WIP UPDATE #7 February goals

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic February so far. Today I thought I would give you all a WIP update and share a little bit about my goals for the month.

First off, if this is your first time here let me tell you a little about my WIP. I started writing this book (code name: project scorpion) in March of last year, I finished it in September and have been revising it ever since. Its a YA pirate themed thriller. I’m currently in the middle of revising the third draft.

If you saw my last update than you know that I am entering Author Mentor Match at the beginning of March so I have a lot to get done with this book before than. Without further a due, here are some of my writing goals for February 2019.

1: Write a synopsis. Now this isn’t the kind of synopsis you read on the back of a book at the book store. In this type of synopsis you have to write out every single thing that happens in your story, including character development, spoilers, and the ending. I’m still trying to figure out how to do this so wish me luck.

2: Start and finish fourth draft. I’m currently in the middle of the third draft, which I plan to finish of the 13th. Which means I will have the second half of February to work on the fourth draft, to finish in time I have to revise three chapters a day. Yeah I’m not really looking forward to that.

3: Write query letter. This might be the hardest thing on this list. If you don’t know what query letter is, its what you send to agents to try to convince them to work with you and represent your book. Part of author mentor match is that they want to help you find a agent, to do this they need to help you with your query letter which means you have to have a draft of a query letter.

All these things seem really overwhelming, and they are but I got this. I can do it. At least lets hope I can (haha). The third draft right now is going pretty well. It’s hard to find time to work on it. Something I’ve been focusing on is trying to do more showing instead of telling. Thats been the biggest problem people who have read this book have had with it so its really something I need to work on.

Well that’s all I’m going to talk about for this post, mostly so I can get back to working on my book. I hope you all are having a great week and getting tons of work done.

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Series I haven’t finished yet

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful week! Today I thought I would do another bookish themed post and tell you about all the book series I haven’t finished. Now I’m pretty good at finishing series but if I’m just not interested enough in a series than I usually won’t move on. I do have plans to finish a few of the series on this list but others I’m perfectly content with not finishing.

1: The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I read the first two books in this series and honestly didn’t like them very much so I decided not to continue with the rest of the series. But after listening to a interview with Victoria I do want to give these books another try so I’ll be re- reading Red Queen later this year to see if I like it.

2: The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I read the first book in this trilogy, These broken stars, back in 2015. I actually really liked this book and gave it a four star rating. I read some negative reviews about the rest of the books so I never finished the trilogy. Now my taste have changed so much that I feel like I wouldn’t like the story anymore. The covers are absolutely gorgeous though.

3: The Dorothy must die series by Danielle Paige. Now I actually own and really loved the first three books in this series but by the time the last book finally came out I forgot most of the story and just wasn’t interested any more. I am curious as to how this series ended but not curious enough to go back and read the whole series.

4: The Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs. Now this is one series that I actually do plan on finishing one day, hopefully sometime this year. So far I’ve only read the first book but I really enjoyed it. It has been awhile so I would have to go back to read the first book before I continue with the rest of the trilogy. The reason I haven’t done that yet is kind of silly. I’m waiting for a 24-hour-read-a-thon so I can try reading the whole trilogy in one day. I just think it would be a really fun thing to try. I know theres one coming up in April so hopefully I’ll be able to read these books then.

5: The Matteo Alacran douology by Nancy Farmer. I read the first book in this douology, The house of the scorpion, back in 2017 and for some reason I haven’t gotten around to reading the second book, The lord of Opium, yet. I’m definitely want to finish it this year!

6: The Shatter me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. I read the first book, Shatter me, way back in 2014. I actually really liked it but at the time the second book seemed so long so I kept putting it off, than I got spoiled so I just never kept going. It’s kind of sad cause tons of people love these books and I’m sure I would have too but its not really worth it since I’ve been spoiled so much.

7: The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I read the first two books, Clockwork Angel and Clockwork prince back in 2016. My excuse for not finishing this trilogy is, well, pretty pathetic. I got the first two books from my local library but they didn’t have the third book, so I just never read it. I know pretty pathetic. I don’t really remember what happens anymore so I’ll probably never go back to this series.

Well thats all the series I have to talk about today. Let me know if you’ve read any of these series and if its worth it to give them another try. Comment below any series that you haven’t finished! See you all next week!

