Recovery

So I was living my life normally and started doing some functional training in the month of December (hard-core workouts targeting the core muscles that include crazy-ass cardio, step-ups, weigh-training and kettle-bell lifting along with a lot of burpees and hopping and stuff like that.) So even though I was doing it under the guidance and supervision of a personal trainer, it backfired. My back started hurting followed by a weird pain in my knee, thigh and then feet. I consulted with a spine surgeon and when I got the MRI done (which is an entire horror-story in itself), we came to know that I had spinal disc bulge (a kind of degeneration of the spine.) Now it was multi-factorial so the doctor doesn’t particularly blame my rigorous training though we all knew why it happened so suddenly. Anyway, I learnt my first lesson about being patient and not rushing into things without first considering them and thinking them through.

As the pain started migrating to my leg and my entire left leg started paining, it kind of got unbearable as I wasn’t able to either sit not lie down for any longer than 15-20 minutes and bending was entirely out of question. So it’s not far-fetched to say that my entire life turned upside down when I came across the fact that I could be labelled disabled for life.

Upon consulting another 3 doctors, we decided to go through an entire month of physiotherapy. For that, Vishal took me to a very big Spine Clinic (QI Spine Clinic, KP) but sadly, in spite of my super amazing spine-specialist, it gave me very less relief. The pain subsided sometimes only to return with a vengeance. So, having no other option, we had to go for the other option we had – laser-assisted annuloplasty. The problem was, this procedure was so new in India that rarely any of the doctors I had consulted knew about it (not even the best ones!) So I had to trust my doctor, who is one of the best spine surgeons in our city and went ahead with it. All my other doctors were against it, even my spine expert at the spine clinic, but what option did I have? The problem was, Vishal and I had, kind of stupidly, booked tickets for Egypt for late February and if we didn’t do anything, that trip would either have to be cancelled (in which case we’d lose a lot of money as all the bookings had already been paid for) or we’ll have to just go there and sit in the hotel room taking painkillers. So ultimately, we went ahead with the surgery as our doctor assured us that I can travel after 15 days of the surgery. I was operated on 12th February so 27th seemed okay enough for travelling and sitting in a 6 hr flight.

I was very scared, obviously, as this was my first surgery and my first hospitalisation ever! And I am so phobic to the hospital environment and everything related to it that I cried for an hour before the surgery. I have no idea why doctors say once the anaesthesia is given you can’t feel a thing. I felt quite a lot of things when I had got my root canal done last year and then I felt quite a lot of poking and prodding while getting this surgery done. Though there was no incision, there were a lot of big needles involved along with a laser beam and an HD camera. And I felt them all touching my L4 and L5 spine sections through my lower waist, so it wasn’t pleasant and nor was it entirely painless. But maybe that’s how surgeries are, who knows. Anyway, it’s all in the past now, and, for what it’s worth, I did not keep quiet about the pain, I hollered and cursed at the doctor while he was doing the surgery. *Smirking* That’s about all I remember.

Post-surgery in my room at Grant Medical Foundation – Ruby Hall, Wanowrie

Anyway, it’s been 5 days since the surgery and I can feel very little pain in the nerves and muscles surrounding the area where the needles were inserted, but apart from that, there is no pain that I can feel. Though I am still on painkillers and will be visiting the doctor day after tomorrow to consult and for further course of action (he’s asked me to do some more physiotherapy in order to regain full movement of my back and leg.) Though he had already told me that it will be 6 weeks before I could start walking more than 0.5 km or bending so I’m still going to be on restrictions while I’ll be exploring Egypt. Isn’t that just lovely? But at least I’ll be able to walk and roam around seeing all the beautiful places and pieces.

I’ve had a harrowing month and especially since I’ve been working with an amazing psychiatrist on my mental health as well, I’ve learned a lot in the last two months. I just hope that this year, will be the end of all my health problems and that I can get back to losing weight (which is why I started functional training in the first place.)

While I’m at it, I’d like to share this beautiful quote before ending the post:

The time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself.

โ€“ Douglas Coupland

Max Is Coming Back Home

Okay… so let me start from the beginning…

We got 40 days old Max home on 10th April 2019 and everything was going great until, after exactly 13 days, Vishal rescued Whisky, a 10-15 day old kitten that V found outside a bakery on the side of the road while getting some pastries. Because Whisky was suffering from severeย malnutrition, Vishal and I dedicated most of our time to taking care of Whisky which somehow, unbeknownst to us, led Max to feel neglected.

