Today is Sunday, time to write what happened in my life this week out of and on the blog. As usual, I am linking it to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer
But first, I’d like to apologize because my blog hoping was strong till… Thursday! Since I have not been able to blog hop or comment and I am sorry. Never think that it’s because your blogs and posts don’t interest me but rather that real life can be hard AND I also go into self preservation mode as in: sleeping enough. So it means less time to visit your blogs, I am sorry!
I’ll try to catch up with everyone as soon as I can.
In my private life first
As I hinted above real life can be intense and this week, I have worked long hours, coming back home late. I was tired and had to choose between reading and resting or pushing through my tiredness and blog hop/reply to comments.
As it’s been months since I began having migraines and health problems, I chose to be reasonable and do the right thing for my health hence: sleep!
I have also begun seeing a specialist for burn out as I am on the verge of it.
She told me some true things about myself, among others that other (family, colleagues …) see me as a pillar they can rely on. Always. For everything.
And that’s so right. That’s also a big part of the problem why I am exhausted for months now. After years and years of family crisis (hubs depression and several burn out; kids problems at school, my daughter’s health problems, my dad’s cancer) and economic depression leading many companies, mine included, to cut down on staff and overburden the remaining workforce the mortar of the pillar is crumbling.
Now, I need to take trowel and fresh cement to repair the cracks and make it strong again.
Meaning: take some time for me, for looking at what I want to do for the rest of my life. Think about the dreams that I had and how to make some of them become true. All while having balance between doing the numerous things that I love like blogging, bookstagramming etc. AND having enough sleep.
But enough with the gloom! The good news is that I am taking actions and going in the right direction. And hey, in some months I’ll be as good as a newborn. New me baby!
And now ladies and gents, to get to my title of the day: I am helping a friend “in real life” to write her first book!
She wrote it as first draft three years ago and I had done a first review at the time. There was a lot of work that needed to be done so I gave her a few pointers. But her idea and her plot is brilliant so it’s worth going on and taking the necessary hours to polish it.
She sent me her second draft one month ago. Again work needed to be done and we went on for a second batch of reviews.
In the meantime, she’s got an offer from a publisher!!!!!
But as I told her there was still room for improvement, on we went and I am currently busy with the third revision. It’s time consuming as it’s in the “polishing” phase. How to make her prose stronger. How to make it deeper. How to describe a character without “describing it” in the true sense. That’s an art! And I may have sent her a link to one of our fellow bloggers (Alexandra Wolfe) who also is a writer and a damn good at that judging by the small works she shares on her blog. I am talking about sending my friend to Alexandra’s blog. Go read her post HERE and tell me if she does not know how to write!
My friend sent me her word doc and that’s easier for me as I can write in the file self and change, move some things. Cut some sentences here and there or add others. All knowing that it is her work, not mine and that she is free to discard my suggestions!
What’s thrilling though is that she will be traditionally published!
That’s so unusual for a first work!
But as I told her right from the start, her plot, her storyline is brilliant and had to be told.
But yes, that’s one more reason why I can’t blog hop all my content right now but rather in “spurts” of blog hopping 😀
On the blog this week (click on the graphic to read the post)
One of my good resolution was to take it easy so I am posting less. This week I have reviewed two books but read one more. Hopefully, you’ll get two more reviews next week!
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo was a sound 4,5 stars. Not as emotional as Birthday but very interesting because we get to see the “after”.
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep is an audiobook and was a 4,25 stars, knowing that the next one is already read and ready to be reviewed bacause…that series is addictive! It’s part of my #2020AudiobookChallenge. This month, I have already listened to …4 audiobooks! My plan was to go for Stenographer in the challenge as in between 10 and 15 a year but I think I will explode that goal!
And today’s Top 5 Tuesday’s topic was really interesting as we got to talk about the reasons why we give 5 stars to a book!
I loved reading the other participants’s reasons as I could “feel” the reader behind 😀
On the blogosphere and literary world
A quiz to begin with! Epic Read talks about how your favorite book cover will reveal a deep truth about you! Click on the graphic to take the quiz.
My truth is: “You are a natural born leader, BUT you’re not one to take charge. Throw those doubts away, because you were meant to pave the road ahead!” 😀
And if my blog hopping went downhill after Thursday I still spotted very interesting posts to share with you!
Nati writes about the good, the bad and the ugly of book blogging!
Dani about GIFs every booknerd can relate to (so funny!)
That’s it! Now do share your week with me and I’ll go answer and visit your blog as soon as I can. Anything that I must know?
Thanks for reading.