This post is brought to you by Midwest Thunderstorms, wreaking havoc and stealing electricity since…forever. (Seriously, though, it’s been raining since Sunday. I love the rain, but the only things these cloudy days have brought are mosquitoes and humidity, which I do NOT love. On the plus side, electricity outages got me a shortened work day on Monday.)
WHAT I’M READING
I finished The Lucy Variations, and reviewed it last Friday. Contemporary isn’t half bad! But now I have three fantasy picks that came in at the library and YAY! First one up is Defiance, by C.J. Redwine, which I have refused to read any reviews on so I can remain unspoiled. I’m going to try not to speed-read through this one, even though I have The Girl Of Fire And Thorns waiting for me when I finish. *happy dance* I’ll give my daily weather one plus: reading is so much better during a thunderstorm.
WHAT I’M WRITING
I’m pretty sure this is the part where I say I’ve reached my goals…if I did. Does partially count? Last week I wanted to work on some character and worldbuilding, while writing my first chapter through to completion. The former two happened, and I had a crazy good time with it. The latter…not so much. I wrote around 1K (in one evening, natch), but that was the only time I actually was able to sit down and write.
So, I’m going to try to do word-count goals this week. I’ve never had much success with these, but part of that is because I’m stubbornly unreasonable when setting word-count goals, and because I’m a perfectionist and have let word-counts mess with my head at times. But I’ve been trying to work into that over the last two weeks, and I’d like to give it a go. This is a first draft, I’m allowed to be terrible, and my goals don’t have to be lofty.
500 words in five days. 2,500 for the week. That’s the goal. *pats self* Now shut up and write.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Family. Friendship. Photography.
Family. My family members are some of the most supportive and loving people…I couldn’t ask to be surrounded by better leaders, mentors, friends, and buddies.
Friendship. I’m continually amazed by the writing community and the way they enthuse and encourage everyone involved in this [occasionally terrifying] thing called writing.
Photography. Okay, so I’m biased because I know some of the people and places involved in some of these shoots…but for the most part, it’s simply the gorgeousness of Wyn Wiley’s photography that sucks me in. So much emotion in a single photo.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Well, sister’s surprise grad party was a roaring success. She had NO CLUE, which was unbelievable and a total answer to prayer. But possibly the biggest surprise was an old neighbor who came, a lady who used to hate us, warmed up to us after six years of Christmas carols and cookies, and became a hesitant friend shortly before we moved. We hadn’t seen her since we moved nearly five years ago. It was a wonderful time, culminating in a water fight and group pictures.
On Saturday I have my first training session (8 hours!) to get my gun permit. I’m interested to see what it’s like to shoot a pistol vs. what I’ve read. I could pretend that this is author research…but the truth is, where I [have] live[d], you learn how to use a gun properly, you don’t dismiss the hurt that people have caused with guns, and you don’t step on anybody’s toes about it. I’ll admit that I’m excited to learn, but I am glad to be learning from a trained professional with the proper equipment, rather than taking potshots with one of my neighbors. o.0
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