As I type up this week’s What’s Up Wednesday, it’s snowing outside. For those of you in cold countries, or north of Virginia, you’re probably thinking “big wup!” But for us here in Eastern North Carolina, we’ve been watching the winter weather descend upon our friends up north, hoping some of the white fluffy stuff would come our way and spare them the misery of yet another few feet to shovel through. Well today we’re getting our little sliver of fun. It may only amount to an inch or two, but at least it’s some consolation for the sub-freezing temperatures that accompany it. Again, my friends shivering in minus double digits may laugh, but it’s all relative, you know. Especially considering it was in the 60s (F) earlier today. But enough about the weather! What have I been up to this week?
What I’m Reading
I’m still working through A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin, though I’m into the latter third, perhaps even into the last quarter of the book. The world has just turned upside down for the House of Stark, and it’s not going too well for the House of Baratheon, either. I have to say, I was dreading this development, but it was kind of inevitable. After all, when you have to sustain a multi-volume series of this length, you can’t expect things to stay the same, and, indeed, the odds need to be stacked against the good guys at some point. I’m engaged, though. And the more I read, the more likely it is I’ll be picking up book two at some point.
What I’m Writing
Not a lot at the moment since I finished my revisions! I’m taking a little break, using the time to read and do some other things while First Reader (my wife) takes a look at the novel. I’ve also given a copy to my oldest daughter to look at. Once they’ve given their feedback and have indicated some confidence that the book’s worth sending to beta readers, that’ll be the next stage. Again, if anyone’s interested in beta reading my novel, please email me–don’t just leave a comment. You can read my blurb about the novel HERE, and I posted a snippet from the novel HERE.
What Inspires Me Right Now
The ideas vying for attention at the moment, and the thought that I can take my pick! I have a short story that I really need to write because I haven’t written a short story for a while, and I need to be doing that. On the novel front, I have an MG story idea, and some other ideas I’d like to pursue. I just need to get on with writing them.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Ripping CDs. Nothing illegal–just backing up CDs my wife and I have purchased over the years. We have so many on shelves and in various other places, with broken cases, without cases–such has been the last 20 years with curious children. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, so we’d have them all on a hard drive in the event they get lost, damaged beyond repair, etc. It’s been interesting to rediscover some of the CDs we have–some I’d forgotten we owned!
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