Month End Updates: May’16

Hello, all my lovely readers and friends 🙂

This month has been the most important one so far this year, yet it was also a lot fun. Read on to get to know about THE BIG NEWS!!!

My month in:

WRITING–

  • I worked with my editor on the first round of edits for the first chapter of Deceived (which is about 5K out of the planned 85K words.)

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  • I tweaked Sinister Town a bit, but I started having weird nightmares after writing a few scenes (horror to be exact) so I left it. I’ll resume working on it from June 1 for #JuNoWriMo.

READING–

  • Coinman by Pawan Mishra – 4/5
  • Justice For Jessica – 5/5
  • On Writing by Stephen King – 5/5
  • The Cogsmith’s Daughter – 5/5
  • The Killing Forest by Sarah Blaedel – 4/5

I’m planning on reading more next month in order to finish off all the review requests I have pending as I’ll be busy in the months of July, August and May with my book’s release and campaigns.

PODCASTS– [This is the big news!]

  • For now, I’ll be podcasting Book Reviews but after a month or so I’ll start podcasting about writing as well.
  • I made my first dummy podcast but as it turns out I really need to work on making my tone more friendly. My voice sounds like an old RJ who’s reading from notes. Lol. So, I’m still working on it. [BTW, I’m a PODCASTER now!!!]
  • My brother made a small rap (song) for The Reading Bud for my podcasts. [He’s just 15 and is awesomely talented! He wants to be a rapper when he grows up.]
  • I prepared the basic intro and outro scripts for the above said podcast and also recorded various reviews for practicing. After spending the entire month on this, I’ve finalized the background music, the first review, and the additional pieces of music. Most probably my first podcast will go live in the first week of June. I’ll surely share the links 😀
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Editing my Podcast in Audacity [but now I’ve switched to GarageBand.]

REGARDING DECEIVED–

  • I received my first set of visiting/business cards (as an author.) My publisher was kind enough to get 200 done for me.
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My cards ❤

  • I met the cover designer of my book, who turned out to be an acquaintance, and had a blast deciding the details about the whole designing process. He’ll be sending me the first designs in a week or so. *I’m totally going crazy with all the excitement!
  • Presently, I’m brainstorming ideas about the teaser campaigns and book launch preps with my publicist, Emily.
  • I’m also working with her on figuring out the list of book reviewers whom I know.

MOVIES–

Latest Releases

  • Batman Vs Superman
  • Captain America: The Civil War
  • X-Men: Apocalypse – It is the worst movie I’ve even seen in my life 😦 God knows why they made it in the first place -_-

Old Ones:

  • The Lake House [This movie totally blew me away! Really cute and impressive movie.]
  • Dil Dhadakne Do [Entertaining as ever.]
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Avengers
  • 300: Rise Of An Empire
  • Catch Me If You Can

INSTAGRAM–

  • I’ve been MIA at Instagram (both personal and TRB’s) as I’ve been really busy with the above said things.
  • The most liked pic on my Ig this month:
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My artwork ❤

  • The most liked pic on TRB’s Ig this month:
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My books

Thanks a lot for following me on Ig! If you haven’t followed me yet, then visit my profile (see below for link,) but please remember I follow-back only book related accounts and, authors and friends, of course. Just make sure that we’ve interacted here once before you follow me 🙂

Check out all my pics on my Instagram.

Miscellaneous:

  • I watched all the 6 episodes of Game Of Thrones Season 6 and, so far, I’ve chewed off all my nails! The things are getting a little predictable, but when you have GRRM who knows what’s waiting for you around the corner, right!?
  • I was so busy with all the family visits and work related stuff that I wasn’t able to go to the hospital for my CT scans. I’ll get it done in June. I swear O:)
  • My brother and mother visited us and stayed for 8 days. We had one hell of a time playing cards (Rummy) and eating yummy treats!
  • My brother even got me something that I’ve been looking for for quite some time now – Khas Syrus – for making sharbat. He’s such a thoughtful lad and his caring nature always amazes me. He’s simply adorable!
  • I attended a cooking class (more like a workshop) on cooking authentic Hyderabadi cuisine (Muslim style cooking) and I learned some of the most amazing dishes such as Mutton Dum Biryani, Dum Pukht, Sheer Khurma, Khubani Ka Meetha, Chicken Korma, Pathar Ke Kebab, Mirchi Ka Salan and Dum Kheema, etc.. See pic below:
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Pics from cooking class.

