WHAT I'M READING
Still working on North and South and A Fine Balance. Still enjoying both of them. I just finished reading a cute book by Kerry Reichs* called Leaving Unknown. I guess this would fall under the bracket of New Adult (MC who is 24), though I doubt it was marketed that way. It's one of those books with a great, quirky cast of characters in a little town in Arizona that you kinda sorta want to pick up and move to (like a desert version of Stars Hollow or Bluebell**). Anyway, it's nice to branch out and read something a bit different from time to time. Last night before bed, I started reading Kasie West's The Distance Between Us and had to force myself to put it down close to 1 am. It's exactly what I was hoping for.
WHAT I'M WRITING
This week was surprisingly productive and a bit weird on the writing front. Remember last week when Prince George was making his way into the world? Well I had parked myself at the dining room table to work while I was watching the coverage. Yeah, I never left (and by 'never left', I mean as far as writing goes). Normally, I work upstairs in my office at my desktop computer, but for whatever reason, I've been feeling productive at the table and so I've sort of set up shop there. Hey, whatever works, right? Only problem is, I've been getting wicked headaches from having my head bent down over my laptop for hours on end. Not good.
Here's what I accomplished this past week:
I ended up writing about 4000 new words on my WIP that I'm calling In the End. And in a bizarre turn of events, I actually revised a third story that I had backburnered temporarily to work on my R&R for another story. Hey, I couldn't resist the siren song of a beachy YA based-on-my-fave-Austen love story, but it made me feel like I was stepping out on my other WIPs. I need to get back to my R&R, but right now I'm in this totally un-fun "I have no idea what the heck to do with this flaming bag of turd" phase. Though, yesterday I FINALLY had a bit of a breakthrough with something that has been driving me around the bend for ages.
Here's what I hope to accomplish this week:
Wednesday, July 31st
• spend one hour on writing (drafting or revising) - DONE (Spent today's writing session planning.)
Thursday, August 1st (!)
• 500 + new words on WIP and/or work on R&R - DONE (1200 new words written)
Friday, August 2nd
• 500+ new words on WIP and/or work on R&R
Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th
• DAYS OFF
Monday, August 5th
• 500+ new words on WIP and/or work on R&R
Tuesday, August 6th
• 250+ new words on WIP and/or work on R&R
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
I read an article on the CNN Belief Blog today, and without going into specifics (I don't ever talk faith or politics on social media), I'll just say that I was stunned by how much I agreed with the author. It is always inspiring to me when I discover others out there who feel so similarly about a particular issue or something that is close to my heart. On the flip side of things, it's also inspiring to know that there are others who hold differing opinions because (ideally) this is how thoughtful and respectful conversations start.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Well, in a move that I will probably soon regret, I decided to cut bangs. (Pic on top left below.) Not exactly breaking news, but when you consider that every single picture of me taken in the first twenty years of my life had a side order of massive bangs, that I painstakingly grew out said Vulcan/Romulan bangs (Looking for a laugh? See the pic on the bottom right.), then you might understand why this feels like such a BIG DEAL to me. I'm still not sure if I like them, but they are growing on me. (Pun intended.)
THE WALL OF BANGS
|Seriously, get a load of that crazy Vulcan 'do on the right. Yikes!|
(And no, I cannot believe I'm sharing these photos with you.)
I've been listening to a fair amount of Ed Sheeran songs lately, some of which were put out by other artists featuring Ed Sheeran:
- "Everything Has Changed" - Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran (Also featuring a super cute video.)
- "Lego House" - Ed Sheeran featuring Ron Weasley aka Rupert Grint (This is a pretty funny video toward the end.)
- "All Along the Watchtower" - a cover of a Jimi Hendrix song by Devlin featuring Ed Sheeran (I think I'd love this song more if I could delete Devlin aka wannabe British Eminem from the equation. Not big on the rap, but love Ed's voice.)
- "The Parting Glass" - Ed Sheeran featuring...Ed Sheeran (This Scots-Irish traditional drinking song is a personal fave.)
Aside from that, not much else has been going on around here. Well, except this: It's been 3.5 weeks since I last saw my husband (he's away for work), which sucks royally, but such is life. He'll be home this weekend FINALLY and I'm really looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to eating like less of a bachelor/broke college student and actually enjoying decent meals for a change. It's too easy to eat garbage when no one's around to call you on it and when you're the only one you have to cook for.***
SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU THIS WEEK?
** Unknown, Stars Hollow, and Bluebell are all awesome resources for planning the town in my WIP, In the End.
*** In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that my husband cooks most of our meals when he's home.