Good morning, everyone! This is my first What’s Up Wednesday post of the new year, and this year I pledge to actually post them on the morning of …What’s What’s Up Wednesday??? It’s a weekly meme started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. If you want to participate you should link your What’s Up Wednesday posts to the list on Jaime’s blog so that we can all stop by and say, “Hi!” It’s a great way to connect with other writers!
What I’m Reading
I’ve been reading Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, it’s my “slow read” book, meaning I’ve been reading for the past few days, indulging in the language. It’s a beautiful book. It reminds me of the movie Hidalgo, a favorite of mine, mixed with a lot of rare (as in not as popularized) mythology. It harkens of something old and rich. She’s a master storyteller!
I’m also finishing SALT by Danielle Ellison. It’s her YA debut from Entangled Teen, and I highly recommend it for someone looking for a fun read. It has witches and a hot guys! Speaking of hot guys, I’m starting to get into NA. I just bought Kelly Hashway writing as Ashleyn Drake’s Romancing the R.A. I love how the protagonists are around my age, and are going through things I went through/I’m scared about…like finding a job *shudder*.
What I’m Writing
A few days ago I started writing this amazing New Adult Urban Fantasy that I’m absolutely in love with. Like, I LOVE my MC. Now, usually I don’t allow myself to “cheat” as Meg Cabot calls it and follow my shiny new ideas. But, 1. I had just finished some major revisions & rewrites and was having revision/writing in general fatigue 2. so, since I hadn’t worked on my other WIPs in a while I decided why not. It was just what I needed, writing something fun that also challenges me as a writer.
Here’s the working blurb and I’d like to think it’ll become/it was inspired by The Dresden Files meets Lost Girl (a show I’ve been binging on since December).
When recent college grad Bria Thurman sets up shop as a freelance detective she figures, with her abilities, it’ll be easy money and will pay more than working at the local coffee shop–the only job she can get–would. Unfortunately, most of the cases she receives are requests from old ladies asking to her to find their cats. And old ladies don’t pay much, if at all.
But, when her best friend, a human cop, goes missing, while working on a set of grisly murders that’s got prominent New Orleanians showing up dead, Bria is the Supernatural, or Sup Council’s first go to gal because not only is she unaligned, meaning she’s free to go anywhere she pleases, she’s the best–well, technically, the only–clairvoyant in town. If she can get that nose of hers to work right.
To find her friend, and keep herself from working at her father’s hedge fund–a death sentence in itself–Bria must team up with a Sup cop, Ty, a wizard who’s a little too dark for her liking. Together, it’ll be up to them to find the killer, before the case goes public. That is, of course, if the killer doesn’t find them first.
So much for easy money.
It’s perfect for me as with a little more than one year of school left, post grad is something very present (even when I ignore it, everyone brings it up). Here’s a link to an excerpt if you want to read more!
What Else I’ve Been Doing
A lot of wonderful relaxing and the holidays. My mom got me a pair of footie PJs for Christmas, and I’m about to go to Target and buy all of them. It’s so soft and hands down the best Christmas present ever (other than getting to escape the cold North and spend time with my family in TX). I also got some really comfy sweats from Victoria’s Secret’s Pink line. Basically, I’ve been lounging, a lot. I’m currently at my dad’s house in “the country,”, and it’s great. So refreshing & inspiring. I had such a stressful semester, this is just what I needed
<–there’s me trying to take a selfie in my footie PJs on Christmas Day, and that’s my newest Build-A-Bear (haha, I’m a little obsessed) (Yes, I adore My Little Pony, it’s a favorite of me and my sisters.)
Also, I’m now an Associate Publicist at Spencer Hill Contemporary!! I have two clients of my own. I love the company and people so much as well as how, because it’s remote, I have the flexibility to shift my work around as I need to. Deciding to intern there was probably one of my best decisions as I love so many Spencer Hill Press/Contemp books. So, yay!!!
What Inspires Me Right Now
The new year and the sense of a clean slate that it brings. 2013 was my year of me, and I’m really glad I dedicated last year to taking care of myself and doing more things I love. In addition to that, and working on being a better daughter, friend, etc…I wrote a post that’s up now titled ‘New Year’s Resolution: Making Better Art.’ That’s basically what I want to accomplish this year. My only real, real concrete goal is to be represented by a literary agent by the end of the year.
<–also, Ms. Frizzle’s timeless words from The Magic School Bus, always!
Happy New Year, and I hope it’s everything you want it to be and more! I’m off to go pitch my MG at #PitMad!!