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Poetry: Why I write it but don’t share it

I have been actively writing poetry for almost three years now. I’m not quite sure why I started writing it. I guess it was just my way of writing how I felt. My poems have turned from confusing teenage emotions to something that might actually resemble art.

For those of you who have been following me for awhile, you know that before I turned this blog into my author page, this was originally a poetry blog. Back then I was comfortable and actually enjoyed sharing my work. When I turned this blog into a author blog and made my author Instagram page I always had the goal to keep sharing poems on my instagram. Now I’ve had that Instagram for five months and still have not shared a single poem.

Why?

Because the thought of sharing my poetry terrifies me.

It’s the only art form that I’m actually scared of showing people. When I think about sending my novel to beta readers and agents it doesn’t scare me at all. It excites me. So why is poetry different? To understand this I have to explain why I write poetry.

I don’t write poems on sunny days when I see a pretty flower. I write poems at two in the morning when I can’t sleep, I write when there’s something in my head that I don’t know how to explain unless I slam a pen in my notebook, I write when I’m sad. Because of this my poems tend to be raw, a little dark and a little sad. If I were to give someone my poems it would be like I was handing them my beating heart.

Another reason is that my poems aren’t beautifully crafted pieces of literature, the don’t rhyme, they don’t have breathtaking visuals, Emily Dickinson is not shaking in her grave. I don’t put enough thought into them as I write them to turn them into masterpieces. Now I know what you’re thinking, Rebecca just go back and edit them. You’re probably right and maybe I should try that but my fear is that if I go back to edit a poem I wrote six months ago, my mindset will have changed so much that the poem will become something completely different from what it originally was. But maybe it won’t, I actually haven’t tried.

So how do I fix all these problems? I need to work on my craft more and get my poems to a place where I’m comfortable with sharing them without taking out any of the darkness. Because I wan’t to share my poems, I love my poems, there have been so many poems that have helped me over the years so if one of my poems can help someone than it is my duty to share it.

To end this rambling post, my point is that I wan’t to share my poems, it’s actually one of my writing goals for the new year. I can’t promise that tomorrow you’ll go on my instagram and you’ll find a poem but I can promise that I will work on it. I can strive to change and grow and maybe for right now that’s enough.

I know this post is a little bit all over the place but I hope you enjoyed it and helped you understand whats going on in my head. If you write poems and can relate to any of this, let me know! I will see you all next week when I talk about all the book series I haven’t finished. Have a great week!

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Starting the third draft |WIP UPDATE #6

Hello everyone! Today I thought I would give you guys the first WIP update of 2019! I feel like its been forever since I talked to you guys about my book (code name: project scorpion) and I’m excited to tell you all whats been going on.

First off, I took a unplanned break from writing during the holidays. My plan was to keep revising during the holidays without a break. I actually made a post about starting the third draft back in the middle December but I didn’t actually start the third draft until a little over a week ago (opps). I took about three weeks off just enjoying the holidays and spending time with friends and family. It wasn’t planned but it ended up being a good idea because I had been revising my novel none-stop since the end of October.

I’m still getting feedback from my wonderful beta readers, if all goes as planned my first beta reader will be done with my book in mid February which is absolutely insane!

As I said earlier I recently started the third draft of project scorpion, so far my goal has been to edit a chapter a day, I’ve been doing that for a week so far and it’s been going really well! In this draft I’m focusing more adding more details, showing instead of telling, and really just getting into the nitty gritty details of my manuscript. I’m pretty proud of the the edits and work on this draft that I’ve made so far.

Now lets talk about some of my goals for the next few months for this book. I recently decided to enter round six of author mentor match which is a contest for inspiring authors to work with published authors who help them with their manuscript. The deadline for this contest is march first which means I have less than two months to get my book as polished as possible, write a summary for my book, and write a query letter. So how am I going to do this? Well like I said earlier, my first beta reader will be done with my book by mid February so my goal is to also finish the third draft by that same time. As soon as I do that I will instantly start the fourth draft which I will than try to finish by the first of march. I know what you’re thinking, Rebecca that is insane. And yes it is insane but I think I can do it, I believe I can do it, I want to do it. In summary, i’m going to be very busy during the next month and a half.

