Updates on the writing life

Hello Friday! I have been looking forward to this day for two reasons:

  1. I finally get to share the second issue of Nilichoandika magazine.
  2. I can sit back and work on the draft I’ve written this week.

Writing has been a thrill, but what’s been better has been listening to new music albums and reading books. I haven’t stopped listening to three albums:

I have indulged some awesome books this week and from a funeral director, to an Assistant District Attorney, a well renowned Pastor, let’s just say that my week’s bee interesting.

Here’s to a lovely weekend and as I raved on about earlier, grab your free copy of the second issue of the magazine. Nilichoandika


Updates on the Writing Life

Hello, I hope your week is coming along fine. What have you been up to?

If you would have asked me this question last week, I would have said, more writing, but I seem to veer off the path of intense writing when two things happen: when I think of tea or when I remember the tasks I’m yet to accomplish. I easily worry and obsess about what I am yet to do and it takes away from what I ought to do. I am working on this.

So, allow me to officially declare that the working title of my next novel has been registered, discussed and more so…approved by the overly critical side of me. The title is: SIFUNA


Here’s a snippet of the second draft:

If you rounded up all the cowards in the world, Baoya would be their leader. However, Baoya was his father’s son, and his father was Lamaana. To the people who knew the history of democracy in Kenya, Lamaana was a name that was etched in history books. There was a street in the capital city named after the valiant and humble leader. To say that Baoya was a coward is to insult the memory of Lamaana, but, sometimes if not all times, the truth has to be given room to announce its presence.

My week has also seen me read more books off NetGalley.

  • The Portrait of Molly Dean by Katherine Kovacic. It’s a mystery, historical thriller and it all starts when an Art Dealer, Alex Clayton, comes across a painting and she knows that the woman looking back at her was brutally murdered in the 1930’s and justice was never served.

The Portrait of Molly Dean

  • The Art of French Cooking Kissing by Brianna Shrum. Trust me, this book is what I’d term New Adult, but it’s both refreshing as it is overly dramatic. Yeah, and please don’t read this book on an empty stomach, that’d be like watching The Food Network when your fridge is empty. Loved the main characters Carter and Reid.

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

  • The Romano Brothers Series books 2 & 3 by Leslie North: I’m a Leslie North fan. When it comes to billionaire characters and steamy romance stories, well, she’s got my attention. There’s no way I was going to see these two books on NetGalley and not request to read them. Let’s just say, the masses are happy 🙂

Italian Billionaire's Unexpected Lover by Leslie North  Italian Billionaire's Determined Lover by Leslie North

It’s a slow start as regards my writing progress, but I am confident that with more time set aside to work on the second draft, I will be able to have it ready and self-publish by April. (That…is what I call an achievement, I tell you.)

It’s a Wednesday and I’m glad all’s going as it is and I can only work towards the best. I happened to watch a snippet of WAGS Atlanta yesterday night (please just don’t ask questions, roll your eyes, pinch your nose, grab a drink or watch a book fall…but listen), one of the retired NFL players was telling his friend, “everybody is always talking about ‘when the time is right,’ but there is no time, it just doesn’t wait for you to get your act right, when you love somebody, you have to make the time and you have to make it right.” I sank back in my seat and was like whoa! He’s right.

I am making time and pursuing interests that I’ve had. One of those happens to be getting an insight into life at a juvenile center, the other is giving a talk at a local high school to students on the importance of choices, making them and appreciating the consequences.

Until then, I’d love your thoughts on the snippet of Sifuna I’ve shared up there and also some book recommendations, especially historical fiction.

Have a lovely week.

Updates on the writing life

Hello, it’s been a minute. How’s your week so far?

I had to go there, because I learned that when a Kenyan says “it’s been a minute” they mean it has been years and they don’t have your number and they probably can’t tell your second name or remember just how you became friends.

My December started out great. I’ve read more books than I’d expected but maybe it’s because everyone is rushing to release a book during the holidays.

