Me Me Me Monday (6)

Merry Monday, lovelies! Ahhhh, it's wonderful to be back with Me Me Me Monday again. Especially because - unlike during my time in the US - I actually did things over the weekend that were writing-related rather than just hanging out. Not that hanging out doesn't have its merits - it most certainly does! - but it's so awesome to have those days when you're incredibly productive and you just get so much done, you know? :D

Currently Watching...

... The Hobbit! Not sure if any of you got a chance to go to the San Diego Comic Con (if so: grrrr. Can I be you?), but some ridiculously amazing news was released just yesterday: the third and final instalment of the Hobbit trilogy, directed by the one and only Peter Jackson, is premiering in December! Ahhhhhh! I found this out at 2:30 in the morning on Saturday, proceeded to go on a massive fangirling spree that involved calling and waking up all of my friends who are also fans, and then basically just geeking out with them. (Good times, man. Good times. ;) ) But yes, as you can tell, I'm so insanely excited for that to come out, and as a result I marathoned the first two films as well as the Lord of the Rings films over the weekend. Sooooo much fun. :D

Currently Reading...

... It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini. This one's been on my TBR list basically forever, so I was wondering what it might entail - I'd kind of forgotten exactly why I wanted to read it. So far I really like it, though; the story follows the journey of a boy with severe depression who almost commits suicide and ends up in a mental ward, and if I was expecting something that would make me start crying, this totally defied that. It's actually hilarious - the main character, Craig, is down to earth, wry, and it's just so interesting to be in his head. I'm about halfway through, and I love where it's going.

Currently Writing...

... Frozen Hearts. (Duh.) Ok, guys, false alarm: remember how I said that the beta readers' comments were finished? I lied. :P It turns out I completely forgot the one hard copy of the manuscript that I had, since all the rest were soft copies - so there is indeed one more critique to go! Since digging that up, I've been sort of trying to power through it - hopefully I can finish it by next week, but there are a lot of really thought-provoking things, so I might not be able to. Oh well, I suppose that's probably a very good problem to have, haha ;) I'm really learning so much about the characters now that I've been able to spend more time with them, though, and it's great to be able to put all the little details into the MS that add up to fictional people that could jump off the page and walk around and not be out of place in the real world - something that, needless to say, is one of my favourite things ever. :D

Currently Listening To...

... Vienna, by Billy Joel. It's an oldie but goodie - Billy Joel is basically a genius (my mom introduced me to his hit Piano Man while we were in New York and can I just say that HE IS ACTUALLY THE BEST LYRICIST I HAVE EVER HEARD). So now I'm kind of on a Billy Joel kick, re-discovering all of the songs that I'd heard when I was a kid and learning about the less popular ones, as well. This is one of my favourites - I'm sure you guys have heard of it, but if not, have a listen below!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZdiXvDU4P0]

Random Updates...

I'm really trying to strike a balance between productivity and relaxation, because I know if given the chance I would just write all day, every day and burn myself out in two weeks. :P So I've taken to setting a schedule: every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday is a work day - that is, I write, I practise instruments, I edit, I read my books on writing/publishing/etc, and I try to get as much done as possible. Every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday is a rest day - that is, I read, I play around on my guitar but not actually practise anything (let's call it experimentation?), I make mix tapes, I hang out with my friends, I watch television, and I just relax. Mondays are a combination of both. (See, these are the times when I hate the fact that a week is an odd number of days. :P ) So far it's working out pretty well - there have been a few slipups, but that's to be expected, of course! - and I'm really enjoying the summer while still getting in a decent amount of writing and music time. Yay! :D

So how was your weekend, everyone? Let me know in the comments section - I'd love to hear about it! xx

love, Topaz