Plotting for Multiple Character Arcs | #AmWriting

writinghead710In my last #amwriting post (I Am A Weary World-Builder), I had just finished plotting the entire novel from MC’s perspective. But I’ve quickly realized that there are three other characters with separate agendas whose actions during the same novel span will be important to know just as thoroughly so that when they appear at pivotal plot points they’re actions don’t just seem to come out of nowhere.

These characters include my MC’s mysterious frenemy with whom she makes a deal, a female mentor whose motivations are ambiguous, and her grandfather who she learns is a part of a conspiracy she didn’t know existed.

I was quite intimidated about how to go about doing this plotting. I had plotted the MC’s story in 27 notecards that comprised the manuscript in the Scrivener doc where I’d decided to keep everything, so I didn’t immediately know how to integrate the other plot lines into it. Inspiration hit as I realized I could make a table in Word with 27 rows for each chapter and four columns to designate each of the different characters’ journeys. Looking at my MC’s storyline, I could mark where the side characters appear in her story and then fill in the blanks in their individual storylines!

New Developments

From this new plotting I’ve been working on, I’ve learned a few new things about the world. I’ve also been inspired by my recent reading for my German Literature & Ideas class in which I’ve read All Quiet on the Western Front and some historical accounts that explain Germany’s behavior during WWI. Note: My novel is not historical fiction, but I’m taking inspiration from the societal tensions of real European history around WWI & WWII for the world conflict my alternative-universe-steampunk fantasy.

I’ve also made some potentially final decisions about the novel’s form! I’ve long imagined having each chapter start with a poem or fictional excerpt of a folk tale or historical commentary on the events of the story as if the story (or the novel) is itself narrative account of history in the world. Kind of like what Erika Johansen does in The Queen of the Tearling. But I’ve also struggled with what perspective to write in.

I want this book and series to be really engaging and for readers to put themselves in the place of the protagonist (which is generally done by writing in the 1st person POV), but I also want to be able to give as full a picture of the story as possible by showing what other characters are also up to. I know I don’t want to write from the 1st person for multiple characters, so the only option I appear to have is to write from the 3rd person limited POV of multiple characters. Limited so that I can dive into their thoughts and readers are able to have that closeness of understanding the characters.

After making this decision I realized that I might want to add the villain’s perspective, which is a bit of a terrifying prospect as I’ve not read any fantasy recently that closely depicts the villain’s activity. I think it’s unpopular because it can take away some of the surprise in sneak attacks on the MCs.

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I think I do not think I will directly dive into the head of the villain though, I think I will narrate about them through the eyes of a subordinate, because if I am thinking about my book as a piece of fantastical historical fiction, then the villain probably would not have a say in the way they are portrayed in history. (“History is written by the victors.”)

End Note

I am still working on the plot lines of characters I mention at the beginning of this post, but I’ve not decided on all the characters from whose POVs I will be writing. I like the idea of actually integrating some of the action in the plot lines of the side characters into the novel as a whole, but perhaps not directly through their eyes. So that’s something I’ll probably decide and shift as I write.

I’m also beginning to think I may not be writing the first draft of this novel directly into the Scrivener document, but using it more after the fact to organize the story as I’m editing and adding more details. Does anyone else feel a need to do this? I just feel like there’s something inflexible about the way sections of text in Scrivener are separated that make it harder to write freely.

Next week I will be posting my October writing plans in the form of a Pre-NaNoWriMo Goals checklist inspired by Ely’s “Pre-NaNoWriMo Goals | 2016 Edition“! I feel like I’m really close to being able to write and can’t wait to have no excuses to start. I can’t believe it’s almost October! I’m sure I’ll encounter new problems and roadblocks as I write (which I’ll talk about in these blog posts obviously), but I feel like I’m ready for them!

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A Book Blogger’s Haul!

