What I’m Reading
I finished The Taking, as well as breezing through Free to Fall by Lauren Miller and Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. All of them were excellent, but the one that really stood out to me was Everything Leads to You. It was just like any other contemporary romance, with a female main character who just happened to be into girls. It was A thing about her, instead of THE thing about her, and I really hope we see more and more of these stories.
Now I’m in the middle of Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. I really like it, although I haven’t decided yet how I feel about Alice.
What I’m Writing
A lot more than last week! I did some world building, some revision, some drafting, some rewriting, and some beta’ing. Basically, I hit every part of the writing process. You can read more here.
Also, I decided not to send out any more queries for SHARDS, and instead focus on getting FIRE in querying shape by the end of the year. I’ve still got the MS out with a couple of agents, so I’m waiting to hear back from them. But I’m not overly optimistic. I got several requests, so that was encouraging. But ultimately, this MS just wasn’t the one. And that’s okay. Writing a book is still something to be proud of!
What Inspires Me Right Now
Focusing on my writing some more last week, which I was able to do because I only worked three days last week. I’m trying to focus on controlling the things I can control, and right now, that’s writing. I can’t make anyone want to hire me or represent my work, but I CAN work on making my writing the best it can be.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Celebrating my roommate’s birthday last week!