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What I’m Reading:
I’m reading City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Since it’s gimongous though, I couldn’t bring it on vacation with me. Seriously, I would’ve needed an extra suitcase for that sucker. Instead I opted to read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout on my ereader. Much smaller and lighter for airplane reading. My son and I also finished Romeo and Juliet for school.
What I’m Writing:
At the moment? Zippo. As I mentioned in a previous post, October was a stressful month and that resulted in putting writing aside for a while. I can’t even tell you how hard that was to do. Of course, when the going gets tough, the tough go on vacation, so while I haven’t been writing, I’ve been recharging my inspirational batteries. Plus, while we were off on our adventure, a new story idea was percolating in my mind—one that branches off of my current WIP. I guess technically I did write a little then because I scribbled out some snippets of dialogue in my handy dandy notebook at the hotel. Jaime and I also had a monster Skype session when I got back in which there was much discussion of our WIPs. Super helpful as always.
What Works For Me:
Most times the Butt in Chair philosophy is good. I’ve worked hard to establish a routine where I write almost every single day, BUT sometimes I need to stop myself from writing. When the inspiration isn’t there, when the creative well has run dry, when I’m burnt out or distracted, I need to remember not to force the story. I need to remind myself that I could be doing more damage than good to my WIP and step away from the laptop. That’s frustrating when I want to get words on the page, but I know ultimately the story will be better for it. Discretion over duty will result in quality words and not just crappy words that were written for the sake of writing.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
As I mentioned, my boys and I took off on a spur of the moment vacation at the start of November. We went to New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, two of Canada’s beautiful maritime provinces. I’d been there when I was a kid and wanted to go back again ever since. Tourist season is over there by this time of year, so some of the landmarks we visited we had entirely to ourselves. In a word: peaceful. Here are some photos of our whirlwind trip. There are a lot, so don’t feel obligated to look at them all, but if you’re interested feel free to browse.
|More photos of Uptown Saint John, including dinner at the fabulous Saint John Ale House. We basically did a pub crawl across New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Great food and craft beer!|
|And last, but certainly not least, this is the main branch library in Saint John. It's so cool I could've sat there and stared at it all day. Seriously, look at those huge, awesome books beside the doors! Couldn't resist sharing some pics of it!|
Well, that was our trip. I have loads more pictures, but I've overdone it as it is. It's hard to adequately convey how beautiful New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are: the history and architecture, the ocean, the abundance of trees, the lighthouses and covered bridges, the friendly people who made us feel so welcome there. I wish we had more time to enjoy it!
So what's up with you lately?