WHAT I'M READING
I FINALLY finished Wuthering Heights, and I have to say it ranks in the top five books I'm glad to be done with. It is my opinion that there is nothing even remotely romantic about this book. Unless you consider bat shiz obsession romantic. I don't. So not my favourite Brontë sister offering. (Charlotte gets my vote.) Anyway, I think I'll return to Dickens' Great Expectations and finally finish that one (almost a year after I started).
WHAT I'M WRITING
Speaking of overwhelming urges to shake someone/thing... If I'm being 100% honest, the deeper I get into this rewrite, the worse I feel about how it's going. I just keep adding more and more words (that I don't have room for) and still haven't addressed everything I want to. Not going to lie, it's beyond frustrating. Last week at this time was a high point. This week? Definitely a valley. :/
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
My wonderful writer friends on Twitter. I mentioned my frustration with my rewrite and in under five minutes I had three people respond with encouragement and support. It's stuff like this that keeps me from going crazy or giving up altogether.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Besides being a Debbie Downer? Lots of fun stuff:
• The 30-Day Squat Challenge! (I'm using 'fun' lightly here.) Special thanks goes out from my saddlebags to Katy Upperman for bringing this
• I'm beta-reading another really great YA story. This one is absolutely hilarious and there have been many laugh out loud moments. Bonus points to this writer for a Menudo* reference that nearly made me spew coffee all over my computer.
• Trying to freshen up my home office with a new look. Turns out finding curtains in the pattern/colour scheme I want is next to impossible. I know what I'm looking for, but I'm starting to think it doesn't exist. Since I spend an awful lot of time in this room, I'd like it to be the kind of place that feels inviting and where creativity can thrive (as opposed to going to die).
So, what have you been up to lately?
* A Puerto Rican boy band that was first formed in the 1970s. A young Ricky Martin was a member at one point. My exposure to this band was through an episode of the 1980s sit-com Silver Spoons. And yes, I know I'm totally dating myself.