Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Good gracious, I almost missed it again! Wednesdays seem to arrive two and three per week, for me ;) 

What I'm Reading 

I'm currently reading Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull in bits and pieces, as I revise my own work. It's spring break week for my little son, so we may have to fit a bookstore trip in tomorrow or Friday, while it's still a treat to be out in the real world on a weekday.  


What I'm Writing 

Still revising the MG. I made a pass over chapters 4-7, but they're going to need a bit more tinkering. This is the stage of writing that I can only compare to those competitive pastry competitions - the structure is there, and all that's left is the finishing touches, but one wrong move can still send the whole thing crashing down. At least I have the undo button in my corner. 


What Inspires Me Right Now 

I have to admit, I'm running short on inspiration this week. I've been very work focused these past few weeks, holed up in the writing cave, and I'm enjoying it, but there's little else besides writing and working. This is a bad habit, but what can I do? I love writing. I never feel as accomplished as I do on days when I get some good writing time in.   


What Else I'm Up To

Waiting for the world to thaw. Usually we'd be out in the garden by now, but instead, there was more snow this week. I don't even know what to do with that anymore. Here's hoping the rest of you hoppers have something more exciting going on this week! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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What I'm Reading 

Ah... nothing at the moment. It's been an intense two weeks of writing around here. No curling up with a book until I get some writing done, except for with Sonny Sunshine, of course. He and I are reading Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. 


What I'm Writing 

Revising my MG adventure story. The first three chapters are in good working order, I feel. The next three needed major chopping and recombobulating. Which is happening all over my desk right now. I realize I haven't mentioned the title of this particular book yet. That's because it's already changed twice already, and is likely to change again at some point. Can't get too attached to these titles, you see. 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

French television. Specifically, The Revenants, or The Returned. I spent the last two weeks watching the entire first season of this absolutely skillful series. For those of you who haven't caught it yet, the premise is the sudden return of select residents of a small French village who have been dead for years or even decades. Only after watching the whole first 8 episode season did I realize that ABC has a very similar property, Resurrection, which just debuted this year. I did watch the first two episodes of Resurrection, out of curiosity. It doesn't even compare. While The Returned lets its events spool off slowly from the perspectives of everyone in town, including the formerly dead themselves, and allows the audience room to experience the emotions of the characters involved in such a fascinating and psychologically devastating series of events.   Resurrection, on the other hand, chooses to include a completely unnecessary audience translator type character, played by Omar Epps, who is brilliant but completely unappreciated by this material. He plays a government official type who is "investigating" this strange paranormal phenomenon, but has no connection to the town or the people, either living or formerly dead, and runs around doing nothing but telling in a story that is almost 100% showing. A good rule of writing is to spend your precious time showing the most interesting part of the story, and pick a main character who is the most interesting to follow. Epps's character is neither, while the ensemble cast of The Returned is absolutely loaded with fascinating characters and rich stories that do not need any third party interpreter to reach the audience. (and an exquisite soundtrack by Mogwai) If you like subtle horror/thriller stories, this is very worth your time. 
What Else I'm Up To

Well, there is still snow, but less of it. So running has commenced. It's been a few weeks, and I'm a little rusty, but I'm looking forward to adding some mileage this spring. 

What's up with you?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Sweet merciful crap, that was the fastest week ever. EVER. How in the heck is it Wednesday again?? 

What I'm Reading 

Still finishing Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore. Which should have been a quick read. But I've been reserving my reading time for quiet evenings, and I've been way too busy to get to bed at a reasonable hour. Plus, I don't know what I'm going to read next, and I have a terrible habit of not wanting to finish anything unless I know where I'm going next. 


What I'm Writing 

Nothing. I've been planning my writing, which included further consultation with Fabulous Agent and Marvelous Editor. There has been much synopsising and outlining, and hand wringing over making this next revision just right. And now it's time to move past all that and dive in again. 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

There's no time to be inspired. Only time to keep moving. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. La la la la I'm swimming, swimming. 

What Else I'm Up To

I don't even know. This was seriously the fastest week in the history of weeks. Darling Son was gone to his cousin's house for a big birthday party weekend, and I hardly left my desk from last Wednesday to this, except to get some food, shovel snow, read books with the kid, shovel snow, do a load of laundry, and then shovel snow. Did I mention the snow? There's been snow. In fact, I should get going. It's time to shovel again.  

I hope there is someone out there enjoying some non snow weather. It must still exist, right?