I haven’t done a WUW since before the holidays so I’m way overdue!
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What I’m Reading
Right before Christmas, I started reading AUDREY, WAIT! by Robin Benway and I’m loving it so far! It’s hilarious and I’m glad I finally picked it up. I really should have finished by now but between the holidays and getting back into the swing of things after the New Year, I haven’t been reading as much as I should. I hope to finish it up before the weekend.
What I’m Writing
The good news is that I finally figured out a direction for my new WIP that I’m excited about. The bad news? The 20K I wrote last year are being discarded (well, saved on my computer in an archive folder) and I’m starting over. But it’s not really “bad” because a fresh start is exactly what I need. I struggled with this WIP last year and barely wrote as a result. I’m glad to put those old words behind me and write new ones with a better perspective. Focus is my word of the year, so I’m going to work hard to get this draft done ASAP.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Last weekend, I celebrated one of my best friend’s 30th birthday and there were cake pops!
Unfortunately, I also managed to sprain my ankle on the way to the party. I slipped in the rain and landed on it. Womp, womp. I still made it to the party, and my ankle wasn’t bothering me too much during it, but the next morning it hurt like CRAZY and was swollen. A Sunday afternoon trip to Urgent Care revealed that it’s only a sprain so I’ve been working from home and staying off of it this week. Thankfully it’s healing fast!
Speaking of 30th birthdays, mine is coming up in July! Which means I need to revisit my Thirty Before 30 list and see what’s left to accomplish. (Spoiler: a lot!) I’ll post an update next week.
What Inspires Me Right Now
A few things have inspired me lately:
- Susan Dennard’s post, “On Fear and FRABs (part 1).” She talked about one major source of writer’s block – fear – and really hit the nail on the head. Fear is the main reason I didn’t write very much in the second half of last year, so it was nice to know I’m not the only one to have experienced this. She has some great tips on how to push through that fear.
- 2014 is the year when a bunch of my writer friends are debuting their books! It’s really inspiring to see their success, and I’m so proud of them. I shared the list of these books in yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday post.
- Sara Biren, who just announced that she signed with a literary agent! I’m always inspired by good news like this. Congrats, Sara!!!