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This Week in Review 2017 the 3rd

Happy Sunday friends,

I’m finally on time with this posting!

It’s been a busy week here and I accomplished much of what I set out to do. There’s a lot more to look forward to this week and I can’t wait to pursue each goal 🙂

Here’s a small glimpse of what I’ve been up to…


My Writing Projects

My first goal this week was to complete edits on Heritage! And I did 🙂 She sits now at 84,847  words, which is decent for a YA fantasy, but I’m hoping to cut at least 5k down during my edit of the second draft next month.

My second goal was to start edits on the final draft of The Glass Slippers. So far it’s going well, but I’m about to hit the part I’m most concerned with! Here’s a small excerpt from the first scene:

EXT. MANOR. DAY

A luscious lawn surrounds a three-storey house, a decently sized estate, not extravagantly wealthy, nor terribly poor. Flowers coloured in a myriad of pastels blossom. Trees rich with foliage reach heavenwards.

SOFT PIANO MUSIC echoes from within.

LAUGHTER echoes — boisterous, innocent, free.

The Glass Slippers. ©Faith Rivens. 2017.

Posts on My Blog

Mariana Review

Rage and Ruin Review

WWW Wednesday

#WIPjoy

#FictFBFeb17

I also have exciting news to share! I’ve created my first monthly challenge! Fictional Flashback February 2017!

I’ll post a few more explanations about it later this week on my blog. Keep an eye out for it!

Feel free to join starting February 1st on Twitter & Instagram. I hope you will 🙂


That’s it for me. How was this last week for you friends? Anything exciting happen? Let me know and we can share our experiences!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | 2017 the First

Happy Tuesday friends,

This year sees the return of a weekly post, though I’m hoping to shift the schedule to Sundays instead of Mondays. Unfortunately, I didn’t get it up in time on either day this week so it’s coming today! 😅

And a friendly reminder that there are still three days to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Eléonore!: HERE’S THE ORIGINAL LINK!


My Writing Projects

As you’ll soon discover, I’m working on editing three of my writing projects this month: Pirate Eyes, Heritage and The Glass Slippers. Of the three, The Glass Slippers is the most pressing for me. It’s a screenplay that I’m hoping to circulate through some competitions in the hopes of getting her optioned (one of my 2017 goals)! My final draft has to be ready for January 31st. I just finished another readthrough of her and my biggest problem is deciding whether or not to skip a prologue-like beginning. I’m also worried that Mira’s (my protagonist) goal isn’t clear enough. Lucky I have some extra eyes that I’ll be relying on for some help 🙂

#WIPjoy

This month has seen the return of one of my favourite monthly challenges/share-a-thon/writing-community-chime-ins (really not sure what to call it…). But it’s such fun to share my WIP and discover others in turn! There are so many amazing stories out there.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favourites this past week (Jan. 1st-7th):

REVIEWS

I’m finally catching up on reviews for books. Here are the ones I managed to get up since January 1st if you’re interested. My favourite of the list is The Making of Gabriel Davenport!

Victoria | Daisy Goodwin

The Making of Gabriel Davenport | Beverley Lee

The Tea Planter’s Wife | Dinah Jefferies


Keeping this week’s nice and short! Let me know what’s been going on in your life!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

 

NaNoWriMo 2016 in Review | The Second

Happy Monday, friends!

This is going to be a short one.

As most of you know, I have been busy working on my debut novella, Eléonore. I released the blurb yesterday and have gotten lots of positive reactions so far! I can’t express how excited I am!! Look at all those exclamation marks!!!!

With most of my energy having been devoted to finishing my last readthrough of Eléonore, I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to my NaNoWriMo novel, The Desert Knight. I’ve gotten to 18k, which is decent, but not enough if I hope to be done by November 30th. But that’s okay because Eléonore is the focus right now and everything is going well so far. Still waiting for Murphy’s Law to kick in, though ;P

Here’s another excerpt from this week’s writing:

There was something beautiful about the sky that I never had taken the time to notice before. It was a magical sight to behold. I saw it in the divine creation I knew to be Rika and Kari’s doing. Worshipped as separate entities, they had also worked together at one time and so we were taught to be united as well. There were people who could look upon the stars and see more than distant lights shining. They saw in them the designs decided upon by the gods. They spoke to them of the past, other presents, and the future that still laid in wait for us. Despite the magic I possessed and my bond with Rika, I was not inclined to see those things. Sristi’s sight was not of the stars either.

-The Desert Knight. Faith Rivens. 2016


How is NaNoWriMo 2016 going for those of you who are participating? Let me know and we can cheer each other one! 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Thirty-Second

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Friends!

