Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wednesday Words: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Happy Hump Day!

I forgot my book at home last week, so this week, I am sharing with you what I am reading this month.

A Crown of Wishes is the 2nd installment to Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen series. It follows an adopted prince named Vikram on a journey to a fantastical tournament with the reluctant Princess Gauri, who we saw grow up into a fearsome warrior in STQ. Here is the premise:

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom's enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they'll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes - a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there's nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I'm not as into this story as I was with the first book (it's how I felt about Bitterblue; I didn't really need to see what was going on with her down the road), but the dialogue and banter between Vikram and Gauri is hilarious. I love Vikram's character. Also, once again, we get to delve into Indian fantasy and mythology. I like getting to see the Night Bazaar again (I wonder if anyone has illustrated it...). I'd like to know if we see Maya again.

So let's find out, maybe. Using, I will select a line from a page to share. There are 367 pages in the book, and Random has chosen page 339. Geez. Ah, wait, the opening line to a chapter, and it's a good one.

Skanda turned to me. "Why aren't you dead?"

I can't wait to see how she gets back home. I accidentally saw a line from the page before it that really intrigues me, too, so now I must speed up my reading!

What are you reading this month?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Oh, Shoot. I'm supposed to post.

Expect a Post Each Wednesday!

Week 2 - Wednesday Words
Week 3 - Writing Update
Week 4 - Monthly Review
Week 5 - Quarterly Goals
 All right, I'm failing already. Great start.
For the past few months I've only posted during IWSG, and that's been a big help. However, I do miss posting, so I'm going to try this new schedule.

Today is technically supposed to be a Wednesday Words day, but I forgot my book, so I thought I could at least take this time to say that I will be posting weekly again:
Starting in February, the 2nd Wednesday of the month will be to share with you what book I'm currently reading, but for this month, that will be next week.
Consider this week my writing update, which will be the 3rd Wednesday starting in February.

The 4th Wednesday will usually be the last Wednesday of the month, so I will provide what is hopefully a positive review of my progress.

The 5th Wednesdays fall at the beginning of the quarter this year, so I will be establishing some goals for myself for the three months that follow it. January's in particular will be my goal of reaching my Kickstarter goal for my book cover (squee).

Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Happy New Year!


I guess I shouldn't be surprised whenever another year occurs, but I can be thankful that I survived another year. 2018 was a difficult one, and I'm glad I can start 2019 with some high hopes. I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year's celebrations and the holiday season!

It is once again the first Insecure Writer's Support Group of the year! Please visit Alex J. Cavanaugh and the IWSG site to join in with the rest of us anxious writers.

I plan on beginning my self-publishing process this month, and I'm pretty nervous. I hope everything works out and that people actually buy my book. I certainly hope more people like it than don't. I want to look over it one last time, but I know if I do I will end up touching it, and I don't want to over-write it. I've probably done enough of that. There's an artist I want to hire for the cover, so I'm building a Kickstarter for that, and we'll see what happens from there.

Also, my older sister is starting a career coaching company, and she's asked me to be her associate for writing consultation, so this will be a very interesting year! I have to send her pricing and a profile this week, so I'll probably do that at work. hehe

The question for this month is: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

I wish I had a favorite question.

One of my least favorite questions about my writing is probably, "Do you have anything out there? Why not?" Because who has the time to explain to publishing process? BUT, I can say "Soon" now, so maybe I won't hate it anymore.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Insecure Writer's Support Group (Goodbye 2018!)

Happy December, and Happy Chanukah! It is the last first Wednesday of 2018, so that means it's time for the last meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group for the year. The bulk of 2018 was a roller coaster that I'm very ready to hop off of, so let's get on with it! I've said a few years in a row that the next year will be my year, but as I enter the realm of self-publishing, I can say with confidence that I will make 2019 my year.

This month's optional question is: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?

I've never really had a writing space. When I was younger, I was able to zone out and write wherever I was. I would like to get back into that habit. If I had to choose five objects, they would be my laptop, 2 blankets, a cup, and a plate--because I'm usually on the couch in my perpetually cold living room.

As always, a big thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the creator, for this group. Stop by his website to visit him and our co-hosts for this go-round. You can also join the fun on the main IWSG site.

Have a merry Christmas, and enjoy the rest of the holidays!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

There is so much going on in the world, so take a minute today to just find one or two things to be thankful for. I'm thankful for all of you!

Update: I witnessed the results of a motorcycle accident Wednesday night and saw a man die. I've had 4 shots of tequila and a glass of wine, and I am still not okay. Seriously, hug your loved ones. You don't know what the next minute promises.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Quick Thank You on Thursday!

If you see my tweet to the left, here's a longer version of what happened: as I went to my Comments Awaiting Moderation tab to approve the comments I had received yesterday, I saw SIX MONTHS of comments that I never got an e-mail for! And when I don't get an e-mail, I don't look at that tab. I thought my blog was dying haha.
But it wasn't, so I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to read and comment on my blog this past half of a year! I read each comment, and it's so appreciated to have this blogsphere support still! Love you guys!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Updates!

Happy Wednesday! I was so excited to post that I almost posted a week early.

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and for us writers, that means it's time to throw our cares into the blogosphere and encourage each other through good and bad thoughts. A big thank you as always to Alex J. Cavanaugh, the mastermind behind this whole project. You can visit his website and the Insecure Writer's Support Group site to join and visit the co-hosts and other participants.

[Side note: I just change the format to justified, and now I hope I remember to do that always. It looks so clean!]

On October 22, I started my new job back with the State of Delaware, not back at my old department (those cats declined TWICE!), but it wasn't meant to be, so I am joyfully in a different department. From day 1, I've felt so much lighter and stress-free. My boss is everything my previous boss was not, and I feel like I really am part of a team and not just the help. Also, I HAVE MY OWN OFFICE!

(I just inserted this one because I love my computer wall paper.)
Never in my life did I ever imagine having my own 4 walls and a door. I've been in cubicles and shared spaces my entire career existence! Every now and then, I just stand around in awe that they hired me. I don't want that feeling to wear off.

On October 29, I received my last agent rejection letter, so I will now be researching how to self-publish. I want to get the ball rolling on a Kickstarter for my cover art and marketing, and this time next year, I want to have a published book. Wish me the best!