Let’s start off this What’s Up Wednesday post with the results of our Ready. Set. WRITE! end of summer giveaway. The following people are the winners of a critique for the first ten pages of their WIP, given by the co-hosts of RSW:
If you’re one of our winners, please email your first ten pages as an attachment to katy.upperman[at]live.com by October 31st. This should give you some time to take care of any necessary revisions. We also ask that your pages be double-spaced. To be clear, each winner will receive one critique from one host of RSW. Finally, please bear in mind that none of us are pros at this. We’re just fellow writers trying to make a go of it like you, so what we’re offering is essentially a fresh set of eyes, an honest opinion on your story intro, and perhaps a squee or two. (kidding on that last one…maybe.) Congratulations to our five winners! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
And now, onto other things…
What I’m Reading:
This week I finished Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Despite my slow progress through the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it earned every bit of praise people have given it. And after hearing so much talk about Sturmhond, my verdict is that he’s definitely a new favourite.
Now I’m less than a chapter into Descendant by Lesley Livingston. It’s the sequel to Starling, and I’ve been waiting for it to come out for ages.
What I’m Writing:
This week I wrote around 4000 words. I’m now smack in the middle of THE chapter. It’s the midpoint in my trilogy and basically the crux of the whole story. I’ve been eager to write this particular set of scenes for over a year now, so naturally I’m nervous about how it will all turn out. So far so good, but I keep having to stop and mull things over. Let’s just say this part is very different in the context of the entire story, and I’m bracing myself for the fact that I’ll probably tear it apart and rewrite it at least a few times.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
The new Jane Eyre t-shirt my sister gave me. I absolutely LOVE the quote on it: I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. That quote actually fits my current WIP perfectly, not to mention it’s just a super cute t-shirt and makes me feel all literary when I wear it. Plus, I adore Jane Eyre.
I’m also inspired and incredibly encouraged by more awesome beta feedback. To the lovely ladies who beta read for me, I feel totally validated by your comments and not like I’m just puttering around at this for kicks anymore, so thanks again!
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Visiting my sister and her husband, which involved: supper at one of our favourite restaurants (The Broadway Café), book and tea shopping (yes, at more than one bookstore), eating way too much ice cream, discussing our stories, and generally just hanging out. It went by much too quickly. :(
Switching into autumn mode. Technically, it isn’t fall yet and the weather has still been hot here during the day, but as soon as September 1st hits, I have pumpkins and changing leaves and woolly sweaters on the brain. At this moment, I’m drinking Pumpkin Chai tea from David’s and it’s delicious. FYI, it’s the only “pumpkin” tea I’ve come across that actually lists squash in the ingredients. Usually it’s just rooibos with pumpkin pie spices (blah), and in my opinion that’s just a rip off. I’ll have to stock up before the season ends.
Other than that, it’s been business as usual around here: housework, schoolwork, and writing every spare minute I can get.
So what’s up with you lately? If you’d like to share, just sign up on the linky at Jaime Morrow’s site.