And Happy Columbus day to my American friends 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and a great week!

I’m in the thick of editing Eléonore right now, and I’m about to have family over for some turkey and mashed potatoes and rice and gravy and stuffing and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and pecan pie and…. mouths watering yet 😉

But I’m taking a moment first to tell you a bit about how my past week has gone!


IN WRITING!

Actually, all my big highlights of this week are writing related.

I’ve managed to rewrite two scenes of Eléonore–they were my biggest stresses, so with that done I’m tackling some of the minor changes that need to be made which includes small plot holes and inconsistencies and terrible dialogue 😛

Anyway, I’ve also started to outline two new novels (one is the sequel to Eléonore and one the sequel to Pirate Eyes)! As I’ve been doing this, I have come to a rather big decision…

Friends, I can officially announce that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo 2016! I had so much fun writing Heritage last year and I can’t wait to write another novel this November. I’ve decided on which it will be as well…

Hollow Vows (Book II in the Cerastone Quartet). AKA sequel to Pirate Eyes.

My hope is to finish writing the sequel and start editing it in 2017 while shopping Pirate Eyes around and trying to pick up an agent/publisher. We’ll see where the road takes me, but for now I’m excited to continue Keira’s story 🙂

There’s not much more for me to say, but I’ll leave you with a small excerpt from Eléonore! The opening lines…

There were demons to kill, but first I needed a cup of coffee.
The nearest café offered a variety of frappés, lattés, and mochas, but all I needed was a good strong, dark roast black from my usual Timmie’s. An extra three blocks of walking was worth the bitter brew that steeled my nerves and jolted my brain. One sip was enough to get the juices flowing. Three more and I could feel the anticipating building. Ready and willing to slit some throats.

– Eléonore

One thing I love about writing Eléonore is the setting. Holly really inspired with her Infernal Hunt series in which she masterfully paints an image of Prague. I hope to capture the same sort of realism as Eléonore works her way through the streets of Montreal and Vieux-Québec.

Speaking of Holly, if you are particpating in NaNoWriMo you should really check out her blog series where she talks about prepping for the thirty day challenge. She has such insight to offer. It’s a true gem! The link to the first one can be found here: NaNoWriMo Prep.


How was your week? What projects are you currently embroiled in? Anyone else planning to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Share your aspirations and achievements in the comments!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Thirty-First

Hello Friends! And Happy Monday!

I hope you’ve had a lovely week, whether it was restful or exciting.

Mine ended up being busier than I expected, but I managed to get some things done….


In Books:

As this is also the first, week of October, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my September Haul, my September Wrap-Up and October TBR with you (I also shared them on Instagram)

These are all the books I bought in September. Oh, and the Funkos too…

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Well after the last package came in the mail yesterday, this is my official September Haul (#books and #funko)! I got a lot of these at really reduced prices. Ridiculously so!! I just couldn't resist. Here's a quick glance at the 31 books that emptied my wallet this month… (left to right, top to bottom) Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh • The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchadt • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë • Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett • League of Dragons by Naomi Novik • Uprooted by Naomi Novik • Rebellion by Peter Ackroyd • How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman • Life in Victorian Britain by Michael Paterson • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett • The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel • The Broken Kingdom by N. K. Jemisin • Lirael by Garth Nix • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas • Cinder by Marissa Meyer • The Game by Laurie R. King • Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop • Vision of Silver by Anne Bishop • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo • Siege and Storm Leigh Bardugo • Ruin and Rising Leigh Bardugo • Child of the Phoenix by Barbara Erskine • Scarlet by Alexandra Ripley • Mariana by Susana Kearsley • The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller • Vicious by VE Schwab • Chocolat by Joanne Harris • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Soooo yes 😜 any books here that you've read and enjoyed? Any here that you plan to read? What was your favourite purchase of September? #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookworm #bookstagram #bookishdelight #septemberbookhaul #readingisknowledge #knowledgeispower

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My September Wrap-Up and October Haul made it into one post, but for some reason my description wouldn’t save. Basically the left-hand stack are the books I read in September and the right-hand my October TBR. Goblet of Fire and Cruel Beauty fell in-between because they’re books I started to read in September but will only finish this month.

In Writing:

As many of you know, I completed the first draft of my novella, Eléonore last Sunday. I took the week off it, to allow for some time and distance. I just finished a full clean read of the manuscript a few hours ago and I’m rather pleased with the end result. There are two sections I need to rewrite entirely, but that’s about the biggest editing I’m going to have to do before I’m ready to send it to beta readers. The goal is to have it ready by Sunday, October 9th!

