my bookshelves, but doing so here isn’t putting my blogging time to the best use. I’ll continue sharing that enthusiasm on Twitter, though, so feel free to join my #Bookmail geek-outs there. 😉
March’s Gems from the Blogosphere
- “3 More Things Fantasy Can’t Get Right with Combat” by Trent Cannon (Fantasy Faction)
- “10 Great Words about Words” (Interesting Literature)
- “A Former Book Publicist’s Advice to Traditionally Published Authors” by Andrea Dunlop (Jane Friedman’s Official Website & Blog)
- “How and When to Catch the Elusive Publicity Department – Part 1” by Stacey Lee and Lizzy Mason (Pub(lishing) Crawl)
- “How Your Character’s Failures Can Map a Route to Self-Growth” by Angela Ackerman (Writers Helping Writers)
- “On Writing: Staying True to You” by Rae Oestreich (The Wallflower)
- “The Only Tool You REALLY Need to Be Productive” by Leanne Sowul (Words for the Sowul)
- “Publishing Lessons: We Cannot Do It All” by Jami Gold
- “What NOT to Do When Writing YA Books (Advice from a Teen Writer)” by Jamie S. Margolin (Writer’s Digest)
- “Writing Advice from Laini Taylor” by Laini Taylor (BookLife)
You know how you get used to doing something for so long, and then when you take a short break from it, it feels weird? That’s how I’ve felt since finishing Draft #2 of TKC. Of course, reaching The End again was thrilling and rewarding… but even though I had no trouble keeping myself busy, I kept thinking, “Shouldn’t I be working on my book?!” (*lol*) If you’re also a writer, has this happened to you when you take time off between drafts?
In case you’re wondering, I’m planning to start Draft #3 in the next week or so. I’ll post a new Chronicling The Craft when the time comes!
So, I’ve kept myself busy since finishing Draft #2. I caught up on housecleaning and started a couple organization projects at home. I revisited and updated some of my TKC character profiles (since my brain refuses to leave that story world for long *winks*). I’ve also continued my weekly yoga practice and attended a 2-hour “Soul Sketch Yoga” workshop, which combines yoga with charcoal-drawing on a 6 x 6 ft canvas. The above YouTube clip featuring performance artist Hannah Hansen gives you an idea of what students do during this workshop. And below, you’ll see my (*ahem*) rather messy result.
My parents are still renovating their new house on Cape Cod. I drove down there twice in March to see how it’s coming along. (The second trip was over Easter weekend, and our family went out to dinner to celebrate the holiday.) Some rooms don’t need much work; only a fresh coat of paint and refinished wood floors. Others had to be stripped down to wallboarding and insulation, or were gutted completely. Things are finally being installed, though, so it’s great to see everything coming together. Here’s hoping it’ll all be done by the time they move at the end of April! (*crosses her fingers*)
Finally, remember when I said back in January that I’d been asked to be a bridesmaid in Doctor Friend’s wedding? The date has been set – for this September. 😮 So, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind, from picking out the bridesmaid dress to helping the bride decide on flowers, decorations, and so forth. But somehow she’s stayed on top of everything, and all of the vendors have now been booked. My bridesmaid dress is on its way, too, and it’s so, SO pretty. I can’t wait to try it on!
Song of the Month: “When We Were Young” by Adele
I *finally* got a copy of Adele’s new album 25 recently. (Am I one of the last people on Earth to do so? *lol*) So far, I really like it, probably just as much as I like 21. It retains some of the simplistic, vintage feel of her older work, but it also sounds more modern. I wish I could find a better way of explaining it… other than you’d have to listen to the album for yourself. 😉 My favorite track is the first single “Hello,” but I also enjoy “Love In The Dark,” “I Miss You,” “Water Under the Bridge,” and this one below. Here’s the ballad “When We Were Young.”
How Quickly Does Time Fly?
The next Time Flies is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th. Until then, have a lovely April!