Friday, April 26, 2019

April Wrap-Up

April flew by in gusts of exciting moments, a bit of illness, a few super short vacation (college visits and a ski trip), and more.

Family news: My youngest made her college decision - this was a huge part of the last few months for our family and we are super proud of her. She had some really nice scholarship offers from various places and she decided on a big state school with a number of programs and opportunities.

Paddler's Cup is this weekend (my daughter will race, my husband will run sound, I will volunteer as I can with a sprained ankle). Pictures will be forthcoming on Instagram.

Due to all of the above, my reading report is going to be super short and not include pictures. (Bummer, I know.)


Gemina Book 2 and Obsidio Book 3 of the Illuminae Files - I loved the way this trilogy broke some of the "rules" of writing. I felt like it offered me freedom as an author and I enjoyed the story! (YA SF) 5/5

Outliers by Gladwell - I finished this month and found it thought-provoking. (Non-fiction) 4/5

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - whoa. I'm not usually into endings like this one, but I found it to be an interesting to book to read for the unreliable narrator and story arc. (Literary-Contemporary-Drama) 4/5

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson - A really fun read I enjoyed thoroughly. (YA SF) 5/5

Summoned Siren Prophecy #3 - a good end to a fun series! I definitely didn't expect one of the twists. (YA Fantasy) 4/5

Breakwater – Broken Tides 1 - This was a fun read about mermaids, mermen, and racism within a community. (YA Fantasy - Christian underpinnings) 3.7/5

Voice of Dominion – Spoken Mage 3 - I am still loving Melanie Cellier as an author. I've read every one of her books and I enjoy each and every one of them. I'm looking forward to book 4 in this series. (YA Fantasy - Christian underpinnings.) 5/5

Gift of the Unmage – Worldweavers 1 - Fun and interesting. (Christian Fantasy) 5/5

Dickensen Academy by Grabowski  - A fun and thought-provoking read. (YA Fantasy) 3.7/5


I didn't track overall word count, but I can say confidently I wrote over 15,000 words just based on what I've written in the last two weeks.

However, I stalled out on Bookbound and it took me two weeks to figure out why. I will be doing some short back-tracking to fix an issue I created in chapter 5. 

I wrote a new short story,  I wrote a children's picture book (a newish type of writing for me), and I worked on an interactive journal project. 

Also, I went to the local monthly meeting for the SCBWI and I really liked it. 
I'm meeting weekly with other writers at a Write-In event on Tuesdays and twice a month for a critique group. These events are helping me grow as a writer.


This is a little harder to write about, but I know tracking these kinds of things on my blog holds me accountable so:
Three short stories - rejected.
All three submitted again.
One new story submitted.
Novel query 2 for that superhero teen novel is still out there.
PB query 1 sent.

A story acceptance from a bit ago (2 months-ish) has been published in a new way with Tellables' Mother's Day Box of Chocolates. Tellables creates voice-driven conversational stories for talking devices. So, if you want to check it out, go here: Mother's Day Box of Chocolates. It will be available starting May 1st. Currently, you can listen to their False Key Box of Chocolates. 

If you have an Alexa, you can always just say: “Alexa, enable my box of chocolates.” Then, say: "Alexa, open my box of chocolates." My story is called "Grandmother's Legacy."

The Summer Romance Box of Chocolates is open for submissions! I've had some great e-mail exchanges and conversations with Amy Stapleton from Tellables so I'm helping Tellables find six more stories for the Summer Romance Box. They are offering a $5 token payment this time around to entice more authors. 

If you would like to write a less-than 300 word story, let me know via e-mail tyreantigger (at) gmail (dot) com or go here: 

It's a new (to me) way of telling stories and I think it's really interesting. Try it and see if you like it! 



krystal jane said...

There are rules in writing? Lol!

I so love that you have writer meetings that you go to! I'm glad you're getting something out of it. Congrats on the chocolate book. I wish I had an Alexa just so I could say that. ^_^

I hope your ankle is healing well!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad your daughter made a decision.
That is really fascinating about the story one can hear on Alexa.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Tellable is such an interesting idea! I don't have an Alexa, but I can imagine how fun it would be to listen to short stories on it while puttering around the house. Very cool! Congrats to your daughter on making her college decision and all the best to her on this exciting new chapter in her life.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I hope your daughter does well this weekend.

Does it work only on Alexa?

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thank you, Krystal! I highly recommend starting a Write-in group. It's amazing how much we all write and do by writing silently side by side.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Alex.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Ellen!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I think there is another way to listen to it as a podcast.

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