JuNoWriMo 2015 Winner!

And I’m done! Slogged a bit in these past few days but finally I made it!
Total word count: 51,284 words

I’m done with the first draft of my book with chapters in details and scenes in super details. Now, I’ll be joining Camp NaNo for editing my first draft and simultaneously writing the second one. Hopefully, I’ll be done by 15th of July… fingers crossed!

I’m so, so, so thankful to ‪#‎JuNoWriMo‬ for making it possible for me to write the entire first draft in 1 month (considering that I’ve never written anything of this magnitude before!) I’ll be sending out my second draft to two of my proofreader cum beta reader friends (Willow and Dagny) by the end of July. Then I’ll be editing the book again after receiving reports from them. So there is a lot of work still remaining… Hopefully I’ll be able to get my manuscript to the publishers by September…

I’d like to thank Vishal for being such a sweetheart and helping me with everything. I know I was a crazy, emotional mess this month and this book wouldn’t have been possible without you! Love you always!!! ❤

I’d also like to thank all my dear fellow writers at JuNoWriMo (you guys are the best!) I met a lot of beautiful writers here and made a lot of wonderful friends. They helped me stick to my goals and all the pep talks were really helpful! I’ll be dropping by JuNo’s page every once in a while even after the WriMo is over…

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The main badges I earned in JuNoWriMo

And following are the snapshots of JuNoWriMo Word Tracker for this year:

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Word Of The Week (WOW #24)

Hi guys!

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me.) It’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

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Here’s the WOW for this week :

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Word:

Vestigial

Part Of Speech:

Adjective

Derivatives:

Vestigially: adverb

Pronunciation:

|vɛˈstɪdʒɪəl-dʒ(ə)l| ; ves·tig·i·al

Meaning:

Forming a very small remnant of something that was once greater or more noticeable.

Biology:

(of an organ or part of the body) degenerate, rudimentary, or atrophied, having become functionless in the course of evolution.

Synonyms:

Remaining, surviving, leftover, residual, lingering.

Rudimentary, undeveloped, incomplete, embryonic, immature.

Antonyms:

Well-developed.

Word Origin:

1880-85; Latin vestīgi (umvestige + -al1

Use In Sentence:

  • He felt a vestigial flicker of anger from last night.

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  • The vestigial wings of kiwis are entirely hidden.

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    A cute Kiwi

I hope you guys like this word and hope it’s useful to you in some or the other way! If you want to check out more words like this, then visit my page:

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Word Of The Week (WOW #23)

Hi everyone!

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me.) It’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

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Here’s the WOW for this week :

WOW-4Word:

Umbrage

Part Of Speech:

Noun [mass noun]

Derivatives:

Umbrageous adjective

Pronunciation:

/ˈʌmbrɪdʒ/

Meaning:

Offence or annoyance.

Or

A feeling of anger caused by being offended

Archaic: Shade or shadow, especially as cast by trees.

Synonyms:

Be upset, be annoyed, take offence, be offended, get huffy, be disgruntled.

Antonyms:

Word Origin:

Late Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French, from Latin umbra ‘shadow’. An early sense was ‘shadowy outline’, giving rise to ‘ground for suspicion’, whence the current notion of ‘offence’.

Use In Sentence:

  • Such men are easily offended, take umbrage at trifles, and are unforgiving in their resentments- Sleeper, John Sherburne
  • She took umbrage at his remarks.
Here are some images showing “umbrage”:
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Shadow cast by a tree

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JuNoWriMo Featured Author: Heena Rathore P.

Hey guys,

I’m really excited to tell you all that I’ve been featured on JuNoWriMo website. Please visit the following link to read more about my book (though I’ve changed the plot a bit, still I hope you’ll like the idea!):

http://junowrimo.com/2015/06/junowrimo-featured-author-heena-rathore/

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Thanks to all of you who read all my posts and encourage me to write!

