I love living in New York City. But I also LOVE leaving New York City. Last week, I spent three days at the beach in Delaware with my Mom. I’ve been going to Bethany Beach most summers since I was eleven. It is comforting and also brings back so many sense memories of being different ages – which can be really helpful for my writing. Also reading on the beach = heaven (as do boardwalk fries and swirling scoops of vanilla frozen custard).
Speaking of beach reads… I adored reading Summer Days and Summer Nights a collection of short stories all about summer romance edited by Stephanie Perkins featuring many of my favorite YA writers (it’s a lot like My True Love Gave to Me). I also read The Haters, by Jesse Andrews and devoured A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Mass (seriously I read this 600+ page book twice because I just couldn’t handle the story being over).
After finishing my thesis, I took a much longer break from writing than I intended. Maybe this is good. Maybe it is bad. Either way it happened. But I really am trying to dive back into revisions on my manuscript with a purpose. This week featured lots of exercises about a character that needs to be substantially re-imagined in my future drafts and the beginning of creating a new outline. Fun. A lot of work and some stress. But still fun.