I have to confess that I didn't really set goals for this week. :( I have a friend's wedding coming up this Saturday and a week-long vacation to visit relatives after that, so I've been a bit preoccupied.
However, I have been doing things! :)
What I'm reading
Needful Things by Stephen King. I just finished The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer and After the Snow by S.D. Crockett. They were both fantabulous and are now on my mental Favorites shelf. Needful Things is starting a bit slow, but I don't mind. Stephen King usually does that when he's writing about a small town. I personally thought the prologue was unnecessary, but I can see why he put it in there. So far, I'm enjoying the leisurely pace as I get introduced to the characters.
What I'm writing
Speaking of prologues, I just re-wrote the prologue for The Book. My intent was to clarify some points of confusion that my critique partner had pointed out, and to make the conflict clearer and more immediate. I think it's a step in the right direction, but I know this part will probably go through another ten revisions anyway.
I also plotted my first section of The Book as is and marked parts to change, cut, or keep. Then I plotted the re-writes I wanted to do for that section. Before, I was mostly editing for word count and sticking to the book I already had. Now that I have the word count down, I can afford to edit for, "how can I make this a better book plotwise?"
What else I've been up to
Like I mentioned, my friends' wedding is on Saturday. :) I've also been frantically watering my herb garden.
I'm still going back and forth with my critique partner. I am also really looking forward to Operation Diversity, which will be a group blog by readers and writers about all kinds of diversity in MG, YA, and NA books.
What inspires me right now
Photography. I've rekindled my relationship with Pinterest. Right now, I'm looking at all sorts of pictures of flowers and herbs, as well as nighttime photography of moonlit landscapes. It's calming. Sometimes I want my inspiration to get me up and moving; other times I need something to calm down.