Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I'm Reading Wednesday - The Knife of Never Letting Go, Rich Food Poor Food, and Days of Blood and Starlight

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I literally had to get out of bed the other night and go into the living room so I could cry. I won't spoil why, but let's just say that this author is not afraid to hurt his characters...

Rich Food Poor Food by Jayson and Mira Calton

Just started this one last night. It's about time for another non-fiction on nutrition. 

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (audio)

I of course had to find out what Karoe would do next, so I started the sequel. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I'm Reading Wednesday - The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Rising, The Positive Trait Thesaurus, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Back from my vacation in Colorado and break from writing!

Here's what I've been reading:

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This book is most definitely different and I'm loving it so far. Of course, I will always <3 dystopias. 

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

This was the third in the series and a perfect end, though I hope to hear more from Maya and Daniel, and Chloe and Derek in the future :). 

The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman

It's taking me awhile to get through this one because I'm reading every entry and thinking about how and if it applies to any of my characters. I plan on then doing the same thing with The Negative Trait Thesaurus. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (audio)

I love the way this book has changed in the second half and am sad that I'll be finishing it in the next few days. Now, off to find out if it has a sequel...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What I'm Reading Wednesday - Ender's Game and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Update on my goal to write 5 scenes this week: it's going well! I wrote one scene, each about 1,000 words, on Monday and Tuesday night. I'm about to make it three in a row. So far the trick has been pushing through the difficult parts and just getting SOMETHING down. I can fix the small nuances later.

On to books.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

I first read this book as an assignment for school when I was in eighth grade. I remember that I liked it a lot, but I also remember missing out on a lot of the nuances. Since the movie came out last year and I'd like to see it, I decided to go ahead and reread the book. It's even better than I remember so far. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (audio)

I kid you not, I find myself jonesing for this book. About twenty or thirty minutes before I leave work I start thinking about listening to it in the car. I kind of wish I'd checked it out as a regular book so that I could zoom through it, but I guess there's something to savoring it too :).

(Just realized I used the word nuance twice in this post. Decided to leave it be. If the word fits...)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

What I Wrote 2015 - Week 5

This week I...

Met with my critique partner
Edited the first 4 scenes of the second quarter of my WIP
Laid out the entire second quarter, including every subplot and scene, on an excel spreadsheet.
Made some pretty lofty goals.

After this week, I no longer have an excuse not to write. I have the next 20 scenes plotted out, ready to go. Because of that, I made the goal to write 5 scenes a week for the next four weeks, in order to finish writing the second quarter by March 1st. I plan to spend Sundays summarizing each scene, so I know exactly what I plan on writing. Then Monday through Friday (this will be the hardest part) I'll write one scene a day. Then on Saturdays I'll do any editing, update my excel sheet and plans for future scenes, and edit and post the next scene for my critique partner.

This is the plan, we'll see how it goes. I plan to post a short update on Monday about how the first day went. Remember, you can also follow my writing goals at My Write Club.

Wish me luck!