monthly wrap up

August Wrap-Up (the month when I got married!!!)

Hey everyone!

YES I am back!

August was a phenomenal month for me. It was hectic, it was fun, and to be honest, the introvert-me is surprised that I survived at all hahaha…. All kidding aside, it was an amazing month. I loved every moment of it. (PSSST I GOT MARRIED. Yes. Do read on my friends and I’ll tell you more about it!!)

Reading took a bit of a backseat this month. As much as I wanted to read (and as eager as I was to add books to my eternally-growing TBR), there just weren’t enough hours in the day. And even when I had time to read, my mind was just too preoccupied to focus sometimes. Do you guys ever get that (or is it just meeee??!)

All in all, I was able to get through some books which I enjoyed!

I was super excited to read Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi which was an eARC from Netgalley. Overall I loved the character chemistry and the family dynamics in this one. Mary H.K. Choi is SUCH a master at writing the most imperfect yet lovable characters!! My one little complaint was that this book was a bit harder to get into than Emergency Contact. Check out my review here.

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga was another highly anticipated read for me this month!!! I loved My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here and Now, so I was waiting for this one for a long, long time. Other Words for Home is definitely different: it is a middle-grade novel about a Syrian refugee, and it is written completely in verse rather than prose. Overall I enjoyed it a lot. Review coming up!!

I am…… still continuing to work on Red Rising. It’s a book that I’ve heard SO much about and I know it’s supposed to be the most epic sci-fi and I’m supposed to love it but……. after reading 60% I’m just not feeling it you guys. I thought that it might be the audiobook version so I switched to the print edition (which by the way my friend was able to get me the SIGNED COPY EEEEEKK!!!) so we’ll see.

YARC Progress: 7 out of 10!!!

It was a nerve-wracking month from the writing perspective, because I was starting to get feedback from my beta-readers for the third draft of Children of the Sun!!!! Needless to say, I was half-giddy with excitement and half-biting my nails hahahah.

I was so happy to hear positive feedback for some aspects of the book. People loved the MC and some of the supporting characters. There were also plot twists that won over even my toughest beta-readers.

On the other hand, this was probably the harshest group of beta-readers I’ve ever recruited hahahah. PHEW. There were some feedback and pieces of constructive criticism that really hit me hard. Some pieces of feedback got me right HERE.

That being said, you gotta do what you gotta do. They say that constructive feedback is useful feedback right? I picked myself up from the ground, rose from the ashes, and got back to work.

I always felt overwhelmed when I am in the beginning of the editing stage because I wanted to make sure to hit the key points that my betas harped on, and yet there were just so many comments and I didn’t want to miss anything!! BUT GUYS, I think I finally figured out a way to organize myself haha. What I did was put ALL my beta-reader feedback into a spreadsheet (I LOVE SPREADSHEETS!!!) And I dedicated a few more documents and spreadsheets to this revision haha. (Do you guys want a more detailed post about my editing process? Let me know!!)

My beta-reader feedback spreadsheet:

My Scrivener file:

My plan for the upcoming month is to…… [GULP]

Finish my revisions. Yes. I have a deadline for myself and it’s intense and it’s crazy but I’m going to give it a go.

It was a pretty busy week on Sophie’s Corner as well!! First of all, it was a very inspired discussion post-writing month for me. For some reason I just wanted to tackle every single potentially marginally controversial topic worth discussing hahahaha.

Discussion Post Challenge Progress: 11 out of 12 (ALMOST there!!!!)

August was also the month where I piloted Writers’ Corner, an idea that I’ve rolled around in my head for a while and finally implemented. In summary, Writers’ Corner will feature writers who are not conventionally well-known in the blogging community. I thought this would be a great idea to connect readers who love books to writers who want to promote themselves and their writing.

Because I was on vacation the last two weeks, I thought that it was a great chance to put Writers’ Corner front and centre (and you guys loved it!!) instead of my usual 2 posts per week. Here are the posts:

Since I’m back on the blog, Writers’ Corner will become a weekly feature that will happen on Fridays, in addition to the usual Sophie’s Corner posts! (Pssst…. Leave me a message (or a Tweet) if you want to contribute to Writers’ Corner.)

Here are my favourite blog posts this month!

M. L. Wang shares her guide to character writing which I thought was SO helpful for developing my own characters.

Beth @ Reading Every Night is back from hiatus!!! Welcome back Beth!!! (we missed you!!)

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads builds these awesome and fun hypothetical book boxes! They sound really fun and I wished they were real!!

Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook shares some of the changes she’s noticed in the blogosphere over the past few years. She also teaches us how to use Feedly!

Zoie @ Whisked Away By Words tells us about her steps in developing a new WIP.

MANY THINGS GOING ON!!!

First, I started a new job! It was exciting! It was overwhelming! I have no idea what I’m going to be doing to be honest (it’s one of those newly created positions where the job description is still very vague??!) but I have a good feeling about it.