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Just to treat myself after an incredibly stressful week (see yesterday’s post), I went shopping today for some nonessentials for book blogging pictures that I’ve been wanting to get for a while, plus a few extra things that caught my eye. The places I went had some amazing deals today, so I thought I’d do a quick post sharing so that if anyone else wants to pay them a visit they can take the utmost advantage!

Below I’ve divided my haul’s contents into sections by store: Target and Hobby Lobby. I’ve also included the item prices and rationale for why I bought them. If you have any other tips for how I might make the best use of these things, please let me know in the comments below! Also let me know if you like this sort of post as I can do more in the future. Not too regularly though, as I’m not that frequent a shopper! ^_^

Target Haul

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Paper mouse pad monthly calendar | $1

I hadn’t realized these were for use as a mouse pad, but I just intend to keep it on my desk or stick them on the wall with push pins. I wanted a displayable calendar so that I could keep track of my reading, writing, and research goals and motivate myself with placing stickers on the days where I’ve been successful! (V.E. Schwab was the inspiration behind this idea.) I might also use a separate one each month for important test/assignment due dates.

Starry copper-wired LED lights (10 ct.) | $3

I love buying fairy lights! These I found in the cheap/seasonal section at the Target entry. I’ve seen some bookstagrammers use them in their photos so I thought they might be a nice little addition to some photos. They are battery-powered, so I’ll need to make sure I have the right batteries.

Adhesive fall leaf shapes  (20 ct.) | $3

These were another random purchase! Fall is my favorite season, so I can see myself decorating my desk area or corkboard with these or using them as #bookstagram photo fillers in the next few months. I’m sure they’ll be fun to play with.

Halloween-themed 3D stickers (86 ct.) | $2.99

On the hunt for star stickers at Target for my calendar, I ran across these bad boys in the stationary isles. They were an impulse buy, but I’m sure I’ll find more ways to use them. I had a bad habit of collecting stickers as a kid, saving them because I want to use them on something extra special. So I’m going to try and not be so precious about these stickers! Life’s too short.

Hobby Lobby Haul

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Gypsophila paniculata (aka “baby’s breath”) | Reg. price $11.99 (On sale: 50% off!)

Some of my favorite bookstagrammers use baby’s breath in their photos and I’ve long wanted to get my hands on some! It was the main reason I went to Hobby Lobby today. As they were on sale, I got the natural looking beige/off-white bouquet and the ones dyed in this vibrant blue color that reminds me of when I dyed my hair in February!

Star stickers (226 ct.) | Reg. price $1.99 (On sale: 50% off!)

I’d wanted to buy some more star stickers for my external motivation. I bought some at Target (160 ct. for $2.49), but I knew Hobby Lobby would have a much better selection. To my surprise, the huge collection of stickers by The Paper Studio were 50% off today as well! I was tempted to splurge, but I told myself to wait and maybe return later if I could think of practical uses for more. So I just bought two packets of 226 stickers each. I think it’s safe to say I’m well set on star stickers for a while.

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The Struggle is Real | Life & Mind

I had hoped to be moved into my apartment by this time this week and had packed up my car full of stuff before leaving from Houston this past weekend. But I only found out yesterday (Wednesday) that I won’t be able to move in until next Wednesday. Also, they’d given me my last housing preference, even though I’d responded quickly enough to receive my first place preference (okay, this I can only presume). So I’ll be sharing an apartment with a stranger. That is if I’m not in trouble for not paying my prepayment yesterday because they don’t accept debit/credit cards.

Yesterday was just the absolute worst.

Housing dilemmas aside, I’ve also been struggling in my Social Science Perspective of Emerging Media and Communications class. I spent all afternoon yesterday (~6 hours) doing my homework only to discover the article I chose were not social research articles, but humanities ones. So much time was wasted, not necessarily for nothing but almost. It especially sucked because I liked those articles. So now I need to find articles that will actually work for my research questions.

The worst thing about all of these stressful things is I feel like I am slipping into a reading slump and I don’t feel like I have the quality time I need to work on my writing. That’s in part why I’m even writing this blog post, because this blog is primarily about reading and writing and I want to let you all know that I’m struggling right now.

