Writing Update, 8/9

Current WIP

Progress
There are times when I make a narrative decision and I know it’s not quite the right decision. Yet, I barrel down the narrative path anyway. At these times, I really should get a second opinion from Eric. This week will be be going back up the path, cleaning up a few things, and going down a better path.

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.

#TerraTues is a Twitter event hosted by @leighmlorien and @summerhwrites.  Every Tuesday writers share a line of their current work-in-progress based on a theme. Tuesday’s theme was “weather.”

#FlashFicHive

I had fun doing #FlashFicHive last week. The pace though, man. Definitely a different set of muscles from what I’m used to. Kinda sorta following the prompts, I finished one story (below, or link) that I’m okay with and started a second which, if I finish it, will probably be longer than 1000 words. I included some process for “The Logical Sight” if you’re into seeing how the sausage is made.

Sadly, I realized on Monday of this week that I really have too much going on this month to really give #FlashFicHive enough attention.

  • I want to get a full draft of Wicked Witch, Retired done by the end of October.
  • We’re relaunching Eric’s PHYSIC series at the end of this month/beginnging of September and I need to make sure I have all my ducks in a row.
  • VOTS leagues. Set up and registration for two of them.

So, yeah, probably no more flash fiction for me this month…unless inspiration strikes. 😉

It’s Monday, What Are You… (7/10)

…Reading?

On Twitter, @bexthebookninja is hosting an informal #reReadathon this week. Above is my laughably large TRB stack for it, especially considering I want finish Club Deception by Sarah Skilton (an ARC) by its publication date next week.

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…Listening To?

I haven’t seen Baby Driver, but I’d heard that the soundtrack is pretty great. So far, I agree. (Apparently in the movie, Baby suffers from tinnitus and uses his personal soundtrack to drown out the internal noise. I can relate.)

…Doing?

Writing, editing and formatting, reading. Should be a nice “quiet” week.

What WAS I Doing?

November Reading Wrap-Up

Challenges

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Uh… Well, the two books I *did* finish were #myOwnDamnBooks!

Finished in November

  1. “One Drink” by Max Florschutz
  2. Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

I didn’t review “One Drink,” but it was a solid bit of urban fantasy.

Additions to my Library

  1. In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle
  2. The Nikola Tesla Treasury
  3. “A Slight Miscalculation” by Deb Marlowe – Read
  4. Fantastic Creatures (Fellowship of Fantasy Book 1)
  5. The Psychology of Magic and the Magic of Psychology
  6. Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will Goldston
  7. Middlemarch by George Elliot
  8. War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

There were quite a few public domain things I downloaded last month.

Notes

I read only 990 pages this month, which actually isn’t the worst month this year. 990 beats January, February, *and* March. November was just an oddly muddled month. Here’s to hoping that December is better!

‘Tis the season to plan which 2017 challenges to join. So far, I’m looking at:

#NonFicNov ~ New to My TBR

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Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Lory at Emerald City Book Review,
Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Rachel at Hibernator’s Library,
and Julz at Julz Reads

Lory: It’s my honor to be the host for Nonfiction November this week, with our final topic: New to My TBR.

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR list? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

A list with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Books with a * are available at Tempe Digital Library.

What Am I Reading This Week? Hopefully, Lots!

This Saturday is Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! It is one of my favorite blogging/bookernet events because, well, reading!

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What I’m Reading Pre-Readathon

The Accidental Alchemist (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery) The Pit and the Pendulum Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway

I should be able to finish The Accidental Alchemist by Saturday. I also have “The Pit and the Pendulum” to read for Season of the Witch and the last story in Joyce Carol Oates’ Wild Nights! for Deal Me In. Ideally, I’d like to blog about the last two before Saturday, but we’ll see. My blogging schedule and I are only passingly familiar lately.

My Readathon Stack

I took books back to the library last week, which means, despite my #readMyOwnDamnBooks efforts, I also checked out books from the library…

Revenge The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation Holmes on the Range

Julianne at Outlandish Lit reminded me that Revenge has been a book on my TBR list for ages. Between it and Holmes on the Range, I should be set for fiction. For graphic novel breaks, I checked out The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist: Volume 1 and Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA. And lastly, I checked out an audio book, Bill Nye’s Undeniable, just in case my eyes need a break.

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What Am I Reading this Week? Same thing as last week, Pinky…

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American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest From the Dust Returned

Still working on From the Dust Returned. I was sick last week and Bradbury’s fanciful style was too much of an additional head-spin. So I started American Ghost. If I were wise, I’d finish American Ghost this week and return it to the library instead of re-renewing it. We’ll see if that happens. Have a good reading week!

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August Reading Wrap-Up

Challenges

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I’ll have a 15 Books of Summer wrap-up on Friday, but it look like I’ll finish with 12 books read. Which is great! I’m pretty happy with that progress.

In the land of #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, I felt like I had a better month than I did. I only read 2-ish books from my own shelves and DNFed one. (As a public domain book, I think I’ve acquired The Great God Pan a couple of times.) But! No additions! (Well, aside from Heaven’s Ditch which I won from the fabulous Doing Dewey, but haven’t received yet.)

Finished in August

Additions to my Library

None! …yet.

Notes

I am *so* looking forward to autumn books and autumn book challenges.