1) What I'm Reading
Got a bit further into Ash by James Herbet. It's quite slow paced, getting to the spooky location so I'm hoping once the MC is actually there things are going to start happening!
2) What I'm Writing
Editing for Beast Inside. On this current round of edits I'm almost at the end. Then it's continuing to get this second draft onto a word document. Already I have an idea on what to add in for the next round of editing. I would love this to be the year I look for betas.
3) What Else I've Been Up To
I've started a free course on forensic science. This website Future Learn holds free courses lasting a various number of weeks from universities around the UK. I thought it would be quite interesting to learn about and also use it as research if I ever decided to give crime fiction a go. I've also signed up to two other courses: England in the Time of King Richard III and How to Read a... Mind. The latter is a cognitive science course looking at how we react to fictional characters and why. I thought that would be pretty interesting as a writer.
Also had some good news this week. I've finally been accepted onto a PGCE course! If all goes well and I pass my literacy and numeracy skills test I'll hopefully be studying Early Childhood Education in September. :) One step closer to becoming a teacher!
4) What Inspires Me Right Now
Getting onto this course has been inspiring. It's an awful feeling when you've had rejection after rejection. Even though people tell you otherwise and stay positive for you, you can't help but feel like you want to give up. You do take it personally and it's tempting to stick to that mindset that none of your dreams are going to happen. It was a strange feeling seeing that offer appear because all of a sudden it was really happening. I could be waking up in September ready for classes instead of work. It's the end of being a teaching assistant and pretty soon I'm going to be the one standing in front of the class, responsible for up to thirty children. It's given me a bit of a confidence boost and now I'm more determined than ever to make this the year I feel ready to query my WiP. If we're all lucky we may get snapped up immediately. But if not we have to remember that even though it's not happening right this second we're all going to be authors someday. Some things just take more time than others.
End of cheesy speech. How's your week been? :)