- Paneling/Signing + Meeting Toronto writers
- This past month, I got to meet some amazing people in person! There’s a group of writers in Toronto who are incredibly talented and kind and welcoming. I hadn’t met any other writers in person before, though I have met authors. We met up at the panel and signing at Chapters Brampton with authors E.K. Johnson, Julie Dao, Rachel Hartman, and Morgan Rhodes! It was an exciting day of a brilliant panel with amazing questions and gorgeous answers. We had drinks later and talked about various writerly things that drew some strange looks from our server. I was so nervous but so excited and it was all so worth it. Writing is a solitary experience, but having this wonderful people in my life now makes it much less lonely and terrifying.
- TAKING A BREAK FROM NOVELS
- So, April was the month of getting things done. In order to accomplish that, I had to set the books aside for a while. It was a tough choice considering how many books I have set for my reading goal, but a necessary one. I reached a point where novels weren’t quite right for me. You’ll see what I managed to read this month and most of these books were poetry! I try to read as much poetry as I can these days to work on my voice and improve my prose. Not that I’m copying lines or phrases of course, just grabbing inspiration to pull together words in ways I hadn’t imagined before. Seriously, poetry helps.
- Camp NaNoWriMo
- I was very ambitious this month, desperately trying to get out this story that’s been in my head and growing and growing for several months now. I planned and plotted and expanded this little idea into something real. I had an outline and character bios and themes to touch upon. I did my research again and again until I figured out all the details of this book. It’s the first contemporary I’ve written, this #BakingFigureSkaterBook, and that proved to be a real challenge. With DVpit in the same month, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to accomplish both books. Annnd unfortunately, I was right. It was fun getting to play around with this book though! I didn’t win Camp NaNo, but that doesn’t mean I won’t finish this book.
- Revising WHEN THEY BECKON
- This was the other book that occupied my time. I’d planned on finishing revisions in February, but uh… things didn’t go as planned. So I wanted to get it all done in time for DVpit. 14k words scrapped, rewritten chapters, countless tweaking and polishing… A lot was accomplished! I focused more on that than my YA Contemporary. It’s the book of my heart, the one that I couldn’t not write, the story and characters filling my head for over two years now!
- I did a post on this pitch event because it was pure ridiculousness and nothing like I imagined, especially since I’d participated in DVpit last October with less than 10 likes from agents in total. Anyway, that happened. That was surprising. I’m still dealing with the aftershocks of that event, but hopefully I’ll have some news on that in the near future! Who knows!
BOOKS I’VE READ
- Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust ★★★
- Sweet Persuasions by Rochelle Alers ★★★
- Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics ★★★★★
- No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay ★★★★★
- Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire ★★★★★
- Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook ★★★
- A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver ★★★
FILMS I’VE WATCHED
- Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
- Risen (2016)
- Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
- Berlin Syndrome (2017)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
TV SHOWS I’VE WATCHED
- Timeless (2016-)
- Once Upon a Time (2011-)
- New Girl (2011-2018)
- Black Lightning (2018-)
- Imposters (2017-)
- Into the Badlands (2015-)