This week has been pretty wrapped up in editing, much like every week. I’ve been working on some really great Curiosity Quills projects and a really interesting and exciting one for Bear and Black Dog, among other things. But I managed to find a little time for some personal stuff! 

WRITING

I finally came up with a working title for the NA sci-fi that is currently with beta readers: THE LIGHT THEY CAUGHT. I grabbed it from Tolkien’s Over the Misty Mountains Cold:

They shaped and wrought, and light they caught,
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.

I like it, but it’s still not quite right. I think I’ll read through Mina Loy’s poetry for more inspiration. She’s the only poet I’ve ever totally and completely loved (Edgar Allan Poe aside), and she writes a lot about visceral feelings with a cosmic bent.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about the fate of this manuscript, and I’m warming more and more to the idea of a serial. There’s definitely more to the MC’s story than can be contained in this MS, I just don’t know how much more. Another novel’s worth, or just another thirty thousand words? That’s what I’ve got to figure out as revisions continue.

My next project will be to finish plotting the FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN sequel, and get a draft written of that. Then, who knows? I have a lot of plots sitting on the back-burner right now and I’m not sure which one I’ll be in the mood to start. The NA paranormal? The YA contemporary fairy tale, or the second-world NA fairy tale? SO MANY CHOICES.

Things I blogged about: I did some fan art for FutM! Pretty Sketchy

READING

I haven’t picked up Artemis Fowl since last week, though I do hope to finish it this weekend. That way, I can start some other books! I think next I’m going to tackle Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny for the Bear and Black Dog blog series on iconic fantasy writers. After that I want to find a recently-released fantasy to read. Maybe Girl of Fire and Thorns? Throne of Glass?

Instagram of the week. It was a tie between this and the french press.
Instagram of the week. It was a tie between this and the french press.

LIFE

I suddenly feel like I have NO time to prep for the wedding. I still have to finish beading my dress, a goal I’m determined to complete this month because I need to have alterations done on it–but, I need to find my lingerie before my first fitting. My problem is that the dress is a v-back that goes a little deeper than most bras and corsets, so I’m having a hard time finding something with a low enough back. Any ideas?

I’m also still trying to get used to this working from home thing. It requires a lot of self-discipline, that’s for sure. I started using a Chrome extension called StayFocused that lets me limit my time on certain websites or block them entirely, and that was a huge success. I couldn’t believe how often I clicked over to Chrome even when I KNEW I had the whole internet blocked. What do they say about insanity again?

Of course, it’s also a bit of a downside because a lot of my work for B&BD includes being active on social media…buuuuuut I got around that by blocking TweetDeck, but not Twitter, so I can still be on the B&BD account through the Twitter website itself. Muahaha.

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2 thoughts on “The Week That Was 1/12-1/18

  1. I’m making a start on The Light They Caught this weekend. I didn’t know the quote was from Tolkien -that’s really cool! 🙂

    A serial sounds great! I’ve been considering doing one at some point (mainly because my current WIP’s refusing to stick to genre categorisation and the pacing’s kind of suited to the format, I think…I’ll hopefully finish the draft next week and then I can have a think about it!). Sounds like you have a lot of project ideas!

    Girl of Fire and Thorns and Throne of Glass are both awesome reads! I need to get the others in the Fire and Thorns trilogy at some point.

    I might need to check out that StayFocused thing! I know what you mean about distractions when working from home. I’ve had the same issue since I started freelance editing because I need to keep checking my email/using social media to find potential clients – it’s a bit exhausting!

    1. Woo! When I fail at coming up with a title on my own, I usually pick one up from somewhere else, haha.

      I’m glad you like the serial idea! I’ve been wary, but I’m starting to think that it might be a fun approach to digital fiction. I’m even thinking I’ll start putting some of my short stories up here on the blog, just need to figure out format and whatnot.

      StayFocused has been super helpful, and I definitely recommend it! Social media’s hard to work around…darn it being so distracting, and also such a great marketing tool! *shakes fist*

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