Hi again, and welcome to another installment of What's Up Wednesday. This is what's been happening in my corner of the world lately...
What I’m Reading:
I just finished Enchanted by Alethea Kontis which is a magical conglomeration of all different fairy tales. I enjoyed how the story is built around Sunday, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, and her sisters who are also named after days of the week. My favourite character was Grumble/Rumbold, otherwise known as the Frog Prince. Rather than being the typical dashing prince of most fairy tales, he always seems sort of rumpled and worn, and I found this endearing. I wish certain aspects of the story had been explained a bit more, but all in all it was a sweet, pleasant read.
Last night, I started That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard. I haven’t gotten very far yet, but I can at least say the main character’s predicament has hooked me in.
What I’m writing:
Last week, I mentioned I was working on a brutal chapter rewrite. I finally finished it, and I’m more than pleased with the result. In fact, I think it kicks the original chapter’s butt.
Now I’m going through my entire manuscript and tweaking the voice. When I was researching agents, two things kept coming up over and over: BEAUTIFUL PROSE and VOICE. Obviously, I know that’s what agents want, but the repetition of this on their wish lists scared me into taking yet another look at my story. I had a few different ideas of how I could draw out my main character’s voice and make her personality stronger, so I’m currently working on that. As for the beautiful prose, I can only cross my fingers and hope that some agent out there will like my writing style. I promise I will eventually start querying this thing. Just about there.
What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:
As nerdy as this sounds, I’ve been using pictures of futuristic cities to inspire my two chapter rewrites and latest (hopefully final) round of revisions. My story takes place in the near future, approximately thirty years from now, and it’s light sci-fi, so there’s nothing too outrageously futuristic in it setting-wise, but I’m finding this helpful in creating the urban, high-tech atmosphere. Obviously I don’t borrow from what’s in the pictures (that’s someone else’s work), but much like music, the right picture can really set the mood for writing. There are some incredibly talented artists that share their work on the internet, and you know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words.
The other thing that’s inspiring me this week is the weather. I guess that’s more motivational than inspiring. The snow is FINALLY gone here!!! Even though I mostly write at night, I always feel like I have more energy during the warmer months. That might have something to do with the fact that it’s not dark at four o’clock in the freaking afternoon anymore. It’s also less cumbersome when I’m not buried in a bulky sweater and blankets to stay cosy while I write.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
This past Saturday, we went to a book sale and two different book stores. If you think that’s kindof excessive, you’d be right. Over the last month, we’ve accumulated a whole stack of books to add to our library. Yes, that stack I’m standing behind in the picture. I thought it might be fun to see how tall it was in comparison to me. When I’m standing straight up, it’s just slightly taller than I am. I’m five foot two, which isn’t very tall for a person, but it’s definitely tall for a pile of books. In case you’re planning on trying this feat yourself, I’ll warn you it’s a two person job. I had to enlist my husband’s help to balance the tower while I built it. I think someone needs to stage an intervention.
Besides new books, I’ve been enjoying cherry cola tea. I can sense a few of you wrinkling your noses in disgust, but trust me, it’s awesome. Unfortunately, David’s Tea cancelled this flavour, which stinks because I love it. Why, David’s, why?! Our local store was out, so my husband ordered us some from the last bit of their supply, and it arrived in the mail yesterday. This tea would’ve been the perfect complement to one of my writing projects (that’s currently on hold), so I’m disappointed that it’ll all be gone soon. In the meantime, I’m savouring every drop.
Oh, and we've been barbecuing, because there's no longer a snowbank burying our barbecue in the backyard. Yay! And yes, that's a very, very recent development. Barbecuing = easy meals, which = more time for writing.
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