Hi, everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m ready to jump back into blogging now that it’s a new year. I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays!
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What I’m Reading:
I’m almost done These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. In fact, I think I only have about thirty pages left, and I can’t wait to see how it ends. So far, the story is just as impressive as the gorgeous cover. I love the prose, the plot, the characters—everything about it. I’m so glad this one was under the tree for me this Christmas.
What I’m Writing:
I’ve been hard at work on my revisions for Pitch Wars, but those are winding down. I’ve managed to trim my ms to 100k, which is nothing short of a miracle, let me tell you. I also rewrote my opening chapters (mostly the first one). That involved a lot of rearranging, adding on a new scene, fleshing out a scene, chopping a few bits, inserting a few minor characters, and introducing one main character sooner. That last one was a challenge but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I also made a major name change to a particular group in my story, which felt weird at first, but now I love it and feel that it’s much more fitting than what they were called before. It sounds like a lot of work—and it has been—but the overall effect is an improved version of what was there before. At least I hope it is!
What Inspires Me Right Now:
The fact that it’s a brand new year with lots of potential. I’m also inspired by the number of sci-fi movies and TV shows that are coming out in 2014. I feel giddy just thinking about it. As a writer and reader of sci-fi, I hope that spills over into books.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
It was a relaxing holiday for us this year, mostly filled with movies, reading, writing, and hockey. My mouth healed up nicely after my dental surgery, which was a huge relief, although I still had to eat squishy foods. Fortunately once my stitches were out, I was able to indulge in the Gingerbread Ale and Eggnog Stout my hubby brewed specially for the season. Definitely worth waiting for. I also got around to doing some Christmas baking: gingerbread, cranberry maple cornbread cake, sticky toffee pudding, and I taught my son to make white chocolate cranberry cookies.
On New Year’s Day, we kicked off 2014 at a Saskatoon Blades hockey game with my in-laws. Our team won, so hopefully that’s a sign of good things to come this year. We also tried to stay warm, seeing as the temperatures dipped down to -34 degrees Celsius (-29F) but felt like -47 with the wind chill factor. Brr! No, I’m not joking about that. Wish I was! Such is life on the Canadian prairies.
This past weekend, we finally went to see Ender’s Game and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought they did a great job adapting it to the big screen. Asa Butterfield was wonderful as Ender, and the soundtrack was gorgeous (Yay! Writing music!) Just for kicks, here are some of the movies we watched over the holidays: The Wolverine (loved the Japanese setting), Iron Man 3 (Tony Stark is such a weirdo. Hilarious.), Pacific Rim (had low expectations and ended up loving it), Paranoia (nothing spectacular but entertaining none the less), Despicable Me 2 (So funny. I want a minion.), Monsters University (Cute, but liked the first one way better), After Earth (Heard it was a stinker, but was pleasantly surprised, which probably has something to do with the fact that it was a good family movie.)
So what’s up with you at the beginning of this shiny new year?