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.

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