Thursday, June 14, 2018

What does a Rani write

Hey everybody! Welcome back to Too Many Books to Count! I’m glad you stopped back in. Today will be fun, I promise. :)

Rani Writes

But what does Rani write?

Well, that’s what we’re talking about today. In case you’re new here, in case you don’t know a whole lot about me and what I’ve been writing, let’s take a few minutes today to talk about my passion, and the books that have come out of it.

The Past:
Telekinetic was the first novel I published. I call it my post-apocalyptic x-men novel, but there’s really a lot more to it than that. I really think there’s too much story in that book to be contained in just one book, and that that makes it a little muddy, but I’ve gotten decent reviews on it, and I know several readers who couldn't get enough. Feel free to check it out, if you get a chance. I will continue it at some point, I promise. The books are all written, it's just that I need to clean them up and make them read better.

From there, I moved onto the Druid Novels. These are my pride and joy, my kiddos, my favorites. Of everything I’ve written (and it’s a lot more than what’s on the shelves, let me tell you), these are my best works.

But what are they?

They’re a story about life coming into its own, in many different ways. They’re about people making a way for themselves, about building lives and striving to be better. They’re about life, but set in a world very much unlike our own—and yet more like ours than you might realize, if you stop to think about it.

Coetir: People of the Woods, Cedwig: People in the Vines, Dwr: People in the Water, and Mynidd: People of the Hills are the books released so far. I haven’t been releasing them in chronological order, so you'll get to experience the story as I experienced it, entirely out of order. Only two books remain, the beginning and the end. The two that will bring all the pieces together.

But don’t worry, these novels are completely designed to stand on their own, and to be read in any given order. As long as you read the last one last, you’ll be fine.

The Present:
As you well know, the Druid Novels are done. I’ve written them. In fact, I’ve struggled to find something to write, ever since I finished them.

Well, I’ve found it.


That’s the working title, of course. Actually, it’s the name of a world. And this is a story unlike anything you’ve seen from me before—which is what makes it so much fun to write. Imagine a world where the only higher beings always agree, where even if they disagree, the standard of society is to agree. One person chooses for the whole of their people, and once a choice is made, it cannot be unmade. No one else may make another choice which goes against a prior decision.

Now, imagine humanity coming to that world, in all our chaotic glory. Imagine those higher being choosing to hide away in their own world, waiting for humanity to leave. And imagine how humanity will actually behave, in coming to a new world—and in discovering a species they never knew was there.

That’s what Atlyna is about. And it’s a lot of fun.

The Future:
Do we ever know what the future holds?

For my part, I hope to stick to my roots of science-fiction and fantasy, but I would love to throw in a little bit of horror, here and there. After all, Letters from Hell had to come from somewhere, didn’t it? There’s a little bit of horror inside me, and I’d love to explore it and see where it takes me.

But for me, sci-fi is my love. Fantasy is my joy. They’re where I’m most happy, where I’m most comfortable. And there where I can work outside the box, while staying completely inside the box at the same time.

Perfect, right? 

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Pretty cool, don't you think? 


{Rani Divine}

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Write writer, write

Hey everybody! I hope you all had fabulous weekends full of great times and a hefty dose of relaxation—because we all need relaxation, and we should always be having fun. I don’t think fun is emphasized enough in any culture, if I’m being totally honest. Gotta have fun.

But straight to the point, shall we? Last week, our focus was on reading. The logical progression then, of course, is for this week to be all about writing.

Rani Writes

Well, I should hope I write. I mean, how else would I have gotten six books on the market? ;-) but really, I do, I write a lot, and as of this past weekend, I’m back into the full swing of things.

Like we talked about last month though, that wasn’t always the case.

See, last year something happened to me, something that had never happened before. I finished writing a book series. Technically, I finished writing two of them. Both Earth-Space and the Druids saw their endings penned last year, in some form or fashion. And to be fair, I did start writing something else almost immediately—it’s just that I didn’t finish it. In fact, it was so much of a mess that I ended up scrapping it near the end of the year. I didn’t really start working on another novel until very recently (though I was editing some of my already written things, so it’s not like I wasn’t doing anything).

I really, honestly, didn’t know what to do with myself when I finished writing those books. How was I supposed to continue from there, to move on from series’ that had meant so much to me for so long?

