It’s that time of the week again–yes… Wednesday. And I’ll tell you one thing that isn’t happening this week: snow! We had some warm weather over the weekend that just about cleared away all the white stuff. There are a few snow piles dotted around to remind us of what we had. But the weather’s returning to some semblance of Eastern North Carolina normalcy. Which means the high for today is supposed to by 71 F, and the low tonight 35 F. The word “unseasonal” has no meaning here. So… what’s up this week? Not much, really…
What I’m Reading
Still reading THE STAND, and anxious to dive into CRESS and IGNITE ME, which came out yesterday. Due to me forgetting that my card number changed between pre-ordering the books and Amazon trying to charge me for them before sending them, I won’t be getting my copies until tomorrow. However, that’s just as well–I need to finish THE STAND first. And let me just say, Stephen King has absolutely nailed that all-important writer skill of introducing interesting characters and killing them off quickly. Though some good ones look set to survive… we’ll see.
What I’m Writing
I’ve joined in the Writer Recharge challenge hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Liz Parker, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Sara Biren. This challenge is a way to help writers get the year off to a good start by encouraging one another to set some goals for the month and actually accomplish them. I posted my goals yesterday. They’re not too ambitious, but, as Sara reminded me, February is a short month, so that’s just as well. I want to finish up a short story I’ve started, and I need to get my novel ready for Beta Readers (capitalized, because they’re special). My First Readers have done their reading and will soon be giving their feedback to me. By the end of the month, I hope to have willing volunteers (please email me if you haven’t already to volunteer to be a Beta Reader), and a manuscript to send them.
What Inspires Me Right Now
The Writer Recharge challenge. I’ve put my name on the linky list, and I’ve announced my goals. I’d feel a dork if I didn’t do anything toward accomplishing those goals, which is really the point of the challenge. And I hope to be encouraged and be an encouragement to others throughout the month. So that’s inspired me to dig in and get stuff done.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
The 2014 Blogging from A to Z Challenge is just around the corner, and I’ve signed up for my third year. This is a fun challenge where participants blog daily (except Sundays) for the month of April. The first blog article must have a topic starting with the letter “A,” and then each article follows the alphabet, finishing with the letter “Z” on the last day of the month. In the past, I’ve posted on random topics, usually with at least one piece of flash fiction each week. This year, I’m really putting the pressure on, because I’m planning to post a 100-word piece of flash fiction EVERY DAY. It’ll be fun, I’m sure. There are currently over 530 people signed up. This number will undoubtedly double by the end of March. If you feel like a blogging challenge, join in!