Have a great day guys 🙂

Ciao ❤

Book Review: Paris Syndrome

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AuthorTahir Shah
Release: April 30, 2014
Series: None
Genre: Fiction
Edition: Kindle (Mobi)
Pages: 3668
Publisher: Secretum Mundi Publishing
Source: Publicist
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

On the morning of her fifth birthday, Miki Suzuki’s aged grandfather gave her an unusual gift – the fragment of a story. The tale told of a magical realm where all the women were beautiful, dressed in the finest gowns, and where the men had the looks of movie stars. The trees were covered in ivory-white blossom all year round, and everyone was joyful and proud. This place, young Miki learned, was a city in far off Europe – a city called Paris.

The story took seed in Miki’s mind and, over twenty years, she became quite obsessed with the French capital. Having studied its history, language, and traditions, she vowed that one day she would venture there.

Winning a competition at her work, where she sold low-grade beauty products door-to-door, Miki embarked on the journey of a lifetime to her dream destination.

Feverishly excited, and exhausted after a long flight, she hit the ground running, in her desperation to see every last tourist sight in town. But, as the others in the tour group looked on in horror, the telltale signs of a rare condition began to manifest themselves – a condition known as ‘Paris Syndrome’.

Made crazed by a stream of unfavourable events, Miki went on a riotous rampage, which ended in her mooning the sales clerk in Louis Vuitton – an assault that gripped the French nation. And so began the treatment in the most bizarre of clinics – a refuge for fellow sufferers of Paris Syndrome. All this set against a backdrop of vigilante groups, trade wars, bounty hunters, and true love.

Both hilarious and toe-cringing, Miki Suzuki’s psychological rollercoaster ride gets under the skin like nothing else, as the novel explores the real condition that afflicts dozens of Japanese tourists each year.

Rating

5-stars

Review

Plot/Story:

This is my second book I’ve read by Tahir Shah and he keeps the same style of adventure here as well and I feel so lucky to have received this book. The story is bit mad like as a lot happens to Miki (the main character) and all at once. After a story her grandfather told her, she becomes obsessed about Paris and tries to get there in every way she can. I love how the author weave the story and the fantasy of Paris build up in Miki and in us. He lures us into the story with bits of fantasy about the beautiful Paris, but when she finally get there, after a lot of struggles and tears, the reality of her wonderful and magical city shatters her totally (I want to say so much here… but you must read it to know more). The author shows us so well what can happen when your dreams meet reality. I love how the madness consumes the main character and how crazy it can get. I can relate to that a lot! It’s a drama and comedy all in one 🙂

Characters:

Miki is a very strong, intelligent and very loyal friend. She has so much love for her grandfather and she never gives up, no matter how tough is the struggle or how mad things become for her.

Romance/Kills:

Her true love and obsession is Paris!

Writing:

I love the author’s writing style so much. The way he show us the details, the way he tackles real things in way we can all relate to (like the Paris Syndrome) and the overall emotions are so upfront, but not overbearing. There is a very dark element in the story as Miki finally arrives to Paris, but I liked it a lot.

Beginning:

The author shows us the reality of Miki (the main character) and the Japanese culture, so well, that let us into that culture very easily as well. At the start of the story, we see the beautiful Miki and her friend, how they live and Miki’s hard job. We see the memory of her grandfather’s stories of this beautiful city and his adventures in Paris.

Ending:

The story ended with a promise.

Cover Art:

The cover art is beautiful and I love the vintage feel to it.

Blurb:

The blurb showcases the book’s plot perfectly and with the hint of the author good humor.

You can also read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: “On the morning of her fifth birthday, Miki Suzuki sat perched on her grandfather’s knee, at the edge of the porch in the family home, a short distance from Sendai.”

Highlights: It is a fast pace story, wonderful details and plot well thought off. I enjoyed every second of reading this book and I love this author writing style so much.

Lowlights: None!

Final Thoughts: I highly recommend this book to everyone 🙂


Review contributor:

pics copy 2Galit Balli

I am an avid reader, coffee addict, a writer and a blogger. I am a bit of agoraphobic (people scare me, lol). Me and my hubby love to spend every moment together, we even game together.

I live mostly in my own imaginary world full of dragons, magic and vampires and from time to time I pull myself away to deal with the real world.