I might be skipping my film studies class this afternoon so that I can go off campus to get a money order for my apartment’s prepayment (which was due yesterday). I might have time to go to class after running that errand, but finding parking can be a nightmare in the afternoon and be just as bad getting off campus at 7 p.m. when my class ends. Since I’ll be driving back to Houston for the weekend, I think it’d just be for the best to avoid the extra stress right now. Besides, I don’t think I’ll be missing anything major.

What I’m Reading

I’ve not been in the mood to read mystery because parts of my life feel like a mystery right now, so I just picked up Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo from the library. I’m about 40 pages in, and it’s nothing groundbreaking yet, but I choose it because I feel like I need something very light to read over the weekend. I’m also about 20 pages into And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, which I started before this week before my life started to feel like a mess. I think I might be able to finish it this weekend. I just need a few hours to set aside to get back into it. I may need to start over completely though because I may need to be reintroduced to the characters.

What I’m Writing

I figure if I’m doing a brief reading update, I’ll do a writing one as well. Last week I plotted my MC’s story from beginning to end using the Three-Act Structure. But I realized I have three other characters with their own agendas who I need to also plot, as their stories intersect at major plot points with my MC’s. So that will be top priority as soon as I find the time. I’ve also decided I want to start properly writing by or on October 1st, so I have exactly 15 days to finish up anything else I’ve had in my pre-writing phase.

After finishing Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas this week, I finally watched an interview between SJM and emmmabooks, a BookTuber I’m subscribed to. You do not need to have read the ACOTAR series, or even Empire of Storms. This interview is remarkably spoiler-free and deals a lot with the writing process of this successful YA fantasy author. As my friend Sara was really inspired by it too, I thought I’d share it here in case any of you are interested. (Beware: The audio is pretty bad and there’s an annoying crying kid in the background, but the video has subtitles/closed captions.)

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 End Note

Even though I’ll be at my parents’ house, I’m really going to try and be hermit this weekend so I can recharge and try to regain control over my life and studies. This is my game plan:

  1. I’m going to try to get my homework for EMAC 6375 out of the way early. All I need to do is revise my RQs and write some definitions for the operationalized variables in our whole class content analysis project. I also want to try and find articles that are truly social research articles, just to make my life easier later this semester.
  2. I’m going to prioritize my German Lit. & Ideas readings. It’s been two weeks since I’ve been to class because of Labor Day, so I’ve gotten used to not having this class to worry about. So I need to get back in the swing of reading for this class. I need to finish Man of Straw eventually (although maybe not this weekend…), but I also have readings specifically for class next Monday that I want to be done with early so I’ll probably start them tomorrow (Friday).
  3. I’m going to swear off YouTube and other forms of audiovisual media. I really want to be able to read and write this weekend, also work on some blog post ideas and other creative projects. YouTube can turn into a major time-suck, so I’ll probably only allow myself to watch the uploads of the two daily vlog channels I’m subscribed to, but only after I’ve already been productive.
  4. I’m going to work out everyday this weekend. I’m not going to lie, I’m really pissed right now just in general. I like to think I’ve been able to hide it pretty well IRL and in this blog post. But I know I need to blow off some steam soon for my mental sanity, so I’m going to make sure to get in some cardio this weekend. I’d like to start working out everyday once I move into my apartment, but even next week I think I’ll try to push myself to go to the gym in the afternoon. I just need to get organized about it.

Are you currently annoyed with something going on it you’re life right now? Feel free to vent in the comments! ^_^ I’d totally love to hear about the things going wrong in other people’s lives right now!

