monthly wrap up

August Wrap-Up!

Hi everyone!

How are you all doing? August was……. well, I don’t know what happened to August. It literally felt like a blink of an eye for me LOL. I’ll have to sit down and think a bit about what I did this past month!

August was a bit of a scattered reading month for me. Somehow I ended up reading 4 books all at once at one point and didn’t finish that many books. That being said, I’m enjoying what I’m reading, and my Goodreads challenge is on target. SOOO I guess it’s all good!! πŸ˜‚

I really really enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society which was full of adventure, puzzles and wonderful characters. I loved that the themes in this book (friendship and family) are so relatable for me, even though I’m waaaay past middle-grade age haha. (❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️/5 stars! Check out my review here!)

Of course, after reading the first book in the series, I had to pick up The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (book 2 in the series!!) I’m really loving this sequel so far!

I finished Sadie and really loved it! The unique format won me over, and I fell in love with the audiobook narration. (❀️❀️❀️❀️/5 stars! Check out my review here!)

Get a Life, Chloe Brown was just the fun and addictive summer read I needed. I loved the chemistry between Red and Chloe, and I finished this book in no time! (❀️❀️❀️/5 stars! Check out my review here!)

I only started reading The Parker Inheritance which is a MG mystery. Overall I’m enjoying it so far, but will have more to say later!

I just finished reading Denis Ever After and phew this book definitely pushes the boundary of middle grade! There are some heavy topics packed into this story. First of all, it’s about a ghost who visits his living twin brother to solve the mystery of his own murder! (❀️❀️❀️❀️/5 stars! Review coming soon!)

August has been a whirlwind of editing. Funny story — after finishing draft 7 of Children of the Sun, I realized that the manuscript was 70,000 words, which is about 10,000 words over the typical word count limit for middle grade!! 😱

(Yes I actually panicked.)

Because I was working on a short timeline (my goal is to query before the end of September! Yikes!) I went through the novel again and cut 11,000 words in a week. Hence the birth of draft 7.5. LOL.

Afterwards, I sent the completed draft to my mentor Jennifer Camiccia (who has been SOOO amazing and supportive so far!! I don’t know how I could have done this without her!!!) Since I’m getting close to querying, I also got feedback about the first 50 pages from some of my CPs — they loved the first few chapters but they also had lots of suggestions so my work isn’t nearly over!

In addition, I’ve started working on my query list again (been reading so many agent profiles that I’m cross-eyed πŸ˜‘), and hoping to touch up on my query letter and synopsis. Aaaaaaand then I will get feedback from my mentor and another (and hopefully the final) round of revision will ensue. (My manuscript will one day be done. One day.)

Here are my goals for September:

  • Finish my query list by Sept 24.
  • Refine query letter and synopsis and send to CPs for feedback by Sept 5.
  • Revise first 50 pages by Sept 18.
  • Revise final manuscript by Oct 6.

As you can see, I’m being pretty specific about timelines because I got lots to do and that’s the only way things are going to get done.

I have to be honest with you guys… I haven’t been able to spend as much time writing blog posts, blog-hopping, etc, as I usually do, and I think it really shows. The truth is, between writing and work and preparing for baby, there isn’t much time. I really don’t want to say this, but sometimes writing my twice-weekly blog posts feels like another item on my to-do-list that I’m scrambling to get done.

For my mental health, I’ve decided to scale back on the frequency of my blog posts. This is a tough decision to make, since I’ve been posting at least twice-weekly for over three years now. However I think it is the only way that I can meet my writing goals and keep my mental health in check. For the month of September, I will be posting once a week.

Here are the blog posts that I really loved this past month:

Like I said, August was a blur!!!

I got my maternity photoshoot pictures back. Some of you guys have been asking, so here are some of my favourites!

(Pssst…. the yellow convertible dress was a DIY by yours truly!!! The photographer was so impressed that she offered to buy it from me so she could have it in her studio.)

My hubby and I are planning to go on a mini-trip this upcoming long weekend — Nothing major, just to a small resort town in the mountains about a 2-hour drive from home. We both haven’t been on vacation since pre-COVID so it would be nice to have a change in scenery! (To be honest, it will be a super low-key vacation and I will 99% be writing/editing the entire time, BUT I am so looking forward to getting out of the city!)

How was your August? What were your favourite books? Do you have any travel plans coming up?

Photo by Lisa Verena Pape on Unsplash

27 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up!

  1. Your maternity photoshoot is so freaking beautiful! I HAVE NO WORDS! (but screamy capital letters are my way of expressing adoration!)
    Thanks so much for sharing a link to my art, means a lot to me!! And I am sure you will get your manuscript done!! All good things take time ❀ πŸ™‚

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  2. You are never too old for Middlegrade! Middlegrade books are the best. It’s just the way they make you feel is so much better than any other genre I know. ❀
    Also, I was just gonna say that I liked the picture with the yellow dress most, even before you said you made the dress yourself. You look so gorgeous! ❀

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  3. Sophie ❀ !! You look beautiful in those photos ❀ And I agree August was a blurrrrrrrr. I barely remember any of it myself, haha! Keep writing, keep going and one day I KNOW your book will be published!! Enjoy your vacation and I'm sending all the good vibes your way πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Jai Lynn! I really appreciate the encouragement. It’s been pretty crazy these days with rounds and rounds of editing. To be honest part of me can’t wait to not have to edit this novel anymore hahahaha. I am hoping to query soon, but the thought of it is terrifying.
      Hope that writing is going well for you, and wishing you a wonderful September πŸ™‚

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  4. I really want to read Sadie! I’ve seen it around for a while but it’s suddenly been showing up even more for me lately. Its a sign lol

    Those photos are beautiful. Congratulations ❀

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  5. Mysterious Benedict Society! I have so much nostalgia for those books ❀ So glad you’re enjoying them! And yesss isn’t the audiobook of Sadie amazing??

    WOW cutting 11k words in a week sounds like quite a feat! Ahh your process is really coming along and I’m so excited for you πŸ˜€ Good luck with your September goals!

    Your maternity photos are absolutely gorgeous. Have a lovely vacation this weekend ❀ Oh, and thanks for sharing my post!!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment Margaret! I’m really liking the MBS books, even though I got derailed a bit reading the second book, I’m hoping to get back to it soon.
      Hoping that September is going well for you πŸ™‚ wishing you a good rest of the month!

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  6. Hey! So I am new to your blog so first of all, congratulations on your baby! I love the pictures πŸ™‚ It seems like you’ve got a lot going on with your writing & you still managed to read as many books you have, that’s amazing. Your mental health is so important, so it’s great that you are doing what’s best for you. I will look forward to reading more of your posts πŸ™‚

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  7. I’m so proud of all of your progress when it comes to writing, Sophie, you’re doing amazing ahh, I am rooting for you! ❀ and your maternity pictures are stunning, I love them so, so much ❀
    I hope September has been kind to you, take care of yourself ❀

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