Posts by: katheryn13


Epiphanies | My Writing Journey (Part 1)

Posted 10 January, 2017 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Kat's Writing, Updates / 2 Comments

PART 1

(OR 432 IF I’M BEING 100% ACCURATE because this story has been going on for a while.)

It’s decided. In order to perhaps get a better idea on what the actual hell I’m writing, I wanna do monthly (or weekly…It’s not decided yet. haha okay I’m not ALL there) blog posts where I’ll talk about the struggles, the characters, maybe how far I’ve come along? I don’t know. But I need to vent and figure things out. Better late than never, eh?
Lately I’ve been coming up with epiphanies (hence the title of this post) about my story. I won’t go into too much detail lest I spoil it all for you, and for me, because y’know, I don’t have a clue where I’m going on this crazy train ride, after all.
Only last week I’d decided to change something big about my WIP because I was seriously struggling to find the ending. I knew something wasn’t right, as I was also very bored. So I decided to change 2 POVs to 1 POV. That in itself was a big enough overhaul that my word count took a major beating. I had originally made it to 40k, but now I might never get back there. Despite that, I feel much happier it being only one sided. I found that both POVs, even when one was a girl, the other a boy, were becoming very similar in sound. If they were real people, you could close your eyes and think they were twins. Which they’re not. I couldn’t have that. It was confusing me. 
Then last night (very late) when I was getting ready for bed, my brain suddenly went POP BANG SPLATTER (kidding on that last one). Funnily enough it was while I was in the bathroom. You know, the birth place of all ideas. 😛 It occurred to me that I should take out the prologue, take out the fact that Jane, my MC, knows Dominic, the other guy before they actually speak face to face.
Why do so many boy/girl YA books work so well? There’s usually some mystery to them, right? So if the readers already know who the boy is, and what he is, that takes all the mystery and I suppose, joy, of finding out more, doesn’t it? I don’t even know why I had the damned prologue in the first place. I think it was more for my benefit, to be honest. It didn’t knock a huge amount off the word count, thankfully, and hopefully dragging out the ‘getting to know you’ process will *fingers crossed* create more plot bricks…if that makes sense? I mean, I already know who Dominic IS by this stage, as I’ve been writing him a while. It’s not like I’ve got to figure him out as I go along on my, what is it now? 3rd draft? I HAVEN’T EVEN FINISHED THE 1ST DRAFT YET! So I guess I’ll call it 1st draft, volume 3. LOL 
My head is spinninnnggggg.
Anyway, now I have that sorted, I feel I should be able to continue undisturbed now. Ha, now I’ve said that I’m sure to have another idea later. Sigh. 
When I was at my nieces yesterday afternoon, I mentioned sending some books off to friends, and my brother was all “what books are they? ones you’ve written?” -.- Yes, he’s always making comments about my writing, and how slow I am, and ‘when am I gonna make them money?” 
I know he’s only teasing, but it makes me so…anxious. It’s the worst kind of pressure, because it’s not like he’s my editor or my agent and if I don’t finish a draft I won’t get paid. Or something. He’s just my idiot brother who doesn’t understand the creative process of NOT HAVING A FUCKING CLUE WHAT I AM DOING but hey I’m doing it anyway? You get me? He doesn’t read. He has ZERO creative bones in his body. It seems I got those. Even my other brother doesn’t read (and tbh, it’s obvious. he’s ignorant as fuck about a LOT of things). So of course they all think it’s piss easy to string along sentences to create paragraphs to create pages. It’s not. I wish it was. I mean, sure, if you want absolute shit presented to you, then hey, here you go. Don’t choke on it.
I don’t know how to get through to them (and my mum, because she’s also quite “you need to finish before i die, etc etc etc” which I’m quite offended by bc she’s never dying.) that writing a book is not as simple as press control-alt-CREATE, and even if I finished one, there is NO guarantee I’d even get published, and even THEN who’s to say I’d get enough to pay for a loaf of bread? 
I wouldn’t even bet I’d get enough money to pay off a credit card bill if I won the lottery. So YEAH, I can do without the added stress thank you family. 
So…before I continue to rant and rant the day away, I’ll leave you here.
I actually think I should do weekly blogs, because then maybe I’ll do more writing. lol
Have a good day and you know…try not to freak out too often. 🙂
Bye xxKatxx
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Not such a good start | #BoutOfBooks18

