Oh hi, Wednesday. What’s up!
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What I’m Reading
If you missed it, on Monday I blogged about ALLEGIANT for Tracey Neithercott‘s YA Book Club – if you’ve read the book, check out my thoughts here. (Warning: spoilers at that link!)
Since I last updated, I finished RED by Alison Cherry. Here’s a mini review for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge: it was such an entertaining read! The plot follows Felicity, who lives in a town called Scarletville where the majority of the population has red hair, which is considered powerful. Felicity hopes to win the Miss Scarlet pageant but she has a huge secret – her vibrant red hair is actually fake. And out of nowhere, a blackmailer is threatening to out her. On the surface, it’s a story about a girl desperate to hide this secret so she doesn’t lose her popularity and credibility, but deep down, it’s about self-acceptance. I didn’t always like the choices Felicity made, but I loved her transformation at the end. I also enjoyed the cast of characters, including Felicity’s best friends and love interest. I highly recommend RED!
Now, I’m re-reading CATCHING FIRE. It’s been so long since I read it, so I figured it’d be nice to refresh my memory before seeing the movie. I probably won’t get to see it opening weekend but I’m excited to watch sometime in the next few weeks. Will you see it?
What I’m Writing
In my last update, I told you that I was diving back into the contemporary YA WIP that I started earlier this year. I had over 12K already and my goal was to write 500 words a day. Well, I didn’t consistently write 500 words every single day, but I made up for it on days when I wrote more. In the last two weeks, I wrote 7370 words and reached 20K! I’m really excited about my progress. I’d like to finish this draft (60K) by February 1, if not sooner. It’s a messy draft so far, but I’m happy with the scenes I’ve written and still loving the story. I’m going to be a little looser with my daily word count goals, but I’d love to hit 25K by Thanksgiving.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
I have a new favorite activity – Zumba! I need to start exercising more, but the problem is I hate the gym. Now that my commute to and from work is shorter and I have more time after work to do things, I decided to check out a local zumba studio. I loved the class! When I was in middle and high school, I used to take tap and jazz dance classes multiple times a week. This Zumba class, with the loud music and fun dance moves, reminded me of that time. And it was a crazy workout! I barely stopped moving for the entire hour. I was drenched in sweat afterward and sore the next day. The studio also has a Zumba core class, which involves weights, so I want to check that out too.
Also, this past weekend, my husband and I painted our kitchen/dining room (it’s all one open space). It was originally tan and now it’s gray, and I love it. Painting was actually pretty fun. We binged-listened to episodes of This American Life while we painted, and it went by quickly.
What Inspires Me Right Now
One of the things that’s helped me reach my writing goals the last few weeks is the YA Buccaneers word sprint. If you don’t already know about it, at least once a week (and this month because of NaNoWriMo, at least 3 times a week), the YA Buccaneers have been hosting hour-long word sprints on Twitter under #YABWordSprint. During the hour, you write or revise as much as you can. If you join a sprint, you can enter to win our monthly giveaway. For more info, check out our website or follow the YA Buccaneers on Twitter. There’s a sprint tonight and tomorrow night, both at 8 PM ET.
What I like about sprinting is the community. We all root for each other as we write/revise, and celebrate each others’ successes. It’s a great motivator!
What’s up with you this week?