He started to get needy and when, after a month, Katie – another rescued kitten whom I got home for fostering, arrived at our home (a day after Whisky was adopted) the same thing happened all over again, only more because Katie’s voicebox was ruptured having spent a rough couple of days on the road fighting with bigger cats (as per rescuer’s information.) Katie’s delicate age – 1 month, and her broken voice instantly led me to fall in love with her like a crazy protective cat-mom and I spent even more time with her trying to establish trust and a bond with her to bring her out of her shell (Katie was a tiny little thing who jumped and hid even at the sound of someone laughing.) That led to a disaster and Max, who adored Eva and even Katie started to get very needy and started barking at both the girls a lot. He also developed some anxious ticks such as barking obsessively to gain our (and whoever’s happened to ring doorbells in our neighbourhood) attention, obsessive chewing of rugs and furniture and overall he got overwhelmed because of being tied most of the day (that was because of Eva who was not yet comfortable with Max invading her space.)

 

Look at that adorable face!

On top of all this, the trainer who was training Max turned out to be a bad match for him as he was not able to train Max properly and it backfired very badly. So, overwhelmed, frustrated and helpless, Vishal asked his friend to keep him for a few days so that we all could get some time to recuperate and regroup. Vishal loved Max a lot and he hated to be parted from him, and so did I, but by then we had decided to adopt Katie as I had a feeling that only we could have taken care of such a young kitten with broken voicebox (I still feel that no one else can love Katie more than me and no one could have cared for her better.) So anyway, Vishal left Max with his friend, who also had a German Shepherd named Kaiden, for 15 days.

While at Vishal’s friend’s place, Max got along with Kaiden so well that we all thought that it was best if he was given more time with him. The best part was that V’s friend was a breeder a couple of years ago and knew how to handle and train dogs. He did a lot of work on Max and with Kaiden to teach him good things and ways to behave properly, Max got to learn a lot with them both. And now finally, we’re bringing him back home. This time we’re making sure not to foster any kittens and to give Max our 200% love and attention. We’re also planning to hire another trainer (someone who’ll be the right fit for Max’s crazy amount of energy) and to get him analysed by a pet behaviourist. We both are so happy that finally, we can do for him what we had wanted to do for these couple of months. I guess, sometimes doing the right thing for one being can harm someone else. So we’ll just pause the fostering for now and concentrate on Max for the next couple of months at least.

I’m just happy that Max is coming back and that Vishal and I are getting back our fur-son and Eva and Katie are getting back their sibling ๐Ÿ™‚

Will keep you guys posted on our progress.

Ciao โค

First Sample Copy Of Deceived

Hello, all. This is a late post, so please forgive, but life’s been extremely busy (particularly this month.) Being the Editor In Cheif at Citrus, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the first sampleย copy of Deceived.

This is a late post, so please forgive, but life’s been extremely busy (particularly this month.) Being the Editor In Cheif at Citrus, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the first sampleย copy of Deceived.

The cover came out a bit dark in the sample, so the covers are getting reprinted at the moment and most probably we’ll have the first batch of ARCs delivered to the office by next weekend!

Anyway, here are a few pictures [I loved it even with a slightly dark cover and spent an entire day holding this baby]:

On a side note, as my responsibilities have increased at Citrus and as I’m writing the second draft of my second novel, I’ve decided to take a break from podcasting for a few months. So the podcast that I was preparing for this month won’t be going up anytime soon (it really takes a lotย of time!)

Though, I’ll try and share flash fiction twice a month as an additional writing exercise.

I hope you guys liked the book’s sample. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. Comments are always welcome!

Ciao โค

Month End Updates: February’17

Hello, everyone.ย This is a monthly post in which I share about my writing, reading and life in general.

My month in:

WRITINGโ€“

  • I wrote 31,225 words for Sinister Town’s 2nd draft.
  • I planned and outlined the entire book again and now have a clearer and a much better understanding of the plot. Made some major changes and rewrote a few bits.
  • I also wrote a short story and two of the previously written. I’ll be posting them on the blog in March.
  • I prepared my next podcast and the post too. It’s on Second Drafts, which will be a kind of sequel to my earlier podcast –ย All About First Drafts. It’s 90% done so it should be out by the later half of March.

