What’s Up Wednesday
Welcome to the last What’s Up Wednesday of September! Can you believe it? September nearly done and dusted. Autumn well and truly here. Where has the year gone? Time for some cooler temps, autumnal colors, seasonal smells, and all the things that come with my favorite quarter of the year! And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that What’s Up Wednesday is a meme created and sponsored by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. By answering four simple questions, meme participants catch each other up on their reading, writing, and life in general.
What I Am Reading
I finished A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini, and it totally lived up to the hype. You may be aware of the trouble Afghanistan has seen over the last 30-40 years, but through the eyes of Mariam and Lalia, these news events come alive. Hosseini’s skillful prose brought the sights, tastes, and atmosphere of this country home to me in a way that could only be improved by actually going there. But this is not a piece of journalism, nor is it a story of war; it’s the story of two women and their struggle to live and love despite their circumstances. I’ve given a full review over on Goodreads. It’s a thought-provoking, emotionally-charged novel. There’s some profanity, and some intense violence, so I don’t recommend it for anyone younger than upper YA and above. But it’s definitely worth reading.
What I’m Writing
I took some time to go back and re-read earlier in my WIP, and I realized that I have become more severe in my edits as I’ve progressed. Specifically, my alien girl’s English vocabulary has become more restricted the further I’ve gone on. What’s particularly telling, however, is the fact that the earlier parts are much easier and more entertaining to read. I think the part of me that strives for authenticity has to realize that while a 16-year-old alien girl’s English vocabulary may not be expansive, for the sake of the story, I’m going to have to exercise artistic license and broaden her linguistic range. After all, the novel has to be readable too. Finding that balance between alien and readable is just another one of the challenges this story presents. Hopefully I’m getting there.
What Inspires Me Right Now
I can’t think of anything that inspires me particularly right now.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Yesterday I posted some flash fiction for the YA Buccaneers “Walk the Plank” challenge. It’s strange but when I read what they gave for an opening line, I thought “1966.” And no matter how hard I tried to change it to something else, it kept coming back to “1966.” So I went with it… and it went to a place I really didn’t expect. If you’re interested, you can read it here. Nothing else strange or startling going on.
How’s your week been? If you want to participate in the meme, go to Jaime’s blog for details and the linky link to add your blog, and/or visit other participating blogs.