I hope all of your writing project and goals are going well. I hope you all enjoyed this post! I’ll see you all next week!

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Reading and writing goals for 2019

Hello everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all are having a wonderful new year so far. Since it’s officially 2019 I thought I would share with you all my reading and writing goals for the year. 2019 is going to be a pretty crazy year for me, I’ll be graduating, moving out, and starting school in the fall, but I still have quite a few things I want to accomplish so lets get into it!

Reading goals:

1: Read 35 books. To be honest 2018 was a pretty bad reading year for me (I blame it on the fact that I spent most of the year writing a book). 35 books is still a small goal compared to my goals in the past but I think it’s what works for me best this year.

2: Read at least three books a month. As long as I read three books a month than I’ll be able make my goal of reading 35 books with no problem!

3: Read ten novels written by Indie Author’s. This year I’ve been introduced to the wonderful world of young indie author’s. I really want to support that community more by buying and reading indie books.

4: Read five Historical fiction novels. I love historical fiction but I never read enough of it. I want to change that this year.

Writing goals:

1: Send my novel to Literary agents. This is probably the most ambitious goal on my list. I want to get my manuscript to where its good enough to send to agents. My goal is to do this in June.

2: Become a plotter. I have been a hard core pantser my whole writing life. I think the next step to improving my writing style is to become a plotter, or at least try to. I want to make outlines and character profiles. I think this is the best thing to take my writing to the next level.

3: Outline the sequel to my novel. So my WIP can stand on its own but I do have a idea for a possible sequel. I want to work on this idea more and write a detailed outline before I send the first book to agents.

4: Win NaNoWriMo. In 2018 I wasn’t able to do NaNo for the first time in four years. I really missed it and I want to do it again this year and hopefully win!

5: Write poetry and share it. I love writing poetry and I don’t write it to share with people. I want it to help me better understand my own feelings. Because of this my poems aren’t the most crafted and best written. I want to improve my poetry style so that I can share it online with all of you.

Well thats all my reading and writing goals for 2019! Tell me all about your goals in the comments!

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2018: Year in Review

2018 has been a long year. For me, this year brought so many new opportunities and experiences. As it comes to a close I think back to everything that has happened this year and I thought I would share it all with you.

January: 2018 started in a pretty amazing way. I went on a hike with two of my best friends who were in town visiting for the holidays. It felt good bringing in the new year by doing something healthy and productive. On the way to the hike I got an email. An email that I took as a sign that 2018 was going to be a pretty good year. The email said that I had been accepted to be a writer for an online magazine that was then called SKGfun but is now called Oh Beloved One. My very first article made the feature! I’ve gotten some amazing feedback from my articles and I absolutely love writing them. We have bi-monthly issues so you should check it out!

March: March was a very busy month. My aunt turned sixty this year and to celebrate the whole family went out to Northern California to surprise her. My whole family was there, my grandparents, and most of my cousins. It was the closest thing we’ve had to a family reunion in years. It was nice to be able to spend time with everyone for the weekend. My family, which is me, my parents, and my eighth younger siblings, all stayed in a hotel for the first time EVER.

April: April meant I got a week off of school for spring break! To celebrate my friends and I went to the beach for the first time in the year. To be honest everyone thinks the beach is really great but if you live in California you know that the beach low-key sucks. It was still fun though. In April I also went to prom with group of my friends. It was one of the best nights I ever had. I loved my dress (it had pockets), the food was great, I had the best time with all my friends, and we danced till midnight.

May: In may my baby brother Josiah was born. His birthday is on the ninth which is also my grandparents anniversary. He has been such a special addition and we are so lucky to have him. He is now seven months old and smiles at everything. May also meant the end of the school year. I was so glad to be done with Junior year but scared to death about senior year.

June: June is the beginning of summer! Nothing too exciting happened this month, I was just happy to be on break from school. I did start the 100 for 100 challenge which is when you try to write a 100 words everyday for 100 days. I honestly wouldn’t have finished my book without that challenge.

July: July was probably the busiest month for me. It started with me going back up to Northern California to spend time with my cousin and the rest of my family. I spent a week up there and it was such a great time. I rode the train back home all by myself which at the time I though was pretty cool. Two days after I got home I went to summer camp with my church. It was so fun and I met some pretty cool people.

