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What I'm Reading:
This past week I read
Slacker Alison neglected to post about it Monday for YA Book Club (sorry!) so she will share a teensy bit of her thoughts on it now...
I love a good mystery and this did not disappoint. Actually it had me guessing the whole way through. Just when I thought I solved the mystery, another believable twist was thrown in and I had to go back to the ol' drawing board. The only thing I struggled with initially were the characters and trying to keep everyone straight, but otherwise, I really enjoyed them, the plot, and the story overall.
I also finished beta reading an incredible sci-fi manuscript and am currently devouring a contemporary one. Guys. I am immersed in a blogosphere of amazing and talented writers and I am so happy I get to read all these awesome stories before they hit the shelves (because they WILL hit the shelves—well, I really hope they do!)How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
My goals for the past week included…
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.
I did reread the blob (which is not as blobby as I was afraid it would be). I worked on said scenes for Act I (still not finished—Alison has issues with first draft wordiness). I was semi-nice to myself. However, I did not work on Act II.
I also realized I work MUCH BETTER with weekly wc goals so I am going back to that. This week—I want to write 5000 words.
How about YOU?! What are your goals for the week?!
PS—I loved the comments I received about my "blob" and especially enjoyed the suggestion that everyone should have B-Movie names for their WiPs. Or some kind of name, right?!
My last story was a Beauty and the Beast retelling so I simply called my crappy first (and second, third, fourth,…) drafts the BEASTLY CHICK MAGNET (the story's name is CHICK MAGNET) so I'm trying to come up with something clever for the new story (although I do really like the blob). I'll get back to you on that. What about you? Do you have clever and WiP-related names for your "crappy" first drafts?
What Inspires Me Right Now:
1) YOU. I've been going through a bad case of meh, and your comments on my post last week made me feel so loved and so much better. I just wanted to say a huge heartfelt THANK YOU.
2) During an evening beach walk last week, we stumbled upon these
A nice reminder that the most beautiful creations don't just happen. These obviously took a lot of time, patience, and heart. Good to keep in mind as I write this first draft.3) My playlist. I've been listening (and adding) to it constantly and I'm in a perpetual state of excitement about my new story. My playlist's really long, but here's a sampling of the daily musical inspiration…
You're the One that I Want (Grease)
Everybody Wants You (Billy Squier)
Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke)
I Feel Pretty (West Side Story)
Still Into You (Paramore)
Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (Aerosmith)Born to Hand Jive (Grease)
um…and a lot more. *facepalm*
Do you have musical inspiration? What's on your WiP playlist?
What Else I've Been Up To:
The family and I went to the beach last Wednesday and arrived home Sunday afternoon. It was GLORIOUS. Unless you count my ancient Crackberry with an extremely weak data plan, I had NO internet access (which—I hate to say it—was sort of awesome) and it was kind of nice to be able to just focus most of my time on what matters most—my family. We went to the beach several times, watched a different movie just about every night, and had an awesomely amazing time. I really wish I could go back right now. Sometimes it's nice to just get away and not do much of anything (yet still do a lot of important things—if that makes sense) And so, I'm okay with not completely meeting goals for this week.
What's been going on in your world? And what's up on YOUR Wednesday?!