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've been on a high fantasy kick this week! I read The Shadow's Curse, which is the sequel to The Oathbreaker's Shadow by Amy McCulloch. This duology has such a unique magic system and superb worldbuilding!
I also read Relic by Renee Collins, which also has an original take on magic. It's set in a fantastical version of the wild west, where extinct magical creatures are mined for the powers left in their bones. Such a cool idea!
And I finally got my hands on Ruin and Rising, the last in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I've been SO excited for this! And wow. I loved it! This is one definitely of my all-time favourite series!
I also bought the rest of the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson, which is another fabulous YA high fantasy series. I wish there was more YA fantasy like this!
Next up: Asunder by Jodi Meadows, the sequel to Incarnate!
What I'm writing
Still plugging away at my YA urban/contemporary fantasy draft.
I also got out the draft I finished in April again, briefly. It needs a serious revision and at least half of it will need to be rewritten from scratch, but I had a couple of ideas about how to revise it, so I made some notes. I definitely don't have the time to start revising it yet, though...
...because it's Editorial Email of Doom time for Darkworld Book 4! This is for the pre-edits, before I'm offered a contract. It's pretty tough, but worth it! Walking Shadow (Darkworld #2) went through intensive two pre-edit rounds because I had to rewrite half of it from scratch, whereas Book 3 only went through one round. I'm crossing my fingers that it's the same for Book 4! I should be getting that email any day now...
And I got distracted by a new plotbunny on Saturday and couldn't resist doing a bit of worldbuilding. Which turned into a lot of worldbuilding. Because it's a complex multi-world fantasy which has the potential to be a long series...oh dear. This really isn't a good time to be distracted, which is probably why I got the idea in the first place...
What inspires me
The fantastical worlds of other writers! I had a few days where I didn't feel too inspired with my own WIP, but I've read so many great books this past week, I started to get my inspiration back! Even if it wasn't for my actual WIP. :P
What else I've been up to
Work, work, work...and I mentioned shiny book-cover-shaped things last week. Well, my newsletter subscribers will be the first to get a look at one of these when I send out my second author newsletter this Friday! You can sign up here if interested. ^_^ (And I will be announcing some Darkworld news next week! :D)