What's Up Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. Perfect for readers and writers who want to share what they've been up to on a weekly basis and right now the place to share your goals and track your progress for Ready. Set. Write!
1) What I'm Reading
I started reading Storm Front by Jim Butcher which I'm loving at the moment. Unfortunately it's opened my eyes a bit to the previous book I read The Unicorn Crisis by Jon Rosenberg. As I started reading this book I was thinking: snarky MC with powers? Started when he was a teenager? Killed someone with said powers? A murder has happened and he's a suspect? I think Rosenberg must have liked The Dresden Files a bit too much. I did like The Unicorn Crisis but I'm a bit disappointed in all the elements of the story that are too similar.
2) What I'm Writing
Overall goal for Ready. Set. Write!: Complete July Camp NaNo to finish off the story I started in April's Camp NaNo and decided to put aside for a bit of a chill out. Also complete the round of edits I'm doing for Beast Inside. I'd like the 2nd and 3rd edits which I'm doing back to back to be finished by the end of summer.
Weekly goal for 28/08/2013 Get anything done, even if it's a little bit of writing.
I got some writing done. Yay! I'm well into Chapter 31 of Beast Inside and wrote a little more of Chapter 15 for Consequences.
Overall I didn't get both stories finished which I was hoping for but I've worked quite a bit on them at least. I'm going to keep going on them and get them both finished. Then I might just concentrate on editing all the drafts I've completed so far. I'm undecided about taking part in NaNo this year because of all the drafts I've finished and could do with working on.
3) What Else I've Been Up To
I'm currently in Darlington at the mo so I've been spending time with Pete's family. Went to see The Mortal Instruments with his cousins and sister in the cinema. Apart from another couple we were the only ones there. The film was okay. Wasn't too keen on some of the actors. Loved Simon and the actor who played him. Great casting choice there.
Also went to The Forbidden Corner, a strange mystical park in North Yorkshire. It's really a family outing sort of place so me, Pete, his cousin and her boyfriend must have looked a tad childish but it's great fun. Apart from the areas that spray water at you. I came out absolutely soaked and filthy from crawling through tiny tunnels.
4) What Inspires Me Right Now
Ready. Set. Write! has been an amazing inspiration and motivation. Summer is the worst time for my writing. Nothing ever gets done. But this writing intensive has been brilliant in getting me to dedicate myself to writing goals and seeing that I achieve them. I'm hoping there's another one next year!
The Forbidden Corner was a great source of inspiration. It's such an eccentric, fantastical place that had my mind buzzing with ideas for a fantasy WiP. I'll be doing an inspirational settings post on it along with Pompeii. This summer has been amazing for great locations.