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What I’m Reading:
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. I’m about halfway through it and intrigued about how the mystery will play out in the end.
What I’m Writing:
What I’m Writing:
I took the plunge into drafting again this week and managed to get 2800 words out on Enlighten. Yikes, that was tough! So far I’m happy with my story intro, or at least I will be after some tweaking. It’s got lots of action and something happens that makes me weak in the knees to even think about it. In a scary way, not a swoony way. Though there will be plenty of swoon later. That’s a promise.
I also fixed a bunch of minor issues in Engrave after rereading the second half, did tons of brainstorming, and researched things like base jumping, gravity, and acceleration of free-falling objects. I like the “sci” in my sci-fi to at least be believable even if most of what I research never makes it into the book. The near future setting does allow for some pretty good leeway, of course.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
As you’ve probably noticed, lately I’ve been sharing reasons why YA literature inspires me, and here’s another. There are so many great YA books available now that I wish had been around when I was a teen. Books with characters I could’ve related to so well. Stories that would’ve encouraged me to be braver, more independent, more confident in my teen self. And while teen me might have been around before YA really flourished, I can now pass these books onto my son and hope that he feels inspired by them too.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Picking peonies from my yard, taking advantage of bargain book deals at Indigo, enjoying fresh whole grain bread baked by my son, watching Tiger Eyes (which I enjoyed, though I can’t really compare the book to the movie seeing as I haven’t read it since elementary school), listening to my drunk neighbours host a campfire sing-a-long in their backyard during the wee hours of the morning (they were actually singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” if you can believe it. Awimbawe, awimbawe...), organizing our homeschooling shelf with lots of awesome new books, drinking root beer float tea from David’s, and trying to stay cool in these toasty summer temperatures.
So how was your week?