I thought I would pop in to give you a quick update. I hope you don't mind.
First of all, Broken Clouds is back in full swing. This story is a bit of a learning curve for me, full of new things that I haven't tried before. And I've added yet another new thing: I am now writing it with two POV characters. So far, so good. I am now on Chapter 19, more or less, but some of my chapters are really short and may need to be fleshed out later. Also, I sent the first 5 chapters to a reader to get her initial reactions and received positive feedback. So I am happy with the way things are coming -- at least for a first draft.
In reading lately, I devoured Jill Williamson's Safe Lands trilogy. It had pros and cons to it, but I did learn some useful things for writing. And her multiple POVs gave me the courage to write with two POVs in Broken Clouds.
It is only 5 weeks and a day until the Rooglewood Contest winners are announced. It's hard to not think of things you wish you had done better before submitting your story. I have purposefully not read my story since I submitted it because I didn't want to fret over new "errors" I found nor did I want to continue editing until my copy looked vastly different from the copy that the judges were reading. But the story still lives in my head, and I occasionally think of something I could have done differently.
I read several posts on http://ahalfbakedplot.blogspot.com/ today. She's taking a break from posting now, but she had several posts in her archives that I found quite helpful. Her instructionals usually leave me teeming with excitement and inspiration. I also caught up on posts by K.M. Weiland at http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/ which were equally fascinating.
That's pretty much it, as far as writing goes, except that I am living a full life. One day, parts of it will end up in book form. :) How are you doing in your reading and writing?