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Monthly Updates: May 2019

Hello guys and welcome to my Monthly Updates post series. The month of May wasn’t the best month I’ve had so far in the year because Vishal got sick and was bed-ridden for the most part of the month. He’s still not well, but his recovery is steady and hopefully he’ll completely recover in another week or so.

Here’s what I managed to do the time that I was able to scrape out from the hectic schedule I had this month:

Writing:

  • I have finished revising all the old drafts of Sinister Town and plan on working on the next draft, which will be the final one, in the month of June.
  • I am in talks with a literary agent who seems interested in two of my manuscripts and has suggested some major changes for them – Sinister Town and Alone In The Dark, so I’ll be making those changes to my books in June

Reading:

Out of these Doctor Izard and Armadale were audiobooks from Librivox. Rest were Kindle ebooks.

Movies Watched:

  • Apostle – Netflix
  • Sabrina (Indonesian) – Netflix
  • The Doll (Indonesian) – Netflix
  • The Doll #2 (Indonesian)- Netflix
  • Veronica (Spanish)- Netflix
  • Deadpool #2 – TV
  • Thor Ragnarok – TV
  • The First Great Train Robbery – TV
  • John Wick 3 – Theatre

IGTV Videos:

 

So this was how my month went by. Do share about what you’ve been upto in the month of May and your plans for June.

See you all next month with hopefully more posts.

Ciao ❤

 

Monthly Updates: April’19

Hello, dear readers. I missed March Monthly Updates post but didn’t want to miss April as well, therefore, I thought that even though I am a bit late I’ll go ahead and do a quick update post.

Writing:

  • I participated in Camp NaNo with a target of 30K words, but all I managed to write were 20K words. Though I did manage to revise a couple of thousand words, around 8K so overall I’m still happy with my progress.
  • I am working on 3 books simultaneously so at times it gets hard to track the progress individually, though I’m making steady progress with 2 of the 3 works and the 3rd one is coming along slowly as it is in its early stages.

Reading:

  1. Lost Man’s Lane (Miss Butterworth #2, Mr Gryce #by Anna Katherine Green – 5/5
  2. Kill Code by Clive Fleury – 4/5
  3. We Call It Monster by Lachlan Walter – 4/5
  4. Aristophania (The Kingdom of Azur #1) by Xavier Dorison – 3/5
  5. The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges – 1/5 – DNF
  6. Hotel Dare by Terry Blass – 4/5
  7. A Promise Of Return by Rebecca Crunden – 4/5
  8. A Dance Of Lies by Rebecca Crunden – 4/5
  9. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tehereh Mafi – 3/5
  10. The Circular Study (Miss Butterworth #3, Mr Gryce #10) – 4/5

Out of these Lost Man’s Lane and The Circular Studies were free audiobooks from Librivox and Shatter Me was a paperback. Rest of them were all ebooks.

Miscellaneous:

  • I joined the swimming classes. I bunked a lot but still, now I know how to float and release bubbles. I will be taking a break this month from swimming as the chlorine is affecting my sinuses and I am getting one-sided headaches again. But I will be resuming in June.
  • I joined Multifit right at the end of the month and began functional training. It is exhausting, to say the least, but totally worth it!
  • In new releases, I watched Avengers: Endgame, The Curse Of The Weeping Woman and Pet Sematary.
  • In old movies, I re-watched Wall-E (twice in April cause I love, love, love that movie), The Magnificient Seven (the old one), Apollo 13, KGF, and a couple more that I am forgetting now.
  • On Netflix, I watched Black Mirror S1 & S4 and started watching Hemlock Grove.
  • And obviously, I watched all the episodes of Game Of Thrones S8 on HotStar. I feel that the makers have totally ruined the characters and the plot that GRRM worked so hard to create. TV series can never do justice tot he books, still, the show was going pretty good till S6, but from S7, essentially the part where the show left the books behind, everything feels rushed and incomplete and… off. GRRM anyway hasn’t given away the original ending so the books are anyway not spoiled. Now I’m eagerly waiting for the TV series to be over and the books to come out soon!!
  • I created my IGTV Channel! You can follow it through my IG profile: @CrazyCatWriter.
  • And here is my first video as posted on YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMup8ExsejU
  • And here is the second one:

That’s about all I can remember from April (it’s been almost half a month since April ended so it’s hard to remember), but I’m sure I covered all the main things I did. I hope you all had a fabulous April as well. May is getting hotter in India, and hopefully this year the rains will come sooner than usual. Do share about how your Camp Nano went and what you’ve been up to last month.

Thanks for reading!

