November Writing Update

Another month has come and gone, so it’s time for another writing update! For those who don’t know, I’ve been posting monthly updates on the progress of my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keeps, throughout 2017 – at the beginning of the year, I was about to start work on my third draft, and I’m now on Draft Four!

My goals for November were to keep editing and keep improving my worldbuilding and my characterisation. But my most important goal was to write something every day.

So, how did I do?

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The Slow Regard Of Silent Things, Kingkiller Chronicle 2.5: Book Review

The Slow Regard Of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss is a companion novella to Rothfuss’ bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle. It follows Auri, a strange girl who lives under the University, who Kvothe, the protagonist of the Kingkiller Chronicle, meets during the first book of the series. If you haven’t read my reviews for the first two books in the series, The Name Of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, here and here. Continue reading “The Slow Regard Of Silent Things, Kingkiller Chronicle 2.5: Book Review”

The Wise Man’s Fear, Kingkiller Chronicles 2: Book Review

The Wise Man’s Fear is the second installment in Patrick Rothfuss’ bestselling Kingkiller Chronicles. This is the second day of Kvothe telling his life story, covering a shorter time period than the first book, The Name Of The Wind (you can find my review of it here) – only a year or two – during Kvothe’s time at the University and his break from studying in which he travels, and yet it is longer than the first book – almost a thousand pages long.

I simply had to pick up this book as soon as I finished The Name Of The Wind – the first book leaves us with many unanswered questions.

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October Writing Update

This year I’ve been setting myself monthly writing goals to help keep track of my progress on my fantasy novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep! October’s writing goals were:

  • To continue editing Draft Four,
  • And to continue to improve my worldbuilding.

I also wanted to work on my novel every day – even if just for a few minutes – to establish a daily writing habit.

So, how did I do?

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The Name Of The Wind, The Kingkiller Chronicles 1: Book Review

The Name Of The Wind is the first book of Patrick Rothfuss' unique and ambitious high fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle. Is it any good? Hell yes! Should you read it? Definitely! Read more to find out why...The Name Of The Wind is the first book in Patrick Rothfuss’ bestselling fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicles. Amazingly, The Name Of The Wind is Rothfuss’ debut, and the series has reached critical acclaim without even being finished yet.

This book is a little different to most fantasy books: rather than follow some powerful hero on an epic and noble quest, we meet simple innkeeper Kote, who does not turn out to be the chosen one destined to save the world. However, he does turn out to be Kvothe, killer of kings and feature of many myths and rumours. Dismayed though he is to have been discovered in the remote part of the world he has chosen to hide in, he is persuaded to tell his life story, and finally reveal the truth behind all the far-fetched stories about him.

In The Name Of The Wind, Kvothe tells of his childhood in a performing troupe, of his time at the famed University, and of the beginning of his search for the fearsome magical creatures known as the Chandrian, hinting all the while at the grand and infamous future that is to come.

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September Writing Update

This year I set myself monthly writing goals to track the progress of my fantasy novel-in-progress, The Secrets The Dead Keep. September’s goals were as follows:

  • To keep editing until I complete Draft Four
  • To improve my worldbuilding
  • To start finding beta readers

So how did I do?

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Adventures in Switzerland

Back in late July/early August I went to Zurich, Switzerland, to visit my boyfriend Alex for his birthday, along with his family. We had a really lovely time visiting some fantastic places, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite pictures of my trip!

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August Writing Update

This year I set myself monthly writing goals to track the progress of my fantasy novel-in-progress, The Secrets The Dead Keep. August’s goal was to edit Draft Three and work on worldbuilding by building my world’s wiki.

So how did I do?

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Twelve Kings (In Sharakhai), Song of Shattered Sands 1: Book Review

Twelve Kings (In Sharakhai) by Bradley Beaulieu is the first book in a new epic fantasy series called the Song Of Shattered Sands. The series follows Çeda, a pit fighter whose mother was killed by the twelve immortal kings of Sharakhai, a grand city in the middle of a desert, as she uncovers the secrets her mother left behind so that she might get revenge on the Kings.

This simple premise was enough to sell me the book, but the story is actually far more complicated than that. Çeda is not the only one seeking to kill the Kings: so is a ruthless rebel group called the Moonless Host, who in turn are being sought by Ramahd and Meryam, the husband and sister of a foreign princess killed by the Host. Conflict arises when Ramahd appears to ally himself with Çeda, while Çeda’s best friend Emre defects to the Moonless Host, whom Çeda considers an enemy despite the fact that they have the same goals of ridding Sharakhai of the Kings.

It’s set to be the next big epic fantasy series, but does it live up to the hype? Should you pick it up?

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Tips For Starting Uni

It’s August, A level results day is looming, and in less than a month term will be starting at universities all across the UK. For those of you hoping to be going to one of those universities for the first time, you don’t need me to tell you that it’s a daunting time. For me, though, this will be my third year at a UK university, so here are my tips for starting uni! Continue reading “Tips For Starting Uni”