Well. Here we go.

Written By: Jess - Sep• 02•17

I told myself I was going to wait to start working on a new WIP until I had a house. With that said, I guess I’m still not technically starting a new MS. I’m just brainstorming, and probably experimenting with a few scenes to see which project to try, but that’s still more than what I was even planning to do.

I also said I wasn’t going to write another urban fantasy and that I’d give sci-fi a try, but with the way things are looking, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen either.

The problem with trying to write a sci-fi story is that I don’t feel like I’ve read enough in the genre. Urban fantasy is what I know. With SF I know more ideas will come if I binge more on TV/movies, and books is what I’ll likely do. I might try writing two MS. I’m playing with the idea of writing the UF one, read and watch a ton of science fiction while I do it, and then as soon as I finish the first draft, immediately launch myself into a SF MS (I have ideas for one, they’re just a lot weaker than my UF ones). I feel confident enough that I can do that.

I know I can write 90k+ words in 3-4 months, so churning out two first drafts in under a year won’t be that much of an issue. The problem will be learning how to edit faster, which I think with the next project will be easier. I hope.

I’m starting to get pumped for a new project. However, I still can’t stop doubting that I’ll love the next project as much as the one I have out on submission. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that’s not the case.

#1: The first story/book. I really loved writing my first book, but I wouldn’t say I loved the finished project. I worked almost 4 years on that sucker. I learned a lot from it, but there’s a reason it’s shelved. Maybe one day I’ll pull it out and try to completely rewrite it, cause it was a cool idea. But not today or anytime in the near future. After 4 years of work, I’m rather sick of this novel. It can wait for a rewrite for just as long, if not longer.

#2: It was hard to write, but I’m proud of this story. I don’t see it published–it’s a serious downer and quite frankly, upsetting, but it couldn’t have ended any other way. I like the idea of using it as backstory and picking up where it leaves off and writing a novel from it. It’s a project that still appeals to me, but I’m not sure I want to return to it just yet. It’s not shelved, it’s just at the bottom of the pile of projects I want to work on. Other things sound more fun to write, and honestly, what that novel needs would emotionally drain me. I know what the plot would be and a lot of the major points, and just thinking about it is exhausting. Not ready to tackle that novel yet, nor do I feel like I’m at the writing level needed to pull it off (though I don’t think I’m as far off as I was when I wrote the first draft of this story).

#3: I still need to submit this one out. It was just pure fun. The characters were a blast, especially the mc. The world intrigues me. The magic is cool. I want to write more in the world, but I can’t nail down a plot idea yet. But this story… this story is one I’m really proud of. Now I just need to submit it in the short story market.

#4: The latest one. I freaking love this book. I felt varying degrees of emotions with all of my projects, but this one I never got sick of. Tired of certain stages? Sure. The book itself? No. I loved it from beginning to end and through the rewrites. I have tons of ideas for the second novel, if there ever is a second one. The idea of never getting to write that story breaks my heart a little bit. Feeling that excited over a project was a blast, and knowing where the story goes just makes it even better. I hope I can find a home for it. I really do, but want I hope for more is that I’ll feel just as strongly about some other story.

So those are my thoughts right now.  Hope everyone is doing well.

 

P.S. We survived Harvey better than most, for those wondering.

My “Rejection Box” is going to make me gain 10 lbs, I swear.

Written By: Jess - Aug• 23•17

This is a combo post. Yep. You’re getting both the “Rejection Box” post and “I’ve started querying!”.  Sadly, those two are already connected. Let’s get started, shall we?

Let the Querying Begin!

More accurately, I started this weekend. I got my first rejection in less than two days. I then ate chocolate, sat down, and looked up more agents. I have since queried four others, and I’ll keep sending them out until I’ve submitted 8 active queries that I’m waiting to hear back on.

Soon as I get a rejection, I’ll pinpoint another potential agent and query them next. Basically, lather, rinse, repeat until my soul can’t take it anymore and it shatters into a million pieces and I shelve the book. But I think it’s a little too early before doing that just yet.

Which brings me to “The Rejected Box”

I did not come up with this. Someone at a workshop or conference mentioned that they did this, and when I heard it, I thought, “I’m stealing that idea.”

