A Writing Update

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This was a post I considered making back at the end of September when I lost an entire month in my timeline for working on The Ravyn’s Words due to illness and a bereavement, but at the time while busy I still had a clear schedule.

However, the situation has changed – particularly with work which has become untenable at this point. Covid hit our team hard, we had a lot of older volunteers and between concerns about covid and the long months of lockdown many of them decided to retire – which is more than fair and, it means that we’re operating at bare minimum capacity and they just keep removing resources one after the other, while expecting us to do more and more – and in the busiest period as well. I will be leaving as soon as I find another job – which has increased the pressure on doing job applications, and while I am hoping to do this without relocating I haven’t taken it off the table although I love where I live.

This along with some other personal stuff – including another bereavement in October, has meant that while I’ve been working away on getting the book ready for publication, the stress has been building up and this past week it has manifested with exhaustion and being generally unwell. This has the knock on of slowing everything down because I’m so tired, and I’m at the point where it’s also making me struggle with my dyslexia more than normal and I can see myself making more mistakes.

To top of the general chaos and mess that life is at the moment, I’ve also had it confirmed this week that I now also have arthritis in my right hip in addition to both knees. While it’s nice to know why I’ve been in additional pain for the last few months, it still sucks – and is another reason for moving up the timeline for looking for a new job, as my current one is very physically demanding and my pain levels are starting to get unbearable more often. It has also made sitting down to work more difficult.

I could possibly press through to meet the deadline, but it would be incredibly close, it would be compounding current issues and ultimately more mistakes will be made. I love this book with all my heart, and I want to do it justice – but something is going to break, and I would rather it wasn’t me. So, I am going to take the extra time, have a rest for a few days and then finish the last bits with a fresh mind and hopefully a little less stress.

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has cheered me on, pre-ordered The Ravyn’s Words and made the stress a bit more bearable, and I wanted to do this post before changing the date. I will be updating on KDP tomorrow to reflect this change. At present I am looking at the 28th December as the new release date, as I do not want to clash with some other books that are coming out at that time that I want to shout about.

Aside from a review later today and one tomorrow which is part of a blog tour, the blog will be quiet this week as I take a break, work on job applications and try and just breathe.

Rowena

Nanowrimo 2021

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Sleep eludes me so I thought I would cobble together a post about my Nanowrimo projects for this year. Firstly, how on earth are we already in November?! Where has this year gone, and oh my goodness I have a book coming out this month. THIS MONTH!

Secondly, yes I did say ‘projects’ as in multiple. Why I hear saner minds ask? Well one, because I was hopelessly indecisive and couldn’t choose between the three side projects that currently live rent-free in my mind, and two, because I love challenging myself during Nanowrimo. I’ve set the goal of 50K for each of the projects in question, but it will not be the end of the world if I don’t reach that – instead my main goal is just to keep adding to what I already have, and try and get the stories taking on a little more shape. My plan is then to let them lie in December, which I will largely be taking off from my original writing to focus on some other writing that has fallen by the wayside (Yes, a holiday from writing to do more writing), and come back to them in the New Year and see where I will go from there, as well as continuing to work on the Citadel series of course.

Now onto the Nanowrimo projects!

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Tavern Chat: Trudie Skies

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And welcome to the very first Tavern Chat on the blog. I was lucky enough to be joined for this inaugural chat by Trudie Skies, the author of the Sand Dancer series – a YA Fantasy published by Uproar Books, and of the upcoming book The Thirteenth Hour. This is the first book in a new series called The Cruel Gods and is due for release on October 13th 2021, and you can find preorder links below.

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Map Reveal: The Cruel Gods – Trudie Skies

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Today in a first for the blog as in conjunction with FantasyBookNerd I have a map reveal for Trudie Skies’ upcoming Gaslamp fantasy series The Cruel Gods. The first book ‘The Thirteenth Hour’ will be released 13th October 2021, and the cover reveal is next Monday and organised by Storytellers on Tour.

I have been excited for this book ever since Trudie started talking about it and sharing snippets about, and it is one of my most anticipated reads for the last part of 2021, so it was an honour to be asked to help out with the reveal. Also, I love maps (as anyone familiar with the blog will have noticed) and this one while unconventional is absolutely beautiful. However, before we get to that below is the summary for the book to whet your appetite (and even better, at the bottom you’ll find the pre-order links, because October isn’t that far away), and also an interview with the cartographer Soraya Corcoran as well as some examples of her other work, and I hope that you will check out her work.

