What I'm reading
I read The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, the second Lockwood & Co novel, which was a lot of fun! I also read The Lost Son by Tessa Gratton, which was a really unique take on Norse mythology. And I read Clariel by Garth Nix, which I enjoyed, though not as much as the Old Kingdom trilogy. It's a great addition to the series, though (and there are going to be more books! Yay! *dances*).
What I'm writing
Shiny Book 2! It's slowed a bit, because I've been away, and I've also been editing Book 1, but I still wrote 10,000 words this week despite being occupied with ICELAND AWESOMENESS! I hit 50K yesterday, so I'm still on track to finish the draft before the end of the month. ^^
With Book 1, I've just battled through a really intense edit where I rewrote about 6000 words and cut 5000 (I have a whole document of deleted scenes/sections!). And now I'm working on Edit #6 and waiting to hear back from another couple of readers (I'll have a post on my editing process on the blog on Friday! :))
It's also time for first-round edits on Darkworld Book 3 (hoping for a Spring 2015 publication date! Woo!). Which means the manic power-drafting will have to stop... for now. ;)
What works for me
I'm going to go ahead and recommend a book I've probably mentioned before, Rachel Aaron's 2K-10K: Writing Faster, Better, and Writing More of What You Love . The tips in this book are one of the reasons I'm a much faster drafter than I used to be, and one tip in particular has been important lately - the longer you write, the faster you write. It's true - I always struggle to get words down for the first hour or so (or until the caffeine kicks in. :P), but the longer I write for, the faster the word count climbs!
What else I've been up to
I got to announce my new release dates - Fear's Touch: A Darkworld Novella is being published on the 17th November, and Walking Shadow (Darkworld #2) is now confirmed for the 1st December 2014! And I've officially been a published author a year now, which is kind of awesome! ^_^
And the part you all want to hear about... ICELAND.
Wow. O_O It was (*resists the urge to say "really cool" :P) PHENOMENAL. In the past week, I've seen the Northern Lights. I've been on a whale-watching tour in which an entire school of dolphins swam right up to the front of the boat and then raced us across the water (bear in mind I adore dolphins but I've never seen one up close before! *dies of awesome*), and saw minke whales, too. I've explored Reykjavik, been on the Golden Circle tour and seen geysers and glaciers and volcanoes and the continental division... Okay, I'm going to stop jabbering now and just post my photos.
Me on the whale-watching trip! (My boyfriend got me the hat, by the way. :P)
We got THIS close to a dolphin.
This was when they were following the boat!
*dies of awesome again*
They were really friendly! ^^
I filmed this as they followed the boat!
Close encounter with dolphins! :D
Geysir! I snapped this picture just as this happened. :D
Fresh air, anyone? ;) (Honestly... this was something like £6 a can. For air. o.O)
Aurora Borealis! :D :D :D
I messed around with the panoramic views on my camera! :D
Gullfoss waterfall + rainbow! ^^
Pretty view from near the continental divide! ^_^
And this wins the prize for unfortunate language crossover.*snicker* (Immature? Us? Never. ;))
Yes, this is an actual place. o.O We didn't actually go in, but as you can imagine...