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You'd think that not much can change over the course of a week, but it can. So I am back again with What's Up Wednesday to tell you how!
What I'm Reading:
I finished Communion by B. Patterson and absolutely loved it, as I'm sure you can tell by my review. Now I've moved on to The Actuator by James Wymore and Aiden James. This book is such a unique concept and a great amalgamation of different genres. Curiosity Quills is putting together an anthology of short stories that take place in the Actuator universe, and the wheels in my head are spinning away with possible story ideas. If you want more information on how you can submit a short story in the Actuator world for the anthology, check out the Borderlands Anthology page on Curiosity Quills' site.
Next up I'll be reading The Curse of Malenfer Manor by Iain McChesney to review for his tour. I also had the pleasure of interviewing him, so I'm looking forward to reading his work all the more.
What I'm Writing:
I'm still working on Altar of Reality, but I am ten times more excited about it. I work best by bouncing ideas off of others, and my cousin is one of my go-to people for this. We went on a road trip and she had me read what I have of AoR to her, and then we did a little brainstorming and came up with some awesome ideas that I cannot wait to apply to the story. I thought it only had a few more chapters, but now I am thinking there's much more to the end of this book than I thought. I'm so excited about where this book is going and how it is transforming into a series that it might be a little hard to move back to Heirs of War. I will, of course. But I'll be torn.
Speaking of AoR, my husband has talked me into traditionally querying the book once it is done and polished. I fully intended on self-publishing it like HoW, because, well, I like self-publishing better than trying to go the traditional route. But he thinks it is an easier sell than HoW and it is worth a try, so I'm going to go for it. Unfortunately, it is nowhere near ready for any of the query contests coming up. But there's always next year!
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Talking about AoR inspires me. I've also been rewatching Season One of Arrow with my husband, so that's got me in the "Write some kick ass scenes with people kicking ass" mood. I ditched Revolution for the time being. My cover artist suggested I watch The Colony, and I think I'd rather give that a try than deal with Revolution. I've heard it gets better, but the only character I care about a few episodes in is the uncle, and I'm not sure that's enough of a pull for me to continue watching.
And, of course, I am looking for inspiration from Aiden James and James Wymore so I can write my short story submission for their anthology. =)
What Else I'm Up To:
I can't believe I failed to talk about how awesome my blog tour was last week. It's been ten days since the tour wrapped up, so I think enough time has passed from the stress of it all for me to really appreciate it. I only had a couple missed stops, which really isn't a big deal to me. I didn't contact the missed posters because it was already done and as a tour host, I know how life can get in the way and things can slip under the radar. I still appreciate that they signed up to begin with.
I have been doing so many giveaways that I actually lost track of some. I think I am all caught up now, and ready to give away some more e-copies of the book. I'm still trying to think of a way to do something new and fresh, so stay tuned!
In my non-writerly life, the hubby and I are planning a Halloween party and finally have our costumes. I don't want to say what we are going as just yet because I am so excited to post pictures of our clever idea. It's gonna be awesome! After that, we will be getting ready for the holidays (including my thirtieth birthday--what???) and a trip to Nashville to visit some family. And somewhere in between, I will have finished writing three books before school starts in January.
Until next week...