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All the Things | Sunday Snapshot

I haven’t done a Sunday Snapshot in ages and I had planned to do one this weekend as I felt like there’s so much going on right now, I really wanted to do a post talking about it all. Then I spent all weekend reading Empire of Storms (★★★★★) and I just didn’t have enough time to make this the post I wanted it to be. But I’m going to try and do it anyway before I go to sleep, as I don’t think I’ll be able to blog at all this week.

ss911First, of all, I do want to apologize to anyone who might have seen an incomplete version of a post I want to do about how I’ve managed to balance all my commitments (school, blogging, writing, etc.) It was supposed to go up this weekend, but I haven’t had time to finish it because of the reading I mentioned above! Empire of Storms really couldn’t have come out a worse week! I’m sure to suffer tomorrow night in German Lit. as I was supposed to read Man of Straw by Heinrich Mann in it’s entirety, but now I’m just hoping I can reach the halfway point and can find something like Sparknotes on it. (I do plan to read it thoroughly eventually however, as my presentation for this class will be on Mann and his brother, Thomas.)

This weekend I was at my parents’ home dog-sitting. My dad turned 50 this weekend and they had celebrated by going to Louisiana to the casinos. I was happy to do that for them, as I didn’t have much else in mind for a present and I miss the dogs so much while I’m at college. Enjoy a picture of my Jack Russell mutt called Ty (to the left).

Tomorrow I drive back to Dallas with a car filled with kitchen things, a vacuum, and some trashcans as I believe I will be finally able to move into an on-campus apartment tomorrow! I received an email on Friday presenting me with some options and I responded quickly with my top three preferences. As I responded so quickly, I’m fairly hopeful I’ll be given my first choice. I await confirmation, though. So I’ll probably call tomorrow morning before I leave to try to make sure. Moving in will be a week-long process, and I’ll not get my furniture before next weekend when my parents are able to drive it all up.

These past three weeks have not been the easiest, but I’m really pleased at how I’m managed and I’m happy that I’ll soon have some stability as I complete my final two semesters at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). I’m certain I want to graduate this spring, and it’s all beginning to feel quite sudden as I’ve finally begun looking into my options for a doctoral program and I’ve found one that looks like a perfect fit for me and my interests at Boston University (BU). They have a PhD program in Emerging Media Studies that I think will expand upon what I’ve been learning at UTD. Best of all, it’s in a location that I’ve always wanted to end up.

This past Thursday I signed up for the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) which is a standardized test that many graduate schools require applicants take. I’ll take it at the end of October, so I plan to start preparing for it soon so that I can do really well on it. I also really want to direct more attention toward the research I’m most interested in and want to find my niche in. My CV could use a lot of beefing up at the moment, so I also want to find other things I can do, this semester especially, that can go onto it. The deadline for the application to BU is due on January 15, 2017, so I essentially just have this semester to prove myself worthy of acceptance.

End Note

This week I will be oh so busy with moving into my apartment and keeping up with classes that I doubt I will be read or write much, yet alone blog. I am truly annoyed at the timing as this week is the Mystery-A-Thon which I was so excited about. I do think I will be able to finish at least one book for it this week, which I had hoped to actually finish before this week: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post if you made it this far! Every one of my blog readers mean the world to me. I’m really excited to share more about my writing soon (as I did have some more developments this past week). I’m also excited to experiment with new ways of book blogging, as I’ve always wanted to do on this blog. Overall, I’m really excited about everything right now and I’m sorry I’ll be a little absent this week. To keep up with me while I’m too busy to blog, make sure to follow me on social media (links down below). See you soon! ^_^

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I Am a Weary World-Builder | #AmWriting

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As I mentioned in last week’s post (Before I Start Writing | #AmWriting), the most work I need to do at this point is world-building. I know that most people have no problem doing this and, in fact, find this the most exciting part of pre-writing. I personally struggle a bit with this, I think because as I imagine stories I do so within a blend of worlds that I’ve experienced in other people’s works. Does anyone else do this?

As I really want for the world to be able to inform the writing as I work on my first draft, I’m prioritizing world-building at the moment. The first thing I did was open a new Scrivener project so that everything could be in one place, so I’ll start there.

