I decided to participate in What’s Up Wednesday through Jaime Morrow’s blog. Hooray!
What I’m ReadingAsk The Passengers by A.S. King. This book has been on my list since before it was released last October. I love King’s Printz Award winner, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and so far Passengers is living up to my expectations. It’s about Astrid, a high school senior struggling with a disapproving mom, a pot-smoking dad, and the possibility that she might be gay. She likes to lay outside on the picnic table and stare up at the airplanes flying overhead, sending love to all the passengers. I’m about 75 pages in and loving it!
What I’m WritingI’m picking up the short story I wrote this past semester about my time living on an Air Force base and continuing my revisions. I ran out of time at the end of the semester to finish revising, so I still have some work to do. I’m also considering expanding the story into a longer (novel-length?) piece, so I’m working on a rough outline for that.
What Inspires Me Right NowOther people’s success stories make me want to write. Hearing about the great times people are having while writing their WIPs makes me want to jump right in and write something for fun. I haven’t written a story/novel for fun in over two years. It’ll be nice to have a few no-pressure months. I’m also not taking any workshop classes at Chatham in the fall (I have to get the prerequisites out of the way first), so I’ll have lots of time to work on my own projects!
What Else I’ve Been Up ToUm, well, graduating from college. I also went out to Chatham for a job interview last week, which I should be hearing about any day now. I’ve started back at my summer job (the one I’ve had since I was 16) in the meantime.
I’m also trying (trying being the key word here) to get back into exercise. I’m wearing a strapless bridesmaid’s dress for a wedding at the end of next month, and I would love to have awesome looking arms! I did well working out over the weekend, but it’s harder to find the energy when I get home after being in the office from 8-5. Hopefully I can find a routine that works, even if it means working out extra hard on the weekends to make up for the days I’m in the office.
So what’s up with you this week?