What I’m ReadingAs you could probably tell from my previous post, I love Sarah Dessen. She usually only releases a book once every two years, and the wait is always painful. Her latest, THE MOON AND MORE, came out yesterday! I’m on chapter four and loving it already. I also had a mini freakout because the book jacket is glossy (different than her past hardcovers) and beautiful.
What I’m WritingI have officially started my new WIP! I wrote in previous What’s Up Wednesdays about struggling to find motivation and establishing a routine, but I think I’m getting it under control now. I’ve set a goal of 500 words a day. I wanted something that wasn’t intimidating, something I could knock out fast if I put my mind to it. I’ve surpassed the goal several times since setting it, which is just an added benefit for me. I think my initial struggle with finding excitement with the novel is that I’m basing it closely off a short story I wrote. So the first chapter is almost exactly like my short story…so it’s not the most exciting thing to write because it’s ALL a rewrite, pretty much. But now that I’m getting into brand new scenes, it’s getting a little easier.
Last night was the first night I didn’t reach my goal, because I spent my time after work buying/reading THE MOON AND MORE as well as exercising on the treadmill. It was kind of an even trade because I needed to work out, plus a Sarah Dessen pub day is kind of like a holiday! I felt okay about it, though, because I got at least a little writing done, it was something.
I’ve also started journaling. It’s in a Word doc, not an actual handwritten journal (because I find I never keep up with those), and it’s just my thoughts, things I’m worried about, things that happen during my day. Not super exciting reading, but I’m hoping it’ll help me get over some worries/troubles I’ve been having lately. Fingers crossed it works!
What Inspires Me Right NowThis is getting to be another Sarah Dessen-themed post, but I’m writing with renewed vigor because I want to be like her. She’s always been my author inspiration, and her life/career is my ideal. She’s still a normal person, but she’s super famous within her writing community and goes on book tours and shoots fun videos that get posted on the Penguin website. Plus her books are great! She said she published her first book when she was 25…okay, I’ve got three years. Tick tock!
What Else I’ve Been Up To
-I recently learned how to operate the mail machines at work, and they always lead to an interesting time. Yesterday the machine that folds the letters and puts them into the envelopes jammed so often, my work took double the time because everyone in the warehouse was trying to fix it. Pretty frustrating, but when they work right, the machines are way cool.
-I’m realizing as I read over what I’ve written so far that my life needs more excitement (at least more than driving anxiety and mail machines). New goal: work on that! I always struggle during the summer to find fun things to do in my town (I live in the country and it’s a 12-15 drive just to get to WalMart), especially now that all my friends from high school are in college or graduated and on to big kid jobs. Hopefully I can come up with something exciting to do this summer!