Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Am Currently post! It's been awhile since I've done one of these, isn't it? In ...

     Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Am Currently post! It's been awhile since I've done one of these, isn't it? In case you didn't exist back in the dinosaur period when I posted my last Am Currently (joking...maybe), this is where I share my latest reads, writing projects, beloved music, etc.!

    We've got a lot of ground to cover today, so let's get on with it!

    I am horrible at keeping record of which books I read when, but I believe I've read the following since the last post: The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill (an intriguing read!), Captives by Jill Williamson (amazing series!), and a couple others I'm honestly too lazy to name.

    As for my current read, that would be a bit of an unusual one! When I went to UTS's (University of Technology Sydney) Open Day to scout out their Creative Writing degree, I was given a free anthology! It's titled The Evening Lands, and all the work is by their students. I'm really enjoying it! It makes a nice change to be exposed to all kinds of writing styles and voices, and get a bit of variety from my novel-heavy diet.

    In addition to that, I'm about halfway through Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. Though it is a bit slow paced for me, the premise is enticing me to read through to the end.

      Here's where we get to the longest part! Soooo many crazy things have happened writing wise, from becoming part of the Rebellious Writing team (I'll be posting over there later this month!), to sending out lots of chapters of Golden Revenge to my amazingly talented critique partner, to world-building for my NaNo novel, Of Traitors and Tricksters. I also started developing a fantasy language for a plot bunny that has been tugging at my attention recently. (Sssh no, I won't tell you what it is. It's a secret for now.)

     There's also some exciting news regarding Project Canvas! If you're a writer, they are now open to submissions for articles on their new blog. Since you lot are so skilled at writing, I'm sure you'd have no trouble whipping up a tips or writing inspiration article, if you so choose! 

     Anyway, back to Golden Revenge. This YA fantasy and partial gender-bent retelling of King Midas truly is my darling at the moment. I believe in a few months it will have its second birthday! The last few months I've been intensely editing it, tweaking, adding and subtracting scenes...you name it, I've probably done it. 

     The reason I mention this? I'd like to put out a tentative question: would you be interested in being a beta-reader? I'm hoping to send it out sometime in December and allow around two months for reading it. So if you'd be interested or want to know more? Let me know in the comments, and we can chat!

     Just for you, here's a super brief snippet from Golden Revenge:

"I don’t train people to kill. I train people to become fighters. To stand up for the truth, for the light, for themselves."

     I've been listening to a mix of songs recently, some with haunting melodies such as "Far Across the Land" by Eurielle and Ryan Louder, as per Anna's suggestion, and others like my old-time favourite, NF. NF has recently announced he is releasing a new album soon! I'm soooo excited! If you haven't checked out any of his songs, I suggest "Can You Hold Me", "Real", "Mansion" and "How Could You Leave Us".

    Tired, in all honesty. It's a few weeks until the end of my school year, so of course that means yearlies (final exams for all you lovely Americans). For every, single, subject. *sigh* Apart from that, I'm excited by my progress on Golden Revenge and the other WIPs! Hopefully in my upcoming holidays I'll be able to do a crazy amount of reading and writing!

Let's chat about you! What are you reading? How is your writing going? Any song suggestions for me? (Would you be potentially interested in being a beta-reader?)
Good luck with your writing, and have a fantastic day! <3

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  1. Haha, you're ending school and we're just starting in the US!!!

    I'm really tempted to sign on a beta reader. Only trouble is, December is when my finals are. I'll have to think about it.

    A fantasy language? Cool!

    I'm feeling pretty tired myself. I started grad school this week, which was less than a week after I finished my summer job. Moving back, packing for 5 days and moving again. Ugh! Glad we have a holiday weekend, cause I need sleep....


    1. I know, doesn't it mess with your head? XD

      No worries, Catherine! I'm planning on making the deadline pretty flexible, but I'd understand if you're too busy. :) Let me know what you decide! <3

      Aw thanks!

      Gosh you sound busy! Moving is never fun at all. I hope you rest up on your holiday; you deserve it! Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. It's so weird that your school year is coming to a close, when mine is starting! XD

    I might be interested in beta reading but I'm rather busy this year, we'll see! I hope I can!!

    I also hope you feel less tired soon, maybe a nice nap would help! Being tired is sometimes the worst. :)

    1. It's really weird, isn't it? XD I hope you have a good school year!

      Awesome, thanks for your interest! I'll send out a refresher email closer to the date, and see if you're able to. :)

      Thank you! I wish I could nap, but alas, I cannot nap unless I am very sick. I might watch a couple episodes of a show though, to relax! :) Thanks so much for commenting Gray!

  3. Sounds you've had an exciting writing time lately! Golden Revenge sounds AMAZING - I would love to beta-read, but at the moment I unfortunately don't have the time :( Ah but it sounds so awesome! Hope your work on it continues to go smoothly :)

    Have a lovely September, Melissa!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Aww thanks so much Amy! That means a lot. <3 Not a problem! I totally understand; life can be very hectic. I certainly hope it continues to be smooth too! ;)

      You too! <3 Thank you for commenting!

  4. I love these posts so much <3 And I hope you have a restful summer and spring! (sounds so weird to say that! xD)
    Also good look on the exams *shudders* I'm taking classes at a private school this year so I'll also be taking those bothersome things.

    And Eurielle! *squeaks* I'm glad you're listening to some of my favorites. Also I would LOVE to beta read but gah so much stuff to do. ;( Hopefully I'll be less busy when you do another one...maybe "Of tricksters and traitors"...

