April 30, 2020

Hello, lovelies! How have you been?April was a pretty busy month for me. Camp Nanowrimo effectively kicked my ass. Out of my 50,000-word count goal, I managed just under 10,000 words. Still, progress is progress, and I’m incredibly happy with what I have written. (And obviously, I’m still working on it.) I did read more than usual. Thus, I’ve added the Reviews page to the blog, where right now you can only find my thoughts on Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. Hopefully, they’ll be interesting coming from a twenty-four-year-old adult having just read the book for the first time. Plus, I’ve got three manga reviews in works that will soon be posted.

Even though I didn’t get as much written on the novel as I wanted, I got quite a bit accomplished here on the blog. Obviously, the Reviews and Giveaways pages are now up, and April’s fan art features were a stunning and absolute success in my eyes. I love the #sixfanarts challenge, and you can look forward to more in May. As well as some incredible #mermay pieces that aren’t exactly fan art, but deserves to be acknowledged all the same. Which means I’ll be adding a new gallery to the blog, Fantasy Art Features, and I’m honestly pretty excited about it.

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Can’t forget to mention that I’ve officially purchased my first commissioned piece! It’s a bust of the main character, Anastasia, from my WIP, Flowers in the Snow, by the incredible @myrthena on Instagram. She said it should be ready sometime by the end of the month, and I’ll be posting it on my Instagram as soon as it’s in my inbox so keep an eye out! 😉

I’ve always believed in supporting other artists, whether it be their writing, music, or artwork, but you all have probably guessed that already. That being said, I’ve decided to commission character art and cover art from various artists using various mediums for all of my novels and short stories. Maybe even some merch if you guys were interest once the novel is released. I’m already looking for my next artist to paint or draw Griffin, another main character from my WIP.

Regrettably, as you can probably tell from the lateness of this post, I still have a lot to do, but seeing as I have the next week off from my day job, I hope to get caught up on all my posting plans and maybe even get a little bit ahead. Things have been hectic around my house with renovations so I haven’t had a lot of time for much else, but that won’t continue until next week. That means seven days to spend with my little one, home, and actually work on the things I’m passionate about like my novels and this blog.

It’s been such a joy growing with you all and doing giveaways for you guys. I’ve loved your reactions so far, and I’m so grateful to be giving a little joy during these stressful days. Congratulations to Olivia Hasik (@mompam.reads) on winning April’s Alice in Wonderland Giveaway! If you’re interested, you can watch the unboxing video that and March in my highlights @arrowsnatlases. With it being #mermay can you guess which book I’m giving away this month?

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