My Life this Month
- My life was relatively normal this month, so that was really nice
- I got accepted into one of my two top picks for college (Yay!)
- Another college sent me a free book from my favorite author (C. S. Lewis) that I have to read by next month so I can participate in a competition for a scholarship (I have to read a Lewis book, won’t that be terrible? *sarcasm*)
- Swimming on a high school and year round time (at the same time) has made my life hectic– especially when my asthma medication got messed up (we figured out what was wrong about a week ago, so I should be back to normal in a couple weeks)
- More school happened, and I survived (so far)
Books I Read
Lord of Chaos (Robert Jordan): I am not sure if I enjoyed this book more or less than the previous book in this series (The Fires of Heaven). It had a whole lot less inappropriate content than the previous book, which I really appreciated, but it was also a bit darker and less thrilling. The main character, the Dragon Reborn (I’m omitting his real name to prevent spoilers), was prophesied since the first book to go mad and, in saving the world, destroy it and everyone close to him. This is the first book that you realize that he is going mad, and he starts destroying stuff. While this fulfillment of the prophecy is extremely well executed, it is dark and sad. My two favorite characters, Moraine and her warder, Lan, played little to no role in this book, and it did not have the same awesome, epic feeling that the previous book in the series had. Even with all of that, I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to the next books! (Also I really hate Mazrim Taim; I agree with “Lewis Therin”– he needs to die.)
The Martian (Andy Weir): With all the hype about this book, I got it for my dad for Christmas (and then I stole it and read it myself.) The science is so cool (and since I am taking AP Chem this year, I found it really interesting), and Mark Watney’s sense of humor is hilarious. The general tone and style of the story is really entertaining, and the themes are inspiring and realistic. However, the cursing is constant. Most chapters contain at least 3 f-words (and the chapters are only a five pages at most), and the other curse words are used excessively. For me the most annoy bit was how Watney only used the s-word to refer to human excrement– and his plans for growing potatoes essentially relied on fertilization, so the s-word appeared dozens of times in many chapters.
The Abolition of Man (C. S. Lewis): (This was the book that that one college sent me.) This short book of C. S. Lewis essentially is about defending absolute morality/traditional morals, and does not focus as much on Christianity. The beginning was a bit slower than many of Lewis’ theological writings that I have read, but as always, Lewis brings up a bunch of really great points that I had never thought about. I found that, by the end of the book, I agreed with him that society actually needs stronger morals and emotions and not so much logic. It was really convicting; in fact, I think I might be one of his “men without chests.” I would highly recommend this book.
An Unpublished Draft: I just start beta-reading an 80k word novel for another teen writer. This is actually my first stab at beta-reading (though I have had other people beta read my novel.) I don’t think that I am allowed to share any information about this novel, but I like the premise and characters, even though I am tearing it to shreds in the critique I am sending back to its author 😛
I have finally progressed on editing my first novel, Out of the Curse. I also became horrified when I realized that I actually sent this draft to agents– no wonder they rejected me! Why did I not see all of these mistakes before? So I might be looking for some beta readers this next month. I really just want to start querying agents again, but I know that my novel still need some editing.
For now, I have decided to focus on Out of the Curse and let my uncompleted draft of the second novel sit for a while.
On My Blog
- I posted an overview of ESFP Characters and ISTJ Characters for writers
- I wrote about 12 easy, quick ways to develop minor characters
- I did two tags: the Sunshine Blogger Award and My Favorite Screen Characters Tag
- Technically, this was not on my blog, but I wrote a devotional for the Rebelution about how God can use our weaknesses
So far, I have posted nine times this month, and with an Open Pen post on Saturday, I will have posted ten! This is the best month I have had in a while, and I am pretty pleased with it.
Awesome Posts that I found
- Go Teen Writer’s had a fun post about publishing filled with quotes from Little Women about when Jo starts her publishing journey (It is rather encouraging to read about a fictional character struggling just as much with publishing as we do! And I was reminded of how much I love Little Women.)
- Four Questions to Ask When Developing Clever Characters (This is really helpful for making smart characters realistic and interesting)
- Two Quick Reminders for Writing Funny Dialogue (This post is a super quick read, and the reminders are great to remember)
- A Hilarious Post about What Writers Need (The hand-drawn graphics in this post are so funny. It isn’t a very helpful post for writers, but it is funny)
- Devotional: The Self Centered Pursuit of World Changing (This devotional really spoke to me, and even though it is not about writing, I decided to include it here.)
Plans for Next Month
First, I am going to finish up some edits on my first novel and maybe I will finally find a good title! I also plan on continue querying agents, starting once I finish these edits.
Next month, I have a couple fun plans for posting.
I plan on continuing writing about the other two personality types of my five main characters: ESTP and INFP, and I may even do an INTJ post in the same format that I’ve been using for these posts, even though I have technically already written about INTJs on this blog. Of course, I am still researching ESTP and INFP types, so if you are one of those personality types, I would love to hear tips from you (and if you would be willing to read over my post when I write it, that would be fantastic!) You can contact me here.
I also plan on doing some interesting (and hopefully fun) videos about the major themes in my novels. I have never done any video blogging before, so I thought I would try it. And I love discussing ideas and themes, so I thought this could be fun. There will probably be four posts like this (one for each of my planned novels), and they will be posted on Thursday. What do you guys this about this?
So how has your writing been coming alone? Any exciting plans for next month?