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What I’m Reading:
I was finally able to read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and thoroughly enjoyed it. The prose was lovely, the island setting both quaint and haunting, and the plot twist satisfying. I had my suspicions about the latter and was in the right ballpark with my guess, although had I not known there was a big reveal, I doubt my mind would’ve been racing to figure it out. I also read In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg, a fun, sweet book reminiscent of You’ve Got Mail.
Now I’m about halfway through The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman. It’s not a fast paced novel so far, but I’m in suspense. I’ve also been reading a little more Romantic era poetry for research, particularly Byron and Sir Walter Scott.
What I’m Writing:
Thanks to a monster writing session this past Saturday, I’m almost to the 25k mark on Enlighten. I’m not sure whether that’s good or bad seeing as I’m only partway through Act 1. I’m going to go with good and we’ll see how I feel about it come time for revisions. If you read my RSW post on Monday, you’ll know I was struggling with a plot issue. I think I’ve got it figured out now and hopefully the rest of the scene will play out properly. I’ve left my characters in a precarious position and I should probably get them out of it very soon (insert evil laugh here).
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Beautiful storytelling in all its forms.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Yeah, I wrote almost 10k this past week, so I was basically a hermit in the writer’s cave and didn’t do much else that was noteworthy. That’s perfectly fine by me though. Besides the same old same old routine (write, read, walk, curriculum, conquer mountain of laundry, etc.) I did stumble across something on the internet that thrilled me to bits.
It’s become a tradition in our house that every St. Patrick’s Day we watch The Secret of Kells. If you’ve never seen this absolutely gorgeous cartoon, you’re missing out. Every frame is a work of unique, Celtic-inspired art and the story is an original blend of history and Irish mythology surrounding an illuminated text. In short, it’s a feast for the eyes and the imagination. You can probably guess how excited I was to discover that the same director is coming out with another movie in a similar style: Song of the Sea. This tale is about a selkie and judging by the trailer it’s going to be every bit as magical and engaging as The Secret of Kells.
Apparently it’s coming out late in the year, but being a smaller film, I’m not sure if it’ll be released in many theatres. We saw The Secret of Kells at a local vintage theatre that tends to show independent films, so I’m hoping, hoping, hoping they’ll decide to bring in Song of the Sea as well.
So how’ve you been lately? Care to share?