Welcome back to What’s Up Wednesday! If you aren’t familiar with WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part.
What I’m Reading:
I just finished Descendant by Lesley Livingston, which is the second book in the Starling series. If you’re not familiar, it revolves around mythology, particularly Norse and feels sort of like a YA Percy Jackson.
Now, I have my nose stuck in Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. Seeing as I’ve heard awesome things about it, and since I gave Throne of Glass a five star rating, I’m pretty excited about this one. Especially the bits about Chaol. Do I really need to explain why?
I’m also continuing to read Ender’s Game to my son, and gradually working my way through The Odyssey by Homer.
What I’m Writing:
Sigh. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m trying to balance some last revisions on my ms with drafting the sequel. After getting beta feedback, there were some things I wanted to fix, change, trim, etc. before tossing my ms back out there for agents, but I’m also totally absorbed in drafting right now. As a result, both tasks are going a little slower than I’d like. Of course, there’s not much point in writing a sequel if the first story doesn’t go anywhere, which is why I need to hurry up and get back into querying it. Somehow that hasn’t slowed the flow of creative juices though, and book two won’t leave me alone. But when it boils down to it, I’m writing it for me. I spent a good chunk of time this past week fleshing out a particular plot line that was feeling a little thin, and now that I’ve redone my outline for that section of the story, it feels like everything is falling into place (at least I'm crossing my fingers that it is).
What Inspires Me Right Now:
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but the Oblivion soundtrack has been a constant source of inspiration lately. It’s composed by Joseph Trapanese (who worked with Daft Punk on the Tron: Legacy soundtrack) and M83 (a French electronic band) and is this incredible hybrid score that combines a traditional symphony with a more modern sound. I never used to be able to listen to music when I wrote, but gradually I’ve come to depend on it to get me in the “writing zone.” This soundtrack brings on the urge to write whenever I hear it, because the tone of it perfectly captures the bittersweet quality I often aim for in my stories.
Here’s a gorgeous piece from Oblivion entitled “I'm Sending You Away.” Enjoy!
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
This past Sunday, I attended The Word on the Street book and magazine festival, where I was fortunate enough to hear Robert J. Sawyer, an award-winning science fiction author, speak . He had some very insightful things to say that could easily be applied to other genres as well. If you’d like to read more about that, you can find my post here. I’ve included my favourite tips from Mr. Sawyer in that post.
So what’s up with you lately?