Week in Review: January 26: On writing, discovering #atticnotebook, and how I’m reading 3000+ pages next month.

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

This is the end of my birthday week. It’s been fun! Last week I got to see Roshani Chokshi, Melissa Albert, and S. A. Chakraborty at a signing and this week I got to see Holly Black. What more could a person want for their birthday festivities? I will tell you the answer is very little.

I’ve been trying to carve out more time in my days for writing and so far it’s going well. I also saw Laini Taylor post on her instagram about her #atticnotebook exercise. It’s really simple. You find an empty notebook and start writing in it for fifteen minutes every day. You don’t go back and reread. You keep going until you fill the notebook. Then you still don’t reread until at least a month has passed. And you have all of these ideas you can revisit.

On a superficial level it’s good to keep working out my handwriting which doesn’t get a lot of use given how much stuff I type. It’s also fun and a nice way to build in a writing routine. Plus while I am seriously drafting my current project I have a place to set down other ideas. (I’m in a writing group as I’ve mentioned and have a solid first half of a novel after workshopping it all last year. My goal is to finish it before the year is out.)

I can’t talk about all of the things that I’m currently reading for professional review and other projects yet BUT I’m really sad. I did the math and I have to read 3,375 pages before the end of February. So far I’ve read 50. It’s . . . going to be a lot.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

How was your week? What are you reading?