Scrivener Binder

At the very top of the binder is my Seven-Point Plot Structure summary that kicked off this new writing project. Right below that is a page with my Series Trajectory. I really want Hollow Combs to be the first in a six-book series, so I have a general idea of what will happen to my protagonist in subsequent books. I find it handy because it reminds me of the direction I ultimately want for certain characters’ futures as I’m writing so I remember what can and can’t (or shouldn’t) happen.

Then I have my Manuscript which is divided into three folders for the three acts of my story (which I’m using as a loose framework right now). My aim is that I’ll be able to plot the story a bit more than I have already before I finally start writing, so I’ll have nine chapters within each folder and 27 total. I think in the final draft I’ll actually have more than that though.

Magic System

The thing I most needed to work on was the magic system for my story. I knew I wanted magic to be commonplace and to have a growing societal tension around its use, but I didn’t know much more than that. I don’t really want to go into all the details of it, but I will say that there are differing school of thought on magical practice within the world. And anyone can do magic, but some are better predisposed to become great at it. But I don’t see this magical necessarily existing within people, but being more science-like.

My protagonist is special in that her relationship with magic is different. She is not exactly more powerful than others, but she can do things that others can’t because of a secret that will be discovered possibly later in the series. The antogonist becomes who she is because she abuses and corrupts the natural order of magic.

 End Note

For next time, I’m hoping to get more into the finer details of how magic training works and how my protagonist will learn it in this book. Then I think more about who my side characters will be in this story because my protagonist will need to interact with others and make allies. I also want to think about how I can responsibly depict diversity in this novel. It’s been a big topic of discussion on social media recently and I want to do my part, even if my story is in a more traditional fantasy vein.

Even though I’m 100% hispanic, I think I’ve always pictured all my characters as white. I don’t know what to think about it. Maybe it’s because of the white-washed culture and history I’ve grown up and feel most comfortable within as I’m fairly light-skinned. So I want to see if there’s anything I can do that promotes a different cultural influence in the landscape, and perhaps in the magic as well, without it feeling like tokenism or appropriation.

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September ’16 TBR

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It turns out that I have enough books on my September TBR to warrant a full post talking about them! Two of my most anticipated releases come out in September, but I also have books I’ll need to read for class and books which correspond with a read-a-thon I’ll be participating in this month. Below are some of the books I want/need to finish this month, in roughly the order I think I will be getting to them.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I started reading this book at the end of August after Bout of Books 17.0, but it was very hard to find time to read it during the school week and I’ve just been dragging my feet over it now. I’m actually hoping to finish this quite soon so that I can move onto other things. (Update: I finished it the day before this post went up.)

Film: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Wood. This is a a very short book that I had to read most of already for my Introduction to Film Studies class last month. There are a few more readings I’ll need to read for future class meetings, but I figure I can just finish this book up easily and chalk it off as another book read!

Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks. This is the textbook I was asked to buy by my advisor for my TA studies. I think it will be different from much of the pedagogy I got while I was an English Education major during my undergraduate career.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. This is the latest installment of Maas’ Throne of Glass series and the first time that I’m eagerly awaiting a new debut. I did not absolutely love Queen of the Shadows (#4), which is why I’m not dedicating time to a thorough rereading of it, but I am committed to sticking with this series through the end and can’t wait to see what will happen next!

Man of Straw by Heinrich Mann. This is the first full length book I need to read for my German Lit & Ideas class for next week. I also will have to do a presentation on this author and his brother (the more famous Thomas Mann), so I’ll need to do a fairly close reading of this book.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I might not actually have time to get to this book until Mystery-A-Thon, which will work out fine! But I had been hoping to read it before the read-a-thon, just because I know it will be a fast read and I’m loving those right now. ^_^

