What I'm Reading
I've read Coraline by Neil Gaiman and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson since last week - I haven't been reading very frequently recently, which isn't good when I'm in the middle of hosting a reading challenge!
I'd like to finish at least one of the novels I'm in the middle of this week, and I'm also aiming to read Fingersmith by Sarah Waters for Week 3 of my Forgotten Histories Reading Challenge, where this week's challenge is to read a book with an LGBT protagonist.
What I'm Writing
Short stories! A little while ago I mentioned a new character who'd started speaking to me, a biracial dragon whose parents own a Chinese restaurant, and how, though she was telling me plenty of things to write down, I couldn't think of a story for her. Now that's changed! I'm finally working on a short story involving her, and once it's written and edited I'm going to see if I can submit it for publication in a magazine somewhere.
Sadly I didn't get 'Piranha' finished in time to send it off for the Mslexia competition - I just ended up having one of those weeks where I couldn't catch a break no matter how hard I tried to set aside time to write. I'm still going to finish it, though, with the hope of publishing it elsewhere - apparently Lightspeed Magazine will be opening for submissions again in June, so I'd love to submit something then!
What Works For Me
Brushing myself off, and getting back up. Several times a year I slip into slumps where I don't write anything I'm happy with, and I wonder why I'm even trying when I'll never be as good as all the other writers out there. I think it's a common thing we all experience from time to time, but the trick is not to give in to those thoughts. Let yourself worry and be scared and get upset, but don't let those feelings overtake the enjoyment of writing. In fact if writing is starting to become something you dread rather than something you enjoy, I think that's a sign you need to take a little break to refresh your creative pallet!
What Else Is New
It was Mother's Day on Sunday here in the UK, and I got my Mum some new earrings and a teeny boxset of baking books which she loved! Also uncovered this old photograph from the day after I was born:
|That's me when I was a day old! Along with my Mum and Dad, and their early '90s hair, and my big sisters Vickie (centre) and Becky (left).|
What's new with you?