Hello! It’s Wednesday, so time for a quick weekly check-in. This blog meme was started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk to help writer blog friends keep up with one another, and to give us all something to blog about at least once a week! If you want to join in, or visit other participating blogs, visit either Jaime or Erin.
What I’m Reading
I finished Gary Corby’s excellent fourth installment of his Athenian Mysteries, THE MARATHON CONSPIRACY (I posted a review here yesterday). I’m now getting into Susan Dennard’s SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY. This is my first zombie novel, and I’m liking it so far. I’ll get back to WAR AND PEACE eventually.
What I’m Writing
Queries! I need to restrain myself, however. I’ve written a bunch of queries, but I should stop and wait for responses before I query more, just in case I need to tweak the query or the novel. I’m also brainstorming my next project. By that, I mean I’m running through the potential projects in my head and seeing which seems to be taking shape quickest. I have plenty of ideas, but most of them are simply “what-if” concepts. Before I start writing, I need to have a general sense of where the story’s going. I don’t need a lot of detail, just a starting point (which I have for most of them), a crisis, and an idea of where it’ll end up. The one that I’m chewing most on at the moment is an adult thriller. But we’ll see if that what I end up writing. I have some YA ideas that might work, too.
What Inspires Me Right Now
Ideas jotted in a notebook. Not fully developed plots, but ideas. All of them have potential, and it’s inspiring to know I have plenty to go on for a while.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
We’ve been dealing with that 24-hour stomach bug this past week. FourthBorn came down with it first, then wifey, just as she was leaving for the weekend. SecondBorn and FirstBorn were the next to be laid low, and finally ThirdBorn. He did me the honor of throwing up all over himself (and his bed) at 2:30 in the morning. What can I say? He’s our only son out of six kids, so he has to make his mark. Thankfully, that was the worst of it for him. He slept most of the following day and was fine by evening. The up-side of this whole experience was it helped keep me from checking my inbox every five minutes for query responses.
How’s your week been?