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What I'm Reading:
I had an excellent reading week! I finished CHARM & STRANGE, which I loved and you should read immediately. Then I read my first Jennifer Echols book, GOING TOO FAR, which I didn't love at all. It's okay, because that was remedied by Erica Lorraine Scheidt's USES FOR BOYS, which was not what I expected it to be at all and which I fell completely in love with. Seriously, this is now on my favourites list. And THEN I read ELEANOR AND PARK, which was also not what I expected it to be, so much so that at the beginning I didn't think I was going to like it, but I did! Now I'm reading LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard. Woo!
What I'm Writing:
I finally wrote a synopsis! Big thank you to Kat Owens for introducing me to Susan Dennard's synopsis post--anyone who needs some help should check it out! It's a massive help. Thanks, Kat!
I'm doing pretty well meeting my daily goals--in fact, this week I even wrote on Saturday and Sunday! I think having a small daily goal (500-ish words) is actually helping me write more, because it's taken the pressure off a bit. And I'm doing a lot more aiming for the end of a scene or a specific section, rather than a specific number, which is new for me and working well.
Finally, I've done something completely new to me this week...I entered the Christmas in July contest! I hadn't even thought about it until Sara mentioned it to me, and then I thought, why not? What's the worst that can happen? I mean, sure, three of my top agents are going to be looking at the entries, but does that scare me? Oh, wait--yes, it does. It really, really does. But I'm getting ahead of myself, since I don't even know if I'll make it through to the next round. Either way, it's already been exciting and at least I've taken the first step into the real world with FATE!
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Beautiful stories. Summer songs. Dancing. Pretty sunsets. Making music. Anything and everything.
What Else I've Been Up To:
It is hella hot in England (I know, what's happening?) so I splashed out (AWFUL PUN ALERT) and purchased a small child's paddling pool.
Laugh if you want, but you should know I'm living the dream. Lying in that, listening to music, and reading books...I've cracked the secret to joy. I have also adjusted my career goals from become a mildly successful published author to SELL ENOUGH BOOKS TO HAVE A POOL, because I need one. Seriously.
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So that's what up with me! How about you--has anyone else entered Christmas in July? Does anyone have any tips on how not to go crazy thinking about contests?! Querying I've done before, so I'm pretty good with the waiting on that, but this is a whole different level of nerves/excitement :) Fingers crossed!