    Anyway... I hope you have a lovely September Melissa! <3 xox

    Anna | www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

    1. Aww thank you Anna! I'm so glad you do! <3 I hope so too, but it seems like life may become much busier soon. (Haha yeah I bet it does! It's autumn for you, yes?)

      Eurielle is great, thanks for the suggestion! :) Ah no worries! I will definitely keep you in mind for "Of Traitors and Tricksters". ;)

      You too! <3 xoxo Thanks so much for commenting!

  5. Hey, Melissa!

    What am I reading? I am reading so many things at once. I have just finished The Lord of the Rings (If you haven't read them you need too!!!) and I am reading Saturdays at the Sea, by Jessica Day George. That is sort of a fun series too! And the book I am going to review next week.

    I would love being a beta reader!!! Yes, yes, yes!!! That story sounds awesome! :) Just let me know! You have my email, right?

    Music? I am very boring, I only listen to Irish music.

    I can't wait for your post this month!!!!!


    1. Hi!!! XD

      Ah would you believe I still haven't read The Lord of the Rings?? I guess I'm scared of how long they are...I will pick them up though. Eventually. :) I'll keep an eye out for your review, and see if I'd be interested in reading it!

      Oh wow thank you!!! That's great! I certainly do have your email. <3

      Irish music is nice! I don't mind listening to some every now and then.

      Aw thanks! :) Thank you so much for commenting!

  6. Ooh your book sounds so intriguing, I would be happy to beta.
    You have a good taste in music.

    1. Awesome, thank you Skye! :) I'm so glad.
      Haha thanks for saying so, and thanks for commenting! XD

  7. Awesome post. NF is awesome. I like the songs you mentioned and I'll keep on. That one is great.

    Recruiting betas is a big step. I hope it all goes well. I'm sure your story is great. :D

    Have a wonderful September! <3


    1. Thanks Ivie! <3 Isn't he??? I basically adore all NF's songs, and can't wait for his new album.

      It is! Thank you; that's very sweet! :D

      Same to you, and thanks for commenting!

  8. Great post! And I went to your My Writing page and read the synopsis for Golden Revenge. Suffice it to say, CONSIDER ME A POTENTIAL BETA XD
    Something might come up so that I can't, so I make no commitment yet, but I would LOVE to beta-read for you, Melissa <3

    1. Thanks Lila! :) Ohmygoodness thank you! I'm so excited to have a potential beta! No worries if something does come up; just let me know. :D Thanks so much for offering your time, and commenting!

  9. It's kind of ironic that you're ending school while everyone in the US is starting up school. xD

    eeep I would totally be interested in beta reading your novel! It sounds amazing and I'd love to help! :D

    audrey caylin

    1. Haha yeah, it is, isn't it? Funny how things are different depending on the hemisphere. XD

      Yay!!! Thank you! I'm super happy to have you as a beta! <3 Thanks so much for commenting!

  10. I would love to beta! *wink* Golden Revenge? Oooooh sounds so good!

    Ehem. Ehemmmm. Yeah, EVERYONE, GO READ GOLDEN REVENGE. IT IS AMAZING. YOU MUST READ IT. But let me warn you ... You guys are going to need a sledgehammer. Two, actually.

    (also Lost Girl of Astor Street yassssss. you should message me your thoughts on it!)

    1. Oooh yay I would love you to be my beta! *wink wink*

      Nawwww you're too sweet Liz. <3 Apart from the whole sledgehammer business, you see. That, I could do without. XD

      (Okayyyy I will!) Thanks so much for commenting!

  11. Eeeek, good luck with the tests/exams coming up. 😭 *sends chocolate*

    And YAY for all the exciting writing news! Starting your own language?! That is so cool omg. I barely can write in English and it's the only language I have.😂 MUCH RESPECT. I did a heck of a lot of rewriting/editing in August and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. :') I'm taking September off and hopefully developing my NaNo idea (maybe outline it? IDK it's so not ready😂) and then maybe more rewrites but WHO KNOWS. I never know what I'm doing writing-wise until I do it.😂

    Glad you're enjoying Uglies! That reminds me I never finished that series haha.

    1. Ahhhh thank you! I'll need both chocolate and luck. XD

      Haha it's certainly very difficult! It will take me awhile to make it sound half-legitimate I think. :) Yay for your writing progress! I'm excited that your stories are going well and that YOU'VE DONE SO MANY CAIT GOODNESS. Hehe yeah outlining *might* be a good idea considering you seem to love them. XD

      Haha, well I'm not sure if I'll finish the series, but I need to finish the book first to decide. :) Thank you for commenting Cait!

  12. I honestly have no idea how busy I may/may not be in December, and I've never beta-read before - but I'd love to help if you need me! Golden Revenge sounds awesome. :D
    Jem Jones

    1. I can always refer back to Jonathan Trout's post on beta-ing ;)

    2. I'd love for you to beta-read, Jem, thank you! :D No worries, I can send you an email if you'd like to explain what I'd expect--which isn't too much. XD Thanks for your interest, and for commenting!

      ((Yes, you can also refer back to his post!))

  13. I'd like to beta. ^ ^ I think it's really cool that you're doing a King Midas retelling and I'd love to read some of your work. :) You've betaed for me several times and I feel like I owe it to you haha.


    1. Yay! That would be great Victoria, thanks! :) I'm glad you found the premise of Golden Revenge interesting. Thank you for offering your help, and for commenting! <3