Monthly Highlights - July

Friday, July 31, 2015

Over here on the side bar I finally figured out how to add social media buttons! You may go stalk and follow all of them. :p > > > > > 
If you are reading this as an email, you'll need to visit the actual website to see them. 

Note: Editing has taken over my life this month (*cough* you'll notice  from my lack of posts) but I am NOT dead and merely imprisoned by my own book. 
It happens. 
Posts shall resume in August.


The first draft, at least. It came to 93,000 words, and there's sooo much to edit. It's daunting and exciting at the same time. :p
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And.... *drumroll* I got a Facebook page!
(We won't talk about how long I tried to get a like button in the actual post. Apparently I'm not technologically savvy enough to do that.)

It only takes a couple seconds to go and like it, so it would make me unbelievably happy if you went and liked it.


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I got my permit! 

It's kind of frightening, actually. I'm not bad at driving, but continually have to remind myself not to tense up to the point where my knuckles turn white when I'm on the roads. :p

Cabin time! 
Every summer my whole dad's side of the family gets together at a small resort and spend a whole week together. Lots of weirdness, swimming, reading, and campfire treats ensue.

...Cousin love.
Here's the weirdness. We all got matching sweatshirts and they were pretty awesome. xD
I'm on the left.
Mmm. Chocolate eclairs. A croissant roll with pudding inside and chocolate on the top.

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I wrote two posts, which seems extremely pitiful, but it's better than none, right?

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I interviewed Jaye L. Knight for the Half-Blood blog tour!

I also told you why I think it's okay to sometimes take a break.

Cait at Paper Fury posted about unfollowing blogs.

*NEW BLOG ALERT* A bunch of blogger buddies that I know joined together to make a group writing blog: Young Writer's Treehouse.

This post wasn't from this month, but I found a video where an agent was interviewed on her advice for new authors.

Heather guest posted on Aimee's blog and stated why she thinks parents aren't dominant in YA novels.

I read 11 books this month. Considering that I was also doing Camp NaNoWriMo, this number is far more than I expected it to be. AND, most of the books were awesome. So that's even better.

Goliath (Leviathan, #3) Behemoth (Leviathan, #2) The Eighth Day (Eighth Day, #1) The Choosing (Seer, #1) Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories Out of Darkness Rising The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet (Ellie Sweet, #1) The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) Firefight (Reckoners, #2) The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1)

Favorite Book: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. [5/5] Sheer hilariousness and geniusness. (I made up both of those words in case you were wondering.

Least Favorite: Steampunk! by an assortment of authors. [1/5] I'm giving one star to the stories I actually read. The rest... eh. I just wasn't interested in any of them. 

Favorite Cover: Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George. [/5] While the book wasn't actually that fantastic, good gracious, the cover is gorgeous. I love everything about it.

Releases this Month: 
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- Katie Grace

Have you read any of these new releases? Do you have a Facebook page? What's your favorite cover out of the books I read this month? (Or you could share your favorite cover of all time if you can choose. ;)

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  1. I love the cover for Choosing! And I really really want to read Five Enchanted Roses!!

    -Grace (

    1. Choosing's cover is definitely my second favorite. It's soooo pretty.
      Same, here. I really want to get a paperback copy of it, but it's so expensive. Maybe if I wait awhile it'll go down in price.


      I have seventeen of them. Plenty to spare.
      (Kidding, kidding. . . I love all of them. xD)

  3. Yayyy! I just finished all my editing and boy does that feel good or what. I've finished. It's a mixed love feeling: "I finished I'm so glad I'm done; I'm finished *cries* now what?! I'll never get another grand idea!"
    lol. Awesome job on the writing! Yay! Drive safe. ;) I'm a little nervous about that..haha. It'll be a few years anyways.. ;)

      You'll get another idea. I know it. Maybe a sequel or a prequel to the novel you just wrote?
      Hehe. So far driving has gone great! Good luck to you when you start. :)

    2. It's a good feeling..but not. :P Now I need another project, or I think I'll die. LOL.
      Oh no..I thought about that..but it's just finished. I just know it is, if I go on-I think I'll ruin it. ;) So, I got about 34k..apparently I added more while editing. haha.
      Awesome!! :D haha, thanks!

    3. Wow that was a quick reply to the comment. 0.0
      Ooh, that's awesome! I usually tend to cut more while editing... NaNo has me tugging for lots of extra words so I always have to cut those down. xD
      Pinterest is a great place to start for inspiration for new story ideas... And, *cough* procrastination. :p

    4. hahahaaa. I get notified by email, and just happened to be on. ;)
      Really? I cut some, but apparently added more. O.o hahaa, I usually feel rushed-so I don't do as much. :P I don't think I'll be doing NaNo this Nov. I want a break. ;) I'm just going to write casually, and enjoy it a bit more. :) I actually just got the most awesome idea! I just have to figure out all the confusing glitches. I thought I might bring some of my characters back when they are way older and kinda of mix them into my story.. :)
      Do you like third person when it just focuses on one person, or third when you go around with lots of stories that connect? I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my next story...If I did it with lots of people, perhaps I could write more and actually make it into a novel! :)
      lol. I knowwww. I like to brainstorm, usually one idea leads to another. :)

