Part of me loves it.
But all the whirling can wear a gal slap out. So think of me braving the last brazen days before lovely, placid, peaceful May.
I have been reading GRAVE MERCY by Robin LeFevers and loving it! You may know Robin from her slew of books for middle grade readers (Theodisia, anyone?) or from the Shrinking Violets blog. (Not much going on at SV lately, and now we know why! Robin has been busy promoting this new book after its many starred reviews! BIG congratulations, Robin!)
And I am here to add my accolades to the pile. It's historical. It's romantic. It's got strong Ismae (a nun assassin) and lots of adventure and court intrigue. Love the atmospheric words like "mayhap" and "sorely." Expect to finish the book later today. And if you get a chance, see Robin's amazing post titled
"The Writer's Life is Full of Second Chances
or Abandon Despair all Ye Who Enter Here"
at Writer Unboxed about finding the crunchy bits in yourself that you should totally be writing about (instead of for the market).
That led me to Barbara Samuel's worksheet on finding your voice. It's got me remembering my crunchy bits! Like how much I love love loved books by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss during my late teen years. Oh romantic me!
Another post I love is over at Smack Dab in the Middle by Dia Calhoun about delayed gratification and what's the point of writing and includes some words I really needed near the end. Go. Read.
In other news, I'll be traveling tomorrow to Harper Lee Land, otherwise known as Monroeville, Alabama, for Alabama Writers Symposium. I'm looking forward to seeing some writing friends there like Kerry Madden and Rachel Hawkins. AND (this is the best part) my father will be there!!!
There are SO MANY literary and art events happening this weekend. If someone would just develop a means of teleportation I'd be one happy gal.
Look for Greg's addition to the Progressive Poem sometime today over at Gotta Book!
I'll be working working on this wip. Getting there!
Happy day to everyone.