Hi book lovers, how are you? It has been a while since my last update, and I am sorry it has taken this long. Unfortunately, I came down with an acute case of costochondritis about a month ago. If you’re not sure what that is (I didn’t either) then it is basically an inflammation in the cartilage that connects the sternum, or breastbone, to the ribcage. Sounds nasty, right? Well, it is. I am okay now as long as I keep taking my medication and stay away from strenuous activities (more writing for me). On top of that, my anxiety has worsened, and I needed a few weeks to get back on my feet. I’m getting better with the case of medication now, but for the time being, I have put my writing on hold. I’m slowly starting to get back into the spirit of things now, and with most of my first term assignments out of the way, I thought I would do a blog post to celebrate!
And guys, do I have a lot to share with you!!!
First, I am so happy to announce that I have finished my FIRST EVER book!!! Well, it was a few months ago now, but I am finally announcing it on this blog since my last update said I got to 70K. If you’re coming from twitter, you’re probably rolling your eyes thinking ‘yeah we knew that already.’ Well, you can hear it again because I still can’t believe I have written a full 96K manuscript!! How insane is that? If I can do it, then you 100% can. I still have a long way to go with editing, but that won’t happen until I’ve most likely finished university now.
Before I forget. Happy NaNoWriMo everybody! How is your writing going for this year? Let me know what genre you are writing as I am a very nosey person. I started a new project for Nano this year, but I have to admit it’s been going terribly. We’re on day 22 already and I have only done 9K words. With work, university and other things going on, it’s been a hell of a ride. Still, I am proud of where I have got so far. Fortunately, I am only writing a novella, so I don’t need to hit the full 50K word count. Though after writing a full YA fantasy novel, it is not as easy as I thought it would be. Am I insane when I say writing 40K is harder than 90K? Maybe because I am trying to do 40K as a fantasy. I was used to writing 3-4K word descriptive chapters, now; I must keep it to 2k minimum and making sure all the key details are in first. Has anyone else tried writing a novella? Could you offer any advice? Am I asking too many questions?
Speaking of university! If you don’t follow me on twitter–seriously, why not? (hiitscourtneyx) then I have some more exciting news to share! For my third year Publishing Project, I’ll be creating a book ready for publication in May!! And I need your help! The project will be a series of short stories, memoirs and poems written by women for women in the hopes to inspire and motivate each other. I have got stories so far about sisters travelling together, and about a woman growing up. Sound interesting? Well, if you are a female writer, or just someone who has a story to tell, then please get in touch. I have added the brief below with all my contact details.
And that concludes my writing update! Unfortunately, I’m now going to write these either every month or bi-month until I am writing consistently again. Don’t fret, however, I have many reviews and interviews lined up over the rest of the year and I am so excited to share them with you all! Be on the lookout for more short stories too 😉 PS, if you’re an author I have interviewed and you have yet to be featured on my blog, then don’t worry. I am getting to you.
Remember, if you want to be featured, or have a book you think I may like to review, then please contact me through my email firstname.lastname@example.org or through social media.
hiitscourtneyx @ twitter
courtslibrary @ instagram
Be safe 🙂