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
After reading so many AMAZING books in a row (Ruin and Rising, We Were Liars, More Than This, Shatter Me...etc), I had a few days where I just couldn't get into anything! Which very rarely happens to me. o.O Thankfully, I reread The Archived, and it got me out of my reading slump. ^_^
I also read Banished by Liz de Jager, an engaging and action-packed contemporary fantasy. Then I read The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, which I also really enjoyed.
Now I'm reading The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan, which I picked up at YALC.
What I'm writing
I finished my edits (on Darkworld 4 and 5)! I also worked on my draft, my novella, and outlining for another series - it's been another crazy multitasking week! Mainly because this new series idea just won't leave me alone. :P Well, it's the Shiny New Idea I got a month ago and I've been working on it in bits and stages since then. It's a complicated multi-book, multi-universe idea which will need a ton of planning before I even start writing...because apparently, I can never make things easy for myself. :P It's also insanely genre-and-category-confused (it's probably upper-YA/adult crossover urban fantasy...with alternative universes. Like Diana Wynne Jones's Deep Secret.) so I don't even know if there's a market for it...but ehh...
What inspires me
A certain shiny new idea...It's funny, because I used to worry that I'd run out of ideas! Now, I can't even keep track of them all. :P But I'm also a lot more critical, so when an idea sticks, I know it's here to stay! Especially when parts of the story start playing out in my head like a movie. That's when I know it'll be a definite WIP!
I'm also inspired by all the choices open to writers these days. I've kind of come to the conclusion lately that validation is overrated, that there are a ton of reasons books are rejected which have nothing whatsoever to do with quality. I try to make every book I write as good as it can possibly be, and as long as I do that, I'm going to find a way to share all my stories with the world regardless of marketability or publishing pressures!
What else I've been up to
Apart from edits, not much! My shiny new cover was revealed to the world on Monday, so now I'm waiting for the new version of Darkness Watching to go live!