November In Hindsight: Bookish Conquests and Other Things

Good Morning Everyone!

Man, this year is flying by, wouldn’t you say? Can you believe it’s almost Christmas time? I am SO not ready. I haven’t done any shopping yet, but last year I was super on top of it.

Anywho,┬áNovember was a great month for me overall, and I’m excited to share some great recommendations and writing updates with you!

On a personal level, I’ve been super stressed out. I feel that some huge changes are coming in 2020, and I’ll gladly embrace change, even if it means being extremely uncomfortable (all change is pretty much uncomfortable for me, but hey, I’m a Taurus!).

I know that people have bigger problems, like actually having a career or job in the first place, but I’m just being honest with where I’m at.

Anywho, let’s get into some recommendations and writing updates!

Writing Conquests

Reaper: A Horror Novella

First things first, this month had some interesting developments for my debut novella Reaper.

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For starters, I had two really great reviews this month that I’m happy to share below from GoodReads.

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Getting a good review is like getting exactly what you want for your birthday or Christmas. Very little can beat that feeling.

Also, even more news! My debut novella Reaper was purchased by my local library (the one I actually borrow books from) and will soon be on display and available to borrow! I was so flabbergasted by the news that I will be approaching all of my local libraries to see if they will carry it.

It’s less about the libraries buying my book than it is giving younger readers the opportunity to check out my work and having better distribution locally. Kansas City is very supportive of its local authors. I may even branch out from Kansas City if the response is strong enough with the other libraries. Hey, it doesn’t hurt, right?

Speaking of which, I’ve recently switched Reaper over to Kindle Unlimited, so if you are a member, now’s the perfect time to check out my debut novella. Simply click here to check it out on Amazon.

Reaper Sequel

As far as writing my sequel this month, it’s been a mixed bag. I made a lot of progress at the beginning of the month, especially with my writer’s retreat, but once I got back life took over in spades. I guess that’s the universe for ya, huh?

Anywho, I only ended up writing about 5,500 words this month. Bummer I know, but I can’t help when life happens so I’m letting it be. I’m currently at the second scene of my chapter 19.

Still, this month was huge for plotting. I ended up plotting out my chapters 16 through 22. Yes, I already had a basic plot, but the first time I wrote it was back in the summer, and a TON has changed since then so I had to update everything and give it more detail.

I’m currently right at the end of plotting Chapter 22, and once I complete that it’s back to writing, at least three and a half chapters worth. Wish me luck!

 

Bookish Conquests

On the bookish side of things this month, it’s been great!

I read a total of seven books, yippee!

Based on the images, it’s quite obvious I took more of a Young Adult perspective this time around.

So which one was my favorite? Well, it was tough, but I’m going with Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab.

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This book was a great continuation of the Cassidy Blake series, and I blazed through it wanting more. That kind of drive for me means that I love something, and it’s true! I love this series and can’t wait to read more.

Feel free to check out my review here if you’d like.

 

As for the others, you can check out my reviews below if you’re interested.

The Andalite Chronicles

Station Eleven

Animorphs #12

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Animorphs #14

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I also started reading short stories this month in between books. This month I read a total of four.

This was also a toughie, but I’m gonna go with St. Isabelle’s Downfall by Tiffany Renee Harmon.

This short story was great and had elements of horror and psychological thrills. I was hooked from the get go and can’t wait to read more of her work!

 

You can check out my other reviews below if you’re interested.

The Ballad of Bonnie Rotten

The Farm

Shaman

Movie & Series Conquests

On the watching side of things, this month will seem really slow, but I actually have a backlog of watched things to review (don’t worry, I’ll get there!). This month was pretty simple with just four recommendations.

I have to say, hands down it was all about Marianne.

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Suspense, horror, thrills, kills, man did this first season pack a punch! Even weeks after watching this, I’m still in awe. It’s great shows like this that make me grateful for my Netflix access.

If you’d like to check out my review, click here.

 

Also, feel free to check out the others below.

Channel Zero

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Part 2

Assimilate

That’s a Wrap!
All right, there goes the month of November. How was your month? Did you read or see something in my conquests? Do you have any recommendations for books, tv, or movies? As always, feel free to comment!

Happy Reading and Watching, everyone!

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2 Comments »

  1. Without change, there’d be no butterflies.

    Congrats on 5500 words. I know you’re disappointed, but slow progress IS progress.

    I watched St. Agatha on Netflix last week. I didn’t see the ending coming! It’s a gory, insane, good movie.

    • You’re so right, and I did get a ton of plotting done. I’m getting close to the end of the second act! Maybe five or six more chapters after ch 22!

      Ooo I haven’t heard of that. Definitely checking it out!

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