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Progress Update – Back to Normality!

A Book's Progress 3

I’ve got a lot of news to share this week! Since the past two weeks didn’t include progress updates, things have accumulated πŸ™‚ In fact, there’s so much that I’ll break it down into sections, so you can skip one or two and only read the ones that interest you πŸ™‚

Cookie Break

The only thing that hasn’t changed on Cookie Break over the last two weeks is the overall layout and the background colour!

Where to start? Cookie Break now has BANNERS!! πŸ˜€ What do you think? Aren’t they pretty? <3

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Part of the reason is that Cookie Break’s first birthday is coming up later this month, and I felt that it was time for a small makeover. The other part is that the first week after Rise of the Sparrows’ release seemed like the right time to pretty things up a little! There’s a different banner for every category, so you haven’t seen all of them yet πŸ˜‰ I won’t go over my previous posts because there is nearly a year’s worth of content, and it would take a small eternity to add banners to all of them.

I’ve added the map of Rifarne to the Relics of Ar’Zac page. If you hover over it, it’ll show you the link – or you could just click this little button here, if you want to go there now πŸ™‚ Once I’ve got the world map sorted (hopefully later this year) I’ll add it to the tab, too.

To give myself more time to write the sequel, I’ll be posting a tiny bit less here. If you’re like me you’ll appreciate having less to catch up with, anyway ^^

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And as I said it’ll give me more time to focus on Book 2. But more on that in a moment πŸ˜‰ I’m not cutting a lot – right now, I’ll post my weekly writing prompts every two weeks instead ofΒ every week. In time I might cut back on my Tuesday posts as well, but I’ll see how things go.

Oh, and the most important thing!Β WORD COUNTS ARE BACK! πŸ˜€


This week, the word count is….


And look! LOOK! The little word count thing at the top is back, too ^^

Book Progress Word Counts

I’m hoping to write a little more this morning before I need to go out, so I’ll update it in a little while πŸ™‚


I’m now a verified Goodreads Author! You’ve probably seen this already so if this is old news to you just skip ahead, but you can find me and my book here πŸ™‚Β And speaking of which…

I’ve mentioned above that Cookie Break’s first birthday is coming up. To celebrate, I’m hosting a small giveaway on Goodreads from next week Wednesday! I’ll be giving away three copies and it’ll be open to every country, so if you missed out on the previous giveaways you can try again πŸ™‚ It’ll be open until Cookie Break’s birthday on the 22nd June, so you’ve got plenty of time πŸ˜‰

Immortals (temp. title)

I’m going to take a few steps back with Immortals (temp. title). Writing it has felt a little much like drawing blood from a stone, and I’m not sure if that’s because I haven’t plotted it as much as I normally do, or because I haven’t read anywhere near enough sci-fi to know what I’m doing.

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Either way, it’s time to step back and go back to the drawing board for a while. It’s not suspended entirely since I will be working on it, but it might be a while before I’ve got another word count for you. It just needs a bit of plotting and research, is all πŸ™‚ I feel like this could be a truly amazing story, and I want to do it justice – right now, I can’t.

Three Year Plan

Well… It’s more of a five year plan, but I’ll push for three! Over the next three years, I’ll aim to make writing my full-time job. The more I’ve thought about it the more I want it, so this is happening πŸ™‚ It might not happen in three years, or even five years, but I want to make this a reality sooner or later. Any advice would be appreciated (other than ‘You can’t do it, it’s impossible’ – you’re just motivating me more) so if you’ve got anything, let me know πŸ™‚

Relics of Ar’Zac

As you can tell from the word counter up top, work on the sequel has begun! So far it’s going well and I’m really excited for everything that needs to happen in Book 2.

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There are a lot of things I want to address, and so far it looks like it’ll easily be longer than Rise of the Sparrows. Rachael is going to have a lot of things to deal with, and we shall try to avoid Middle Book Syndrome together πŸ˜‰

Sadly I haven’t got an excerpt this week since I was busy catching up with other things, but next week I’ll be sure to include one πŸ™‚

Have a good weekend, everyone, and may you find inspiration when you need it!



All content belongs to the author, Sarina Langer.

The gifs came from Giphy

For all previous updates on my books’Β progress, click me!

For Cookie Break’s front page, take a look here.

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  1. Where do you get time to write??? πŸ™‚

      • If you collect the rain drops after a rainy full moon night, you can dry the drops and they will turn into gold star dust πŸ™‚ It *needs* to be a full moon, any other night will get you regular star dust, and that doesn’t work as well πŸ˜‰

  2. How do you create and design your banners? What do you use, they look so pretty!

    • They are my own photos, and I used Photoshop to edit them πŸ™‚ Thank you! I had a lot of fun doing it πŸ™‚

  3. Welcome back! Come on over and visit and leave a comment or two, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen you!

    • Thank you! I didn’t really go anywhere, but things did go a little crazy for two weeks ^^
      I’m really behind on my blog catch up and can’t read all the ones I follow, but if I find time I’ll catch up with yours then. There are just so many of you!

  4. Looks like your still just as busy. I suppose it never does slow down for a writer. Best wishes with your novels. I can’t wait until your book arrives so I can read it. πŸ™‚

    • Always πŸ™‚ Thank you, I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it πŸ™‚

  5. I always find after the build up of release day that it is nice to get back to normality. Loving the banners πŸ™‚

  6. So much excitement Sarina! I don’t even know where to start… first, early congrats on your anniversary! You’ve accomplished so much in this time! It’s amazing!
    And I love the new banners! I’ve been combing through your site admiring them. They’re absolutely lovely!
    Good luck with the middle child. I’m glad to hear that you’re focusing on it! I cannot wait πŸ™‚
    Have a lovely week <3

    • I can’t believe one year has gone so quickly! :O My little blog has exceeded expectations in that time ^^
      Thank you, Faith! I really enjoyed creating them ^^ I should play around with photoshop more often and do something a little more difficult than sticking some writing on top of a mobile picture, but I don’t have time.
      I’m doing my best to avoid Middle Book Syndrome ^^ There’s so much going down that it shouldn’t drag!

      • I always feel the urge to be more creative with images too and use photoshop but I have the same problem with not having time πŸ˜› Oh well! The art of writing must come first πŸ™‚
        I’m sure it’ll be as fast-paced as the first one! And I can’t wait <3

  7. Things are looking very lovely indeed! I love the new banners!! I have no doubt you’ll be writing full time. You have stories that people need to read!

    • Thank you so much, Mollie, that means a lot <3 I'll be working my butt off to make it happen ^^

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