Pursuant to my goal to blog (somewhat) more regularly, I have decided to start doing a monthly review post, in which I plan to (briefly) discuss the highs and lows of that month.
High: Sarah and I received some additional helpful feedback on THE TALKING DEAD, which has led to us doing a rewrite of one of the major plots.
Low: Sarah and I received some additional helpful feedback on THE TALKING DEAD, which has led to us doing a rewrite of one of the major plots. Mostly, this is a good thing, but I am a little frustrated, too, because we’d meant to start querying agents in October. Doing what it takes to make the story stronger is the important part, but I am still a little disappointed that we didn’t figure this out earlier.
High: I picked up the first book of the Touchstone series by Andrea K Höst, STRAY, for free from Amazon on the Kindle awhile back. I can’t even remember who mentioned it to me, but I’m glad they did. I was sucked so hard into the story I promptly bought book two, LAB RAT, and book three, CASZANDRA, and have been marathoning them. I’m a bit more than halfway through CASZANDRA, and I keep taking breaks because I don’t want it to end. The series could use a good edit, it’s a little loose at times, but oh my god, it is enthralling. I love Cassandra, the main character, the world building, the monsters, and even the romance. (I tend to not care much about the romance in stories.)
I highly, highly recommend this book, and as of today, at least on Amazon US, STRAY is still available for free for the Kindle.
On her last day of high school, Cassandra Devlin walked out of exams and into a forest. Surrounded by the wrong sort of trees, and animals never featured in any nature documentary, Cass is only sure of one thing: alone, she will be lucky to survive.
The sprawl of abandoned blockish buildings Cass discovers offers her only more puzzles. Where are the people? What is the intoxicating mist which drifts off the buildings in the moonlight? And why does she feel like she’s being watched?
Increasingly unnerved, Cass is overjoyed at the arrival of the formidable Setari. Whisked to a world as technologically advanced as the first was primitive, where nanotech computers are grown inside people’s skulls, and few have any interest in venturing outside the enormous whitestone cities, Cass finds herself processed as a ‘stray’, a refugee displaced by the gates torn between worlds. Struggling with an unfamiliar language and culture, she must adapt to virtual classrooms, friends who can teleport, and the ingrained attitude that strays are backward and slow.
Can Cass ever find her way home? And after the people of her new world discover her unexpected value, will they be willing to let her leave?
Low: Many years ago, I read SLOPPY FIRSTS and SECOND HELPINGS by Megan McCafferty, but not the rest of the Jessica Darling series. Recently, I borrowed the series from Sister(1), marathoned the whole series, and if they had been my books, not Sister’s, I would have chucked them all across the room. I’ve always found the main character, Jessica, incredibly pretentious and annoying, but with an engaging story, but the more I read, the more the writing became homophobic, transphobic, racist, and ableist. Further, the story became nearly impossible to believe, and not at all engaging. I pretty much hate read the last two books just because I had already devoted so much time to the series marathon. I’m still debating a more detailed breakdown of what infuriated me so much.
High: Went to a Raw live show, and it was amazing. The last show I attended was a taping of Main Event and Smackdown, which was awesome enough, but the energy of the crowd was even better for Raw, which, for those who don’t know, is aired live. I was right next to the ring, and because it was leading up to the Hell in a Cell pay per view, the cell was hanging over the ring. That was awesome enough, and then they brought it down, and OMG YES. So much yes. Hell in a Cell was pretty awesome, too.
Low: I still don’t care about half the storylines, but I’m hoping they will start picking up as we head toward Wrestlemania.
High: The Raw taping was pretty awesome. I spent most of the weekends in October at marching band competitions, because Nephew is a member of my old high school marching band. That was AWESOME.
Low: Saturday marching band competitions and the Raw live show pretty much ate up all my ability to be social. That’s a lot of time spent in big groups of people.
(1) I have three sisters, and two brothers, and I don’t identify them in this blog without their permission. When I say “Sister” or “Brother,” I am referencing one of my actual sisters or brothers, but not necessarily the same sister or brother each time. The same goes for my nieces and nephews.