WHAT I’M READING
Currently, I’m engrossed in some unsettling non-fic – People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry.
This past week, I read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but overall it was gripping and well-written, and it lives up to the hype. It’s one of those books that needs to be reread to catch all the little details.
There are several lines on page 64 that really stood out to me and after reaching the end, they stood out even more:
But she did it. Because you do. It is incredible what you do, knowing you have to.
WHAT I’M WRITING
My goal this week was to get to page 50.
I GOT TO PAGE 50!!! Just barely, but I’m there.
I’m aiming to get to 100 by the end of the month (dream big!), so I’ll have to write roughly a dozen pages each week.
The hardest thing for me is to keep pushing forward, even as I’m cringing at the terrible dialogue and lackluster setting. I have to fight the urge to clean it up and remember that I can do that when I revise.
I *may* also pull out that WIP I swore I wouldn’t start editing until the fall because I think I need to chop about half of it and give it more focus. I have a bad habit of trying to cram two or three different stories into one. I’ve got a few ideas to fix the issues and I should jot those down before I forget.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
My cat has his follow-up appointment on Friday and I think it’ll go well. He’s eating again (like there’s no tomorrow) and gaining weight back. Still not entirely sure what the issue was – maybe an infection or kitty IBS? Hubby and I switched him to a grain-free diet and our cat now eats better than we do.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
The 4th of July is tomorrow and it always reminds me of being a teen and watching the movie, Independence Day, on opening night with my boyfriend (now husband), several of his friends, and my older brother.
The crowd was SO into it – during several parts, including the one where the dog narrowly escapes the explosions, we were all standing up and cheering. It was so much fun and for a few hours, we were all friends and there wasn’t anything to worry about because there was no doubt Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum would save the world.
I enjoy reading realistic fiction (and non-fic), but sometimes there’s nothing quite like the good guys (or girls) kicking some ass and making the world seem a little less scary.
So that’s what’s inspiring me this week – all the “good guys/girls” and the idea that a group of people can have fun together without it turning into a political/religious/social/etc. debate.