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What I’m Reading:
I finished Phobic by Cortney Pearson and really enjoyed it. Phobic was a perfect spooky read for autumn. If you’d like to know more about it, you can check out this post. Now I’m reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and beta reading a fun, unique urban fantasy ms.
What I’m Writing:
This week I wrote 5700 words. My mc is facing some big challenges right now, and that means big challenges for me in the writing department. This may sound crazy, but I actually like that. When I plan a story, I sometimes purposely work elements into the plot that I know will stretch my writing abilities. It keeps writing fresh for me. I’m getting to the point in this ms when the plot is really going to kick into high gear, and I’m looking forward to that.
What Works for Me:
Writers often stress the importance of psychological triggers that put you in the mood to write. One of those items for me is my writing mug. Actually, I have two like this, which is a good thing seeing as one of them is usually clean then when I sit down to work. Why do I swear by this particular mug? Because it’s dark with a romantic flare, much like my WIP. I often have a favourite writing tea as well. Right now, it’s wild cherry.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
This past Saturday, the hubby and I made a traditional Scottish dinner for Outlander night. I whipped up some homemade shortbread, decorated with my thistle stamp. The thistle is the national flower of Scotland, in case you were wondering. We also made haggis, clapshot (a potato and turnip dish), and oat bannocks with honey, all of which were quite tasty. Yes, we love haggis, although we made the quick version that only uses liver. Feel free to be grossed out. It’s definitely not for everyone. The husband also put together quite the selection of awesome Scottish craft beers for the occasion (we had Dark Island and Skull Splitter from the Orkney Brewery). Plus, I tried Scotch for the first time. Holy moly does that burn going down! I enjoyed it.
Other than that, we’ve been taking nice fall walks and “squooshing.” That’s what my family used to call running and crunching through the leaves when I was a kid. As you can see in my pics, the leaves here are mostly yellow now. Even though we’ve had summer temperatures during the day lately, it’s cold enough at night to turn the trees.
So how was your week?