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What I’m Reading:
I’m about two thirds of the way through Unhinged. It was another slow reading week for me, but I’m sneaking in a few pages here and there.
What I’m Writing:
This week I revised a few key scenes. I’m right in the heart of the good stuff, and I’ve been taking my time rewriting the end of one chapter in particular. These are the scenes that make me love revising, the ones I get stuck in for all the best reasons. I have a feeling I’ll need to hack some of the next couple scenes down, which is painful to even think about. For the time being, I’m letting myself get lost in them though.
I also finally got around to naming some new characters. When you have a large cast, it can be hard to find a wide variety of names, especially when you’re looking for just the right ones. It’s a huge relief to me that, as small as some of these characters are, they’re finally more than blanks in my manuscript.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Over at YA Buccaneers, Ghenet (aka Curly McGee) recently did a post about book mapping. I took one look at it and realized this is EXACTLY what I need to do to get my WIP in shape. I’d had something like this in mind but wasn’t really sure how to go about it. In her post, Ghenet goes through the basics of book mapping and suggests Cheryl Klein’s book, Second Sight, as a further resource. Once I’m done this first round of revisions, I’m going to sit down and map this sucker out, which should give me some much needed guidance for round two. If you aren’t familiar with book mapping, I suggest you take a look: here. Thanks again to Ghenet for sharing what she learned at her book mapping workshop!
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Same old same old, only with more chocolate and lemon tarts. I know that kind of defeats the purpose of my Roswell Challenge, but I made sure I did extra time on the treadmill to make up for the dessert and craft brews consumed this weekend. I haven’t been limiting my exercise to a single episode of Roswell either. Lately, I’ve been tossing in some M83 and Ellie Goulding for kicks. There’s something rather fitting about listening to Ellie sing “Burn” while I’m trying to burn off calories. Take that calories!
I also received a couple treats from the hubby this week. Recently, he bought me some wild cherry black tea from McQuarries, our favourite tea shop. I immediately fell in love with it, and it’s become my writing tea. I managed to slurp it all down in record time, so he was thoughtful enough to surprise me with a new supply the other day. Must keep the brain fuelled! And then, on Monday, a Veronica Mars BOOK arrived in the mail for me! I had no idea there even was a book, but my husband happened to find out about it and ordered me a copy. In case you live under a rock like me, it’s called The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. Seeing as it takes place ten years after the TV series (like the movie) I need to finish watching the show before I read it. I can’t wait, but at the same time I’ll be devastated when I’m done. We’re part way through season 3 now. Sniff.
So what’s up with you this week?