Ciao ❤

Monthly Updates: February’19

And finally, I’m doing the monthly Updates post after a long, long time. I loved doing these posts before and I’m really excited to do it now. To be honest, these update posts help me in knowing exactly where I stand in terms of my writing and helps me plan ahead serving as the much-needed motivation.

February was a good month for me, not only as compared to January’19 but also as compared to all the months in the last year. I did have some good writing days last year, especially in the second half where I edited a lot and wrote a considerable number of words, but my muse only came in bursts of 5-7 days at a time and then faded away for good. But this February, I not only wrote consistently but was also able to work on posts for my blogs. This makes me feel like I’ve finally reached the headspace I wanted to be in order to complete the projects I’ve been working on for a while now.

Health-wise, it was a good month for me. I even started visiting with my dietician again and slowly getting back into my morning walk routine. Though Eva, my 1.5-year-old cat, got a liver infection probably because of the cat tree we got in January (it happened due to some chemical and we cannot think of anything else as the source.) She had to undergo a very extensive IV therapy which lasted more than a week. 4-5 days into the treatment and the poor girl started running away and hiding from Vishal and me whenever we tried to get close to her in the evenings thinking we might put her in the crate and take her to the vet. She continued doing this even after her treatment was over for around 1 full week. It was disheartening and I’m just glad that now we all are back to our merry old selves.

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Eva is feeling a lot better from last week as her liver infection is being treated. She has been taking the IVs from last 1 week and finally it looks like the infection is going down. She is playing more and her apetite is also getting better day by day, albeit a bit slowly. Our vet has asked us to put her on a new diet of liver-friendly food for the next 1 month and has given some liver-cleansing meds too. Hopefully, she'll recover from this stressful week soon! Katie is being a darling; she is very supportive and showering Eva with love by head-butting and nose-kissing Eva hundreds of times a day 💕 #catlove #catpic #catsofinstagram #cat #catmommy #catparent #sleepycat #beautiful #eyes #yelloweyes #goldeneyes #prettygal #prettyeyes #saturday #saturdaythoughts #saturdayinspiration caturday #catsforlife #pawsome #cats #catlove

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Anyhow, moving on here’s what I was able to do this month:

Writing Updates:

  • Wrote around 10K words, not counting the scenes I wrote while plotting my projects
  • Plotted and planned the contemporary fiction novel I started working on last year. I call it the Unnamed Project (UP.)
  • Got a new story idea, a really good one! It’s more on the lines of slasher fiction – pure, mind-numbing gory fest. I have already written 8 chapters for it, which is big for me because it has been a long time since I wrote with such fierceness.
  • Learned new ways of plotting and story structures and will try and implement these in March for the projects listed above.
  • I didn’t work on Sinister Town this month as I was trying to distance myself from it in order to figure out an issue I’ facing with one of the characters and it seems like I’ve figured out what the issue is so distancing myself from it paid off. I’m planning to work on Sinister Town in March.

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It's time for Monthly Updates! Here's the gist of my blog post – . . 1) Feb was a great month for me writing-wise as I wrote around 10K words and worked on 2 new stories and an old one (more about it in my blog post.) . . 2) I learned a couple of new ways of plotting and I paln to try them out in March for my own stories. . . 3) I discovered an epic author who happens to be aclassical mystery legend – Anna Katherine Green. I'm listening to her 2nd audiobook and I'm totally in love with her already! . . To know more, especially for my blogger friends, visit my blog to read the details and some amazing book recommendations – link in bio. . . . . #amwriting #writingislife #writingcorner #writing #writingfiction #writer #novelwriting #novelist #fiction #novel #book #bookwriting #working #wtitingdesk #writingtable #authorlife #writerlife #writingcommunity #indianauthorsassociation #writingislife #ilovewriting #saturday #saturdayinspiration #write

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Reading Updates:

  • Read 2 very disappointing reads: Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent and The Nightmare by Lars Kepler. I had big expectations from both these books: Stillwater Girls had a great blurb (because of which I requested it off NetGalley) and The Nightmare is the sequel to Hypnotist, a book I fell in love with. But both turned out to be very dissatisfying reads and I had to mark them as DNF reads, much to my dismay.
  • Read 4 decent reads by the authors I know: The Afterlives Of Doctor Gachet by Sam Meekings, Treading The Uneven Road by L.M. Brown, The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt and The Curse Of Time by M.J. Mallon. I’ve reviewed all these books on my book blog, The Reading Bud, so do check out my reviews there.
  • Apart from these, I read a book that completely changed the definition of Classics and Cosy Mysteries for me – The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Greene. My very good friend and co-moderator of RMFAO, Dagny, introduced me to this author and after reading her book and biography, I’m totally blown away by the fact that I never heard of her before and that she is so underappreciated. I’m presently reading another one of her books, That Affair Next Door, and it even better than the one I read for Feb.
  • Overall, I read 7 books this month. Out of these, 3 were for RMFAO 2019 Genre Challenge‘s Mystery-Thriller month.

