It’s Monday, What Are You… 5/29

…Reading?

The Last Train The Lost World The Princess Diarist

Should finish Michael Pronko’s The Last Train today or tomorrow with a review on Wednesday. Picked up The Princess Diarist on a whim at some point last week. Slowly working through The Lost World. At the 33% mark, no dinosaurs yet. Glad I didn’t read this as dino-obsessed kid.

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date!

…Watching?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – The best of the recent movies I’ve watched, and I’m saying this as someone who has never read or watched any of the rest of the Harry Potter franchise. I know, I know. Recover from your shock. Harry Potter has never interested me. But, a story set in a magic-and-gangster-infused 1926 New York? That sounded good. Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell don’t hurt matters either.

…Listening To?

Been on an OK Go kick.

One of their lesser videos, but it made me laugh this morning.

…Doing?

I’ll be trying to get a ton of stuff done this week before my trip to California next week.

Writing Update, 5/17

Progress
I didn’t finish my rewrite of the first nine chapters by the end of last week, but I did finish it on Monday. That has to be the quickest I’ve ever finished 25K words of rewrite. Next chapter involves some bigger changes.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 5/10

Progress
I had Eric read last Thursday. He read the first 50 or so pages and then we talked. We hashed out a couple of things that had been bugging me and it was decided that the story needed to be a little bigger. If there’s one thing I do, it’s try to keep my narratives on a drawing room scale. That isn’t always appropriate.

So, I’m doing a rewrite this week of the first ten chapters or so to nail down points that need to be firm before I write more story. I want to finish this rewrite by the end of the week.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 5/3

The theme for today was black/white. I have a lot of both and decided to go with two lines specifically about Agatha. Another couple of lines I would have liked to have tweeted, but are much too long are:

Orther saw that she hadn’t changed out of the clothes that she’d traveled in. She’d only slipped on a snowy white apron that had what seemed to be fresh jam stains.

Progress
Okay, more quoting than usual to pair with less progress than usual. I rewrote a scene on Monday to set up carrying on a narrative through line. Now, I just have to, you know, write that narrative through line.

Trusting the iterative process of writing/rewriting is a constant stumbling block for me. I know there are little things that need fixing, but I should probably just finish this draft and worry about the fixes in the rewrites.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Spring into Horror Wrap-Up & It’s Monday, What Are You…? (5/1)

Spring into Horror Wrap-Up

Hosted by Michelle @ Seasons of Reading

I finished 3.5 books for Spring into Horror:

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
  • Infernal Parade by Clive Barker
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells (more horror-aspected than I expected!)
  • Half of The Janus Tree by Glen Hirshberg
  • I also ended up reading a short story by Dean Koontz for Deal Me In, but it wasn’t very good in comparison to Hirshberg.

Now all I have to do is catch-up on what all the *other* readathoners were reading. I always love a new horror recommendation!

What am I …Reading?

Wicked Wonders The Map of Time

I’ve learned my lesson: when reading an ARC of a short story collection, get started early! I want to review Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages near the end of the month. Might get some more read on Map of Time as well.

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…Watching?

Yeah, it’s time for my yearly Justified rewatch. It is a contender for my favorite show of all time.

…Doing?

Hopefully, not much this week. April was busy with a lot of ultimate frisbee league games. June and July are going to be super busy with travelling. I’m going to try my best to enjoy a little peace and quiet in May.

 

Writing Update, 4/26

(The #1LineWed today was “curious,” and I have nothing. Wondering is close, right?)

Progress
Not a lot of words since last Wednesday. I did decide to apply a little magic theory to one of the plot problems I was having.

It’s so easy to shove writing aside in favor of other easy things. As I mentioned in my Monday post, I’m adding a time schedule in an effort to not spend the entire day on non-writing tasks. Again, so far, so good, but it’s only been two days.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.

Writing Update, 4/19

Progress
Eric and I have been talking about motivation and what intrinsic roadblocks I seem to have. Word count goals don’t seem to work for me, really, so I’m trying out a system of setting an amount of time I want to work and what scene/plot things I want to work on. So far, so good, but it’s only been two days…

I’ve added a smidge over 2000 words to Wicked Witch, Retired since last Wednesday. I finished one scene, added a second that I hadn’t anticipated.

What is This?
Wicked Witch, Retired is my current writing project. It is the sort-of sequel to a flash story I wrote, “Wicked Witch for Hire,” which is currently available in the anthology Bounded in a Nutshell.

#1lineWed is a Twitter event hosted by @RWAKissofDeath. Every Wednesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme.