Hey Everyone! I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start 🙂 Welcome to this week’s What’s Up Wednesday post. I look forward to this post every week so writers don’t forget to put your post’s link in the linky so I can hop on over (it’s never to late to start!).
What I’m Reading
I’m still reading Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor (and loving it!), but, just to make peace with my constant craving for fantasy, I’ve started Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I’ve heard such great things about it and I have to say I’m glad I’ve finally taken the plunge. The writing is gorgeous, it makes for a very rich and imaginative story. It has this whimsical feeling that is absolutely wonderful, I love it! Also, I’m compltely captivated by Karou, the book’s protagonist.
In addition, I’m getting caught up on some MSs I’ve been meaning to beta read (slowly but surely).
What I’m Writing
Book One of THE ALEX DE VEGA CHRONICLES. I’m so happy to announce that I’ve reached 15,000 words.
I wrote over 3,000 within two/two 1/2 hours on Saturday alone then I was pooped for the entire weekend. I have a friend staying with me for a few days so it’s not as easy to get writing in, but still, I’m quite enjoying writing Alex’s tale. My goal is to just have fun and to finish it. But those two goals work hand-in-hand for if I’m having fun I don’t have so much pressure to reach perfection therefore I’m more likely to finish it. Plus, I’m a pantser anyway so it’s better and easier for me to write the first draft by letting my characters take me on the journey they so choose (the only outlining I’ve done was a useless 20 lines on notebook paper plus some helpful character background brainstorming). My goal is to have a mini weekend retreat for myself aka locking myself in my room and writing for the most part with (HEALTHY snacks) The Vampire Diaries, Alias (Sydney Bristow and Alex could be cousins), and Orange Is the New Black for
distractions research 😉
What Else I’ve Been Doing
Sleeping. Relaxing with friends. Watching TONS of TV. Reading not enough books. Oh, and work. But I’m enjoying my summer. and I’m already looking forward to Winter Break when I can do more of this. However I do think balance will be the key to me getting work done during the school-year and by work I mean non-academic work (because let’s face it, I’m not one of those study 5+ hours a day students). However, balance. I’m also working on eating healthier, always. I fell into a snack food binge (curse you, Oreos & Twizzlers), but leafy greens shall prevail. And apples. And nuts…you get the idea.
I’m supposed to go to the Indian restuarant, Singh’s Cafe, in the town of Wellesley for lunch today with my co-workers so that should be fun 🙂
What Inspires Me Right Now
The ABSOLUTELYFREAKINAMAHZHING Karen Rock was able to take time from her busy schedule of conferences and book tours (her YA debut CAMP BOYFRIEND recently released from Spencer Hill Contemporary!!) to read my MS, HEIR OF ISIS. I haven’t even responded to her email because I just don’t know what to say (meaning I’m just so grateful). Just some of THE BEST notes I’ve ever gotten. You know that feeling when you just know exactly what you need to do to fix something? Yeah well that’s how I feel now. Just bliss.
The crazy thing is normally I would stop everything and begin revisions on HEIR OF ISIS, because it’s my baby. Well, maybe I should say used to be? idk. It’s more that I feel compltely satisfied with the work I’m doing on my WIP (mentioned in the first section). For once, I don’t need to drop everything and go to my old story. I’ve found a new story with characters I love just as much (if not better…sorry Aziza). Now that doesn’t mean I’m not going back. In fact my plan is to finish ALEX… by the end of the month (August, I mean) then put it aside then read a lot and watch a lot of TV (and study, I suppose) then begin revisions on HEIR OF ISIS when I have a clear section of free time so most likely all of Winter Break. We’ll see how this plan goes but I’m excited and I feel confident in my abilities to “fix” everything. And I know when these revisions are done Aziza is finally going to be the character I want her to be with the journey I want her to undertake.
Yep, I’m feeling good. On to writing 🙂 Enjoy your day & don’t forget about the linky!
What’s something that’s inspiring you?