October In Hindsight: Bookish Conquests and Other Things
Can you believe Halloween’s already over? It’s not fair! *pouts*
I’m a bit late with this post, but I wanted to go over some of the developments and conquests that happened like I usually do.
Hold on to your hat, there’s a lot of stuff to go through!
October was extremely productive for me.
Reaper Sequel Second Draft Almost Done!
Last month I got up to chapter 23 on my second round of edits for the book, and I’m now working on chapter 28! On my edits I go through a chapter twice, the first time hardcore editing and the second to read it over and make sure it’s smooth. I’ll most likely move on to chapter 29 by Thursday.
Quick note: I was incorrect when I said there were 29 chapters last month. There are indeed 30 chapters to the book. I’m now in the third act, which means wrapping things up.
Once I get through my edits I will give my second draft one last read through to make sure everything looks okay, then I’ll be sending it on to my alpha and beta readers!
If you are interested and have read the first book already, please comment and let me know!
In the Meantime…
While I chisel out what little remains of the Reaper sequel, if you haven’t checked out my writing, check out my published works below!
Reaper is the perfect festive treat if you love Halloween and terror.
For some, the Boogeyman is just a creepy fairy tale, but after a monster takes his sister from the basement, Gregory knows that the Boogeyman is all too real.
Can he save his sister from the monster before it’s too late?
If you’re not all about the horror, take a dystopian journey in my short story Conscience.
Rory Bennels lives in a world ruled by a business entity known as the Corporation. For years he’s executed cerebral uploads for the recently deceased, but when the famed anarchist Epher Lore ends up in his lab, a series of events occur that shakes Rory’s world to the core.
On the bookish side of things this month, I read 9 books and a short story.
So which read was the best this time around?
We’ve got another tie!
The Darkest Touch and The Anomaly Archives were both so good I couldn’t decide between the two.
The Anomaly Archives is by Travis Liebert, and I have to say I am continually impressed with his writing. This short story collection delivered chills, thrills, and kills in excess and is the perfect book to check out if you’re big on Halloween.
The Darkest Touch was my first read of Joseph Sale, and I was blown away. This book was the perfect mix of superheroes, apocalypse, and a dark theme that got my blood pumping. I highly recommend this hidden gem.
Least Favorite Book
Almost all of the books I read this month were knockouts, but there was one that fell behind the others. For me, that was Let the Right One In.
I did not finish this book, stopping at just below 50% of the way through.
What really killed it for me was the theme of pedophilia in the novel. There are certain things I simply do not want to read about, and that is one of them.
The book did veer away from that after a while, but even then, it felt so similar to the original movie that I wasn’t really getting anything new out of reading it.
I don’t recommend reading this one.
Movie & Series Conquests
This month was pretty good for watching new things.
Naturally I’ve been binging classic horror movies (Halloween is my favorite) , but most of them were rewatches so I did not review them.
What I did review was the second season of NOS4A2, the movie Here Alone, and the final season of Schitt’s Creek.
The winner this time around was easily Schitt’s Creek.
This finale for the series had all the laughs I expected, plus some real tearjerker moments that had me crying like a baby.
It’s sad to see this show go and I’m curious what will take its place.
If you’d like to see my thoughts on the final season, you can check it out here.
That’s a Wrap!
All right, there goes the month of October. 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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