Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's Up Wednesday 7/31

Due to my seven month absence, I totally missed the What's Up Wednesday boat. Lucky for me I rowed out in the middle of the sea, waved my absent blogger flag and hopped right on. What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme for readers and writers to give updates on what's happening in their lives. If you want to find out to find out more check out Jamie Morrow's blog and sign up.

What I'm Reading: I just finished Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I loved it. I requested the sequel to to come to my library, but it won't get here for another couple days. Right now I'm torn between reading Anna and the French Kiss or The Diviners next. Both are two completely different books, but it might be nice to get out of the paranormal world every once and a while.

What I'm Writing: I recently finished my slight revision of my NaNo novel Suspension of Disbelief. I mentioned last year that I had to stop and go over it because I didn't like where the ending was going. Well life came along and punched me in the face, so I didn't get started until two weeks ago. Anywho the first 3/4 of the book is fixed. Now I have to tackle the ending. Endings are hard. I've always envisioned how I wanted the novel to end, but getting there is the challenge. It's like one decision the main character or any character makes affects the entire ending. And right now I'm at a crossroad. When you think about that, it's a lot of power. I need to choose wisely. My goals for this week is to finish this draft. I'm getting myself in NaNo mode, because frankly this is the only way it's going to happen.

What Inspires Me Right Now: I've been reading a lot this week for inspiration, but nothing has been sparking. Since Suspension of Disbelief is a superhero novel I've been watching lots of clips from Smallville and other superhero shows. But really nothing is popping out screaming INSPIRATION!  But I've been working through it. Lately I've been trying to write with music. I put my headphones in and listen to the John Williams Station on Pandora. It's kind of nice to listen to movie scores, except most of the time the music does not fit the scene and draws me out of the story. I think I just need to make my own playlist.

What Else and I've Been Up To: Since I've been back home not much. I've been
reading a lot and trying to write like I've said above. I haven't left the house much in two weeks. My only freedoms is when my mom doesn't want to dive/pick up my brother from work or band camp. I don't know. I'm kind of dull I guess. Whatever.

Well that's it. What have you guys been up too?

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


     So it seems like I disappeared off the face of the earth. Well I did for a while. And then I came back. But then life happened, finals, then I got sick, then theatre happened. So that pretty much sums up my disappearance for the months...oops.

     I made a lot of progress with the blog last year and I really got into a groove. When I didn't have my laptop for three months, I just lost it. Four months later and here we are. I've literally had this post in my draft folder for months and I've changed the numbers multiple times. Yeah.

     I wrote a long time ago that I didn't believe in writer's block, just procrastination and laziness. But for the past few months I've been stuck. I just keep opening the file and...nothing. I have to admit that I was wrong. I keep telling myself that Creative Writing ruined me, that I lost my confidence after that whole ordeal, but that's not it. It's been over two months since I got out of school. There should be no more excuses. But here I am. Blocked.

     I've had a pretty active school year and summer. I've been working in the theatre nonstop. I have about two months before I work on my next show. This should be the time for relaxing and getting back on track, but instead it's filled with laziness and procrastination. I go back to school in a month and I really want to get back into the habit of blogging. First semester I did a really good job of balancing blogging, school and theatre. I just have to start fresh.

Reading: To help with my writer's block I've been reading a lot lately. I finished the first two books in the Divergent trilogy and the first three installment Mortal Instruments series. The books were fabulous I just didn't feel as inspired. Usually reading sparks inspiration and motivates me to work. This time it didn't. Maybe I need to just read more since I haven't been reading all year. Who knows? I'm going to the library soon so I'll get my fill of books for the summer.
Writing: Well this writer's block sucks. My goal was to have Suspension of Disbelief edited and polished in time for WriteOnCon but that's less than a month away. Unless I get over this writer's block and work really hard that's not going to happen. As for new ideas I got nothing. Sometimes a good way to get rid of writer's block is to start something new, but I have no new ideas. I really just want to focus on my current projects. Unremarkable hasn't been touched in almost a year. I'm going to try to look at that, but it's one of those projects that midway through I wanted to go in a new direction. I'm planning on getting back to it eventually, but Suspension of Disbelief is my top priority.
Chocolate: Milkshakes. That is all.

So what's next? More Road Trip Wednesdays? More random updates on my writing goals? Who knows? I'm not going to make any promises. Not right now at least. Right now I need to focus on me. Try to remember why I love writing. If anybody (who is not my mother) can give me some advice it would be most appreciated. Leave something in the comments or tweet @laboyden.
Also, I'm glad to be back.
Happy Reading!