    5. Ohhhh. That makes sense. :p
      Ooh, yay for new ideas! And I love the idea of bringing in old characters -- readers would love that for sure. :)
      Generally, you should have one main character that your story focuses on, so they'll be in the POV(point of view) for most of the time. I know some novels followed two characters and switch off every chapter -- I like that, too -- but you should probably keep it to a minimum over two or three main characters for the POV so the readers don't get confused. ... If that makes sense. :)

  4. Congratulations on finishing your book! That must be an amazing feeling. I just finished rewriting mine yesterday and the party feeling hasn't faded yet. Right now I feel ready to take on another two books. Might need to rein that enthusiasm in a little methinks...Also, I hopped over and liked your Facebook page. And thank you so much for sharing the link to 'Young Writers' Treehouse'. We really appreciate it!

    1. It is such an amazing feeling, yet such a terrifying feeling knowing that editing comes next. :p Oh -- congrats on finishing your rewriting! Rewriting is my most dreaded part of the whole book process. I just despise it. :p
      Thanks so much! And you're welcome; it's an awesome blog. :D

  5. Congrats on getting your permit! It's so exciting to get that new sense of independence. :) Stay safe on those roads, okay? Also, thanks for featuring my guest post on Aimee's blog!

    1. Thanks! It is, and I'll do my best. ;)
      You're welcome -- I really liked it!

  6. Oooh. * headdesk* I read Firefight. I. Can't. Wait. For. Calamity. To. Come. Out. That book was so... And the ending... 0.0

    1. I knoooow. *headdesks with you* How. Will. We. Be. Able. To. Wait? I can't stop thinking about what could/might happen. . . I don't know if Brandon Sanderson is the happy or sad type of ending person. . .

    2. Neither do I. This series was the first of his books that I've read... *headbrickwall* Athelas thinks I've been emotionally damaged by Firefight. :-P

    3. *nod* You should read The Rithmatist. I think that might be my favorite book of his...
      Heh, I would be surprised if someone WASN'T emotionally damaged by that book. xD

  7. AAAAHHHHH YOU READ MISTBORN WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT ISN'T IT AMAZING *breathes deeply and tries not to freak out* But seriously, I loved that book. I haven't gotten to the second one yet, though, but I have to.

      I actually liked the second one better than the first... And one of my friends like the third one best out of the trilogy, so I'm excited to read that one. :D You MUST go read the second so we can talk about it. xD

  8. It's a cool idea to have a monthly highlights! I love your pictures!

    1. Thanks! I always like seeing the recaps on other blogs, so I wanted to start doing one on my own this year. :)

  9. I loved Firefight!! Although I don't think it's as good as Steelheart, but almost. I can't wait for Calamity!!!! It's taking a lot of self control not to go on a massive Brandon Sanderson book buying spree. lol!! I want to read all of them. Mistborn is at the top of the list.

    1. I think I liked Steelheart better, too, but Firefight's ending was SOOOO magnificent. *dies*
      I love all of Brandon Sanderson's books. They are all so genius. :p I'm pretty sure my favorite is The Rithmatist, but it's hard to chose one. And the sequel to that book comes out 2017. *pouty face*

  10. Congrats on getting your permit! Also, HOW did you get the social media buttons there? I've been trying to figure that out forever. How did you like Mistborn? I absolutely adore that series. And of course, congrats also on finishing your rough draft! That's a big accomplishment. I hope you reward yourself with something. :)

    1. Thank you!
      I used this tutorial: // It's very simple compared to other tutorials I've tried to follow in the past. :p
      Oh, yes, I've rewarded myself with some editing. *dry laugh* Lovely, isn't it?

    2. *shoves chocolate and ice cream at you and closes your laptop* Take a break if you need it girl! :D
      Thanks for the link!

    3. You're welcome!
      *devours chocolate and ice cream*
      And this is the link where I got the social media buttons... There are tons of different colors for you to choose from -

    4. Oooohhhhhhhh more links. :) thanks!

  11. Congratulations! On finishing your first draft! And getting a Facebook page! And getting your permit! You have much cause to celebrate :D

    Ooh, I know what you mean. I was really tense when I started driving too. It got better, though.

    11 books! Huzzah! I really want to read The Choosing. And the Sanderson books. And Silver in the Blood, but *gasp* you didn't like it?? And, OH, you read Ellie Sweet! Wasn't it good?

    Anyway, I hope you have a marvelous month! Good luck on your edits!

    Ally @ The Scribbling Sprite

    1. Thank you! *throws confetti* It's been a month filled with celebrations. ;)
      The Choosing is soooo good. And Sanderson. READ THEM ALL. *hides* No, I didn't like it.*sigh* But Ellis Sweet was FANTASTIC

      Thanks for commenting, Ally! :)

  12. Hi, Katie! I've nominated you for an award! Feel free to join in!


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