I love Wednesdays in the blog world because so many friends participate in the What's Up Wednesday fest. It's fun to see what people are reading, writing, and thinking, so I thought I'd do my own version today!
It'll be my What's Up... Monday.
WHAT I'M READING
WONDER by R.J. Palacio
This is truly a wonder of a book and I think it deserves all of the praise it's been given. I laughed and cried and wanted more. August's voice is phenomenal and I loved his protective big sister, Via.
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
I have to admit that this popular dystopian was not for me. I just couldn't wrap my head around the concept of these factions and how they could possibly benefit society.
TEN by Gretchen McNeil
I finished the entire book in one sitting! The problem with ensemble casts, though, is that some characters have to necessarily be less well-developed than others. I thought Meg, the MC, was very well-written.
SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
I LOVE Greek mythology and I have a feeling I'm going to really like this book. I've always loved minor characters and I'm rooting for Patroclus already!
WHAT I'M WRITING
- GARDENSPELL: I've been working on this for a couple weeks, and I'm really enjoying it! Like PPP, it's an upper MG fairy tale, but I want it to be more traditional, like wishing wells-ogres-and-seven-league-boots traditional. I'm about four chapters in and going strong!
- FOTL: This is still in the planning stage, but I'm constantly scribbling down random snippets. I'll have to share pictures of my FOTL binder, which has dozens and dozens of pages of notes. Let's just hope I never lose it!
- ELEGY: I sent this out to two more beta readers. I'm limiting readers for now because it's still such a rough draft, but I hope I'll get many more pairs of eyes on it eventually. I might whip up the query and first pages to post at WriteOnCon. (My palms are getting sweaty just thinking about it!)
WHAT I'M LISTENING TO
Caro Emerald's album "Deleted Scenes From the Cutting Room Floor." I need to throw a Roaring 20s party to this music!
WHAT I'M WATCHING
We went to see "Despicable Me 2" a few weeks ago, and it was hi-lar-ious. I laughed so hard my sides hurt, and am thinking about installing an Indiana Jones-type obstacle where you have to do a dance sequence on musical squares before you can enter my writing office. (I'm sure that makes absolutely no sense if you haven't seen the movie.) Also, I need a chip hat filled with guacamole.
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” - J.D. Salinger
I've been beta-reading and what's great about that is that you CAN call the author up on the phone (or email them) when you want to chat!
What's new in your world?