Am Currently... #14

Well, it's finally holiday time for me! Hopefully for all you Northen Hemisphere-ers, you're enjoying your summer. For us down in the south, winter is still going strong, and school's just ended (for the next two weeks at least). The last couple of months have been crazy busy, and this week has been especially rough, but more on that later.

For now, here's some updates on what's going on!



A few days ago, I finished reading "So Sang the Dawn" by my dear friend, and phenomenal writer, AnnMarie Pavese. It's a hefty book, but a beautiful tale of light and darkness, of friendship and family, and of hope. If you enjoy epic fantasy, or strong female friendships mixed in with adventure and magic, this one is definitely for you!

Today I started "A Thousand Perfect Notes" by the lovely and funny C.G. Drews. It's already breaking my heart, and though I don't usually read contemporary, the characters are so vibrant and raw I'm already so drawn in!


Due to a billion and one assignments, and major research tasks being due, I haven't been able to write as much as I normally can. A good chunk of my writing time has been consumed with writing my short story for my English Extension 2 class, currently titled "Here Lies". It's being written in a style similar to the transcriptions in the Illuminae series, so it's been fun to experiment and see how I can push myself! 

In addition to that, I'm also dipping my toe into edits for Golden Revenge. I'm really excited to flesh out certain aspects of my premise, strengthen my character arcs, and (hopefully) tighten up the wordcount. I also have some new twists in mind that work so much better and feel more like the story's heart, so I'm working on weaving those in too!

As for Silver Storm, I'm about 70,000 words into the first draft, and am drawing closer to the climax! I can already see I'll have a lot to work on in edits, but I'm happy that I'm making progress, slowly, but surely.



I'm still listening to my favourite band, Cimorelli, on the daily! I particularly love their covers of Oceans by Hillsong, Praying by Kesha (that high note!!), and their own original song, Cars + Parking Lots. Their voices, and the way they harmonise and intertwine, never fails to amaze me!

A dear writing friend also introduced me to MyNoise. Whether you're in a noisy setting and need to block out talking, want to listen non-stop to the Irish Coast, or a spaceship, they have such interesting and immersing background noises!



The last few days have been particularly hard, as a boy who goes to my school was tragically murdered along with his sister. Since I used to live so close to his house, it's hit me pretty hard. But I'm holding onto my rock, God, and reminding myself of his promises, and my favourite verse:


"Though the fruit tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines...yet I will rejoice in the Lord."
Habakkuk 3:17-19


How has your month been? What songs/artists are you listening to at the moment? What are you currently reading?
Have a wonderful day, and best wishes with your writing! <3

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  1. I can't wait to read ATPN!!! And yay for progress on Silver Storm - 70k words is a lot!!

    I recently finished reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber, and it was such an enchanting story! The setting especially was amazing. <3 If you haven't read it yet, I would definitely recommend it to you. :D

    I'm so sorry about what happened to that boy and his sister. It makes me incredibly sad to hear. :( That verse is very uplifting, though. God is faithful even in the hard times. <3

    Wonderful post, Melissa! And I'm wishing you a happy holiday from the miserable heat and humidity of the south. XD

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    1. It's a wonderful book; I hope you can read it soon!! Aw thanks, it's going slow, but I'm getting there, slowly but surely! :)

      Ooh I've heard the worldbuilding is phenomenal in it! Since you enjoyed it, I'll have to check it out, thanks for the recommendation! :D

      It's really cast a shroud over our community. But yes, He always is. <3

      Aww thank you! I hope you have a good summer up there!!

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  2. I need to get A Thousand Perfect Notes. Glad Silver Storm is going good!

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    1. You do, it's fantastic! Thank you!! :)

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  3. I hope my library gets A Thousand Perfect Notes so I can read it.

    So sorry about the boy you knew. I can kind of empathize because there was a shooting near (about 30 minutes away) me last week. It was really hard to process, but I hope you're doing okay.

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    1. I hope so too! *fingers crossed for you*

      Oh no, I'm so sorry. That's really hard. I'm doing better now thank you, but I hope you're okay. <3

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  4. Eee I'm glad it's finally hollidays for you! You deserve it :D And dude YAY FOR FINISHING THE MASSIVE SO SANG THE DAWN! I keep thinking about it and I am eager to get a copy! And I'm so excited to read Cait's new book ASDJFLAHSDKJ. The Queen of Dragons and Cake is finally published and I'M SO EXCITED! I'm so excited for your edits on GR and the progress you're making on Silver Storm! So awesome! And your school project sounds fun, too! Do you think you might post it on the blog? :)

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    1. Haha thanks, it's been a long school term! Sadly I have a lotttttt of work to do, but I get to sleep in, so. xD YOU SHOULD GET IT! Get both!! I think you'll love them. :D The progress is slow, but I'm really happy with where both projects are going! :) Ooh good question. It will be around 6K, and considering I have to formally submit it to the Department of Education, it might be some time. I'll have to ask about their copyright laws too. :P But I'll let you know what I find out!

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  5. Aah, I've been hearing so much about A Thousand Perfect Notes! The cover is so gorgeous too, so I might have to get it soon. And I love Oceans by Hillsong <3

    It's so cool that you get to write a short story for your class! I've spent the last couple months taking a break from my WIP and writing short stories. It's been hard to do when I have a tendency to make my stories so long XD

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    1. Ahhhh you should, and let me know what you think! It is a gorgeous cover! And Oceans is the first song to ever make me cry. <3

      Haha I know the feeling! I have a 6K limit for one of my stories, which is hard enough, but I have 1K limits for the others and I feel like I'm dying trying to fit it all in there. xD Good luck with all your stories!

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  6. I am so sorry to hear you've had a rough time recently *hugs*

    Ooh, I so want to read both those books. I remember beta readinv ATPN in the early stages and it was heartbreaking back then. I can't imagine how amazing it must be now!

    Ooh, will we ever het to see anything of your Illuminae-esque short story? I would LOVE to see what you've come up with!

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    1. *hugs back* Thank you for your support. <3

      You should definitely read both; I loved both of them so much!! Ooh you got to beta-read it? That's so cool!

      I'd love to share it, but as it's a formal submission to the Department of Education, I'm not sure where my rights stand with sharing it. But I can look at that, and get back to you. :)

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss. That's very sad to hear. Keep clinging and praying. God will lead you through. I'll be praying for you.

    It sounds like you've had a pretty good month! I hope everything continues to go well!

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    1. Thank you Sarah, all prayers are very much appreciated. <3 I trust that He will.

      Yes, it's been nice, if busy! Thank you! I hope you have a good month too! :)

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  8. I hope you have a really relaxing break!

    Aw no! I'm so sorry about your classmate. That's terrible. :( *hugs*

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