Today I'm participating in What's Up Wednesday, a weekly writing blog hop to stay in touch.
WHAT I'M READING
I started reading THESE BROKEN STARS and have to admit, I almost put it down. Actually, I did put it down. It couldn't buy into the angst and the liking each other and then almost insta-hate, but I found myself still thinking about the book and the setting. And if I was still thinking about it, I figured I'd give it another try. And once I got passed that beginning (slash kinda the middle) I started really enjoying it. The setting is wonderful, but so different than the SF I'm writing, and I started really liking the characters and what was going on with them. I haven't finished yet, so I'm interested to see how it ends.
WHAT I'M WRITING
I've been finishing up the (hopefully) last draft of revisions for THE DISLOYALTY OF COLORS, my YA SF. I hope to query it sooner rather than later, but I'm not putting any deadlines on it. I think I'm gonna have one last round of critiques just to make sure that the revisions I did aren't totally off-base.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
I've been a little down on the inspiration front lately, but then I started reading Jack Canfield's The Success Principles. I'm only a little ways in, but I already feel more invigorated. He talks about creating goals and then doing everything in your life with those goals in mind, and only doing things that line-up with your goals. While this is a bit extreme, it was a good reminder that your goals should be at the front of your mind. I was kind-of forgetting this. So I realigned my work with my goals and feel so much better!
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I've been working on my YouTube channel. I was apprehensive about it at first because I thought it'd be something where I'd run out of ideas or that it would get old, but I'm really enjoying it. I post book reviews, vlogs, nerdy things I've made, random thoughts and obsessions, and I keep getting more ideas. There's just something about creating videos that I really enjoy, something that you can point to and say "I made that". It's similar with writing, but with that, it takes much longer to point to something and say "I did that". If you feel inclined to check it out, you can find my channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/StessaSays