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Who is Seshat in Modern Days?

To clear things up now, Seshat is not my real name but rather a nom de plume, and I will use it until I get more comfortable around here. For mythology lovers, she is the Egyptian Goddess of writing and wisdom. The last part in Modern Days, is pretty straightforward, I am reviewing books today.

Please note this name does not mean to copy any other book reviewers or bloggers out there, it’s just used for convince and keeping my real name off the web. I also use it because Seshat is an Egyptian Goddess, and I love Egyptian Mythology, although I haven’t read much good fiction books on it sadly. I should also point out this is not my fist blog, I had another one with this site, but do to forgetting the password, and previously deleting my extra email, I have chosen to start fresh with the occasional post (I mean there wasn’t much to begin with) from my old blog.

 

7 Female Authors I Have Yet To Read

Hello my lovelies, so I was reorganizing my bookshelves (as bookworms do) and I realized there were several authors that I own multiple books of and yet I haven’t read a single thing by them so here are 7 female Authors I have yet to read & will try to make an effort to read in the New Year.

Holly Black

26032825One memory that has really stayed with me was when I was in Grade 9, I was about to pick up a Holly Black novel at the library when all of a sudden an 11th Grader walked up to me and told me NOT to read Holly Black saying I wouldn’t like it. Today I haven’t touched a single Holly Black book despite owning the first 2 books in her Curse Workers trilogy, & The Iron Trial. I was also curious to try The Cruel Prince, The Coldest Girl in Cold Town & The Darkest Part of the Forest, but everytime I go near her books all I can think is that 11th Grader saying don’t read Holly Black. As ridiculous as it sounds I just can’t bring myself to read her books. So next year is going to be the year where I put away that weird paranoia I have and try one of her books and if I like it I will pick up the rest of her books. So I guess it is just a matter of chosing correctly.

Kiersten White

Now for White I only own And I darken, however I kept meaning to get Paranormalcy, The Chaos of Stars, & now The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein at the library. All of her books sound like something I would enjoy but for some reason every time I pick up her books life gets crazy and the next thing I know is that I am returning a book that I haven’t read. So next year I really what to make an effort to read at least one of her books.

Maureen Johnson 

 I have heard nothing but great things about Johnson’s mysteries but for some reason I never read them. Both The Name of the Star and Truly Devious sound like books I would enjoy but I just never get around to reading any of her books. They always became overshadowed by new releases. So like White I intend to put some time aside to get to her, maybe I will try a 24 hour readathon???

Ryan Graudin

 So funny story I honestly thought I own none of Graudin’s books but apparently I do. In fact now I have copies and while I prefer to donate books I’m over or copies, I really should see if I like her writing style first. Who knows maybe it was a waste of money or maybe I want to keep both copies. Either way I do want to read Graudin. I own both Wolf by Wolf & Invictus, by Graudin but the one I really have been meaning to pick up was The Walled City. 

Cindy Anstey 

The Hummingbird DaggerNow I don’t own a single Anstey book so it is sort of cheating to have her on this list BUT Love, Lies, & Spies, Suitors & Sabotage, Duels & Deception, and The Hummingbird Dagger all sound like historical fiction books I would enjoy. In fact I am kind of shocked that I don’t even own any of her books because you I thought I would. I know I can easily get her books at the library but I think I am more than alright with buying her books. It is just the matter of will I read them or will her book sit on my shelves neglected? which I don’t know which is worse.

Libba Bray 

Honestly I don’t even want to talk about Libba Bray. Everyone I seemed to come across loves her writing and I feel like I’m missing out when people bring up inside jokes. The thing is I could never decide which Bray book to start with first. Like do I start with The Diviners (but like it is so long), or Beauty Queens (which I only want to read in the summer) or should I start with The Great & Terrible Beauty (which I don’t even know what it is about but I own it). If someone could just point me to the best book to start off with I would be forever grateful.

