Friends, it’s been a not-so-great couple of weeks. It started shortly after my last post when I got some disappointing writing-related news. I won’t go into it, but it left me feeling discouraged and I decided not to share my pity party with the rest of the world. A few frustrating personal things also happened, which didn’t help. I’m still kind of dealing with some of it, but writing-wise I’m feeling much more positive, so here I am! I figured What’s Up Wednesday was the perfect way to check in.
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What I’m Reading
To be honest, I haven’t been reading as much as usual this year. For the past 2+ years, I read about a book a week, but in 2014, I’ve read like 2 books. Maybe I just needed a break? But I’m in the middle of reading these amazing middle-grade stories written by my friends. I’m really enjoying them so far! It’s pretty incredible to read published books by people I personally know. I’m so proud of them.
I’ve also been critiquing and beta-reading a few friends’ manuscripts, which is always fun.
What I’m Writing
I’m still plugging along on my new WIP, but I haven’t worked on it much since I last posted. That disappointing news I mentioned above made me second guess my new idea again, so I decided to get some feedback from a few friends. Basically, I worried my idea wasn’t big enough. Getting feedback helped. I’m feeling a lot better about my WIP and ready to forge ahead. I’m sorry I missed out on the rest of Writer Recharge. I hope it went well for everyone! The YA Buccaneers have a new writing-related challenge coming next month, so stay tuned to our blog for the announcement!
What Else I’ve Been Up To
The last few weeks haven’t been all bad. I spent a weekend in the Poconos with my husband, one of my best friends, and her boyfriend. And they got engaged! My husband and I were in on the plan, so we helped with the execution. It was so amazing to be there! Then while the boys skied, my bestie and I hung out at the house and talked about her wedding plans while watching Say Yes to the Dress on Netflix. So fun! We don’t live in the same state so it was great to spend some quality time with her.
What Inspires Me Right Now
- Reading friends’ manuscripts and published books.
- Spending time with close friends.
- Conversations with other writers about our stories.
- My little break from the Internet. It was actually nice to unplug and recharge.