What’s Up Wednesday #3

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime’s post. We really hope you will take part!

What I’m Reading

Finish INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows over the weekend. Wow! What a book. Ana’s voice is quiet, so quiet, but is all the more poignant for it. I’m dying to get my hands on ASUNDER, but there’s only one copy on the catalogue—and it has been due back since June. Not going to see it again. Might have to put in another order for one. Hmmm…

The next book on my to-be-read pile was KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger, but I’ve put that aside for now, as I have CHAMPION by Marie Lu. Yes, finally! The conclusion to Day and June’s story. Gah, I love them so much. I wanted to wait to read it, but I couldn’t. I’ve only read a few chapters, but oh, wow, all the feels. This book may just break me.

What I’m Writing

So, I have a confession. I’ve barely managed a few hundred words over the last week. I’m feeling a bit detached right now from my book—and the writing community in general. I’m just distracted with the impending move. There’s so much to figure out, and get done. Decluttering, fetching bits here and there, figuring out where to put everything, cleaning and organising Neil’s place, etc. Setting up my new writing space is going to be a big one, too. Plus, I’ve found another job to apply for. My head’s a bit of a shed right now. I’ll get there soon enough.

What Inspires Me Right Now

Not feeling all that inspired at the moment—not in the way of writing, anyway. I’m feeling inspired to clean and organise and sort through all Neil’s stuff (I’ve already rooted through mine, many times), so there’s that. I’m trying to remember Brooke McAlary’s notion of ’tilting’—to shift and sway in whichever direction I need to, allowing myself to focus on what’s really important at that moment. This is a transition period, and it will take a while for me to adjust. I can’t balance everything perfectly—not now, not ever.

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Working, visiting my extended family, and hanging out with my parents. Just the usual. Also, trying to catch up on everything—housework, laundry, emails, etc. So much to do!

Still busy Christmas shopping online. Most of it’s done—just have a few more bits to get. I’m keeping Christmas simple from now on. It’s far too commercialised. For me, Christmas is about spending time with the people we love, and making memories with them. Always has been, always will be.

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What’s Up Wednesday #2

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime’s post. We really hope you will take part!

What I’m Reading

Still reading INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows. With all that’s been going on this last fortnight, I’ve been too distracted to read much. Still, I have less than a hundred pages to devour, so it won’t take me long. INCARNATE is achingly beautiful. Meadows’ writing is so musical, which reflects the protagonist Ana’s passion for music perfectly. I love it!

Next up is KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger, which my critique partner, Stephanie Allen, reviewed earlier this week. Sounds like a lovely, fun read. I’ve not read many middle grade books, so I’m looking forward to it.

What I’m Writing

Still plugging away at SOULBOUND—hovering around 15k right now. I was supposed to be way further on than this—with participating in NaNoWarmUp and NaNoWriMo—but I’m not. But that doesn’t matter. Each word is a triumph, and more than I had before. I just have to keep going.

What Inspires Me Right Now

Pretty much everything is inspiring me lately. Ideas are throwing themselves at me. Not that I’m complaining, mind. Two concepts in particular have made an impression on me—both young adult high fantasy (so fun!)—and are simmering in a far corner of my brain. Hopefully they’ll be ready to be explored sometime next year.

More and more, I feel like is what I’m supposed to be doing—writing, especially writing young adult fantasy. I don’t feel like I’m pretending anymore. I believe that in every lifetime they’ll be very few things we’re totally sure of, and this is one of those for me. Just as I know that I want to spend the rest of my life with Neil.

I’m a writer. And I will never, ever give up. This is my calling.

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Last week was pretty stressful. I geared myself up for the interview and did all the preparation I could. While I didn’t get the job, I received great feedback in all areas, particularly on my passion for promoting literacy and creating a culture of reading for young people. Still, I was majorly deflated.

We already had a back-up plan: I would move in before the end of the year, whether I’d scored a new job, or not. But we still had to figure it all out. So I informed my parents (not going to lie, that was so hard), and handed in my notice yesterday. It doesn’t seem quite real yet. Not sure when it will. In the meantime, I’m amusing myself by figuring out where I’m going to slot all my stuff.

In other news, I started Christmas shopping yesterday (oh, Amazon, how I love thee!). It’s seven weeks away today! When did that happen? So crazy!

Giving Notice

I handed in my notice today.

My last day at the library will be Saturday 7th December. That’s just over four weeks away. Eeeek!

I’ve been job-hunting in Lincolnshire since September, and only found two jobs in my field. The first opening was cancelled before they even shortlisted. I interviewed for the second last week—a full-time post of school librarian—but unfortunately lost out to a woman with decades of experience and a formal librarianship qualification. I was gutted.

So I’ve decided to go back to university to finish my BA in English. I completed my first year in 2009, but dropped out a few months into my second year due to health issues. I’m a whole lot better now. I plan to study full-time with the Open University from home. I missed the cut-off point for this academic year, so will have to wait until October 2014 to start.

The whole point of searching for a new job was to allow me to move in with Neil. We’ve been together just short of a year and are more than ready to move in together permanently. I’ve been driving between East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire all year, living with him between my shifts. And making a round trip of one-hundred-and-ten miles every day for just a few hours isn’t feasible.

As soon as my notice is up, I’ll be moving in with Neil. The job hunt will resume when we get back from India in mid-January. Even if it’s just for a few hours a week, a job will be a great platform to meet new people (massively important in a new city, where I don’t know anybody besides my boyfriend and some of his friends), and give me some independence. Besides, it’d be extra money to spend on books and pretty things for the house. Sounds good to me!

But until I score a new job, I’ll be writing full-time (yay!) and adjusting to running my own household. We’ve been playing house for months now, but this will be the real thing. Very exciting.