Rejected boxFirst, take a box. Now fill it with your favorite candy/treats. Next, you wait for the inevitable to happen whenever you query agents (with the very rare, and very exciting exceptions). Print off the rejection, go to your box and put the letter in and take a piece of candy out.

My way of thinking is the candy helps fill the ragged hole that the rejection letter left. I don’t get mad, only sad. My rejection box has allllll sorts of chocolates. Cheap ones, more expensive, my top favorites, big, and little. Depending on the size of wound the rejection letter left in my soul determines the chocolate of choice.candy

I’ve had two rejections so far. The first one hurt the most, like expected (I just wasn’t expecting it so fast). That one required some higher quality junk food. The second one only hurt a little bit (and this one beat the first one in time between query sent and rejection. Less than 24 hours. At least they were prompt and ending my misery of waiting, I guess?).

Anyway, if all agents are this fast (which, hey, I’m not complaining. I just am a little surprised by it since I hear most people are waiting months sometimes), then I might need to ration out the chocolate to maybe every third rejection.

 The Barnes & Noble Adventure

Pretty much anything is an adventure now that I’ve got a near two-year-old. Thank goodness for strollers I can strap the kiddo into. Anyway, I needed a new journal. I’ve noticed with the last few projects that I’ve filled the Barnes & Noble spiral ones more than any other. In the past, my notes were all over the place in various notebooks, which still kinda happens, but when I use the B&N notebooks, it’s more organized and definitely used the most often. I just like them a lot.

So I figured I needed a new one for whatever I write next (Still need to look at my notes. Once I have enough queries sent out, I’ll switch gears and look through my ideas to see if any are worth exploring). The B&N had slim pickings. Luckily, I still found one:

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I love it. I think it’s pretty and fun, and although I think “Alice in Wonderland” is one freaking weird book, this is great. Hopefully good things will go into this one. Can’t wait to start filling it up with ideas, random dialogue that may or may not be used, and word counts.

While at B&N, I of course got lost in all the shelves. When I first walked in I saw this:

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Focused on agents and submitting your MS? Yes, please. Granted, none of the agents in this represent what I write (I was bummed, but I’ve subscribed to this mag before, so I suspected it wouldn’t). But it still has info that will be really useful. I’m excited about a couple of the articles. Which lead me to thinking about how to find more agents. Which in turn lead me to the reference section of the bookstore where I found something well worth the money.

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“Guide to Literary Agents 2017″

Yeah. That’s a no-brainer. I’ve also subscribed to the Publishers Marketplace (a great tool for finding out recent deals agents have made) and query tracker. Now I’m brushing up on my twitter hashtags. I guess tomorrow is #PitMad? I’m not 100% sure what #PitMad is, but you can bet I’ll have a pretty dang good idea before I go to bed tonight.

The Blog

The Blog itself needs some updating now that we’ve moved. I think it needed some TLC long before that, but the poor thing has been a bit neglected since I went into edit mode. It’s a little easier writing for the blog when I don’t have a story I’m trying to meet a word count goal on or editing it ’til I want to cry. It’s nice to work on posts again. I’ve missed it. Maybe I’ll resurrect my weekly 100 word story posts. Those were always surprisingly enjoyable. Hey, actually maybe I’ll look at some of my old ones for inspiration . . .

Don’t hit the “Panic Button”

Written By: Jess - Aug• 15•17

Mini-rant Ahead:

So this is fun. Look at my blog and all the ugly images Photobucket replaced my gifs with. *Sigh* I updated the last entry so there are none, and I’ll figure it out later for the rest of my posts. Photobucket won’t even let me know what gifs I was using so I can’t download them and re-upload them to here. Screw you, Photobucket. I’m not spending $400 A YEAR for gifs. Time to find a new photo-sharing site.

*Rant over*

We Moved Outside of Utah:

In other news, we moved to Missouri City, Texas. For those wondering where on God’s green earth that is, it’s part of the greater Houston area. What’s the greater Houston area? Wikipedia will tell you. But in summary, it’s the metropolitan area of Houston. It’s big. It’s really big and encompasses several cities. When people unfamiliar with Texas ask to where I’ve moved, I always just say ‘Houston’, but more specifically it’s Missouri City.

I have mixed feelings on moving back to Texas, but overall, it should be a good change. It also means I’m closer to getting a horse and a German Shepherd, so, I’ll settle on a tentative ‘yay’.

