It's time for 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'm happily back to reading again! I read Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, which is a fantastic historical-paranormal with zombies. I also read Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, which is fabulous - really unique and original worldbuilding. I've ordered the second book already!
I also read The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. It's a really gripping YA dystopian with an awesome paranormal twist!
Now I'm reading The Oathbreaker's Shadow by Amy McCulloch, another YA fantasy with excellent worldbuilding.
What I'm writing
It's such a relief to be writing again! I finished the short story I was working on, aka shiny secret micro-project! I say "secret" because I'm not 100% sure what to do with it yet. It's 6000 words long and related to the Darkworld series, so that's a big clue. But once I've got feedback, I'll be able to talk about it more! :)
And I'm carrying on with my artsy YA urban fantasy. ^_^ As I'm mired in the Evil Middle of the draft, every day has been a battle with the blank page and I've only added 5000 words to it this month thanks to the Plague. *hangs head* I'm determined to meet my Ready. Set. Write! goal this week, though!
What inspires me
Feeling almost normal again! Wheeeeeee! :D
Also, this post on Janice Hardy's blog. While I don't self-publish (yet!), the tips are so helpful for all authors - particularly about avoiding triggers for self-doubt post-publication (*cough reviews cough*), keeping a "feel-good file" or email folder (I actually have some nice reviews and positive things stuck on my walls to keep me motivated!), and remembering WHY you write. Great advice all around!
Other awesome posts, including this one about how being published doesn't automatically fill you with self-confidence (I can attest to that!); this superb post from Martina Boone about what she learned before getting an agent; and this very relatable post about the struggles of the querying writer!
What else I've been up to
Enjoying the sun! :) Until the thunderstorms came back. Ah, British summer...
I've also been re-watching Doctor Who and anime! Puella Magi Madoka Magica, which Miss Cole recommended to me a while ago (and which is amazing and broke my heart), and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (which is always awesome).^_^
And I received an email containing something very shiny and (*whispers*) book-cover-shaped. Or possibly several somethings. And yes, I will be sharing them. In good time. *evil writer laugh*
(I'm just waiting for confirmation on something from my publishers. I wouldn't be that cruel for no reason! ;) )