Posted 6 January, 2017 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Readathons, Updates / 0 Comments

 

 

I was supposed to be taking part in #BoutofBooks18 this week, and despite the week not being over yet, I’m afraid to say I’ve failed myself. I realise this read-a-thon is a no pressure thing, but I rather think I signed up prematurely. As in, I thought I could do it, but I can’t.
I didn’t make a TBR for it, because I didn’t want to tie myself down to anything. However, I had been classing my reread of Harry Potter as part of my TBR. Kind of. I’d even been listening to some audio books, but really it was all rather casual. So casual I wasn’t actually doing the read-a-thon. lol.
I’ve also got back into binge watching my rewatch of Supernatural, so naturally that took over my life. It also cut into my reading, and my writing. So basically, I can call this read-a-thon a fail and I’ll try better next time. 
I thought I’d let you all know, anyway. 🙂
-Kat
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It’s 2017… Now what? | Plans and things

Posted 1 January, 2017 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Updates / 0 Comments

I suppose I should start this post off with a list, a monologue about how this year will be different, and I’ll  make some resolutions and claim I’ll fulfil them all. Unfortunately, I just can’t be arsed.
2016 was one of my best years, and to be honest, I’m not that excited for 2017. I’m just not. Financial problems have made it so I can’t really do as much as I’d like. I’m still as fucked up health wise and still screwed on the job front; and though I don’t necessarily mind going to the job centre and signing on, they can be completely arseholes when it comes to my situation. 
There were two events I really wanted to go to this year: BEA and my best friend’s wedding. Neither will be happening at this rate (though honestly I always ALWAYS hold out hope. Especially for the second one, even though I won’t know anyone there but the bride and I’ll be alone and awkward and well..weird.) and it’s just making me sad. 
Anyway, enough self pity. There are book releases to look forward to, and you know me and books…we go together like a bookshelf on heat. 😛 just kidding. o.O
I bought a new bookshelf cube thingy the other day. It arrived yesterday (New Years Eve) and I set it up with help from mum, and it sits pretty on top of…well…other crap. Honestly, I’ve run out of space for any other kind of shelves. At least, the only place I can put anything from now on will be outside of my reach. I am fucking short, and all.
I rearranged my bookshelves yesterday  – twice – proving once again that I can procrastinate completely and waste a solid 4 hours if the need calls for it. haha
I booked a ticket to go to the Stephanie Garber and Katherine Webber event in February at Piccadilly Waterstones. Tote McGotes excited, but also a bit waaaah cos a couple days before that is the bookshop crawl I signed up to and while I wanna do both, will my legs let me? (not to mention money)
I got some new stuff from redbubble/society6, some of which I’m still waiting for. LOL and now that I’ve got 0 monies left on my credit card, watch me burn.
I also booked a ticket to go to Telford Fan Zone thingy in May. Of course, it’s arranged by Rogue Events meaning I get absolutely NO notice whether they got the money, my ticket was booked OR whether I actually DID ANYTHING?! It says on the website I’m supposed to get an email saying I have a ticket on hold before payment, but I got nothing. ZILCH! But the account order says it’s there so I guess I’ll have to take that at its word. <_<
Beyond that, my only goal really for this year is to blog more (because I’m paying a shit load for hosting and stuff) and to keep up to date with reading AND ACTUALLY REVIEW books. Also do videos on my booktube channel, but to be honest I’d been doing that more lately than I had actual blogging. Sometimes I have to be in the actual mood to type stuff. My fingers (much like the rest of me) are lazy as fuck.
I told myself, beyond the books I’ve preordered, I’m not buying ANYMORE books until I’ve read the middle shelf on my TBR bookcase. Which..is a lot. About 20. I know, you’re like “but 20 books isn’t much!” well it is if you can’t buy any more nice shiny new ones. It’s depressing. I want to go shopping just thinking about it. (I has vouchers!)
I also need to write WRITE WRITE THAT MOTHERFUCKING STORY FOR GODS SAKE YOU LAZY PIECE OF SHIT! *coughs* Yes, that is what I tell myself. Sometimes. Maybe. Well I certainly am now. It’s getting beyond a joke. I got kinda bored with the one I was writing during nanowrimo, so I figured I needed to change some things. The ending is in sight, but it’s blurry, and my eyesight is shit at the best of times. I want to finish it, and I want to have something I’m proud of. It’s all the things I enjoy to read: magic, romance, sassy characters. Even some mild action (which I’m terrible at, by the way)
I’ll be taking part in as many readathons as I can, though I’m not gonna cram them all in together like I did last time. LOL. That was a disaster!
Anywho, I think that about does it. I hope you found this post insightful. Haha. Or otherwise realised just how weird I really am. <_> I’ll try and keep you all updated on my progress on whatever it is I’m doing. Maybe if I upload more often, I’ll get more views? o.O one can only wish upon a star until it crashes and  burns. Ehem! Okay. That’s enough from me.
Byeee bitches! xx 
*in a weird mood. please excuse the profanity and crazy talk. love ya!*
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TV SHOWS YOU SHOULD ALL BE WATCHING!