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. I think this will be the first book I start for Mystery-A-Thon next week, as I’m at least familiar with the author and am fairly sure I won’t DNF it. I’m just hoping that even though it’s a long book that it won’t take too long to finish.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This might be the only book on this list that I’m not feeling like I’ll finish if it doesn’t immediately grip me. It’s another long one and, the more I think about it, I’m not sure I’ll mange to read one contemporary mystery after another, specifically given the size of these books. So this book I might just put a hold on.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. This is the second book I will need to read for my German Lit. & Ideas class this month. I’m actually a little embarrassed to have not read this book already. I think I had a chance my sophomore year of high school in AP World History, as just didn’t feel like it. To be fair, I wasn’t interested to read any books about war in high school.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Even though I’ve already read this book this year, I am so excited to read it again to prepare for Crooked Kingdom‘s debut! I would have reread this book earlier already if I had less restraint. I loved this book and cannot wait to jump into this world again. I especially can’t wait to get my hands on Crooked Kingdom, which I’m thinking will arrive early October. T.T

End Note

September sure will be a busy month, but I’m excited to get through all of these books. I am worried I won’t be reading much that will inspire my own writing, but as always this list is not set in stone. If one of the elective readings I’ve selected is just not working for me, I’ll not waste time trying to trudge through it. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought!

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August ’16 Notes

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Welcome back to another in my monthly Notes series. As I have a lot of new followers this month, I thought I’d explain that you can essentially think of this as a monthly wrap up. I tend to hit on more than just the reading highlights, so I call it my Notes. I realize I forgot (or didn’t finish) my June or July ’16 Notes…whoops! If you want to read my last one, it was my May Notes. Anywho, August was an eventful month! I went back to Dallas for my second year of graduate school and I dyed the remainder of the blue out of my hair. Despite how busy I’ve become, I also managed to read a great deal this month.

What I Read

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My goal, as stated in my August ’16 TBR, was to read ten books, but I only managed to finish seven books in the end for a few reasons. I struggled at the beginning of the month because I was reading some books I just did not enjoy all that much. But I am pleased to say with the help of the Bout of Books 17.0 Read-A-Thon, and in general just not having access to WiFi at my Airbnb place this month, I’ve managed to do some good reading in the end!

The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud. This was the first book I decided to tick off my August TBR, and in hindsight I kind of regret starting here. It took forever for me to finish. I just could not get into enough to power through as I normally do with a book I’m thoroughly enjoying.

Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud. After struggling through The Golem’s Eye, I felt determined to finish this series once and for all. Once again, I found myself struggling with this book. It was slightly better than The Golem’s Eye, just because it tied up a lot of loose ends that had been dangling since the first book. I was unsatisfied with the character development and the quite put off by the ending. It just felt lazy to me with specific regards to Kitty’s character and the state of the world. I think I might have enjoyed these books much more if I had read them in middle school as I did The Amulet of Samarkand. If I had not had the emotional attachment to the first book, I would have put such effort into finishing this series.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. By the time I had returned to Dallas, I knew I needed to kick my reading into high gear to make up for the first half of the month. I remembered fondly reading Murder on the Orient Express last year and how quickly I was able to do it. So I picked up this book and And Then There Were None knowing they’d help me catch up on my Goodreads Challenge again. Roger Ackroyd was indeed an entertaining read, making me once again marvel at the genius of Ms. Christie.

How to Do Media and Cultural Studies by Jane Stokes. I’ve been reading this small tome all summer and realized I could very easily just finish it if I made my mind up to do so, so that’s what I did immediately after completing The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I have found this book valuable in numerous ways, but it isn’t all that applicable to the Capstone project I had in mind.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. I wasn’t willing to buy this anthology, but I was very happy find it stocked in my school library. I started it the Sunday before Bout of Books just because I couldn’t wait and who was to say I couldn’t?! It turned out to be nothing more or less than I expected. It was a nice revisiting of characters I loved from the Lunar Chronicles, but didn’t introduce any new insight to those books.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. This book was one of my most anticipated Bout of Books reads in my TBR after reading the first book in this series in April. It was no where near as amazing as the first book was for me (especially in terms of plot and conflict), especially as it felt unnecessary and removed from the first book focusing much more on Shahrzad’s family (which I didn’t want).

