What’s Up Wednesday is hosted by Jaime Morrow.
The Exciting News:
This is pretty much going to take place for my What Else Is Up? part of this post but since I’m soooo excited about it I didn’t want to wait!
So, yeah, that’s pretty awesome. I’m really, really, super, super excited about this. I know, how many times can I say the word “excited” in one post, right?
Oh, and sorry for no updates. Yeah, I’ve been bad about it. Super bad. NaNoWriMo, work, school, and now this exciting news has kept me pretty busy. Don’t worry, I plan to remedy the situation this coming weekend. Write up posts so I have things to publish when I’m too busy (I know, should’ve already done this) and things like that. I promise.
What I’m Reading:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret won a Caldecott award, so I had to read it eventually. I found it at Half Price Books the other day and decided that now was the time to finally do that.
I know this was made into a movie, but I haven’t seen it yet. I don’t watch movies before reading the book (most of the time). The book is good so far. It’s MG and the concept of the book is really intriguing. I didn’t really know what to expect when I started to read it.
I love how the artwork is used to help move the story forward and how detailed it can be. Even though it’s just pencil sketches, they’re very engaging and vivid. I could easily see why the Caldecott commuity picked this as a winner, even though there’s probably more pages filled words in this book than there are pictures.
Plus, it’s a historical that takes place in Paris. What’s not to like about that?
What’ I’m Writing:
I’m still working on that YA Historicals with elements of magical realism. It’s driving me insane, but I have to keep reminding myself that I hate first drafts so it’s not the story — it’s me. I felt the same way with the last two projects I worked on. For me, it’s all about revision. I love revising.
Which is why, to keep me sane and happy, I’ve gone back to revising a dark YA contemporary I wrote, Liv on Fire. It’s a fun project because it’s so different from anything else I’ve written. It’s realistic. No ghosts (I know, crazy) and that makes it difficult in a way. I have to keep things … real. But I love my MC, Liv, and the other characters in the book. I just need to tighten up the plot in a few places. It’s pretty much good to go as it is, but I want to go through it once more. Just for my sanity.
What Inspires Me Now:
The girls from NaNoWriMo2013 bootcamp of Susan Dennard. The writing sprints that Sooz is hosting. I know I said that last time, but it’s true. Susan Dennard’s writing tips on her website are really, really helpful. As is everything she and the other contributors publish on Pub(lishing) Crawl.
What Else Is Up:
Pretty much already covered this, but I’m also super excited about a writing date I have with my friend Jennie this week and JOHN GREEN this Saturday!! I seriously can’t overstate how much I adore John Green. Nerdfighters, anyone?
So, what’s up in your world?