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I'm always on the lookout for new things to try to improve my writing skills and my process. I follow blogs by other writers or editors who like to share advice on these topics, and I have to admit, they're usually a hit or miss for me. Some worked well, others were frustrating to implement from the start. I want to share some of my experiences, and why some advice worked for me while others did not.
Another great month of reading for me! (Every time I manage to read an average of a book per week, I consider that a good month.) This March, we have a mystery-thriller set in Korea, a middle-grade slice of life story dealing with grief, and the wrap-up for a trilogy of magical heists. So let's get to it!
Wow, six books in the four short weeks of February? I can't believe it either! It seems I was on a roll last month, devouring book after book, blooming out of my reading slump from January. So let's get right to it!
Hello guys! Welcome to the first post of 2021! I hope you guys are having a good year so far (or at least, as good as it can get during this time).
I'm going to skip my usual monthly books review, and dedicate an entire post to my favourite series, The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. The last book, Return of the Thief, came out last Tuesday, and it took me a record of 1.5 days to finish it.
I took a short break from translating my novel and made some artwork. I was actually hesitant to take a break, because the translation for the last few chapters have gone really well. I felt like I didn't stumble as often over little words, thanks to the vocabulary I've learned while working on the previous chapters. I also learned to manage my time better.
I spent much of this month feeling like I was in a book slump, so it's a little surprising to see that I managed to finish 5 books. But I think the slumpy feel was due to the fact that, with the exception of Toy Box, I wasn't really into any of the books I read.
I started July with some heavy nonfiction books, but partway through, I picked up some middle-grade novels for levity. These were the ones I ended up finishing within the month.
At the beginning of the month, I sat down and started the first ever Tagalog draft of my story, The Malicious Wind. In the last year, I've been trying to hone my Tagalog skills by reading a lot more in this language. So while I didn't think the translation process would be smooth sailing, I thought I could churn out perhaps a chapter a night of translations.
It was crunch time at work last month, so most of the reading I did were lighter -- I stuck mostly to manga.