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The WIP Diaries: some writing facts about me

It has been so long since I did a WIP Diaries post! Today's is a bit different - I'll be sharing some random facts about my writing style and process.

Hope you enjoy reading about them :)

1: DARK STORIES /  Look, I've tried okay? I've tried to be fluffy and a believer in happily-ever-afters, but for some reason my stories always end up dark, brutal, and tragic. The sadder, the better. The darker, the better. It's kinda worrying tbh ;)

This is a mixed blessing. I am never short of character ideas, which is great, but I also have a hard time resisting adding characters to my stories. I mean, sometimes a big cast can work, but sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it's just plain unnecessary. Hence the frustration. Once I had a cast of 20 characters in my WIP (all of them lead characters, mind you...) when actually I only needed about 5. Of course, once I've thought of a character for a story, I don't want to remove him or her, so…

Weekly What's Up - watching, rain, school

Almost the end of August! Almost! Wow. 
I finished season 1 of Riverdale (even if season 2 was available on Netflix SA, I wouldn't be keen on watching it. I mean it's fun, but I've read that the second season is a lot darker and given that I don't think it's a great series anyway, the motivation isn't there), I'm still loving Brooklyn Nine-Nine, still re-watching TATBILB (obviously), and I'm on season 8 of TVD.  TV is good :) 
It hasn't been an amazing week otherwise. I haven't been feeling on top of things. Hopefully it'll pass soon, though.
We've also been getting so much rain!! Yay!! 

Posts of the Week
I posted a book blitz about The Things We Leave Unsaid.

Currently Reading
In the Afterlight and The Martian Girl are a slog, and I'm re-reading Shadow and Bone for a series review.

Around the Blogosphere
Emily reviews the new movie release To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Lindsey shares tips & tricks to beat a reading slump



I'm excited to be sharing some info about this new book! Read on to find out more...

Is it the things we don’t say that haunt us the most? Clare is anxious to start a family with adoring husband, Pete. When she takes on the seemingly simple task of obtaining her late mother’s birth certificate, she finds herself in a family history search that will challenge everything she thought she knew about her life. Scarred by her parents' ill-fated marriage, Tessa lives by three rules – dating unavailable men, building her cafĂ© into a food empire, and avoiding her father. However, when her carefully planned life is thrown into chaos, Tessa is forced to decide which of these rules she’s willing to break. As Clare and Tessa’s paths cross and their friendship grows, can they both finally unlock their family secrets in order to realise their futures?

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From interior designer to author, Linn - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says ‘it’s b…

Weekly What's Up - work, school, new schedule

GUYS GUYS GUYS I WATCHED TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE. IT WAS AMAZING TO SAY THE LEAST. GO WATCH IT AND THEN RE-WATCH IT. Some random thoughts: - I SHIP IT. - Beautiful use of colour and the scenes are gorgeous. LOVE THE AESTHETIC. - Can I have my own Peter Kavinsky please - I relate to Lara Jean so freaking much. Literally. It's insane.  - POSITIVE FAMILY DYNAMICS YAS. - Gold humour and adorableness. - THE CHARACTERS AREN'T SEXUALISED AND I AM HERE FOR IT.

In other news, my week was busy but productive. I've started doing admin work for my dad to earn money and that's eating up my time; I'm exercising and feeling better about myself; I'm waking up earlier to read my Bible; aaand I'm all-round feeling good. Yay :) 

Posts of the Week
I reviewed a superb thriller, The Puppet Show.

I reviewed a YA novel, Tradition.

Currently Reading
I'm finding all of these books boring, except for Catwoman, which I'm buddy reading with my #squad <3

For Revie…

TRADITION - by Brendan Kiely

TRADITION - Brendan Kiely
Published: May 2018 - Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres:  Young adult / contemporary
Pages: 342.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Graphic scene of sexual assault / strong language / sexual innuendo / drug abuse
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Penguin Random House SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.

Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place.

