04 Mar

What’s Up Wednesday

PLANEBORDER2I’m up and at What’s Up Wednesday again, this great little blog hop started by  Jaime and Erin where we writerly types tell you what we’re up to.

WHAT I’M READING

This week I read Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Fall of Night by Rachel Caine, the 14th Morganville Vampires book. I just started Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs this morning, a book of Mercy Thompson short stories.

Last week I mentioned that I’m having a hard time getting into books, and this week it was weirdly hard again, but maybe a little easier? I picked up several books before settling into each one, and then had to really push myself to get going. It’s like my brain doesn’t want to slip into these other worlds. Cut it out, brain, because this is no fun.

I did enjoy the books I read, though, so yay. There’s only one more Morganville Vampires book and that really bums me out. I hate finishing a series.

WHAT I’M WRITING (+ WRITING GOAL)

I’m still plugging away on on my Girl Band vs Zombies series. I had a break through on the current book this week when I realized that I was trying to keep from having one of my characters do some evil things, and it was messing everything up and keeping me stuck. Now that I’ve let them have their way and be evil, things are clicking into place. Hurrah!

I don’t have a specific goal this week, just, more. More! As is often the case with me, now that I’ve gotten this book mostly straightened out, I want to write the next one. Gotta finish this one first!

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

Turning off the internet on my computer and listening to music on the tablet. I’ve been listening to the Chicago soundtrack a lot, some punk mix cds from 15 years ago, and Imagine Dragons new album.

Also, plotting in more and more detail. I keep finding annoying plotting notes like “And then they figure this thing out and expose these secrets” without any notes on how that is accomplished. Unhelpful, past me. Unhelpful.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

It’s new comic book day and I am just so excited that Rat Queens and Saga are out today that it’s hard to think about anything else. Ahhh! If you haven’t checked those comics out, the first trade paperbacks are ten bucks–or can be found in most decent library systems. I highly recommend their awesomeness!

Otherwise… it’s been a week of reading, writing, or doing writing research. I wrote a blog post about researching different ways to kill zombies. Writer research is always strange, isn’t it?

5 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. Happy to hear things are clicking into place again with your story. Here’s hoping that leads to lots more words/progress! I totally forgot about Imagine Dragons’ new album. Thanks for the reminder! As for reading slumps, sometimes I’ll just pick up something super light that I don’t have to invest a lot of time or thought into. It kind of cleanses my palate, I guess you could say. Then I’m more ready to jump into something a little more involved. Not sure if that would help??? Anyway, hope something grabs and holds your attention soon! Have a great week, Faith!

  2. Sometimes it’s best to let the characters have their way!

    My plotting notes are similar. Very helpful, Past Emma. 😛

    Have a great week! :)

  3. I had a slow reading month in January- I just didn’t want to read that much and nothing was really amazing. February was a much better month, probably because I’ve had so many reserves coming from my library that I have no choice but to read!
    I had the same plotting notes problem as you- one of my end plot points was- “captured by bad guy, they escape, HOW?” I was hoping I’d figure it out by the time I got there but NOPE. I did finally figure something out but I’m not super happy about it.
    Have a great week!

  4. I’m sure you’ll get into a new book soon, because I’ll keep poking at you about it. 😀

    I’m glad you finally got this WIP figured out. I knew you could do it!

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