• Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
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    My Heart is Not The Same

    Crooked Kingdom took my heart and ripped it to shreds. I wasn't prepared, although I don't think you ever be prepared for the events that occurred in Crooked Kingdom. Leigh Bardugo's writing was on point, her characters were on point and the story was just asdfghjkl. There's just something about the way that Bardugo writes that has me so engrossed within the world she creates.

    Seeing the many choices each of the characters had to face was interesting, it definitely exposed some of their underlying issues and the problems they still had to face. This further emphasized many of the obstacles they still had to face, that Six of Crows wasn't the end of their problems. For some of them, it was merely the beginning.

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  • Writer's Self Care
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    Refilling the Creativity Well

    As writers, creativity is our natural fuel in which we use to craft our stories and characters. The worlds we create with our minds are so extended and full of imagination, it takes a lot to come up with them.

    Hence, this well can run dry and we encounter something called Writer's Block or a Creativity Block. We can sometimes work our way through it but other times, we stress ourselves to no end coming up with a solution for our stories.

    However, we're putting so much care into our stories, we've forgotten to care for ourselves.

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  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    Perhaps My Favourite Group of Characters Ever?

    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite reads of this year. From the outstanding diversity of the characters to the sensational world building and magic that goes into this world, I will forever have Ketterdam and The Dregs in my heart. While this was a book that I've wanted to read for a while, this was also a book that I needed in my life.

    Kaz Brekker. Inej Ghafa. Jesper Fahey. Wylan Van Eck. Nina Zenik. Matthias Helvar.

    I've completely fallen in love with the way that Bardugo writes, her prose keeps me attached and drawn into the world that she creates. Six of Crows held me and didn't let me go until my emotions were destroyed and I needed to know what happened next. Luckily for me, I had the sequel in hand so I could hop right over straight away.

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  • Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
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    Deadly Mists and Female Warriors

    When you have a story you don't want to let go of, it's quite hard to say goodbye to it. This is exactly the impression Heart of Mist had on me.

    A world surrounded by a deadly mist which leaves everyone at risk, but the true enemy might be within their boundaries? One world which contains badass female warriors that have a strict system of combat and power? The world where everything is never perfect and each character deals with their own struggles, no matter their age? COUNT ME IN.

    I love the journey we took with Bleak and how much she changed throughout the novel and how prevalent the change is. The other point of views (yep, there are multiple and they were all brilliant) all took their own personal journies as well and my favorite perspective was Dash. I have such a theory surrounding Dash and it's making me excited and giddy and I hope it's right. I WILL BE SO SHOCKED IF IT IS RIGHT.

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  • Character Confessions
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    Beautiful People

    Beautiful People is a writing blog meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further. They post questions at the beginning of the month to do with characters in everyone's current WIP. This month's questions are about characters this time and you'll be hearing from the three main characters in A Mirror of Smoke. Each of them are like my brain children (well they did spawn from my mind) and I can't wait to share their stories with you.

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  • The Month of Camp NaNo
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    July Recap & August Plans

    This month was a bit of a busy one which was to be expected. From participating in Camp NaNoWriMo all the way to the last minute decision to join in BookTube-A-Thon, I had a pretty busy month.

    It's definitely taught me a lot about time management and how I can better schedule myself in the further months to come. I did make an improvement to the amount I read, from one to two! I've almost finished Crooked Kingdom so I could include it in this but I won't. I do slightly blame my low read count due to Camp since it was my main priority this month. But now that it's August, my main focus is reading (and finishing this first draft).

    I do slightly blame my low read count due to Camp since it was my main priority this month. But now that it's August, my main focus is reading (and finishing this first draft).

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Hey friends! I’m Joel, the main writer here at Fictional Fates. I’m a reader and writer who advocates for more diversity in literature.

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