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From Sci-Fi to Epic Fantasy

Hello, everybody!

For nearly four years now, I’ve been seriously working on my own writing projects, including NaNoWriMo and several other novels. However, not until now have I come to the understanding that I am primarily a Young Adult Science Fiction writer and that I hardly write anything else.

That is, until I started writing an Epic Fantasy (or high fantasy, whichever you prefer) novel this spring. I didn’t really think about it, I just wanted to jump into it and complete my all-time wish to write a novel with a great huge story.

But as it turns out, Sci-Fi and Epic Fantasy are two very different genres to write. So what did I understand after writing the first few chapters?

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How To Pick an Agent (and Live Happily Ever After)

Another really awesome post from a fellow book/writing blogger, this time focusing on the writing side of literature. Definitely worth to check it out! 😉

A Writer's Path

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Warning: I can get over-excited with my blog posts and pull an Agatha Christie sort of “I will make you wait until the very end to see the take home message.” Here it is, up front:

Ask agents offering you representation for at least three client references. Contact them.

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17 Amazing Things About Reading in the Fall

A really awesome list of amazing things about reading at autumn, put together by a fellow book blogger. Definitely worth to check it out! 🙂

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Don’t look now, but fall is right around the corner.

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. You see, I believe summer is only good for two things: sweat and weeds. If it were up to me, summer would only last one week–long enough for my family to go on a beach vacation. After that, let’s get on with fall.

For me, fall is football, pumpkin patches, crisp mornings, and grilling out with a cold beer. It’s the absolute perfect time of year. And, oh yeah, in my opinion fall is the best time of year for reading.

So with that said, here are 17 amazing things about reading in the fall.

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Writing Novels

Hey, guys!

Like mentioned in my previous post, I am currently not reading any books which I will review so for the next few week or so, I will most likely be continuing my discussion type of posts. Last time, I wrote about already putting my NaNoWriMo survival kit together, but this time I won’t be talking about the upcoming November. This time, I’ll talk about today.

So, writing a whole novel is some pretty difficult work. It takes time, drains you out of inspiration in most cases and is definitely not a pretty thing like one can imagine while reading a book. It’s hard work and at most times a little bit too much to handle.

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Taking a Look at November

Hello, guys!

I’m currently not reading any books I will be reviewing, so instead I thought I would spend some time on just discussing something that is keeping me intrigued for the most of the year. And that is NaNoWriMo.

I know, it’s only August and there are months until I will have to write a novel of 50,000 pages or more, but I want to be as prepared as I can when the event finally comes around. Since I hardly outline anything, one thing I love doing is getting my survival kit ready.

I’ve recently come around to completing the list of my survival kit, now I will have to focus on actually collecting and gathering all of the things I’ve listed there. Along with the list, I will explain why I need some things and so on.

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About Reading Activity

Hello, everybody!

I am not sure if I am the only reader who acts like that, but I do think it’s weird and not too common, perhaps? What I mean in particularly is the fact that my reading schedule is extremely shattered and spread around. It’s like a rollercoaster which stays at low for a while and then burst up into extreme heights … just to fall again very soon.

It’s strange to feel that way — sometimes I feel like I should read a book, but I’m either too lazy, too busy or just don’t feel like reading at all. Just spending my time in the internet and doing useless things seems so much easier at such times. And when I get back to my Goodreads, I notice how behind I am at my reading challenge.

Reading is fun and I love doing that, but everybody has such moments when they feel like they don’t want to read a thing. Well, these moments last for more than weeks in my case. And the times when I’m extremely inspired to read? These typically last for a few days or so — until I finish the book I have been reading.

Now, a huge inspiring thing which makes me want to read is shopping for books. I love buying new ones, even if I am not able to read them that much. I’m a hoarder and must have all the books I can. Borrowing books from the library feels like cheating to me. Because when I read, I want to have the feeling like the book is mine and nobody else can have it — I have no limitations, I can read it whenever I want to with no worries about returning it or anything. I like the convenience of having a book I’ve bought for myself.

So, lately I managed to get to book shop in a while and spend just a little bit of money. I bought two books I knew I would love: Paper Towns by John Green and Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. The former was read in one evening + one morning, the latter has to wait until Christmas. And along with these two, I bought a book I was kind of unsure if I would like. And that was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Buying new books makes me so excited and interested in reading again. Right after buying Paper Towns, I felt like I had to start reading it. Right away. And I did. It was a nice read. A few days went by and then I started reading the third book I bought. Now I’ve been reading it for a few days and can’t just put it down. Such reading makes me forget my real life responsibilities. And what’s the best thing about it? I am so inspired that I just have to read and I can’t force myself to stop doing that.

But what am I going to do after the Sarah J. Maas book? I don’t have books I want to read in my house right now, I can’t read Let It Snow at summer either. Such a dilemma. And even worse, I am quite sure this lack of reading material will make me start a new period of laziness which I will have to overcome through hard work.

Sigh. That’s difficult to handle. So what should I do — buy new books again?

How do you feel about your reading activity/schedule? Do you enjoy your pace or are you trying to fix that? What inspires you to make you read?