Goals and Good Reads


This week I started reading The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. These three Young Adult authors and critique partners (known as the Merry Sisters of Fate) committed to writing short stories and posting them on their blog. The posts made their way to publication in this awesome collection, along with handwritten notes, doodles, and commentary on the creative process. It’s been an inspiring and entertaining read–especially with Maggie Stiefvater’s awesome freehand drawings. I find writing short stories and flash fiction a really challenging but beneficial exercise in learning to get to the heart of a story in as few words as possible.


On the ROWing side of things, it’s been *meh* week. I hit most of my goals, but just barely.

SOCIAL MEDIA: 

  • Blog for ROW80. Check.
  • Encourage other ROWers. No check.

WRITING:

  • Finish my work-in-progress. Closer, but probably not going to happen this round of ROWing. 23k words in now and nearing my midpoint.
  • Write ~3 scenes per week. Check. These were short scenes, but kept the momentum going.

READING:

  • Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress. Almost finished.
  • The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life! It’s also a blog roll. Click Here to read other participants’ entries.

2 thoughts on “Goals and Good Reads

  1. I haven’t read “The Curiosities.” I might have to look into it. I’m currently reading “Dime Store Magic,” an adult urban fantasy by Kelley Armstrong.

    Sounds like you’re making great progress with your WIP. I’m waiting to read it whenever it’s ready for another set of eyes. 🙂

  2. I’d not heard of the Merry Sisters until this post (just peeked over). That’s a fun idea for a book. I’ve seen other similar projects… it’s cool to read about the process. Sometimes it’s even more cool that the final piece, but it sounds like you’re enjoying both.

    As for progress… sometimes it’s slow. As long as it’s a regular push forward, it’s still taking you where you want to go.

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