Marie Lu

Okay so out of all of the authors this one is probably the most embarrassing and the one I most want to get to out of all of them. I have never read a Marie Lu book (she drew the art for the Illuminae series but I am not counting that), but I own EVERYTHING she has written. Why? Well my mom gave me her entire Legend series which she got for dirt cheap at a Thrift Store, and her entire Young Elites series was given to me as a christmas gift and then I picked up Warcross because I heard such good things. So now I own pretty much every Marie Lu YA book out there but I don’t even know if I like Marie Lu. So yeah if I can get to her next year that would be great.

Anyways those are 7 women authors I really want to get to. I decided to split the men authors from the women authors because it would have just became a long post and I didn’t want that. So look towards Part 2 of Authors I have yet to read.

Seshat

2018 NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

Pens down my lovelies, NaNoWriMo is officially over and like many others I am sad to see it come to an end. So like last year lets talk about the madness 🙂

How Was NaNoWriMo? Outline? Changes? Process?

NaNoWriMo started off great. I stuck with my loose outline (order of places hit) and I managed to beat 1666 words everyday for the first week. And then everything went downhill from there. I entered a writing slump and I started binge watching Fairy Tail (who for those who don’t know is roughly 24 minute 182 episodes and 2 movies. So yeah I wasted a lot of time instead of writing. Then when I finally finished catching up on Fairy Tail I read two christmas books. Only after all that did I start writing again which was difficult because I knew how I wanted the story to go in-depth but I couldn’t seem to put the right words to capture it. Needless to say the revising stage is going to kill me.

There were a few surprises though, when I thought my writing would go one way only to end up going somewhere unexpected. Originally I wanted only 3 narratives but I ended up with 6. I also came up with new characters and subplot revolving around them because I found the concept of having an Order sanctioned by the Church & Police quite Fascinating. For the most bit Part 1 remained how I wanted it to and ended exactly how I wanted it to end. I know Part 2 however is going to end up differing greatly from what I originally wrote in my outline because of the added characters.

So yeah that is how everything is going in regards to the process, changes and outline. I just realized know that most of what I wrote above doesn’t make a lot of sense seeing as you can’t see it so to sum it up things are going good there were a few changes that will affect my outline later on but otherwise everything is good.

That aside have some stats:

Days 15-30 Word Count: 7,210 words

Total Word Count: 26,138 words

Days 15-30 Pages Written: 35 pages

Total Pages: 132 pages

Days 15-30 Chapters Completed: I’ve completed 1 and a half chapters (rest of Chapter 8 and all of Chapter 9)

Total Chapters Completed: Chapters 1-9 and the first page of Chapter 10

Finished or Not? Did I Meet My Goals?

I am far from finished. Originally my goal was to do a chapter a day, but that plan failed rather spectacularly so by Midpoint of NaNoWriMo I decided to change my goal to something a little more doable. My new goal was to at least finish Part 1 which I also didn’t complete but I am so close. After a few changes Part 1 is officially going to end with Chapter 10 so I am so close to meeting my goal but not quite there yet.

So What Now? 

Well just because NaNoWriMo is over doesn’t mean my Project is too. This December I plan on continuing my writing and am going to try to write a little every day.  So my December writing goals are:

  • Finish Chapter 10 (Part 1)
  • Start Chapter 11 (Part 2)
  • Get a third of Part 2 written before the New Year

Of course writing won’t be the highest thing on my to-do list with Christmas and Yule coming up as well as Tistheseasonathon, but I don’t want to completely put The Stein Legacy aside for the holiday season because I would love to start revising it in February. Honestly I would be happy if I can get any amount of writing done because every word counts to finishing my project all the sooner.

Overall I am going to say 2018 NaNoWriMo was both a success and a fail. It was a failure because I couldn’t meet any of my goals but it was a success because I managed to write 9 chapters when at the start of the month I had nothing. I know where my story is going and I feel semi confident with my characters so all in all I am pretty happy with this year’s NaNoWriMo.

                                                                                                         Seshat

*For the last 15 days I was listening to Gimmie Sympathy by Metric, Say My Name by David Guetta, Babe Rexha & J Balvin, and Fiance by Mino on repeat.

November Wrap Up

I know what you are thinking, but yes your eyes are not deceiving you. I actually read in November despite thinking I wouldn’t be able to because of NaNoWriMo and a sudden urge to binge watch Fairy Tail. While I didn’t read the books on my November tbr I did read 2 books, so here are the books I somehow managed to get to.

Now it is a rare day in hell when I pick up a contemporary, rarer to love it which is what happened when I picked up Tempestuous by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes. Tempestuous was an old school YA book and a loose Shakespeare’s Tempest retelling. Strangely enough I enjoyed this book from its characters getting stuck in the mall after a blizzard, pulling pranks to get revenge, accidentally getting handcuffed, and the occasional nod to its original source material. It was a fun lighthearted romance that I really needed after writing such a dark twisted book for Nanowrimo. Now there was a mystery aspect in the book but a few chapters in it didn’t take long for me to figure out who the Robber was and what direction the book was going to end, however there were still a few surprises I didn’t expect which always is a plus from me, so 4/5 Stars. 

Still riding from the high of finishing one Christmas book I picked up Ex-Mas by Kate Brian, which I ended up giving 2.5 stars. Now this book had moment I loved such as the music interludes, both exs trying to get their siblings back without their parents finding out and the road trip aspect however what took away a star was that Lila changed for the better and learned to appreciate her family BUT Beau (terrible name btw), didn’t even grow. He still the kind of guy who judges Lila for changing even though it was high school. It just would have been nice to see him apologize as well instead of her just saying sorry for giving up on their friendship. Anyways I had fun but I expected more than what I was given hence the low rating.

So those were the two books I managed to squeeze into November. I also started The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T.Anderson & Eugene Yelchin. I am about 144 pages in and so far I am loving it, but more about that in my December Wrap Up. Until then I hope everyone is having a fantastic start to December.

                                                                                                          Seshat

December Tbr

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...It’s the busiest time of year with rushing to get presents for relatives you never really see, setting up christmas trees and clearing the driveway from piles of neverending snow. Yes it truly is a beautiful time and why not add-on to the madness with a massive tbr.

So my tbr can be broken into 2 parts. The first part is the 5 books I plan to read for TISTHESEASONATHON which starts on December 3rd to the 9th. The second part of my tbr are full of any winter-ish books I own, as well as the las book for my monthly classics challenge. So cozy up and let me share my last ambitious tbr for this year.

Tbr for Tistheseasonathon

Challenge 1: Read a book with red or/and green on the cover –  For this I want to read The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford which if you have seen the movie then you know that this is the story of how Charles Dickens came up with The Christmas Carol in 6 weeks with a few creative embellishments. I personally was inspired to get this book because I loved the movie and related deeply with Dickens writer’s habits and struggles. Also it has both red and green on the cover so it works perfectly.

Challenge 2: Read a book while listening to christmas music – Nothing screamed more perfect than Winterspell by Clare Legrand which is a retelling of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker & The Dormouse. Obviously I am going to listen to nothing but Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker soundtrack and maybe Carol of the Bells because it is my favourite christmas song ever.

Challenge 3: Read a warm and fuzzy book – For this I plan on reading Shades of Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon which is the third book in the retelling of the musical Bridgadoon. I found the first two books quick and sweet so this makes it a perfect for a readathon. Also bonus points that the next book I have to read in this series happens to take place during the winter season making it rather fitting for this time of the month.

2452383Challenge 4: Read a book under 250 pages – Last year I read Dicken’s Christmas Carol, this year wanting to keep with the tradition of reading a christmas dickens novel I am going to read The Chimes which is a goblin’s tale and about 170 pages.

Finally Challenge 5: Read a book about this holiday season – For this I want to read The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand which is about Holly who works for an organization as the Ghost of Christmas Past after she doesn’t mend her selfish and spoiled ways when she was alive. I’m hoping for lots of shoutouts to the original source and for one crazy story.

