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What I’m Reading:
I finished The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman and had to force myself to put it down at times, even though it wasn’t a fast-paced story. The plot was intriguing and creepy and kept me hooked till the end. I enjoyed the characters, flaws and all. This was one of those novels that proves YA isn’t watered down for younger readers. The prose is intelligent and the mc boasts an impressive vocabulary. No surprise, seeing as she spends much of the book translating old, Latin letters. The story also gets into steganography, which I find especially fascinating since my WIP does too. Good stuff.
I was craving something in the same vein, so now I’m reading Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. So far I’m loving the mc, the fabulous prose, the story that bounces between the present and past. I’m having a hard time putting this one down too. Have to sleep sometime though, right?
What I’m Writing:
I managed to solve the plot problem that was plaguing me last week, so that’s a happy thing. The solution wrapped the scene up in a way that plays on one of my biggest phobias, which was kind of scary. It involves elevators (shiver). Drafting is trucking right along again, and I’m pleased to say I was actually nicer to my characters this week. There might have been some unexpected smooching. Seriously, sometimes I need to pry my characters apart with a crowbar.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
The chance to impact readers even it’s only for a moment. Most of us will probably only ever influence a mere handful of people, and maybe our books won’t have a long shelf life or make it into bookstores at all, but we’ve still committed them to paper (or computer), and we’ve still breathed life into them, and they’re still part of that long line of literary history, even if they’re only a blip.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
On Sunday, we went to a local production of Romeo & Juliet and thoroughly enjoyed it. Every summer, our city hosts Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, a festival where two of Shakespeare’s plays are performed in a huge tent on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. This was their 30th summer running and the first time we’d ever attended. My son chose Romeo& Juliet as the Shakespeare play he wants to study this fall for English, so I was thrilled when I found out it was one of the two plays being performed this year. While this version was a classical interpretation (for the most part), the costumes had a sort of punk-tribal vibe to them with tattoos, feathers, and a bird-butterfly-fish motif. Benvolio was also cast as a woman—a very feisty, funny woman—and the guy who played Mercutio pretty much stole the show. The acting was stellar and the two who played Romeo and Juliet had great onstage chemistry. In all, we were impressed and we’ll definitely go back another year.
Other than that, I’ve been listening to Of Monsters and Men (I could listen to Dirty Paws on repeat for hours), playing cribbage with my son, watching the new sci-fi show Extant, and trying to beat the heat wave we’ve been having lately. Helps that I have my own little barista to make me iced coffees.
So what’s up with you this week?