What’s Up Wednesday: Writing Cave

Writing Rambles

TreeWUWWhat’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime or Erin’s blog.

This is my first What’s up Wednesday to use Jaime’s adorable new buttons. Oh geez, I love them.

What I’m Reading


Yeah. Not much right now. I read the awesome and moving and hilarious and awesome Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy last week, then nothin’, nada, nil. I do have an excuse, I will elaborate on that more fully below. All I can say is I have a stack of books by my bed and on my computer that are desperate for my attention and starting to get testy.

What I’m Writing

That thing I said I’d elaborate on, well, prepare for some sweet, sweet knowledge. If you follow me on Twitter, you might know — because it only actually happens if I put it on Twitter — that in the last two weeks I have added 16,000 words to my YET TO BE TITLED work-in-progress. Below is a true-life depiction of what I currently look like.


I’m so pretty and dainty. I have a self-imposed deadline of April 1st. Why? BecauseIdoshutup. As of today it looks like I need 10-12,000 words until I can type The End. In honor of progress, and even though I get really embarrassed posting my writing anywhere ever, I’m including a tiny, baby snippet. (Be gentle, it’s rough.)

Cheers rise like roaring beasts around the room. In the burst of celebration, I finally look at her. Her eyes are pinned to the King, her hands pinch the fabric of her skirt, nervous, but she smiles. I almost reach for her hands, planning to flatten them against her skirt like always. A gentle reminder that she has nothing to fear — but I can’t touch her now, I can’t help her now.

My place is no longer beside her.

What Inspires Me

I don’t even know because it’s all a haze right now. I think the idea of finishing this book, for one. Requests from agents on my other book and positive feedback, for another. Seeing the word count edge higher everyday, and with it the realization that I will finish this thing before it finishes me.

Daily chats with writer friends that encourage and empower. You ladies know who you are.

I went to the Side Effects May Vary Launch and Signing. The turnout was phenomenal, and so, of course that is super inspirational, but it was seeing how it affected Julie that really hit me. Hard. Writers work so many hours on their books, give so much of their life-force, their soul and heart and brain, to these fictional worlds. Writers, us, we live in the bubble of our worlds and our characters and them mattering to only us for so long, that when it finally comes time for them to matter to others the fact that they do can be shocking — wonderful, but shocking. julieme


What Else I’m Up To

A few weeks ago, agent Maria Vincente with P.S. Literary put out a call for contributors, regular or special feature, to her blog I Believe in StoryI applied and was accepted, which was awesome. My first blog post, up today, is a Character Study on Jon Snow. Yeah. You’re gonna want to go read that. Follow I Believe in Story on Twitter to get blog updates. I am really excited to be collaborating with Maria. It has been a fabulous experience thus far.

Binge watching Veronica Mars. Saturday evening my husband and I were supposed to attend a reunion show for our awesome friend’s band. We couldn’t because child-dog care didn’t work out. We had never watched Veronica Mars, and with all the chatter about the movie, and all my friends being hashtag marshmallows, I just had to check it out. Hooked like a kid on phonics, I tell ya.

Lamenting over the soon-to-be loss of Psych (Tonight, 9/8c, USA). My husband and I have watched this show since it began back in July, 2006, or for the entirety of our marriage thus far. It’s a big deal for us. There will be a full blog post on the topic Friday, here on the blog, once I have dealt with my feelings. Or to help me deal with my feelings. Or to bitch about my feelings. Whatever. Stay tuned.


Happy (Sad for me) Wednesday!



17 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday: Writing Cave

  1. “Hooked like a kid on phonics”. That line totally made me laugh. And congrats on all the writing you’ve gotten done. Keep it going and you will definitely reach your April 1st completion deadline.

  2. Your excerpt is lovely. That last line… Totally hooked me. I want more! I got SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY in the mail yesterday. I think it might have to be my next read. I’ve heard great things. Congrats on your 16K, Rebecca — that’s amazing!

    1. Thank you, Katy! I seriously can’t wait to be done with this book. Not because I’m tired of writing it, but because I am really excited about the potential. It’s a special story and world. Yes, do read Side Effects May Vary soon! So good. Also, meant to say in my comment on your post, that I am so glad you’re reading The Truth About Alice. LOVE! And love Jennifer, she is wonderful.

  3. Awesome on all your progress!

    I am so, so sad about Psych ending. I’ve been there since the beginning, too, and I sometimes randomly find myself laughing about things, like Shawn lugging around “Little Boy Cat” or Gus dressed up for the Harry Potter convention.

    Now I’m off to read about Jon Snow 🙂

    1. LOL LOL yes! “It’s called Pottering, Shawn.” A fave of mine is when Shawn and Gus tried out for American Duos and sang two different songs. Or when Shawn was on that Mexican Soap Opera…or..or…*sobs*

      Have fun reading about Jon Snow! 🙂

  4. Wow! SO much great stuff! How awesome that you are adding so many words and getting requests and positive feedback and that contributor thing sounds awesome! *breathes* Also, love the baby snippet! Hope you have another wonderful week!

  5. I have to agree with Katy: that last line in particular really hooked me! Definitely want to know more. 🙂 16,000 words in a week is fantastic, Rebekah! What a rush that must be. I just went and read your Jon Snow post because, well, Jon Snow. That is all. I *really* need to read the books this year. I’m so terrified I’m going to be spoiled on it. I’m happy to welcome you to the marshmallow fold. 🙂 I really wish VMars had never been cancelled. As for Psych, I watched the first couple of episodes and then got sidetracked. I’ll have to make sure to check it out again. Have a great week!

  6. Hooked like a kid on phonics? Ha ha, yes! We’re part way through season 2 of Veronica Mars, and I’m dreading the ending. No spoilers, but the episode I watched last night practically gutted me. So good. We took a break from Psyche to watch VM, so Shawn & Gus are patiently waiting for us. That sucks that the show is ending now. I hope the last episode is satisfying, although it’ll be sad.

    Loved the excerpt you shared. The characters’ emotions really come through in a unique way, and that last bit has me very curious. I’m totally rooting for you to finish your draft by April 1st. Good luck in the home stretch, and remember to savor that awesome moment when you type the last word!

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