Finishing The Thing! For now…

I am long overdue on blogging! I’m still trying to figure out how to organize my presence on social media, and how to make each platform unique. I think I’m going to try a once every other week schedule. Or would you prefer monthly updates? Sound off in the comments!

There have been some exciting updates, though. First and foremost, I finished Draft 1 of Book 2!

1 month and 87,000 words later, draft one of Book 2 is finished. Off to ice wrists for a month. #amwriting

A photo posted by Roshani Chokshi (@roshanichokshi) on

I started on September 1st. I finished on October 7th. There were a lot of reasons for that insane time schedule. First, I wrote so fast for my mental state of mind. I figured that once we started getting ARCs (Advance Reader Copies; and no, they’re not ready yet! But maybe December-ish?) for THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, I would be such a discombobulated mess of a human that I would lose the ability to draft something from scratch. I felt like I would do nothing but think about my debut out there in the world…cold…nervous as hell…nursing its perceived plot holes and scowling… The second reason was that I was completely inspired by this post by Catherynne Valente on Jeff Vandermeer’s blog.  Granted, I did not write this in a month. But I *almost* did, and that felt pretty great! It was not without its tradeoffs. There is still a lot to be fixed, and I felt like I only knew knew my characters and what they wanted in the last handful of pages. I had a lot of: REALLY. WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST TELL ME THAT AT THE BEGINNING?! (My characters are persnickety fickle toddlers.) Which is fine in a way because I got to explore all the ridiculous directions they *pondered* about going in, so that they wouldn’t feel like they missed out. The downside is that they seem wildly inconsistent. But it’s only a first draft (*this is a mantra I repeated regularly…*). And it’s given me lots of fun ideas for how to fix those issues. Other downsides include wrist pain. Oof.  Another update is that I recently had the chance to attend the Sirens Conference in Denver, Colorado this year! It was INCREDIBLE. So many brilliant writers. Awesome discussions. And, on a plus side, the bar let you take your fancy cocktails to the conference rooms. Proof:

Front row #sirens15 situation. A photo posted by s.e. smith (@sesmithwrites) on

I bought way too many books, which is fine because I can’t move for the next couple of days anyway. I’m recovering from a relatively minor knee surgery, which I’m almost thankful for because it means I get to hunker down with some amazing reads and not move. Ever. Most recently, I had the chance to read Leslye Walton’s THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER. I *adored* it! Here’s my Goodreads review.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava LavenderThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Could not put this book down. The language was rich and thoughtful. The storytelling was beautiful, but heartbreaking. It’s the kind of tale that has you on the edge of tears throughout the whole read. At its core, the story is hopeful. I very much enjoyed the ending. It felt fitting, and hopeful. Also, as a Great Pyrenees owner–I was SO HAPPY that these big fluffy white dogs got some attention.

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That’s it for now. Looking forward to some relaxing, and then plunging back into a project that has been on hiatus since March. I’m really excited about it! It’s a quiet Adult fantasy starring a stoic dream-engineer who crafts reveries in Faberge eggs and knows something is missing, and a failing muse who’s nursing a broken heart and is in need of a dream.


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