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Progress Update – Oh, Plotting. I've Missed You So Much!

This week has been exciting, to say the least! Right up until today cause I’m not feeling well, but that just leaves more time to plot and read, right? From the sofa? In a blanket? With tea, and a cat on my lap?

So it’s not all bad.

It’s been two weeks now since my beta readers have started reading, and I’ve had some wonderful feedback! I must be doing something right, because even amidst all those suggestions for improvements they still enjoy it and want to know what happens next. Then, earlier this week, I had a very proud writer moment, because I received this comment:

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If people are so caught up in my story that they forget to take notes, I must be doing something right!

And then I thought – and my fellow gamers amongst you will like this (I hope) – why not write down all my writing achievements? The few milestones I have reached already, and all the others I can think of which are, maybe, yet to come?

So I did.

WritingAchievements 1

WritingAchievements 2

The procrastination was real, people! So far I’ve got 27 points on that list. I’ve left a few pages blank afterwards for when I think of more.

*ahem* But let’s move on!

The final, professional edit isn’t far away, and I’ve begun to plan my next steps. I already have quite a few advanced readers but there’s always room for more, and I’m starting to plan my blog tour as well. Rise of the Sparrows will be out on 23rd May, so I’m looking to arrange something for every day that week. If any of you would like to host me on your blog, get in touch! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never hosted anyone before – there’s plenty of time to discuss what we could do πŸ™‚

I’ve also finally gotten back to plotting this week. It feels so good to plot and scheme and rub my hands together while laughing in as evil a way as I can manage – you have no idea.

RelicsOfArZac Notebooks

The first notebook I started plotting in has been filled up completely, and I have moved on to the second notebook for Relics of Ar’Zac now. I’ve marked some pages in Notebook 1 which will/might be relevant for Book 2, Book 3 or the prequel, and as you can see my mascot helped me with that. I’ve mostly made notes for Book 2 and the prequel this week but there are some other ideas I’ve played with, too, and some more yet which I want to experiment with soon. Not all of them related to this trilogy. Maybe today, since I’m stuck on the sofa.

And then there’s my side project, which isn’t related to my writing but is related to writing… Ah, it’s complicated. More on that in a month, hopefully πŸ˜‰

I also received my first endorsement this week. I can now officially stick this on my book’s cover:

‘Sarina Langer’s is an exciting new voice, well worth reading for its edgy portrayals of distant worlds. Β I eagerly await her next books.’

Before we all get too excited (I definitely did), though – this isn’t from anyone famous. It’s from someone relevant to our industry, but not from a famous writer so I probably won’t stick it on my book’s cover. Ignore what I said above, okay? I can and will stick this everywhere else, though, and I’m beyond chuffed with it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I do believe it’s time I waddle over to the sofa (it’s hard to walk when you’re wrapped up in a blanket, okay?) and curl up with a book and the mascot.


As you can see I’ve got plenty of books to get comfy with. Silly me didn’t even include all books in this picture, there are two missing! The one I’m reading now, More of Me by Kathryn Evans, and ADSoM by V. E. Schwab, have somehow not made it into this picture. You can tell you’re unwell when….

Allow me to leave you with these points to consider:

Would you like to be an advanced reader, or host me on your blog as part of my blog tour? So far no slots are taken, so if you’re interested get in touch (here, twitter, facebook – whichever is easiest for you) and we can discuss things!

What would you consider an ‘Achievement Unlocked!’ moment? Have you experienced one or two already?

Let’s chat! πŸ™‚

A wonderful Friday and weekend to you all!



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  1. Congrats on the great feedback and the endorsement!! And did I read that you started a new notebook?… me too! Love that moment when you get to snap the spine *sighs with joy*. Good luck with the plotting. I almost started writing chapter one of my new series because it was screaming at me, but I told myself off, and got back to book three. I took some notes though… πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I was really chuffed that she agreed to do it, it’s such a great endorsement. And all I had to do was ask nicely!! I didn’t have to sell my soul, or sign anything glowing or smoking and smelling of sulfur! (and I was totally prepared for that)
      I did start a new notebook! It has dots on the side <3 DOTS, K!
      If that chapter is screaming at you to be written then go for it! Do it while the excitement is there! Mind you, I can't really talk. All I did was take notes.

  2. That’s great news! Hooray! πŸ™‚
    I hope you’re feeling better soon. We’ve all been under the weather here too and I can sympathize. Still feeling a bit wobbly (tired and woozy… odd), but I’m bolstering myself with chocolate and tea.
    Good luck with the plotting *rubs hands together while chuckling like a master villain*

    • I am much better now, thank you πŸ™‚ A weekend of being smothered by the mascot did the trick πŸ™‚ How are you feeling now? I hope you’re better today, too. Chocolate and tea are perfect remedies!
      The plotting is progressing slowly since I have beta feedback to apply, but it’s happening at all and that’s a lovely feeling.

      • We’re mostly mended up now, but still a little tired πŸ™‚ Glad to hear the plotting is continuing even though you’re busy editing.

  3. Hope you’re on the mend. My wife and I both are down with some kind of sinus congestion thing. So right now I’m full of some prescription meds, Coricidin, and a Hall’s drop. sigh. But keep at it girl. You know, when I really get going with a narrative, my health actually improves a bit. So, think evil! And get well!

    • Think evil, eh? I can do that πŸ™‚
      I hope you’re feeling better soon. Sinus congestions feel horrible and can last a while. How are you today?

  4. kay kay

    So happy to hear that! I’ve actually started plotting for my third book earlier this week. The ideas just came to me when I should have been studying, so I had to stop and write them down. So excited for it! But I’ve gotta get through editing book 1 and book 2 first. Lol. Good luck with your plotting! πŸ™‚

    • How exciting! If a new idea wants to stop you from studying, then who are you to refuse? Notes are best taken when the idea is burning with excitement, not days later when the thrill has died down.
      Thank you, good luck with your editing πŸ™‚

  5. A big congratulations and well done! You’ve had wonderful feedback and really cannot wait to read your novel! I love the achievement bit too, nicely done πŸ˜‰ You have such lovely hand writing, I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to handwritten information.

    • Thank you!! I really hope you’ll enjoy it <3 The feedback I've received so far has been fantastic, I'm really over the moon with it. The criticisms make my draft better, so it's only improving!
      Thank you, hehe, writing those achievements was a nice bit of procrastination πŸ˜‰ You think? Thank you! My handwriting used to be nicer I think, when I was still in school and had to use it every day. The amount of tying I do these days has roughened its edges a little.

  6. I pressed post comment accidentally. I shall end with, good luck with the plotting and hope you feel much better soon πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, I’m feeling better again today πŸ™‚ March is going to be a big, important month, I can’t afford to be unwell!

  7. Congratulations on the great feedback, the endorsement and the writing achievements πŸ™‚ It looks like an exciting time!

    • It’s so exciting, and thanks to the writing community I don’t feel like I’m doing it alone! <3

  8. Congrats on all the great feedback, Sarina! It’s all completely well deserved <3 I've been meaning to send you an email; I'm hoping to have it to you by tomorrow. In the meantime, you have an incredible story going here and I know that it will continue to be well received πŸ™‚
    I know I'm a bit behind on responding, but I'd love to be part of your blog tour if there's still room. If not, I'm glad that I've been honoured with the chance to share in this journey with you!
    Can't wait to see what your next projects are πŸ™‚

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