Second, I GOT MARRIED! Yes, this means that I finished my DIY wedding dress (post #1; post #2; and YES there will be a final post about this soon!! I’m just waiting for the full set of photos from our photographer so I can choose some good ones for you guys!!) Here’s a snapshot:

The lead-up to the wedding was hectic! I lost a lot of sleep and pulled my hair out over small details and I was so nervous about whether things were going to go according to plan! Our parents and friends came from across the country (and WORLD) and I was so glad to see them!

Once the day started I was so caught up in the moment that I stopped being nervous and realized that this was so, SO fun. I loved getting my make-up and hair done (for the second time in my life hahahaha.) I cried during my parents’ speeches. I loved the FOOD. The cake was amazing and our photography team was the best. Even though it was a small event (30 people!!!) I loved the company. And even though things didn’t go according to plan, it was PERFECT.

Third, I went on vacation! I really, REALLY needed it! We went to a cabin in the woods where there was no cellphone reception (BUT there was a payphone down the street in the general store.) We spent the first few days with friends had fun hiking and roasting marshmallows over campfires and catching crabs. We caught some Dungeness Crabs which retails at $19/lb and it was delicious!! (Earning back our wedding budget one bite at a time hahah)

And that’s it!! Phew! What a month right??!

  • On my September TBR, I have… Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card (an e-ARC) and Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (out SEPTEMBER 24!!!!) And of course I have to finish Red Rising!
  • Finishing the fourth and final draft of Children of the Sun!!
  • More Writers’ Corner posts!
  • Orient to my new job and not make too big of a fool out of myself hahahaha.

How was your August? Any notable books? Do you have any signed books? Do you use Feedly (or do you use another platform for keeping track of non-Wordpress blogs?)

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71 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up (the month when I got married!!!)

    1. Thank you Kristin!! Definitely. I loved having a small group. It made planning easier and I was happy to have had the chance to talk to everyone during the event. I was so happy with the way that the wedding turned out and I wouldn’t change a thing!!

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  1. Congratulations!!
    I’m so happy to see that you loved Permanent Record – I’ll receive it soon and it’s one of my most anticipated releases of the year.
    Also I didn’t love Red Rising. I mean, it was okay but not for me!
    My favourite book of August (and of the year) was Daisy Jones and the Six and I’m already dying to re-read it 😀
    Congratulations again for everything and happy September!! x

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    1. Thank you Clara!! Hope that you will enjoy Permanent Record! Haha yeah I am not sure about Red Rising so we’ll see 🙂 I loved the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so Daisy Jones has been on my radar. Glad that you loved it!!

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  2. Congratulations! Your DIY dress turned out beautiful and you both look so happy! I can’t wait to read the final post about your wedding 🙂.
    Also, Spreadsheets are the BEST. I’m not a writer, but it would be so insightful to see how your editing process works 😁!

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      1. I’m going to be honest, I don’t really use anything to organize my blog 😅. Most of my spreadsheet usage so far has been for tabulating data. As for my blog, for the longest time, I would think of a post, write it, and then publish it. But, I have more time these days, so I’ve been coming up with more ideas and actually scheduling posts for a change. Maybe I’ll start using spreadsheets to organize all the new content!

        How about you? Do you use spreadsheets for your blogging?

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      2. That’s great that you’re getting new ideas for posts these days! It’s definitely a good idea to jot these ideas down before we forget them haha. I found scheduling posts to be super helpful. It is a timesaver to pre-write my posts every weekend and schedule them for the rest of the week.

        As much as I love spreadsheets for some stuff, I actually don’t use them that consistently for blogging haha. I do use a spreadsheet to track my tags as well as my new post ideas, since these are the things that I tend to forget if they’re not written down. Usually I decide my blog post topics on a week-by-week basis, so it isn’t too helpful to schedule my post ideas far in advance XD

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      3. I always find it very commendable when bloggers can schedule posts on a week-by-week basis! I tried doing that briefly, but (1) I’m a really slow writer (2) I get caught up in life things, so I think having a more long-term schedule would ensure more consistent posts 😁.

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      4. The important part is to find a schedule that works for you 🙂 some bloggers post everyday but others only every week or even less frequently. Writing and scheduling posts definitely helps me keep blogging consistent but of course it’s not the only way!

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  3. Firstly congratulations on your wedding, you looked amazing and im still in awe over the fact that you made your own dress!! That’s so incredible.

    Secondly congratulations on the new job too. I hope it goes well.

    Also I love the sound of your Writers Corner. It sounds like a fantastic way to get some lesser known writers the attention that they deserve.

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      1. Aww but it’s so amazing that you did it (: and it is thank you (: I hope yours is too and that you can relax a little now that you don’t have loads of wedding planning going on. Congratulations once again ❤

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  4. My August was amazing! I had my wedding as well and it was perfect. Congrats on making your own wedding dress! Our wedding only had around 45 people and it was absolutely perfect. I’m currently reading Bolivar, it’s more historical. I usually read Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia but I decided that I need to read more informational books. And it’s going well so far. Congrats on your new job as well! How exciting 💕

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    1. Hello! Wow that’s pretty awesome that you got married this month too. Congratulations!! We also had a small wedding (30 people) and it was great. I loved that with the smaller group, it was much easier to plan and also more intimate 🙂
      That’s great that you’re liking Bolivar so far. Thank you and wish you a wonderful August!

