favourite book of the year so far

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Grul’s old design has been around since before I even started writing. And now I’m in the middle of writing the third and last book of the Ties of Lapis trilogy, can you believe it?

Over the years, Grul has always been one of my favourite characters out of the ToL bunch to invent clothes for, I just love her style!

So I thought, hey, why not redesign, or rather update her a little, see what she’d look like after everything she’s seen and everywhere she’s been. While working on this, I realized how much this outfit mirrors how far both Grul and I have come: Me as an artist, and she as a character.

Look at her, she looks so much more confident and mature! I’m so proud of her!

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So a lovely person bought me this ATTLG companion book called A Matter of Time and I’m kind of in love with the art (and the book obvs) so I wanted to share some of my favourite (so far) pics. The top two are from Alice’s side, the bottom three are in Tarrant’s. I haven’t gotten to Mirana or Iracebeth’s side yet so maybe more pics to come 

1 - Hatter shooing Alice from his house
2 - In the book, Alice and Tarrant took Time with them in the Chronosphere to stop the Queens (which is different from the movie but listen I love Time so YES)
3 - LITTLE EIGHT YEAR OLD TARRANT HAVING A MUD FIGHT.
4 - Hatter made a hat for Alice in the book (would have taken place right after the “it’s you!” hug)
5-  Tarrant and Zanik hugging but look at the onlookers (Alice!) in the back

This book isn’t 100% canon to the movie but I don’t mind the changes. There’s a lot of little detail too… some things I desperately wished were in the movie. Might post a few of those quotes later if anyone would be interested?

Book Discussion Challenge || Jan 5 || Female Author

Sarah Waters is a Welsh author, best known for her novels set in Victorian society and featuring lesbian protagonists. I only just found out about her last year, and I’m so glad! She’s already turning out to be one of my favourite authors.

I’ve so far read only two of Waters’s books: Tipping the Velvet (1998) and Affinity (1999), of which Tipping the Velvet was one of my favourite reads of 2016. The next one of her books I’m going to read is Fingersmith (2002), which is already waiting on my shelf, and I also can’t wait to get to read the rest of her novels – The Night Watch (2006), The Little Stranger (2009), and The Paying Guests (2014).

I love reading historical novels, especially if they feature queer protagonists, and Waters’s novels have premises that sound absolutely fascinating to me. Plus, Waters’s writing is beautiful, descriptive, and full of details (exactly the kind that I love the most!).


Have you ever read any of Sarah Waters’s books? What did you think? Who are your favourite female authors?

Christmas Writing Prompts For Polyglots

Rules: You must write in one of your target languages!

🎅 Write about how Christmas is celebrated in your country
🎄 Write about how Christmas is celebrated in a country where your target language is spoken
❄️ Write about how you celebrate Christmas
❤️ Write about your best Christmas so far
⭐ Write about a Christmas party you threw or went to
🍎 Write about your favourite things about the Christmas season
✉️ Write about what you wish for Christmas this year
🎁 Write about the best Christmas present you have ever received/given
🍬 Write about your favourite Christmas dishes and sweets
🔔 Write about how your house is decorated for Christmas
⛄ Write about what you like and dislike about winter
☕ Write about your best winter holiday experience
🎵 Translate the lyrics of your favourite Christmas themed song 
📕 Write about your favourite Christmas themed book
🎬 Write about your favourite Christmas themed movie

After an incredibly long wait, I am proud to present the title of the third installment in the Bone Season septology: THE SONG RISING, out in November 2016! It might be my favourite title so far – I hope you all love it as much as I do! 

I just want to thank you all for your incredible patience in waiting for this reveal over the last year. I feel so grateful to have such loyal and enthusiastic readers – thank you, thank you. I know another year is a long time to wait to have the book in your hands, but I’m confident that Bloomsbury has chosen this date for a good reason, and I will do my utmost to make the wait easier to bear with teasers and hints. 

THE SONG RISING will be available to pre-order from all reputable retailers very soon. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s up. Have a fabulous Fifth of November!

I just realized we’re half way through the year already and I’m shocked. Where has the time gone? I feel like I’ve wasted the last few months reading books and desperately trying not to swear in front of cameras. It’s shameful. That being said, I’ve enjoyed every second. What’s been your favourite moment of 2015 so far?

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Amazon.com: The Wandering Fox's Little Book of Spells and Magick for the Waning of the Year and Beginning of the New eBook: Colnolwë: Kindle Store
The Wandering Fox's Little Book of Spells and Magick for the Waning of the Year and Beginning of the New: authored Colnolwe at the Hazelwood Grove. A pocket-book of spells, rituals and incantations for the witchy, druidic and spellish among you, presented by the Druid and Bard of a very small maple grove.

Even if it’s a kindle self-publish, I’m really excited to have a book offering to all of my magical siblings!  

This little book has some of my favourite spells and rituals in it, and spans the fall and spring for seasonal magic, and includes a few that are year-round! It is part of the kindle lending library, so those of you with Prime should be able to check it out for a period of time for free, as far as I understand it.

One of the things I love most about the magical community is the sharing of the things which work for us, and I am ever so happy to contribute to that, even a little bit!

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step. There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That’s the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine. 

And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others. 

 And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” Kafka on the Shore- Haruki Murakami

Writing Process: Do First Novels Take Longer?

Anonymous asked:

First of all I want to thank you for this very helpful blog, you’re doing a great job! Now moving onto my question. For the past few months I’ve been working on my first novel. So far, I’m still trying to create my characters and work on the plot and I feel like it’s taking ages. Some of my favourite authors wrote so many books and I’m trying to figure out how they manage to write a book every year or so. To get to the point I was wondering if your first novel always takes the longest to write?

Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. :)

Well, the first thing I’ll tell you is that what you’re experiencing is perfectly normal. There’s no set amount or right amount of time it should take someone to write a novel. Every writer is different and every project is different. Some writers can crank out a killer first novel in a few months, for others it may take years. Some writers may spend six months writing one book and two years writing the next. Other writers take years to finish a single book. So, don’t sweat it.

Even if the amount of time you spend on each novel doesn’t diminish over time, you will find that the writing process does get easier with each novel. The plotting, character development, world building–all of that tends to come more naturally the more practice you’ve had. So, at the very least, you can expect the process to feel easier even if the amount of time it takes varies from project to project. :)