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What I’m Reading:
I’m about two thirds of the way through Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. I can’t even tell you how much I’d love to sit down and gobble up that last third. I love the new characters she’s added to the cast and the way she’s expanded the world in this awesome series.
What I’m Writing:
Since I last posted two weeks ago, I’ve added around 8k to my WIP. I also had the mother of all plot restructuring sessions. While I’ve known for ages what I want to happen in this WIP, I wasn’t happy with how some of those events were hinging together. There was much rearranging, trimming and adding of notes, and a few new ideas tossed into the mix. I also FINALLY worked out this story’s timeline, which was unbelievably hard for different reasons, and spent a chunk of time doing medical research.
What Works For Me:
Getting my husband to beta read for me. He’s an avid reader—in fact, he reads even more than I do—and I value his feedback. Plus, after spending all those hours locked away writing, I like to share what I’ve been working on with him.
He finished reading Engrave yesterday, and his overall comment was that "it rocked and was a killer second novel." I know, I know, he's my husband and he has to say that, BUT he did have more articulate comments about things like plot, pacing, and character development. Comments that made me very happy and boosted my confidence.
Aside from that, he also does encouraging things like drink Coke with one of my characters' names on it and then tweet about it while on his break at work. That made my day. :)
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada, and we filled it with fun and relaxing things. We finally saw If I Stay, and all of us enjoyed it. My son and I agreed that it was adapted well for the big screen.
We also spent time reading at Starbucks and went new and used book shopping. I was hoping to find a copy of Sir Walter Scott’s Lay of the Last Minstrel because part of it features in my current WIP. I wasn’t expecting to find a copy that was 113 years old though! This sweet little paperback was put out in 1901 by a Canadian publisher, and the cover is decorated with maple leaves. It’s a unique addition to my stack of dusty, old Romantic poetry books.
This year, we decided to have a picnic for Thanksgiving, so we took our turkey dinner to Blackstrap, a provincial park about half an hour away. The weather is still fairly warm for October, but it was really windy near the lake, and I froze my butt off. Still, we enjoyed our little turkey roast (perfect for a picnic for three seeing as it was small enough to cook in a meat loaf pan), sweet potato crisp with cranberry-apple-oatmeal topping, pumpkin cake, and other goodies. It was a gorgeous place for a picnic, but next time we’ll go when the weather is warmer and the boys can take me hiking. They did a trail run there before and were eager to show me how nice it was.
Well, that’s my week. How was yours?