Photo of the week: It was tough getting out of bed this morning, as I had this little guy snuggled up under my arm. He’s such a naughty cat when he’s awake, but when he’s sleeping, he’s an angel.
Feeling: Motivated! It’s been a while since I’ve felt this way. It’s a nice feeling!
Reading: I’m about a quarter of the way through Pet Sematary for the readalong, but I’m trying not to read it at night, so I’ve also been dipping into some lighter fare as well. Last night I made myself put Pet Sematary down, and read An Age of License by Lucy Knisley.
I’m also back into Norwegian by Night, by Derek Miller, which I’d put down last month after three chapters and never got around to picking up again until now. This was through no fault of the book itself, which has been very good so far – and in fact, it’s been in the back of my mind all this time. But I’m reading it in ebook format, and I find I tend to do this with ebooks (and audiobooks, too) – put them down and take a while to get back to them. Often it’s because a number of print books have come into my life via the library, and print books are just so, well, physical, you know? And easier to pick up because they’re lying on your sofa or your table, with their bright enticing covers.
Listening: I’m listening to In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, the sequel to A Study in Sherlock, which I’d enjoyed very much. (For those of you reading Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning, “The Case of Death and Honey” previously appeared in A Study in Sherlock.)
So far I’ve listened to “The Crooked Man”, by Michael Connelly (this one is a Harry Bosch story), “The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer” by Sara Paretsky and “The Memoirs of Silver Blaze” by Michael Sims (in which the narrator is a horse).
Writing: I printed out the first draft of my children’s novel, Waverley and will be sitting down to work on revisions tonight. I’ve also started getting feedback and comments from my writing pals who’ve agreed to be alpha readers of the short story I wrote last week, so with any luck, I’ll have the final draft ready next week.
The writing is why I’ve been feeling so motivated. I promised myself I’d start submitting my work this year, but of course, you can’t submit when you don’t have anything written to submit, right? Going into this year I had a flash story that I think is very good and a couple of short stories I don’t think are very good, so really nothing much to submit. I was very happy I managed to write another short story last week which might actually be good enough to send out.
Working: I have a couple of client blog post deadlines at the end of this week, but nothing else so far. And wouldn’t you know it – after complaining for all of January and most of February about how I was too busy and how I hated having all those deadlines, now I’m doing the “freelance reversal” and getting a little worried because I don’t have more deadlines! (I simply can’t win … )
Looking forward to: Finally buckling down and starting on the revisions to Waverley. I’ve never gotten to this stage before (because prior to now I’ve finished so few things), and I find I’m both looking forward to the revisions and feeling kind of nervous about doing them, too.
The rest of today: I’ve got to run and take Dylan to dance. When I get back I’ve got some chapters I want to finish critiquing for my writing buddy and the revisions to get to. But I’m hoping to slip in a few chapters of Norwegian by Night before I go to bed, too!