Posted 21 December, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Fun, TV Shows / 2 Comments

Hey everyone. It’s nearly Christmas! OH MY GOD. Can you believe the year is almost over? I don’t want 2017 to arrive yet. I don’t wannaaaaaa!
Lately I’ve been getting into some pretty awesome tv shows, either on regular TV or Netflix, and also Amazon Prime (for a short time). I was going to do a video for this, but I felt that my blog could use some content for a change. So now I’m going to pimp the hell out of some of the shows I love*.
*I’m not at all sponsored. I wish!
Shall  we get started? In no particular order, here we GO!

 

This show first grabbed my attention from the get go, though it certainly took me a while to get into it. I believe my mum finished season 1 before me. I remember once being at a restaurant with my mum and brother and they were discussing the season finale, and I was like NO. SPOILERS! It was a damn shame UK tv took the show off the air after season 2, because it’s brilliant. THANKFULLY, good ole Netflix got their grubby little hands on it and now I don’t have to watch it illegally. YAY. haha. Though I do have to wait a few days after the U.S which is annoying, but I tend to leave it a few weeks so I can binge. You shouldn’t pass this show up. It’s full of fantasy, action, romance, even some funny bits in there. My favourite characters are Captain Hook and Emma Swan (CAPTAIN SWAN FOR LIFEEEE!) though I sideline love Rumple. I mean…he’s evil as fuck, but he’s a cool dude. 😛
MY BABIES! *clears throat* Okay, enough fangirling. At least for now. I will say this, if you haven’t heard of this show…WHERE THE ACTUAL HELL HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS? Honestly, this show is on it’s 12th season now, and I can never get enough. I’ve been watching from the start recently, for the second time around, to pass the time before S12 starts in the UK (currently the US is midway through). Sam and Dean will rob you of all your morals and you won’t know what to do with your life. You’ll be siding with heaven and hell and battling demons and wishing Lucifer was real. (That’s a thing.) I hope it never ends. I don’t regret the decision to plunge head first into the SPN fandom. Not at all.
Speaking of Lucifer…
I recently, and I mean, really recently, decided to try this show out. I thought originally it was mainly a crime drama. And…while it IS one, it’s also SO MUCH MORE! Tom Ellis who plays Lucifer, does SUCH a tremendous job at it. Portraying such devilish charm and charisma, it’s impossible not to fall for him. I mean…wow. I loved Tom since he was in Doctor Who for a short cameo, then he was in Miranda (a BBC comedy show) and he’s been in other stuff too,  but still…Lucifer, for me, has to be his defining role. Ever. I couldn’t believe how I was getting so attached. You’d find me squealing “NO NO, DON’T HURT MY BABY!” even though logically he couldn’t be hurt. It doesn’t stop the FEELS! Full of fantasy/supernatural stuff with demons and angels, with crime on the side, this show will have you hooked. I’m not the biggest fan of crime drama, so this has the balance just right.
Now this programme needs to film quicker! I binged seasons 1 and 2 in about a week and afterwards I had the worse hangover, withdrawal symptoms coming out of me ears! lol
Jamie and Claire are everything. This show is full of time travel, romance – more like full on porn at some points, to be honest – and drama, lots of drama. Fighting. Blood. Just so much blood. I remember trying to watch it months ago, and didn’t like it. 20mins in I was bored. But I forced my way through the second time around and it was bliss. I couldn’t believe it. Now I badly need season 3!  I admittedly haven’t read the books, though I started to. They’re long and hard to get through (haha there’s a joke there somewhere…) but apparently well worth it! 
Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is this show ending?! Probably has something to do with 2 of the main and best characters having LEFT! But…besides the obvious departure we’re soon to experience at the end of season 4, this show will always have a place in my heart. Adelaide Kane is adorable and gorgeous as Mary Queen of Scots, and I’ll admit I’ve got a bit of a girl crush on her. *___* But then the drama that goes on in this show is hypnotising. There’s never a dull moment. Romance, murder, espionage, and just plain deviousness will make you want more, trust me. I’ll be forever sad when it’s over but there’s always the chance to rewatch it. 🙂
Does this show really need an introduction? No, I guess not. Based on the life of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, this magnificent piece of art is just MIND BLOWINGLY EPIC. I had no idea I was going to become so obsessed but first episode in I was like “NEED…MORE” I think I finished it all in under a week. And the reason why I bothered? MATT. SMITH. Yeah, you heard me. My little fluffy bunny of a beautiful man. He he. I was going to put Doctor Who on this list of shows, but since MOST of you know I love the show anyway (or at least I did up until Capaldi started), you don’t need a reminder that Matt was and will always be my favourite Doctor, and therefore my favourite in everything he’s in. And we have to wait until next October for series 2. *cries*
Ah, Gilmore Girls. You made my year. Sort of. I mean, I binged the seasons in the summer and loved it. The painful wait until the revival was just…ugh. Then the revival was EVERYTHING AND MORE, but dammit that ending was just eck! Anyway, I’m sure by now you’ve heard of this show. What’s that? You haven’t? Um…*side eyes* Okay. I’ll try and explain. It’s about these two girls, mother and daughter, Lorelai and Rory. The dramas, romance, trials and tribulations throughout their years and basically it’s the best bit of television ever. Haha. 
Guyyyss….I’ve found my long lost love of my life. You know how much I love time travel, right? Well what do you know, this show involves…yeah you guessed it. TIME. TRAVEL. This was a golden gem that I found and I’m never letting it go. I hope to god it isn’t cancelled before a next season because it’s brilliant. Great characters, fantastic stories in each episode where they have to chase this guy and they get to go back in time and fix things and there’s an over-arching (is that the right word?) plot that just…wow. I can’t express enough how I love this show and you guys should DEFINITELY WATCH IT! 
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FIVE BOOKS OF 2016 I’VE LOVED | #YAXmasTour