READINGโ€“

  • Nika: A Seychatka Novella by D.H. Gibbs – 4/5
  • The Little Yarmouth Abduction by Tim Van Minton – 5/5
  • Stingย by Sandra Brown – 1/5
  • The Monster Of Florence by Douglas Preston – 5/5
  • Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben – 3/5
  • The Man You Scripted by Calvin Honors – 4/5
  • Amber Alert by Dan Lawton – 4/5
  • The House Of Secretsย by Bradย Meltzer – 4/5

Series:

  • A Series Of Unfortunate Eventsย – NPH is beyond awesome and I absolutely adore the cast of the kids. They are all so perfect for their roles. If you haven’t yet watched it, then do it right now! You wouldn’t want to miss out on this epic series.eine-reihe-betrueblicher-ereignisse-s1_3569
  • Sherlock Holmesย – Finally(!!) I started with this series! I haven’t yet finished even a single season because Vishal made me wait for him to get the Thunderbird connector for my Mac so that we both can watch it on TV. So far I’ve just watched 4 episodes and I love them.

Movies:

On TV:

  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • Julie And Julia
  • 30 Days Of Night
  • The BFG
  • The Notebook

In theatre:

  • Resident Evil – Last Chapter
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lego Batman
  • John Wick – Chapter 2

Miscellaneous:

  • I’ve been appointed as the Editor In Chief at Citrus Publishers.
  • I hosted my first International Giveaway for Deceived. It was an exclusive subscriber giveaway, i.e., only for my Newsletter Subscribers. And the winner of the Giveaway was – Andrew (my very good Goodreads friend)ย – Congratulations!
  • Seeing a great increase in number of new subscribers in the month of February, I decided to giveaway an e-book of Deceived to a random winner and the winner was – Diwya – Congratulations!
  • Seeing such a heart warming response to my giveaway, I’ve planned to host one next month again, but this time it’ll be open for everyone and not just my subscribers. I’ll try to set up a Rafflecopter one so that it’ll be easy to keep scores and such. So stay tuned!
  • Also, this month I also hosted my very firstย Facebook Live Author Eventย powered byย Mystery Thriller Week (MTW) 2017. I wasn’t expecting anyone to come and attend the event at the designated hour as I got late in making the announcements and inviting everyone. Also my time zones are different than my friends overseas, so I thought that it’ll be a huge barrier. BUT to my pleasant surprise, a lot of MTW members and my Fb friends showed up for the event. It all made me feel so grateful to be surrounded by such amazing friends!
    Next time I’ll make sure to invite each every one of you all in time.
  • Also, I won an award at the MTW – Instagram VIP!
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  • Also, near the very end of the month, Deceived got ranked #199 (as of today, it will keep on jumping up with each and every vote) out of around 700 books on Goodreads’ Most Anticipated Thriller Of The Month.
    If you guys have a minute, then please visit here and vote for Deceived to help me it get ann even better ranking! Each and every vote is greatly appreciated!

What about you? How was your month? What all books did you read this month? Did you meet your writing goals?
Did you watch any of the latest releases this month?? Please share about your month in the comments section below. Iโ€™m all EARS!

In order to stay updated and get exclusive sneak peaks, subscribe to my monthly Newsletter – SUBSCRIBE

Ciao โค

Checking In

Due to a really busy month-end, I missed my September Month End Updates post. It was a crazy month end and there was so much to do that I was not able to sit down and pull myself together to write a post. To be really honest, I prepared last month’s Newsletter also on the last day. I know that’s not wise, but it was well worth it.

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Me in the last week of September’16

Anyway, I’m doing this check-in post to share something important with you all.

I’ve been receiving a lot of requests from writer friends and acquaintances for reading and helping them out with their manuscripts. I hate to say no, but unfortunately due to my own writing schedules and reading, I can’t say yes to everyone.
After a lot of thought, I’ve come up with an idea that’ll ensure that I won’t be spending too much of my time reading others’ stories at least not without getting anything in return for all the efforts.

I’ve started to critique novels for a fee. I’m still working as the Social Media Strategist for a publication, but as that barely takes 6 hours per week, I have started to Critique Novels in whatever spare time I have.

You can read more about it in detail here.

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Me as a Novel Critique now ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve already landed two full-length manuscripts for critiquing.ย One is a mystery-thriller, and the other one is a very unique psychological dark fiction. I’m very grateful to have such a splendid start! I’m already booked for this entire month and I’m really excited to see how many more manuscripts I’ll get in the coming months.

I’m sharing this here because I’ve received a couple of inquiries in the past from a few of my blog followers so I thought I’ll make it official here just in case if someone needs a Critique.

I’m open for submissions, but as I’m already booked for this month, I’ll be scheduling the new ones for November (only 1 manuscript) and December (2-3 manuscripts.) You can check out the costing here.

For booking my Novel Critique, please fill out this form.

If you have friends or followers who are authors or aspiring writers, please share this post; you never know who might be in a need of a Novel Critique.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Month End Updates: August’16

Hello, everyone.

