I’ve joined Peter M. Ball’s Sunday Circle to help keep my writing on track. Follow along here or join in the fun over at Peter’s blog, Man Versus Bear.

What am I working on this week?

Finally got back into some writing this week, but have also taken on a couple of freelance proof-reading  jobs. I’ve pretty much given up freelancing except for friends and family and it just so happens that 2 people needed my help this week, and that’s taken up a bit of time.

Still, I made room for my own work as well and have been able to tick a couple of things off my to-do list. I reviewed and did a couple of revisions on 2 short stories and bit the bullet, submitting them both to magazines this week. It’s a good feeling crossing them off the list – that is, of course, until I get the rejections and start the process all over again. I plan to put a few hours into my novel this afternoon, and that will become the priority again until this current draft is finished.

What’s inspiring me this week?

I finished reading Justine Larbalestier’s My Sister Rosa and it did not disappoint. I have a strong interest in neuroscience as subject matter for young adult fiction (see here and here) and I think her handling of the topic, and the way she weaved it into the narrative, is possibly the best example I’ve read. I rarely give 5 stars to this novel but I couldn’t fault My Sister Rosa. It works brilliantly on all levels: as an action-packed read, as an empathetic and honest exploration of teenage issues, and as a study of the impact of psychopathy on familial relationships. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time to come.

What part of my project am I avoiding this week?

I feel like I’ve been avoiding my novel, although a lot of that avoidance can be explained by the amount of time I’ve been able to allocate to writing due to the other mini-projects mentioned above. But I intend to fix that as soon as I’ve hit publish on this post, and made a cup of tea.