I’m meant to be cleaning the house right now, hence the lazy list. I’ve had a million ideas for blog posts this week but no energy to write them, so you may be hearing from me again this weekend. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
1. I always suffer a bit of withdrawal after finishing a draft, and this week has been no exception. I’ve been doing my best to distract myself with books and crafty things but I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts every day I come home with no new writing to do. It’s the thing that gets me through my day: knowing I have words to write at the end of it. I’ve been brainstorming a new novel, but at this point the Sea Story is so large in my mind everything else pales in comparison. I’m itching, itching to start revising, but I must resist. As long as I still feel protective about the draft, as long as I see it with the rosy glasses of new love, I have no business touching it. Revision = objectivity, which I don’t have yet.
2. This week I read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater again, for the first time since 2009, when it first came out. I love this book, guys. I LOVE it. It’s one of my all-time favorites. The thing is, not everyone I’ve lent it to has been as blown away as I have. I’ve been thinking a lot about literary soul-mates and that x-factor that makes me wobbly in the knees. What makes me love a book that some of my friends merely shrug over? It’s really a mystery, but I’m starting to see that my very favorite books share a few of the same qualities:
– Beautiful prose that gets under your skin
– Fantastical elements
– Set in the real world, in the here-and-now
– Characters I admire or feel a real affinity to.
3. I’ve been revisiting my New Years Resolutions, as I do periodically throughout the year. They were as follows:
– Read more
– Make a model ship
– Write Sea book
– Start running/yoga again
– Help Michael as he starts uni
As you can see, I’m doing pretty well. Michael starts uni at the end of this month, so I’ll be striking that one off soon as well. I’m thinking of adding on:
– Write another first draft of a novel (maybe Highway?)
– Revise and submit Sea Story
4. Next weekend, my housemates are taking me whale watching! This is incredibly exciting and a very lovely (and thematically appropriate) reward for finishing the Sea Story.
5. This weekend I have some cool crafty projects planned. I’ll give you a hint. It involved the Sea Story and this:
Have a great weekend!