What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop with other folks on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you want to join, visit a few other WUW blogs each week, get to know other writers, and spread the writerly love!
What I'm Reading
I started a new audiobook, The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler, which is exactly what I needed. It blends themes from my two current WIPs, a Latina main character and her family, and parent with an illness (or in my Nano novel, a grandparent). It's really helpful to see how an accomplished author handles these aspects within YA.
Right before this, I ditched another library audiobook (women's fic). This book started slow with mundane details. Literally, grocery lists and wondering when she should buy food since she wasn't going straight to her destination and the food would get warm in the car. I read to escape! Groceries are boring enough in real life, I don't want to read about them! Maybe when you are a multi-published author you can get away with this. But why would you want to? The main character was supposed to be my age or younger (early 30s) but based on her interests and narration she sounded a generation older. With a To Be Read list of 100+ books, sorry. I'm out.
I began Clara Kensie's Run To You last night, which I mentioned a couple weeks ago. I could barely put it down! It's a suspense story, and it's also serialized, meaning it is being sold and debuted in 3 parts, which is a newer trend I've seen going on. Given I've been focusing a lot on first chapters, this one does NOT mess around. Immediately, the clock is ticking and the character begins her journey. And I never felt lost because enough context was hinted at.
What I'm Writing
My Monday post details the #WriterRecharge goals and progress. I'm officially back to working through my agent notes for a manuscript we plan to sub. I already cut 4k words by eliminating my first chapter and reorganizing the next two. It really is stronger for it. First chapters suck, btw. I'm learning to like them more now that I'm getting the hang of what needs to be there and what doesn't.
What Inspires Me Right Now
What Else I'm Up To
Tonight my RWA chapter is bringing in historical romance author Jade Lee. At RWA Nationals, I took her workshop on writing multi-cultural fiction. First of all, she is hilarious. She is loud, a little crass, and very personable. Her workshop gave setting and character crafting strategies I'd never heard before. I've referred to the notes twice already since July. Looking forward to meeting her again.
I also volunteered to put together a themed gift basket for Spring Fling in April, an RWA regional conference in the northern Chicago suburbs (more info here). Last year, YA author Erica O'Rourke did a Dr. Who basket which was so fun--DVDs, kitchy memorabilia. The gift baskets are bid on as a silent auction and then the proceeds go to charity. Anyway, I suggested a Supernatural themed basket. The fandom is huge, and there are books tied in. I've been tagging some ideas, now I have to order the stuff and put it together!
What's Up for your Wednesday?