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August: In August I was excited to start my senior year but the week I started there was a devastating fire in my town. It burned for over two weeks. Ash covered the ground like snow. The air quality was so bad that my family and I had to evacuate for a day. It was a very scary situation but thankfully no one was killed and there was no structural damage. The fire lasted for weeks. It was two weeks before any of us saw blue sky. I’m so thankful for the fire department and that no one was hurt.

September: In September I once again went back to Northern California to tour the college I plan on attending next fall. It was so cool to see the school and talk to administration. My aunt and uncle live in that area so I was able to spend more time with them which is always nice. I also finished my book this month! It felt amazing to finally be done after six months of drafting.

October: In October I took my senior pictures! I’m so happy with how these pictures turned out. It’s so crazy to think that in just a few short months I will be graduating from high school.

November: November is my birthday month! I celebrated my 18th birthday my throwing a big party with all my friends. It was such a fun night. A few days later I was able to vote for the first time which felt very empowering and pretty cool. I also started my first job as a sales representative for Cutco. I absolutely love it.

Here we are now at the end of 2018. This year was full of adventure and new amazing opportunities. I’m so thankful for all the people that have made this year so great. I can’t wait for 2019, I have a pretty good feeling about it. Thank you all for reading this post and all the rest of my post from this year. I hope you all have a very happy new year!

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Most anticipated releases of 2019

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season and getting lots of work done before the end of the year. I decided I want to do some more book related content on her so I though I would share with you some of my most anticipated book releases of 2019. 2019 has so many cool books coming out and I can’t wait! I’m going to be sharing the list in order of release date. Without further a due, lets get into it!

1: Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill. This book comes out March 5th.

Description: Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family in 1941 is everything it “should be” until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants. Despite the scandal it would cause and that inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, Evalina and Taichi vow they will find a way to be together. But anti-Japanese feelings erupt across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are forced to give up their farm and move to an internment camp.

Degrading treatment make life at Manzanar Relocation Center difficult. Taichi’s only connection

to the outside world are treasured letters from Evalina. Feeling that the only action she can take

to help Taichi is to speak out on behalf of all Japanese Americans, Evalina becomes

increasingly vocal at school and at home. Meanwhile, inside Manzanar, fighting between

different Japanese-American factions arises. Taichi begins to doubt he will ever leave the camp

alive.

With tensions running high and their freedom on the line, Evalina and Taichi must hold true to

their values and believe in their love to make a way back to each other against unbelievable

odds

I love any story that takes place during world war 2 and this book sounds absolutely gorgeous. The cover is so beautiful. I can’t wait for this book to come out.

2: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. This book comes out April 2.

Description:

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the

crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of

an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate:

she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan,

magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her

family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal

with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her

father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and

vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

This sounds really unique and not like anything else I’ve read in a really long time. I love any kind of story about a Queen trying to save her kingdom.

3: The boy who steals houses by C. G. Drews. The is book comes out March 4th.

Description: Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every

relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking

into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family

returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each

teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up

in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

This book is written by one of my favorite book bloggers, Paper Fury. This book sounds heartbreaking and adorable. I’m very excited to see a YA book that has a character with autism.

4: Again, but better by Christine Riccio. This book comes out May 7th.

Description: Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy

parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and

romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change —

there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a

semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue

boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her

bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer

anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

I’ve been watching Christine’s book review videos for years and I’ve watched every video of her talking about writing this book. It’s really inspiring to see that this book is finally getting published after all the work she put into it. I can’t wait to see my own book being published one day.

5: Three Dark crown #4 by Kendare Blake. This book comes out September 3rd.

This book doesn’t have an official cover, title, or description but we do know that it is the last book in Three dark crowns series. I can’t wait to see how this story ends and what happens to these beloved characters.

6: Legend #4 by Marie Lu. This book comes out next fall.

This book also doesn’t have an official title, cover, or description but I am still extremely

excited for this book. I loved the legend trilogy and I couldn’t believe it when I head she was

writing a fourth book! This book picks up right after the epilogue of Champion.

Well thats all I have to talk about today. Let me know if you plan on reading any of these books next year and what your most anticipated release of 2019 is. I will see you all next week in my 2018 year in review post. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

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