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 read Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis, which was wonderfully creepy and haunting - and unique!
I also read Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee. I've had my eye on it since reading the blurb, and it's just the kind of high fantasy I love to read - intriguing and well-developed worldbuilding, great characters, and creative use of magic/mythology. I loved it!
And I read Opposition, the final book in Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series, and found it to be a nail-biting and fantastic ending!
Finally, I read City of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster, another awesome YA high fantasy! I've had this on my list for a while, and I loved how the story-world was different to most other YA high fantasy I've read. The mystery had me hooked from beginning to end!
What I'm writing
Carrying on with my draft and outlining Shiny New Series. :) It's a really good job I love this story idea, because I haven't had to do this much planning and research in a long time...that's what I get for writing about multiple alternative universes! :P
What inspires me
This post from Natalie Whipple about the importance of focusing on what you love about writing, rather than on publishing politics. Which is one of the reasons why I'm on the fence about a certain contest. As I mentioned on Monday, these contests are an anxiety trigger for me, and it's easy to get caught up in the game and forget the important thing: WRITING. Obviously, contests do work for some people, and that's great! But querying is stressful enough without adding more pressure.
What else I've been up to
Today, I'm in London! I planned to take a research trip there anyway (for the book series I'm outlining at the moment)...then my boyfriend won free tickets to a concert. I'm out until very late tonight, so I'll return all blog comments tomorrow. :)