The sucky part about moving, however, is my entire routine was completely disrupted. Before we moved, I was about a week or two from submitting. With the move, it moved it back by a lot. It’s been difficult trying to write and read and just have my normal life back when we aren’t living in our own space. Jack’s grandparent’s were kind enough to allow us to live in their house until we finish closing on the one we made an offer on, so at least it won’t be a long disruption. Hopefully by the end of September I’ll be back to my normal day-to-day pattern, including my writing. *fingers crossed*

Submitting:

Come hell or high water, I will submit my novel to at least one agent before the end of the week. Ready or not, I’m hitting send. I already have the email drafted, the synopsis attached, and I’m doing a quick skim/final read through before attaching the MS and hitting ‘send’. If I edit any more, it’s just going to be diminishing returns at this point.  I’ll probably have a post of celebration about starting the querying process, likely followed by the woes of rejection.

Fun stuff, fun stuff.

What am I doing next?

I keep getting asked what the next story is.

The answer is this: I don’t know yet.

I want to write the sequel to the novel I just finished. It keeps calling me and I get super excited just thinking about it. But writers and agents at every workshop or conference I go to suggest against doing this until I’ve sold the first book. No point writing the second in the series if you have no guarantee about the first. It’s a fair point I agree with. So, until that hopefully happens, I need to write something else. I have a bunch of notes in a box. I’ll look at them next week and either write a short story, plot, or a little of both.

We’ll see what happens.

Maybe I’ll just binge read until I have a house and go from there (I’m partial to this. Plus I need to catch up on some Korean dramas. I’ve missed those). It’s as much up in the air as everything else at this moment, and no one is more frustrated about it than I am.

In summary:

Life is good, full of change, full of stress, full of panic inducing curve balls, but I just keep trying to write to the best of my ability. Sometimes life makes it difficult, but I’m not quitting.

 

What I’m reading:

I am very slowly making it through the latest “Mercy Thompson” installment. Love the series to pieces, and normally I’d have it finished by now, but nope. Same reasons as above. Overall, I love it. Mercy is as fun as ever, and the writing is solid. Maybe I’ll try to finish it by the weekend.

Marching On

Written By: Jess - Mar• 03•17

Hi people. Sorry it’s been a while, but update time. I really do mean to post more regularly enough, but, well, life. That, and my writing comes first and this blog second. Anyways, here’s what’s up. I’ll keep this short.

Conferences:

It’s Conference season! Am I going to any? For a variety of reasons, probably not.

With that said, writing retreats and workshops are a different story. I might try to host a retreat for some friends or at least try to orchestrate one of some sort. It’s still up in the air, but I’m hoping I can figure that out in the next week or two.

There is a workshop I applied to I’d like to attend. If I get in, I’ll post more about it then. But it’s a heck of a deal and well worth the money to be able to get feedback from some major writers, editors, and agents that will be attending. It’s a tough call because of the money, but since this would be the only writing thing I’d be paying for this conference/workshop season, it would be worth it.

So, hopefully more on that soon.

Hiring an Editor

So, another reason for not going to conferences is because I had to make a choice: go to conferences, or hire a freelance editor to help me with my writing. I had one go through the first 50 pages and I really loved her feedback. Since then, I’ve hired her to help me with my submission package as well. In April I’ll be sending her my query letter, synopsis, and sample chapters (I’m not sure how many this is. I hopefully will hear back from her on her thoughts on this. My first chapter is a beast, and longer than typical chapters, so I’m a bit confused on how to treat it when I send to agents).  So, that’s happening.

Edits

How the edits have gone:

3rd Draft

Starting Word Count: 91,466

Ending Cord Count: 89,094

Total Cut: 2,372 words

I’m extremely happy about this. It’s better than I was expecting, especially when I look back at how the 1st draft finished at 93, 094 words.

New Goal: Keep it under 90,400 words. That way I can round down when I submit to agents. From what I understand from research, you round to the closest thousand. I’m not going to be happy if I have to put 91K on my query letters, so that’s the new goal. As of right now, it’s at 89,609. I’ve had to clarify and change some as my critique group goes through it (they’ve gone through over half of it now), and when the editor I’ve hired returned her feedback. I want to be able to write 90K. I know it’s only a thousand words, but gosh dang it. I want to keep to the stupid 90K limit (I’ve read most agents are leery of taking more than this for my genre).

