Wednesday, July 3, 2013
5:00 AM | Posted by Lola Sharp | | Edit Post
*blows dust off blog*
Time, it's a precious and tricksy thing.
There's just never enough of it to Do All The Things.
Thus, some things fall through the cracks.
(Blogging has been one of those things for me for a while. I'm sorry. I miss you.)
Some things can be let go for a while...but then one day Mount Washmore starts toppling and there's no clean underwear.
We try, oh yes we try, to find balance and time to keep up with the important things. But it's challenging, this delicate balancing dance we do on the tightrope of life as a writer (and parent and homeowner and pet herder and friend and human). We're spread thin, we writers. And there's a substantial amount of guilt involved. (amiright?)
Feeling guilty is poopy.
So I'm ditching guilt.
To that end I've joined up with Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Katy Upperman (and friends) and their summer writing soirée they call Ready. Set. WRITE! (detailed explanation HERE) The basic gist is to write all summer and post some details of your progress on Wednesdays. It's not too late to join (I'm late to the party, in fact).
This is great for me because even though I'm already writing daily, this motivates me and holds me accountable to blogging every Wednesday. Plus, I really like the people involved and look forward to cheering them (and you!) on every Wednesday. #win
And aside from Ready Set Write, I have some other exciting things to share with you over the next few days and weeks!
Okay, here we go:
What I'm Reading: I just finished THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey. It's a fairytale retelling (of a lesser known Russian fairytale) set in frigid 1920's Alaska. It's atmospheric and rather sad.
|I love the cover art.|
What I'm Writing: I'm working on revisions on two projects (both upper YA, both magical realism; one with a southern gothic vibe told backwards, structurally) and as reward I'm also (sneakily) drafting a SNI. I'm not a plotter, so I'm not exactly sure where it's going yet, but it's very different from my usual style. It started with a snapshot vision of scene...a very grisly scene, and I'm just rolling with it. My goal is to completely finish revisions on one of the projects by mid-August, and the other by mid-Sept. (not sure what my goal is for the SNI. We'll see.)
What Else I've Been Up To: My daughter finished her junior year of high school; she is now officially a senior! *hyperventilates* *dies* (guys, I JUST took her to her first day of kindergarten...where I sobbed watching her walk into her classroom with her little backpack. Like I said, time is a tricksy thing. It flies.) (Except when you're at the DMV.)
We've been taking her to visit colleges. In fact, today, Wednesday, she is having daddy-daughter time and they're visiting his alma mater (Rutgers) and taking the tour. And then we're off to the shore for the long holiday weekend...and plenty of these:
|image and recipes from Real Simple|
What's Inspiring Me Now: To get an idea of the many things that inspire me, my Pinterest boards give a rather varied account of the music, poetry, literature, art and imagery that moves me. Aside from the things you might find there, I also find travel highly inspirational (of course there's boards of that too).
But music always his me in the feels, and is often my cornerstone for w solid writing session. Music gets me in the mood, almost method acting-style, to write a particular scene.
For the Southern Gothic/Backwards Book revisions, these are a couple of the songs that inspired me:
Bottom of The River by Delta Rae (such a moody video...perfect for my book)
Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
Sideways by Citizen Cope
Oh! Also, I'll be back here this Saturday (July 6th) to celebrate the lovely Lisa and Laura Roecker's new release THIS IS W.A.R. They're gonna share their playlist with us AND I'm GIVING AWAY A COPY, so please stop by!
|could they *be* more gorgeous? <3 td="">3>|
Okay, now it your turn! Tell me, what's up with YOU? Tell me All The Things!
- Lola Sharp
- My name is Lola. (I'm not a showgirl) Yes, L-O-L-A Lola. It's the least of my worries. Let's move on, shall we? This blog is mostly about my misadventures on the journey to publication and beyond. My passion for lush prose, quirky characters, art, music, literature, performing arts and anything creative will be a major theme here. This journey of mine will not always be pretty. Much like rubbernecking a train wreck, I know sometimes you just can't help but look at the carnage that is often my life. So strap on your neck brace, helmet and 5-point harness and come along for the ride! Licentia poetica.
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