It’s been a few weeks since I’ve checked in formally, and so much has been going on!
What I’m Writing:
My writing life has been busy and varied lately, which is a good thing! My main priority and what I’m spending the most time on now is my current WIP. My project is a contemporary young adult novel tentatively titled THAT YEAR, and I’m about half way through the manuscript right now. My goal is to have it finished by the end of the year, so I’m hard at work whipping those words into shape and trying out possible endings.
Besides my main project, I’m also busy writing a column for LitReactor, book reviews for Pen & Muse Press, and contributing weekly to Writer Diaries. I absolutely love the vibrant online writing community and am having a blast contributing to various sites on the web.
What I’m Reading:
I’m about to submit a column to LitReactor featuring historical young adult novels, so I’m wrapping up a busy month of reading all things historical. Right now I’m about halfway done with SEKRET by Lindsay Smith (SO GOOD) and then I’ll be moving on to another reading project. Among recent favorites were CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein and THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak.
What I’m Listening To:
Right now I’m totally obsessed with songs that remind me of my high school/early college days and I recently came across a song that I hadn’t heard in forever. So, I’m binge-listening to “Independent Love Song” by Scarlet. It’s melodramatic and very 90’s-power-ballad-ish, but I LOVE IT!
What’s Inspiring Me:
This year I participated for the first time in WriteOnCon, and I’m inspired by all of the writers who had the guts to put their work out on the community forums. I joined in the fun and received some really great feedback from some really nice folks, and I’m thankful for the insight they brought to my writing process. Of course, I also received some comments that stung a little bit, but I’m thankful for them too, because you must have a thick skin in this business, and I’m learning everyday how to better take constructive criticism.
This week I’d love to get a good chunk of writing done on my manuscript, so I’m aiming to hit 8,000 words.
As for my reading life, I’m about to embark on a challenge to read a month’s worth of young adult literature with diverse characters and settings. I have six delightful titles round up and I can’t wait to get started!