What’s Up Wednesday August 7

whats up wednesdayWhat’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’s.

What I’m Reading

I finished OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu. As I said last week, that book brought up a lot in me. It is worth reading, and it left me feeling hopeful if slightly twitchy.

I am reading another ARC now. (I have racked up the ARCs lately, yay for well connected friends.) Anyway. Currently reading Tandem by Anna Jarzab. I know I love it because I am soaring through it, however, there are things I feel odd about in it. Mostly, POV switching that is a little jarring at first and then a little cop out. I like Sasha, and the plot and concept is riveting, but it’s romantic lead Thomas that does it for me. I recommend giving it a shot when it releases in October!

What I’m Writing

Still working on my sequel, though haven’t touched it in a few days because the other idea I began has taken over. It’s OK, because I am under no current pressure to make headway on the sequel. I just wanted to know I could and start messing with how.

The new WiP is sort of consuming all my waking thoughts right now. I had a banner day Monday, getting close to 4500 words written in one day. Tuesday (even though I was caring for my son and running errands) I managed to squeeze out another 1500 words. Son took a nap because he was up a lot during the night with unknown worries and fears, and so I made him rest in the afternoon. This gave me more writing time than I expected, but then I had to reluctantly wake my son to prevent him staying up until midnight. I am filming today, which will impede my progress, but that is a productive use of time.

What Inspires Me

Pictures from Hawaii. From time to time, I am reminded that I was there and it was magical. Also, my WiP kind of has something to do with it.

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Family Stories. Last weekend, I traveled with my husband’s family to the Austin area. A few weeks ago, my husband’s mother discovered she had an older half-brother. Her mother had given birth to a son who had been adopted before she married my husband’s grandpa. My mother-in-law didn’t know this had happened, but when her mother told her that she had a brother, my mother-in-law was overjoyed. Watching the family open themselves up to this new person, his daughter, his wife, and his grandkids was an incredible experience. Seeing the power of this revelation in my husband’s family manifest without judgement or bitterness, was an incredible example of the kind of people they are, and the kind of legacy passed down to my husband and his siblings.

What Else I’m Up To

Filming. Today we have seven scenes to shoot in about 3.5 hours. I will be powering through, drinking coffee and diet coke, and probably doing a lot of sweating. Wish me luck!

Catching bugs and things. Monday I caught a tiny lizard for my son, which he – in an incredibly humane gesture for a nearly four year old boy — let go the following morning.

Staying out of the sweltering Texas heat. I feel like God is baking us into a cobbler to serve with ice cream at the church pot-luck. I saw the first glimpse of fall clothes at Target yesterday and wanted to cry, but decided to sweat instead and then buy an ICE-E.

Fangirling hard over this clip from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Oh, the FEELS! Oh, the boy! Oh, Lena Headley not playing Cercei!

 

What’s up Wednesday July 31


whats up wednesday
What’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’s

What I’m Reading 

I finished The Bitter Kingdom ARC. It’s phenomenal. I will probably be putting a post together soon about the whole series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each Fire and Thorns book.

I am about halfway through OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu. This book is a hard one for me. I’ve had to take it in small, manageable bites. It may not be this way for everyone, but for someone with OCD tendencies — leanings that were much more dominate in the throws of adolescent hormones —I relate to Bea in a way that makes me ache, for her and for the part of myself that could be this way and isn’t, that it becomes difficult to stay with her. However, as a read it’s equally funny, romantic and deeply quirky, all things I enjoy in contemporary YA. There will likely be a full blog post about this book as well. I have a feeling it’s one I’ll need to talk about.

What I’m Writing

Many things. I have been so productive lately that I’m actually in very real danger of patting myself on the back and bragging. That being said, a lot of my night time productivity is due to the Twitter support from other Ready. Set. Write ladies.

This week I have written 5000 words on the manuscript for my sequel. At this point it is just for me, and still who knows what is going to happen with this series, but I am firmly in love with it. I may be more in love with it after my break from it. I am in danger of loving it so much now that I began the sequel that everything else will be boring.

I also wrote about 500 words on a new story. I tend to have very specific, overwhelming dreams, and this new idea was spawned by one of them. It comes complete with some plot twists and world building. Writing about this new world, in this very different narrative voice, is completely fascinating. It is still in the discovery stage, but the spark is there to explore.

What Inspires Me

As I said, the Ready. Set. Write ladies on Twitter. My first night back working I spent also dialoging with some of them on Twitter. I was surprised by how it truly motivated me to stay focused, knowing they were all writing and knew I was supposed to be writing instead of shittin’ around on the internet. Odd how accountability can add to your discipline. I have never had a hard time staying motivated during my writing days, but the evening, when I’m drowsy and there’s House Hunters International marathons on (perfect TV to check out to), have never been my most productive time.

Trees. As a girl, trees were sanctuaries. I grew up on acreage surrounded by old, massive oaks that I lived in and named and told secrets to. My home now is nestled into a hill with a thick tree fence of protection. From my office, I look out over the tops. Trees are all I see. I’m reminded of a particular quote from Anne of Green Gables, said to Matthew:

I had made up my mind that if you didn’t come for me tonight I’d go down the track to that big wild cherry-tree at the bend, and climb up into it to stay all night. I wouldn’t be a bit afraid, and it would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry-tree all white with bloom in the moonshine, don’t you think? You could imagine you were dwelling in marble halls, couldn’t you?

Trees are also a thing in this new story I’m working on.

What Else I’m Up To

Today I begin filming on the web series I’ve written with the teens from my acting/writing workshop. We have been rehearsing and planning and throwing things together, and now we shoot. I am thrilled with their enthusiasm and creativity. Their talent and energy. Very exciting day.

I finally got a reading chair for my office. It’s whimsical and quirky. I feel like Snow White or Beatrix Potter or someone equally feminine and nature-loving.

Pictures of empty furniture are odd.
Pictures of empty furniture are odd.

Working out. I have been getting back in the swing of working out. I unintentionally took a break after Hawaii, but started back last Monday. This Monday, my brother trained his new wife (who is a Hawaiian dancer) and me. Walking is a challenge now. Stairs make me want to cry. My thighs will be gorgeous.

So…what’s up with you?