What I'm Reading
I'm partway into Wuthering Heights, my Chapter A Day classic, and I'm surprised that I don't hate it just yet. Colour me shocked. That could change, but so far, so good.
I'm also just about to start reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, which I'm kind of excited about. I've heard only good things, so that's always a major plus when starting a book.
What I'm Writing
I've made some really good strides with my rewrite, so that's certainly a plus. I'm discovering how fun it can be to rework what I've got. Really, it's kind of like a giant patchwork quilt made up of stuff I already had, new material I'm sewing in, and parts that have been snipped apart, switched around, and stitched back together again. It's exciting to watch this thing evolve.
What Inspires Me Right Now
This "practice makes perfect" notion that has been pounded into our brains since infancy actually might have merit. I've given up on a good many things in my life because I wasn't seeing progress quickly enough. There are two things in recent months that I haven't ditched—learning to drum and writing—and, lo and behold, I've gotten much, much better. The progression to this point is noticeable. I remember thinking I was never going to get the hang of drumming, but I've somehow managed it. The same goes with writing. Who knew I'd be able to write a whole book? But I did. Two, actually. I thought my writing would be complete crap. It (mostly) isn't. It still needs work, sure, but knowing that I'm improving is all the inspiration I need to keep at it. Practice makes progress and eventually proficiency. (Because perfection is one of those unattainable goals.)
What Else I've Been Up To
• I've been watching Battlestar Galactica with my husband, trying to get all the way through to the end this time around. We've always enjoyed it, but for whatever reason we got sidetracked and never finished the series.
• I'm no longer just practising the side drum on a drum pad, I've moved on to playing on the real deal. Holy cannoli, is that thing loud. Seriously, my ears ring forever after playing it, especially when you throw the bagpipes into the mix at practice. Oh, and it weighs 20 lbs. It's kind of a workout wearing that thing strapped to your chest and concentrating on playing it right.
• Speaking of workouts...After a long winter of sitting on my butt (reading and writing, of course), I thought it was high time I got some exercise. I've started using the treadmill for 42 minutes a day → the exact amount of time it takes to watch a Veronica Mars episode. That's right, I'm getting my marshmallow on while becoming a little less marshmallow-y.
So what have you been up to lately?