Hey all! Sometimes its really hard for me to pick which book to read and review for here. I got about 30% into one book this month, stopped being interested, and started reading Halo by Frankie Rose a few minutes later. I was hooked from the start.
Halo was initially published under the name Raksha in 2013. The book starts with painting a dystopian society that is extremely different than ours. There is a clear caste system in place – Falin, Elin, Therin, and Trues – I might be missing some. Our main character doesn’t have a name, she is Falin Kitsch. She fights in the Colloseum with other Falin and kills them for sport. And she has a halo on her neck, a device that administers a drug that controls her emotions. Everything she knows changes when she goes against her longtime training partner, Falin Asha.
I’m reluctant to say more than that, because of spoilers!
Hey all! So lets fill you all in on what’s been going on in my neck of the woods. I was in Door County for a few days with absolutely no internet access. I still had mobile signal, so I could get online, but it was painfully slow and not really worth it. But it was a nice way to recharge. I didn’t realize I’d been working myself so hard. I’d honestly believed I’d been super lazy, but in reality, I’m probably putting at least 1000 words out a day. And while that doesn’t seem like a lot, that’s oftentimes at least half a chapter.
I’m working on stories to submit to literary magazines for money. And I’m working on some material that will likely be published under a penname. Since I primarily write young adult, I don’t want anything more risque associated with LL Lemke. So….penname!
Current Projects and Issues
Alright. This isn’t the first time that I’ve done a current projects post (1, 2, 3, 4). It’s just been a year TO THE DAY since I’ve done a post like this. I’ll try to limit it do what I’m actively working on. You guys know I’m always working on a ridiculous amount of projects at any given time. Continue Reading
Hey all! Sometimes I have tons of trouble trying to figure out which book I want to review. Sometimes I go through my Kindle and despite having hundreds of books, I sigh and need to go and find more. This was one of those times.
Freaks of Greenfield High by Maree Anderson caught my attention because of its tagline – a cyborg love story. I’ve heard of a few books exploring cyborgs and love, but none of them had really caught my attention. I read the description and decided that yes, I would get this (FREE!) book.
Freaks of Greenfield High has two main protagonists – Jay (a cyborg lady) and Tyler (a social outcast teenage boy). For the most part, we see Jay’s integration into high school life to better hide from the people who are chasing her. While she’s a skilled mimic, she doesn’t really understand how to handle the advances of rudely flirtatious boys. While they see each other briefly in the office before school, our protagonists don’t meet until their first period biology class over the dissection of a frog. It gets a bit embarrassing from there – especially when Jay realizes that her emotions are evolving. Continue Reading
Hey all! Been awhile since I checked in. I took down Patreon for now. I’ve been a bit stressed between writing novels, working for GERM, and working at taekwondo. So I got overwhelmed. I picked a bad month to try and start the campaign.
It will come back once I feel a little more steady on my feet.
Anyway, the reason we’re here! We’re in the last hour and a half of writing time for Camp NaNoWriMo for the central US timezone. Am I writing now? No. I finished about a half hour ago or so. Not only did I get my writing goal complete (40,000 in the month), but I completed the project I was working on.
Though I keep having this urge to add a sequel hook when I intend for this to be a standalone novel.
But I have a REALLY GREAT sequel hook.
So obviously Camp NaNoWriMo went well for me. I hope it went for all of you.
Hey all! Things are going well here. The rainy weather finally let up and while its a little cooler than usual for July, its beautiful out. I had a nice, relaxing weekend out at my boyfriend’s. It was great to just unwind and watch TV, play video games, and sleep.
Oh, and write. That was nice too. I did some writing.
As a reminder, I started up on Patreon, so here’s my page!
Anyway, this is a post that I’m more than tentative to write. I’ve had it rolling around in my head since May, but haven’t had the guts to actually write it. Because its true, we do need diversity in our books.
I’ve been trying to be more diverse in my books for awhile now. I could make a punch of excuses as to why I haven’t included POC in my books, but they’d be just that. Excuses. But I’ll discuss them a little anyway. Continue Reading
Hey all! So, I’m giving Patreon a try. I’ve been seeing it around a lot – mainly webcomic artists. I didn’t even know it was an option for writer-types!
I figure its a nice way for me to supplement my income and keep up on my productivity. It’s also a way to bring more and better content to you. I want feedback on what you guys like the most in terms of blogs!
Here’s my page: LL Lemke on Patreon
So – how this works.
You put in as much or as little as you want. There are rewards!
The signed book is more of a one off than a monthly recurring thing.
So this is the new thing. Patreon. If I get support, that means automatically two new blogs per week and two vlogs per month. Hopefully with some input on what you guys like!
Hey all! So this is a post that I’ve been working on for several months. I kept coming to it, starting it, and then promptly ignoring it for weeks at a time. I think I originally started writing it during a super cold snap in Wisconsin. Now it is June.
OH! I am looking for beta-readers for future novel projects. I already have 2-3 of them, plus my editor, but I figure one or two more sets of eyes would be perfect. Send me a message here or an email if you’re interested.
So today I figured I’d talk about the whole stigma on first drafts. You know. The popular belief that all first drafts are terrible. That they don’t deserve to see the eyes of others. That whole thing.
Here I am sitting with the unpopular belief that not all first drafts suck. Continue Reading