In the works:

My query letter and synopsis. I had one of my critique groups (I’m in two. One meets every week, the other group meets every other week) tear my query and synopsis apart. It was very frustrating, but good. I think I have a much stronger query letter now. I went through the process of rewriting it Thursday evening, and I’m hoping to rework the synopsis tonight. I’ll likely go through them another couple times before sending them to my other group and then finally to the editor in April.

What I’m reading:

I’m reading two books right now. One is “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer, and the other is “Wyvern” by Grace Draven.

heartlessI’m only two chapters into “Heartless”, so there isn’t much to say except that Meyer is proving once again why she’s one of my favorite YA authors. This woman can write anything and I’ll read it. She just writes charming and really fun tales all around. And although her next novel, “Renegades”, doesn’t exactly interest me from it’s description alone, I know I’ll be buying it anyway because it’s Meyer. I trust her.

 

 

 

 

Wyvern

“Wyvern” is awesome. I love Grace Draven’s novels and novellas. This one’s a novella. It’s fun and like always she has me hooked from the first page. I can’t put my finger on why, but I am absolutely in love with the way she writes. She’s fantastic at creating very different stories that I’ve never seen before. I really admire that about her. Anyway, “Wyvern” is about a fiery fiddler who’s off to charm a dragon in order to save her father. It’s a romance through and through, but it’s the kind of romance I eat up and don’t roll my eyes at (yay! No cheesey stuff). So kudos for Draven. I’m slowly working through the stories she has out.

 

Books I’m looking for: I want some sci-fi stuff, but not hard science fiction or military science fiction. I don’t have much interest in those. I’m open to suggestions of what to read next in this genre, so please point some out to me.

I’m ahead!

Written By: Jess - Dec• 15•16

It’s a miracle! Some how I have flown through 2nd draft edits, and I have ONE CHAPTER LEFT.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

I’d given myself three months to get these revisions done and somehow it looks like I’m going to do it all in two. I’m in shock. Happy shock, but shock none the less. I figure what I’ll do once I’m done is take the next month to really go over consistency issues, notes I didn’t get to, and another read through.

I still need to cut more words and I’m pretty much looking at my MS like:

Annnnnd… delete this sentence.

I’m playing with the idea of cutting a scene, but I’m going to wait and see what my critique partners say. There’s also feedback on past chapters I still need to go through, so I might be able to cut some words while I do that too. It’s interesting. There are some scenes I really love, but when I think in terms of  “I need to cut this or an agent is never ever gonna look at my ms ’cause it’s too long,” that scene is suddenly a loss less dear to me. Bye-bye.

In other news, I completed my GoodReads challenge for the year. Next post I’ll write about what I’m reading.

 

Dun, dun, dunnn…

Written By: Jess - Nov• 17•16

Let the edits begin! Actually, I’ve already started them. Four chapters in! Woot! I haven’t gotten to the changes that will make me cry yet (a.k.a rewrites).  Still need to finish the first read-through of it since I got sidetracked. The goal is to get the 2nd draft done by the end of January. We’ll see how well I do with that. Likely will miss it because the rewrites will probably take longer than what I’m assuming, but I’ll try.

The short story is pretty much done. Hopefully I’ll find a home for it soon.

 

Currently reading: “The Paper Magician” by Charlie N. Holmberg.

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It’s ridiculously charming. That’s the only way I can describe it. Beautifully written and charming.

And that’s it for today. I’m just happy I’m back to posting.

My 2-3 Months “Break”

Written By: Jess - Jun• 13•16

Update on the New Shiny

Hopefully by the end of tonight I will have finished my werewolf story. All I have is the closing scene to write, so not much at all.  Once it’s done, I’m taking a couple months break to get some distance from it before taking a second look.

1. Short Story Edits

One of my critique groups has already gone through and critiqued one of my short stories, however, I haven’t had time to go through and make all the changes that are needed. So that’s next.

2. Read 8 novels on writing.

I have an insane amount. Too many actually, so I’m tying to make a dent in the pile.

3. First Draft Changes

I wouldn’t consider this a true edit. It’s more me going back and making sure things are consistent. For example, I later cut a character’s point of view that I’d introduced earlier on, so I need to go back and remove it and put information I reveal there in either a new scene or an existing one. That’s a major one, but there’s other smaller clean up tasks I need to go back and do.

