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!

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5 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday #2

  1. Jodi Meadows is such a beautiful writer. Her voice is so quiet yet has a lot of impact and I really like that.
    Christmas is seven weeks away?! I’ve got most of my decorations up (not the tree) but I haven’t bought ONE present yet. Yikes!

  2. I, too, have book ideas vying for brain energy–but not right now. I’m in the midst of WIP revisions, and I don’t have time to play with new ideas, yet. Especially when you’re doing NaNo, you have to stay focused on what you’re writing. It looks like you’re making progress on the Nano project–all the very best with that. I hope you have a really productive week this week, Laura! :)

  3. sorry you had such a stressful week! I have yet to read Incarnate, though I own the book. For some reason it’s harder for me to read books I’ve bought than the ones I get at the library. Hope you have a great writing week and add some numbers to soulbound :)

  4. Hi Laura, nice post. You are right. Each word is a triumph. I like that adage.

    Also nice that you seem to have a reservoir of ideas eager to get on the page!

    Good luck with everything!

  5. You are so right – every word is a triumph and that’s what matters :)

    Best of luck with everything.

    *totally pretends Christmas is an entire year away* As much as I love Christmas shopping, seeing the time-span written out like that is somewhat overwhelming ^^;

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