What’s Up Wednesday
It’s that time of the week when we all gather round Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk‘s blogs and talk about what we’ve been up to. If you want to join the conversation, go visit their blogs and find out how. You’ll also find a linky list of other participants. So go check them out–well, not yet… read my post first…
What I’m Reading
My read of the moment is IGNITE ME, the final book in Tahereh Mafi’s SHATTER ME trilogy. This is another really good series, and one of the main things that makes it so good is Tahereh’s prose. She conveys the MC’s thoughts so poetically, and powerfully–lots of feeling, lots of showing. It’s a good story too. Of course, I can’t share too much about this book since a) I haven’t finished it, and b) I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it, or any of the series. But the story centers around Juliette, and her ability to kill with a touch. SHATTER ME starts with 17-year-old Juliette locked away, having never known the embrace of another person. During her incarceration, she meets Adam, and eventually learns more about the dystopian world in which she lives, and the struggle to bring down the powers that be. If you haven’t read these books, they’re well worth your time.
What I’m Writing
Mostly flash fiction for the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge next month. The easiest stories to write are the ones where the day’s letter immediately makes me think of a word, which evokes an image that suggests a story. Unfortunately, for most of them I’ve spent a day, even a couple of days, trying to come up with words and stories. K was really hard. Really–how many “k” words can you think of? Open up the book next to you, turn to the first page, and count the number of words beginning with “k.” Unless you opened a dictionary at “k” I daresay you were as surprised as I was to find not many. If you have any word suggestions for q, u, x, or z that might make an interesting story, I’d like to hear them. Then check back toward the end of April to see if I used your word!
What Inspires Me Right Now
The Beta Reader feedback is beginning to trickle in, and while I’m getting some very good critiques, it’s not all negative. They have offered some kind words of encouragement, letting me know the story’s worth sticking with. Team Awesome’s awesome. But you figured that. I’ll introduce you to them formally when I have all their comments.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Not much strange or startling, to be honest. I promised myself a reward for getting the novel to Beta Reading stage, and I finally had the money to make that purchase this past week: a set of recorders (as in the musical instruments). I’ve been playing piano and guitar for close to 30 years, but the recorder was the first instrument I ever learned. And it’s the only one I actually had lessons on! I learned to read music from recorder lessons. Needless to say, I have a bit of a soft spot for this particular wind instrument. Anyway, I’ve been playing again after a break of many years, and really enjoying it. So I decided I would like to get a full set: bass, tenor, alto, soprano (which is the one most school children learn to play), and sopranino. I’ve been having a lot of fun with them. Playing music is such a great way to relax. Maybe I’ll share some tunes with you one day…
That’s my week. How’s yours been?