A Late Midyear Book Freakout Tag

The last update I gave you was May! Yikes, at least I’m consistent about not being consistent. I don’t have a lot to update you with. I went on holiday. We stayed in the beautiful (and definitely haunted) Prince of Wales hotel in Waterton, Alberta. We had High Tea, and ate probably the best meal of my life. I’m also the new Blog Editor for Monstering Magazine!

Now I know that my Midyear Book Freakout tag is late but I’m doing it anyways!

How much have you read so far this year?

I set my goodreads goal to 50 this year as of August 12th, I’ve read 30 books!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

So far, the best book I’ve read is Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

The only sequel I’ve read is Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. But it was ok. 3 stars.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab!

5. Biggest disappointment

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte.

6. Biggest surprise

The Veil by Kala Godin (myself) and I say this only because I really didn’t expect to write a whole manuscript this year, let alone publish it!

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Elana K. Arnold.

8. Newest fictional crush

None, it’s not often that I have these. 

9. Newest favorite character

The Forest Maidens and Water Maidens in White as Snow, Red as Blood by Franz Xaver von Schonwerth.

10. Book that made you cry

None, I’m not really a big crier.

11. Book that made you happy

The release announcement of Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

White as Milk, Red as Blood: The Forgotten Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth.

13.What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I just recently temporarily DNFed Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling. Not because it wasn’t good, I just wasn’t in the right mood. I want to read it and the second book, Welcome to the Dark Side!

14. Favorite book community member

BooksandLala and Chelsea Palmer!

A new book: May 2020

May has been busy, busier than I had expected. In April I completed my Nanowrimo goal. I think my word count goal was like 10,000 or something. But this project wasn’t ever really about word count. Poetry is finicky like that. Essentially the goal was to write 30 poems in a month. I wrote 40 poems. I’d say that’s pretty good.

At the time of writing these poems, I didn’t really have any intention to do anything with it. It was just a project. And then I finished the project. A couple of days later, I realised that I had some poetry and short stories that I wrote a while ago that would actually fit with the new ones. And then from there, the poetry written in April had become a collection.

Just like that, this collection The Veil, was created. Within the time that I was working on that I have a short story published in a horror anthology, so I was working on helping get the word out on that. This anthology was actually set to publish last year, but it didn’t work out. So, finally this May it was published.

The Veil: A Poetry Collection by Kala Godin

Release day: October 31st, 2020

Synopsis:

In her second poetry collection, Kala Godin explores humanity, divinity, and the in-between places.

The monsters and gods are still here, they’re just beyond The Veil…

Inside includes illustrations done by Kala Godin. She drew these before losing the ability to draw, due to her disability.

Ebook available for preorder.

Paperback available upon release day.

Amazon

Universal Book Link

Goodreads

Not Just a Pretty Face: Women in Horror Volume 1 edited by Selene MacLeod

Enter the minds of these women in horror feel your way through the darkness and escape the terror if you can, but above all enjoy the fear. These women are not just a pretty face. Featuring, in order of appearance: Jo-Anne Russell, Caitlin Marceau, Joanna Parypinski, Joanna Koch, Abby Andresen, Valerie B. Williams, Morrison, Laura J. Hickman, Faith Dincolo, Kala Godin, Suzanne Madron, Hailey Piper, Sara C. Walker, Erin Shaw, Aubrey Campbell, Mei Kerr, RL Meza, Emma Johnson-Rivard, Naching T. Kassa, Hayley Wynne, Gemma Files and Alice Loweecey.

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Goodreads

Authortube Newbie tag (revamped)

So I decided to take the “Authortube Newbie Tag” and frankenstein it into a blog appropriate version. The tag was intially created by Jenna Streety. Here’s the link to her youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIgRD-9jYUocNNwCwITrKyw

Hopefully no one minds me taking this tag and doing it in a blog format. I will be changing the questions a bit to better suit my blog.

QUESTIONS:

How did you find out about AuthorTube? (Or author blogging?)

Well Authortube was more or less me frantically searching youtube for content about. I found booktube first, and then the Wordnerds. Now I have quite a list that I follow.

Author blogging I’ve known about for quite awhile. I used to do book blogging. Which you will see a bit of on here.

What genres do you write in?

Fantasy, paranormal, horror. And very widely within those genres. I also occasionally write poetry. However my poetry tends to revolve around those genres.

What is your preferred writing tense, point of view, and category of story? (Children’s, YA, NA, Adult, etc.)

Hmmm I like present tense, and 1st person POV. I prefer to write MG, YA, or NA.

Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?

Definitely a plantser. I need just a few plot points to keep myself on track. But not enough for me to feel bored.

Are you a self-published, published, or yet-to-be published?

Currently self published, but I would like to traditionally published at some point.

What publishing company, literary agent, and/or printing company are you represented by or use? If you’re not yet published, what is your dream publishing house and/or literary agent?

Right now I am self published but represented by Patchwork Press. And then through Amazon, and Draft2Digital. I don’t really want to say a specific company or agent that I would like to be represented by, because it would be a dream to be published by one of the big 5, or even one of their imprints. But whomever I would work with well, is who I would choose.

What kind of content can we expect to find on your website?

Updates on my reading and writing. The process of writing. And my life updates.

When did you start writing?

Seriously for publication? Right after high school. Actually maybe even during high school, I think I entered writing contests. But I’ve been writing for fun since I was little.

What was the first story you ever wrote?

I was maybe 12. It was a fantasy about  a kingdom that had been cut in half but a cursed tree. An angel boy was prince of one side, and a demon girl ruled the other.

What authors have inspired your writing the most?

Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight was who made me want to be an author. I have so many good memories associated with the Twilight series. Otherwise I like the writing style of V.E. Schwab. I find she captures my attention from line one, and I never get bored.

Do you schedule your writing sessions or simply get to writing whenever you can find the time?

I find that I am a habit based person. I work from 10am or 11am until 1pm or 2pm, This is usually work revolving around editing. And then from 1:30pm or 2pm until 5pm, I’m writing. After supper is TV time or reading.

Do you type on a computer, typewriter, write everything out by hand, or use a blend of those?

All first drafts are written by hand. This way I am not distracted by flipping over to social media. My word choice seems to be more specific when writing by hand, as well.

And where do you write in general?

The living room. Soon, maybe the deck.

What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a part of the writing community?

Building community. I like being part of a community that has a mutual interest.

Well that’s all for today! I hope to have more updates soon. If you have any questions about me or my writing, please leave them in the comments!