monthly wrap up

April Wrap-Up

Hi everyone!

How everything going? I’ve got to say, March was a doozy but April… kind of felt ordinary. I mean, with everything that’s going on, nothing was ordinary, but I’m kind of getting used to this weird, new social rhythm.

As a result, April flew by for me, and *gasp* was even kind of a semi-productive month.

April was a good reading month for me. I’ve been able to stay on top of my Goodreads goal, and more importantly, I’m really loving the books that I’ve read!

I finished Counting by 7s! This was a heavier MG book about a girl learning to cope after the loss of her parents. I loved the characters, especially the MC who had a unique and quirky personality, and despite everything never let go of who she was. ❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Check out my review here!)

Because I loved The Lunar Chronicles series sooo much, I was thrilled to read Fairest!! This novella gave me more insight into Levana’s character, and cemented her as one of my favourite villains of all time! ❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Check out my review here!)

I loved the first book in the Moon Base Alpha series, so I picked up Spaced Out when I could. I thought this book had a bit of that Middle Book Syndrome, and I didn’t fall in love with the characters… but I’m intrigued enough in the plot to see what happens in the final book in the trilogy. ❤️❤️/5 stars (Review coming soon!)

I’ve been hearing so many great things about the Nevermoor series, so I finally picked up the first book, The Trials of Morrigan Crow. It’s definitely deserving of the hype (and giving me all the Harry Potter vibes!!) I loved the characters and the fascinating world! I can’t wait for the next book! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Review coming soon!)

The Wig in the Window was a fun book that I decided to pick up on a whim. It was a super fast read and an addictive MG mystery that I loved. ❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Review coming soon!)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon had been on my radar for a while and I finally decided to read it. I’m about 10% through and really loving all the imagination that goes into the world building.

I joined Camp NaNoWriMo this month! Initially my goal was to finish the first half of Children of the Sun draft 6, but…. I already finished the entire novel lol.

Usually I’d get stuck on some point during a draft, but this time I didn’t. It really helped to have a detailed editing plan — even though I didn’t end up following it to the tee. I am also grateful to have a mentor who I know is looking forward to reading my revision!

My major tasks of this revision were to 1) age down the manuscript from YA to MG, and 2) reduce the word count from 87K to below 70K words. At first I thought it was impossible to reduce my word count so much BUT after a critical examination of my manuscript, I realized how much non-essential stuff is in there! The final word count after this revision is…

67022 words!!!

Which lands it solidly within MG territory.

However, this doesn’t mean that I am done with the novel. I’m planning to put Children of the Sun aside for this week, and come back again in May. I know that there are still some things that I want to tweak in the manuscript — voice being the big one. My focus during the April revision was on the plot and the characters, however I know that I would need to fine-tune the finer aspects of the narration and dialogue to make sure it suites the MG age category. (This is why I’ve been on a solid diet of MG books!)

With my blogiversary coming up, I decided to sit down and update my Writing page and my Reviews Index!! If you’re curious about some of the novels I’ve been working on and the reviews I’ve written, click on the links below!

I wrote two discussion posts this week, which brings my Discussion Post Challenge total up to 3 (out of 12!)

Last but not least, I had a chance to catch up on some blog hopping. Here are some of my favourites this month:

Life what life!??!

Lol, to be absolutely honest with you, I haven’t done much outside of the ordinary this month (work, read, write, exercise, walk dogs, repeat!!!)

On the coronavirus front, my province is doing a bit better. There has been talk of reducing social distancing restrictions in mid-May. I doubt that things will bounce back to normal right away, but we will see!

One of my goals this month was to get some work done on the thank you cards for my wedding — and yes I was finally able to finish most of these!

My friend got me this really awesome wax sealing kit which I’ve tried for the first time with great results. (Though when I was testing it out on a spare envelope I literally set it on fire hahahha 😂 … I tossed it into the sink and thankfully no one was hurt!)

  • More reading!
  • One more revision pass for Children of the Sun (shall I call it draft 7??! lol editing is truly endless.)
  • OH YEAH MY BLOGIVERSARY IS NEXT MONTH!!! Hmmm does this mean there will be a giveaway??!
  • I had a week of vacation booked off mid-May; initially we were planning to go to Italy and Montreal, but of course that’s called off now.
  • … Instead I’m planning to do more DIY!! I actually have some sewing projects that I’ve been itching to get started on.
  • I also need to do my taxes and you know, boring adult stuff 😂

How was your April? What were your favourite reads this month? Any upcoming goals for May?

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36 thoughts on “April Wrap-Up

  1. Go Sophie!! Congrats on getting draft 6 done for Children of the Sun!! 😀 You’re working so hard and it shows, keep going!! I’ve been eyeing The Girl Who Drank the Moon and I never realized it won a Newbery Medal. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it when you finish! Glad your province is doing better too, stay healthy and stay safe! ❤

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    1. Hi Jai Lynn! Thank you! I’ve started The Girl Who Drank the Moon and I’m liking it so far. It’s a bit of a slower book (the type to be slowly digested rather than inhaled in one gulp) but otherwise I’m enjoying it 🙂 Hope you continue to stay healthy and safe as well. Have a happy May!

