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Progress Update – A Small Update With Big News

I don’t have much to report this week – just a couple of small things and – oh, right! – something big πŸ˜‰ Something big which, I think, a lot of you will be quite excited about (it’s not the cover reveal – look for that in a couple of weeks, maybe) but let’s get to that in a moment. Stay with me, it’s worth it πŸ˜‰


For now, let me just briefly mention the smaller progresses made this week.

A couple of blog tour stops have been claimed (Monday and Wednesday) so there are another three left for the taking! Rise of the Sparrows will publish on 23rd May, so I’m looking for more stops within that week. I’ll start asking a few fellow bloggers next week, so this might be the last chance to volunteer! Depending on how many I can secure in the coming weeks I might do two a day, so if Monday or Wednesday are the only days working for you let me know πŸ™‚

The beta edit is going well. It’s crazy to think that I only have one more week for it, and then my novel is off to the editor! My novel! With a professional editor! And I’ll be sending out my ARCs next week Friday, too!

deep breath

Deep, deep breaths.

There are a lot of changes to be made and considered between all of my readers, but fortunately most of them are smaller changes so I have more time for the few bigger adjustments. One thing that’s helped a lot is reading. (What doesn’t that help with?) I realised this week that, while I notice things that bug me when I read (and we’re talking about ADSoM here!) – things I would have flagged up as a beta reader – , they don’t bug me enough now as a normal reader to stop reading. They are just little things that wouldn’t have gone unmentioned had I beta read the book, but that don’t bother me that much now, reading normally. It’s reassuring to see how much of a difference it makes!

Now, let’s move on to the big thing.

This week I’ve been experimenting with a couple of ideas. It’s gone all right, but I don’t think I’ve found the right way to begin either story yet. I do like them both, though, so I’ll keep playing with them for a little while longer before declaring them hopeless.

But that’s not the big thing. This is:


Earlier this week I mentioned on twitter that I’ve started plotting a new novel, and that I might have news today! And guess what? I do have news! πŸ˜‰ I think a lot of you will be quite excited about the idea I’m expanding into a novel, because it’s this one:

Click me! And me!

I’m not in any rush with it – Relics of Ar’Zac will remain my priority – and I have a lot of research to do for it, anyway. I’m not as familiar with sci-fi as I am with High Fantasy (or maybe I’m deluding myself there?) and I have a lot of reading on space to do, but I’m looking forward to it and have done a bit of planning already this week. No promises, but maybe I’ll have a very early excerpt next week. That’s a big maybe, though, so nobody get their hopes up!

What have you been up to this week? How is your own progress going? Would you like to be an advanced reader (last chance!) or host me as part of my blog tour?

Pull up a beanbag, grab a cookie, and let’s chat!

Happy writing/reading/plotting, everyone!



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  1. Busy time ahead for you. Thank you again for letting me be a beta reader. It was my first experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good luck with the rest of the editing process πŸ™‚

    • I should be thanking you, K! I’m so glad you enjoyed it <3

      Thank you. I think I've got this but I don't want to be overconfident and end up forgetting half of the work!

  2. peterhill160 peterhill160

    Exciting news! I’ve only just finished “The Last Second in the Universe” and really enjoyed it, though my heart goes out to the President!

    Congratulations on the beta readers and sending your WIP to the editor’s!

    As for my writing, I said I would rest my WIP to focus on a second project but I found myself drawn back and focusing on my debut manuscript’s opening chapter to make sure it’s the best it can be. I always struggle with opening’s but I think I’m making progress.

    Happy writing!

    • Thank you! I’m really excited for it, especially now that I’ve started planning and plotting! It’s definitely my favourite stage in this process, right up there with the actual writing of the first draft. Thanks for taking the time to read the original post as well πŸ™‚

      Openings are hard to get right. Mine has had several revisions, too. Glad to hear you’re making progress!

      Happy writing! πŸ™‚

  3. Good for you Sarina! Thank you for letting me hop in and do my small bit as beta reader. This whole process is amazing.

    • Thank you, and thank you again as well for having been one of my betas. I really appreciate that you took the time for it.

  4. I just freaked the hell out and yelled “YESSSSS!!!” when I clicked on those lengths and made Lucy jump off the bed. I’m already claiming, beta reading rights!!!!!!!!!!! *SQUEEE* I’m so excited for this πŸ˜€ GIF to fully relay my level of excitement coming your way on Twitter!
    I’m so excited for you and all of the things going on in your life…you deserve ALL of the great things coming your way πŸ˜€ Hugs!

    • Beta reading rights have been reserved for you πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you’re excited, and so sorry I caused your cat to jump! Give her apologetic cuddles from me please.
      Thank you <3 You're the sweetest, most awesome reader a writer could wish for, Moll! Don't ever change!

  5. I’m nearly done the beta read, Sarina! You’ve really pulled me through a wild ride of a book! I was engrossed the entire way through and I cannot wait to see you go far with this novel and the rest of the series!
    Also, oh my goodness!!!!!! I am so happy that you’re going to be expanding that short. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again, that was the first story of yours that I read and it was dazzling and I knew then that you had a great talent. Everything since has proven the same! Whatever you write, I’ll cheer you on! You deserve to have your stories told!! <3
    Best of luck with the rest of the editing! Can't wait to see what you do next πŸ˜€

  6. kay kay

    Ooh sounds like there’s exciting things in the future! I loved that short, so can’t wait to see where it goes. πŸ™‚

  7. Oooh, congratulations! o/ Exciting stuff. (Your new notebook is incredibly pretty too.)

    • Isn’t it so beautiful? It was a Christmas present from a friend who clearly knows me very well! It even has a little pocket at the back on the inside, for little notes <3
      Thank you, it is exciting! I can't believe how quickly everything is coming together!

      • What a great friend. Ugh, sounds amazing! I prefer one with spiral spine so I can fold it over.

        • I don’t like spiral spines, the spirals always get in my way! Thank goodness for stationery variety, eh? πŸ˜‰

  8. Brilliant news on all accounts and really can’t wait to read your book and future stories! Yay!

    • Thank you, and thank you! I’ll be in touch in a few days about your ARC, since I’ll be sending them out on Friday πŸ™‚

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