4. Finish Edits on the Pandora Story  & Submitting

So I never really finished these. I have probably less than a week’s worth to do (yes, I know. Pathetic that it’s not done yet). Plus I need to make a list of agents, polish the query just a little more, and write a synopsis (I always goof up and think syphilis, though that might be because they’re both so awful). I’ll also start the submission process . . . maybe. I might take another look at it to see if I can trim it done further.

5. Write 2 Short Stories

I want to write at least two. They’re fun. I’ve discovered they’re great for me exploring a world without writing a whole novel about it, and helps me figure out if I really want to write in that world.

6. A New Novel

My new shiny that I just finished is no longer going to be a new shiny! So I need a new one. I’ll be plotting out a new one. I have two ideas, but I’m leaning more strongly towards one than the other (involving the same character). So that will be fun.

Getting Back My “Groove”

Written By: Jess - May• 21•16

I should be working on the new shiny right now, but it’s been a while since I’ve posted. So, new blog post it is. I do enjoy posting here, I just get busy/forget. Aw well. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Distractions

Let it be known that Korean dramas are the most addicting thing ever, and I should be forbidden from watching them when I’m in the middle of writing anything. Seriously. Long story short, I started watching a couple of k-dramas and could not stop for two weeks. It’s all I did. It took another 2-4 weeks to try to get back in to the groove of writing, it knocked me off kilter that bad. I still have a list a mile long of k-dramas I want to watch, but I’ve decided they’re something I’ll have to reward myself whenever I finish a project (like the first draft or a major round of edits). So maybe in a month or two I’ll jump in to one or two.

Good news is I was able to find my groove again! Which leads me also to . . .

Storymakers!

LDStorymakers is the best. Well, the best in Utah since I haven’t been to conventions/conferences outside of the state (one day, one day I will).  Even though I was getting back into writing before I went to the conference, it still helped kick my butt into a new gear. Since coming back, I’ve been doing pretty well at writing every night unless the Little really needs me or sleep.

But Storymakers was awesome. I loved seeing writing friends, talking shop, and in general just being around kindred spirits. My husband pulled an all-star move and watched the Little the whole day Saturday and part of Friday. She was pretty good for the classes I had her in, but him watching her allowed me to really be mentally present 100%. So, thank you Jack!

Couldn’t have done it without you.

I also had an amazing experience meeting with an agent there! I almost wasn’t nervous. She was easy to talk to and I got a much better idea about submitting and the industry. I’m hoping I can submit to her and other agents in the next coming year.

Can’t wait for Storymakers ’17!

The WIP

I’m so close, guys. SO CLOSE! I’m writing the last third of the book right now. If all goes according to plan, I should be done with it either by the end of this month or the very beginning of June. YEA! A little longer than what I planned, but that month of no writing killed my progress. So, lesson learned there. Still, with that being said, a little over 5 months to write a first draft is pretty good (the goal was 3-4), especially when my first novel took 3 years.

I also really love this book. Like, I love it a lot. I know I’ll probably feel that way about every book I’m writing as I’m writing it, but this one I just feel really passionate about. More so than how I ever felt about my other book. It might break my heart just a little bit if it doesn’t work out.

What I’m reading:

Book: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)

Author: Marissa Meyer

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I’m finally reading the last installment of the Lunar Chronicles! And I am not disappointed. It makes total sense why she saved Winter’s story for last and why she had the queen’s book come out right before this. It is one long freaking book though. Holy crap. It’s an easy read, but man. It’s a lot. I’m entering the last quarter of it. Hopefully I’ll be done this weekend. I love it, but I also am looking forward to moving on to something else.

I’ve been buying sooo many kindle books lately. I need to put a hold on that. The number of e-books I own alone is ridiculous.

 

What I’m looking for:

With that being said, I’m looking for more urban fantasy to read, specifically dark uf. To narrow it down further, I’d like it if the some of the characters are actually likable. The world and circumstances can be f-ed up, but please let me at least like one character. Pretty please?

What I recommend:

I recently read the first two books of the Wraith Kings series by Grace Draven, and let me tell you, they are fantastic. The books are “Radiance” and “Eidolon”. They’re a fantasy romance and are more heavy on the romance aspect. The humor in these books is also a major plus. Part of what sold me was reading the chapter sample on Amazon.

