Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday Weekly

The writing side:

I hit some serious roadblocks with SHARDS this week.  First, I didn't know what happened next. Then, I got over it, but even knowing what had to come next didn't make the writing any easier.  I know we're supposed to be all passionate about our writing, but there are just some weeks when eking out the words is as fun as dental surgery.

Nonetheless, I got the writing done.  I just also took some breaks from SHARDS -- I submitted a short story, THE PERFECT GIRL, to a magazine called Shock Totem, and I submitted another short story, BOOKWORM, to Hunger Mountain (both found on Duotrope, much thanks to those who pointed me in the direction of this useful resource for short story & poetry markets!).

SHARDS OF GLASS WIP: 73,905 words.  3,507 since last week. *Phew*  It's coming together. Slowly.

I do brood occasionally about how much writing time I have available to me (I made MJ watch New Moon with me in the theater, and now "brood" is the overused word in our house). But, I realized yesterday, I may not have as much as I want, but I have enough. Every weekday, 6:45-7:15 am, or every Saturday morning from 10-12, or whatever gets squeezed into the press of everday life? I might not be churning out a rough draft in a matter of months, but that's okay.

On the reading side:

This week I finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, The Fiction Class by Susan Breen, and Impossible by Nancy Werlin (bringing me up to a grand total of 11 books read so far in January... I love this reading challenge, I think I'm reading so much more than I did last year!). I'm not managing to keep up with all the reviews I would like to do, although The Fiction Class is reviewed here and other book reviews are linked to from my challenge post. So, if there's a book on my list that you're particularly interested in having reviewed, let me know!

Now I'm working on The Dark Divine, Chasing Brooklyn and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet this week. I've always been the reader with three different books at one time (one for the gym, one for the coffee table and one for bed, doh!), and often the writer with multiple projects at once, too.

How about you? Are you a multitasking reader or writer?

On a completely different note, I am really excited for tomorrow's Thursday Round-up. I've been culling cool links all week when I've found them,  so I think this round-up is going to be the best so far.  I'm excited about blogging in general -- I didn't realize when I began just how much FUN the blogging community is!


Summer said...

I really enjoyed Shiver. I am also a multi-reader, made even worse now that I have a Kindle. I usually have about 3-4 books going plus an ebook now. :-)

As a writer, I often feel masochistic during the process, but that still means there's pleasure to be gained, right?

Kimberly Franklin said...

Wasn't Shiver just fantastic? Especially the ending...OMG. So good!

I can't wait to get my hands on The Dark Divine.

Good luck on Shards! Happy Wednesday!

Kristin Rae said...

I'm with you. Sometimes writing when you even know what has to be changed is tough (but I would NEVER go to the dentist instead).

And I definitely read 3-4 books at a time. I don't get the stories confused, so it doesn't bother me except that it takes me three times as long to finish a book. I'm trying to get down to one at a time... not sure if that's going to happen.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I don't mind multi-tasking as a writer, but I'm a one-book-at-a-time reader. :-)

Chasing the Moon said...

I have two other writing projects whispering in my ear at the moment. But I do better if I focus on one before diving into another.

I normally read two books at the same time, one nonfiction and one fiction. I try to mix it up!

Happy reading and good luck with Shards!!! :)

Guinevere said...

Summer and Kimberly, I enjoyed Shiver. It had positives and negatives for me. I would have liked more development of their relationship (rather than sudden intensity) and I wasn't 100% in love with the pacing. But, it is beautiful written, and I did love the ending!

Kristin, I wouldn't really choose the dentist either. But I need to go soon anyway. *sigh*

Shannon, there are some definite pitfalls to multitasking when reading -- I mixed up the main characters in Switch and Chasing Brooklyn the other day, and it took me a second to figure it out!

Chasing, I love nonfiction too. I read a lot of history, but my absolute favorite is the Mary Roach books (Stiff and Spook).