What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime’s post. We really hope you will take part!
What I’m Reading
I finished the book I was beta reading, and wrote her lots of thoughts and comments. Don’t interpret that to mean it wasn’t brilliant. The reason I had so much to say was because it was phenomenal. I am now reading another MS for a friend. All I can say about it is that I feel very fortunate to be reading this before the world (other than her agent). Yes, I am bragging. Also, still reading Defiance, and I am liking it again. Reading moods are weird. That’s all.
What I’m Writing
Not a lot new on this front. Just thinking and plotting and planning. I feel a little like a master villain, tapping my fingers and maniacally laughing. Every time I sit down to write I think, “Hmm, how did I write all the words again?” I know it happens, and it comes in spurts and fits and sweat and bloody fingers. The innocence I went into my first novel with — which provided the abandon to write and not self-edit— is gone now. I think it’s a little like losing your virginity. I can’t un-know how it feels now, because the first time will never happen again. And that familiarity has to become my new starting point. I just can’t forget how good it feels to actually do it.
What Inspires Me
Twitter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on Twitter this last week and just felt utter joy. I have two things to say about this. One: Twitter is a distraction. Sometimes I am laughing about how I can get lost in it and then I’m thankful when my phone dies. Twitter is a vital writer lifeline to the world and other like-minded people, but it’s not actually real life. (Usually I realize this when my son is talking to me while spraying the dog with the water hose.) Two: I don’t care because I love it and it feels productive. This of course is the danger, but still, interacting with other awesome and motivated writers makes me feel unstoppable and legit. Plus, this Tweet:
The Teens in my workshop. All the ideas and the thoughts. The support for one another, and the tolerance of my co-teacher and myself. The way they can carry on a conversation with me, text, and dance with their friend, all at once.
What Else I’m Up To
Trying to get motivated to exercise again. Using alcohol as a reward seems counterproductive, but so far…
Swimming. My son thinks he’s a fish out of water. Recently, he realized he could hold his breath and put his face under the water. The world has taken on a whole new light for him.
Thursday evening I’ll be visiting the Irving Public Library to see these awesome people (including my brilliant workshop teacher/heartbreakingly talented writer/super-nice chick Nova Ren Suma) for a sure to be mind-blowingly fantastic panel and signing.
Happy Wednesday to all! ‘Sup?