I mean, Earth-Space isn’t technically done. There’s a spinoff in the works, and it’ll be really fun when I get to it, but I really need to finish editing what I have already written before I start writing the new one. Trust me, it’ll be easier that way. There are a few points in the first book that I had to change partway through the third book, only I never actually made those changes, so—it's just a bit of a mess. We'll leave it at that.

But for the Druids? There was always going to be a definite ending. I knew that from the beginning. It couldn’t go on forever. And when I penned the final words of the sixth and final novel in the Druid Novels, I cried.

I cried for days. I wasn’t myself, for a long time. I didn’t know what to do without that series, without the books I’d been working on for so long.

I still don’t, some days. But I’m getting there. This past weekend, I wrote a few short stories, and I dove back into my new novel. I had to force it sometimes, sure, but I got it done—and I had a lot of fun with it. Looking back at what I wrote, I honestly like it.

The thing is though, it took me a while to get to this place. Collide, the novel I started writing last year, was a mess because I didn’t know what to write. I couldn’t find my voice again. Atlyna, my new novel, isn’t like that. It’s a story I love.

And it’s a story I’ll tell you more about, on Thursday.


{Rani D.}

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Summer Reading

Hey guys! How’re your weeks going? I hope everything’s well. Me, I’m still trying to catch up on sleep after a week of nothing but wedding chaos. But hey, I know how to make fondant flowers and I can decorate a buttercream cake. Woo.

This week, as you know, we’re talking about reading. I’ve admitted that I have to force myself to read, and I’ve gotten over the fact that I had to admit to it. So now, I have something more fun to discuss.

What have you been reading lately?

Let’s talk about some of the things I’ve been reading…

1. Timeline, Michael Crichton
This book had been in my to-read pile for a few years (far longer than it should’ve sat there, considering how much I enjoy Crichton). I honestly don’t know why it took me that long to pick it up and read it, because it really was amazing. Please note, I also haven’t seen the movie. Actually had no idea it was a movie until I picked up the book and it said it on the cover.

Anyway. Timeline was amazing, just like nearly every other Crichton book I’ve read. It’s a time-travel story, and involves much of what you’d expect from a Crichton-style time-travel novel. Trouble is, it also contains the one pitfall of Michael Crichton novels… it didn’t know how to end.

I don’t know why he had such an issue with ending novels, but Timeline is on the list. It was predictable in some ways and strange in others, and things seemed to wrap up far more quickly than the rest of the story warranted. But if you’re like me and you’ll read anything that has Crichton’s name on it, it’s worth a read. I’m not sorry I read it, and I may decide to read it again at a later date. Who knows.

2. Serenity Graphic Novels
I loved Firefly. I didn’t actually watch it when it was first on the air, but by the time I did watch it, I absolutely loved it. Couldn’t get enough. I have Firefly paraphernalia all over the place. Even my keyring has Serenity on it. So it wasn’t a jump for me to read the graphic novels, even though I’d never read a graphic novel before.

If you’re a fan of the series and you’re sad that they ended it, these are definitely worth checking out. Leaves on the Wind was slightly muddy, in my opinion, but No Power in the Verse was exactly what I was looking for in a graphic novel continuation of this beloved series (and No Power in the Verse makes more sense if you read Leaves on the Wind, so...).

Honestly, I’m not sure what took me so long in starting them. I should’ve been reading them from the start.

3. The Witcher
I talked myself into reading these, based on the fact that I have several friends who play the Witcher games, and I don’t play video games. I wanted to know what they were all talking about. So, books. I can read books.

In the beginning, I was completely hooked. Didn’t want to put them down. The Last Wish is the very start, and it’s just wonderfully written. From there though, it takes a turn. If you’re not used to reading books from other countries, you will get bored. I got bored, for a little while. And then I got annoyed. And confused. And weirded out.

But you know what? The series is really cool. I’ve enjoyed it. I only have one to go, and it’s the one book I’ve been both itching to read and nervous to pick up, because I don’t know how this guy is going to end a series of this nature.

If you’re a fan of fantasy (or of the Witcher games), I’d definitely give these a read.

But you know what? I really need to add some new books to my to-read shelf. I meant to do it before summer hit, but I just haven’t had enough time to look into new books.

So I need your help! What have you all been reading? What would you recommend for me to pick up this summer? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on Facebook!


{Rani Divine}