WHAT I'M READING
I devoured Clockwork Princess mostly in one sitting, and I have to say the ending was so different than what I was anticipating. Good, but unexpected. For some time now, I've been wanting to reread the first few books in the Mortal Instruments series and then continue on with the ones I haven't read. Plus, with the City of Bones movie coming out this week (!), I wanted a refresher. I'm enjoying it all over again, so that's good. For my Chapter A Day Classics challenge, I plowed through Fahrenheit 451 and was mostly 'meh' about it, and now I'm attempting to tackle War and Peace. So far it's a lot easier than I thought it would be, the only real challenges being the microscopic font, the multitude of footnotes, and just as many princes and princesses to keep straight. Honestly, I think I can do this.*
WHAT I'M WRITING
I only managed to write about 1400 words all told this week, but that's all right with me. I feel like I need to mull over this story a little bit and make sure that I'm addressing everything I want to. I have to keep reminding myself that it's a poopy first draft and to embrace it, but as someone who revises as she writes, that's SO hard to do. What this story needs is more of a detailed outline.
Instead of using my usual format—setting daily word count goals and failing—I've decided I'm going to keep it simple this week: I'm going to try and write for at least an hour a day on the weekdays. I'm still taking the weekend off like I normally do because Todd and I are (hopefully) going away for the weekend, but an hour a day should definitely be doable.
Before I forget: To thank you for your participation in Ready. Set. WRITE! this summer, we will be giving away "fresh perspectives" (aka critiques) to FIVE lucky participants' first ten pages. Each of the hosts will take one set of ten pages and offer up a fresh set of eyes, thoughts and suggestions on your work. Sound good? Stay tuned for more details and a Rafflecopter widget during next week's What's Up Wednesday. ☺
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Monday was my birthday (August 19th), and turning another year older always makes me introspective. On the same day last year (which happens to be World Humanitarian Day), Beyoncé performed the song "I Was Here" at the United Nations, something that has really got me thinking about this whole notion of making a difference, making a mark on this world in my lifetime. Life is short, but I can think of few things greater than to "leave my mark so everyone will know I was here" in whatever form that takes.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Monday was a great day all around. Todd got home the night before my birthday, so that was a definite plus. We decided that since it was such a gorgeous day, we'd do some exploring around our province. So we headed about an hour and a half southeast of here to a place called Dry Island Buffalo Jump and spent the next couple of hours marvelling at the beautiful badlands (and the fact that apparently cacti grow in Alberta). It was such a nice day, and driving through all of the back roads with crops growing on either side of the highway was very peaceful and relaxing. We went out for a delicious dinner at the One Eleven Grill where I had one of my favourites—lobster mac and cheese—some Granville Island Lions Winter Ale (with vanilla notes), and a delicious dessert of sticky toffee pudding. All in all it was a WONDERFUL day, and I feel extremely fortunate for everything I've been given.
|The Alberta Badlands: Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park.|
And then there was the AWESOME care package my lovely CP, Elodie, sent me. Somehow it magically appeared right on my birthday all the way from Germany! Perfectly timed and such a thoughtful thing to do! But that's Elodie—thoughtful to the core.♥
|Yummies, tea, a beautiful journal, inspiration dice, and|
a holographic post card of Mars that is just awesome!**
SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?
* Though, with 366 chapters in total in War and Peace, I've decided to read five chapters a day so I'll hopefully finish it before Christmas as opposed to a year and a day from now.
** My first WIP (that Elodie read and helped a ton with) is about a colonization mission to Mars, so the post card is especially cool and inspirational.