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What I’m Reading:
I’m only a few chapters into Unhinged by A.G. Howard. This wasn’t a huge reading week for me, so hopefully I’ll get to sit down soon and really delve into this story.
What I’m Writing:
Jaime and I had two Skype writing sessions this week, during which I continued my first round of revisions. I’m still incorporating my notes into my ms, and I’m also chopping bits and rewriting certain scenes as I go. I’m not paying (much) attention to prose this time through. My strategy is to work from big to small, hammer out the plot and find the overall shape of the story before worrying too much about how things sound or about nitpicky details. It’s hard not to get distracted by all the little things I want to tweak now.
I'm currently working on a section of scenes that plateaus in the middle of the story by attempting to integrate them better so the pacing doesn’t slow too much. This WIP is a sequel, and I’m trying my darndest to make sure it doesn’t have “diaper bum”—as in totally saggy and droopy. Middle books are notorious for that, as I’m sure you know. I'm fairly certain enough happens in this book, so once things are tightened up, it should be fine. What a challenge sequels are! I feel like I’m learning a lot from the experience though.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Authors like Marissa Meyer and Rae Carson who write series that get better as they progress. Obviously, I’d never compare myself to them, but it gives one something to strive for, doesn’t it?
|Ozzy the three-legged pug|
What Else I’m Up To:
Other than watching Veronica Mars and doing my Roswell Challenge on the treadmill, I haven’t been doing much besides revisions and normal day to day stuff. I switched out an episode of Roswell to watch Epic while exercising the other day. It had a redheaded protagonist, a three-legged pug, and Leafmen that looked like miniature Mirkwood elves, so naturally I loved it. I didn’t know until recently that it’s very loosely based on a picture book by William Joyce called The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, which I used to read to my son. William Joyce is a god in our house, considering my son’s obsession with Rolie Polie Olie when he was little. He actually went through a phase where he insisted everyone call him Olie, so this movie made me a tad nostalgic for those days.
Well that’s my severely uneventful week. What’s up with you?