In my last post I talked about my writing and told you that I've decided to share my first draft on Wattpad. A lot of people wouldn't dream of sharing an unedited piece but personally, I was getting too afraid, too doubtful of myself and I knew I just had to put something out in the world.
I chose to share a first draft that I was very critical of as, if people thought it was shit and told me so... well at least I was in agreement with them and wouldn't feel completely heartbroken. I'd also hopefully get some critiques which would help me in the future to spot issues in my writing. On the flip side of that, if people leave good comments then it's helping me to realise just how critical I can be of myself and it also gives me feedback from actual readers.
Sure, it's nowhere near the caliber of a published novel. It's not something I'd want publishers or agents to look at because they'd be judging my writing and grammar etc, but to have people read it just because they want to read a book and tell you they like the story, asking for the next update etc... that's invaluable. It reminds me why I write and it keeps me going. I worked so hard to get that first draft out and I very nearly left it in a folder on my laptop. I was going to move on to another project believing what I had written before was awful and that nobody would ever want to see it. Wattpad has allowed me to still move on but to move on knowing that there are people out there who want to read my stories. And that means more to me than anything.
So, I figured I would share the first part here. I'll link to the wattpad page too so if you want to vote on it you can <3
As some of you probably know, I recently started taking my writing seriously again.
I won NaNoWriMo, somehow, with a contemporary piece but after months of trying to edit it I've realised that contemporary romance is not my bag. I've got a new idea in the works which I am very excited about but I can't help but feel a little sad at leaving my other manuscript in the dark... so I did something I never thought I'd do...
HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!!
If that wasn't good enough, today, March 1st marks (Justin Bieber's birthday... just saying) haha no seriously... Today is one year of my bookstagram account! I'm really not sure where the time went but such is life I suppose!
February wasn't as successful a reading month as I had hoped but with my trip to Paris and my gran being in hospital I haven't been too hard on myself for slacking.
I'm not actually bothered that I only read three books in the month but I am annoyed that out of the two novels, only one was a good read. However, it's World Book Day and I've just finished a book (that's taken me about a week to get through) so March is off to a good start and I'm hoping to catch up with my reading challenge (I'm five books behind schedule!! Ahhh!)
So, rambling's done; onto the books I read in February!
Working from home is hard. Especially when you aren't actually getting paid for it... I've been unemployed for a year now - which also means one whole year of blogging and trying to get back into writing - so I've figured out some ways that help me stay motivated.
Disclaimer; I'm awful at following my own advice and so often I stay in bed reading or binge-watching Netflix so trust me, I know how hard it can be to, as Nike say, just do it.
Hey, hi, hello!!
February has flown by and it's already my favourite day of the month: OWLCRATE!! So, it's actually been a few days since I received my box but I'm sharing it now - better late than never! I also have an exciting announcement (for me anyway) below, so keep reading!
January 2018 saw me entering my third year of receiving Owlcrate and honestly, I am shooketh, as the kids say. I simply cannot believe I have had 24 boxes (25, if you include this one!).
I love love love this subscription box. Lately, I've seen a lot of people partering with other book boxes and comparing them to Owlcrate and being really criticising towards them, but, although Owlcrate dominated bloggers and continues to be hyped, I truly think it's deserving.
SO. With that, I ought to get onto the unboxing!
GUARD YOUR MORTAL HEART.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black was my one hope of salvaging what little desire I had to read fairy books that ACOTAR destroyed. Turns out it was beyond saving. Don't get me wrong, the books was bearable but I do wish I hadn't bothered.
January was a great reading month for me with some major accomplishments. The majority of my reading time over the last month was spent focusing on Les Miserables and I feel that I barely touched anything else yet I somehow powered my way through 7 books!
I'll admit that about half of these were short, quick reads but nonetheless I am so pleased with what I read and I hope I can keep reading as much throughout the year!
I hate giving up on a book, but saying that I will quite happily throw a book as far away from me as possible if the thought of it fills me with dread towards reading. I want to love reading. It's a hobby, not a chore, so I will not force my way through a book I am not liking just incase it gets better, because from experience they rarely do.
I'm also not ashamed to admit a lot of my DNFs are arcs.
I suppose when it comes down to it, if you've paid for a book you want to get your money's worth whereas for an arc it's no skin off your nose if you don't finish it and the likelihood is the publisher would rather have no review than a negative one.
But, we're not here to discuss the pros and cons of dnfing, we're here for the books I did not finish!
I just sat and wrote a massive discussion about book piracy but after stepping away for a moment, I realised it was pointless.
There is never an excuse to steal books, and I'm not going to list reasons why. Wether you can or cannot afford books you do not get to have something just because you WANT it.
The reason this post is no longer a discussion is because it doesn't matter. People who are so set in their ways to steal a book because they want will do it. I can't help them. But what I can do is offer alternatives to those who don't have the opportunities to buy books that I do and just want to read.