Read more about Galit here.


My Writing Progress

Hi guys, I hope you all are having a great week-start. As promised I’m here to share about my progress with JuNoWriMo. If you are my friend on Facebook or Twitter, then you might already know about what I’ve been upto, but if not then read along.

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JuNoWriMo Badge

I participated in JuNo hoping that atleast I’ll get a couple of hundred words written, but amazingly and unbelievably, I’ve outdone my own expectations already (and it’s only been 16 days!) I’ve already written 32,000 words (almost 20 chapters and a few scenes.) The story just seemed to flow as soon as I started writing. I had only 2-3 bad days where I wrote less than 500 words. But other than that, everything’s going great I’m a bit stuck with the end of the book, but I guess I’ll figure it out by the end of this month. There’s still a bit of research left to do but I’m sure I’ll be done with the first draft by the end of this month. I’m planning to write a total of 1,00,000 words so that after the edits and all I’ll still be left with a 400 page novel.

I’m planning to spend the next month making the changes and creating at the second and then the third draft of the book. Then it’ll be ready for the beta readers. After that I’ll be hiring an editor myself to get it edited. After that I’ll try and find an agent to represent me. Then I’ll be sending out the query mails to publishers (big and medium sized) and simultaneously with the agent. I’m hoping to be accepted by a big publisher (Harper Collins or Penguin)-fingers crossed.

So far my JuNoWriMo progress graph looks like this:

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This graph is a part of the Word-Tracker provided by JuNoWriMo.

I’ll be sharing more about the book once I plan the final ending and tweak the sub-plots. For now I really need to know a few things from you all (if you guys will be kind enough to take some time out for me and answer these questions:

  1. What do you expect when you hear “psychological thriller?”
  2. Would you like to be able to get into the head of a psychopath or the victim?
  3. Would you like the chapters to be long or short?
  4. Do you like a book with strong emotional connect with the MC (Main Character) when you know something terrible is going to happen to them?
  5. Will you be sympathetic towards a killer if you knew something really, really terrible happened to him/her? (Here I’m not asking sympathy to let him go freely, but just as a simple emotion.)
  6. Would you prefer a stand-alone thriller novel or a series? (Mine is stand-alone, but I’m asking simply because I’m curious!)

Thanks a lot for reading this post. Please feel free to answer to any or all of the above questions. I’m looking forward to know everyone’s answers. Also, if you have any advice for me for writing a thriller book, please go ahead and share it. I love talking to you guys 🙂

BTW, this is how my draft is looking (actually I took this pic last week, so presently it’s a bit more thick):

Have a great day!

Ciao!

Book Review: What Survives Of Us

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AuthorKathy Miner 
Release: July 30th 2014
Series: None
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic | Horror > Zombies | Adventure | Fiction
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 303
Publisher: Self-published
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Word Of The Week (WOW #22)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week. WOW If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

Here’s the WOW for this week :

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Word:

Tyrannical

Part Of Speech:

Adjective

Derivatives:

tyrannically: adverb

Pronunciation: 

/tɪˈranɪk(ə)l,tʌɪ-/

Meaning:

Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way.

Synonyms:

Dictatorial, despotic, autocratic, oppressive, repressive, arbitrary, anti-democratic.

Antonyms:

Democratic, liberal, easy-going.

Word Origin: 

Mid 16th century: from Old French tyrannique, via Latin from Greek turannikos, from turannos (see tyrant).

Use in sentence: 

  • A momentary quieting of her tyrannical appetite.
  • A tyrannical government.
  • He was a tyrannical ruler, and died suddenly in 1582.
  • So tyrannical, however, was his rule that in 1316 he was expelled by the popular fury.

Here are some images showing “tyrannical”:

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President Snow is one hell of a tyrannical ruler!

I hope you guys like this word and hope it’s useful to you in some or the other way! If you want to check out more words like this, then visit my page:

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Book Review: Two Faced (An Assassin At Court #1)

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Author: Nia Davenport
Release Date: February 5, 2015
Series: The Assassin at Court
Genre: Fantasy
Edition: Kindle (mobi)
Pages: 242
Publisher: 
Source:
Buy it here: Amazon

What Do Stories Mean to You – HEENA RATHORE P.

