Top 5 Books on my To-Read List

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My reading list grows by the day, mainly because of my slow reading speed, but here are my top 5 for this year.

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    I’ll admit: this is a book I only heard of because a good friend of mine, Stef, loved it. The cover is eye-catching, although the title doesn’t seem to give anything away.
  2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
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    Again, one that caught my eye by cover alone. I have no idea what it’s about but, darn, is it beautiful. I’m in the majority of “judging a book by its cover” for sure.
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    Okay, so this came as a word-of-mouth from a lot of my Wattpad friends and readers. Then I saw the selling line of “What if Cinderella was an assassin and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?” The line certainly caught my attention, but not in a good way — my immediate answer was “Well, doesn’t sound much like a Cinderella retelling then, unless you still have the horrible step-family and fairy godmother” (read the published blurb — doesn’t sound like it does). But I heard raving things, so I’m going to check it out.
  4. The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
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    I really enjoyed Holmberg’s The Paper Magician trilogy with its steampunk feel and magic system, (reviewed here) so I was excited to hear there was a spinoff set in the same world. Eagerly awaiting my own copy!
  5. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
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    I’d read The Rithmatist by Sanderson before and, man, what a world. I loved it. Exciting, immersive, and left me breathless after I’d raced through the entire book (*spoilers* disappointed the MC didn’t succeed but never mind! *end spoilers*). I got a copy of this from the library and this brick is sitting on my nightstand right now.

What are your to-reads this year? Any recommendations?

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What You Can Get Out of the Wattpad Block Party

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The Wattpad Block Party is a group effort to celebrate writing and togetherness, held on Wattpad, with freebies, goodies, and tips galore. What can you get out of it?

  1. Freebies: Amazon gift cards, free e-books, hardcopy books.
  2. Promotions: there are spotlights of Wattpadders with hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of reads, so you get a chance of being promoted by some of the hottest stars.
  3. Sneak peeks: be the first to see special chapters, new projects, character interviews etc. of your favourite works by your favourite writers.
  4. Top tips: how to succeed on Wattpad, how to write fantasy stories (by yours truly!) and other helpful things
  5. Reflections by writers: what writers learnt about various topics

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Come join us! We run all February!

Currently Playing: Nier:Automata — Android Story Giving the Feels

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I recently played Nier:Automata, an action hack-and-slash adventure fantasy science fiction video game and I am still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster two months later.

Contains spoilers, duh.

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Wattpad Block Party Winter 2018

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As mentioned in a previous post, I shall be guest-posting in Kelly Anne Blount‘s Wattpad Block Party Winter 2018. After hearing suggestions from all my readers, I’ve decided to talk about fantasy story plotting, specifically regarding Rune Mage, including magic lore, character building, motivations, and the actual plotting process.

It’ll be heavily condensed, because there’s only so much I can squeeze into a single post! There are plenty of books published on a single topic alone.

Other suggestions from readers have included:

As promised before, I’ll work my way through these in blog posts. The alternative endings will likely take some time, because I only ever really plot for a single ending.

Be on the lookout for my post on plotting fantasy stories! We launch in February!

New Year’s Resolution

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Happy 2018! Wishing you all a safe, happy, and successful new year. I thought I’d start the year with a short list of resolutions. Although I’m not one for using new year’s specifically for resolutions — I’d rather have short goals throughout the year — it won’t hurt to make a grand end point, right?

  1. Finish Firestarter, my Asian Fantasy YA novella, and rewrite it (possibly as a full novel)
  2. Finish rewrite of Rune Mage, my high fantasy mass-sacrifice novel.
  3. Read more! My reading motivation has dropped down to zero.
  4. Pass my clinical exam retake in May.
  5. Brew at least one of the plot bunnies that have attacked me during my late night musings of my WIP. Either a full-length Asian Fantasy or Western Science Fiction — yet undecided

What are your new year’s resolutions? Share them here!

Need Your Help! Wattpad Block Party February 2018

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Exciting news! I am proud to announce I will be participating in Kelly Anne Blount‘s biannual all-star Wattpad Block Party, coming to you in February 2018! Each member will contribute one chapter to her book of fun, alongside giveaways, shout-outs, and other fun prizes! This begs a question from me to you, my readers.

What do you want me to write about?

Options include (but aren’t limited to): reading, writing, blogging, Wattpad, character interviews, sneak peeks at new projects, alternate endings, 10 Reasons to Read *My book title*, storyboard creation, deleted scenes, spin-offs…

I was thinking of talking about how I plot my fantasy stories, focusing on Rune Mage (which has had the most detailed plotting by far). I don’t have any new projects to do a reveal for, because I already have two WIPs currently, but I’m open to suggestions!

Suggestions from readers so far have included:

  1. Alternate ending to Seeker: Demon Killers
  2. Character interview with Ari from March City
  3. Alternate ending to Windcaster

The options not used for the block party I’ll likely post on here instead, so suggest away!