Is it just me or does January last approximately 1000 years?
Because I have questions about this, sir. Ugh. I feel like January just goes on and on because we’re depressingly out of Christmas chocolates by now and the weather is quite extreme. I hear the Americans are freezing. I’m DROWNING. It hasn’t stopped raining in two. freaking. months.
But hey it’s a new year, so I’ve been changing things up a bit recently like:
➸ my graphic headers for my posts are different!
➸ I’m going to format my wrap-up posts a bit differently too.
➸ I’m back to blogging more! After I was an absolute holey bucket last year…I swear I got nothing done.
➸ There is absolutely a new blog design coming sooooon. HOPEFULLY this should fix my email-subscription-problem too.
➸ Because yes, sob, I’m aware emails don’t get sent out anymore. It’s hella depressing.
➸ Also I deleted an absolute ton of my embarrassing archives looool. It was time. New year clean up!
➸ But can you please let me know if you ever get email replies to my comments?? (Only answer the poll below if you actually comment here frequently enough to notice if you get replies! Just so I can gauge if THAT widget is broken too.)
➸ CUE HYSTERICAL LAUGHING SOBS.
Also I read Queen Of Air And Darkness AND The Wicked King….and consequently am d e a d.
They were both absolutely PERFECT and vicious and my emotions are in seventeen pieces !!! these are two of my most favourite authors and they did not disappoint at all.
➸ In case you missed it…my second book, The Boy Who Steals Houses, HAS A COVER!
It’s out April 4th! And it is beautiful and I’m so so overwhelmed with happiness on how hyped everyone was to see it! Bookstagram gave my reveal photo all the love in particular (YOU’RE MY FAVE, BOOKSTAGRAM) and twitter got hyped too! It also ranked in the 300s on Book Depository this week (like out of thousands of books, um !!!! omg !!!) and hit some lists for bestselling preorders. I can’t even. You ALL!!!! And I possibly changed my twitter header because I have little to no chill.
and this is my editor…
(Aren’t I a sweet person to work with!!)
➸ I think ARCs will be here in February!
I say think because I know less than Jon Snow. But I’m entirely made up of wires and short-circuiting nerves and happiness at the thought of some of you meeting my favourite soft sons early.
➸ I also am writing all the things again.
It’s really odd to be, on one hand, like: “HERE IS MY BOOK THAT IS COMING OUT IN EXACTLY 60 DAYS!” but on the other hand, you need to be writing new drafts and doing edits and pitching new books to editors because (on average) it takes a book 2-3 years to go to the shelf. It’s overwhelming and terrifying and my mental health has been Not Great™ and I want to keep being able to publish books so so badly — so there has been a bit of writing paralysis going on.
But I have (1) something to edit, (2) something to draft just for fun, and (3) a new project to start soon. And I’m looking forward to it.
Going to go type furiously and try to keep my mood as a !!! instead of just a long line of ,,,,,,,,,,, which is my brain just waiting for a miracle to happen and it to start functioning again lolol.
➸ I read 18 books this month! Which is my goal for every month in 2019.
My overall goal is 200 books and yES thE mATh is QUESTIONABLE. But I didn’t come here to count, you little onion. Don’t ask these things of me. And I actually haven’t done a book haul post since, um, November. So I have no idea what’s going on.
((all covers link to goodreads))
FROM NETGALLEY / EDELWEISS…
Good news is I’ve read a lot of these already. Bad news is I’M GONNA DIE UNDER MY TBR STILL.
((hover over covers to flip them for a mini review !! and click to see full-length review!))
➸ I’m trying to be on twitter less this year. I’ll still post my pithy writer quips, but I want to do less aimless scrolling because…it making me Sad. (I also wish it was more equal between calling out problematic content = to hyping good content.) However I LOVE Instagram! It’s like such a positive community, plus we really cheer each other on without snark and I just??? love it so much??? I still hate the algorithm which lets 5% of my followers see my photos BUT. We can’t have everything. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
➸ I have plots to make a lamington ice cream cake. This is the essence of my existence at this point.
➸ I’ve been filling in my Reading Journal! I also use Goodreads and a spreadsheet. No it’s not overboard, it is simply **PREPARED** (for what, I don’t know? But I still list books in 3 places!)
➸ I finally bought a kindle! So I don’t have to scroll on a teeny tiny iPod screen anymore. Look at me GO, doing something functional for myself for once!
➸ And if you’d like to see me talk about any specific aspects of writing / publishing / editing / specifically TBWSH, etc…let me know in the comments! I need post ideas lmao.
➸ Here’s to FEBRUARY! Which is a ridiculously small month that I will still try to fit 31 days of work into 28. LET’S GO!!