Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Writer Recharge/What's Up Wednesday combo!

Hi everyone! Today I'm doing a Writer Recharge update AND a What's Up Wedneday post. Hooray for multitasking!

What I'm Reading
SO MANY THINGS. I finished Annie Dillard's book of travel essays. Wasn't impressed. It was well-written, for sure, just not my style. I also finished THE MAZE RUNNER and will hopefully post a review at some point! ALSO I read Nathan Englander's short story collection WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK that I had to read for class. It was REALLY good. The stories were long but seemed to fly by.

Now, onto what I'm currently reading! I'm almost halfway through Claire Messud's THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN for my Contemporary Novels class. Started another book of travel essays (SEEK by Denis Johnson) and Alice Munro's "last" short story collection (she insists she's retired from writing now...we'll see!) DEAR LIFE. And my fun book of the moment? LEGEND by Marie Lu. THIS IS EXCITING! I'm on a dystopian kick right now and am loving this one. :)

What I'm Writing
Guys. I FINISHED MY CRITICAL ESSAY ON THE CORRECTIONS! It's not due until Sunday. I also
finished revising a short travel piece and turned that in to my professor (early!). According to the Writer Recharge post-it note hanging above my desk, I only have two goals left: to revise my completed short story and to finish another one. I'm hopefully going to focus more on the revision so I'll have a solid story to submit to literary magazines and all that jazz. Maybe I'll post a snippet here soon!  

What Inspires Me Right Now
My motivation has returned now that Spring Break is getting closer. The one thing I don't want to do is lug home a bunch of schoolwork, so I have myself on a pretty ridiculous reading schedule to make sure I get everything done early. My "currently reading" shelf on GoodReads is pretty full!

What Else Is New?
My car was a brat today (okay, maybe I might've accidentally left one of the little lights above the rearview mirror on for an undetermined length of time) and was pretty much completely dead. So I called AAA and they got the battery charging up, and then I sat in my car and let it run for 20 minutes before heading out to do my errands. NEVER AGAIN will I use those little lights.
I bought two new bathing suits at Target (gotta get them before they're picked over!) last weekend, which means it's time to get back in shape. I had a really good run on Monday and ended it with more energy than I started with...that NEVER happens!

Okay, this post has been long enough. Tell me about your week! :)

10 comments:

  1. Yay for the essay and travel piece! It sounds like you're having a super productive week! :)

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    1. Thanks Shari! I've had so many unproductive weeks this semester, I figured it was about time for a good one! :)

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  2. Ah, Spring Break. Those were the days *dreamy sigh* Sounds like you deserve it after all the hard work :D

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    1. I'm not looking forward to the time in my life when I have a job that does not observe normal university vacations, that's for sure! ;)

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  3. I have Marie Lu's trilogy on my shelf and I can't wait to finish it. I read LEGEND way back when it first came out, then got seriously sidetracked and did read the other two. I think I'll re-read the first book before continuing on. Can't wait!
    I hope the time between now and Spring Break goes by quickly. Sounds like you have a pretty solid game plan for getting some reading done. Make sure you relax a bit, too! :)

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    1. I just finished LEGEND and am itching to get my hands on the other two books! *Trying* to restrain myself until I read the other new books I bought...we'll see how long that lasts! ;)

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  4. I've had LEGEND sitting on my shelf for the longest time and still haven't gotten around to reading it. But I've heard great things so maybe I'll bump it up a bit.
    Sorry about your car. When things break down it's the worst!

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    1. Definitely give LEGEND a shot! I'm posting a review of it soon...it was super action-packed, and I've heard the second book in the series is even better than the first!

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  5. Congrats on getting your essay done...early! I'm such a procrastinator, there's no way I'd be done so early. I hope your schedule helps you work out all your 'to do' things.

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    1. Thanks! I've become a bit of a procrastinator in the last year or so, but it feels so nice to get work out of the way!

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