What I'm Reading: I picked up The Westing Game at the library on Saturday for July's YA Book Club read. I'm actually really enjoying it--it reminds me a lot of the mysteries I read in middle school. It feels a little more MG than YA to me, but that's not a problem. My opinion on the narrative style (switching between characters often to add a mysterious effect) is still out, but I'm liking the story. I also picked up Everyday Life in the 1800s to help as I'm finishing up my rewrite. Not sure how I didn't find it sooner! Also, I'm planning to write my review of Nobody But Us tonight.
What I'm Writing: I did not meet my goals this week. While I wrote a little over 5,000 words, I'm only about half way through part four. It has expanded from what I originally thought it would be. Sunday through Tuesday I was in a hard place with the story. There were things I couldn't get right, plot elements that weren't working, etc. I'm still working through those. This part of the story diverges completely from the original draft, with elements diverging from the outline for this draft, so it's new ground. I like it, but it's harder. My goal for the coming week is to wrap up part 4 and get some reading done on Everyday Life in the 1800s. I'd like to do some revisions to this section as well if I can.
What's Inspiring Me Now: Twitter. All of you guys Tweeting on Twitter. I get notifications on my phone, and it reminds me that there are people who are doing this with me, despite the struggles I'm having with the story right now. So please keep tagging me in Tweets!
What's up with you?