Today, I have a few updates to share, so I'm going to devote a post to them!
First, an update to My Writing Career So Far. When I wrote that post, I was planning to stop writing #SnowQueenStory, as I didn't feel like I was in the right frame of mind for the story, and start editing #ProphecyStory instead--once I finished the latest edit of #OCDStory. I had a lot of edit ideas for #ProphecyStory that had been building up over the years, and they were haunting me every time I tried to read an epic fantasy novel.
I'm still plodding along in my #OCDStory edit. I'm doing a close line edit, because the prose at the beginning is better than the prose in the rest of the book. It's actually pretty normal to be slow on this kind of edit, which makes me feel less frustrated, LOL! There are a few other things I'm adjusting to. So It'll be a while yet, but I am making progress towards being able to hand the story over to my next beta reader.
However, I realized this week that #ProphecyStory won't ever be what the market needs, no matter how many edits I pile onto it. Like all my past work, though it has plenty of heart, it's too tropey and unoriginal. The premise also relies on big-level conflict that I'm not really suited to--I'm trying nowadays to follow the advice of this Tumblr post because it's really good advice that I haven't been able to get out of my head.
So I'm left now with just #OCDStory, the first part of #SnowQueenStory, and a hoard of ideas.
As I promised in my post about books I like that came from outside my comfort zone, today's post is going to list my recommendations for middle grade novels! For those who don't know, middle grade is the age category that comes before young adult. MG stories are for preteen kids, mostly between the ages of 9 and 12.
I don't read as much middle grade as I do YA, but I do have some favorites from when I was that age. In fact, my most favorite series (Harry Potter, a classic) starts out middle grade! I also continue to read new MG books that catch my eye today.
Here are the ones I like the best! (Skipping Harry Potter, because that's obvious.)
1) The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia is a classic MG fantasy series that, like Harry Potter, transitions into YA towards the end. It presents a Christian allegory full of meaning and magic. The Magician's Nephew is the first in the series (though C.S. Lewis wrote it sixth out of the seven books), and it's terribly underrated in my opinion. Kick off your reading of the series here, and explore the incredible world of Narnia!
2) The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. If you're a fan of language and/or philosophy in search of a fun and clever read, this MG fantasy novel might satisfy your craving! It follows a grumpy boy into a wild land full of puns and metaphors, where he goes on a quest to save a magical kingdom. My second grade teacher read it to my class, and I enjoy it as much now as I did then.
It's been a while since I've done this, so I thought I'd give it another whirl. Today, I'm going to share the last ten photos I took!
In all honesty, I don't take very many pictures nowadays because I mostly just spend time on the computer and read--and I'm not very good at setting up cool #bookstagram photos. When I do take a picture, I usually post it on Instagram, so these will be drawn from that feed as well as from theKira B. Edits editing tips that I post sometimes on Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr. (I always add a pic of Spartacus to those. â¤) Check them out!
Finally, today we have our humor roundup for Fall 2019, where I share the twenty-five funniest images and one funny video I saw across the last three months! Be aware that there are Marvel spoilers ahead.
It's time for me to share all the coolest stuff I saw on the internet this last quarter!
First of all, I wanted to share this fantastic language-related video where bilingual people take on Google Translate:
In the writing world, this Tumblr post gives some great advice for white people drawing/writing characters of color. This Tumblr post looks at fictional animal design, while this one looks at the causes of war. This one offers an interesting cheat sheet for how plot, character, and setting interact.
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