It’s been a while since I’ve done What’s Up Wednesday–and I must say, I quite missed it! I’ve been traveling for a while, and haven’t had time to sit down and write solid blog post. So, without further ado… everything since the first week of August! 😀
What I’m Reading
We went to Alaska the first week of August (gorgeous views!), and while there was abundant wildlife and scenery, I missed my wi-fi. So I filled in the lost space with BOOKS! Lots, and lots of books! 😀 That week alone, I read What’s Left of Me, by Kat Zhang
which I was supposed to post a book review for yesterday, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son by Lois Lowry, The New World by Patrick Ness, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. They were all pretty much fantastic. I’d have to refer you to Desiree over at Inky Tavern for a review of The New World, because I have no idea how much time it’ll take to review all eight books.
I was home for about three days before leaving to visit my aunt, which has proven to be very fun. Luckily, they have wi-fi here, which is very nice, considering I have been without wi-fi for a week. So far, I’ve read Beowulf for school, and am reading Grendel, too. But you probably already knew that because that’s been going on forever. Also on my TBR this week are The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, The Innocent Assassins by Pema Donyo, and A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans. And, of course, if I manage to finish all of that, Once We Were by Kat Zhang.
What I’m Writing
Currently, I’m still working on The CyberWorld edits. My self-set deadline for myself is this week… and I’m on page 25 of 120. This is going to be one long week 😛 I’m enjoying myself, though. Plus, I’m hoping to be able to keep most of the rest of the novel
considering that my nutty writerly mind has decided to throw in a MAJOR plot twist once I get past the initial 40-ish pages. The plot is REALLY WEIRD. I mean, it goes from a scientific world to something about the law. I guess my Mock Trial somehow pushed its way in to my novel. Because I really needed to memorize my part. 😛
What Inspires Me Right Now
Oh, and this is the section in which I get to throw in the beautiful photos of Alaska and our wonderful cruise ship, and our lovely journey… during which it rained the first day and I nearly froze to death while on a tiny little boat in the Tracy Arm fjord (which has beautiful glaciers!) It was lovely; we saw lots of wildlife, including my first salmon run, bald eagle, wild otters, seals (though I couldn’t grab a picture of them–they were too fast), and black bears.
I guess it’s just a coincidence that A Wolf Called Romeo, which Houghton Mifflin Harcourt kindly sent me, is about a wolf that befriends an Alaskan community. 😛
Anyways, here’s a rundown of my trip in pictures! I got a new camera and was really excited to explore all the new features. It even had some filters, although I didn’t use them… for the most part. 😛
Photography © Sabrina Wolfheart & the Books and Bark blog
What Else Is New
Well, I visited Alaska for the first time, and it was just gorgeous! Right now, I’m visiting my aunt and uncle (I can’t tell you where for privacy/security reasons), and I’m making
very slow good progress on my novel edits. Other highlights of my week include the fact that all my television shows are starting soon (Doctor Who next weekend and NCIS sometime soon). I’d also like to thank Heather McCubbin of Pushing the Pen for nominating me for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award (whew, that’s a mouthful!). I’m probably going to get around to it sometime next week.
I also have to inform you that my school starts next week. 😦 I enjoy school, and learning, but I’m taking a very heavy course load this year, with two science classes (advanced chemistry and physics) and the hardest math class in high school. Unfortunately, a heavy course load means some things have to get cut. And while I’m not going to stop blogging entirely, the three-posts-a-week schedule is going to be cut down to two. I just wanted to let all of you know, so that you don’t think I have abandoned Books and Bark for no good reason. 😛
I am hoping to prioritize my novel writing over blogging, and maybe I’ll even participate in NaNoWriMo this November (I have no idea what my homework load is going to look like). I feel like I’m dramatizing this, as I tend to do, as a writer. Because I’ll probably have my book reviews for What’s Left of Me and Cinder up this week, and maybe I’ll even talk a little bit about Beowulf? 😀
Now, off to practice clarinet, which somehow hasn’t happened all summer… 😛
Have a great week! 😀