I felt like I was hermit-ing myself away this week. I don’t mean that just in the sense of hiding myself from the world (becauseÂ when I think about it, since I spent time with my sister on Monday and hung out with a friend on Sunday), but also in the sense of hiding from my own creativity and somewhat from social media. Although, this feeling may be less reflective of last week than how I feel at this moment.
I don’t know if I’m ready or willing to pull myself out of that mode just yet, but I can tell that this is going to start to drag on me if I let it go on, too long. When I’m in this mode I tend not to get much of anything productive done and that’s not helpful on many levels.
What Iâ€™m Reading
I finished upÂ She Walks in Shadows,Â the anthology edited byÂ Silvia Moreno-GarciaÂ andÂ Paula R. Stiles and may have some thoughts to share on it soon. But for now I’ll just say that it’s a solid collection of weird, Lovecraftian stories.
I’m about halfway throughÂ The Dragons of HeavenÂ by Alyc Helms, which is an entertaining adventure romp with a fun, sassy main character.
What Iâ€™mÂ Writing
Rinse and repeat from last week â€” no new words were written last week, and no major editing. I’m finding it very difficult right now to face words, can stand to either look at a blank page or edit anything I’ve already written. Kind of frustrating, but I’ll work my way out of it soon, I’m sure.
Goals for the Week:
- Work on something â€“ ANYTHING
“We love her and we hate her in equal measure. We feel that way because she revels in being all the things that we are told we arenâ€™t allowed to be. She is confident, and she has wrinkles, and her nose isnâ€™t a formless nonthreatening comma in the middle of an ill-defined wide-eyed faceâ€”itâ€™s a knife, or an arrow, or a scythe. She frowns. Everyone in the audience and on the internet wants to talk about whether or not sheâ€™s sexy but theyâ€™re asking the wrong questions and sheâ€™s laughing at them for it,” writesÂ Sarah Gailey inÂ Defense of Villainesses.
The Historical Origins Of The Witch by Danika McClure
Jo Eberhardt on The Problem with Female Protagonists