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What I’m Reading:
I’m about three quarters of the way through Blue Lily, Lily Blue. While I’m savouring Maggie Stiefvater’s prose and characters as much as always, I'm finding the plot of this one a bit thin and meandering. Still enjoying it though.
I’ve also decided to join #RubyRedReread, although I’m actually reading Ruby Red for the first time. The series has been on my shelf for ages now, so this is the perfect reason to finally get to it. I’m hoping that will force me to take a few more reading breaks. So far I’ve only read just over two chapters, but I’m hooked.
What I’m Writing:
You know how timing always seems to be the worst? Well, right after finding out we’re moving 4000 km away, I was faced with writing what’s probably the most important scene in my whole trilogy. It was crazy hard and horribly sad (went through half a box of Kleenex while writing it) and I’m not sure how I feel about the result, but I got through the first draft of it anyway. Whew. I also wrote one more very short scene and started the next one. It feels like I’ve been working on this book forever now, and wrapping up the last third is going to be brutal because my brain is being pulled like Silly Putty in a thousand different directions. From here on in, every scene feels like good stuff and I really, really wish I could give it my undivided attention. No such luck though.
My writing goal: Rather than committing to a weekly goal, I’m just aiming to finish the first draft of Enlighten by the time we move, which will probably be later in the spring.
What Works For Me:
While sorting through never-ending boxes of junk in our basement, I came across a few crappy, old manuscripts from before I knew the first thing about writing a novel. Rereading them was both embarrassing and entertaining. They were loaded with clichés, purple prose, heavy-handed messages, and just bad, bad, bad to the point where I was cringing and laughing and snorting on our rec room floor. There were a few promising nuggets buried in the mess but not enough to ever attempt finishing them, so I saved bits and pieces and the rest went in the recycling. It was encouraging to see how far I’ve come as a writer and just how much I’ve improved over the last few years, especially after dedicating myself to this like a job instead of dabbling.
What Else Is New:
On top of the usual homeschooling activities, I’ve been sorting through every last thing we own to decide what makes the cut to get dragged across the country with us when we move. That means a LOT of whittling down. It’s amazing how much stuff one family can accumulate over the years, a good chunk of it purely sentimental and not overly useful anymore. We aren’t materialistic, but sometimes it feels like getting rid of memories. Has to be done though.
Friday evening, the husband and I treated ourselves to a break from renos and other moving prep and went on an early Valentine’s Day date. Nothing fancy, but it was relaxing. We tried out a new Irish pub and went to see The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch was predictably amazing in the lead role, and I enjoyed the WWII code breaking aspect, but the injustice done to Alan Turing left me sad and frustrated--which was, of course, the point. I highly recommend the movie.
Well, that was my hectic week. How was yours?