Am Currently... #13 + Ask Me Your Questions!

April is upon us! Which means several exciting things: 1) I have school holidays coming up, 2) It's Camp NaNo, and 3) Very soon I'll have been blogging for two years!! It's crazy to think how much has happened since I first launched Quill Pen Writer, but I'll save those rambles for next week's celebration.

I've been super busy since my last Am Currently, so I figured it was time to squeal with you all about books, writing, songs, and the like!




I've been very happy to duck into my local bookstores lately, and pick up copies of Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (curse words are blacked out to fit in with the format, and there are crude comments, as a warning) and Begin, End, Begin, an Australian authors' YA anthology.

Obsidio, apart from some the occasional questionable content, is as much of a thrilling read and with breath-taking twists as the first two books in the trilogy. The unique formatting really enhances the story, instead of hindering it. I hope to see more books in similar formats in the future!

I'm only a few short stories into the anthology, but the cover is gorgeous, and it's great to get little tastes of different authors' styles and characters.

A few weeks back I read The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, another collection of short stories, each one with a twist on a classic fairytale and...guys!!! It's amazing!!! AND IT HAS ILLUSTRATIONS THAT GROW ON EVERY PAGE. IT'S BEAUTIFUL.



I'm doing a mix of editing, and first drafting at the moment. First drafting Golden Revenge's unintended sequel, Silver Storm, has taken over Camp NaNo and most of my brain, so its currently my primary focus. It's not a 'normal' sequel, per se, so I feel as though I'm writing an entirely new story with links and connections to the first. It's been a challenge, but lots of fun!

For school, I've also had to write a number of short stories. One, with a historical fiction prompt, is called Under the Golden Hammer, and is based in Latvia during the 1949 deportations. Another is a longer worked based on the premise 'what if doctors could tell if you were "good" or "evil" at birth?' titled Here Lies. Reading lots of anthologies has definitely helped me refine my short story writing skills, and I have to say, though sticking to the wordcount is a struggle, I'm really enjoying writing them!



Recently I've been listening to a mixture of worship, rap, and Irish folk music. A dear friend introduced me to 'The Rocky Road to Dublin' by The High Kings, and it's a song I always feel the need to dance to. 'Jerusalem' by CityAlight (it's written by the lead singer at my church) also has a gorgeous, peaceful sound to it I love. As for the rap, as usual, the one and only NF has pride of place.


Tired, as I'm typing this up late, and the functioning of my brain is questionable. Aside from that, I've been feeling very blessed of late to have such a gorgeous view from my bedroom window, which has allowed me quiet times of reflection and admiration of God's work in nature. There are also hilarious birds that come and sit on the branch by my window, but that's a story for another time...



One last thing!
My 2 year Blogoversary is coming up, and I would be honoured if you would ask me some questions for a Q & A; just type them into the form below!




What have you been reading? Are you taking part in Camp NaNo? What's your favourite song at the moment?
Have a great day, and best of luck with your writing! <3

Comments

  1. Oh wow, happy early anniversary! Two years is an amazing achievement! I LOVE NF! He's so epic!

    How did you attach the google form to your blog? I need to do that for a post soon and I have no clue how to do it? XD

    Amazing post!

    ~Ivie| Ivie Writes

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    1. Thanks Ivie! <3 Yessss isn't he amazing?

      I opened up my Google Form, and went to 'send' --- there should be a box that pops up, with a section called 'send via'. Click on the third option '< >'. Then copy and paste the HTML into your HTML section in the editing/writing box for your post. When you preview it, it should be there. Hope that helps, and let me know if you need anymore help! :)

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  2. I'm loving seeing NF's name around. He deserves the fame. I have been meaning to read 'Language of Thorns'.

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    1. Oh absolutely! :) Yay! I hope you enjoy it. xD

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  3. Happy anniversary!!! Two years, WOW!!!! :D

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  4. I am sooooo intrigued by The Language of Thorns! It's fairy tales, after all... xD I shall have to pick it up sometime!

    Sounds like life is going well for you! <3 And happy blog birthday!!!!

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    1. Ooh I hope you do! It had such a fresh take on fairy tales, it was breath-taking. xD (There was one uncomfortable moment, but it's mostly implied in a few lines, and if you read fast you'll probably miss it, just as a warning.)

      Thanks Lila! <3

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  5. Best wishes with CampNaNo! I've technically entered, but I haven't started yet. I set a really low goal because of having company the first weekend of the month. XD

    storitorigrace.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Victoria! Don't worry, I set a fairly low goal too; best of luck with achieving yours! :)

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  6. Oops! Forgot to comment!

    Le gasp! I LOVE High Kings!! "Rocky Road to Dublin" is one of my favorites <3

    Happy Blogoversary!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Tehee it's okay! :)

      Yesss they're so great! "Rocky Road to Dublin" is my favourite of theirs. xD

      Thank you! <3

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  7. Oooh The Language of Thorns sounds really pretty! I just finished a book called The Imaginary and it had beautiful illustrations in it. That's cool that a YA book has pictures! That isn't very common, but I see a lot of people wishing it was, myself included! And YAY FOR UPCOMING BLOGOVERSERY!!!! *hurls confetti* Can't wait for the post to officially celebrate! :D

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    1. It's soooo pretty! And the illustrations change on each page, and just, gah, my eyes feast on it every time. xD Ooh I'll have to check that one out! Yes, I would love to have more YA books with illustrations! THANK YOU! <3 <3

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