My week started off so strong! As many people know, I (sorta) did NaNoWriMo in November. I actually started that novel in September, but used NaNoWriMo as a push to finish, which worked. I’ve been trying to revise said novel since January, and nothing has worked. So Monday night, I decided to take on a project I had been meaning to do for awhile: attempt to convert my second bedroom closet(yup, I lucked out and got the room with two closets) into a standing writing desk. It actually had a shelf that would fit my laptop at the perfect level, so by convert what I really mean is “Clean it out and add some writing tools to that shelf.” The idea between this was a)I have a job where I sit at a desk the majority of the day, and coming home to write was making me do that more and b)the little reading I’ve done about the creative process seems to indicate that being is plain, unassuming areas with white noise is great for ideas. Or, why you always come up with great ideas in the shower.
Anyway, having that project gave me something to do at the beginning of the week, and it was going great after my January blues! Wednesday, though, I started feeling really “stuck” at work for lack of a better term. It’s boring so I won’t get into the details, but I’m going up against a wall with one of the projects I’m working on because it’s been difficult to collaborate with the people I need to collaborate with. This has been going on for awhile, but for some reason Wednesday just really tripped me over the edge. HOWEVER, Friday a bunch of things got resolved and made me feel a lot better overall. So while a pretty mixed week there, I’d say it was mostly positive.
And Saturday I attended the Montgomery County Book Festival! Because I’m too lazy to do a proper write-up, here are the highlights:
- I got to meet Marissa Meyers again & have my copy of Cress signed! She also gave the keynote speech, which I really loved, and talked about story-telling. She also told the story of both Rapunzel & Cinderella, which I loved hearing even though I’ve heard them before.
- Most of the panels I went to were really good! I enjoyed the science fiction panel, but I think my favorite as actually the paranormal panel. Even though that’s not my genre of choice, I really love the discussions that came up during it.
On Monday I reviewed Also Known As by Robin Benway.
Tuesday was all about my favorite and least favorite bookish couples.
Wednesday I reviewed Panic by Lauren Oliver.
Thursday I did a few mini O.W.L. reviews.
Friday I reviewed Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
ALSO I have a new “What should I read next?” poll on the sidebar! I’ve started doing these twice a month to sort of whittle down my TBR. The first winner was Something Strange and Deadly, and Crown of Midnight just won the poll that ended yesterday(which I’ve already started), so which ever book wins this poll I’ll read the first week of March. Go ahead, you know it’s fun to help people pick books.
I’m posting this later than normal as I participated in the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon this weekend(which as a lot of fun!). I won’t link to my individual post & mini-challenges, but they’re all on the blog if you’re curious for some reason.
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Split Second by Kasie West
On the Fence by Kasie West
Great by Sara Benincasa
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz(re-read)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Another week I failed to collect links. Ah, well, it’s good to give our brains a break sometimes. But if you’re itching for more blogs to read, you can always check out the lovely blogs on my blog roll.