Books for June

Fall and winter are my favorite seasons, it’s true. And when we lived in North Carolina, I’ll have to admit that summer was down at the very bottom of my “List of Things I Get Excited About.”

Okay, I’ll be honest… summer was nowhere near even getting on that list.

But now that we’ve returned to the north, where winters actually exist and summers stay well below 100 degrees for the majority of the time (and even below 90!), I have to admit that I am remembering all the things there are to love about summer. Flip flops, shorts, flowers, butterflies, long days (and the ability to enjoy all of these things without melting into a puddle), swimming, bike rides, hiking, and, of course, reading. Reading is good year-round, of course, but there’s something special about summer reading, isn’t there?

Which brings us to another round of NIGHTSTAND BOOKS! This is an original meme created by myself and DJ Edwardson, where we post on the first Wednesday of each month a picture of our nightstand and the stack of books thereupon, and then we gush about how excited we are to read those books. Feel free to join in the fun with your own picture/post and/or comment!

So, to kick off the summer right, here is my nightstand’s current line-up:

June nightstand

You will notice that the stack is short and there are a couple of repeats, what with Aeronaut’s Windlass and Two Years Before the Mast gracing my nightstand once again. I did not get to either of those books in May. I am now about a quarter of the way through The Aeronaut’s Windlass and am thoroughly enjoying it. Jim Butcher’s writing style is just brilliant, as always, and I am pleased to be reading a book of his that I feel I can actually recommend! Derek has already finished the audio version of this book and says it remains quite clean all the way through. So that’s an added bonus. I love his Dresden Files, but I cannot recommend them.

I have read the foreward and first chapter of Two Years Before the Mast so far and have really just fallen in love with it. I have already picked up some lovely terms to add to my ship-lingo-vocabulary, and am thinking that this is going to be 1) a fantastic adventure to read about and 2) extremely helpful for when I dive into editing Minstrel’s Call. It will also help me out with some of my airship terminology for Turrim Archive. Win-win!

I am also continuing to participate in the Fellowship of Fantasy Indie Book Club, and this month’s read is Alora: The Wander Jewel. I got the free ebook, and then couldn’t bring myself to read another book on the iPad, so I went ahead and ordered the paperback. (I am writing up a review of my experience reading my first e-book… keep an eye out for that in the near future).

And, yes, that is a dragon coloring page. I never have time to color, but I couldn’t resist this!

As my lovely plaque there says, Adventure is Out There, dear Readers! I hope you find new adventures this summer… both in the real world, and in the realm of fiction.

Tell me, what books are currently on your nightstand? Let me know in the comments, or write a blog post of your own and leave a link in the comments, I’d love to hear about what you’re reading or plan to read this month!

~ jenelle

Come What May

Today’s ishness post is going to be short and sweet, dear Reader.

Where did May go? For me, it kind of went by in a blur. My parents and sister visited for a day (too short!) back at the beginning of the month on their journey home from Brittany’s latest Nashville trip, and now we are looking forward to my mom coming back for a longer visit in a few days. Yay!

As far as writing goes…

Well, my deadline of May 15 came… and went. As did my new deadline of June 1st. I’m beginning to identify with that quote by Douglas Adams,

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

However, lest you think the month was a total writing loss, let me correct you! I wrote over 15,600 words on the second book in the Turrim Archive and the end is so close I can taste it, I just have all these threads to wind up, and the story should come to a satisfying close for a rough draft. I also think I’ve nailed down the title for this book, and I’m hoping to get a nifty graphic to go along with the title reveal in the nearish future.

I did not get as much reading done last month (hey, there has to be a trade-off somewhere). I finished the second book in the Story Thieves series (loved it!). Read Halayda with the Fellowship of Fantasy: Indie Book Club and thoroughly enjoyed it (review coming soon), and finished Swift Rivers and Sarah: Plain and Tall with the kids and was quite pleased with both.

We’ve been watching “Star Wars: Rebels” and are more than halfway through the second season (sadly, we will have to take a break when we finish as the third season is not yet on blu-ray), but I’m absolutely loving it! And I’m going to go nuts waiting for season three as I know THRAWN is in it, and I’m SO excited to see him Also re-watching “When Calls the Heart” and I think we went and saw a movie… oh yes, Guardians of the Galaxy: 2. There were things I liked, and things I didn’t, I’ve been meaning to write a review… so many writings, so little time… and I’ve got this cute baby I’d rather snuggle right now… because he’s only going to be little for a very little while.

Spending a lot of time listening to soundtracks lately as I work on Turrim 2. They have been wonderful inspiration.

Soundtracks 1

Looking ahead to June, I’m desperately writing as much as I can each day to try and finish up this rough draft. Then it’s diving head-first back into Tellurae Aquaous to edit, edit, edit! No small feat, I’m starting to believe, based on what my editors/beta readers have had to say! But it will be worth it. I am not sure how long that will take, so I still can’t guesstimate a release date for this fourth and final episode… but I am going to work as hard as I can to make sure that it’s no later than January 2018. No promises, though. Because as much as I want to get this story in your hands, I also want it to be as polished as it possibly can be.

I’m also planning on spending as much time at the pool as possible. And reading some books, but I’ll talk about those on Wednesday for the Nightstand Books post.

Also, behind the scenes we are gearing up for the second annual Silmarillion Awards, which is super exciting! We have almost all of our dragons in a row… so definitely be on the lookout for more information about that starting up at the beginning of July. This year we’ve added even more bells and whistles. You definitely won’t want to miss it!

And that’s it for today. I told you it’d be a short post. How was your May? Any fun summer plans?

 

 

 

~ jenelle

Final Five Something Something…

That’s right, dear Readers! Today is the day that the final Five Something Something contest is revealed, and I am pleased and excited to be participating in that reveal. Though I am saddened that this is the last one for a while (I hold out hope that someday it will be revisited and revived, the eternal optimist, I shall ever be), I am excited to be part of this reveal.

I’m also excited that I was correct in my own personal guess as to which fairy tale would be the next one chosen for these collections!

Being a part of the Five Enchanted Roses collection a few years ago was truly some of the most fun I’ve ever had while writing. I also learned so very much about writing and the publishing process through that experience. If you are considering entering, I cannot recommend this contest highly enough.

So I’m pretty sure you’re mostly interested in knowing two things:

1. What fairy tale did they pick?

and

2. What does the cover look like?

I mean, it’s very possible that you already saw it on another blog. Or that you scrolled down to find out the answers immediately.

But if you’re the sort who likes a long, drawn-out sort of mysterious reveal…

then this post is for you.

Okay, okay, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.

 

The Final Fairy Tale Creative Writing Contest

Presented by Rooglewood Press

will be…

Five Poisoned Apples

FivePoisonedApples

Yep. Snow White. I mean, really… how could it NOT be Snow White? She just…. goes with the others. You can’t leave her out.

These covers just keep getting prettier and prettier! I mean, wow! When I saw it in my email the other day it almost made me regret not entering the contest this year. Almost. Because it’s not like I don’t have four children to run around after, a house to keep running, a manuscript to finish, my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, and a novel to edit and publish this year! I’m swamped!

But wow, I just need to take a moment and stare at it a little longer. Julie Popova really outdid herself this time around! And the cover model/photographer Wynter Clark did a lovely job as well.

In case you missed the link above, you can find all the details on entering the contest HERE.

Now go on… shoo… dear Writer! Go WRITE!

~ jenelle