This is a monthly post in which I share about my writing, reading and life in general.

My month in:

WRITINGโ€“

  • I’m done with the Developmental Editing of Deceived. We’ll be starting with Substantive Editing in 2 weeks.
  • I finally(!) have a date for when I’ll have my ARCs in my hand – November end ๐Ÿ˜€
  • And I’m also done with the First Draft of Sinister Town. Yay! I’ve already started working on the revisions.

READINGโ€“

  • Mercer Street by John A. Heldt
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Before I go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
  • Waves In The Sky by Rakhi Jayshankar
  • The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Series:

  • Grimm- S 02
  • Friends- S 03 (for the millionth time.)
  • Stranger Things– S 01
  • Shadowhunters- S 01

Movies:

  • Minions
  • The Colony
  • The Parent Trap
  • A couple of cheesy old movies (My sister-in-law and I always watch these and make fun of them. It’s kind of huge time-pass for us.)

Miscellaneous:

  • I’ve started working as a Social Media Strategist for a publishing house.
  • I’ve deleted TRB’s Instagram account as I’m planning on downsizing The Reading Bud. I’ll be deleting its Twitter and other profiles too because it is getting really hard for me to manage everything.
  • Also, most probably I won’t be accepting any more books for reviewing as I have to finish Sinister Town this year and take care of a lot of other things for Deceived.
  • Oh and I almost forgot, I’ve recently started my monthlyย Newsletter. You can subscribe here.

 

What about you? How was your month? What all books did you read this month? Did you meet your writing goals?
Please share about your month in the comments section below. Iโ€™m all EARS.

Have a great day!

My NEWSLETTER

Hello everyone,

This is a quick shout-out post for all my friends, readers and fellow-bloggers (and… strangers) to let you all know that I’ve started my monthly Newsletterย (again!)

This time around I’ve really worked hard on these Newsletters by improving the quality of content and material on the whole. And keeping everyone’s interests in mind, I’ll be sharing:

  • Loads of excerpts, quotes and character information from my novels as well as WIPs.
  • Extra writing tit-bits exclusively for all the subscribers.
  • Writing inspirations and insights.
  • Updates about my writing and publishing process (in only a few quick lines.)
  • Exclusive giveaways and opportunitiesย to earn free copies of my books (both e-books and paperbacks) and my novel-related merchandise!
  • And as soon as I’ll be done with my first non-fiction book (in 2017), I’ll be giving it away as a freebie to all my subscribers.

And all this applies for both Indian as well as international subscribers!

So what are you waiting for?!

Hurry up and subscribe now!

(Click on the image below.)FWWAH-3

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Month End Updates: July’16 (A Short Post)

Hello, all my lovely readers and friends ๐Ÿ™‚

This month was the busiest one so far! I did a lot of exciting things and I finally figured out what was going wrong with the story I was working on, so it was a really good one for me.

My month in:

WRITINGโ€“

  • I’m almost done with the First Draft of my second novel,ย Sinister Town. I just have to write 5 more scenes and then I’ll get a printout for the entire book so that I can work on the revisions with a pen on the physical copy [and of course to hold my second baby in hand <3]
  • I also did a heck lot of research forย Sinister Townย (thanks to all the lovely members of 10MN for their inputs) and finally, the entire thing is looking like a greatย story. I was really worried before that because until I getย this feeling I know I’m not doing enough, and now that I’ve got it I know I’m on the right track.
  • I managed to stick to my writing goals and finally figured out the best time for my writing sessions. I now get up at 6:00 in the morning and write for an hour or two (min. 1 and max. 2 hours so far.)
    Here’re my progress graphs:

READINGโ€“

This month I read some really amazing books:

  • Friction by Sandra Brown – 5/5
  • Hearts Unlochedย by Claire Gem – 4/5
  • The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey – 5/5
  • Security by Gina Wohlsdorf – 5/5
  • Clovers by Samira – 4/5
  • Alice In Wonderland Special Collector’s Manga by June Abe – 4/5
  • Irish Jewel by Julie Ann Howell – 4/5

Note: I hardly gotthe time to write this post, hence I made it so short. 
I'll do a detailed update post for next month.

What about you? How was your month? What all books did you read in April? Did you participate in Camp NaNo?
Please share about your month in the comments section below. Iโ€™m all EARS๐Ÿ˜€

If you wantย to know more about me then follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (links below) as Iโ€™m always posting on these three social networks. And yes, I love interacting there as well.

Here are my links:

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Have a great day guys!

