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 The Infinite by Lori M. Lee, the sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone. I also read The Legacy Human, Susan Kaye Quinn's new YA sci-fi novel. Loved it! I'm a huge fan of SKQ's blog, which is one of the best resources out there for indie authors.
I'm now reading A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, which is fabulous.
What I'm writing
More edits. All the edits. Book 3 is a jigsaw, Book 4 is too short, and large sections of Books 5 and 6 need rewriting.
Don't try and edit four books at once, guys. *picks pieces of brain off the walls*
My writing goal this week: More edits. Stop getting distracted by shiny, shiny plotbunnies...
Leaving notes in my manuscripts as I'm drafting. Unfortunately, it means when I'm editing, I'll come across them and have no idea what they mean (or find astonishingly unhelpful notes like "insert witty line here" or, my personal favourite, "EPIC BATTLE THING" in place of an actual scene). Oh, and I have so much trouble thinking of names, I tend to use initials or punctuation marks in the first draft and then have to replace them with actual names later.
What else is new
The usual - work, editing, all the emails, flailing because people out there are reading Adamant (EEEEP!). Playing Lego Hobbit.
It's also time for IWSG! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the creation of Ninja Captain Alex, and is a great way for writers to share their worries, support and encouragement.
I'm a bundle of nerves at the moment, as my first self-published book, Adamant, releases in a week! I've been through the pre-release jitters before, of course, but this time it's different because it's the first book I'm launching independently! I'm switching between excitement that I finally get to share this story and that dreaded condition known as Imposter Syndrome. In the UK, self-published books (and even small press books) aren't acknowledged by bookshops or conventions and as I don't live in London, it's difficult for me to get to most publishing events. I don't mind that (luckily, because I've never been able to get a signing and there aren't likely to be any local events), but sometimes it feels a bit isolating. So I'm having to do my usual reminder that publishing a book is still epically awesome, even if I'm celebrating alone in the attic by writing another book. Which, to be honest, is the best way to celebrate!
Only seven more days to go! :D