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.
1) What I'm Reading
I stopped Ash for now to read Vicious by Victoria Schwab instead. I'm definitely enjoying it more Ash. I just couldn't get hooked and it's mostly down to being an impatient reader. But come on, almost 200 pages in and you're only just getting to the castle and introducing us to more characters with long backstories? I think Stephen King definitely does a much better job at having multiple characters and keeping you interested. Vicious has already hooked me in and while the chapters jump back and forth in time I'm still pretty interested:
Victor and Eli started
out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized
the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a
shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and
seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that
under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary
abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the
experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor
breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now
foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning
ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other
super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an
enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on
both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses
have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid
prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to
heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question
2) What I'm Writing
I'm down to the last few chapters of BI in this round of edits. Overall with the first set of revisions I know I definitely have the story I wanted from it. When I get it all typed up onto the computer the next editing process will focus on a few extra chapters that I thought of and want to add in, concentrating on characters and voice which I think could do with some major editing, grammar, typos, etc.
3) What Else I've Been Up To
My week off so far has been nothing but writing and maths. I started my maths revision, only being reminded so far of how terrible I am with the subject and how easily I keep making mistakes. I'm actually doing some of my revision on BBC Bitesize and planning on getting a couple of maths revision books. It feels absolutely ridiculous. What's even more ridiculous is I have to remember how to do GCSE maths because I may have to teach a child one day who is at that level. I'm only specialising in Early Childhood Education. That's 3-7 year olds. =/
4) What Inspires Me Right Now
Someone who was in my English and Creative course at university is hosting their own workshop this year at the annual Writer's Festival the uni does. I love hearing about the success of fellow writers because it's inspiring to see them come so far. Whether it's by getting published, finishing off a project, getting ready for querying, or being seen as experienced enough to share their knowledge to new students. Their dream has come true today so maybe it's our turn next?