Today I'm participating in What's Up Wednesday, a weekly writing blog hop to stay in touch.
WHAT I'M READING
I just started THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern. This is actually the second time I got it from the library because the first time I never got around to reading it (because I had like 8 books from the library and had to return it before even opening it). But I'd heard so many great things about it, I had to get it again. I'm only a few chapters in but it's so different and intriguing and atmospheric! I really like it so far.
WHAT I'M WRITING
Still working on revisions and the query for TDoC. I haven't done any actual writing since it's with a few CPs, but I've already realized a few small tweaks I have to make before querying. And I'm researching agents. (So not actual writing, but has to do with writing.)
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
For my education classes, I'm reading about fixed mindset vs. growth mindset. Fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence and talent is fixed; that it's innate and cannot change. Growth mindset is the belief that you can acquire more intelligence or talent as you grow and learn. This concept is reinforced by telling students they're smart (fixed) or telling them they're hardworking (growth). [You can read a NYTimes article on this here if you feel inclined.] I thought this concept is really interesting because I kinda fell in the middle before hearing about it. I always thought I was decently smart/not quite talented in English (I was always told I was good at science), but I work hard at it. I attributed my wanting to write to stubbornness over talent. But that stubbornness is actually just a growth mindset, that I can keep learning and become skilled at it. So this makes me feel inspired that I can grow in to talent by working hard.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Still working on my YouTube channel. I've started doing nerdy crafts which just doubly adds to the mind set of creating things. On Monday, I made a dalek from Doctor Who, which didn't quite go as planned, but seeing it on my shelf is pretty cool, knowing that I made it myself (without a guide and only from a picture!) If you'd like to check out my channel, it's here: http://www.youtube.com/user/StessaSays