A month passed

I can’t believe a month passed by just like that! What have I been doing – you might ask yourself? Well, lots. Mainly whipping Project 1 into shape, printing it, sending it to people (both in physical and electronic form), looking for novels similar to Project 1 that I can use for my query, written poetry that I probably will publish here later on, working on a short story I will hopefully have up here one day, and finished University applications (among other things).

I am afraid I will be a bit off until the 28th of February. Why? Well – because after I finish the short story I am working on right now, which is bordering on a novelette, I want to write a piece of fiction for LitReactor’s Sci-Fi writing challenge – which you can find here.

Most of my time, however, will be spent reading. What do the following books have in common?

Project 1 BooksThe books are:

  • Paul Cornell – London Falling
  • Courtney Allison Moulton – Angelfire
  • Paula Weston – Shadows
  • Dean Koontz – Odd Interlude
  • Cynthia Hand – Unearthly
  • Kristen Simmons – Article 5

The answer: It’s in the introductory paragraph! All of them contain elements familiar to Project 1. The problems is that I have never in my life read a novel similar to the novel I have written and am in desperate search of novels I can compare it to. After some days of research I found these six novels and think they strike close to home. I just started reading Cornell’s London Falling. So far it’s not as familiar as I’d hoped. I pray the others are. This is what you get for writing something new and unique.

Early response to Project 1After reading the first chapter a beta reader found it amazing how I managed to utterly “mindf**k” her with my writing. It nearly drove her insane – in a good way.

What will I do for the rest of the day? So far I haven’t done much. Read mostly, replied to some e-mails, and went to the Ben & Jerry’s website wishing I could eat ice cream like food (I actually do, but don’t tell anyone). Now I will read some blogs before doing more work on my Masters applications.

– F H Hakansson

14 thoughts on “A month passed

  1. Hey did you know I’m starting university this month?! Exciting! 😛 When I read about you working on uni applications, it just made me think of what I had to go through as well! Anyway, what will you study?

    1. Congrats! 😀 What will you be studying? I’m applying for my Masters in Creative Writing. It’s really hard to get in, especially considering I haven’t been published, but I thought I’d might as well give it a try.

      1. Good on you 🙂 I hope you get in! I’m going to be studying music and neuroscience … yipee about the music, not-so yipee about the neuroscience …

  2. Missed you, but I know what it’s like to have to step away from the blog a bit to get some ‘real work’ done. Wishing you good luck with your projects!

  3. Congratulations on reaching the stage you’re at with your novel. If it is anything like Odd Interlude, which I’m reading at the moment, then it’ll be a winner. 🙂

  4. Hi, again. I’ve been tagged with the Next Big Thing Blog Hop, a self-interview style post where you answer 10 questions about your latest book.

    I thought with your book at the stage it’s at it would be an opportunity for you to share some details with the readers of your blog. Absolutely no pressure to participate, but it might be fun.

    For the questions and my answers you can check out my post: http://petedenton.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop-part-2/

    1. I’m currently in Stockholm and will check it out as soon as I get back! I’ll be sure to tell you of my novel is similar to Odd Interlude. It seems like a great piece of work and I hope it is. Will probably start reading it in a week or so.

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