This week I was disappointed in my word count, with only 3,700 words out of my 5,000-word goal right after I had so much gusto last weekend to write two chapters a week to finish this massive WIP. Ok so I wrote 1.5 chapters, but I felt like “cheating” or being tricky (like Jenny Hansen said this week) and counting my blogs towards my word count, which would put me well over 5,000. However, I plan on writing today even though I normally take Sundays for blogging only. I have two to three blogs to write so hopefully there will be enough time to write on the WIP later. Might be interesting to write in the daylight since I’m used to writing in the dark after work. If anyone’s up for a sprint later, send me a tweet. I got lots of words planned for today #row80.
The Genres Blogging Series is going great. Thanks to Barbara McDowell who posted about Horror on Wednesday, which generated a rather lively discussion in the comments section. Did you know Horror has “disappeared” as a section in bookstores? Its funny how labels, even genre labels, immediately make associations in our minds and that we can be so stubborn not to give something a chance because it carries a specific label. I can’t imagine what Romance and “Click Lit” writers go through.
Yesterday, I went to a great café in Brussels, Merrily’s Atelier Sucré. It was the cutest shop with walls painted pink and purple, a glass case with any array of deliciously colorful cupcakes on display. I had a hazelnut flavored cupcake and a cappuccino. I met some lady bloggers in Brussels, most of them native English speakers, which in itself was a big treat. It was great meeting these bloggers because they have so many useful tips and it makes a big difference to be able to talk in-person, rather than over social media, to a group who has the same interests as you. I’ll be setting up a blogroll in the sidebar this week with these lovely ladies’ interesting and useful blogs. Since I have writing on the agenda today, I will resist doing it now.
I finished a fiction book yesterday – review coming on a Friday near you (if I write it today, then this Friday). It’s a “Chick Lit” novel, but it had such a dark ending that it still has left me a little disturbed. Of course there was a glimmer of hope at the end, but it has me all out of sorts. I think I need another cupcake.
Have you ever read a book in your preferred genre that surprised you? Or pushed the boundaries of that genre?
Hope everyone has a great week and eats lots of chocolate/sweets on Tuesday.