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What I'm Reading: This week I FINALLY read this
Not too many books feel unputdownable to me, but I got a little upset that I couldn't read this one in just one day. The setting makes me want to drop everything and travel across Europe, like, yesterday. Allyson's discovery journey is poignant, relatable, and simultaneously heart-warming and heart-wrenching. My heart was in my throat for two-thirds of the book—haven't felt like that since I read NEW MOON. And the Shakespeare comparisons and references? *dies* If this book wasn't already so swoonworthy, that would've sealed the deal. I love me some Will Shakespeare.
And the book left me hoping for two things: a) an ounce, just an ounce of Gayle Forman's talent and b) that JUST ONE YEAR would hit the shelves RIGHT NOW.Currently I'm reading THE FIFTH WAVE (Rick Yancey) and FORGET YOU (Jennifer Echols). I'll hopefully report on those next week. J
How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
Last week I set the bar super high and planned to get to my midpoint. Well, I wrote just over 6000 words and um . . . I think I wrote my midpoint. But before you throw confetti, I will just say that the scene feels like the midpoint, is kind of what I wanted to happen at my midpoint, but it just doesn't feel impactful enough for my midpoint. Which—I know, I know—first draft.
Anyway, I know that I'm missing a few crucial plot items before this midpoint. Also, my draft feels like an unshapely blob. And I'm singing a few my story sucks blues. For those and so many other reasons, my goals this week include…
blob my first draft while resisting the urge to revise it (or throw it out
completely) before moving past the midpoint. Yeah. Good luck on that one,
2) Incorporate two items I know need to be a bigger part of the story.
3) Try to write at least 3000 words—a little on the low side for me, but I think #1 will take up quite a bit of time this week.
How about YOU?! What are your goals for the week?!
What Inspires Me Right Now:My WiP love list. I posted it Monday (if you want to check it out!) and I highly recommend writing one of your own. The list reminds me of everything I love, love, love about my story and has been (and I'm sure will continue) getting me through the murky middle and the my story sucks blues.
If you write a love list and post about it, let me know! They're so fun and I'll definitely check yours out!
What Else I've Been Up To:
Last night I hosted book club for six fabulous ladies and guess what we'll be reading this month?
I LOVE this book! Did I mention my book club gals are fabulous? We just have the best time talking about books and um . . . other things. JAlso, Tracey Neithercott and I made it into the Xmas in July contest! The thirty entries go up on Thursday and Friday for agent perusal, and I'm really excited to read about all these stories I've only been title-teased with!
And in family news, the fourteen year old came home from YMCA camp last Saturday only to turn around and go to soccer camp this week. Come Friday, I think she'll sleep for three days. Anyway, I just love going out in the evenings to watch her and her teammates play. And they play for my husband, so bonus. J Plus, the upside of not seeing my daughter and husband so much—my son and I get a little more Lego time. He's also trying to teach me how to play Minecraft. Mommy's not very good at that. Yet.What's up on YOUR Wednesday? And don't forget—if you've been participating in RSW, be sure to enter the giveaway and spread the word!