Jamie Baxter feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams …

THE PUPPET SHOW - by M.W. Craven

THE PUPPET SHOW (Washington Poe #1) - M.W. Craven
Published: June 2018 - Constable.
Genres: Adult / thrillers / mystery / contemporary
Pages: 352.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Violence / graphic, gruesome descriptions / strong language / child abuse / mentions of rape
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of. Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it. As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has fa…

Weekly What's Up - reading, watching, school

Another week's gone by and I can't believe we're heading deeper into August. It's crazy. Before you know it it'll be Christmas and New Year, and that's just insane. 
In other news, I started watching Riverdale! Only two episodes in, but I'm enjoying it. I've also finished season 7 of TVD - just one left to go! - but I'm gonna be watching Riverdale season 1 before I start season 8 of TVD
My Mum and I have been watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, too. AND GUYS WHY DIDN'T I START IT SOONER?! It's seriously one of the best shows out there - the humour, the characters, the dialogue... the writing is so freaking perfect. I'm obsessed. 

Posts of the Week
I reviewed two thrillers: The Quaker and The Death Knock.

I reviewed the amazing Grace and Fury.

Currently Reading
Not loving any of these yet......

For Review
Yay! Thrillers galore :)

Writing Questions! 

For an upcoming WIP Diaries post, I thought id' be fun to answer any writing related questions…

GRACE AND FURY (Grace and Fury #1) - by Tracy Banghart

GRACE & FURY (Grace & Fury #1) - Tracy Banghart
Published: July 2018 - Hodder Children's Books.
Genres: Young adult / romance / fantasy
Pages: 320.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Sexual innuendos / violence
Format: ARC paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive. Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace - selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman. But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything. Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?

The reviews for Banghart's debut have been mixed. But as soon as I opened the book and read the first paragraph, I knew what my review would be. I was falling int…

2 Mini Book Reviews: THE QUAKER and THE DEATH KNOCK

THE QUAKER - Liam McIlvanney
Published: June 2018 - HarperCollins.
Genres: Adult / thriller / contemporary
Pages: 400.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Adult themes / strong language / violence / sexual content / gruesome descriptions
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: The Quaker. He’s taken his next victim — the third woman from the same nightclub — and dumped her in the street like rubbish. The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. After six months, DI Duncan McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation — with a view to shutting it down for good.
His arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be …

Weekly What's Up - Netflix, school, writing

Lots of school stress this week and I had a few really bad anxiety days :( But, I did get to read a fair bit, I actually did some book writing (GO ME), and I'm watching TVD and re-re-re-re-watchingF.R.I.E.N.D.S on Netflix. When I finish season 7 of TVD, I'm gonna start Riverdale. Then season 8 of TVD, then Gilmore Girls. Woohoo! I'm excited ;)

Posts of the Week
I reviewed the incredible thriller Something in the Water.

I talk about Heathcliff and Cathy's abusive relationship.

I wrapped up July!

I reviewed Ignite Me and Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi.

I reviewed The Fates Divide.

Currently Reading
I'm enjoying all of these so far. I'm buddy reading an eARC of Damsel with Di :)

For Review
I got an eARC of this book from Netgalley, but I won't be starting it till late August.

Writing Questions! 
For an upcoming WIP Diaries post, I thought id' be fun to answer any writing related questions you might have for me. They can be about my personal writing process, my cha…

THE FATES DIVIDE (Carve the Mark #2) - by Veronica Roth

THE FATES DIVIDE (Carve the Mark #2) - Veronica Roth
Published: April 2018 - Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young adult / romance / science fiction
Pages: 443.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Violence and trauma.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them. The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable. Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever. As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning …

2 Mini Book Reviews: IGNITE ME and RESTORE ME by Tahereh Mafi

IGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3) - Tahereh Mafi
Published: 2014 - HarperCollins
Genres: Young adult / dystopia / romance
Pages: 421.
Triggers/Content Advisory: A few graphic sex scenes.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Penguin Random House SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

I liked this book! The writing still isn't my favourite ever, but it's a fun story.

There's not much of a plot, however. It's very character driven, lots and lots of relationship drama, and it's heavy on dialogue and…