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 some great books for review! Taste of Darkness, the final book in Maria V. Snyder's Healer trilogy, is a great finale (I'll be posting my review soon!) and I'm currently writing up my reviews of 18 Things by fellow Curiosity Quills author Jamie Ayers and Soulcutter by Lexa Cain. Both are fantastic reads! And I'm finally reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which so many people have recommended to me!
What I'm writing
I've been catching up with my NaNo goals, which hasn't been easy as I've caught the usual winter cold and every sentence is like pulling teeth! But I've managed to keep on target - just! I'm at nearly 28K total, with 16K written this month, but I'm sort of cheating and including words added to my Darkworld novels during edits in my NaNo word count.
But it isn't easy. I mentioned reviews in my IWSG post last week, and I hoped that I'd managed to get my inner anxiety-freak under control. But I'd forgotten how hard it was to pull myself out of the slump once I fell into it, and trying to edit the rest of the series whilst getting constant feedback on the first book, the one book I can't change, is distracting to say the least! But I've just finished the final self-edit of Darkworld Book 3 before sending it to my publishers, and I should be hearing news on the next editing stage of Walking Shadow (Book 2) any day now. *eek!*
I've just been struggling with self-confidence issues, which inevitably affects how I perceive my writing. I used to suffer from anxiety and depression (and still do to some extent) and whenever I'm feeling particularly down, the old demons threaten to come out to play. I try to be positive, but it isn't easy when I'm feeling the pressure to put on a front and pretend everything's OK! After all, complaining about reviews is a big author faux pas- it feels like something you're not supposed to talk about, but I definitely underestimated how much of an effect it would have on my writing (though when I decided to draft the whole Darkworld series before the first book was published, I definitely had the right idea). So I haven't been as engaged with social media as I used to be. I've read a lot of posts lately about the struggle to balance everything, and I know this is something I need to work on!
What else I've been up to
When not dying of the Plague, I've been playing Pokemon X, doing internship work, and editing!
What inspires me right now
Christmas! (which is apparently signaled by the appearance of the Coca Cola advert on TV...) I'm usually a complete Scrooge, but I do enjoy having an excuse to buy books! :)