Happy New Year! (first post)

Hi!

It’s 2018, and I’ve had this domain long enough that I feel guilty for never posting anything here. So, um, here’s some New Year related stuff. Mostly ‘resolutions’ – for the lack of a better word – but also a few other things.

> I spent the last few days of December being terrified of my book and the revisions. I’m ripping up a lot of it, changing a lot of sub-plots, and basically cutting around 30k from the last draft. I’m throwing myself into this revision harder than I’ve ever done anything: going against my natural inclinations, bringing the drama and the emotions, trying to get my characters just right. It’s all very overwhelming, because for the vast majority of my life I’ve been writing shorter things, in the adult realm, and my characters are usually less emotive than they are in this YA. It’s hard but I know I have to persevere. This book means a lot to me – it’s the first time I felt I could write #ownvoices in my favorite genre. (Me, an Indian, born and raised in India, still worry about my writing not being Indian enough.) I learned so much about my own strengths, weaknesses and the best process for me in the last year, and I can’t wait to apply it to this book.

My first goal for 2018 is to finish this revision. Maaaaaaybe in February?

>  I’m also making a goal to blog more.

I read a ton of books and short stories, never update anything properly on Goodreads, barely share book-related stuff, and mostly stay in my little shell. But last year, #DVPit and #PitMad taught me how amazing it is to have a writing community. I LOVED seeing everyone cheering and boosting each other – especially diverse writers – and I wanted to do MORE.

I haven’t figured out what more is, yet, but it’s only the beginning of the year. ^_^

> I want to read more diverse books! 2017 was a great year with a lot of favorites, and in 2018 I’m especially looking forward to:

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: everything about this book that I know so far makes me flail with joy. Civil War. Alternate History. Zombies. Black protagonist. THAT COVER.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: is anyone not looking forward to this? I adored last year’s African fantasies (Dr.Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti series, the conclusion to N.K.Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy, and Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi) and I want more!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: gah, everything about this concept. Not to mention the excerpt I read was so good with descriptions so lovely I wanted to eat my laptop screen.

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta, and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi: yo, my Desi books! I’m so excited for Aru and Kiranmala. Rakshos! Pandava brothers! Magic! YEESSSS.

On the adult side, I’m really looking forward to Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, the conclusion to the Themis Files series; The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (I LOVED the first book; highly recommend. This is my review.) and The Kingdom of Copper by S.A.Chakraborty, which of course continues the amazing Daevabad Trilogy.

> I’m also going to talk more about podcasts! Fave fiction, true crime, writing – I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I want to discuss.

> BASICALLY, I want to be more present. I want to find people with similar interests, motivate myself and others, and do the best work I can on my writing and other interests. 2017 was a threshold year for me in many ways. I learned a lot: about publishing, about writing, about myself. Here’s hoping 2018 will add to all of that, and turn out to be a year to remember.

 

 

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