Month End Updates: June’16

Hello, all my lovely readers and friends ๐Ÿ™‚

This month has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride. I wrote like a maniac for some days, but some days I had to struggle to get even a single word out. I managed to read a few books while doing JuNoWriMo and in my off days I watched a lot of movies and a few series.

My month in:

WRITINGโ€“

  • I’m very near to completing the first draft of Sinister Town. This book is proving harder than the first one mostly because the characters have grown really, really close to me. I don’t know how to put it into words, but it’s just that I can’t seem to move forward knowing how things are going to end for them. So, I’m struggling a little, but another 10 or 15 days and I’ll be done with the first draft.
    Another reason for my slow progress might be the fact that I’m writing a better FD than last time, as in a lot of details are going into this one. I’m making it a bit bigger than the last time as I’ve learned a few things about first drafts from SK’s On Writing.

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    Plotline #2 for Sinister Town
  • Towards the end of the month (after a lot of brainstorming and hair-pulling) I’ve created a new schedule in which I am online only for an hour or hour and a half every alternate day, and that too only when it’s absolutely necessary. It has helped me by increasing my productivity and giving me enough time to not only read novels but also books on writing and grammar helping me sharpen my skills. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll share more about it in my next post.
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    Chilling out and writing reviews for Adelaide Magazine

    Here’s my Fb post on 10 Minute Novelists about it:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/488365771285615/permalink/913330618789126/

  • Also, I’ve completed my word count for JuNoWriMo 2016 (30,000 words.)

READINGโ€“

  • Chakana by W.E. Lawrence – 4/5
  • In The Blood by R.L. Martinez – 5/5
  • Ghostbusters: Who Ya Gonna Call? by ย – 3/5
  • The Birth Of An American Gigolo by Deek Rhew – 3/5
  • Captcha Thief by Rosie Claverton –
  • On Writing by Stephen King –

PODCASTSโ€“

The Reading Bud – Fiction Book Reviews:

Fiction Writing With Author Heena:

REGARDING DECEIVEDโ€“

  • I received the first designs from the cover designer, but they needed revisions, so he’s presently working on them again.
  • We’ve finalized the proofreader as well, so all I have to do now is wait for the edits.

MOVIESโ€“

Latest Releases

  • The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist – 4/5 [It was AWESOME, except for the ending which was full of loose ends.]
  • Warcraft – 2/5 [I had no clue WTF was happening the entire time. The odd casting made it all the more torturing ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ]
  • Finding Dory – 4/5 – Beautiful is the word for this movie.
  • Now You See Me 2 – 4/5 – Good but not as good as the first one.
  • Independence Day 2ย – 3.5/5 – Meh storyline and acting but superb graphics.

Old Ones:

  • Zombieland
  • John Wick
  • Despicable Me 1
  • Fast And The Furious 7
  • Ka & Ki
  • Khadus Sala
  • Blast From The Past
  • 20 Days Of Night
  • It
  • Croods-2
  • Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies.

INSTAGRAMโ€“

  • The most liked pic on my Ig this month:
  • The most liked pic on TRB’s Ig this month:Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 10.49.32 pm

Thanks a lot for following me on Ig! If you haven’t followed me yet, then visit my profile (see below for link,) but please remember I follow-back only book related accounts and, authors and friends, of course. Just make sure that we’ve interacted here once before you follow me ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out all my pics on myย Instagram.

Miscellaneous:

  • Watched the 4th season of Bates Motel and was really affected by the brilliant portrayal of Norma’s death. I feel so bloody bad for Norman that words simply can’t explain.
  • Watched the season finale of Game Of Thrones, and yeah, even that had an effect on me. I was exhilarated because all things are looking bright for the Stark children.
  • I started watching a new series, Grimm. It’s nice and totally my types so I’m sure I’ll look forward to Thursday nights now. (I really needed something fresh after GOT’s finale to look forward to and I think this is it.)
  • I decided to keep off the internet for 90% of the day and that’s working out beautifully (that’s the reason why I’m posting this so late.)
  • I started a new sketch, but I won’t share the pic just yet as right now it looks a little off, I’ll share it’s pic once I fill in ย afew details and textures.Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 10.51.03 pm

This month has been a lot of fun, but there were a few days where I felt completely off. Reason? God only knows. I’m starting to get back mood-swings which is not good as I know it means that getting anxious about something. Maybe my book’s release? Yeah, I guess that’s one of the major factors, but other than that I have a lot going on in my life right now that I hate talking about, so I’ll just leave it at that. I just hope that i get back to my normal mood soon and get over this period ASAP.