Hello everyone, I’ve written a guest-post for Chesapeake Films. Joel is a dear friend and a fellow blogger. He started a beautiful series, What Do Stories Mean To You, last year and this is the second post that I’ve written for it. Please visit their blog to read my post…

Book Review: Breakfast Is Severed

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Author: TyCobbsTeeth
Release: August 29th 2014
Series: None
Genre: Mystery | Thriller | Suspense
Edition: Kindle (Mobi)
Pages: 321
Publisher: HotPepper Publishing
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

10 Things To Make Your Mornings Fulfilling

Mornings are the most important aspect of each and every day. Depending upon how you spend your mornings, your day can be either very productive or simply horrible. Starting the day right is the key to have a more happy and productive day.

You might have observed that some days you are happy throughout the day and some days you feel irritated or agitated the entire time for no reason at all. Have you ever wondered why? Well, apart from the hormonal issues, most of the times it depends on the way you start your day.

If you begin your day on a happy and calm note, then 90% chances are that you’ll spend the rest of the day in the same way and vice-versa. So here are some things that I do to make my mornings happier and more fulfilling. These things have always helped me and I hope that they’ll help you too.

10 Things To Make Your Mornings Fulfilling

  1. Smile as big as you can right after you shut off your alarm clock (or phone.) It might make you feel silly and you might end up smiling some more.aa67cb553f5efcf3f24da2235eb81674
  2. Have a glass of warm water with juice of half a lemon (freshly squeezed.) It helps you get rid of all the toxins in the body and this greatly helps in reducing stress levels.Glass-of-water-with-lemon-and-lime
  3. Meditate for atleast 5-10 minutes.meditation
  4. Do basic stretches (hands, legs and neck.) It’ll hardly take 5 minutes.Woman practicing yoga in living room
  5. Make a list of 10 things that you are grateful for (a mental list will also do.)a12a89c6977728cb117a268d2d0d6881
  6. Think about the 3 things that you have to do today no matter what (it can be simple things as well, like laundry, watering plants etc.)
  7. Listen to one of your favourite tracks  or read a few pages of your favourite book while having your first cup of coffee/tea. IMG_2638
  8. Sing a song while you’re having a bath.367462-spongebob-square-pants-singing-spongebob
  9. Have a healthy and satisfying breakfast.Screen-Shot-2013-04-22-at-2.05.21-PM
  10. Smile as much as you can.smile-10

The basic idea is to not stress over anything. Don’t think about work or try not to in a way that makes you feel stressed. Try and be as calm and positive as you can.

Try to do these things and you’ll see the difference from the first day itself. From my experience I can say that you’ll feel very happy and fresh and your day will be quite a bit more productive than usually it would. good-morning-quotes-for-friends-good-morning-quotes-with-images-good-morning-cool So, what do you do to make your mornings fulfilling? Do share in the comments because I’d love to add more stuff to my personal list 🙂

Have a great day!

Word Of The Week (WOW #21)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me). It’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

WOW

Here’s the WOW for this week :

1Word:

Schmooze

Part Of Speech:

Verb

Derivatives:

schmoozer: noun schmoozy: adjective (schmoozier, schmooziest)

Pronunciation: 

/ʃmuːz/ Click on the icon to listen to the pronunciation:  stock-illustration-25237577-speaker-icon

Meaning:

-Talk intimately and cosily; gossip. -Talk in a cosy and intimate manner to (someone), typically in order to manipulate them.

Synonyms:

Chit-chat, confab, chin wag, natter.

Antonyms:

Word Origin: 

Late 19th century (as a verb): from Yiddish shmuesn ‘converse, chat’.

Use in sentence: 

  • People will have time to schmooze during the cocktail hour.
  • She spent every spare minute of the conference schmoozing with the industry’s power players.
  • We had a wonderful schmooze about the old days

Here are some images showing “schmooze”: Schmooze_Chinwag-e1380667453120 chit_chat_by_meago-d4dq2iy


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