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    1. Hi Tasta! Glad that you enjoyed The Girl Who Drank the Moon! I’m about 60% through and enjoying it so far. I love Nevermoor SOOO much (at least the first book – i haven’t read the second yet, trying to pace myself hahaha) hope that you’ll enjoy it too 🙂

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  2. Hi Sophie! I think I have to agree that April felt more … normal? I think we all eventually get used to pretty much anything, even if it’s something weird. Time sure passed quicker than the three years that were January to March haha
    I am so happy for you and your progress with the novel! It sure wasn’t an easy task to make these changes, but you persevered and that is so awesome!!
    Looking forward to your blogiversary and hope you’ll have a great May ❤

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    1. Hey Kat! Yeah April felt surreally normal haha. I agree that we can get used to pretty much everything.
      Thank you so much. Writing is definitely challenging and rewarding at the same time haha. How is writing going for you? Hope that you stay safe and healthy as well. Have a good May 🙂

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      1. Writing is a really slow process at the moment. I find myself so easily distracted from the world I am trying to create and it’s obviously not helping. But I really want to stick with it. I’m quite happy with my word count at the moment and just hope to be able to finish this project this year. (meaning the first draft haha)

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      2. It can definitely be hard to be creative at this time since there’s so much going on. That’s great to hear though that you’re doing well in terms of word count 🙂 Sending good writing wishes your way!

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  3. Happy to hear that your province is doing better. I must admit I have found that I’m settling in quite nicely with this new normal and I found this time has actually made me incredibly productive haha. Congratulations with your novel progression. Revisions always feel like the most daunting task. Have a lovely May. 😀

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    1. Hi Lois! Glad to hear that you’ve been productive with your time. That’s the silver lining to all this social distancing- there is more time to get things done!
      Thank you 🙂 Haha yeah revisions are tough (but necessary!) Hope that you have a wonderful May as well. Stay safe and healthy!

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  4. Ooo, I remember your DIY series for your wedding dress—that was so much fun to read! I love that you threw in the bit about taxes 😂. Adulting needs to be done! Thank you so much for linking my post, Sophie! I hope your May is a happy and productive one 🙂!

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    1. Hey Belle! Hahaha yeah adulting doesn’t stop or wait unfortunately (although the tax deadline was delayed because of COVID XD) Hope that you have a wonderful May. Stay safe and healthy!

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  5. Hello Sophie !! I’m glad that you had a productive April and huge congrats on getting your word count down on your WIP and making your changes. It must be quite satisfying after you’ve done it all !!
    I’m glad you read some good books too. I recently read Fairest and I enjoyed it too, I thought it was a really good look into her villain origin story !! I need to pick up The Girl Who Drank The Moon as I’ve heard so many good things about it !! It is bet to so magical so I hope you continue to enjoy it !!
    I’m sorry your May holiday plans have been changed, it is a shame but I hope you have a great May still !! 💛 And thank you so much for sharing our posts. I’m so glad you enjoyed them !!

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    1. Hey Sophie!!
      Thank you!! Revisions are challenging but it’s aways satisfying when my novel comes out a bit better haha 🙂
      Glad that you enjoyed Fairest too! I liked learning more about Levana and what made her become who she was.
      I’m enjoying The Girl Who Drank the Moon so far (about 60% in now.) It reads like a folk tale and is packed with lots of imagination.
      Thank you! Wishing you a great May too. Stay safe and well!

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  6. Yep, I completely relate to that weird feeling of settling into this new, strange type of normal. I’m glad to hear that you were able to have a productive April nonetheless! Also, WOW, congrats on finishing your draft! You are just hitting writing goals left and right, huh?? That’s amazing!
    I hope your May is wonderful and full of great books and lots of writing 😀

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    1. Hey Margaret!
      Haha setting goals is the only way I can ever get anything done 🙂 I still have a few more things to touch up with my novel so it’s far from done! How is writing going for you?
      Hope that you have a good May as well. Stay safe and healthy 🙂

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  7. Congrats on getting through editing your draft! It’s fun seeing all the MG books you’ve been reading, as I don’t really look in that age category so they’re all new to me. I’m planning to pick up The Lunar Chronicles soon (those gorgeous new covers finally convinced me) so I’m glad to hear that you like the series so much!
    I hope your May is just as productive! ❤

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    1. Hi Abi! Glad that you’re interested in the Lunar Chronicles! You made me look up the new cover art – they are amazing and I love the colours! Hope that you enjoy this series 🙂
      Wishing you a wonderful May! Stay safe and healthy.

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  8. I’m so happy to hear you had a productive month!! It was a relief that April went by so quickly, and I’m glad that we all seem to be getting into a routine that makes things seem a little more normal and less insane.😅Congrats on your writing, reading, and blogging successes this month!! *cheers for you* Ohh, I read Counting By 7s forever ago (and I might own it, I think?) and I remembered really loving it. I think I read it on the downside of my MG days and I remember appreciating the balance between heavier, meaningful topics while still maintaining an overall MG vibe. Also, thank you so much for mentioning my post, I’m super happy you enjoyed it! I hope you have a wonderful May, Sophie.💗

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    1. Hello Olivia! Thank you for the sweet comment! Glad that you liked Counting by 7s too even if it was a while ago. Agreed that it balances out a heavier topic with a MG vibe 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful May too!

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  9. Ah Sophie I’m so so happy you had such a productive month, yay and SO thrilled for your progress on your writing, this is so very exciting! I always look forward to hearing more about your writing adventures, this is so inspiring. ❤
    I hope that May will be kind to you ❤

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