Movies & Series:

  • 8 episodes of the 6th season of Orange Is The New Black. It was good as usual.
  • Cargo on Netflix. Not good at all. They totally ruined a potentially good concept.
  • Tidying Up with Mari Kondo on Netflix. It was kind of a life-changing event and I will be doing a blog post soon on how I’ve adapted the Kon Mari method in my life and home.
  • In new releases, watched Gully Boy and Uri – two of the best movies till date in Bollywood.

Apart from this, I hosted a lot of guests (well, the same guests over and over a couple of times) and was busy in taking care of Eva. So the month went by in a flash. I’m just glad that I was able to get some writing done.

Hope February treated you all well. I’d love to know how you spent your month and what progress you made in your writing, reading and other aspects of life. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ciao ❤

Quick Updates – #amwriting

I had planned for 2 short stories and 1 article on Writing to post in through April and May, but unfortunately, things got in the way (as they usually do) and I completely forgot about the drafts (some half-baked some ready to go up) sitting patiently on my dashboard. I thought I’ll get back to blogging regularly now by scheduling the posts – like I do with my reviews at The Reading Bud, but before that, I wanted to drop by and post updates about what’s been since 8th April, the last time I posted.

Updates –

Books:

  • Deceived has been entered for the Hindu Literary Prize 2017. Hindu is one of the top newspapers in India.
  • Deceived is being translated into Marathi (a regional language of Maharashtra, the State I live in.)
  • The English release of Deceived is set for 24th June and it might be a soft launch by the looks of it because we want to do a big launch cum release with at least 2 languages so most probably, that’ll be sometime in July as the translated Marathi version will be ready by then.
  • Deceived has crossed 66 ratings on Goodreads.
  • Deceived is now listed on Amazon.in (Amazon.com and other Amazons will still take another week or so.)
  • Book reviewers are loving Deceived and I’ve already made a few fans.
  • Sinister Town is going slow and steady and should be ready by the end of this year.

Work:

  • I have 3 Novel Critiques lined up for the coming days and I’m already booked until the 20th of July.
  • I have 1 editing lined up for the month of July so the rest of the July is also packed.
  • I’m working on 2 other projects for Citrus Publishers, mostly marketing and HR related.

Reading:

  • I suffered a reading slump in late March, hence wasn’t able to read much for the last two months. These are the only books I read since April: Under The Dome by Stephen King, Hannah’s Moon by John A. Heldt, Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, Gerald’s Game by Stephen King, A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber, The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft, Something Needs Bleeding by Thomas Singer and Christopher Long, Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg, The Bronx Kill by Philip Cioffari and The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James
  • I have to read another 6 books by Grand Central Publishing, 2 by MM Publicity and 3 by EG Publicity for review. Other than these I have about 8 NetGalley books that I want to read ASAP and another 10 that I’ve bought. So I’ll be busy finishing these books in the coming weeks and months.

Personal:

  • We had an awesome holiday in mid-April in Goa. Lots of sunbathing and booze.
  • We’re shifting to a bigger house – a row-bungalow on 1st June. And now I can finally get my pets.
  • We’re planning a trip to Thailand in August.
  • Right after the vacation, we’ll start our hunt for the perfect kitten and GSD pup!
  • I developed a bad rash on my arms and later found out that I am allergic to UV rays. The rash was due to extreme sunbathing in Goa last month. So I’m just trying to stay away from the direct sunlight as much as possible. 😦

Right now I’m busy with the shifting, readying the house for the Packers and Movers, so I’ll be seeing you guys next week. Stay tuned to my Twitter as I’ll be sharing the new bungalow’s pics there.

Do let me know how you spent your month. I’d be more than happy to know what you’ve been up to!

Ciao ❤

Month End Updates: February’17

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

My month in:

WRITING–

READING–

  • Nika: A Seychatka Novella by D.H. Gibbs – 4/5
  • The Little Yarmouth Abduction by Tim Van Minton – 5/5
  • Sting 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 Secrets by Brad Meltzer – 4/5

Series:

  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events – 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 Holmes – 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) – 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 first Facebook Live Author Event powered by 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. I’m all EARS!

