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April Fools Day Sucks

Yeah I said it.

It’s hard being a naive and gullible person on April 1st.

I did get around to finally finishing Richelle Mead’s Shadow Heir. It ended much the way the entire book experience was: unsatisfying. It’s a shame, because the first three books and pretty much everything else Richelle Mead has written has blown me away. Maybe she’ll give us one more, even though that was the conclusion, and make it better.

I started Kim Harrison’s A Perfect Blood right away and it’s already got me hooked. I notice I’m dissecting writing a lot more now, and Kim  does a lot of ‘showing not telling’ – but sometimes it feels a little forced. Nonetheless, the story is engrossing and I love Rachel and can’t wait to see how things progress with Trent in this book. I hope they progress somewhere good!

I haven’t touched that other manuscript I started since I got that out. I want to finish TWICE SWORN first, although it’s calling me. “Staci, Staceeeeeeee, come write me!” So I’m motivated to finish Twice Sworn. 😀

I am writing the ending while, at the same time, re-editing the beginning. I cut the first two chapters completely and started it somewhere in chapter 3. I think it’s a stronger beginning. I’m also working really hard on eliminating passive verbs from my writing. I found this interesting article about E-Prime (or English Prime) which is basically English without using any to be verbs AT ALL. It’s an interesting concept to be sure.

I have another beta reader (and potentially three more), so hopefully I’ll be getting this bad boy strengthened and polished to the point it shines and there’s no way my first choice agent won’t want me!

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