Hey folks! It’s that time again…
What I’m Reading:
While I was sick this past week, I used my recovery time to catch up on reading. I polished off DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers after a few weeks of poking away at it. I loved it (no surprise there) although GRAVE MERCY is still my favourite out of the two. GRAVE MERCY is told from Ismae’s point of view, and DARK TRIUMPH is narrated by Sybella. What struck me about these two books is that while the author’s style is consistent between the two, Ismae and Sybella have very distinct voices. Now THAT'S good writing!
I’m currently reading ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein which is on my Debut Author Challenge list. Only have a bit left to go, and then it's on to the next book.
What I’m Writing:
Because of the nasty cold, I only wrote about 1000 words on my WIP this past week. That took care of a chunk of the rewrite on my story intro, so I was pleased to get over at least one little bump in the process.
I also rewrote my synopsis for the manuscript I’m about to start querying after deciding my old synopsis was too vague. It took several versions, a lot of hair pulling, and yelling at my laptop, but I think it’s about as good as it's going to get now. Squishing a whole book into two pages is darn near impossible. Does anyone else feel like your synopsis sounds ridiculous, because there isn’t room to explain the reasons why anything happens?
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Anticipating Ready. Set. Write! While I haven’t written much lately, I’m gearing up for our summer writing incentive. The thought of setting goals and biting away bits of my WIP a week at a time is making me feel like this whole thing is doable. And so is the fact that a group of us will be cheering each other on. Wanna know more about our writing challenge? Go here.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Yesterday, my son and I went to our local children’s festival, and while he was on the upper end of the age spectrum, he still had a great time. We watched a one woman show called “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman,” which was absolutely phenomenal. Leslie McCurdy brought history alive by acting out Harriet's life at various ages. From the moment she entered the room singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” I had chills. My son just finished reading a biography about Harriet Tubman, so the timing of this was perfect. We talked to Leslie after her performance, and she said that some of her ancestors were part of the Underground Railroad. What an amazing way to carry on her family’s legacy!
The other show we saw was Step Afrika! If you’re not familiar “stepping” is a style of dance created by African American college students in the early 1900s. Basically, the performers use their bodies as percussion instruments, and boy, do they ever know how to get the crowd going! My ears were ringing, because the kids were cheering so loudly. This group was high energy, funny, and so talented! It would be pretty much impossible to watch them without clapping along.
Most of the other pics in the collage are self-explanatory (no, that’s not our Gene Simmons impersonation) other than the building in the bottom corner. That’s the Delta Bessborough hotel, and it’s the lovely backdrop for the festival. It’s one of several chateau-style hotels built by the Canadian National Railway and is a historical landmark. How perfect to stage a children’s festival near a building that looks like a castle!
Well, that’s what’s up with me this week? What’s going on with you lately? If you’d like to join our blog hop, you can sign up at Jaime Morrow’s site.