I spent a few days in the beginning of August tromping around Northern Michigan (photographic evidence above), which was a wonderful way to rejuvenate my creativity. Despite my overly-ambitious "beach-reads" list from last month's newsletter, we mostly wandered and enjoyed the gorgeous landscapes, which was exactly what I needed.
I did manage to read Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo, which is the final book in her Grisha series. If you like YA fantasy and you haven't delved into Bardugo's work yet, I highly recommend it!
On the Blog...
This month, I've been doing a series of writing exercises and blogging about my experiences. It's been a really successful experiment, so I'm going to continue in September by focusing on drafting techniques. I'm looking forward to continuing the work, both on my novel and on the blog!
On the iPod
I'm back in the mood for science fiction, so I thought I'd try a well-known "must-read" that I hadn't checked out yet. I decided on Octavia Butler's Dawn, the first in her Xenogenesis series. It's everything great science fiction ought to be - compelling, thought-provoking, disturbing, and unique. I'm really enjoying it!
Fun with Lists!
As I'm delving into the work of drafting a new novel, I find myself thinking a lot about those romance novels that drew me to the genre and inspired me to write it too. In honor of that, a list! I decided to limit myself to seven authors, and to choosing only one of their books. Impossible! But there are so many amazing authors out there - without limits, the list would go on and on.
Evelina, by Frances Burney
Any Duchess Will Do, by Tessa Dare
Sleepless at Midnight, by Jacquie D'Alessandro
The Bride, by Julie Garwood
The Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
How to Marry a Marquis, by Julia Quinn
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Interested in reading some stories? Check these out... All art for "Anna Maria's Guide to Resurrection" was created by Meghan Irwin and originally appeared on Paper Darts.