It’s What’s Up Wednesday time (a little later than usual but I’m getting back used to posting). 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
Right now I’m reading everything. I’m a first round panelist for Cybils YA Spec Fic so I have a long list of things on my already hellish list of to-reads. However on Monday I went to a reading and Q&A at my school by authors Karen Russell and Maud Casey (you can read my recap of the event here). At the event, I got copies of a book of each of theirs. The book pictured is one of Maud Casey’s short story collections. I’m only on the second story, but I highly recommend it. It’s all about “how we survive through modern cries of loss and love through the lives of emotional and geographic nomads.” It’s eerie, poignant, and reflective. Also, they’re short stories so I can pick it up, read one and not feel bad about putting it down (unlike when I’m reading novels).
What I’m Writing
I’ve started this amazing WIP that I talked a bit about in my last What’s Up Wednesday post (I decided to go with the fantasy one). It’s a YA (Upper YA) Epic Fantasy about two girls who must go on a voyage, in a land where magic is strictly forbidden, to find this place where magic lives on in order to overthrow an evil ruler and bring peace to their land.
The picture to the left was one of the inspirations for the story. It was this really weird moment when I was writing one story, that eventually became my MG MS, ALEX DE VEGA, yet as I was browsing through Pinterest, I kept thinking of another story. I found the picture of the woman holding the sword, then some more pictures (see my boards for the main characters Alala and Eva). Then I found the pictures of the girls on both the boards and instantly knew, I had to tell this story.
It’s told in 3rd person, dual POV so this is like a new arena for me. I think it’s going to be very fun and challenging. I’m looking forward to all the exciting research I have lined up for the story (I love story research). The research is important because though this is a new story, I want it to be reminiscent of a very old tale that has been passed down for generations. I want it to be covered in/supported by mythology and legends from different lands and times. I love epic fantasy and I’ve been wanting to write on forever, I just never thought I was ready. This is me saying I’m ready to do this. It’s going to be so much fun! Also, what I’ve just written will hopefully serve as encouragement for those days when all I want to do is abandon ship. I’m tentatively calling in DAUGHTERS OF THE PROPHECY because I need a title, I’m not too attached to it so we shall see where it takes me!
What Else I’ve Been Doing
Let’s see…SHP/C blog tours are underway. and I’m working on another one. College is wonderful. My father arrives tomorrow and is staying until Sunday. I’ve really been trying to enrich myself into writing and living so I’ve been doing what I want to do when I want to do it, going to some amazing lectures, and most of all spending time with friends. It’s actually one of my friend’s birthday today!! After my father leaves, on Sunday, I’m declaring a writing cave for Sunday and the rest of Fall Break (Monday & Tuesday). I have some edits to finish on a previous WIP, now completed MS, and, of course, I have some very fun research to do for DAUGHTERS OF THE PROPHECY.
Like I said, I’m a Cybils YA Spec-Fic judge so I’ve started to read some amazing books. It’s like someone just gave me permission/a reason to read every book on my MUST READ list. I’m in heaven…I’m also glad I’m not a second round judge, I don’t know how they pick one winner (of course, I don’t know how we’re going to pick a final shortlist).
What Inspires Me Right Now
I don’t know if you can read this but it’s a goal list, just writing for now, of things I want to accomplish. It’s posted on my wall, above my desk. I see it every time I open my computer aka 24/7. I’m sure we’re all heard about the importance of writing goals down, that it’s like a public commitment to what you want to accomplish. The goals might seem a little far fetched or hard for someone to understand but for me, they’re very simple.
With my first MS, BLOOD OF ISIS, I wrote down on my calendar the date I would have it finished. I kind of forgot about that date halfway through that summer then I saw it, realizing the date was only twenty days away. I didn’t finish that first draft by those twenty days, but I did finish it by the thirtieth day. Writing down your goals will keep you in check and on track. Every time I look at them, when I’m derping around on Facebook or wasting my time some other way, I stop what I’m doing and get back at what I should be doing. it’s not foolproof, you have to want to accomplish those goals but it’s working.
This is what’s inspiring me, and I look forward to the new year when I can cross off, the first three goals.
How have you been? What’s inspiring you or rather, how do you inspire yourself?