Wednesday, 24 February 2016


"Previously" is a blog hop run by the awesome Cole Burke and Tracey Joseph. I wanted to get back into the habit of updating the blog regularly again, even if I have to be vague about my writing projects sometimes. :)

Previously in Writing

Over the past month, I've been working on the first draft of my newest urban fantasy novel, which I hope to have news on soon! I wrote half before I left then wrote the rest while travelling around New Zealand. Now I'm editing the rough parts. I wrote on my phone and backed the file up on OneNote which worked really well, except it's kind of tricky to type on a phone while trying not to fall out of your seat on New Zealand's winding roads. Autocorrect is a massive pain, too. But I'm loving this story. ^_^

Previously in Reading

I've read some awesome books this month! Here are a few:

Rebel of the Sands - very, very well-written and gripping YA fantasy. I read it in virtually one sitting!

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Truthwitch - now this was a book that lived up to the hype. Rich, immersive YA fantasy. Highly recommended!

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

The Bands of Mourning  - another great instalment in Sanderson's inventive Mistborn series.

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)

Calamity - the action-packed conclusion to Sanderson's dark twist on the superhero genre.

Calamity (Reckoners, #3)

Glass Sword - my current read, which I've been waiting for a long time. I'm expecting another epic book hangover from this one!

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Next Time in Goals

In the next month, I'm aiming to finish cleaning up this draft and send it out for feedback. I'd also like to make some progress on drafting the second book.

A Word of Advice

Not really writing-related, but my trip this month was the final proof that I can live without checking the internet all the time. I really need to think hard about how I spend time on social media, because I had absolutely zero anxiety while travelling until I made the mistake of checking my notifications. It's always worth thinking about whether how you spend your time makes you happy, or whether it's just a habit.


  1. Sounds like your life is well-balanced at the moment! Pleased to hear your writing is going well, as well as your travels. Life is bliss without the Internet at times. Have a great week.

    1. Thanks! I was amazed how much more relaxed I was without the internet.

  2. So may pretty reads... Why do you do this to me? Don't you know I've got a TBR list long enough to keep me occupied for two years? Pretty bookses...

  3. You can write in a car? I am sooooo jealous. What a talent. I can't even look at the screen of my iPod without getting motion sickness. Urk!

    Good luck with your editing and drafting goals! And yes, time out from the internet can be such a good thing. May you strike a happy balance ^_^

    1. I find it hard to write while in a bus/on a plane because I have no sense of balance, but I found it easier to use my phone than to write by hand.

      Thanks! ^_^

  4. Woot! I'm glad you had such a great time. I need to read Rebel of the Sands **adds to TBR**. Good job finishing your draft!

  5. How awesome that you were in New Zealand, and also it's very impressive you wrote while traveling! You've also had a slew of good reads. So many of these are on my TBR and your praise has made me more excited about getting to them!

    1. Thanks! :) Yeah, I picked up some fantastic books to read while I was away!

  6. I can only imagine how inspiring traveling through New Zealand must have been. Wow! I don't think I would have gotten much writing done, but it's amazing that you did. I love your advice this month because social media does get exhausting at times. Just being able to step away must have been so cleansing.