Tbr for the rest of the month

Now if I can’t finish the books above during the readathon then I will just read them throughout the month, however there are 3 other books I do want to try to get to.

The first book is The Nutcracker & The Dormouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. This book is my last book for my personal challenge to read a classic a month. It would be nice to read this and see what elements were taken for Winterspell, so I am looking forward to this.

The second book is Between the Spark & the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke, which is the 2nd book to Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea.  I really love the first book but for some reason I never finished this duology despite having the 2nd book for the longest time. So it would be nice if I could get to this one and finally wrap up a series. While it doesn’t take place during christmas the setting is a mountain so I’m counting it as a winter book.

Finally the last book I want to try to get to is Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, a book that has nothing to do with christmas or winter-y atmosphere but is a high fantasy about a band getting back together after they are way past their prime in order to do one more job. I thought it would be nice to throw in there in case I get bored with all the holiday books.

And those are the 8 books I am hoping to get to this month. I know I am past my goodreads goal but if I can read even just 5 more of these books then I will have officially read 100 books! which is probably making this year my best reading year yet.

                                                                                                                    Seshat

October/Spooktacular ReadAThon Wrap Up

Excuse the late update, I have been very busy with NaNoWriMo that I sort of forgot I didn’t post this. Anyways October was not a good month for reading. I just didn’t feel like reading and then when I did, I ended up busy with work so by the time October rolled around I ended up reading only 4 books and dnf-ing 1 book.

The first book I read was The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson which I gave 2.5/5 Stars. Meaning this was one of those cases where I had trouble with the language and I already knew the big spoiler so I was pretty unaffected by it. However the book was not a total dud. The concepts were interesting and I loved how the book led up to the big conclusion. All said and done I don’t think this classic was for me, but I am glad that I finally got to it.

The second book I read was My Sister The Vampire; Twin-tasophe by Sienna Mercer. Now I know this is an elementary school book but I had it on my shelf for many years, and I would be damned it I just let it sit there un-read. Obviously I have to forgive it for not being very descriptive but it did feel like a in-between book without much thought to plot and only caring about giving suspense to the sequel. So I guess 3/5 Stars, I have a feeling I would have loved it more when I was younger and this is a prime example why I need to get to those books that have been on my shelves forever else my taste will change and I won’t enjoy them as much.

The third book I read I am honestly thinking about doing a review for it but then I realize I suck at making reviews, anyways the third book I read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I gave 2.5 or 3 Stars depending on my mood. Now I wanted to love this, I really did, but it ended up being pretty confusing. The time jumps, & introductions to characters kept making me backtrack a couple of pages. I ended up writing down every year so I could figure out how old Celia & Marco would be, this way I could picture them accordingly. But the most disappointing of this book was the so-called competition. I was expecting an epic battle of illusions (who ever marveled the audience more or a set of tasks and the winner was decided by who could complete such tasks and felt like there were being electrocuted every time they lost) but that didn’t happen. Isobel, the “love story” and lack of magic system just took the joy out of reading such beautiful writing out of it.

The fourth book I read was also the book I ended up dnf-ing Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova. Okay now this one made me pretty mad to dismiss because at first I loved where it was going and I was so invested in the characters but then Rishi showed. And boy did I try to pretend she didn’t bother me but everything she did got on my nerves to the point I kept closing the book and having to take breaks because she was awful. In the end I couldn’t make it past page 221. Everything she did was super awkward and cringeworthy (NOT CUTE AT ALL, which I think Cordova was trying to go for but failed terribly). From what I could tell she added nothing what so ever to the plot and what made it worse was that it turns out she was end game with our protagonist. It’s not about the gender it is about the chemistry and I hate to say this but it feels like the truth, I honestly believe the only reason Rishi even ended up with Alex (our protagonist) was because she was a girl and Nova was not. Full Rant/review to come.

