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 read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, which is a really good YA historical fantasy about witches. Then I read Half Bad by Sally Green, also about witches - but it couldn't be more different! It's easy to see how this book's drawn so much attention. It's gritty and intense with a fresh, contemporary voice!
My copy of The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa arrived, and I eagerly dove into the finale to the Blood of Eden trilogy, knowing many tears would be shed! And I certainly wasn't disappointed.
Now I'm reading The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan. Gargoyles, demons and gothic romance in 1890's Paris - I love this series!
What I'm writing
I'm slowly inching towards the end of my draft...
It's not been the best week for my poor other WIP's. Due to a combination of receiving a critique, reading a ton of writing articles, and generally being in a hyper-critical mood, I took a long, hard look at all of my works-in-progress, and came to a decision. The MG Fantasy draft that's been sitting on my laptop since December needs rewriting from scratch (but on the plus side, I've finished my revision plan!). The other YA draft I finished in April is being indefinitely shelved until I figure out what to do to fix it. And I've rewritten the beginning to my YA post-apocalyptic fantasy...again...
BUT, I'm doing the brave/crazy thing and entering my first contest with this project! Eep. I've been tinkering with it for weeks after getting my last round of feedback, afraid to move on even though I've revised the heck out of it - so I'm pushing forward. I just have to hope that at some point, the stars will align for all of my projects!
Meanwhile, I'm carrying on with my YA contemporary fantasy, and also plotting a new YA high fantasy based on an idea I had a few months ago! I might write this one next. (This is how I avoid insanity when waiting in the query trenches/waiting in general. By constantly thinking about the next project!)
What inspires me
The many, many useful articles on Janice Hardy's blog, and also this series on character arcs. It's been so helpful with outlining/re-outlining!
Also, writing the revision plan for my MG Fantasy book. Even though I have to rewrite it from scratch, I have a better idea of what I'm aiming for this time! :)
What else I've been up to
tax forms. *mock cheer* To cut a long and tedious story short, as a UK author
with a US publisher, I have 30% of my book royalties withheld unless I
go through the torturous process of filling out a bunch of paperwork.
Starting with obtaining an ITIN (International Taxpayer Identification
Number). So, I am passport-less for a while, and I have to trust that
Royal Mail don't lose my official documents. o_O (I'm filing this under "Things No One Tells You About Being An Author". Ah, well!)
Other than work, I've been having fun with creative-type things. ^_^ Since coming back from holiday, I've been trying for more of a balance in my non-writing life, as most of the time, it tends to consist of me spending too much time on the internet. So I'm trying for more non-writing-related hobbies like painting, drawing, card-making, etc. Things I used to do when I was younger, before everything became a competition, and Art GCSE stole my soul...
But, seeing as I have enough stress in my writing life, I'm taking up painting, drawing, and card-making again. I'm a complete amateur, but it's purely for fun, this time! :)