WHAT I’M READING
I’m currently tackling the SHATTER ME series by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve just started Book Two and I’m enjoying the story. I’m not as fangirly about them as a lot of people I know but that’s the problem with waiting for a series to complete before reading it. I know who she ends up with so it ruins the journey a little bit, especially because this series is HEAVY on the romance. But the world is interesting so I am happily reading along.
WHAT I’M WRITING
I’m currently preparing for NaNoWriMo and I’m really excited about it. I’m going back to my roots! High Fantasy! When I started writing seriously, I always wanted to write fantasy. I’ve written countless partial books with kings, queens, dragons, stable boys, warriors, magic etc. My brain loves these things. But when I started looking into publishing, it was clear that contemporary was where the sales were. So with the encouragement of a couple writer pals I tried my hand at it and found out that contemporary is pretty darn cool too.
But I’ve been utterly wiped with the whole industry’s dark undercurrent, to the point that it was stalling my writing. I haven’t been able to get into anything. Lately, I can’t write at all because the noise has been too loud around me and I find myself saying “What’s the point?” more than I should.
Which is why I’ve decided to get rid of publishing all together (not permanently, of course ;) just mentally for a while.), and write a story for NaNo that has no future. I’m looking to lose myself in this world and write freely and openly exactly the way I want without any single thought of “what next?” or “will this sell?”
This month I just write.
WHAT WORKS FOR ME
I really love this addition to WUW! hmmmm, my process…
I’ll start with something a little backwards about me. I always come up with a title before anything else. Before character, before plot, before everything. There will be a phrase that sticks in my head and then like a whirlwind, story follows. Always.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW
Well, I have two books on submission right now through my wonderful agent, Rachel Stout, and mostly I’m trying not to think about them at all. It’s very exciting but it’s also double the chance for rejection which is scary!
One book is a Cupid inspired YA paranormal romance that I wrote with Jolene Perry under the name AJ Brooks. The other is a contemporary YA I wrote solo. It’s about an astronomer with a heart condition and a poet getting out of an abusive relationship who meet by chance at a music concert and decide to pretend to be in love for one night.
The other thing that is new and has TOTALLY and UTTERLY consumed my life for weeks now is that my partner, P Charm as I call him to you, and I are expecting our first baby in the spring. I’ve been ill and isolated while I was waiting to see what would happen, but I’m tired of keeping it a secret (I’m also tired of barfing). But as of last doc visit, I’m healthy and baby has a strong heart beat.
Holy crappity, I’m gunna be a mom…