Posted 15 December, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blog Tours, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

OKAY guys, I’ll admit. I forgot about this post. So it’s nearly 9PM and I’m winging it. THAT’S THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS, RIGHT? 
RIGHT.
So I thought, what kinda thing could I post that would be fun, interesting, and y’know…book related. Because that’s how I roll. I thought about what books I’ve loved over this past year (though the year technically isn’t over yet, so this is like…a rough version.)
I chose five, because dammit, it’s such a hard topic, I wanted to keep it as basic as possible. Lest my heart bleed, and all that. I don’t have favourites where my children are concerned. I mean books. BOOKS. 
So…here goes (in no particular order)
1: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — Yeah when I finally got around to reading this bad boy, I must say, I was NOT disappointed. I love the heist schemes, the characters – oh my Kaz! – and the writing is gorgeous to boot! Leigh is a fantastic writer and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. It’s a shame I couldn’t get through Crooked Kingdom as easily, but hey…these things happen.
2: Gemina (Illuminae Files 2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman — This year was THE year for the greatest sequel ever to be around. Uh…that is, I was hella excited. I love spacey kind of sci-fi and I just love the format which this book is based around, so I wasn’t surprised when I loved this just as much as its predecessor. 
3: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia — Thanks to a good YouTuber named Emma, I was recommended this book. It’s heartfelt, funny, instructive in a way I never knew it could be, and despite its subject matter, it was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. I nearly said ‘written’ then…haha.
4: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure — I was not expecting this book to be one of my five-star ratings, but it was. A contemporary but with a story that is so compelling, I was almost screaming for more when it ended. Like seriously, you can’t end a book like that!
5: Winter by Marissa Meyer — Winter is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles, and wow, was that series great! I never thought I’d get so sucked in to the craze, but I did. If you haven’t read the series yet, you really should. It’s overwhelming at first, but you’ll become attached to it, trust me. 

 

 

 

So there you have it. I hope these have peaked your interest. I highly recommend these. They’re just a shy few of what I loved about 2016. I have enjoyed so much beyond books, too, but a quick PSA: I wish people would stop shitting on 2016. I know bad things have happened, but try looking on the bright side for a change. 
-Kat
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