Recommended Reads: THE SCORPIO RACES

Here’s another magical story I couldn’t put down. Part of me was bothered by the idea of capturing and caging mythical sea horses, and that feeling only seemed to get worse as the story went on.

But I think that’s kind of the point. It adds to a darkness in this book that wouldn’t be so pronounced without it, and in that darkness this love story shines so bright.

One of my favorite concepts in love stories is when the differences between two people create the perfect connection, a meant-to-be team, and each brings something to the other. Where each person guards the other, keeps them safe from their demons. They don’t just love each other, they need each other in a life-or-death way.

And there’s so much more going on in this plot which I don’t want to mention for fear of ruining the magic.

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
Amazon | Goodreads | Maggie Stiefvater’s website

UNQUIET Update – December 15

UNQUIET is with the first editor. When I sent it off I was like, YAY I GET A BREAK! Then I realized I have to use this time to write the blurb.

Fact: A novel’s blurb is harder to write than the novel itself.

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete (96,621 words)
My revisions: Complete (98,839 words)
Editing: Started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – December 7

Twenty-eight degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect temperature for a night walk. A lively dog who sets a quick pace and likes to add in bursts of sprinting is a must. Added bonus is neighbors using their fireplaces and filling the crisp air with woodsmoke. We walked/ran two miles in about 45 minutes. It would have been quicker if we hadn’t needed to stop from time to time and sniff many individual pieces of grass. And pause on the street corner to survey for threats and scrutinize every blinking Christmas light and falling leaf. And go out of the way to avoid the inflated waving Santa who most certainly was trying to kill us. Can I trade June, July, and August for three more Decembers?

On to book news. My revisions are going very fast. Editing starts very soon. My guess for publication is March, but don’t hold me to that.

I still haven’t decided which of the three closing lines is the one…

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete! (96,621 words)
My revisions: Started (74% complete)
Editing: Starting soon
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – I wrote the closing line!

…actually, I wrote *three* closing lines. I’m not sure which one is the right one. XD

But what’s important now is this story is written! I’ve done a lot of revising and editing along the way so it won’t need much more from me. I plan to send it for editing in a few weeks (after I’ve completely tortured myself in trying to make it perfect although I know it never will be).

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete! (96,621 words)
My revisions: Started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – November 9

I’m on the last chapter. It’s taking for-ev-er. My goal is to finish draft one and start revisions by Tuesday. Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: In progress (92,108 words)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – September 29

Here is what I should be doing:

Sowing grass seed where a blow-up pool killed the grass in my backyard.
Cutting weeds out of the bushes against my house.
Vacuuming the finished section of the basement.
Clearing clutter out of my house.
Washing my car.

Here is what I’m actually doing on this cool early Fall day:

Sitting in my sunroom in my house slippers writing a story.

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: In progress (83,670 words)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started