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What I’m Reading:
I finished Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and was sorry to get to the end of it. The protagonist, Andi, was so real in all her prickliness and her struggles to cope with tragedy. I loved how the author twined together the story lines from the past and present and made the events of the French Revolution relevant to Andi’s character. I also thought the author gave a thoughtful and realistic look at depression. A sprinkling of genetics, Andi’s passion for music, and her relationship with Virgil—a refreshing love interest—were also big highlights of this story. I highly recommend this one.
Now, I’m reading The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry. It has elements of steampunk and the main character might be part goblin. So far I’m enjoying it.
What I’m Writing:
I’ve been working away on drafting Enlighten and I’ve now passed the 40k mark. Fitting everything into this book is going to be a huge challenge. There are so many plot threads to tie off and characters who deserve page time. Right now I’m not worrying about how long this sucker is going to be, but I may regret that come time for revisions. I’m just going to tell the story the way I want to tell it and enjoy writing it.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Remembering how much Robin Williams impacted me when I was a teenager through his portrayal of Mr. Keating on Dead Poets Society. My obsession with that movie led to a major high school project on William Wordsworth that in turn led to a deeper passion for writing and all things Romantic. It profoundly shaped my world view, and I think there will always be a seed of influence from that movie in everything I write, including my current WIP.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
My husband was on holidays from work for the last week and we had lots of fun together as a family. For his birthday, we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy (which we loved: I am Groot!) then went to the observatory at the university here. It’s a pretty small observatory, but it was still very cool to see a teeny tiny view of Saturn through the telescope.
We also had an awesome date night, during which we went to two different pubs: The Woods and (our favourite) Winston’s, where we sat on the rooftop and enjoyed a cooler night for a change. At The Woods I had a grilled Halloumi cheese and pesto sandwich for supper and I swear it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. So, so delicious. There was much amazing craft beer, and we also went to see X-Men: Days of Future Past in between. Loved that one too.
Continuing our sci-fi extravaganza, we saw Earth to Echo as well. It was a cute movie aimed at preteens/young teens and we enjoyed it (other than the bouncy hand-held camera effects). We also spent a fair amount of time reading at Starbucks, buying books, having coffee and dinner with friends and family, putting together a new desk for my son (which I want to steal) and just generally hanging out together. My boys also went to a football game out of town, which left me with all day Saturday to write (heaven). It was nice to take a break from the usual routine.
So what's up with you lately?