Taking A Break // When Writing Gets Obsessive


November 17, 2017



   So guess what's a weird post to be posting in the middle of NaNoWriMo? This post is. 


Taking A Break // When Writing Gets Obsessive [title image]



   Let's make one thing clear before I dig into this post - I'm not talking about NaNoWriMo here. I love all the hectic craziness of the month of November, it's so fun. NaNoWriMo (and ... pretty much anyone on a major deadline xD) is exempt from this post. I'm talking about those times when you've been writing so much that you can't stop, even when you're tired of it. I'm talking about how to take a break when you've become writing-obsessed (*cough* something I need to learn *cough*). 


   But how do you know if your writing has become obsessive?



1. Everything Is Dry  


 
   Your words are dry, your well of inspiration is dry, your plotline is dry - yeah, pretty much everything is dry. Your 'creative tank' isn't full anymore, and you're needing to figure out a way to refuel and got those creative juices flowing again.



2. Writing Isn't Fun Anymore



   So now you're probably thinking 'this could never happen!', but guess what - it can. Getting tired of writing happens to me when I've been writing like a madwoman for weeks and weeks ... and then everything just kinda starts to slide to a stop. I'm tired. The words aren't coming. All inspiration has gone *poof*. Thus, writing is not fun anymore xD.



3. Writing Is Stressful (...but not writing is also stressful) 



   This one is one of the biggest signs that you are over-obsessing about the need to write. If writing is making you stressed, but not writing is also making you stressed (seriously, this happens #me) because you feel guilty about not writing when you could be writing ... yeah, 'tis a problem. And it has happened to me quite often, so I would know. I am the queen of writing obsessively xD.  



   So, those are just a few ways to know if your writing habits have become obsessive. And do you know what you (and I, if I can convince myself about it xD) really need to do when this starts to happen? TAKE A BREAK. Even just a small break - just a couple days, or a week if you have the time - can work wonders. But I actually have a REALLY hard time forcing myself to take a break when I've becoming overly obsessed with writing ... so, how do you do this think called 'taking a break?'. 



1. Give Yourself Permission To Chill 



    This is actually the hard part. See the word 'obsessed' up there in the post title? Yeah, that means CAN'T STOP. I find it really, really hard to quit writing when I start obsessing over it ... even when, deep down, I want a break sooooo bad. So stepping back and giving yourself permission (or forcing yourself) to just chill and not go near a keyboard for a few days is actually hard, but breaks are needed, so DON'T feel guilty about not writing for awhile (#me). You have all the permission in the world to just chill for a few days.



2. Read A Book



   Read two books! Read lots of books! We're bookdragons - it's in our DNA to devour books twenty-seven books in one weekend. Find a nice, huge fantasy book to get your hands on, or a fluffy contemporary to breeze through. Perfect fuel to refill on <3. (and I've posted lists of books that are perfect for Summer and books that are perfect for Fall, so there's some quick recommendations for ya xD)


the unwanteds by Lisa McMann - bookshelf image




3. Work On A New Project



   Sometimes it isn't really a break from writing that's needed - it's a break from a specific project. Working on a new piece (maybe just a short story, or a piece of flash fiction), can kind of give you a breather from whatever you've been currently working on. Sometimes I'll purposefully work on two projects at once, so that I don't get all tired out. But switching projects really can help - especially if you're going from a serious project to a just-for-fun piece.



4. Take A Deep Breath



   Just breath for a minute. For a few minutes. Or a few days, if you need it. Sit back and watch a movie, take a walk, surf the blogosphere, or hang with that strange thing called family (yeah, they exist, too). Relax and do something you've wanted to do for awhile, but that you've put off because of the book you're working on. You are an epic little writing-creature - you deserve a break! Do something fun! Trust me, it'll be worth it ;D.


   And there ya go - all the ways that I get myself to take a breather when I desperately need one. And Thanksgiving is coming up super fast, so I'm going to convince the writer-ly part of my brain to chill for awhile so that I can just hang with family aaaall week. It'll be lots of fun xD. Have an epic Thanksgiving break, you guys - I'll see you after it's over!

~ Savannah Grace

do you get overly writing-obsessed sometimes? 
what do you do to give yourself a break?
have a great Thanksgiving, y'all! 

COVER REVEAL of Fawkes by Nadine Brandes


November 13, 2017



   GUYS. I have been waiting so so long to be able to post this - and now I can!

   Who wants to see the title + cover for Nadine Brandes' newest book?!?!


Title And Cover Reveal For Nadine Brandes' Book [header image]


 
   If I hadn't been sick when I received the cover image, I'd have been shrieking and bouncing off the walls when I saw it (which was my actual reaction when I heard that Nadine was being published by Thomas Nelson/Harpercollins xD) - but as it was, I had to do all bouncing and shrieking inwardly xD.


   BUT now I'm less sick, and I can do all the bouncing and shrieking with you guys, because it's time to show the cover to all of you! And it's absolutely gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS, so scroll down to get a look at the beauty of it all ...


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A Time To Rise by Nadine Brandes



   Nope, this isn't the cover that's being revealed - but it is the cover of Nadine's last book, A Time To Rise. Do you think the next cover can live up to this one? Let's see ... 


