Whenever I look at the month of July on my writing wordcount spreadsheet, it is always a lower number, without fail, every year.
Summertime, even with the hangover of the pandemic still thundering across the collective world’s mind, is a time of being outside. It’s a time of doing things, even if the things you’re doing is making another batch of iced buns because now is the best kind of proving weather. Or out in the garden visiting the newest flowers and watching the bees flitter here and there.
Writing this month has taken somewhat of a backseat, both with my ongoing novel and my blogging. It’s been a busy month with guest posts on others blogs, as well as a time to find new TV to watch on Netflix.
Next month, I’m expecting much of the same. But that’s okay. Sometimes its okay to pace yourself. Your novel or whatever creative endeavour you’re pursuing will be there waiting for you when you get back.
This month’s posts.
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My introduction to the Realm of the Elderlings got off to a rocky start when I realised I started with the wrong book. Namely, the book that was the trilogy at the very end. I only realised this until I was almost a good 25% through (according to my kindle), which also meant I got … More Starting the Realm of the Elderlings – Assassin’s Apprentice review
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these updates about my fantasy novel The Akrion Cycle (Book 1). The last six months have not got much to show in terms of words on a page, but there have been points of intensive creativity which have pushed the book forward. One of the things … More You write what you read
Don’t forget that this month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m talking about pacing of your story. Like the seasons, the pacing in a story will help guide the reader to key scenes and influence their interaction with a story. In this newsletter, I’m going to talk about what pacing is, why it’s important … More Writing On Caffeine – Pacing your Story
The first ghost was an easy hit as it rounded the top of the staircase. Raela loosed the arrow and began searching for the second ghost that she could sense was lurking round the corner. Wait for it, she thought to herself. Her breathing slowed, as she concentrated on the stone bricks that made up … More Ghosts (From the Archives)
Ashayra was taller than Miaken expected. He knew that she was from the South, and like all Southeners was always going to be tall, but he did expect her to have to stoop beneath the wooden beamed ceiling to avoid hitting her head. Even Miaken who was the tallest out of most of the people … More March of the Valentas
The concluding entry to The Licanius Trilogy was as fast paced and page-turning as the previous two books, The Shadow of What was Lost and An Echo of Things to Come. If you’ve not read the previous two books, then please do read them before reading this blog, as this is not spoiler free! What … More The Light of all that Falls – a satifying end to the Licanius Triology
Eva squeezed her eyes tightly shut, her nails digging into the palms of her hands so hard she thought they would draw blood. Christ this was hard. It was so fucking hard. She had no idea how people just managed in their day to day lives. That’s what therapy is for, a little voice said … More Anxiety (From the Archives)
At some point, you’re going to have to tell your reader the image you see in your mind. You’ll need to try and capture that image, to the best you can, in your words so that when your reader reads those words, they come up with the same image. At least that is what you … More How to use description in your fantasy novel
This time of year is always my favourite – before the full heat and intensity of summer has hit, but still warm enough to enjoy the outside. Whilst this month has not been one for writing, it has been one for reading. It’s quite a common saying that to be a good writer, you need … More An summer’s evening thoughts
Ia looked down on the smoking remains of their village. Even from up here, in the safety of the mountains, she could taste the ash on the air. The anger inside her was deep, she had warned the council that the humans were advancing across their borders and yet they did nothing. And still did … More Smoking Remnants (From the Archives)
When I started An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington, I was certain of two things. Firstly, reading a huge fantasy story that I hadn’t read before on an e-book was considerably harder because I couldn’t have easy access to the map or the glossary, and secondly I knew for certain that this … More My Thoughts on An Echo of Things to Come
Don’t forget that this month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m talking all about how to build the natural world into your novel. The natural world is a huge topic, so I’m going to focus on one aspect – plants. The lifeblood of anything that is alive, the crazy evolutions and tips on how … More Writing On Caffeine – Worldbuilding and Plants
If you are active on any kind of social media, you are likely to see photos of beautiful writing setups, cosy desks, achievements of those who have written ten thousand words in a single day. Don’t get me wrong, that version of a “writing life” is quite valid, but I’m here to talk about why … More Why you need to go outside
Gerald purred against Lily as she stroked him gently. For once the normally crazy cat was subdued, exhausted from staying up all night because of the fireworks. It was a new year. Lily didn’t put too much stock in the whole event, the parties or the dramatic resolutions. That was for those who believed they … More Reborn (From the Archives)
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What I’m listening to
This month has been back to the Batman Soundtracks. I love the heavy beats throughout these scores, perfect for writing some action scenes!
What I’ve been watching
The Chef Show
As someone who is getting more and more into All Things Food, I’ve spent a lot of time binging this show on Netflix. Really friendly format, and I’ve learnt some useful tricks too!
I knew this film was good, but oh boy, watching it for the first time on an otherwise quite dire-looking Thursday evening home alone was just the antidote I needed.
What I’ve been reading
I’m still working my way through Jade City by Fonda Lee. It’s different to what I’d usually read from the fantasy genre (I’m used to a few specific POVs that you follow throughout the novel), but I’ve really enjoyed the writing and way the story is structured!
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