AN UPDATE (LATER THAN BETTER BUT AT LEAST NOT NEVER)

Happy Wednesday friends,

Where have I been?

Not even sure how long it’s been since my last post… I’m a little afraid to look…

*peers over folded hands*

CRIKEY!! Surely not!?

And yet the truth is the truth friends. It’s been 18 days since my last post. In my defense, this has been a really difficult month for me in my own personal life and I’ve just been overwhelmed with work and family issues and trying to balance writing on the side.

The struggles of a writer, am I right?

I don’t want to make any promises and say I’ll be back at more regular intervals moving forward because I know what’s coming up and I know it’s going to be difficult to balance. Some people are really amazing at being able to pull it all off, but my head hasn’t been in the game lately and this blog is what’s taking the beating as they say.

But I’m not going to hold that against myself. I’ve been making some progress in writing and reading despite the turmoil and that’s what I’m coming to share with you today….

MY WRITING LIFE

I finished my edits of Heritage earlier this month and the manuscript is now in my sister’s hands. She’s always my first reader when it comes to my novels. In Stephen King’s On Writing, he mentions how his wife, Tabitha, is his IDEAL READER. Well, that’s my sister to me and what she says is what I always depend on. Can’t wait to get her thoughts before moving forward with it.

My main focus this month, though, is Pirate Eyes and I’m about a third of the way through edits and she is sparkling like a diamond in my eyes. I haven’t touched her since last year and coming back to her is a joy. I’ve cut words like there’s no tomorrow; I’m actually really excited to see how many words the MS will have dropped by the end of this edit. An edit which is bound to be my last before betas. I’ll talk more about that at the end of the month….

In other news, I was struck by the idea bug last month and started to outline a new novel except the bug is really bad and I’ve started to pants it, which is a rare thing for me to do, but inspiration has struck hard and fast and I’m rather in love with where this story is going. All I’ll say for the moment is that it’s a fairy tale adaptation because there obviously aren’t enough of those, but I’m blending in some mythology with it and I actually think it’s kind of beautiful…

My lack of humility today astounds me ;P

 MY READING LIFE

I’m doing fairly well with my reading this month. I haven’t participated in a WWW Wednesday in a long time – maybe next week – so I thought I’d share a quick glimpse at what I’ve been reading…

  • Stolen Ink by Holly Evans – 4 stars – the first in a new series, I love how the magical system is based in tattoos and ink.
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – 4 stars – I very rarely read anything contemporary and even more rare is my choice to read a YA one, but with the movie coming out and it being directed by a Canadian woman (NATIONAL PRIDE) I figured I should read the book. Really glad I did!
  • The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy – 5 stars – the second in the Changeling Series, these books remind me of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings with a beautifully realized mythology, resonating characters, and stellar worldbuilding!
  • On Writing by Stephen King – 5 stars – people have always said and now I understand it: All writers must read this book! It is gloriously inspirational and relatable and focuses less on structure and more on craft! Plus it’s a brilliant memoir.
  • A Shining in the Shadows by Beverley Lee – 5 stars – the second in the Gabriel Davenport series, Beverley is a master storyteller and this is a gem of dark fantasy with memorable characters and a gripping plot
  • The Shadowy Horses – 4 stars – by Susanna Kearsley – the third of Kearsley’s books that I’ve read this year in my goal to read through her entire works and I loved the setting and the romance in this one. A bit of a slower plot, but the historical time that our protagonist is exploring is one that highly intrigues me. The Ninth Roman Legion is one of those mysteries…

At the moment I’m currently reading a chapter of Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, which is going to be a book I will return to time and time again, I can tell because it resonates with me on so many levels and it delves into myths and fairy tales in a new light.

I’m also reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King, the last book in the series, and I don’t really think I’m ready for it to end. My nails are not handling it well at all…


That’s about all I wanted to share with you today, friends. I hope that you’re all doing well. My plan this weekend (on top of reading and writing) is to catch up on your posts. I hate falling behind on your blogs. I apologize for any spamming that might occur because of it.

Stay well ❤

And let me know in the comments how your month has been going and what your plans for the weekend are! Let’s catch up because I’m tired of falling behind ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

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6 thoughts on “AN UPDATE (LATER THAN BETTER BUT AT LEAST NOT NEVER)

  1. I love it when inspiration hits. I’m intrigued to hear more on your pantsing experience. It’s the only way I roll. 🙂 Hearing so much about Pirate Eyes during my time following your blog makes me desperate to read it- can’t wait!

    My month is dominated with NaNo. I was falling over a week behind at the start of this week, but things have had a turn around over the last few days. The first draft of EVO Ghost is very nearly finished, and I’m all emotional.

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  2. I feel your pain, Faith. I have no idea how people juggle a full-time day job, writing, raising children, maintaining their household, and keeping their partners happy ALL AT THE SAME TIME! It’s foul sorcery, it must be -.-
    I’m reading On Writing right now as well and am loving it ❤ It'll go on my Instant Motivation shelf when I'm done with it.
    Good luck on your edits! Despite what you're saying you seem to be juggling everything just fine 🙂 Just don't forget to look after yourself!

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  3. *gives Faith another big hug*

    I’m so sorry that things haven’t brightened or gotten much easier lately. And the balancing act of being a writer… I know that all too well with my own circumstances. Like Sabrina said, remember to take care of yourself, and take your time with making a full comeback to the blog. And if you ever need anyone to talk to, you know where to find me / us. Oh, and keep up the good work with writing and editing.

    I’m doing… OK. I was actually doing really well in the week since coming home from Iceland. But in the past couple days… I don’t know. My mood has nosedived, and I feel lost, for lack of a better word. I’m still writing, in fact focusing on a new writing project. (I’ve decided to put TKC on the backburner until I have a better idea of how to fix the worldbuilding and plot issues.) But I don’t have a lot of confidence in my writing right now, either. So that probably explains why I’m feeling the way I do…

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  4. Hey Faith, glad to see you back. I have missed seeing you around especially since you left after a tragic event. I am glad to see that you have been reading and writing and it seems to be going well. I look forward to more of your posts and also to your review of Everything Everything.I just got the book last week.

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  5. It’s been quite a while since I posted too, and I know how you feel. Balancing everything is tricky (not that I have a lot to balance). Please do take care of yourself and I hope you feel better in the coming days. I’m sure your patient and faithful readers will be around whenever you post.
    I’m glad that despite everything, you’ve made time to read and write. So excited about all the updates you’ve provided! 🙂
    On Writing and Everything Everything are on my TBR pile, but I don’t know when I’ll get to them. Probably the latter soon because of the movie. I’m in a bit of a writing slump and I really need an inspirational writing book to help me through that. On Writing sounds perfect for the job.
    Have a happy weekend, Faith! 🙂 (I’m sorry I’m so late in commenting, I’m still catching up.)

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    1. Thank you my dear ❤️️ Your kind words mean so much to me! On Writing is very inspirational. I would highly recommend it 🙂
      Don’t worry about being late. I’m glad you commented. Stay well and take care of yourself!

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