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Salt to the Sea feels like my most random read of August mostly because I’d not felt any great urgency to pick it up. The appeal was based on two things: Ely’s glowing review earlier this year and its shortness (a great trait for a read-a-thon pick). It might be my surprise favorite of the month, however, as it is still on my mind. It was also a great book to read as I’ve been learning about history of Germany in my German Lit. & Ideas class and this book gave me some context of the racial/ethnic tensions.

What I Watched

At the beginning of August I managed to binge-watch two Netflix original series: Stranger Things (2016) and Jessica Jones (2015). I loved them both and was sad to run out of episodes of each. I can’t help but feel like Stranger Things, while awesome, has been slightly overhyped at this point as I did have some criticism of certain story choices (like how unnecessary a character was my Mike’s little sister?). I am excited to see what will happen with Eleven and Hopper. Luckily Jessica Jones should be back sooner for me with a new season this fall, right? I know there are some loose ends with Simpson and how Jessica got her powers that will need to be explored!

What I Wrote

I’ve not managed to write any words for a few months, but I did make some great strides in my story at the end of August! I feel like I have a better idea of the overall plot structure of this novel and also the world conflict. Even the magic system I have a loose idea of where I want to go with it. So now I’m thinking I might start writing either in October or November for NaNoWriMo. I’m shooting more for October, though. I really want to be able to finish this draft by the end of the year and like the quality of my words.

End Note

August ended up becoming a pretty successful month with some great reading, watching, and writing. I’m sure September will also bring some great productivity and inspiration. I will be post my September ’16 TBR tomorrow night, as there are quite a few books I know I need/want to read this September. I also am tentatively planning two other posts for this week! We’ll see if they materialize. I currently have about two days left here in Conroe before I need to return to Dallas, then I’ll only be there for two nights before returning back to Conroe to house-sit. So time will be of the essence until next weekend!

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Mystery-A-Thon Announcement + TBR

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I love me a good mystery right now and I’m so excited to announce this new read-a-thon hosted my good pal Ely @ Tea & Titles (see her announcement + TBR). It’ll be running from September 12–19th this month, and the aim is to read books of the mystery genre, specifically those my Agatha Christie if you’re able to get your hands on any. They are very quick, fun reads that are classics that everyone should experience at least once.

I’ve so far read three books by Agatha Christie, the first two being Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, in that order. So I can strongly recommend either of these to new Christie readers. They both star the famous detective genius of Hercule Poirot who is a lot of fun to follow as he gathers clues to solve these murder mysteries. There’s also what is probably Christie’s most famous work: And Then There Were None, which I personally might read right before this read-a-thon!

Since my library is limited on Agatha Christie novels and I don’t expect to be able to finish more than two books this read-a-thon, I’ve decided to pick up just two books, both contemporary mystery novels which have come out over the last few years. They’re both also humongous, so I’ll be really happy if I manage to finish only one!

TBR

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. I’ve long been waiting for a good reason to give J.K. Rowling’s adult literature a chance, and this read-a-thon provides a great excuse. I think it will be interesting because this mystery is centered in a world of the wealthy and famous, so it will be unlike anything I’ve ever read.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This is a book has been under my radar for a little over a year now, and I’m finally able to pick it up. After reading the book blurb on the inside cover, I think this book will also have links to the entertainment industry through a mysterious director character. So once again, this book should open my mind’s eye to a different world existing in ours that I rarely think about.

End Note

In the comments, let me know if you’re participating in this read-a-thon. Also let me know if you have any really good contemporary mystery recommendations, as I’d like to explore more in the genre that is set in this day and age. I’m really excited about the books on my TBR, so if you want to read along with me, I’ll probably be doing daily blog updates again (just because I had so much fun with it during Bout of Books 17.0).

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