What about you? How was your month? What all books did you read in April? Did you participate in Camp NaNo?
Please share about your month in the comments section below. Iโ€™m all EARS๐Ÿ˜€

If you wantย to know more about me then follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (links below) as Iโ€™m always posting on these three social networks. And yes, I love interacting there as well.

Here are my links:

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Have a great day guys!

Ciaoโค

Month End Updates: May’16

Hello, all my lovely readers and friends ๐Ÿ™‚

This month has been the most important one so far this year, yet it was also a lot fun. Read on to get to know about THE BIG NEWS!!!

My month in:

WRITINGโ€“

  • I worked with my editor on the first round of edits for the first chapter of Deceived (which is about 5K out of the planned 85K words.)

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  • I tweaked Sinister Town a bit, but I started having weird nightmares after writing a few scenes (horror to be exact) so I left it. I’ll resume working on it from June 1 for #JuNoWriMo.

READINGโ€“

  • Coinman by Pawan Mishra โ€“ย 4/5
  • Justice For Jessica โ€“ย 5/5
  • On Writing by Stephen King โ€“ 5/5
  • The Cogsmith’s Daughter โ€“ย 5/5
  • The Killing Forest by Sarah Blaedel –ย 4/5

I’m planning on reading more next month in order to finish off all the review requests I have pending as I’ll be busy in the months of July, August and May with my book’s release and campaigns.

PODCASTSโ€“ [This is the big news!]

  • For now, I’ll be podcasting Book Reviews but after a month or so I’ll start podcasting about writing as well.
  • I made my first dummy podcast but as it turns out I really need to work on making my tone more friendly. My voice sounds like an old RJ who’s reading from notes. Lol. So, I’m still working on it. [BTW, I’m aย PODCASTERย now!!!]
  • My brother made a small rap (song) for The Reading Bud for my podcasts. [He’s just 15 and is awesomely talented! He wants to be a rapper when he grows up.]
  • I prepared the basic intro and outro scripts for the above said podcast and also recorded various reviews for practicing. After spending the entire month on this, I’ve finalized the background music, the first review, and the additional pieces of music. Most probably my first podcast will go live in the first week of June. I’ll surely share the links ๐Ÿ˜€
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Editing my Podcast in Audacity [but now I’ve switched to GarageBand.]

REGARDING DECEIVEDโ€“

  • I received my first set of visiting/business cards (as an author.) My publisher was kind enough to get 200 done for me.
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My cards โค
  • I met the cover designer of my book, who turned out to be an acquaintance, and had a blast deciding the details about the whole designing process. He’ll be sending me the first designs in a week or so. *I’m totally going crazy with all the excitement!
  • Presently, I’m brainstorming ideas about the teaser campaigns and book launch preps with my publicist, Emily.
  • I’m also working with her on figuring out the list of book reviewers whom I know.

MOVIESโ€“

Latest Releases

  • Batman Vs Superman
  • Captain America: The Civil War
  • X-Men: Apocalypse – It is the worst movie I’ve even seen in my life ๐Ÿ˜ฆ God knows why they made it in the first place -_-

Old Ones:

  • The Lake House [This movie totally blew me away! Really cute and impressive movie.]
  • Dil Dhadakne Do [Entertaining as ever.]
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Avengers
  • 300: Rise Of An Empire
  • Catch Me If You Can

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  • I’ve been MIA at Instagram (both personal and TRB’s) as I’ve been really busy with the above said things.
  • The most liked pic on my Ig this month:
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My artwork โค
  • The most liked pic on TRB’s Ig this month:
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My books

Thanks a lot for following me on Ig! If you haven’t followed me yet, then visit my profile (see below for link,) but please remember I follow-back only book related accounts and, authors and friends, of course. Just make sure that we’ve interacted here once before you follow me ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out all my pics on myย Instagram.

Miscellaneous:

  • I watched all the 6 episodes of Game Of Thrones Season 6 and, so far, I’ve chewed off all my nails! The things are getting a little predictable, but when you have GRRM who knows what’s waiting for you around the corner, right!?
  • I was so busy with all the family visits and work related stuff that I wasn’t able to go to the hospital for my CT scans. I’ll get it done in June. I swear O:)
  • My brother and mother visited us and stayed for 8 days. We had one hell of a time playing cards (Rummy) and eating yummy treats!
  • My brother even got me something that I’ve been looking for for quite some time now – Khas Syrus – for making sharbat. He’s such a thoughtful lad and his caring nature always amazes me. He’s simply adorable!
  • I attended a cooking class (more like a workshop) on cooking authentic Hyderabadi cuisine (Muslim style cooking) and I learned some of the most amazing dishes such as Mutton Dum Biryani, Dum Pukht, Sheer Khurma, Khubani Ka Meetha, Chicken Korma, Pathar Ke Kebab, Mirchi Ka Salan and Dum Kheema, etc.. See pic below:
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Pics from cooking class.

