Wednesday, 29 January 2014
What's Up Wednesday
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 on what we've been up to.
What I'm reading
I read ACID by Emma Pass, which is a fantastic UK-set dystopia with an Orwellian government and a badass heroine. It's been a while since I read a YA dystopian which really gripped me, so I'd recommend this!
I'm also reading Bloodfever, the second in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. This is such an amazing urban fantasy series - I've downloaded the last three books already! (I think I'm addicted...)
I also started the I am Just Junco series by J. A. Huss. It's my first time reading New Adult Sci-Fi, and it's great - dark, gritty stuff, packed with twists and turns. I finished Clutch and am starting Fledge, the second book.
What I'm writing
As I finished my YA post-apocalyptic fantasy draft last week, I started on a new WIP - a YA urban fantasy! So far, it's been slow but fun. I'm taking my time over the first few chapters, setting up a new fantasy world with new rules, which always takes forever, but I love the characters! Plus it's fun to be writing something more on the light-and-amusing side rather than a dark angstfest, like the last WIP.
Aaaaand the secret shiny mini-project is almost done! Hopefully I'll be able to reveal what it is soon!
What else I've been up to
Ugh. I've not had a great week. I think the word "querying" says it all, but add that to job rejections, reviews, life crises and everything else the universe sees fit to throw at me, it's been tough just to keep going.
On a more positive note, I've been editing and proof-reading some awesome books, for CQ and for clients. I love being busy - bizarrely, it makes me less stressed, because I'm channelling my angst into something else. Like typo-hunting and looking up word/phrase definitions and triple-checking details and such. I get weird looks from my family, who can't fathom why I enjoy these things...
Ah, well. I'm also the only person in my family who likes reading. Go figure.
What inspires me right now
Persistence and perseverance, because on some days, when every time you open your inbox you find another piece of unwelcome news, it's hard to focus on writing and it's tempting just to give up. But, as I've learned from experience, there's nothing more satisfying than getting a ton of work done on a day you could have given up. Nothing's better than getting 2000 words written despite the constant discouraging interruptions and moments of why bother? It's like a big F-you to the universe.
Also, when you're writing, it's easy to think you're totally alone in these things. But it's not true. The writing community on Twitter never ceases to amaze me. So supportive and genuinely nice - something amazingly hard to find elsewhere (the exception being my family and my boyfriend, who have been AWESOME this past week). :)