What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk as a way for writers and readers to stay in touch!
What I'm Reading
Last week I was nearing the end of Grave Mercy, and this week I'm nearing the end of the sequel, Dark Triumph. I'd hoped to finish it at the weekend, but I haven't managed to do any reading in the past couple of days because I've been busy with uni work.
What I'm Writing
I found out just yesterday that I have to prepare an extract from my current WIP, Bloodroot and Bracken, to read aloud. One of the extracts I'm most proud of is the opening scene, which takes place at the funeral of my protagonist's mother; I think it's one of the more atmospheric pieces that I've written, so this week I'm going to be editing that until it's at a point where I'm happy to read it aloud.
What Inspires Me Right Now
Hilary Mantel, which is odd considering I have yet to read any of her fiction, but I do love listening to Bookclub on Radio 4 and roaming through the archives online to listen to authors who interest me. I recently listened to the interview with Mantel following the publication of Bring Up the Bodies, and I just adore the way she talks about history and Historical Fiction.
What Else I've Been Up To
Yesterday I had a meeting with an old tutor of mine to discuss the possibility of doing a PhD in English Literature in the future. The meeting I had was very positive, so now I just need to use my time to really think about whether or not a PhD is something I want to apply to do next year - first I'm going to take a year out, I don't think I could do 7 years of higher education in a row!