See as I said, this month has been a really important one and also really productive. I hope that I can get a few blog posts, reviews and some writing done in the next month as I’m really lagging behind [not to forget about catching up with all of your’s blog posts!]

What about you? How was your month? What all books did you read in April? Did you participate in Camp NaNo?
Please share about your month in the comments section below. Iโ€™m all EARS๐Ÿ˜€

If you wantย to know more about me then follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (links below) as Iโ€™m always posting on these three social networks. And yes, I love interacting there as well.

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Have a great day guys!

Ciaoโค

Good News!

Hello everyone,ย Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a good news for those who haven’t read my recent tweets or Instagram. So here it goes,

In October, I sent out a handful e-mails to some of the best literary agents in India. The e-mail was regarding the submission of the first 4 chapters of Deceived, my firstย book. (You can read about Deceived and all my other WIPs here.)

And I’m really happy to tell you that I’ve already received replies from 5 of the agents. I was completely blown awayย as I was expecting the replies by mid-January.

Okay, so the good news is that 3ย of the agents have asked me to send them the full MS of Deceived and the other two are already up to represent me. I’ll be going through the contracts before finalising my agent (yes! Now I get to choose! Totally amazeballs!)

Here’s my tweet about it:

I’d like to thank you guys for all your amazing and encouraging commentsย because those comments REALLY kept me going!
So, THANK YOU to EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU โค
You guys are the best ๐Ÿ™‚

It might be a while before I make the final call as I don’t want to miss this golden chance to have the best one represent me. But whatever happens, I’ll keep all of you in the loop.

I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season.

 

Ciao โค

Almost There!!! (Writing Progress #3)

Hello my dear readers, fellow bloggers and writers…

Finally I’ve written the last chapter of Deceived and now all I want to do is… get back to posting on my precious blogs!!! It’s been so long that I’ve written any post other than WOWs (and in that too I’ve missed a few.)

I’m done with my book’s final and revised third draft. Dagny has already proofread the first eight chapters and now that I’m done with the entire book, I’ll send her the rest of the chapters faster now. So hopefully we’ll be done by the… 15th of this month.

Well, I’ve done my study and I’ve decided to finally send the mail (post) to my favourite publisherย with the first three chapters of of Deceivedย by the 10th of this month. Vishal will be representing me and I’m very sure that the first three chapters will make them ask for the entire manuscript and then we’ll see.

For now my main focus is to send all the chapters to Dagny and make all the corrections from her reports. Meanwhile, as I have a little free time (now that I’m done with all the writing-my-ass-off thing,) I am joining an art class to give myself something to be busy with. Because I know, if I won’t then I’ll be losing out – literally!

I’ve been so horrendously busy from last three months that now even the thought of taking some time off is freaking me out, so what better than art to keep myself busy. I’m joining a one month Canvas painting course, starting tomorrow. And I’m really looking forward to it.

I’ll be posting all my drawings and painting here on the blog but you can always catch up with me on twitter or Instagram as I’m always present there… *wink*

I’ll also be resuming reviewing from this week, so hopefully I’ll be back on track by next week ๐Ÿ™‚

The other important thing is that I’ll be getting my final manuscriptย copyrighted before sending it to a few people I really want a testimonial from. It’ll help me in negotiating a much more solid deal with my publisher. So if any of you is interested (authors only as I’m going to be quoting them in my mail) please drop me a mail at rathoreheena@gmail.comย to letย me know.

I’ll be giving out the books only to 5 authors, I’m sorry, but I have serious time restrictions…

I hope you all are having a great time!

Ciao โค

Writing Progress #2

Hello dear readers,

It’s been one hell of a month! I’ve been crazily busy – as you all know very well – from last 3 months and finally I’m close to getting done with everything.

I’ve completed the second draft and revised it as well and presently I’m doing the third and the final draft. Dagny, a dear friend of mine who has accepted to proofread and beta read my book, and I have worked out an arrangement, where I’ll send her my completed chapters and she’ll edit them one at a time. It’ll help me finalise all the chapters and be done with the book by 15-20th of this month.

