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Which FRIEND said, “It’s a moo point. It’s like a cows opinion.” Which I still think makes all kinds of sense.*
What I’m Reading
Well. Still UnSouled by Neal Shusterman. I have made little progress since last week thanks to the fact that I have ALL THE CRITIQUING to do. I did get to see Neal Shusterman this weekend at YAK (Young Adult Keller) Book Festival, where he gave a brilliant key note (more on that below!) and can’t wait to have more time to finish UnSouled. It’s not exactly light reading, so falling asleep with it swirling around my head isn’t the best idea, which means I need to find another time to read it. I also bought Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, and have been sneaking peaks in my spare time. So pretty.
What I’m Writing
I’ve written about 3,000 words on my WiP since last week. I finally got to a scene I’d been wanting to write, which means I didn’t want to stop until I finished, and so I wore myself out. (But it was worth it!) I also did character sketches for a TV Pilot, and plotted the episode. I’m working on the script with no idea what kind of future it might have. It’s interesting switching between mediums, and voices, and styles. I feel like a sword being sharpened for battle. It’s uncomfortable.
What Inspires Me
YAK Fest took place over the weekend. Unsuprisingly, being surrounded by well-known, debut, and soon-to-debut authors was the very best kind of kick in the pants. I consider myself a motivated person. I take my pursuit of publication seriously, I try to maintain forward motion as much as possible, but still it can be hard to keep it up. Life is distracting — sometimes necessarily so — but a day dedicated to books, to readers, to writing, is a great way to refocus.
What Else I’m Up To
I did an interview with my friend Susan Bishop Crispell for the release of her Adult Magic Realism novel Love & Cupcakes. Check it out here if you’re interested. We talk fangirling, writing tips, and, of course, cupcakes!
I shared last week about our new puppy, James and the positive effect his presence has had on my son. Sam is also three weeks into his first Karate class and last night he really began to show more focus and less frustration. To quote him, “That was totally awesome!”
Jaime Morrow got the FRIENDS quote last week. It was Chandler Bing. She wins all things.
However, the episode was still undeclared. Ifyourecurious it’s The One with Ross’s Teeth”, which, BTW, is a fave.
*Get the FRIENDS quote this week and I’ll send a t-shirt from my short film, Cassie’s Cause, which is this close to being done!(No cheating!)