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so, if you've been around here long enough, you know that I'm partial to books of a certain color



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   THE GORGEOUS COVER OF FAWKES  



Fawkes by Nadine Brandes [Cover Image]




Fawkes by Nadine Brandes [Cover Image]
Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King James.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.




Nadine Brandes Headshot Image





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   *is practically bouncing with excitement as I write this* Doesn't the cover look incredible?! I had so many expectations for Fawkes' cover (because it's a Nadine book, and the covers for her Out Of Time trilogy are killer), and it absolutely met them all! ALSO IT'S BLUE. I GET TO BUY A NEW BLUE BOOK IN JULY. I'M SO EXCITED, I COULD DIE. All the cover-love for blue books. <3 <3 <3. And not only is this one a blue book, it's a NADINE BRANDES BOOK. Her Out Of Time trilogy is one of the best trilogies I've ever read, so I'm over the moon about getting a new Nadine-book in July! *all the flailing*

   And to top off all this excitement, there's a giveaway for an ARC copy of Fawkes! (also, admit it - that title is epic. It will also always make me think of the phoenix Fawkes from Harry Potter xD)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

   Anyways. Now that you've seen all of my flailing about Fawkes, go check out Nadine's post about her new cover (where you can find pre-order links for ze book)! Fawkes will be available on July 10th, but I don't know if I'll be able to survive the wait xD.


   Now go! What are you still doing here?? Add it to Goodreads! Pre-order it on Amazon! MAKE THE INTERNETS EXPLODE WITH EXCITEMENT.  


   ... so now I shall just sit here and be tortured as I wait to read the epic thing. Someone send help. xD


~ Savannah Grace


freak out with me, you guys - isn't Fawkes' cover gorgeous?
doesn't the plot sound epic?
are you dying to read this book?

Book Review - The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


November 9, 2017


 
   So I finally finished The Scorpio Races, and now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to get to it! While there were a couple things I didn't like, overall it was a wonderful book. Want to hear more about it?


Book Review - The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater [header image]
you'll have to forgive me for reusing a title image - but I'm sick, and don't have the motivation to take a new one xD




 
5 Stars

   I though I'd never get out of my reading slump, and then I get my hands on a five star book. Go figure xD. That's not to say that I liked everything in this book (*points down at the "disliked things" section*), but  overall, it was amazing. It earned those five stars.


From The Back Cover 


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater [cover image]
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.







the epic stuff



   - The prose. The prose in The Scorpio Races was gorgeous. And not only was it gorgeous, it felt real - like actual people would have spoken those words. It was beautiful, and so easy to read. Loved it. <3 Also, can we talk about that line on the back cover of the book? "It was the first of November and so, today ... someone will die." I CAN'T. That line is absolutely what got me hooked on The Scorpio Races. (plus, the prose made the book have this certain feel that was just amazing)

   - The characters. I haven't read a book with characters this real for quite awhile. Sean and Puck were both amazing, and I honestly couldn't decide who was the main character? At first I thought it was Puck, then I thought it might have been Sean ... in the end, I settled by deciding that they could both be the main characters, for all I cared xD. I loved them both!

   - The capaill uisce. I've always wanted to read (or write!) a story that had something to do with kelpies, because they're not used enough in fiction. So when I saw that The Scorpio Races was about the capaill uisce, I was very excited. And Stiefvater did so well with them! I'd talk about it more, but I'd get into very spoiler-y territory, so ... nope. 

   - It got me out of my reading slump. I owe the book. <3


the disliked stuff


   - It, ah ... wasn't the cleanest. A fair amount of bad language was used, and (seeing as one of the biggest factors in the book was flesh-eating horses) there was a good amount of gore. Now, I don't know everyone's convictions when it comes to reading, but I would only recommend this to ages 16+.






   I now understand why everyone raves about Maggie Stiefvater's books - she's got an incredible talent for writing and storytelling. I can't wait to get my hands on another of her books!


~ Savannah Grace 


have you read The Scorpio Races?
which Stiefvater book should I read next?
 

A Call For Betas // Asher Grey


November 5, 2017



   So, I'm finally taking the jump. Who wants to beta Asher Grey?


A Call For Betas // Asher Grey [header image]




   Before you skip down to fill out the form for beta reading at the end of this post, you probably want to know some more about the story, huh? Well, I'll be nice, and not let you all jump in blind xD. I did a post about it last month (and there's some stuff about it on my 'writings' page), but here's some more info ...

- the book is currently 30k words long (I've already cut 15k from it and I still need to cut more, so #help)

- it's a Snow White retelling

- I'll send it to you on the 8th of November, and the deadline to finish it is the 22nd of November (exactly two weeks after, so plenty of time, seeing as Asher Grey is a teeny little book)

- I probably won't be able to accept all the betas who fill out the form. I know, I know - it's strange, and wish I could let all of you read it and help with the editing process, but I just don't have the time for that many betas right now. So probably ten-or-so of you guys who fill out the form will actually be able to read it. I'm so sorry!

   ... and I think that's about it. If you guys have any more questions, leave a comment, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Whether or not you're actually able to beta, your interest in my story means so much to me - you guys are the best! <3




~ Savannah Grace

so ... did you sign up?
and how's NaNoWriMo going for you guys?