I fell sick last month and wasn’t able to do any writing for almost a week and that really put me behind my planned schedule. So basically, I’m writing the third draft and revising it as I go along, making my hubby, Vishal, read the final thing before sending them to Dagny. I sent her my first chapter yesterday and I must say that I’m really nervous to see weather she likes it or not.

Writing Progress #1

Hey everyone!

After successfully writing my first draft in June (JuNoWriMo) with a little more thanย 50,000 words (you can read about it ), I joined Camp NaNoWriMo for this month (July) with a target of 60,000 words.

I’ve been writing non-stop from last one and a half month and I’m going to keep writing till I get this book done ๐Ÿ˜€

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The plan is to revise the first draft and write the second draft along with it. My word count as of Day-13 is 31,415 words and I’m halfway through my second draft. I’m planning to finish 50K by 20th July (fingers-crossed.)

First brief glimpse of Deceived

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Blurb

A girl who’s trying to cope with the murders of her mother and 5 year old brother.
A journalist who is chasing the ghost of a long lost serial killer.
A teen who murders her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

A psychological-thriller that weaves it’s way through the sadistic past of a traumatised child to the web of dark secrets of a beloved father.


Excerpt

I slowed down to a stop, bent on my knees and started to take in big gulps of air. I tried to listen for footsteps over the loud pounding in my head but I heard nothing.

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 toย โ€ช#โ€ŽJuNoWriMoโ€ฌย 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 secondย 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 thankย Vishalย 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!!! โค

I’d also like to thank all my dear fellow writers atย JuNoWriMoย (you guys are the best!) I met a lot of beautiful writers here and made a lot of wonderful friends. Theyย 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 theย snapshots of JuNoWriMo Word Tracker for this year:

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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 fewย 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’sย 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 thatย I’ll try and find an agent to represent me. Thenย 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 answerย these questions:

  1. What do you expect when you hearย “psychological thriller?”
  2. Would youย like to be able to get into the head of a psychopath or the victim?
  3. Would you likeย the chapters to be long or short?
  4. Do you like a book with strong emotional connect with the MC (Main Character)ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

A Leap Of Faith!

6841256090_655ee181e8_zHi everyone!

I’m so glad to finally get the time to tell you all guys about my book. From last 2 months I’ve been planning to get the outline straight for my debut book. I had a small idea and over the last two months I spent time watching a lot of slasher and horror movies in order to get an idea as to what really is a good thriller. I’ve watched quite a few dozen slasher movies as well and finally I had a rough idea for my book’s twists and turns.

I made a lot of notes and a few story boards, and finally I think I might have something that can be turned into a book that I myself would like to read. I wasted good 20 days procrastinating the first draft and hence, when I came across JuNoWriMo, I knew that it was what I needed!

I’ve outlined a bunch of chapters and have a foggy idea about the characters. So now as May is ending, I’m about to take a big leap of fait and jump start my first draft from 1st June for JuNoWriMo. I’m gonna explore the plot and characters thoroughly while writing the FD itself.

I’ve promised myself (and V) that I’m gonna get the first draft done by the end of June. I’m seriously considering to get this book published (with a big publisher) by the end of this year and I know it’s not that easy… but honestly, nothing in life ever is!

So I have high hopes for this book and I hope that you all will like it whenever it gets published!


Here a short blurb that I’ve penned down (of course it’s rough) and the cover that I’ve made in Canva (of course, it’s just a working cover with a working title… somethingย to motivate myself- more like a realย visualisation):

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Designed by me @ Canva

Itโ€™s about a couple whoโ€™ve recently shifted to an isolated setting with just a bunch of neighbours to begin a happy new life. But soon theyโ€™ll discover the horror that awaits them. The psycho neighbours have been waiting for Alison from a long time!

The story completely turns in the last few pages and ends with a possibility of a sequel.

Itโ€™s a psycho thriller thatโ€™ll mainly focus on the female lead. Iโ€™m still confused about which person I should write the book in (Iโ€™m working with first-person for now.) This book will show different phases in my leadโ€™s life and her growth as she realises how deceiving near and dear ones can be.

Later part of the book will focus on her survival and an ultimate plot twist in the last line.


I hope you guys can imagine now that why I’ve been MIA this entire month (or most of it) but I’ll be back to my normal posting routine and also on my blog-catching ups from 1st June.

I’ll be posting about my progress in WriMo regularly but still all of you are more than welcome to ask me about my book anytime (as it’ll really make me feel good and inspired!)

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I hope you guys are all doing well… please let me know what all you’ve been upto this entire month in the comments below… would love to hear from each and every one of you!

Have a great day!!!

Ciao โค

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