Basically this book is a mixed marriage between different species. What makes it funny is the fact that the newly hitched couple finds each other totally disgusting and ugly. It’s great. And funny. And a well told love story. Totally recommend “Radiance” and its sequel (and can’t wait for the third one). I do have to mention there are some *ahem* scenes in them. So if you don’t want to read graphic sex scenes, either avoid this series or be prepared to skip a few pages.

My Book Boyfriend is Back (well, one of them is)

Written By: Jess - Mar• 17•16

Let’s start out with some fun stuff . . .

What I’m Reading:

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By: Patricia Briggs (I will read anything this woman writes. Her, and Ilona Andrews.)

I got sidetracked last week from reading this. Lesson learned, don’t try to read books on your Kindle only when you rock your baby to sleep. It doesn’t work that way. You get hooked and then get sidelined from reading the novel you pre-ordered months ago. All the same, at least the book I read last week was worth it. Soooo good. (It was “Radiance” by Grace Draven, for those who want to know.)

Now I’m gleefully tearing through “Fire Touched.” Only on chapter 2, but amazingly funny, like always, and totally hooked. Gotta love Mercy, Adam, and crew.  I’ll have it finished by Sunday night for sure. Kind of sad that it takes me that long now to finish a book (pre-baby it was more like 2 days when I ‘frenzied’).  Oh well. I guess that means I just get to adore it longer. And spend more time with one of my book-boyfriends. I missed you, Adam.

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What I’m Writing:

Edits on my short story are slow but steady. Love the changes that are happening, especially when my word count on it is slowly going down. I want that puppy below 10k. I’m so grateful for my group helping me with it.

The novel is chugging along nicely too. I’m either at 50% or a little over that. I’m hoping to see if I can keep the sucker below 100K. I have my doubts, but I’m going to try my hardest. If I manage to keep it at 90-95K (or honestly, anything under 100k, even if it’s 98K) will make me thrilled. I’ll celebrate. I swear I will if I manage to keep my goal and not go over.

Anyway, I’m enjoying writing the new shiny. If I keep my pace up, I should be done come end of April or beginning of May.

Other Randoms:

Working out is my new hobby, and I think I’m a little crazier for it. I’ve been running like a hamster on a wheel at the gym for over 13 weeks now, and I will soon begin either “T25″ or “Cize”.  Jack won’t let me buy another Beach Body dvd set. Their constant “buy ME” adds are annoying as all get out, but they’re effective, I’ll give their marketing department that.

I see your challenge that everyone can dance, Shaun T, and I accept. I really can’t dance, but this should be fun.

The Kissing Stuff + An Ugly Truth

Written By: Jess - Jan• 30•16
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I’ve come to accept a hard fact. I don’t know Romance, and I need to learn how to write it. I say this because in my new shiny I have a subplot that’s a romance, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to do it properly. Turns out I need to do some serious research (i.e. read articles and buy more how-to books).

I have one book on the way, another book “Intimate Behaviour: A Zoologist’s Classic Study of Human Intimacy” just arrived on my doorstep, and I’m flipping through some of my favorite fiction with decent b-plot love stories. Hopefully I won’t write something awful.

1st Book News (The Ugly Truth bit):

So remember that novel I was editing? I still am. But I realized something this week that makes me want to scream. I have a chapter in the novel I hate. I haven’t been able to pinpoint why until recently, but I despise this one chapter in particular. What I realized was I need to tear it out and write something new. I was able to think of an alternative to what I’d done. Yep. I got all the way to the last stage and FINALLY thought of a way to fix my book so I can like it infinitely better. *sigh* At least it’s only one chapter. Still, I really don’t want to do it. I just want to be finished with that book already.

 

What I’m reading:

Still reading the monster book. Hoping to finish it this weekend.

“Libriomancer” by Jim C. Hines

“Honor’s Knight” by Rachel Bach

Up next:

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I’m going to read “The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery” by Marjorie Spiegel. It’s about 115 pages and should be a very quick (if difficult) read. But I’m expecting it to be extremely helpful with my werewolf book.

My friends recommended I read “Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Theif” by Dorthy Gilman. That might be the next fun read. It’s tempting me considerably.

 

Word Count on the WIP: 18,930