Welcome to the second week of What's Up Wednesday. If you'd like to take part, feel free to snag a copy of the button. You can sign up for the blog hop on my sister Jaime's site: here.
What I’m Reading:
A few days ago, I finished reading This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Rather than do a full review, I'll keep it short and just say that I enjoyed it almost as much as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. It was a sweet little romance and I liked both of the main characters and the setting. If you're looking for a light, quick read, I recommend it.
Now, I'm reading Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, but so far I'm only a few pages in. This one has been on my TBR list for quite some time, which might have just as much to do with the pretty cover as the fact that it’s a fairy tale retelling.
What I’m Writing:
Currently, I’m rewriting a large chunk of a particular chapter in my WIP. I need to change the overall dynamic of the scene while retaining certain important aspects that set up the end of the book. It's proving to be a bit of a challenge, but I finally have all the details sorted out. I'm almost finished the new first draft and I think maybe, just maybe I love it.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
The other night, we watched the movie Lincoln. Not only is Abraham Lincoln an inspirational historical figure, but I found Daniel Day Lewis’s depiction of him to be inspirational as well. I’ve been a fan of Daniel Day Lewis since his performance in The Last of the Mohicans. (He had me at “I will find you!”) He’s one of those actors that applies himself so thoroughly to his craft, and as a result he was completely convincing as Lincoln. Acting and writing are both ways of telling a story, so this makes me ask myself: How committed am I to my craft? Have I been as convincing as I possibly can?
What Else I've Been Up To:
Every April, our local symphony has a used book sale in order to raise funds. Over the years, we’ve bought literally hundreds of books there. I’m not exaggerating when I say our house is running out of space for book shelves. For me, spring cleaning usually means rearranging books to try and make more room.
Here are a couple of the treasures I found at the symphony book sale this year:
I admit that I already own copies of Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott and At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald, but I couldn't resist these beautiful old versions. I mean, come on, the boys are all in kilts on the cover of one, and the other has gorgeous pictures throughout. We bought a lot more books as well, but these were some of my favourite finds this year. There are still a few more days left for the book sale, and I intend on going at least once more.
So what's up with you these days? Care to comment or join in on your own blog?