Meanwhile, I’m also working on outlining the sequel to Pirate Eyes as I hope to write it for NaNoWriMo. More on that in a separate post. Essentially this will be the second half of the original draft I wrote when I was 16, but considering how the first book took shape, I’ll have a LOT of new scenes to write. 😛


Let me know the highlights in your past week. Whether it’s an exciting experience or a quiet reflection!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Eighth

Another Tuesday edition because I sort of got carried away yesterday writing Eléonore (a very good thing)!

It’s been a good week for writing, but I’m still grappling with some life choices as I try to find a way to break out of my rut of routine and make writing my career. That’s the dream, right? 😉


IN WRITING…

As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve been focusing most of my energy on Eléonore lately, trying to hit my goal of 45k for the first draft. I’ve set myself weekly goals and right now I’m trying to hit 10k by tomorrow (Sept. 7th). As it stands, I’m sitting in middle of 7k after yesterday’s 2,374 word count 🙂 Couldn’t be happier with the progress I’m making and the way the story is going. If it continues this way, well… let’s not catch chickens when eggs are still whole.

Here’s a little snippet, just to give you a taste.

The small condo that I called home was on the third floor of a complex. It wasn’t the cheapest thing in Montreal, but it wasn’t exactly the cream of the crop either. It made do for the purposes it had to serve—not that there were many.

Provide shelter: Check.

Close to work: Check for day. Check for night.

Remain outside the radar of possible demonic enemies…

#WIPJOY

I’m also partaking in the monthly hashtag created by Bethany that offers authors a chance to share their works in progress. It’s such an amazing community and I love to discover all the talent and stories that my fellow writers possess. I’m sharing both Pirate Eyes and Eléonore this month. Here are just some of them…

What I’ve Been Watching

This… Unapologetically…

March 2017 cannot come soon enough!

One of my childhood favourites–if not the top–I’ve been worried about the live-action not doing the animated feature justice. But Dan and Emma seem to have good chemistry already and my hopes are lifting 🙂

Also, for people like me who still delight in animated movies and watch them for the joy of it, there’s this little tidbit of news that might excite you…

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Yep! Anastasia‘s coming to broadway! It showed on a smaller level already in Connecticut, but previews in New York begin March 23rd 2017 with an opening marked for April 24th! Tickets please 🙂


How has your week been? Anything exciting to share? Let me know 🙂

Take care friends!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Seventh

Monday Greetings Friends 🙂

It’s been a week of novelty this week for me…

ON MY BLOG:

WWW Wednesday | The Twentieth

Cover Reveal | FAITHFUL by Michelle Hauck

Faith’s Friday Fiction | Empowered

IN WRITING:

I’ve made decent progress editing Pirate Eyes. I have about ten chapters left to go through, and I’m hoping to be done my August 31st in time to focus on my new project in September. Worse comes to worse, I’ll balance the two until it’s done. I haven’t had a chance to type up the edits I’m making my hand, but I can tell that I’ve cut at least another 2k! So progress 🙂

On a different, less exciting note, I didn’t make it into #PitchWars. But I’m not disappointed. Quite the opposite; I feel impassioned and ready to find the next opportunity to get Pirate Eyes out into the world!

IN MY LIFE:

Well, I finally caved and got myself an account on Instagram. I’ve been posting a lot there lately about my bookish habits and writing endeavours. I’m just experimenting at the moment, but I’m hoping to hone my camera skills through it and sharing more exciting images with you all! If you are on Instagram, why not connect HERE with me!

Here are some of the photos I’ve posted so far:

 

I also recently got myself an account on Netflix so that I can finally binge watch Daredevil, Jessica Jones Stranger Things.

So far, I’ve only watched two movies on it: Jersey Girl & Mockingjay Part 2. I’m not sure why I watched the former. I had been hoping for a cute and light viewing, but the acting was subpar at best and the story line too shallow for my liking.

I watched the second Mockingay film only because I had already watched the first three and wanted to see how they brought the final half of the last book to life. It was just as disturbing as I expected it to be. Grim and dark. The complete opposite of a feel-good movie. It was a good film, not my favourite in the series, but it did justice to the books which I suppose is the main thing.


What have you been up to this past week? Anything new happen in your life? Anything exciting? Inspiring? Share in the comments. 

Have a beautiful week!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Sixth

Happy Tuesday friends!

I do not want this becoming a habit of posting these Tuesdays, but yesterday was… well, I won’t bother you with that. Let’s just get to the week’s review shall we 🙂


ON MY BLOG

I’ve begun a new series of posts called Faith’s Fiddling Fridays. I’m learning to play the violin (self-teaching at the moment) and I look forward to sharing some little tidbits of insight with you as I go along 🙂 You can find the first post HERE!

