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What I'm Reading:
I finished up The Actuator: Fractured Earth by James Wymore and Aiden James (you can find my review here). I was really impressed. I'm finishing up The Curse of Malenfer Manor by Iain McChesney to review tomorrow on the blog. It's a gothic mystery, which is way outside of my comfort zone as reading material goes. But I do love a good ghost story, and so far this is definitely proving to be one.
What I'm Writing:
I am fifteen chapters into the rewrite of Altar of Reality, and so far, so good. I'm really pleased with how it is turning out. I'm using this rewrite as my NaNoWriMo novel, which is a bit of a pain but worth it. Tracking rewrites vs words already written is a bit tedious at times, but so much of it is fresh and new that it is worth it.
I'm also working on my short story submission for The Borderlands anthology set in the Actuator universe. It got a bit boring and I hit a rough point, but I think I've figured it out. My main character doesn't have enough snark. In fact, she's kinda devoid of snark, which doesn't work for me. Not every main character has to be Zelene, but I do like them to be a bit fun to work with, and for me that means snark. So I'm going to rework that this week, hopefully in time to get some CPs to look over it and tell me what they think.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
The television show Reign on the CW. Man, is this show awesome. It really makes me want to ditch my dystopian and get back to my fantasy world. Reign isn't overtly fantasy, but it does have hints of the supernatural, which I really appreciate. There's political intrigue, a slow burning love triangle, a "castle ghost" in the form of a girl who wears a sack over her head (probably meaning she is disfigured and in hiding, but she's still a source of interest), and the mysterious Pagans in the woods. I wrote a bit more on how it inspires me and why at the There & Draft Again blog. I can't get enough of this show. It's a nice end of the week treat (it airs Thursday nights, but doesn't show up on Hulu+ until Friday morning).
What Else I'm Up To:
I'm still running behind on pretty much everything. I was extremely ill the entire week of Halloween with a stomach flu, and in my fevered state I missed a lot of stuff I was supposed to do. Our Halloween party was pushed back a week (to this past weekend), but luckily my friends and family were still eager to celebrate Halloween with us a week into November. Their costumes were amazing. I put a few of them up on Facebook. Four people came dressed as characters from the Borderlands game, which I haven't played, but want to now just because they looked so awesome.
I'm 25k into NaNoWriMo, so that's exciting. I'm confident I'll finish on time, but I'm hoping I'll finish the book period. Wattpad is actually holding a contest for NaNoWriMo entrants, and I've tagged Altar of Reality to enter. I also have Heirs of War on sale for 99 cents during the month of November since it's my 30th (egad!) birthday this month. So far, not many bites, but I'm not doing much in the way of promotion. I'm trying not to sink any more money into the book until I actually start getting paid. =) And the best way to promote your writing is to? Say it with me now: WRITE MORE. So that's what I'm doing.
And speaking of sales, be sure to check out my next blog post which tells you all about another 99 cent book for today: Seal of Destiny by Traci Douglass. Until next time!