WHAT I'M READING
Still working my way a chapter a day through North and South and A Fine Balance. I finished up The Story Of Us by Deb Caletti, which I thought was fantastic, and I've moved on to Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. It's really cute so far! I especially like all of the nods to familiar fairy tales. That said, I can't help wondering if I'm missing some of the less familiar references. Such a fun book, though!
WHAT I'M WRITING
Well, as it turns out, I didn't touch my revision of Watch of Night at all this week. Whoops! I guess I was more inspired to work on the new WIP while thinking off and on about what needs to be done in those revisions. I only missed a daily goal once, but I more than made up for it on the following day, so I'm okay with that. I'm having a lot of fun with this story, and that's pretty much all I can ask for right now. Here are my goals for this week:
Wednesday, July 17th
• 250+ new words on WIP and/or long overdue planning/outlining - DONE! (825 words)
Thursday, July 18th
• 500+ new words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! (tons of planning!)
Friday, July 19th
• 500+ new words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - FAIL. :-(
Saturday, July 20th & Sunday, July 21st
• DAYS OFF
Monday, July 22nd
• 500+ new words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! (1350 words)
Tuesday, July 23rd
• 250+ new words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night
***As always, I'll be tracking my progress each day right here on this checklist. But unlike always, this week I'll be allowing myself to substitute legitimate planning days for any of the daily goals listed above. I feel like it's high time some planning takes place.***
I don't know what it is, but every now and then I go through periods of intense nostalgia, which can be very useful when you're a writer. There's nothing quite like mining your own experiences to enhance the stories you're working on, whether it's digging deep to recall how you felt in a particular moment, or actually using that experience with a few minor alterations to the details. This past week, I borrowed from my (awesome) memories of regular family trips throughout Northern Michigan to add flavour to my WIP which is set in that state. I guess this is a case of writing what you know. Personal experience can be all kinds of inspiring!
|Tea + Chocolate + A Good Book:|
The perfect combo for a rainy day!
One day this past week, I stepped away from everything (namely, my computer aka the ole ball and chain) and spent the day at the lake with a good friend. It was wonderful to set things aside temporarily and just relax on the beach in the sunshine. Aside from that, I've mostly been hunkering down while Hubby's away, writing, reading, and catching up on TV series I've fallen behind on (Haven, Covert Affairs, FNL...). I lead a very exciting life. Right. Oh! And I've been enjoying yummy German chocolate from my lovely CP, Elodie. (Thanks!)
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SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU THIS WEEK?