In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writer’s keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part.
What I’m Reading:
I got a nice chunk of reading done this week, seeing as I’ve been on break from writing. First, I finished Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I liked it even better than Cinder, which probably had something to do with Wolf. Or, you know, everything to do with Wolf ;)
I also read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Normally I don’t criticize books on my blog, but there were historical inaccuracies and plot issues in this one that I couldn’t overlook. In a children’s book about the Holocaust, I find this troubling. Especially when writing for a young audience and about such an important topic, authors need to get their facts straight, and sacrificing realism in favour of storytelling gimmicks is not okay. A visit to Goodreads let me know there were many other readers who reacted similarly, and I agreed with their reviews. I’ll leave it at that.
Next, I read Origin by Jessica Khoury, which I really enjoyed. The rainforest setting was beautifully described, and there was enough mystery to keep me hooked throughout the book.
Now, I’m reading Rush by Eve Silver.
What I’m Writing:
Nothing yet. My break after Pitch Wars hasn’t been overly relaxing, so I might extend it a bit. I’ll probably ease back into my writing routine by rereading my WIP first. I also need to do some brainstorming to spice up my plans for the ending.
As for Pitch Wars, I did get one “ninja request,” meaning a request from someone not on the list of agents participating in the contest. Without getting into the details, it’s not something I plan on pursuing, but I do find it encouraging that there was some interest in my pitch.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
I know I just linked to a post on Pub Crawl last week, but this one, entitled The Safe Zone, was too good not to share. In it Marie Lu discusses falling into lazy, uninspired writing as opposed to writing That Book—the one with heart. Yes. Yes. Yes. I so needed to read this. Now if only I could stop being tired and string some words together in a pretty and meaningful way.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
Mostly the usual everyday stuff with a lot more reading sprinkled in. Yesterday we took our son on a fieldtrip to see an exhibit about Queen Elizabeth II at a local museum, and an educational time was had by all. Also, these fun additions to my ever-growing nerd shirt collection arrived in the mail: a mashup of the minions from Despicable Me 2 and Star Wars, and a very cool Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows design. (Can you spot the Deathly Hallows symbol there?) Love 'em both.
Other than that, it was a fairly quiet and cold week. I’m in hibernation mode. Bring on the tea and books!
So how was your week?