Hello, everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful week. If you’d like to share what’s going on in your corner of the world lately, feel free to sign up for What’s Up Wednesday on Jaime Morrow’s blog. Also, if you’d like to join in the last few weeks of Ready. Set. WRITE! you can sign up on the same list.
What I’m Reading:
Earlier this week, I finished The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I actually finished it at 5:30 in the morning, because I couldn’t put it down. And I cried at the end. Maybe that was the lack of sleep talking, but I don’t think so. There are too many things I could say about this book for one post. I was completely drawn in by the timeless feel of it and the way the island setting seemed steeped in Celtic mythology. I loved feisty, ginger-haired Puck, but really it was the relationship between Sean and the water horse Corr that stole my heart. Maggie Stiefvater had me hanging on every word right to the very last sentence. This is a new favourite for me, and one I plan on passing on to my son, because I hope he’ll love it too. I also need to try Maggie’s recipe for November Cakes. They sound delicious and I’d love to celebrate this book every November with some special treats.
Now, I’m finally reading Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel. It’s the sequel to This Dark Endeavor, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have high hopes for this second installment in The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series.
What I’m Writing:
Last week, my goals were to rearrange several scenes, rewrite parts of those scenes according to their new order, smooth out the transitions, and write three new scenes. This was way, way harder than I thought it would be. Rewriting took much longer than I anticipated, plus I discovered a plot hole that brought one of my new scenes to a complete standstill. I spent three of four days trying to come up with a solution, and for a while it seemed like nothing I tried worked for this situation. Finally, I figured out the logistics of it and was able to finish the scene in the nick of time. So I met my goal, but just barely. And I fully admit that last scene is a steaming pile of manure at this point and will need some drastic revisions. I have no idea what my word count was this week, seeing as the rewriting involved bits and pieces here and there. The three new scenes I wrote added up to around 3800 words though.
While I was rewriting, I ended up doing some research that added a new element to my story. My goal for this next week is to work that research into a couple of scenes. I’m keeping my goal simple, because my husband’s birthday is Friday and he’s kicking off eleven days of vacation. Lest that sound too exciting, at least some of that time will be dedicated to our never-ending house renovations. Fun fun fun.
What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:
After complaining a few weeks ago about how I couldn’t find any good mugs to buy, I found thisone with one of my favourite C.S. Lewis quotes on it at the bookstore. In case you can’t read the quote in the picture, it says “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Perfect for setting the mood with a nice cup of tea while I read or write.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Besides diving into some major reorganization and decluttering in my house, I mailed off my parcel for the RSW giveaway, went out for dinner with my in-laws, visited our local farmers market where we loaded up on veggies (including purple beans and kohlrabies, neither of which I’d ever tried), experimented with new recipes for flavoured water (my favourite was lime and mint) and went to the bookstore (as usual).
I also prevented my cat, Elfie, from mailing herself in my giveaway parcel for Raven. Apparently, she thought she should be included in my part of the RSW writer’s care package. It’s a good thing I used a gift box inside of the bigger cardboard box, so she didn’t end up squishing anything. Honestly, I can’t leave an open box unattended for thirty seconds or one of my pets makes a bed out of it.
So what have you been up to this week?