See as I said, this month has been a really important one and also really productive. I hope that I can get a few blog posts, reviews and some writing done in the next month as I’m really lagging behind [not to forget about catching up with all of your’s blog posts!]

What about you? How was your month? What all books did you read in April? Did you participate in Camp NaNo?
Please share about your month in the comments section below. I’m all EARS😀

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Have a great day guys!

Ciao❤

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44 Comments on “Month End Updates: May’16

  1. As always you’ve been so busy but I’m glad it’s all good things. Moment of silence for biryani and the cooking class YUM!!! Lol. Congratulations on the soon to be released novel, well done.
    🎉🎉🎉

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  2. Great to know about you with this post. Quite a hectic schedule you have! It’s great to know that you’re in the final stages of getting your own book published. And also, crime is my favourite genre.
    Thanks again for the follow. Have a great week ahead. God bless. 🙂

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  3. Sounds like you’ve had a busy and productive month. There are never enough hours to do everything we want to though, are there?

    I’m excited about your podcast, and looking forward to listening to the first one. An exciting new venture. 🙂

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    • It looks more than it really is, Michelle. Trust me I’m the laziest person I’ve ever seen. Lol!
      Thabks a lot for your wishes. I miss your blog and reviews. I’ll visit soon as I have a lot to catch up with ☺
      Have a great day!

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  4. Looks like you did so much this month, Heena. Well done and you sound very happy to be productive! That is so exciting to hear your next book is progressing along very nicely. Looks like your editor is giving you quite a bit of feedback – they must be engaging in your content 🙂

    Congratulations on your podcast. So exciting. I used to volunteer in radio and got to make my own podcasts and be on radio, and I always hated the sound of my voice. But you have to get used to it if you want to approve on your presenting skills 😀

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    • Thanks a lot, Mabel.
      I agree about hating our own voice. I’ve been listening to my recordind from last 2 months ad now, it’s safe to say, I’m getting used to it pretty well. At least now I don’t squirm or laugh everytime I listen to it. Hehe…
      And that’s awesome about you having a radio show. One of my friends asked me to host a show on his radio station a year back but I chickened out. I really admire you!

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  5. Hey hun,
    Sounds like you’ve had a busy been busy bee this month and you’ve accomplished so much, wow ❤ You are my inspiration.

    I can't wait to hear you in your podcast (I don't have I tunes, but I will figure things out, lol).
    Good luck hun with everything and I can't wait to read your book ❤

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  6. That’s so exciting about the podcast! It sounds like you’ve had a very productive month both writing and life wise. The food pics are making me drool, btw. I need to learn how to fix some of those. 🙂
    I’m curious to know, what was it about the new X-Men movie that wasn’t as good as previous ones? I’m thinking of going and seeing it, but I’d like to hear your thoughts on it first.

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    • Thanks a lot, Rawls, for reading this post and for your kind words.
      Before I say anything, I’d like to say that i’m a HUGE fan of X-Men movies. This one lacked in more than a dozen sections. The villian was funny at the most and the action sequences were immature. The story line was completely flawed and they wasted a lot of good actor’s time in the movie by making them by-standers rather than getting some action scenes done. It is The Worst Movie of this year. And I’d suggest you to not waste your hard earned money on something so worthless… I’d prefer seeing Zootopia again over this movie!

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  7. Oh those dishes look yum Heena. It’s good to know that your book has reached its final stages. All the best with it! 🙂 The podcast sounds interesting and the idea that you’ll be doing the podcast on writing at later stages sounds all the more interesting. 🙂

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  8. a BUSY MAY would be an understatement for you Heena!! ❤ ❤ ❤ Good luck on all your endeavors! ❤ And i am so honored you can still sneak some of your precious time in visiting my little blog. ❤
    I wish you all the best! ❤

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