What I’m Reading
I’m currently reading THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray, and I can see why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The first part is a little slow as she introduces us to the characters and sets the atmosphere. Personally, I’m enjoying it, and that’s largely due to the fact that it’s well written. She’s avoiding a lot of info-dump but giving a good sense of place and character. And despite the relatively slow pace, there’s sufficient action in the opening chapters to keep the reader interested. I have high hopes this will be one of the better books I’ve read this year.
What I’m Writing
I’m still plugging away at the WIP revisions, and wavering between “this is good,” and “this is not good enough.” But what I think of it isn’t important right now. First, I need to finish revisions. Then I’ll worry about whether it’s worth taking to the beta reader stage. In the meantime, the YA Buccaneers have posted their latest Walk the Plank flash fiction challenge. I’ve had one idea for a story based on the theme and the opening words, but I’m afraid it will take more than 200 words to develop. We’ll see. I have a few weeks to come up with something.
What Inspires Me Right Now
You people! I really needed to take a blog break over the past week, and didn’t have time to visit many blogs for What’s Up Wednesday a few weeks ago. I thought that would mean no-one would visit my blog either (seems fair). But no! You lovely people still stopped by, commented, visited, and so on. Thank you so much. It’s nice to know you all still check in on me even when I’m not around the blogs for a while. That encourages me to keep this blog thing going. I’ll try to do better over the next week or so to stop by your blogs.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
This past weekend, my oldest turned 20. She got a lovely swanky new camera, so she’s now the official family photographer. Aside from reading and writing, there’s buying Christmas gifts, and the various activities around that. I’m also trying not to get sucked into playing Doctor Who: Legacy on my iPad (also available for Android). I warn you–it’s very addictive. And speaking of Doctor Who… only one week until the Christmas Special, and the regeneration, the end of Matt Smith’s era… yes, it’s a huge deal for Whovians. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas would be awesome even without Doctor Who. The Christmas Special is the cherry on the cake, though. If you like cherries–which I do.
What have you been up to this week? Don’t tell me in the comments–blog about it! See Jaime’s blog for details on how to participate. Meanwhile, tell me what’s your favorite (or favourite for my Commonwealth friends) thing to do at Christmas?