Recently, my sister and I were discussing how hard it can be to come up with fresh ideas for blog posts. Jaime suggested a new meme might be just thing to solve that problem, so after some brainstorming we decided the middle of the week shall henceforth be known as “What’s Up Wednesday.” The format for this meme is fairly open. Basically, it’s a fun way to share about writing and reading, with a few other details sprinkled in. Feel free to take part if you’d like, and help yourself to the adorable blog button Jaime created. Next Wednesday, she plans on posting some sort of link widget for anyone who’s interested in participating. If you want to visit Jaime’s lovely blog, you can find it here.
What I’m Reading:
I’m reading Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson. It’s a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale and features a character with an obsession for women with red hair. Eek. Being a redhead, I find that especially weird and creepy. This is another book on my Debut Author Challenge list.
What I’m Writing:
I just finished revamping the first chapter of my manuscript after deciding I wasn’t satisfied with it. A tiny bit more tweaking and I think I’ll finally be happy with the result. I recently had some ideas on how to strengthen my main character’s voice throughout the story, so I’m implementing those as well. Initially, I had planned to be querying by now, but I don't want to send my story out into the world before I'm confidant it's ready.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
If you haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars yet, don’t read the following bit.
Something I found inspiring this past week was the part in The Fault in Our Stars where Augustus admits that he wants to make a mark on the world, and then says: “The marks humans leave are too often scars.” I love how John Green put this. I think it’s up to each of us to decide what kind of mark we want to make, whether we’re ultimately going to have a positive or negative impact on the world.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
-Lately my sister and I have been discussing writing (and everything else) over Skype. We used to just talk on the phone for hours, but Skype allows us to get more work done at the same time. These sessions are always a big motivational boost and the means by which many a plot hole has been filled.
-I’ve been finding books in my mailbox: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, Dragonfly and The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding, and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read the last three, but didn’t have my own copies until now. There are few things that brighten my day more than books in the mail.
-My husband and I have been watching season six of The Murdoch Mysteries. Unless you’re Canadian or British, you’re likely not familiar. This is a Canadian detective show about forensics in the Victorian era. It’s kind of like Anne of Green Gables meets CSI, with a male protagonist. Our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, actually played a policeman on one episode. How cool is that? When there sometimes seems to be a shortage of good story premises, this show feels truly unique to me.
-Yesterday evening, my family made ice cream in Ziploc bags. We actually have a very nice icetell you what flavours we made: peppermint, coconut, and maple. Science never tasted so good.
And on that delicious note, care to share what’s up in your corner of the world lately? Feel free to share in the comments or take part in the meme on your own blog.