  • My new fascination is with Kait Jagger’s Lord and Master Trilogy. Peaches bought me the series because I couldn’t stop talking about how Contemporary Romance sometimes disappoints me when they introduce the element of control and kink. I didn’t expect to be taken by the writing and now Peaches says I can definitely shut up.

Lord and Master Trilogy by [Jagger, Kait]

  • I have also been editing most of what I wrote during November for NanoWrimo. Let’s just say that the word count went from 50,000 words to 24,000 words and that made me lose a few cool points.
  • I have finally settled on a working title, designed a simple cover and also ventured into a bit of poetry in my mother-tongue.
  • I also have been working on a newspaper design and the process has been nothing but a great learning lesson. I never knew how important a font is and how crucial paper weight is to getting the right texture, quality and print when it comes to newspaper publication.
  • I am looking to try different genres in 2018 because I have played safe this year. I have also come to understand that my growth, especially in writing will not come by sticking to what I know, but by also trying new things and if all goes well, I’ll be working on a new book.

I am learning to:

  • Take deep breaths
  • Smile more
  • Break into dance without turning a deeper shade when caught
  • Take more tea and even more coffee
  • Reach out to friends, acquaintances for help in getting things done

I also discovered two albums that I have had on repeat since last Friday.

  • Waves by Rachel Platten: If you listen to Hands, you’d break down like I did because there’s so much love in it and it starts with a phone call.

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So, that’s it for now and I am feeling upbeat I think I could go and sit down at Java and have a Pppermint Mocha as I let this sink in.

Have a lovely week!


Writing and reading updates

Hello Monday! Is there any #NanoWrimo2017 participant freaking out because it’s three days to the end of November?

So, yesterday I went to the market and got my favorite things: Tamarind ( I used it to make some sauce for the fries), mangoes, lemons and of course the irish potatoes for making the fries! I had a laid back Sunday afternoon and when the sun was up, I managed to bask in it for a few minutes before making some calls.

On writing:

  • I am past 40,000 words on the project I’m submitting for NanoWrimo. It has been a very difficult week because my writing schedule has seen me waking up at 1 A.M. to write till 4 A.M. I’d admit that an hour of it was spent listening to drunkards argue on their way home, like the guy who lost his car keys on Friday and he had to let his friends flag down a tuk tuk for him 🙂 I wish I got the whole conversation, but the man kept shouting “my wife will think I sold the car!”
  • I started working on a new novella. Can I do my happy dance now?

On reading:

I have found myself drawn to a couple of titles this weekend and I am looking forward to reading these four titles this week:

On traveling:

My feet are itching to go backpacking and now that I have completed the 31 Day Fitness Challenge (by totally ignoring the planks and abdominal crunches) I can safely say that I’m ready for some adventure.

I have been listening to JP Cooper‘s album “Raised Under Grey Skies” when I write. This album has kept me company for almost 20,000 words of the NanoWrimo challenge!

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Have a lovely week!


Writing updates

Hello, how was your weekend?

It’s raining outside as I write this. I am on my third cup of tea silently hoping that the sun would come out to play so I can go to town. I postponed a meeting because it’s cold and wet and those two freak me out…well, mostly because I am:

  1. tempted to stay in bed reading a book and drinking coffee
  2. definitely tempted to wear pajamas everywhere I go.

On writing:

I’ve got two big writing projects that have been on my mind.

  1. Completing the Ushanga book.
  2. Writing a short story for an upcoming anthology set here in Kenya.

I haven’t picked up on where I left with both projects because I seem to have got great books to read off NetGalley and of course write reviews after devouring them. I am looking more into character portraits and how I bring my characters to life because there is a certain authenticity to a character who when read feels like they are actually talking to you in real life. I have been able to draw this out through dialogues but when it comes to having a character in a setting or getting them to settle in a descriptive environment my words fail me.

I am also working on sentence variation.

I’ve often loved short sentences, but written long ones instead, never pausing to let the reader catch a breath!

On reading:

I bought two ebooks yesterday that I can’t wait to start reading. It might take me a while to complete my #tbrlist but I’m definitely going to read these!

Have a lovely week.

Keep it simple. 🙂