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What I’m Reading:
This week I finished Rush by Eve Silver and then read Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi. I was already a fan of Roar, but this novella made me love his character even more. My copy of Into the Still Blue just arrived in the mail, and now I’m primed to read it!
What I’m Writing:
I finished the first draft of my WIP on Friday! It’s messy and wordy and requires some rewriting and a whole lot of polishing, but it’s done. This one was a long haul, so it was a relief to pour out that last 5000 words. Now I’m excited to get revising and also doing some heavier planning on the third book in my trilogy. Yep, I’m going with the momentum.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Canada’s Olympic athletes. Am I watching the Olympics despite the issues with Russia’s politics? You bet. My opinion (for what it’s worth) is that boycotting is counterproductive. It makes no sense to withhold my support, because the athletes would be the ones who’d suffer for it, not some Russian politicians. They’ve trained hard and put everything they have into this, not just for the last four years but, in many cases, for a lifetime. And when some of those athletes have had to fight for equal treatment, I think refusing to watch them undermines their right to compete. I also think a lot of sponsors and athletes (at least in Canada) are doing their part to speak out against the political situation in Russia and in doing so are setting a positive example. Ultimately, the Olympics are supposed to promote peace and diversity (even though that purpose sometimes gets lost in the competition) and I think that’s been a large focus in Sochi regardless of any background politics. That’s just my opinion. Feel free to disagree. I will still be your friend. Promise.
Anyway, the hard work and determination of the athletes is incredibly inspiring. It’s a lesson in discipline to all of us writers, even if no one will hand us a medal when we finish. They might hand us a lovely book, however, and I think that’s just as good.
The picture above is of Alexandre Bilodeau and his brother Frederic. Alexandre won his second Olympic gold medal in the moguls on Monday. Frederic became a Canadian cheering icon at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. If you want to feel inspired (regardless of where you're from), you can read about them here.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Seeing as my son spent most of the weekend with his grandparents and cousins, the husband and I had some extra time to ourselves. On Saturday we tried out a little restaurant called The Honeybun Café. They serve these buns stuffed with all sorts of delicious things. Mine was filled with balsamic vegetables and goat cheese. We spent a little time reading there as well before heading off to do some book shopping.
On Sunday, we went to our favourite pub, Winston’s, for lunch. The bread pudding in the picture has Jameson’s Irish Whiskey caramel sauce on it. Yum. After that, we went to see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which we both enjoyed. I thought Chris Pine was great in the title role.
I also got a little surprise in the mail from my sister. She sent me an awesome parcel with a very cool typewriter t-shirt and some other goodies. It was the perfect motivation for jumping into revisions! Have I mentioned before that my sister rocks?
Okay, so that was kind of long-winded. Also, how did I not notice the punctuation error in my WUW intro until now? Duh. Anyway, what’s up with you this week?