What I'm Reading I am still reading" Story Bound" by Marissa Burt and I also started reading "Lament" by Maggie Stiefvater. As always, I am mesmerized by her writing style and characters. I was in the mood for something informative so I began "Life Management for Busy Women" by Elizabeth George. I'm only a few chapters into it and I'm already loving her sound advice. My children and I are still reading "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" and its still making us giggle!
What I'm Writing I am still drafting my YA novel Simmer. I have a horrible cold right now so this week has been a bit slow so far.
I was feeling a bit lost after finishing JuNoWriMo so I joined Ready. Set. Write! My hope is that I will find the motivation to finish this first draft. I only have 10k or so to go but I tend to get stuck near the end.
My Ready. Set. Write! goals for this week are:
- add 5k to "Simmer"
- write a children's story for Children's Writer Kindergarten story contest.
- read through a scene a day of my first WIP and answer questions on it to help me see what needs to be done in revisions. I started this a couple of months ago but I took a break for JuNoWriMo.
What Inspires Me Right Now My inspiration this week is jasmine green tea. It is not only delicious but it has given me a character idea for the next book in my series . That idea will have to be stored for later but I am still excited about it. I am also inspired by the Elizabeth George book I am reading. It has helped my perspective immensely.
Now for Alex J. Cavanaugh's IWSG!
I have been a mixture of secure and wildly insecure about my writing this past month. I love the book I am working on but writing it has shown me so many areas in my first book that need to be rewritten or fixed in some way. I guess that is a good thing. It means that I am learning.
I entered a few short story contests and I didn't place in any of them. I didn't really expect to but it would be nice to have some concrete evidence that my work is worth reading. I reacted by selecting another contest to enter. I will not give up!
Now it is time for me to curl up with a nice cup of... Yup! Jasmine tea.