Can you believe that we’re more than halfway through February? Time is definitely flying! Things have been hectic so far this year and I haven’t even begun to implement any of my plans for 2016 although I do have a couple of conferences and festivals on the horizon. I have been reading a lot and gaining inspiration from a bunch of book-related Instagram accounts along with one of my new favorite sites Books and Cupcakes http://books-cupcakes.tumblr.com/ . I can’t recommend that site enough. If you take a look at it, make sure to check out the shop. I have found several items there that need to come live with me.
I have also “discovered” four new (at least to me) authors whose work I love. Over the last month or so I have devoured Matthew Fitzgibbons’ The Short Drop, Laura Spinella Ghost Gifts, The Bette Davis Club by Jane Lotter, Sleep Tight and Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott and You Make Me Better, One More Touch and One More Night by AshleyNicole. I’ve read other books but those are the books by authors who I’ve really become enamored with in the last few weeks. I’ve also become a bit addicted to Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap series but I’ve also been tackling a craft book of sorts by reading Rachel Aaron’s 2,000 to 10,000 How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love.
All of that reading is supposed to put me in the mood for writing and it has (a little). The problem is carving out the time to do it in between assignments, editing, lectures and grading papers. So far I am plotting out an alternative version of a story in my head because these characters will not leave me alone. As soon as that translates itself into some actual script I will share it with you. I’m trying to read Aaron’s book in order to be more productive as a writer and to create successfully outside of NaNoWriMo. I’m also hoping that this will help me focus on the content that I am creating especially while writing fiction and academic work.
In the meantime, I will be hoping to get some writing done next week. I’m still tinkering with one of my academic papers but I’m also working on a poem that was inspired by a comment in one of my classes. My students have been inspirational so far this semester. I’m hoping to share some new resources this weekend; possibly tomorrow. I’m really excited about the new things that I’ve discovered.