As far as ruin goes, I have a huge apology to announce to anyone who was counting on my editing services:
I’ve lost them.
Usually, I’m really good about backing up my files on separate flashdrives because I know all too well how unpredictable (or suicidal) machinery can be. Shit’s fried on me before without even the slightest warning. My protection against that is backup. I have two forms of backup. It just so happens that I have not used those forms of backup in about 3 months, and my primary storage of information has apparently gotten up and walked the hell off sometime between moving houses this week.
There were several editing projects I had taken on during this time. If yours was one of them, you have full permission to write me off as a waste of your time and energy. I can’t really offer any excuses, and I’m not gonna. I’m frankly angry because all of my blood, sweat and tears that had been poured into that flashdrive over the past three months has been lost alongside everyone else’s.
I’m still lookin for the bugger, and I’ll update if I find it (after an episode of pure joy which will be sure to include furious clinginess while I lie in bed for at least an hour), but as of now you can consider my service a lost cause. When (fingers crossed!) I do find the shit, I’ll be sending back what I’ve completed to the authors who submitted to me without further editing. I’ll email those affected and shut down the service.
As far as books go, I want to get one thing straight. This ain’t a book blog. I’m an aspiring author, and this is an aspiring author’s blog. Seeing as how I’m a firm believer in the adage that states in order to write well, you must read well (or at least often), it’s natural that I’m gonna occasionally blog about books I’ve read. I’m very active on Goodreads, after all. ;] But there are more than enough book blogs out there (one I write for), and I don’t intend to add to the number.
Be that as it may, I have some book review news to include in today’s post. :D
In preparation for Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, I read the very seductively free prequel, Glitches. The review ain’t much because there wasn’t much to it, but I suspect it will mean more once I hop onto the Cinder bandwagon. It’ll be updated then, too.
For awhile I went on an erotica kick, mostly because I didn’t have enough time at the moment to invest in my current read (Dead Boys [Richard Calder]) and the e-read was vapid and meandering (Postcards from the Apocalypse [Allan Leverone]). That led to two free ebooks by Anya Bast, Fury and Tranquility. There are shapeshifters galore within. Fury is a doable example of erotica woven into the threads of a plot, which is what I can appreciate in a book with lots of sex. I tire of young adult books that shy away from sex or criminalize it or walk right up to it and then act as if the tension there isn’t purposeful or natural. Tranquility was the sequel, pursuing a separate arc with one character from Fury. It was awkward. :|
As I mentioned before, I happened across Fury regardless of the fact that I was already reading Postcards from the Apocalypse. I couldn’t finish it. It was supposed to be interesting, damn it, and I couldn’t even finish. I hope to have better luck with Leverone’s Paskagankee. Maybe short stories just ain’t my thing (or his).
So! When Copper Suns Fall! (!!!) Whenever I would update my progress, I guess Twitter tagged something that author KaSonndra Leigh caught wind of, and she began commenting on them. It was my first author interaction pretty much ever, so that was pretty cool. When Copper Suns Fall of the Lost Immortals series is 1/3 parts awesome, 1/3 parts guilty pleasure and 1/3 parts what the fuck. Somehow, it works. And I want more, more, more. I eagerly anticipate When Silver Moons Rise later this year and buying a print copy of the expanded version of When Copper Suns Fall. (Because, admittedly, the version I read was NOT an advanced reading copy, and it was still a little rough around the edges.)
I’m currently reading 5 books at once right now, so look out for more of these in the future. I’m also working on my own projects quite liberally (although, it will have to come to a bit of a halt after this lost-my-shit fiasco), so I’ll be sharing that kind of nonsense soon, too.