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What I’m Reading:
I finished Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and thought it was a satisfying end to a solid series. I’ve noticed some outraged and heartbroken reviews about this third book, but I have to say that I completely agree with the way the author chose to end her trilogy.
Now, I’m reading Phobic by Cortney Pearson and really enjoying it. Considering it’s more or less fall now, and I get Halloweenish this time of year, Phobic, in all its creepiness, is exactly what I’m in the mood for. A cup of Stormy Night tea from David’s and a book about a “haunted” house (yeah, it’s kind of alive and temperamental) makes for a perfectly spooky autumn evening!
What I’m Writing:
This past week, I wrote around 5000 words. I also drafted a scene that’s crucial to the overall plot of my series. It was tough to write because it was on the technical side, but it also needed to be suspenseful and emotional too. You know those scenes that need a bit of EVERYTHING in them? The kind where you feel like you’re juggling way too many elements at once? Yeah, this scene was like that. It was frustrating and draining to write, and I’m not entirely sure what I think of how it unfolded, but for now I got through it. Whew.
What Works for Me:
Every once in a while I like to have a cleanup day. Creative clutter can eventually stop being creative and start to become a distraction. My work areas, writing tote box, and notebooks build up with stuff that snowballs and gets overwhelming: Cue writer’s block and frustration.
Sometimes it’s necessary to tackle all those Post-Its stuck everywhere, the notes that have piled up and need to be transferred to Scrivener, the fringe of tabs along the top of my notebooks that flag plot holes to deal with, the jumble of writing tools, the annoying crumbs on my keyboard, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. It’s funny how dealing with the clutter can uncork my brain, get the creative juices flowing again, and make me ready to move ahead in a story.
Usually, I end up decluttering when I’m not feeling motivated to put words on the page or I’m stuck on a plot issue and still want to do something productive and story related. Then the next time I actually write, it’s a fresh start.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
It’s been busy lately, so I haven’t been up to anything out of the ordinary. My husband was away for work last week, and being the thoughtful guy that he is, he brought back a bunch of lovely notebooks for me to scribble story ideas in. They’re so pretty I almost don’t want to write in them (almost). My son and I watched Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet the other night seeing as we’re reading the play for school. Even after eighteen years it’s still a cool interpretation, and my son loved it. Major bonus in the homeschool department. There was also much pumpkin-y messing around in our kitchen. The hubby brewed his annual batch of pumpkin beer, which will hopefully be ready for Halloween, and I whipped up some pumpkin cookies to kick off fall. Oh yes, and we started watching The Mindy Project. Loving it so far.
So what’s up with you these days?