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What I’m Reading:
This past week, I finished Unhinged by A.G. Howard and Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Now I’m reading Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor, which is aptly named, because wow, at 613 pages this book is a monster! I’ve only peeked at the first few pages, but Laini’s prose grabs me every time. I’m hoping for an epic ending to this trilogy.
My husband picked up a copy of Dreams of Gods & Monsters for me without even realizing there was a Karou art print inside, illustrated and autographed by Laini Taylor. What a cool surprise to open the book and find this…
I finished my first round of revisions on Saturday, after what may or may not have been a sixteen hour writing session. My boys were out, so I had the house to myself and once I got on a roll, well, I just kept rolling. So now I’ve rewritten any large segments that needed work and smoothed out all the major plot issues—most of the minor ones too, although I find those have a nasty tendency to crop up like annoying little weeds throughout the process,.
I finally got around to filling in my index cards on Scrivener, which I should’ve done ages ago. Before delving into round two of revisions, I’m going to map my book and see what insight that gives me. After working on that for a few hours last night, I’m realizing that’s going to be a big task but one I think will be well worth the effort.
Other than that, I did some research on brain networks, which was actually much more fascinating than it sounds. At least the bits I could understand anyway. It's amazing how much effort goes into researching one tiny explanation in a story just to make it plausible. Fascinating or not, I'd still rather be writing kissing scenes. :D
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Fiction University. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out that site (formerly known as The Other Side of the Story), you should make a point of it. Janice Hardy and her crew hand out a ton of useful writing advice. I won’t list specific links because there have been far too many helpful articles lately, but I recommend taking a browse over there. Writing is a lot less daunting with resources like this just a click away.
Yesterday, I participated in the cover reveal for One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij. If you haven’t seen Elodie’s lovely cover yet, you can check out my post here or Elodie's blog here. And just to entice you even more, she's doing an awesome giveaway, so be sure to enter that!
Besides the usual daily stuff, I’ve been cheering over the fact that spring is FINALLY here and our snow is almost melted. There were many episodes of Veronica Mars this week, dates with the treadmill, plus a delicious Japanese meal during my enormous revision session. Nothing clears the brain for writing like wasabi. I think my sinuses are still burning.
So what’s up with you fine people?