What I'm Reading
I think I'm feeling the beginning of a slump: I feel like reading contemporary but whenever I pick one up, I get a few pages in and have to put it down because all I can see is how this finished book is miles and miles better than my first draft. Usually I'm pretty good at taking that in stride and making note of what I like about the book I'm reading so I can try to emulate it; for whatever reason, that's not working for me right now. So I finally picked up my copy of Taken by Erin Bowman, and promptly read 70 pages in what felt like five minutes. Looks like I'm going to be taking a little break from contemporary!
What I'm Writing
I'm plugging away, slowly but steadily, on this draft of what sort of started as my NaNo project (but now bears almost no resemblance to what I wrote in November, since I tossed the whole thing and started from scratch again back in March.) My 300 words per day that are due to Jaime are usually more like 400-450, so (with days off) I'm up to about 35K over the last three months. It's amazing how it adds up! I'm also really looking forward to Ready. Set. Write! starting up--I'm hoping it will inspire me to push through the end of this draft and get to work on revisions.
What Inspires Me Right Now
Honestly? The approaching end of school. I really love the school where I've been teaching part-time and subbing (a lot!) this year. My colleagues are dedicated, excited about their work, and in many cases, awesomely nerdy (like me!) My students are delightfully strange and wonderful. I'm really excited to go back next year, and I'm even looking forward to spending some time this summer creating the best curriculum I can for the class I'll be teaching.
But right now, all I can think about is what my summer routine will look like. I want to carve out times in my day for reading, writing, walking/running, chores, and just plain goofing off. I tend to vastly overestimate my ability to maintain a schedule like that, but for the first week or two, I'll really get some good writing in and I can't wait!
What Else I've Been Up To
Since it's the end of the year, my students are all wrapping up whatever projects and activities they've been involved with. Yesterday I perused the outdoor art show put together by my school's amazing visual art teachers; tonight I'm going to a reception at a local college celebrating an anthology of teen art and writing, for which one of my students was co-editor and one of the featured creators. This is really the fun part of teaching.
I also went to a really cool community event that was arranged by one of my colleagues in his capacity as an all-around cool guy (rather than as a teacher): the Buffalo Reading Invasion! It's sort of like a flash mob, except you just show up with a book and a chair and read for an hour. For the first Invasion of the season, we took over a park in my neighborhood; apparently we'll be invading parks all over the city as the summer progresses. I'm looking forward to more of those as the weather heats up.
So: what's up with you?