Writing Update

You probably don’t know I’m writing a book…but I’m writing a book.

Yeah look at the bloody writer over here, who can’t spell for shit.

I’ve now gotten halfway through the editing phase and am now onto draft 3!! (Yay!)

I imagine most people know what that is, given it’s a denoting system I completely made up but essentially I’ve made sure all the scenes are in the right order and everything makes sense. it took a while, about three months but I did it and am now finally getting back into actually writing the actual manuscript. it’s strange how much I’ve missed writing, but I’m sure, I’ll go straight back to pulling my out because of it soon.

Hope you’re all having fun with your own endeavours. Let me know about them in the comments!!

Don’t give up on them just yet!!

 

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Horrifying Nightmare Fest Ahead. (Review).

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Blurb: A village on the Devil’s Moor: a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition. The is the grand manor house whose occupants despite the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. this is where four young friends come of age- in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village’s darkest secrets.

Synopsis: ‘Your house is on fire, Your children all gone’ by Stefan Kiesbye is an episodic nightmarish book of stories. The stories told are truly bizarre and unnerving in how normal these murderous and sinful acts appear to the characters. It truly is a creepy read and one that grabbed my attention almost immediately. And though I would recommend it to anyone wanting a genuinely scary and disturbing read there are certain things that irked me about the book.

The characters’ personalities change and shift to suit the chapter they are in, and the writing style of each character is interchangeable from one another making it hard to remember which character have done what. It kind of takes you out of the moment when you have to think who’s POV you’re in.

Either way it’s a thoroughly enjoyable read, even if I need to sleep with the lights on for now

Nightrunners of Bengal by John Masters Review

Plot: The novel is set at the time of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The central character, Captain Rodney Savage, is an officer in a Bengal Native Infantry regiment, stationed in the fictional city of Bhowani. He is restless with garrison life, but is devoted to his regiment and its sepoys (Indian soldiers).

In spite of his empathy with the sepoys, Savage does not realise that fear and resentment are driving them to intrigue with local rulers and other conspirators against the rule of the British East India Company. The complacent life of the British community in Bengal is shattered by the Rebellion.

Synopsis: I’m not necessarily gonna go into book spoilers, but more history spoilers about the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857.

It is clear I’ve past into adulthood…It’s incredibly scary.

Nightrunners is not the most adult book I’ve ever read nor do I hold it up as the mark that all readers should pass to not be considered children. However it is the first book, in a long time, I’ve actually enjoyed reading. Its immersive world is the true protagonist of the story and its main focus is the emotional turmoil of the main character, rather than the main character’s missions or love life, something which I’ve found tiring in YA novels in recent months. It is a breath of fresh air to read something from such a indepth character narrative: Englishmen describing their foreign home and how dark it can become in war, and how much they can be affected with it.

While the first half of the book is gripping and wonderfully put together to create many wholesome, imperfect but sympathetic characters, it is the change from white women in petticoats playing crochet to sepoys murdering babies in their cribs, that grips you into the true message of the story, almost being convinced with the main character that these people who are trying to reclaim their homeland are monsters before remembering the reality of the situation and its bigger picture.

The main character is also brilliantly created. He’s not a saviour but a broken man in a country that wants him dead and he is not about to save the day, he can barely save himself and those he loves. He’s a complex character that changes throughout the story’s events.

So perhaps after reading this I should decidedly take a break from reading YA novels, just for a bit…until being an adult becomes too terrifying.

All in all I loved this book from start to finish.