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Ciao ❤

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:

WRITING–

  • 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 😀
  • And I’m also done with the First Draft of Sinister Town. Yay! I’ve already started working on the revisions.

READING–

  • 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 monthly 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. I’m all EARS.

Have a great day!

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

Hello, all my lovely readers and friends 🙂

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:

WRITING–

  • I’m almost done with the First Draft of my second novel, 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 for Sinister Town (thanks to all the lovely members of 10MN for their inputs) and finally, the entire thing is looking like a great story. I was really worried before that because until I get 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:

READING–

This month I read some really amazing books:

  • Friction by Sandra Brown – 5/5
  • Hearts Unloched 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. I’m all EARS😀

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Month End Updates: June’16

Hello, all my lovely readers and friends 🙂

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:

WRITING–

  • 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. 🙂 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.)

READING–

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

PODCASTS–

The Reading Bud – Fiction Book Reviews:

Fiction Writing With Author Heena:

REGARDING DECEIVED–

  • 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.

MOVIES–

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 😦 ]
  • 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 – 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.

INSTAGRAM–

  • 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 🙂

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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  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. I’m all EARS😀

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Have a great day guys!

Ciao❤

Month End Updates: May’16

Hello, all my lovely readers and friends 🙂

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:

WRITING–

  • 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.

READING–

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

PODCASTS– [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 a PODCASTER 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 😀
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Editing my Podcast in Audacity [but now I’ve switched to GarageBand.]

REGARDING DECEIVED–

  • 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 ❤
  • 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.

MOVIES–

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 😦 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

INSTAGRAM–

  • 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 ❤
  • 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 🙂

Check out all my pics on my 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. I’m all EARS😀

If you want to know more about me then follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (links below) as I’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!

Ciao❤

Month End Update: April’16

Hello all the lovely readers!

This month has been a really tough one, mostly because I completed the first round of editing of my book.

My month in:

WRITING–

  • I completed the first round of editing. And as soon as I did, I was like:tumblr_my6nl4rO5O1s9816mo3_r1_500
  • Outlined Sinister Town in detail.
  • Won Camp NaNo April [60K words – editing and rewriting.]

READING–

  • Over The Dragonwall by Dennis Montoya and H.C. Strom – 4/5
  • Wonder Woman Earth One by Grant Morrison – 4/5
  • Carrion by Jonathan R. Rose – 1/5- DNF
  • Twisted by Lola Smirnova – 5/5
  • Warren The Thirteenth And The All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio- 4/5
  • Those Who Remain by Priscila Santa Rosa – 5/5
  • Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik- 1/5 – DNF

I beta read 6 chapters of my Austrailian critique partner’s book and it turned out to be an awesome experience. But the book that I beta read last month it turned out to be a disaster.

MOVIES–

Latest Releases:

  • Jungle Book [It wasn’t great and I still prefer the old animated movie and series.]
  • KungFu Panda #3 [This wasn’t that great either. The directors totally fucked up this amazing series with such a horrible ending.]

Old Ones:

  • None… I was busy with NaNo and hence did not watch TV at all!

INSTAGRAM:

  • I’ve reached my first milestone on Ig- 500 Followers! It’s taken me ages to reach here but I hate following anyone and everyone to get follow-backs on my personal account.
  • TRB is running close with around 350 Followers already!
  • The most liked pic on my Ig this month:Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 9.03.01 pm
  • The most liked pic on TRB’s Ig this month:Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 9.02.11 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.

Check out all my pics on my Instagram.

Miscellaneous:

  • I watched all the 5 seasons of Game Of Thrones and also watched the first episode of the 6th season. 😀 It airs every Tuesday here, so the second episode will be aired tomorrow (can’t wait!)tumblr_n6nkawW3hV1s2pa95o1_500
  • The entire month I struggled with a terrible one-sided headache and upon V’s insistence, I finally went to the ENT. He gave me a 10-day course for my Sinuses, at the end of which I’m supposed to get a CT scan done for my head. I just hope it won’t be anything serious because I can’t afford to take a break for the next 6 months.
  • I received my business e-cards from my publishers 2 days ago. They’ve promised to send the physical cards and other stationaries by the 2nd week of May, so Yay! Will share the pics as soon as I’ll have the physical ones.

Other than this, my month was quite uneventful as I was super busy with editing and Camp NaNo. Hopefully, I’ll get more time to relax and read in May 🙂

If you want to know more about me then follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (links below) as I’m always posting on these three sites. And yes, I love interacting there as well.

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. I’m all EARS😀

Here are my links:

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Have a great day guys!

Ciao❤