Jan 7, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk.

WHAT I'M READING
I'm currently reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It's quite inspiring. I'm having a blast highlighting quotes to share later. Seriously, most of the book is highlighted in yellow. It's that good. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a good book on writing.


WHAT I'M WRITING
For the past few weeks I've had writer's block. I've tried to write but nothing feels right. I guess I just haven't found the right project yet. Anne Lamott, in Bird by Bird, says when you feel like you can't write it's because that project isn't one you're completely passionate about.

I'll have to take it bird by bird.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Schedules. Writing in the morning. Pinterest. I also read something the other day that I think might help, writing to music. You play the same piece every time you sit down to write. I'll definitely give it a try.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I put my MG up on Wattpad to read for free. I'm a little addicted to refreshing my profile, but it's been great so far, definitely encouraging.

Jan 1, 2015

January Goals and TBR

I always look forward to the start of a new year. It's a chance to begin anew, start fresh. This is where my journey begins, here, on this blog. I neglected it in 2014, but this year I plan to be around a lot more. I think it's good and healthy to share my thoughts every now and then.

These are my goals for the month of January:

Read at least 4 books 
Blog 2x per week 
Start on a new WIP 

That's it. Three simple bookish and writerly goals. They should be pretty easy to achieve. I can't wait to report back at the end of the month to see how well I've done. As well as wanting to read four books, I'm doing the Popsugar Reading Challenge.

These are the books I hope to read this month:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Cobweb Empire by Vera Nazarian

I hope to knock some of the challenges off the list soon enough. I think this will be an exciting year in reading and writing.

Nov 10, 2014

Liebster Award

I wasn't tagged for the Liebster Award, but it looked like such a fun post to do. You should check out Jaime Morrow's blog. Her answers are wonderful. 



1. Best Writing Space?
The best writing space for me is my bedroom. I have a little desk near a corner, right next to my bookshelf. Right above that desk are inspiring writing quotes. I love the one by Salman Rushdie.

"Books choose their authors..."

2. If you could have lunch with any author, alive or deceased, who would it be and why?
The author I'd have lunch with is Madeline L'Engle. A Wrinkle in Time is my favorite children's book. I just fell in love with her characters. I remember being desperate to read the rest of the series afterwards. I'd love to pick her brain and find out all of her best writing tips.

3. Favorite way to procrastinate when you should be writing?
If you don't already know, I'm a Pinterest junkie. I spend way too much time on there looking for inspiration for my stories. I love words but photos help me breathe life into my tales. I also like to collect quotes that remind me of the story. Below is the board for my current WIP, WE ARE SHINING.


4. In less than 20 words, describe your WIP.
It's about a girl who's overcome with grief after her mom's death, and a fallen star who helps save her.

5. If your favorite writing genre didn't exist (Gasp), what would you write instead?
If my favorite genre didn't exist, I would definitely write fantasy. I've always been enamored with it, and I've always found the authors who write it inspiring. I also wouldn't mind writing historicals, maybe even historical fantasy. 

6. Favorite band to listen to while writing?
I'm currently obsessed with The Paper Kites. I have quite a few of their songs on my WIP's  soundtrack. My current favorite song is "Halcyon". The lyrics are beautiful, wonderful.

7. Morning writing or night owl scribbler?
I'm more of a morning writer. I'm more alert during the early hours of the day, as opposed to the later hours when I'm more sluggish. I can do both, but I love those early hours when no else up yet except for the birds. I get some of my best writing done then.

8. Favorite friendship in a published book?
Hands down, Ron, Hermione, and Harry from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. My second favorite would be Meg Murry and Calvin O'Keefe from A Wrinkle in Time.

9. If you could write a song to capture the heart of a song you love, the song is?
This is a tough one. I have so many favorite songs. I really love "Barton Hollow" by the Civil Wars. I think it would make a cool Southern Gothic

10. When the movie of your book gets made, who's the dream cast?
I really have no idea. I don't create casts for my stories, though I do think it would be cool to see them on screen. I did find a picture of a little girl who I thought suited my main character. She's albino. It would be important to me that my POC characters were properly represented, which makes casting tough.



That's it you guys. I had fun answering these questions. Feel free to jump in,


Nov 3, 2014

NaNo Check-in #1

Progress: I'm off to a bad start. I started writing the first day but got discouraged and stopped. I ended up switching projects. I'm a little over 400 words in, and I'm okay with that. Even if I don't win, at least I'll have the start of something new.

Mood: I'm still not sure if this project is the one, but I'm writing. That's all that matters.

Inspiration: I've had my WiP's playlist on repeat. My current favorite song is Hear the Bells by Vanessa Carlton. It's haunting. I love when she says, "Current takes me out what will be will be..."


Goal for today: 1,500 - 2,000 words. I plan to write all day. I'm behind, but it's how I write. 

Recent Favorite NaNo-WiP Line: Ivy knew there’d be no stars.

Non-NaNo News - I finished the first draft of We Are Shining. Yay! I hope to get back to it in December

Something Shiny: A while ago, I created a cover for my WiP. It isn't perfect, but I like looking at it when I'm stuck.



adopted this post from The English Badass

Oct 22, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

This is my first What's Up Wednesday post. What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk.


WHAT I'M READING

I've been reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, as well as The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. They're both magical realism, and I'm quite enamored with them. The Snow Child is a perfect read for this time of year. It makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate. I can't wait for winter's first snow. And The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is quite strange in the best way and beautifully written.


WHAT I'M WRITING


I'm still working on my MG novel. I'm nearly at the finish line, about 10,000 more words to go. I ended up lowering my word count goal. My original goal was 45,000 words, but I don't think I'll have enough scenes to make it. 40,000 is a good enough endpoint for MG. Yesterday, I managed to write the first draft of my query. The day before, I wrote a rough synopsis for my NaNo novel. I'm so excited about NaNo. I hope to have my WiP finished by the 31st.




WHAT WORKS FOR ME

A while ago I made a WiP playlist. It's helped get me into the right frame of mind for drafting. I love listening to it before I open Word.  I read a post on fast drafting the other day that was pretty inspiring. What she said made a lot of sense. The longer I take to write a project, the more burned-out I feel. Since I tend to want to edit before the draft is finished, this method is perfect for me. Read the post.


WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Besides preparing for NaNo and drafting, nothing much. I've been catching up one some of my favorite shows on Hulu, as well as watching Parks and Recreation back-to-back on Netflix. My life has been pretty uneventful this month.

Thanks for stopping by you guys!