Author: Laura

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap-Up

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap-Up

Well, Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and I didn’t win! I’m OK with that though, as I still managed a respectable 40,884 words of my 60,000 word goal, even after really struggling with this story. In my half-way post I said that I was going to have to rewrite the start of the book after going in the wrong direction with it, which I have thankfully now done! I copied and pasted several passages from my original draft (which I noted down and excluded from my Camp Nano word count), but I also completely rewrote a lot of scenes and thankfully,… Read more »

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Trope Time: Mentors

Trope Time: Mentors

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! This is a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. Today’s trope is actually more of an archetype: the mentor character. As one of the eight character types identified in the classic ‘hero’s journey’ story formula, they appear over and over again in books, TV shows and films, and can come in a huge variety of different types. However, the one thing they all… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Wolf of Oren-Yaro’ and ‘The Ruin of Kings’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Wolf of Oren-Yaro’ and ‘The Ruin of Kings’

I recently read two fantasy books that have been on my TBR list for a while, and I really enjoyed them. As much as I adore the fantasy genre, some of it came feel quite samey but both The Wolf of Oren-Yaro and The Ruin of Kings felt very unique! Check out my full reviews: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso The marriage between Queen Talyien and Rayyel, the Ikessar heir, was supposed to bring peace to the fractured lands of Jin-Sayeng. However, when Rayyel flees before their reign can truly begin Talyien struggles to hold it together. When… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

We’re halfway through July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo, and wow is it going badly! I’d hoped to repeat my feat from April where I wrote 60,000 words in a month, but I’m already thinking it’s not going to happen. And it isn’t through lack of time…I’ve been spending so much time on this new project, but it has turned out to be such a struggle! I’ve literally never had so much trouble getting into a project before: I’ve now written 23,802 words of it (21,295 words during Camp NaNoWriMo) and am pretty much going to have to scrap it all because… Read more »

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Trope Time: The Chosen One

Trope Time: The Chosen One

Welcome to Trope Time, the blog series where I talk all about tropes: the good, the bad and the ugly! I’m planning on doing this as a bi-weekly series in which I take an in-depth look at various types of tropes, from character tropes, to world-building tropes and plot tropes. So I hope you enjoy these posts, and if there’s any particular tropes you’d be interesting in seeing me cover, feel free to make suggestions in the comments! Today’s trope is a fantasy classic: the Chosen One. You know how it goes: they might just want to be an average… Read more »

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My Reading Recommendations: Historical Fiction

My Reading Recommendations: Historical Fiction

I’ve already posted my reading recommendations for my all time favourite genre – fantasy – so I thought it was about time I covered another of my favourite genres: historical fiction! I’ve always been something of a history nerd, so it really isn’t surprising that I love historical fiction, but I think there are so many great stories out there that you don’t even need to be overly interested in history to love historical fiction. Depending on the type of historical fiction you read they can be beautiful literary masterpieces, sweeping romances or epic tales of action and adventure. There’s… Read more »

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Life Lately #46

Life Lately #46

Last month’s Life Lately post was pretty doom-and-gloomy, what with the world having seemingly gone up in flames over the course of 2020, and this month the world is still much the same in that sense. But on a personal level, this has been a really amazing month! In fact, I have some pretty huge news: my boyfriend Jay and I got engaged! To be honest, we’ve been saying for a long time that we’re both basically in this for life, and have kind of known we would get married…but we’ve officially formalised it, just in time for our fifth… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘I Was Born For This’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’

Mini Reviews: ‘I Was Born For This’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’

It has literally been so long since I’ve posted any reviews, and I am so behind! I’ve been really struggling to find motivation to write reviews recently though, so I’ve decided to try mixing up my format a bit to see if it makes it easier and more fun to write them. I’m still going to be doing two mini-reviews in each post, but I’m going to be using subtitles to try and make sure they actually stay mini-reviews, instead of turning into my usual lengthy rambles! Anyway, today I’m reviewing two contemporaries I read recently, both by authors whose… Read more »

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Here I go again!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Here I go again!

I’ve already done Camp NaNoWriMo this year, but here I am, getting ready to do it again! I was actually pretty successful back in April, surpassing my goal of 60,000 words, which I’m really proud of. The only problem is I now know that it is possible for me to write such huge word counts in a month, so I don’t really have any excuses to not meet the same goal this time! So I’m doing it again! I’m hoping to write 60,000 words in the month of July, but whether or not I can pull off the same feat… Read more »

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5 Books I’d Like To See On Screen

5 Books I’d Like To See On Screen

I don’t know about you, but I have a weird love/hate relationship with book-to-screen adaptations. On one hand there’s something exciting about the thought of a story you adore being adapted, and the characters coming to life in a more physical way than they do in the book…but the potential for it to completely miss the mark is pretty high. Because let’s face it, however much the author may describe the characters and settings in their books, we all picture things a little differently in our heads, and our image of the book might not be what makes it onto… Read more »

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