WHAT I'M READING
I started my first ever Miranda Kenneally book, Catching Jordan, and so far I'm really enjoying it. I love the writing and the whole girl QB thing is pretty cool too. At times Jordan's inner monologue reads like the inside of a dude's head, but that actually only lends the story some humour, which is fun.
My Chapter A Day Classic is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I'm finally getting around to finishing it after starting it a year ago and getting sidetracked. There's just something about Dickens' writing that is so witty and fun. It never feels like a chore.
WHAT I'M WRITING
Still the same rewrite, but I've moved past frustration and into denial territory. But this seems to be working for me, so I'm embracing it. I've discovered that ignoring my word count (for now) is key in order to keep moving forward. To help, I've started writing scenes (that need to end up in the story) in a separate word doc so I don't have that ever increasing word count in the main doc staring me in the face. So helpful! I can always make friends with my delete key down the road, right? Right.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
I'm inspired by other writers who experience the same kinds of doubts and frustrations that I do, and yet manage to keep pushing on. Both of the posts below deal with this topic and are well worth the read:
On Insanity... by Katy Upperman
An honest conversation about the insanity that keeps pushing us forward in this goal of publication. The endless revisions, the chance to improve our craft, the neverending questions from family and friends—there's so much to relate to in Katy's post.
You're (Not) Doing It Wrong by Rebecca Behrens
A thoughtful post about comparing our writing journeys to those of others, which is something we all deal with. Rebecca reminds us that we all have our own pace, our own struggles, and our own set of things that works for us individually. This is exactly what I needed to read right now.
• Trying to prettify our not-so-pretty back deck with plants and flowers. We get full sun all spring and summer back there, so that kind of limits us in the plant department. But we're having all kinds of fun with it, and our deck, while still not pretty, looks loads better and cheerier. I've been spending a lot of time back there reading and enjoying the sun, which is fantastic!
• Hubby and I attended his brother's birthday party on the weekend, and it was loads of fun. The theme was thrift store formal which, as I'm sure you can imagine, resulted in hilarity. Some of what showed up in all of its hideous (and not quite formal) glory: A denim one-piece shorts suit with rosettes and bedazzling, a sleeveless flower-printed (like a couch) corduroy jumpsuit topped off with a fanny pack, and a billowy chiffon jumpsuit with shiny gold buttons straight from the disco era.
• Not only am I creeping toward 200 squats a day in my 30-Day Squat Challenge, I've also added lunges to the mix. Yikes!
• Annnnd, because I'm kind of a twit, I bought Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave twice. (Derp. Ordered one copy, forgot about it while it was en route, then bought another in-store. Can you tell I have a book buying problem?) I don't like returning books, so GIVEAWAY! This isn't a formal giveaway with a Rafflecopter widget or anything. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I'll toss your names into Random.org and choose a winner that way sometime during the day on Friday. Oh, and as always, this giveaway is open internationally, because you're all kind of special. ☺
SO, WHAT'S UP WITH YOU THIS WEEK?