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What I’m Reading:
The one good thing about recuperating from surgery is that it’s the perfect chance to catch up on reading. I completely devoured Cress, and now I’m mourning the fact that I’ll have to wait so long for the final book in the series. The Lunar Chronicles are so much more than retellings, and Marissa Meyer’s creativity in translating fairytales into sci-fi amazes me.
Speaking of creative storytelling, I also read When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens. I love the idea of finding a secret diary that’s been hidden for years and the many ways that diary could inspire a modern character. That’s precisely the type of premise that would have grabbed my attention when I was Audrey’s age. I thought Alice’s diary entries were very convincingly written for the time period. It was clear that a lot of research went into them, as well as the parts about Audrey living in the White House. Good research always impresses me. I also especially enjoyed the budding romance between Audrey and her crush. Overall, a sweet and inspiring story!
Now I’m reading Alienated by Melissa Landers, and I have to say I think it has one of the coolest covers ever.
What I’m Writing:
I’ve been working on my first round of revisions, and so far I’ve made it partway into act two of my story. Still a long way to go, but I’m starting to feel more settled into revision mode now. I also did a nice chunk of planning for the third book in my trilogy.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
The Ender’s Game soundtrack, which is gorgeous and melancholy and powerful. You know the kind of music where you just have to close your eyes and let it move you? That’s what this soundtrack is like for me. Perfect for writing. If you love violin and cello, you might want to give this soundtrack a listen. The amazing violin starts up around the 1:19 mark.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Well, I had my dental surgery. After sleeping off the effects of the anesthetic, I was feeling pretty good and thought recovery was going to be a piece of cake. Yeah, not so much. Later on that night, I swelled up like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man after a fist fight. Seriously, my face was unrecognizable. I looked like a bruised bobble head with a baseball in my cheek. One of my eyes was even swollen halfway shut. NOT a good look for me. Much to my relief, my face has returned to normal now. I’m still living on squishy foods though—lots of applesauce, yogurt, and pancakes. I sent my husband to the grocery store to pick up a few more soft things for me to eat and he came back with Hello Kitty canned pasta, which totally made me laugh. He thought I’d like something cute to eat. Men are funny.
Other than letting my face slowly deflate (and reading and writing, of course) I haven’t been doing much that’s out of the ordinary. As I mentioned recently, my son has been learning about genetics, so the other night we made DNA models out of licorice, rainbow marshmallows, and toothpicks, then ate them while we watched more Eureka episodes. Well, I only ate the marshmallows. You are what you eat, you know. Anyway, it was a fun snack for watching sci-fi.
So what’s up with all of you these days?