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  5. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR MARRIAGE!!! I’m so happy for you!! 😀 ❤ I'm glad everything was amazing!

    Also, I love your revision system 😂 Spreadsheets truly are a writer's best friend! Best of luck to you when it comes to revising, and I hope your September is amazing!

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    1. Thank you Margaret 🙂 Haha yes spreadsheets are useful for so many purposes! I got so much feedback during the beta-reading process and I really couldn’t imagine organizing them any other way haha XD How is writing going for you? Are you revising or working on something new at the moment? Wishing you a wonderful September 🙂

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      1. A writing break can do wonders!!! Wow that’s really awesome that you’re aiming to finish by the end of the month. Is this a revision of your most recent WIP or a new one? Are you going to aim for Pitch Wars (due date is the end of the month, so I thought the timeline might work for you 🙂 )

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      2. Oh I see! In that case it makes sense to skip Pitch Wars this year hahaha 🙂 Yes I am aiming for it. It’s feeling overwhelming at the moment but in the end I think it’ll be a good experience to have 🙂

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  6. Omg congratulations on your marriage!!! You look SO PRETTY in your dress ❤ It sounds like your August was busy but amazing! And I would love a more detailed post about editing, your method looks really neat and organized and God knows I need more organization in my life. Good luck on all your revisions for Children of the Sun and all of your September goals!! ❤ ❤

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      1. Slow and steady. I’ve tried to write this one story so many times and scraped so many drafts but this time I feel like I’m on the right track. The characters are talking to me now and I’m starting to see how I want the story to go. The hardest part is putting it down on paper lol because it is hard to match exactly what is in your head!

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      2. That’s great to hear that the writing juices are flowing. Yes sometimes it takes a few tries to really get into the mindset of a story 🙂 I definitely know what you mean about converting scenes in our head (which are images, sounds, etc) onto words on paper! For me, some days are easier than others 🙂 Happy writing!

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  7. It sounds like you had an amazing (and busy) month!! I’m glad you enjoyed Permanent Record overall but it is a shame you didn’t love it as much as Emergency Contact. I’ve seen Red Rising around and heard some good things– I hope you will get into in more when physically reading it!! It is so cool that you got a signed book!! I have a book signed by Leigh Bardugo from the bookstore which is really nice.
    Hearing feedback about your writing is so nerve-wracking and honestly I’m too scared to share my writing so it is a brave step you have taken and you should be proud of yourself. It is hard to hear constructive criticism I agree but in the long run it will help and make you a better writer! Best of luck with your revisions and I love the spreadsheets you have made!!
    Writer’s corner sounds so cool– I have been on hiatus so I haven’t be able to see many posts but it looks an amazing project you have set up!!
    Biggest congratulations on your wedding, I’m so happy for you both and you look beautiful. That dress is stunning. I’m so glad you had a great day and lovely holiday!!
    I hope you have a great September and best of luck with the job!! ❤

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    1. Hey Sophie!!
      Whoa that’s awesome that you’ve gotten a book signed by Leigh Bardugo!! How was it like to met her in person? Which book was it?!
      Haha yes constructive criticism is a bitter pill to swallow but definitely necessary 🙂
      Thank you for the sweet comment ❤ How was the month for you? Wishing you a wonderful September too!!

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      1. I do love it!! I didn’t get to meet her as the bookstore was selling signed copies so I just picked one up but I would love to meet her one day. From interviews I’ve seen she seems really nice. It was King of Scars!! 😊
        Yes I agree!!
        You’re welcome. August was good thank you– it was nice to have a break and I got a lot of good reading done! 💛 Thank you!! 😊

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      2. That’s still pretty awesome that you got a signed copy. I would love to meet Leigh Bardugo in person too!
        That’s great that you had lots of time to read in August!! Wishing you a great September!

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  8. A massive congratulations on your wedding. You looked absolutely stunning.

    Spreadsheet I have a love/hate relationship with them, but I think it’s definitely needed to help organise everything. Good luck with the rest of the editing process.

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  9. AWW, SOPHIE, I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! You look so beautiful and happy in the wedding photos! I’m wishing all the best for you and your husband! ❤ I really loved the Writer's Corner posts you shared this month, and can't wait to see more of them in the future! Good luck on your revisions for your story, and I hope you have a lovely September!

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  10. ah sophie all of the congratulations in the world, you look absolutely stunning in these pictures and I’m so, so, so happy that this went well overall ❤ ❤
    I agree with everything you said about permanent record, I loved it too but it took me a little more time to get into it, compared to emergency contact. and ahhh so great about your beta readers feedback, wishing you all of the best of luck for revisions. I would love to read a blog post about it all for sure 🙂
    i hope you'll have a lovely september ❤

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  11. Wow, what a month! Congratulations on your wedding and new job ^-^ Good luck with you revisions this month. I can’t imagine what it feel likes to receive so much constructive criticism, but better to get it now and be able to learn from it than after the book is out in the world, I expect!

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