So after a month of pretty much disappointment I picked up Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Now this book, this book was the gem I needed, the sun after the storm, the book that made this month of disappointment all worth it. the plot twist at the end I did not see coming, which was refreshing because I rarely read a book where I am surprised. I loved all the forensic science and creepy photographs. I don’t know why but I really have to pick up more historical fiction mysteries because they are always a treat. A perfect book to end the month on, 4.5 Stars (It wasn’t a hands down favourite but it was close hence the deduction of half a star)

And that is what I read in the month of October. I am pleased I got to the books that I have been meaning to get to for the longest of times and I managed to cut down my tbr. So while it was not my best reading month I’m happy.

                                                                                                        Seshat 

 

NaNoWriMo Midpoint Update – 2018

Hello my lovelies, sorry for the late update I was distracted by trying to catch up to my needed word count. Anyways instead of doing a week 2 update I’ve decided on a midpoint update. So everything I wrote yesterday and today will be excluded from the stats, with that in mind let’s get on with it.

How is it coming along?

Pretty terrible. It’s not that I have entered a writing slump but I am just spending little time writing and more on binge watching Fairy Tail (and for those who couldn’t guess its a long series). So obviously I didn’t get a lot of writing done, which has put me behind of schedule.

Stats:

Words Written In 8 days: 6,265 words

Total Words Altogether: 18,928

Pages Written In 8 days: 26 pages

Total Pages So Far: 97 pages

Chapters Written: I have gotten 2 chapters completed (rest of chapter 6 to half of chapter 8)

Current Plans: I am going to try and catch up. Even if I can get the rest of Part 1 done before the end of NaNoWriMo I will be happy so that is my new goal instead of writing 27 chapters this month. It is going to be hard but I have faith I will be able to meet my new goal. Besides in the end it is not about word count or chapters, it is about putting the time aside to complete that novel you have stuck in your head so you can one day read it by a fire or share it with the ones you love.

                                         Seshat 

*Currently listening to Silhoute by Kana-Boon, Speed by Analog Fish, & Tsuioku Mezameru Tamashii by Takanashi Yasuharu (?)

NaNoWriMo Week 1 Update – 2018

Happy NaNoWriMo! It has been a little over a week since writers everywhere took up the challenge of hitting 50k. So let’s talk about how things are going for my novel The Stein Legacy.

How Far Along Am I?

I have made it halfway through Part 1 (there will be 3 or 4 parts). I am actually quite happy with my progress even if it doesn’t seem like much. I’ve pretty much kept with my outline though I am a little worried about how I am going to end it because the first option would make this a stand alone and the second would make it the first book in a duology, but I’ll try to worry about that when the end comes near.

When do I write?

I am pleased to say I have written every single day since NaNoWriMo started. So far I have been getting my best work done just before breakfast and in the late afternoon.

Anyways here are some stats of what I’ve accomplished so far:

Words Written During Week 1: 12,663 words

Pages Written: 71 pages

Chapters Written: 5 chapters & 1/2 of chapter 6 (which I hope to finish today)

It is so weird dissecting my book because it feels longer and I managed to have my characters do multiple things to move the plot along, even adding in two extra points of views to give it a fuller feel. I think this is going to end up being one of those books where I am going to have to come back and add more descriptions to make longer but who knows after all I am only 5 chapters in.

How do you keep writing? 

So far my system of putting stars near sentences or terms that I have to revist makes it pretty easy to continure writing. If I star something then I know I will be able to spot the problem areas when I come back later during my revision. It makes it pretty easy to not look back or stop writing and look up information online. Also it is only 1666 words a day, which helps.

How is reading coming along?

Non existant actually. I should have known that it is impossible for me to read and write at the same time. Which means don’t expect much of a reading wrap up for the end of this month.

Anyways that’s all for this weeks update, now back to writing I go.

                                      Seshat

*I’ve been listening to La Folia by Vivaldi and a remix of In My Head by Dynoro x Gigi on repeat a lot while writing.