Welcome to What's Up Wednesday, a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow. Here's what I've been up to this past week!
What I'm reading
I've been reading lots of children's/MG books this week, to get in the right mindset for revising my MG steampunk fantasy (as up until now I've been working on my dark, angsty post-apocalyptic sequel and needed to read something more light and upbeat!).
I read Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, which for some reason, I haven't read before. I have no idea why! It's about a world where bigger towns eat smaller ones. Yep. It's wonderfully creative and original! I bought the whole series and read them in three days!
I also read The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand, which is fabulously sinister and creepy! It's like Roald Dahl crossed with Tim Burton. Awesomeness.
What I'm writing
I finished my draft!!!!! In an insane day-long writing session in which I wrote over 6000 words, beating my lifetime record! I've mentioned before that I'm a slow writer most of the time, so I'm still convinced an alien took over my brain for the day. Or possibly a demon.
I'm also working on my YA contemporary fantasy draft. But my main focus is now on...
...revising my MG steampunk fantasy! :) This went better than I expected, considering what a mess I thought the draft was in when I finished it in December. Looking at it with fresh eyes got me excited about it again! It's now ready to send to CP's/beta readers. Yay! :D I'm actually *gasp* tentatively hopeful about this one. If anyone's interested in beta-ing for me (it's a fairly short book, seeing as it's middle-grade), then I'd really appreciate the help - and I'd be happy to return the favour! :)
What else I've been up to
Other than work and catching up with reviews...not much! Now the lovely weather's departed, I'm back into hermit mode.
What inspires me
Progress! :D That insane adrenaline rush when the end is in sight and you just want to keep typing and typing!
rediscovering the love for an old story! I love this odd tale of
alternative universes and dragons and clockwork monsters. I love the
eccentric characters. It's a very "me" kind of book, which naturally
means it's totally bizarre. :D