Let’s get the ball rolling with some fun news, shall we? The winner of the Ready. Set. WRITE! giveaway is…
Congratulations, Raven! We hope you enjoy your writer’s care package and that it gives you lots of encouragement and motivation to plow through the second half of RSW. You’re doing awesome and this prize is much deserved! Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway!
What I’m Reading:
I just finished The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller. I thought it was a cute, sweet story and I thoroughly enjoyed all the nerd humour. There were tips of the hat to all things sci-fi/fantasy/comic book related, so if you’re into that sort of thing, I recommend this book for a light, fun read.
Now I’m reading Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Devouring books has turned into nibbling books lately for me though, so hopefully I’ll be able to work in a nice chunk of time for reading somewhere.
What I’m Writing:
My goal last week was to experiment with ways to incorporate some agent advice I was lucky enough to receive. So far I’ve drafted two variations on a new addition to my ms, and I’m pretty sure which one I’ll use. This required a lot of pondering and slow, painstaking writing. I’m still not sure if I’m accomplishing what I need to in this portion of the story, but it’s a start. Anyway, I met my goal and this week I’m aiming to revise/tighten/tweak my favourite out of the two options. I also need to keep moving forward with my current WIP, so I’m setting a goal of 1000 words.
What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:
Spending some much needed time with my son this week has brought me a little clarity of mind. I’ve been spreading myself too thin, and I need to find some balance again. A hard thing to admit, but necessary. So right now, I’m inspired to get focused on the things that matter most to me and commit to them whole-heartedly, namely my family, my health, and my writing.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
There was a lot of running around this week to put together my part of the writer’s care package for our giveaway. It was weirdly difficult to find what I was looking for and ended up feeling like a scavenger hunt. You wouldn’t think purchasing a mug would be the equivalent of a quest for the holy grail, but it kind of was. No, I didn’t want to buy something resembling 1960s Corelle, or Victorian china that someone’s great-aunt Mabel collects (okay, I actually like that sort of thing…), or a mug with a handle shaped like an electric guitar, but apparently that’s what stores around here are stocking lately. Eventually, when I stumbled on something both cute and a little funky, I was very relieved and excited. I also found a couple more that I’ll be adding soon to my mug and book match project. (If you haven’t seen that, you can click the tab at the top of my blog for a peek.) A few other stops, including a visit to McQuarrie's, my favourite tea shop, and my parcel was complete. Now, I can’t wait to ship it out to our lucky winner!
I also put together a Love List for ENVISION, the story I’m querying, which I’ll likely post sometime soon. I’m currently looking for a couple beta readers, so if you think you might be interested, please give me a shout. I’d like another opinion or two before I continue with the querying process. If you want to know what my story is about, there’s a description in the Current Projects tab, or you can stay tuned for my Love List to see if anything on it catches your eye. I’ll also mention that while my story is sci-fi it’s definitely light sci-fi and although technology plays a major part in the plot, it isn’t a “techie” book. There’s some action, romance, Romanticism, a bit of humour, a few plot twists…Am I selling you yet?
So what’s up with you this week? If you’d like to participate in either WUW, RSW, or both, you can sign up on the linky at Jaime Morrow’s site. We’d love it if you’d join us!