It’s hard to believe another week has gone by already. I meant to post since last week’s What’s Up Wednesday, but this time of year is crazy busy at my house, and time got away from me. In case you’re new to this whole Wednesday meme, it’s something my sister and I came up with to help people stay in touch with blogger friends. The format is pretty open, and it’s basically meant to provide a framework for sharing whatever is going on in your neck of the writing world. We’d love it if you’d take part!
What I’m reading:
The other day I finished That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard. I liked it a lot, but will reserve my comments for another time as I’m hoping to compile my thoughts into a review.
Now I’m finally reading Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. I’m only a few pages in, but my fingers are crossed in hopes that it lives up to Grave Mercy, which is one of my favourite YA books ever. Heck, forget that it’s YA, it’s probably just on my list of favourites, period.
What I’m Writing:
I’m still plugging away at some revisions, though they’re pretty minor for the most part now. It’s been exactly a year since I started this manuscript. Halfway through May last year, I fished out my old notes on this story and threw myself into the writing. Soon I’ll be querying, and the urge to dive headlong into another project is grabbing me lately. I’ve started on the sequel to my manuscript, but haven’t been able to dedicate much time to it yet. I also have another WIP that’s been on the backburner for quite some time that I’d love to revamp. And I have another idea, complete with notes and inspiration, that’s just begging for attention. Why aren’t there 80 hours in a day?
What’s Inspiring Me Right Now:
The rain. We’ve had a bit of rain lately, which is so much nicer than the piles and piles of snow we got this winter. The other night my son and I stood in our back doorway and just smelled the rain together. You know that damp, earthy scent? Love it. And watching my son breathing it in was one of those special mom moments for me, the kind where I feel like this is how life is meant to be.
Last night, we had our first thunderstorm of the season, and it was a doozy. I was sitting here working on the couch (at an ungodly hour, as usual) when the rumbling started. It turned into that sort of thunder that shakes the whole house. We had some pretty nice lightning too. I love a good, scary thunderstorm and for whatever reason rain always puts me in the frame of mind for writing. I think it’s because things slow down and there’s a tendency to stay inside when it rains. It makes me feel introspective, which inevitably leads to creativity.
Oh, and in case you'd like to listen to some rain for the purpose of inspiration, check this out: rainymood.com.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
I had a lovely, relaxing Mother’s Day this weekend. We went to The Broadway Café, one of my favourite restaurants. It’s a little greasy spoon 1950s diner with pictures of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe all over the walls. I’m really more of a Buddy Holly, American Graffiti kinda gal, but I still love the atmosphere. With my son’s peanut allergy we have a limited list of restaurants and though it’s pretty much the opposite of fancy, we tend to gravitate to this café even on special occasions. They make a mean patty melt.
So what’s up with you these days? Go ahead and share in the comments or feel free to join in on your own blog. If you’d like to sign up for the blog hop, go to my sister Jaime’s site: here.