WHAT I'M READING
I've been travelling, so there's been more reading time in my life than usual!
Recently I finished:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor --there were one or two things that bugged me, but I LOVED it on many different levels--beautifully written, super-fun atmosphere, would recommend.
The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson --a novella, really good, but super-intense world-building and magic-system-building isn't my favorite; hence, Sanderson isn't my favorite; but still really good!
And I am partway through:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (which I left at home)
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (which got REALLY good around page 260--so good that I forgive everything that wasn't good before...)
WHAT I'M WRITING
Still the YA fantasy, of course! What with travelling all over Turkey on a bus, there hasn't been much opportunity for me to sit down and really write. I have, however, been using this down-time as an opportunity to think about my story. I've been having a lot of ideas, and I think I'm doing a decent job of pushing myself to understand what needs to happen when I get home and sit down at my desk.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
So, Belle is generously letting me sleep in her flat in England this week. (She's doing summer study in Oxford, and she has a week off from tutorials so I get to hang out with her!!!) One of the other people who also lives here is writing his dissertation and, even though I have heard about how long it takes to get one of those done, seeing his HUMONGOUS pile of books has reminded me of something:
Some things just take a really long time.
Especially great things.
So here's to the dissertation-writers, the novelists, and anyone else involved in a slow, laborious creative process. It's amazing any of us have the stamina to do these sorts of things. But we do. :)
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
I just spent three weeks touring Turkey! That's why Tyler-Rose has been blogging on her own for a while. (Wifi in Turkish hotels was spotty.) Turkey is a GORGEOUS country. When I get home I will share more pictures, but to start, here is the view from our hotel in Istanbul:
Have a great week, everyone! Happy writing, reading, and living.