Let’s kick off this post with something fun, shall we? The Ready. Set. WRITE! co-hosts are giving away a special writer’s care package to one lucky participant in our summer challenge. If you’ve been taking part in RSW and would like a chance to win some goodies to assist in your writing endeavors (like a journal, mug, tea, craft book and other fun tidbits), then enter on the rafflecopter at the bottom. The contest will be open until Tuesday, July 23 at 11:59 pm, and we’ll announce the winner in our What’s Up Wednesday posts on the 24th. Please note that this giveaway is international and is only open to those who have already been participating in RSW.
And without further ado…
What I’m Reading:
I’m about halfway through The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.
What I’m Writing:
Writing was very steady this week. My goal was to finish three scenes, and I was able to checksix scenes off the list. That added up to about 7900 words, which is both good and bad. It’s good, because hey, that’s a lot of words! And it’s bad, because well…that’s a lot of words. My last manuscript required a major trim after the drafting stage, so this time I’ve been trying to rein in my word count. Yeah, that’s not working out so well. Sometimes it’s way too easy to get caught up in the story. My present self is quite enjoying that, but my future self is going to hate me when it comes time for revisions. I’m currently sticking my tongue out at future self.
The next three scenes in my WIP are crucial to the plot and will also be a bit longer, so I’m going to stick with the same goal this week.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Sweet boys. One in particular. My husband runs down by the river early in the morning, and this time of year there are always thistles blooming along the trails. Knowing I love all things Scottish, he picked one and brought it home for me. He did the same thing last summer and was waiting for them to blossom again this year. It’s funny because I don’t necessarily remember all the store bought flowers over the years, but the handpicked thistles will stick with me. So while I’ve been writing, I’ve had my thistle close by to brighten my workspace and remind me why all my stories have a nice dollop of romance.
Oddly enough, the other thing that’s inspiring me is Sarah MacLachlan’s rendition of “Song for a Winter’s Night.” A wee bit on the Christmassy side, but writing snowy scenes in July definitely requires some extra assistance. This song has a lovely bittersweet quality that’s perfect for the sad tone of the chapter I’m working on. I’ve been alternating between that and “Stubborn Love” by the Lumineers. Also perfect, and one I could listen to on repeat for hours.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Speaking of Christmassy things, yesterday I entered the Christmas in July pitch contest. There’s a stellar list of agents taking part, so I thought I’d toss my manuscript in and see how it does.
The peonies in my backyard have finally bloomed. I recently bought a pretty turquoise vase specifically for peony season (which lasts all of a week), so I’ve been enjoying those. Where did I buy the vase, you ask? Why at our bookstore, of course! Where else?
Since I’ve buckled down on writing, baking is one of the things that has gone by the wayside, but the other day I found the time to whip up a couple batches of mini loaves: strawberry cream cheese and cranberry white chocolate chip. The second was an experiment and our tummies were very happy with the result.
So how was your week? Feel free to share in the comments or on your own blog. You can sign up for WUW on Jaime Morrow’s site. And don’t forget to enter our RSW giveaway if you’ve been participating in our summer writing incentive!