As I write this, I'm almost done with this round of edits (PHEW!) and starting to think about what to work on next. But while I'm still thinking, here's a wrap-up of what I got up to in February (besides editing in my rabbit poncho.)
My planned reading was supposed to include MG novels and some YA sci-fi, but I didn't manage to fit in as much as I'd hoped. Here's what I read:
I enjoyed them all, and WINDRUNNER'S DAUGHTER was such a fantastic read I gave a quote for Bryony Pearce to use. I was also sent an ARC of Martin Stewart's RIVERKEEP, which doesn't come out until April, and cannot wait to sit down and devour it after my edits are done. I couldn't resist sneaking a look at the first few pages, and I just know I'm going to love it. (Being an author is pretty awesome sometimes. Okay, most of the time.) You should check out any and all of these books if you haven't already.
The weather was actually pretty phenomenal for February, so I did a lot of walking - even managing to briefly acquire an unfortunate sunglasses tan. It gave me the chance to catch up on audiobooks, though (3/5 of the above were audiobooks), and get some nice scenic pics for my Instagram account.
Speaking of which... I took part in an Instagram challenge created by author Dahlia Adler called #AuthorLifeMonth, showcasing fun author-related stuff each day in February. I usually just post random scenic photos from my adventures or (more often) pictures of my cats and bookshelves, so it made a nice change to have themed photos for each day. Here are some of my pics:
Day 27 of #authorlifemonth: Author Signature. This is mine, although I sometimes forget and do the K like my legal signature (a bit curlier), so that'll hopefully confuse some historians in 100 years or so. @missdahlelama created the AuthorLifeMonth challenge. #arc #authorlife #writing #signature #autograph #breaker
Day 9 of #authorlifemonth is for a Challenge Overcome. Mine has been finding a way to force my (lazy) self to exercise without feeling guilty for taking time away from writing. I found a solution that suits me perfectly - I got a Fitbit to track my exercise, and started listening to audiobooks while I walk, so I'm catching up on my TBR while I get fitter! I'm lucky to have some amazing coast & countryside to explore nearby, so going out every day isn't exactly a chore 😄 The AuthorLifeMonth challenge was created by @missdahlelama. #writing #authorlife #walk #wales #audiobook #fitbit
Day 8 of #authorlifemonth is about an Awesome Moment! I couldn't decide on one, so here is a collage of some of my 'firsts'. Clockwise from top left: 1) the cake my mam made to celebrate the release of Blackfin Sky in the US (it says KAT USA on top, in case you can't make out the blueberries); 2) my dad sending me the first sighting of Blackfin in a US bookstore (he was on holiday in Florida at the time); 3) my first ever panel, sitting between the amazing Lucy Christopher and Catherine Fisher; 4) my first school visit, where the students were awesome and they had a listening dog; and 5) the first time I spotted a copy of my book in a UK bookshop, which happened to be on release day! AuthorLifeMonth is a challenge set by the wonderful @missdahlelama #blackfinsky #ukya #ya #yalit #ireadya
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Finally, I've been listening to a lot of music while I edit (I can't do that so much when I'm writing a first draft, but I like the background noise for editing). This is my fave tune from this month:
Hope you've had a great month! My next post will be after I've turned in my edits next week - YAY!
Kat out x