Saturday Music: This is Halloween

Because it’s appropriate to the day, and someday I’m going to figure out a story that this will fit. Maybe one of my fairy tale retellings.

NaNo plot is mostly figured out, so I’m looking forward to writing it and getting all the kinks out. Wish me luck!

And Happy Halloween and safe trick or treating to all who go out tonight!

Decided to include the original as well 🙂

Saturday Music: It’s My Life

Got another rejection on my flash piece today. Much sadness. But applied to another market and moving on 🙂

Today brings us to a week before NaNo. Working on my outline for a new WIP, tentatively titled Fiends and Outcasts, the first book of my Arcanist series. Epic fantasy, set in a spin off setting from Pathfinder/D&D that my husband and I created. One of the goals of editing will be to make it as separate from that particular root as possible.

But while working on my outline, I also start working on my playlists. Today’s offering is one that I’m considering for the MMC, a young man who’s part-demon (going to need a different in-story term for this…) and is kind of like “screw society” since that very birth variant condemns him to the edge of society.

I think this fits him pretty well 🙂

Book Review: Killing Pretty

My next post’ll be about writing stuff. But right now, I have a stack of books I have to finish before November, otherwise I won’t be able to read them until December, and they’re library books.

So I’m reading.

indexA note about today’s selection. It’s the seventh book of a favorite series of mine. I will try to limit spoilers about the previous books, but I can’t avoid them entirely. Fair warning.

So as a quick, completely spoiler free, recommendation: love the series, particularly the first six books, so you should check them out, but this one feels like a letdown after the previous book. I’d wait to read it after the next book releases, assuming there is a next book.

Book’s blurb follows the break.

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The relationship between author and fandom

One of the feeds I follow on my personal Facebook page shared this link today. Brief summary: Kim Harrison, author of The Hollows series, is discussing the fact that her latest book isn’t doing well. And by not well, I mean that she’s apparently looking at the end of her career.

Which is a shame. I’m very familiar with her name, and while I don’t actually like The Hollows, she’s a name I’ve consistently seen in prominent places around the bookstores I frequent on my quest to get the Urban Fantasy I prefer.

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Book Review: Uprooted

Almost done with the chapter rewrite! *happy dance* Guess I need to celebrate by sharing another book I’ve read recently!

us-uprooted1“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

Nearly finished with Chapter One of the rewrite of my WIP, Villainous Heart. Then need to do the outline for my NaNoWriMo project before working on Chapter Two’s rewrite. So that’s where I am on all of that.

In the midst of all that, I’ve been going back to more reading alongside some of my favorite video games. And my favorite author just released a new book!

io9Cover-199x300Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

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Saturday Music: Every Morning

Been busy with life and job stuff. Didn’t mean to be gone so long! But I’ve got a pile of books to review, starting with Aeronaut’s Windlass (short summary: go read it!), which I’ll get to over the next few weeks as I read them. NaNoWriMo is coming up as well, so I’ll be doing shorter blogs to track what I’m doing there.

But today’s music is a personal favorite. Not just for sound, but I think it kind of summarizes how the MMC sees the FMC in my current WIP, and how she kind of is.