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Book Summary:

When the saints fail, the sinners step up.

Cruel gods rule the steam-powered city of Chime, demanding worship and tribute from their mortal subjects. Kayl lost her faith in them long ago, and now seeks to protect vulnerable and downtrodden mortals from their gods’ whims. But when Kayl discovers powers that she didn’t know she had—and destroys a mortal’s soul by accident—she becomes Chime’s most wanted.

Quen’s job was to pursue sinners, until the visions started. Haunted by foreboding images of his beloved city’s destruction, Quen hunts soul-sucking creatures made of aether who prey on its citizens—and Kayl is his number one target.

To ensure Chime’s future, Kayl and Quen must discover the truth of Kayl’s divine abilities before the gods take matters into their own hands.

For a city that bows to cruel gods, it’ll take godless heathens to save it.

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Cover Reveal: The Ravyn’s Words (The Citadel 0.5) – Rowena Andrews

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So this is one of the most exciting (and terrifying) posts I’ve ever done on the blog or anywhere, but today I am delighted to reveal the cover for my novella – The Ravyn’s Words which is due for release on the 30th November. And I have to give a massive shoutout to Trudie Skies for giving me the courage to post this (I may have been hovering over the publish button for most of the day!)

Book Summary:

Fate belongs to the Gods. They Weave it. Sing it. Harvest it.

Ravyn was born between life and death, free of the weave of fate. She dreams of distant places and grand deeds far from the eyes of the Gods that she refuses to believe in.

Eleyn is thrice-sworn to the Gods, marked for death and cursed with the knowledge that the Gods are stirring and what that will mean for the world she will leave behind. Unless she can change things, and that means twisting the weave of fate.

But fate is a dangerous thing, especially when it is stolen from the Gods.

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Mid-Year Wrap-Up!

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A looong post for you today. June has crept up on me – how are we halfway through 2021 already? I’m going to be getting emails about Christmas stock soon at work (which feels even weirder as we missed Easter this year). Even with being back at work, time still feels very much out of sync and I’m sat here in June going…huh?

It’s been a challenging year. Lockdown #2 was far harder to endure than the first one, and I was climbing the walls far more than I care to admit, and I have never been so happy to be back at work (although it was a massive shock to the system). However, all that time at home has meant that I’ve done a huge amount of reading and I am currently sat on 130 / 200 for my GR reading goal (although I am still behind on reviews, as reading is often easier than the writing so I’m actually a dozen or so ahead of that but I haven’t added them yet). I’ve also had the opportunity to do some new bookish things this year. I’m a panelist for the BBNYA 2021, and just finished my round one reading and feedback. I’ve also had the chance to do some beta reading which has been fantastic, and I am hopefully going to be helping out with Norsevember later this year.

The Indie Fantasy Addicts Summer Challenge is also just around the corner, and I am busy building a TBR for that and trying to clear my backlog of netgalley and reviews so I can focus on this challenge – and I have some super titles that I’m really looking forward to diving into.

Currently Reading:

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The World of the Citadel

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Today is the start of #WyrdandWonder and the challenge prompt for today is ‘we’re going on an adventure’. I have a book review for Little White Hands by Mark Cushen coming up this afternoon/evening which falls firmly into this prompt.

However, I also wanted to do something a little different – and keep to my goal of talking about my wip in public at least once a week, so here is a whistlestop tour of my world (all maps are in progress – and I’m not sharing my messy handscrawled ones, if only because no one would be able to read the writing on them- including me half the time!)

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Writing, D&D and Maps

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Well the start of 2021 has been…interesting? I’m not sure that’s really the right word, but it’s the one I’m going with because it’s less complicated than some of the others. However, between lockdowns and everything else, our house currently being in disarray because the kitchen is being done (cooking in the living room is strange and I don’t like it, although the dog is loving in as it brings her closer to the food), and sheet ice making it very hard to get out and about for walks it has been incredibly hard to focus on writing. Instead, I’ve been reading – a lot – and I now I have a bunch of reviews to write, I’ve been doing some world-building for a new DnD campaign that I will be starting up at the end of this month, and I’ve managed to poke at my editing off and on.

I’m not quite at the point I hoped to be with my editing, but progress is being made. I managed to untangle a fight scene where I almost killed one of my main characters without intending too (I am terrible to my characters, but he isn’t supposed to die… ). I’m attempting to set up a schedule for the coming weeks (I miss work, and the structure it gives me), so hopefully I will be able to catch up, but considering *gestures at the world* I consider any and all progress to be good at the moment.

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