What's Up Wednesday
I visited my friend Kari Marie White's blog Writing by Heart and learned about What's Up Wednesday. I decided to give it a go this week.
What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk that's geared toward readers and writers. To join in the fun, add your name to the list.
What I'm Reading
I just started reading MIND GAMES by Kiersten White.
The other day I visited her blog and found that it was on sale for $2.99. I'd enjoyed her PARANORMALCY trilogy and I'd just finished THE FAERIE PRINCE by Rachel Morgan, so I was in need of a midnight read (I was staying up late to celebrate the end of the school year---I'm a teacher.)
What I'm Writing
A new work in progress about a small group of teens and the issues they each deal with in their lives. Some of their issues stem from, or become more complicated by, miscommunication. They will need to learn, or not, that assumptions and not asking questions will cause them more heartbreak.
What Inspires Me Right Now
The novel I'm writing uses two of the same characters I created for a different novel, one that I finished two summers ago. The rest of the characters and the old plot are gone--very necessarily. I'm excited to say that I think this is the novel I've always wanted to write. It's a little deeper than anything else I've written and I'm not worrying so much about "plot" as I am "story" and "emotion".
Books that have a more poetic writing style (such as Tahereh Mafi's SHATTER ME, Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER and Jandy Nelson's THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE) fuel the emotional way my words are typing themselves out. I've also been inspired by the two POV and story in Chelsea Fine's SOPHIE AND CARTER.)
What Else I've Been Up To
-Cleaning my classroom for the summer cleaning crew and for Vacation Bible School use.
-T-ball, machine pitch, soccer (my two oldest boys play, not me)
-Getting ready for two weeks of vacation: one week with my parents, one week with my husband's mom and four siblings and their families)
-Laundry, cleaning, feeding children, bathing children
-Playing in the sandbox
-Making sure my one-year-old doesn't break an arm when he's climbing up the play set to go down the slide since he thinks he's three.
-Running and trying to get some strength training in
-Using Essential Oils for the first time.
-Stalking Indie authors and wondering how to create a cover for a book. Investigating options for Photoshop and wondering how the heck to find a stock photo and upload it and add text and size it right...NOT that I'm going Indie, but just because I want to create these cool graphic images.
I'm not participating in Ready. Set. Write, but my writing goal has been to get 1k in per day to finish this draft by the end of June. However, even though I was clipping along, a week of final grading and report cards threw me off my sprint. I haven't caught up. Yet. My goal is my goal even when I'm falling behind.
Best of luck to you with finding quiet reading time and writing time this week! (Even if you lose your writing inspiration, try to write through it. You can always delete later. Chances are, you'll gain momentum and something you write will trigger a new muse!)
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