NaNoWriMo 2016 Starts Tomorrow!

I can barely contain my excitement, friends!  National Novel Writing Month kicks off tomorrow, and I have been counting down the days.  Now it’s just hours.

As I’ve shared before, I’ll be working on the sequel to The Legend of Elliot Major – which by the way, I JUST finished a week ago.  I mean, I just finished the first draft.  So, there’s a lot of work ahead of me…  but still.

In the past week, I’ve been brainstorming and outlining the sequel, Novodah’s Myth, AND THE REST OF THE SERIES.  There are at least two more books in this series, and while I won’t be writing them this month, I fully plan on it in the future.  AHH!

Due to NaNoWriMo, I’ll be reading a bit less and blogging a bit less.  I plan to give you 3-4 updates throughout the month on how NaNo is going, and you can be looking for a book review or four (including Cindy Koepp’s blog tour – I’ll be reviewing Remnant in the Stars and The Loudest Actions on November 9).

Other than that, I’ll just be writing away!  Wish me luck and lots of words!

Review: The Last Colony

Oh my word.  I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago, and I just realized that I never shared this review.  That’s what a week in Colorado will do to you, I guess… excuses, excuses.

Ok.  Here goes.

The Last Colony by John Scalzi is book three in his Old Man’s War series (you can check out my review of book two here) which I love.  It’s face-paced, funny, and easily accessible.  It’s military science fiction that doesn’t get bogged down in the science and technology.  I highly recommend the OMW series for non-science fiction readers who want to give the genre a shot.

Book three definitely did not disappoint.  We get to see some old, beloved (by me, anyway) characters in new circumstances.  We get to see important relationships development – complicated marriages, teenagers and parents, commanding officers giving questionable orders.  So much believable internal and external conflict.

Not only that, but Scalzi is back with some huge questions: is it right to sacrifice individuals to save a group?  Is right to sacrifice a colony to save humanity?  Is it right to sacrifice humanity to save hundreds of other sentient species?…  Dang.

Throw in a healthy mix of duty, politics, and outsmarting the bad guy when you’re outgunned, and that is The Last Colony.

I’m excited to read the rest of the series, though I am sad to report that books four, five, and six move on from my favorite characters.  Scalzi, I’m sure, has many more worthwhile stories in this universe, though.  So I’m not THAT sad.

Review: In the Labyrinth of Drakes

Soooo, this review is a long time coming.  Not because I read the book a long time ago but because I’ve been waiting to read it since it came out in early April.

In the Labyrinth of Drakes is book four in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan.

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Each book has an amazing cover.

I’m a huge fan of the first three books, so I had high expectations – and Marie Brennan definitely delivered.

Isabella, Lady Trent, was back as the fiery, intelligent, independent, passionate woman that narrated the first three books.  She’s matured a bit but still geeks out over everything dragon related.  Drakes is full of naturalism, politics, romance, and tension.  There are spies, kidnappings, secret lairs, and sandstorms.

And of course, Isabella and her good friend and colleague, Tom, are always up for sticking it to the patriarchy, seeking equal rights for women and all people from lower social classes.

This book, just like this whole series, is quite the gem.

And

Book five is coming out in April!  Here’s the gorgeous cover of Within the Sanctuary of Wings.

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Review: Xenocide

As you might have heard recently, I have a new favorite book: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card.  It read it this summer, and before I was even done with it, my husband – bless his soul – took it upon himself to find me the rest of the Ender Saga at his store.  I love him.

I just finished reading Xenocide, and… hmmmmmmmm.  It was amazing.

Xenocide takes place about 30 years after Speaker, and it is an absolutely wonderful sequel.  I loved getting better acquainted with characters that we were introduced to in Speaker for the Dead.  I loved some of the big questions that Card asked:

  • Where did we come from?
  • How are we connected?
  • Is there more connecting us than meets the eye?
  • What does it mean to be alive?  Sentient?
  • Is there something biological about faith?
  • Who decides if a trait is desirable or indesirable?

and more.  Many of these questions were touched on in Speaker, but Card approached them from a new and fresh angle.

You’ve read Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead, I doubt you’ll be disappointed in Xenocide.  I definitely wasn’t.  And I’m excited to move on to Children of the Mind soon!

It’s Sequel Time – NaNoWriMo 2016

Hey all!

It’s been a week since my last post – which is way too long in my opinion.  Just so you know, I have two book reviews in the hopper: Xenocide by Orson Scott Card and In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan.  Be looking for both of those soon.

One of the main reasons those reviews are delayed is that I’ve been writing.  Just telling you that puts a big smile on my face.  The past month or so after putting the finishing touches on Bombshell and sending off queries to literary agents, I’ve been working hard to finish The Legend of Elliot Major – the novel that I wrote last NaNoWriMo.  (Don’t know what NaNo is?  Keep reading!)

While I hit my word goal last November with Elliot, I hadn’t written all of the scenes that I had planned, but I put it down as soon as the month was over to revise and edit Bombshell.

Why am I telling you all this?  Because I’ve been working on The Legend of Elliot Major, and it’s almost done.

AND

There’s going to be a sequel!  As I worked on the story last year, I had a hunch there might be more somewhere inside of me, and the closer I get to finishing Elliot Major, the more sure I am.

So.  Without further ado, I’m excited to announce that I will once again participating in NaNoWriMo.nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_participant

That means that I’ll be taking the month of November to try to pump out 50,000 words.  The goal is to get the story down on the page; let your inner editor go on vacation and get that first draft done.  You can work on your own or participate in the online community.  Find out more about it here.

I’m actually really thankful that I’ve had the past few weeks to write again after having been in revise/edit mode most of the year.  Writing new scenes has been difficult because I keep wanting to nitpick.  But it’s been getting easier, so I’m optimistic.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the sequel to The Legend of Elliot Major, here’s a little teaser:

It’s called Novodah’s Myth.

I’ll let you know more about it in the weeks to come!