WHAT I’M READING
Since I last blogged (weeks ago), here are a few of the books I’ve read:
THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler. So many feels. I love a good family-centric YA story.
THE DISENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCour. I didn’t really relate to any of the characters, but I could relate to that overall feeling of being fresh out of high school and on the cusp of something. Of EVERYTHING. Some great moments, especially if you’ve ever taken a road trip with friends or if you’ve ever crammed into a random person’s basement to listen to a crummy, but charismatic band. I found myself nodding many times as I was hit by wave after wave of nostalgia.
WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. Cool concept, but I figured out the twist ending way in advance, so that took away a lot of the WOW factor. It’s also hard for me to connect/relate/sympathize with the issues of super rich people.
I just started reading CHARM AND STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn. Good tension so far.
WHAT I’M WRITING
I finished my JULES revision/rewrite/millionth draft! Now I’m incorporating some reader notes and doing the most tedious thing of all: cutting filler words.
Words Like: like, like, like, like
Oh, and LIKE
While everyone else is drafting 50,000 words next month for NaNo, I shall be getting rid of 5,000. Or that’s the hope through slashing filler and doing general sentence tightening, etc.
So far I’ve cut: 651 words
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
After a round or two of revisions, I paste random chunks of my WIP into Wordle. It’s usually a few chapters at a time, so I have a decent enough sample size to be accurate (statistics FTW). I already know I use “like” and “just” way too much, but this helps me spot other overused words and some are surprising; I use “time” way more than I would ever think.
After I’ve got a list, I scan my document using the “find” function to count the number of times (hah, there I go again) each word appears. I make a chart with the info because I enjoy seeing the numbers drop.
Scanning for filler also helps me spot overused phrases and extraneous sentences and redundancy.
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
I watched (part of) a college rugby match and didn’t know what was happening at all. And I didn’t realize until later I was cheering for the wrong team. Yeah, I’m brilliant. To be fair, only the names of the team’s sponsors were on the uniforms.
I went to two book sales. Before the second one, my husband asked, “How is your to-be-read shelf looking?”
I said, “There’s still room, damnit!”
So I added a new stack, precariously balanced, which my cat promptly knocked over with his big bushy tail.