What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow and is a great way for readers and writers to catch up!
What I'm reading
I've been reading White Cat by Holly Black, which is awesome!
What I'm writing
I'm still working on the first draft of my YA fantasy, tentatively titled Beneath the Waves (not, as I've been referring to it, 'Attack of the Mer-Zombies... :P). It involves merpeople, zombie-vampire-creatures, dark magic and my first fully realised fantasy world! I'm currently exchanging chapters with my CP's as I go and compiling a file in Word ready for all my editing notes...
Meanwhile, I've been working on getting my notes together for another series! This one's upper-MG fantasy, with steampunk elements, clockwork monsters, and Dianna Wynne Jones-esque alternative universes! It MAY be my NaNo project, if I can complete the outlines and hold off starting the draft until November...
What else I've been up to
Well, I finished my placement on a high note! I've learned a lot in the past month (not least, how to balance writing and working full-time at the expense of sleep and sanity!). I left London on Saturday and battled my way through the public transport system to get home. Home! Where I plan to spend the next week catching up with friends I've neglected, making more plans, reading books, and of course WRITING.
And here are the photos of London I promised!
The London Eye! I haven't ridden it yet, but I plan to!
Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
Waterstones = my favourite place in the world. So, given the opportunity, I visited two of them in one day!
And there's always space for a floating Yoda in front of the National Portrait Gallery!
What inspires me right now
Lots of things. Autumn leaves and ideas floating in the air. So many potential ideas...if only I had the time to turn them all into books!
It's also the first Wednesday of October, which means it's time for The Insecure Writers Support Group, the genius creation of Alex J Cavanaugh!
I'm swimming in a pond of insecurity at the moment, because my book, Darkness Watching, comes out in EIGHT DAYS. Now, I've been through this before, sort of, but when The Puppet Spell came out, I wasn't expecting it as there wasn't a set release date. This time, there is. And I still have so much to do. Promotions to sort out, blog tours...I planned WAY in advance, but with the release date changing and Life being stressful and just...everything, I still don't feel ready to face it. Another of my books out in the world. The culmination of years of broken dreams and dreams resurrected and all that dramatic crap...but it's true that the original idea for these books came from the first novel I ever wrote. The first book I received an encouraging rejection for, three years ago now. I've learned so much in the interim, but it still feels just as nerve-wracking to know people out there are going to be reading my books!
Not to mention, I'm kind of in limbo at the moment. I've finished my placement, meaning I have no full-time job. I freelance, write and work on my internship for Entangled, but I've lost that routine of always having somewhere to go...even if it was a nightmare of a commute, and fitting in writing was like battling the universe every day! So I guess I'm drifting a bit. Also, so many people I know are going back to university right now to start post-graduate courses, and I'm not because I has no moneys... *sob* So with no placement, no course, and a life that seems to make crazy directional changes every other day, it probably shouldn't be surprising that I'm thinking of my book as one of the few definites - one thing that IS happening. On the 10th October.
The thing I know I need to do? Let go. Perspective, that's what I need. And a whole lot of courage. Terrifying it might be, but it's also exciting. A new step on my writing journey. A new dream fulfilled. Once upon a darker time, I used to be terrified of everything, scared to try anything new because I was so terrified of failure. I don't ever want to be in that position again, so I keep doing things that scare me. I write books that scare me (not because of the demons or monsters, but because they're scarily challenging!). I keep chasing dreams. I think that when life gets crazy, it's easy to forget what I've ALREADY achieved. So that's my goal for this month. No matter what happens when my second novel hits the shelves, I'll try to remember that!