The winner of our Ready. Set. WRITE! midway giveaway is
RAVEN MOORE!*throws confetti*
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And now for
What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk are the hosts, and we'd love for you to join in the fun! Just hit up Jaime's blog and sign up on the linky. JWhat I'm Reading:
I read FORGET YOU (Jennifer Echols) and THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey)Incredibly disappointed by the first, totally WOWed by the second. Also, I really hope there's a Sixth Wave. Or a sequel. Or SOMETHING.
Currently I'm reading this amazing sci-fi manuscript by an equally amazing blogger friend (I'm blaming IT on my lack of productivity the past two days) and will start THE WESTING GAME (Ellen Raskin) for YA Book Club next.
How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
My goals for the past week included…
blob my first draft while resisting the urge to revise it (or throw it out
completely) before moving past the midpoint.
2) Incorporate two items I know need to be a bigger part of the story.
3) Try to write at least 3000 words.
I wrote 3000 words. I began incorporating said two items. I printed out the blob, but that's as far as I got. L I'm not very happy with my progress. So, this week, I plan to
1) REREAD BLOB!!!
2) Finish scenes I started for Act I.
3) Write at least 2000 words in Act II.
4) Be nicer to myself. I am making progress.
And . . . and I did add a little nuance to one of my MCs that I'm pretty stoked about. I won't say what exactly, but I will tell you that it has something to do with musical greats like Gershwin, Bernstein, and Sondheim. And Bob Fosse. And jazz hands. And OMG—FOSSE
And I did mentally write two scenes that I'm REALLY excited about. They're definitely later in the script, but I did jot notes about them, potential dialogue,… again—can't give away too much, but I'll give you three things: Damn Yankees, hitting it out of the park, and kissing.
PS—yes—DAMN YANKEES!!! How could I even consider writing a musical/baseball WiP and not include something from Damn Yankees?! Whatever Lola wants, right?!
Okay, just writing all this, I'm getting a wee bit excited about the WiP again. And feeling better about my progress. J
How about YOU?! What are your goals for the week?!
What Inspires Me Right Now:
My son's unwavering glass-half-full optimism. He's nine and is probably the most creative, easy-going, agreeable, and optimistic person I know. We built a pillow fort while my husband was off doing coaching stuff and when I couldn't manage to get the
sheet roof to stay, he says, "It's okay, Mom. I
wanted it this way."
Me: So we can see the stars? (looks at very plain ceiling)
If it's STILL raining on the third day we're visiting his cousins (who he only sees once a year) and he STILL can't go in the pool, he says, "Well, we just get more time to play Minecraft!" Or if we're out of cookies (after I stupidly promised them), he's the kid that says, "Well, we did just get new popsicles!"
He's also the kid who had his appendix out at eight years old and barely cried. I've always heard second children can be, um…challenging. Aidan is far from it. I am truly, truly blessed.
LOVE THIS KID!!!
Ever have one of those weeks where there's a lot of pretty good stuff going on, but you're just not feeling um . . . pretty good? I celebrated my eighteenth wedding anniversary Monday. I received a couple requests from the Xmas in July contest. I've spent oodles of fun time with my kids. A lot of great things going on, right? But, I don't know. I've just been feeling kind of meh.
So, I'm trying to adopt my son's glass-half-full philosophy.
No, my husband wasn’t here to celebrate our anniversary (four out of every seven anniversaries compete with the coaching clinic…and lose), but I had an awesome dinner and camp out in the pillow fort with my kids. And the hubs and I are celebrating at a beer tasting next week to make up for it (yes—beer tasting—that's how we roll J)And no, I didn't read through the blob, but I did officially pass 50K words (albeit crappy words) on the WiP. And I added musical theatre "references" that add dimension to my main character. And I envisioned a kissing scene. That's pretty awesome.
Still feeling a little meh about my WiP productivity. About things in general. But I'm looking to my eternal optimist for eternal inspiration.
What's up on YOUR Wednesday?