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Hello wonderful people! It’s What’s Up Wednesday time for the first time in many many weeks on this blog. What’s What’s Up Wednesday? Well… It’s this super cool awesome weekly meme started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. If you want to participate you should link your What’s Up Wednesday posts to the list on Jaime’s blog so that we can all stop by and say, “Hi!”
What I’m Reading
I have so many books on my tbr it’s ridiculous. I’ve also received a lot of ARCs lately whether in giveaways or contests or from publishers so I really just need to up my reading A game. Right now I’m reading RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara. It’s been on my Kindle forever (sadness), and I meant to finish it before it came out (failed) but I’m almost there now. It’s about this super smart girl (love that!!) who finds a wormhole to nine alternate realities of her life…including one in which her mother is still alive.
It’s great, it’s poignant, and it’s really thought-provoking. I’m sure there have been times we all haven’t been happy with our lives, thought that if just that one thing hadn’t happened the way it did, everything would still be the way it used to be. Well, this is that book, and as I read it I’m learning a lot about the importance of loving your present and making the best of every situation.
What I’m Writing
ALEX DE VEGA AND PANDORA’S BOX IS FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s for those of you who recall that on July 31st (my last WUW post) I was at 15,000 words. Buyah!
I did edits and I have to say it’s my cleanest MS yet. Obviously I’m biased but it’s really good. Damn, go me!! Now I’m at this really odd place where I have to decide if I want to go back to revising BLOOD OF ISIS or start a new MS. Well, technically I already started a new one. It’s actually an old one since I’m not allowed to start any new ones until I complete all of my WIPS, which are at various stages of being finished. It’s just that it’s this scary new point where I basically have to start all over. I think this will be my hardest MS to write, if I actually write it, which I might not since I’ve been on/off with it for a while now.
It’s tentatively titles WHIMSICALLY YOURS (idk why), and it’s about a young girl who is queer and black and enters her sophomore year at a new school miles away from everything she has ever known. It’s her story of the ups, the downs, and ultimately forging for herself the person she wants to be. There’s a TED talk that further inspired this story. However it’s a Contemporary novel and though, for now, I’m just working on forming a strong MC, there are some heavy bits I’ve always known will be included that are from my own life. Some not so happy moments.
Contemporary is hard because it’s so raw and fresh, there’s nothing to hide behind. I might end up putting it in a fantasy setting. In fact there’s another WIP I have, titled UNTITLED (for now), about a medieval-esque world where magic is strictly forbidden and those who posses it are hunted and killed two young women, one a princess and one a warrior mage, must journey to a far land, where magic is rumored to still exist, in order to gain the skills necessary to defeat the ruthless emperor and bring peace to their lands. I know they seem completely unrelated but they’re not. I guess it’s really just a matter of whether or not I want to write an “issue book” or a book where the MC happens to be queer. And I don’t even know if there will be romance, it might just focus on two girls who forge a strong friendship like Code Name Verity (which I still have not scooped up the courage to read).
Okay, this section was longer than expected. I’m done.
What Else I’ve Been Doing
I have been collegeing. Haha. I’ve been loving my classes. I’m taking three Political Sciences classes, two of which are Political Theory (yes, I know I’m crazy but I love crazy), and a Writing for Children course that I adore. The professor of my Writing for Children course is an author herself, Susan Meyer, and she’s phenomenal. Right now we’re focusing on Picturebooks (we’ll do MG &YA later). I never thought I could write a PB until I had to for class. It’s so fun and what a great stress release, abandoning myself to such a simple childlike state. The other day she had us draw a house, any house for a character to live in. I drew the Seelie Queen’s lair from ALEX DE VEGA, I must admit it was pretty darn good for someone who always says she couldn’t draw to save her life.
In addition, I’ve been working a lot on my Internship with Spencer Hill Press/Contemporary. We have two books RECLAIMED & THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM both coming out back to back so that’s kind of exciting especially since I’ve been organizing the blog tours, not as easy as I thought but still fun.
Oh and I’m a 1st round judge (panelist) for YA Spec Fic for the Cybils. I’m so excited to read YA 24/7. I’ve read some amazing YA Spec Fic this year so I’m pumped to immerse myself in YA. Afterward I’ll probably be so sick of YA that I’ll only read MG or Contemporary for a year (doubt it). However I do have a feeling that I’m about to get very good at picking up on similar trends which will be great for my writing so that I’m even more driven to write something fresh and new.
What Inspires Me Right Now
I posted the above picture and below text on my tumblr the other day:
“This is probably one of the hardest quotes for me to accept yet one that is very true. Believing in myself & persevering has gotten me far, very far. I just have to keep believing in myself or as Dory says, “Just keep swimming.“”
How have you been? What’s inspiring you?