Catching Up & Audio Books

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 | 2 comments

Wow, it’s been a busy couple of months!

I sent off my first round of edits for Glimpse yesterday, which is hugely exciting. I rewrote perhaps 90% of the original text, and a lot of that during August (I feel I’m excused from NaNoWriMo next month!), then spent September re-reading and adjusting. A few characters disappeared, other characters took bigger roles, some of the plot altered, but the biggest change was tweaking my main character. When you write in first person, even scenes that don’t change plot-wise need to be partly re-written if the MC’s voice changes.

Though it was intense, I loved the rewriting process, and Glimpse is now stronger for it. As with every book, there will be more edits to come, but it feels good to have got this first one done.

Otherwise, I’ve mostly been making these:

Rawr Chocolate

September was my busiest month ever in five years of being a chocolatier, and October is set to be the same. When you work for yourself, there are no maximum hours you can work in a day—which is why I’m so grateful for the existence of audio books, which I can listen to as I work. I simply don’t have time to read physical books right now; I’ve only got half-way through my copy of Natasha Ngan’s The Elites, and it gives me sad looks every time I see it!

This last month I’ve listened to:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (amazing—Rainbow is a new favourite author)
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (a non-YA book—gasp!)
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (also amazing—The Raven Cycle series are so far my favourites of all of Maggie’s many amazing books)
  • White Cat by Holly Black
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black (right up my street—haunted dolls!)
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack

Any audio book recommendations for October highly appreciated!



Gossiping ladies photo credit: Rescued by Rover / Foter / CC BY-NC


  1. It sounds truly scary having to edit 90% of your book! It also helps me realise that the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, which is one of my biggest hurdles at the moment, I just can’t seem to get far without looking back!

    Well done you! 🙂

  2. Thank you, Ashleigh! It can be scary approaching big edits, but much less so when they’re edits that have been asked for.

    As for first drafts, I think they’re meant to be bad. If you knew the number of drafts I wrote for Glimpse before looking for an agent…! Just get those words down and save fixing them till later. 🙂

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