Hello folks, and welcome to another edition of my blog. I have to say, I'm pretty proud of myself for making it to three posts, and they've been somewhat regular so yay!
I enjoyed the layout of my previous post so much that I've decided to bring it back for this month's update. I hope that's cool with you, but the comments are always open if you want to suggest something in particular, or throw virtual popcorn etc.
Without further ado, here's the latest from little old me!
Well, if you follow me on any of the ol' socials, you may have noticed that I finished writing Ne'ver last week! I had a good few runs at it as I had a little time off from the day job, and got it wrapped up nicely. I'm thrilled with how it turned out, although there is, of course, a healthy dash of insecurity and self-doubt all tied up in it too. I gave it a couple of polishes, edited it to the best of my ability, and turned it over to some lovely people - and the feedback was great! So that helped put my mind at ease a little bit.
I decided, when I had about 5,000 words of Ne'ver left to go, that I wasn't finished with Peter and Wes, because let's face it, I'm too clingy to write a standalone. So I will be circling back to those boys at some point, but not right away.
I have started the process of shopping Ne'ver around a little bit, although I already had a publisher in mind for it. They're getting first dibs, but if that doesn't work out, I have a few other publishers that I would love to work with so we'll see! If there's a publisher you think would be a good match for an LGBTQIA+ upper YA Peter Pan reboot, then by all means let me know :)
I took a little time off after wrapping Ne'ver up, but I'm ready to get back to work. I will be returning to work on Make It: The Keswick Chronicles Book 3 with the aim of finishing it by the end of the year. I will be publishing Make It myself, so I can release it pretty much as soon as I'm ready. I'm so sad to see Jack, JJ and Forever Fading Echoes go, but I know that it's the right time for them and this is the right story to see them off. Keep your eyes peeled, because all my teasers from now on will be from Make It!
I will soon be caught up with edits for Struck, which will be re-released by a new publisher soon. I will share more info on that as soon as I'm allowed. I have a funny feeling that working on those edits will get me all fired up to write Elevate, the 2nd book in The Lightning Project series, but we'll see.
And as always, Eren is lurking around, waiting for me to start work on Shadowkiller again. I promise I will get back to it!
What I'm Listening To
So I mentioned in my last post that one of my favourite bands, Bright Eyes, were gearing up to release their latest album - Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was. It came out in August and it didn't disappoint. It's a lush, dark, beautifully crafted album which sounds both like classic Bright Eyes and exactly what I'd imagine Bright Eyes to sound like now, almost a decade after their last release. It's a great album and I highly recommend it.
Nic and I have been listening to a lot of Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst in general - it definitely fits the whole end of summer/autumn closing in vibe that our local weather has been working recently. Nic has also taken to playing our Christmas playlist - I kid you not - so there's a lot of (maybe somewhat) premature good cheer in the house right now.
I found myself wranged into attending Leeds festival next year, but the only band on the bill I'm familiar with are Fever 333 (who I already love). Yungblood is on the bill, so I'm going to try and give him a listen next. I know a few of my friends are fans of his, so I have high hopes!
Nic and I listened to the latest episode of My Favorite Murder today, and I really enjoyed it as always. Nic is a total murderino - she loves true crime content in general, but she started listening to MFM when she was working night shift and introduced me to it at the start of lockdown, when we were cooped up in the house with not much to do. As we all went back to work and I got deeper into writing Ne'ver, we didn't really have the time to listen to it but it was really nice to sit and catch up with it today. I don't listen to podcasts generally, but I make an exception for MFM and I always love it!
What I'm Watching
The fam and I have kept up with the Kardashians, and we're still watching it whenever we're all gathered round the kitchen table for dinner. It's great escapism, and we all enjoy it so we're working our way through it! Helen and I are still watching Desperate Housewives, which has veered into pure melodrama, but again, it's a fun watch when you're just looking to relax.
We've just started watching Defending Jacob as a family, and it's totally gripping. It's very well made, has a good, eerie sort of vibe to it, and obviously the cast is great. We like a little bit of crime drama in the ol' Scott house, so it's a good fit.
I have way too many subscription services at the minute: Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Now TV and Apple TV so I'm kind of bouncing between them all right now. I'm re-watching Daria on Now TV, which is one of my all time favourite shows. I used to watch it with my nana - yes, really - and it's insane how well it still holds up now, two decades after it first aired. I dipped my toe into Selling Sunset on Netflix, and I've seen a little of season 2 + 3 (thanks to Nic) so I'll probably go back and watch that too!
Film wise, I've been re-watching some favourites. We did go to the cinema the other week for the first time in a very long time to see The New Mutants. I didn't really rate it - the acting was great, but generally, there seemed to be a lack of development in terms of backstory, character and motives. But it was cool to be back at the cinema and I enjoyed the experience. I wore my mask the whole time (except when I was drinking my hot chocolate!) and to be honest, I didn't even notice it.
I'm hoping to keep going to the cinema, and my fingers and toes are crossed that Dune comes out as scheduled at the end of the year. That first trailer was awesome ad I can't wait to see more.
What I'm Reading
I kept to my promise and I've been making a conscious effort to read more! I recently finished Only Mostly Devastated, and I really, really enjoyed it. It was a fun, heartfelt, contemporary romance and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good teen rom-com.
Next up on my read list is going to be More Happy Than Not, which I'm very excited about. I have the standard edition but I know it's being re-released with bonus content, so if I like it (which I'm sure I will) then no doubt I'll be picking up the special edition soon!
I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of Reverie - my local Waterstones doesn't have the biggest YA section, so I'll probably end up ordering it online. I've also added Surrender Your Sons and Cemetary Boys to my wishlist, so I imagine those three will end up on my TBR pile sometime soon. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments!
I somehow spaced out and missed the release of the first issue of You Look Like Death: Tales from The Umbrella Academy, which is a spin-off arc of The Umbrella Academy focused on Klaus. I put the first issue on order and it should get here in a few days, yay! Klaus is my fave so I'm looking forward to reading it. I've set up my SUBaCOMIC subscription so that the forthcoming issues will be delivered to my house, along with Killjoys: National Anthem when that starts. If you've skimmed my socials, or read any of my books, you'll know I'm a big fan of My Chemical Romance and I think Gerard Way is an exceptional artist and storyteller. I always enjoy his comics, so I'm looking forward to reading what he's been up to.
General Life Stuff
General life stuff remains pretty much the same! My family and I were supposed to be in France last week, but our holiday has been postponed to June in the hopes that it'll be a bit safer to travel then.
In the meantime, I have developed a serious face mask addiction. Etsy is my dealer of choice. I currently have a Nightmare Before Christmas mask, one with a cute dinosaur print, a more mature navy and white stars print and a black and white spider print mask. I have THREE more coming too - another Halloween themed mask (with bats!), a Christmas themed one (don't judge me) and another Nightmare Before Christmas mask. Nic asked why I keep buying them seeing as how I seldom leave the house, but I just like having a little selection to choose from!
My trusty laptop died literally the day after I finished writing Ne'ver. I'm convinced it held out until I finished my first draft before saying its goodbyes. The cooling fan went, and although I could've had it repaired, my laptop was seven years old and starting to get really slow. Oh, and I'd somehow managed to crack it at the back. Thankfully, Nic had a back-up laptop waiting for me (she's the best) so I was never out of business, just had to transfer everything over!
As always, I hope you're staying safe and healthy in this unprecedented times and I'll be back with another update soon!