IN WRITING

Pirate Eyes has been my top priority this month as I entered it into #PitchWars. This Thursday is the mentee reveal day and, while I have no expectation of being chosen, I have still appreciated the experience. The #PitchWars thread on Twitter has been rather insightful and has led me to make new connections with fellow writers. So it’s a win-win whatever the case.

It’s also given me a chance to do another round of edits (I lost track of the number after the 15th draft three years ago ;P). The best part: in the first eight chapters I managed to cut a whole 2k words! This is a big deal for a person who ended up adding 3k during her last revision session! I still have more edits to type up, but I’m expecting to be down by at least another 5k.

My plan at the moment is to start querying again September 1st, letting her loose into the world, just in time for me to apply myself to one of the new projects I’ve only been toying with during these summer months. More on that to come.


Wow, this was a shorter post than anticipated.

Stay well, friends! May this week be filled with many blessings of happiness and health ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith     quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Sixth

Hi all.

Usually this post comes on Mondays, but yesterday I went on an excursion to Vieux-Quebec, which I’ll be posting about Thursday. It was a lovely day spent with my two favourite people 🙂

So, one day late, here’s how my week went in the briefest words.

Not well.

No, that’s a lie. It was a fine week, just a lot of it was spent doing work more than anything else so that my writing time was cut very, very short. But that’s okay. It’s just about some realigning, figuring out what to do with life. But I’m dealing.

Meanwhile, in #PitchWars territory, I’ve come to the understanding that I’m not going to get anywhere with Pirate Eyes for this competition. And that’s fine. Really, it is. I tried and I can’t fault myself for that. My sister is helping me do one final edit and then I’ll be submitting my MS to some literary agents looking for an epic fantasy novel. I’m not rushing with this story, because it deserves to be its best and if it’s not there yet, then I’m willing to wait for it ;P

In the meantime, I’m trying to make time to do edit through my screenplay and those two other projects I’ve alluded to in the past. But Pirate Eyes is my main focus at the moment. And until it’s ready, I don’t have much time to divide for any other writing endeavours.

In the meantime, here’s a little excerpt from Chapter One of Pirate Eyes.

Purple eyes stared out at the ocean and the endless horizons it promised and saw possibility. Seated astride the maidenhead of the Diamond Heart, Keira watched it appear in the form of a ship cresting the waves in the distance.

A thrill of excitement surged through her. No voice shouted out the sighting, though she knew that Roephus held watch overhead in the crow’s nest. It would be some time before he became aware of it; she alone could boast the far-sightedness that allowed her to note the shape in the distance. The beckoning horizons had always held her regard and her heart. She was always watching, always waiting for her chance. This ship passing through her vision was an opportunity, come to her as if she had summoned it from the salty sea air.


How was your weekend? How are your projects coming? Keep striving for those dreams. They are within your grasp as long as you believe in yourself ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Fifth

Hi everyone,

It’s Monday again, which means it’s time for another round-up of my weekly highlights. A lot’s happened since last week, but this is going to be brief report because I have to leave in five minutes and I don’t want the day to pass without posting this.

So here we go 🙂


IN WRITING:

If you’ve been following me, you might have heard that I was thinking of applying to #PitchWars, a contest hosted by Brenda Drake that gives authors the opportunity to submit a query and first chapter of their completed MS to potential mentors who will then help them prepare for the agent round in November.

So I submitted Pirate Eyes on Friday and now I’m waiting to hear back regarding requests–mentors can ask for partials and fulls to help them choose a mentee. It’s scary to think of my MS in the hands of someone else, but also exciting.

IN MY LIFE:

So, a week ago I applied for an internship at a literary agency and this morning I got an email saying they are interested in working with me. I’ve been given a manuscript to read and report on and this is probably going to be taking up a lot of time on top of the job I already have, plus the manuscript I’m reading for my critique partner and another MS I’m beta-reading, which isn’t even touching on my own writing which means that my time on social media might be cut really short. But I’m trying to work out a schedule to at least make sure that I can stay on top of commenting on your blog posts (which I’m already behind on)…

All that to say, let me apologize if I become especially sporadic on-line. Life changes are sometimes intrusive, but they can also be liberating on another level entirely! I’m hoping that these developments help me to become more fully immersed in the creative world and help making writing my true career.


When was the last time a life change shook up your schedule and routine? How did you deal with it? Let’s talk! And I hope you all have a beautiful week 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink