WUW: Time for a little break

9 Apr

What’s Up Wednesday is an easy and fun weekly blog hop that’s hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!

wuw treeWHAT I’M READING

I finished up Throne of Glass last night and I ended up really, really enjoying it. Okay, to be fair, around the halfway mark I said to my husband, “I don’t know if I hate this book or love it.” There were definitely things that drove me kinda crazy, but I couldn’t put it down. And I’m glad I stuck with it. I have to say, this is the first ever love triangle that has me completely torn between the two guys, even though I saw it coming from page 10. Chaol and Dorian are both terrific characters while still distinct individuals. Also, Celaena’s character arc was nicely done. So, yes, I will continue through the series. Not right now though, because I have a manuscript to critique, and another one coming soon, and I have to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for book club (soooo excited for this one) AND I got a shipment notice for my signed copy of Dreams of Gods and Monsters yesterday! Ahhh! SOOOOO excited! Laini Taylor is my spirit animal, y’all. Her and The Naked and Famous. :)

WHAT I’M WRITING

I submitted the first 5k of the Book of Eire to my writing group last week. I was quite nervous, since I was going to find out if I’m the only one who loves this story, but they did too! Yay! The muse hasn’t been my friend this week, but I’ve kept up with my 100 words a day challenge and even managed 500 words yesterday. Also, I have a title! Doo doo doo doo! THROUGH CLOUDED EYESI love it and it feels so perfect because this story is all about fate, death, and mental illness. Sounds happy, right? Hah! It’s also about love though, so there you go. :)

Also, I’m set on a new title for FR also: ILLUMINATE THE NIGHT. Feels good to have that settled.

WHAT INSPIRES ME

As I said, the muse has been noticeably absent this week, but I’m finding inspiration in pushing through despite that. I used to balk at the idea of writing every day–it wasn’t for me, I wasn’t the type of person who could keep that up, etc. etc. etc.–but it really makes all the difference. I wasn’t able to write on Sunday and I noticed a difference on Monday. Even taking one day off sets me back a bit! So, even when the writing isn’t glamorous, and each word is another tooth pulled, I continue on. And it’s worth it every. single. time.

WHAT ELSE I’M UP TO

I’ve taken on babysitting for a friend’s daughter for the next 2 weeks. She’s just a few months younger than Lincoln, but she’s not a consistent afternoon napper which means my writing time is taking a huge blow. (Yesterday their naps only overlapped by 10 minutes :/) I’m still dedicated to writing every day, but it means writing at night some days, and it means some other things are going to slide for the next couple of weeks. And one of those things is blogging. So I’m going to peace out for a bit, but I’ll be back!

I hope y’all have a fabulous week, next, and the week after! (But I should be back to blogging then.) How’s this week going so far?

WUW: Oh lately it’s so quiet

2 Apr

What’s Up Wednesday is an easy and fun weekly blog hop that’s hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!

wuw treeWHAT I’M READING

Still working on Throne of Glass. Good grief. I really do like this book, but the odds haven’t been in reading’s favor for me lately. This does not make me happy. I love to read! I shall do some tonight, no matter what.

WHAT I’M WRITING

I’m about 5k into my new WIP now, which I’m going to refer to as the Book of Eire or BoE. This isn’t a working title, but just something to call it so I don’t have to keep calling it my new WIP. :) The protagonist is originally from Ireland, hence the use of Eire. I had a great writing sesh last night, getting in 1500 words and I only stopped because it was bed time. (Turbo took an incredibly short nap yesterday and robbed me of my normal writing time.) I’m submitting to my writing group tonight and I’m excited to see what they think of the story on Saturday. Also I have been having all kinds of THOUGHTS and IDEAS about the story, which has me very excited about this story. I need to finish this post up quick so I can write!

WHAT INSPIRES ME

The Naked and Famous, obvs. Haha! I wonder how many times I’ve said that on a What’s Up Wednesday post. But seriously. Their music just gets me. Or I get it. Also, I’ve been diving back into Florence + the Machine lately which has been woooooonderrrrrfullll. Florence Welch also gets me, man. Yay music!

WHAT ELSE I’M UP TO

So, we decided the dog run needs to be somewhere else in the yard. Hah! Whoops! So much for those post holes we already dug. But this is a much better location. Unfortunately, its proximity to our future patio delays its construction until we can get the patio poured. So now we’re waiting on estimates from concrete guys.

I’ve got a blog redesign coming, which I’m very excited about. This layout and design is tired and old, and frankly, not very me. It’ll be nice to have something prettier and more professional looking. And I need your help! I’m going to move my helpful links to their own page, and really want to beef up my writing/publishing resources. So please share your favorite writing/publishing blogs and links! I would be most grateful. Thanks in advance!

That’s about it! Quiet week around here, which is nice. How’s your week going?

WUW: 100 words a day keeps the writer’s block away

26 Mar

What’s Up Wednesday is an easy and fun weekly blog hop that’s hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!

wuw treeWHAT I’M READING

I’m still in the middle of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass because I had to put it aside to read my book club selection for Thursday night, which is The Rent Collector by Camron Wright. It’s set in Cambodia, but not during the Khmer Rouge regime, so it’s been very interesting and eye opening. I’m just about halfway through, and I’m enjoying it so far. Need to hurry if I’m going to finish it in time!

WHAT I’M WRITING

I’m about 2k words into my new WIP and I’ve finally clicked with the story. During my outlining, I knew what my opening scene was going to be, so I wrote that quickly. But I was so rusty from my few weeks off of writing that it took a while to get into a groove. Also, I had a hard time nailing down the voice, but I think I’ve found it. Interesting thing: I planned on writing this in 3rd person past, but when I sat down to start writing, I wrote the first scene in 1st person past without even realizing. I find that kind of an awkward POV and tense combo, so I tried to change it, but it didn’t feel right. So I’m sticking with the 1st person past and I’m loving it. Which just proves–stories know how they’re supposed to be written! :) Have you ever had an experience like that?

WHAT INSPIRES ME

I’ve talked about my 100 Words a Day challenge before, but towards the end of my revisions for FR my goal was a chapter a day. With drafting a new story after my few weeks off, I’m back to my 100 word minimum and I love it. Like I said, I was so rusty and it was hard to get back into it, but I made myself get 100 words each day (and so far this week that’s all I’ve gotten each day). Sure, it’s not much, but writing every day is writing every day, and it’s finally paying off. I’ve heard of people aiming for 500 words a day, but honestly that would be too daunting for me some days. There are days when I mentally have to talk myself into writing. I promise myself that if I just get 100 words and I can quit. And most of those days, I end up getting into the groove and churning out much more than that. If my goal were 500 words, I’d shy away from it on those days. And I love having to report to my MFA friends who are doing it too. They keep me motivated! I love those ladies!

WHAT ELSE I’M UP TO

We started on the dog run this weekend, but didn’t get very far due to snow. But we got the post holes dug and the rocks delivered, and today the Mister bought a tiller so we can prep the soil for sod/seed on our own. We’re also looking into putting French doors onto our (future) patio off of our dining area. Oh man, in just a few months we’re going to have the best backyard ever! And until then, you’ll find me at the park most mornings. :)

Have a fabulous week y’all!

WUW: Spring is coming!

19 Mar

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop that’s easy and fun. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!

wuw treeWHAT I’M READING

I’m about 100 pages into Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass and I’m really starting to enjoy it. Truth be told, it took me a while to get into it, but now I’m clicking along. I actually started it over a week ago, but took a break to read a friend’s manuscript. Ahhh, I love critiquing. After published author, my dream job is fiction editor. How fun it would be to critique manuscripts all day and get paid for it! :D

WHAT I’M WRITING

Because I was behind on getting my friend’s manuscript back to them, reading usurped writing time last week. But now I’m back and I’m ready to go. I outlined my three main characters for my book, came up with the Hook and Inciting Event, have a fairly good idea of what my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Plot Points are (and I suspect as I get into the first act, those will solidify), and also have a fairly good idea at what the Climax will be. Outlining my characters has been particularly helpful. Today, I should finally be able to start writing. Eeeee! I’ve been dreaming of this story for almost 3 years, so I’m excited to finally get to it!

WHAT INSPIRES ME

I saw The Naked and Famous and Imagine Dragons on Saturday night. Sooooo good. I love love love TNaF, and it was wonderful hearing them live. Their music really gets me in the feels, man. And while I liked Imagine Dragons, I wasn’t necessarily super excited to see them (I went for TNaF). But man they made a true fan out of me. Those guys are serious performers! While they were on, I kept getting all kinds of inspiration for the LI for my new book.

Also, I’ve found (courtesy of a fab member of my fab writing group) the best writing site: Helping Writers Become Authors. I’ve read at least a few articles every day, and have picked up Weiland’s book, Structuring Your Noveland have been making my way through it. It’s a fabulous book on plot and I highly recommend it. In the last section, when I talked about outlining my characters, I got the idea from this site, as well all that about the Hook, Inciting Event, etc. (That’s awesome because it’s a very boiled down version of the first part of the book. However! I still recommend the book! This chick knows her stuff.) Her series on outlining characters/character arcs is particularly genius:

“Too often, character and plot are viewed as separate entities—to the point that we often pit them against each other, trying to determine which is more important. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Plot and character are integral to one other. Remove either one from the equation, or even just try to approach them as if they were independent of one another, and you risk creating a story that may have awesome parts, but which will not be an awesome whole.”

Ding ding ding! Of course plot and character are integral to each other. So yes, this site (and that series in particular) is a top recommendation from me.

WHAT ELSE I’M UP TO

We’ve lived in our house for 5 years (in June) and the backyard is just plain embarrassing. It really belongs to the dogs. BUT! This year we take it back! And it’s starting this weekend. My MIL is coming in town, and we’re going to put up the dog run and cement our plans (patio, sod vs. seed, patio covering, what we’ll do ourselves vs. what we’ll hire a contractor for). I’m so excited! Turbo’s always dying to go out there but it’s a veritable mine field, thanks to the pups. So it’ll be nice to let him loose. And I’m going to have so many get-togethers to enjoy the patio. Heck, I’m sure I’ll read out there at least once a week. The cute new WUW picture has me even more stoked. So yay!

How’s your week going? Do tell!

WUW: Donezo!!!

5 Mar

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop that’s easy and fun. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!

winter wuwWHAT I’M READING

Ahhhh! Ignite Me!! I finished it yesterday and I’m very happy with it. Juliette’s character arc ROCKS. Seriously. And Warner has quite a nice character arc as well. Such a great character. Mafi did a fantastic job with him. There were some pacing issues, as well as major Adam issues, but that’s all I can say without getting into spoiler territory. If you haven’t read the Shatter Me series, I highly recommend it. I didn’t love Shatter Me, in fact I was kinda disappointed in it, but I loved Mafi’s writing style and voice so much I decided to give it another try. So I read the first novella, Destroy Me, and I was hooked. I didn’t read Fracture Me, the second novella, and after reading Ignite Me, I’m glad I didn’t. But I’m so so glad I stuck through to the end of the series.

WHAT I’M WRITING

I finished the second draft of FRACTURED RADIANCE!!!! Confetti! Streamers! Ticker tape! I finished it on Friday afternoon, then bundled it up and shipped it off to betas that night. I’ve already heard back from one of them(!), which was a very unexpected and very pleasant surprise. Still, no matter how quickly all feedback comes in, I’m taking at least 6 weeks off my book, probably even two months. I really need some space from the manuscript so I can look at it with fresh eyes. In the meantime, today I decided I’m going to start another paranormal book during the week, and on the weekends I’m going to world build for my high fantasy series. Eeee! These are two projects I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. I made the decision today, and tomorrow I’ll start on the new paranormal story. I’ll let you know when I have a title, which may be a while because I’m terrible at titles. Oh, and have I mentioned that FR needs a new title? And it was so perfect. Oh well.*

WHAT INSPIRES ME

We’ve been having lots of gorgeous weather here in Denver lately (and lots of ungorgeous weather, like the chilly weekend that just passed), and Turbo and I have been spending lots of time outside. I love being outside, playing with my kiddo and soaking up much needed vitamin D. It’s been lovely.

WHAT ELSE I’M UP TO

Getting my house back in shape! Good grief, did I ever have tunnel vision last week! I promised the Mister I would clean up last week, and I did clean the kitchen one or two nights and I did wash and dry our clothes, but that’s it. So, this week I’m trying to make my house habitable, at the very least. Most of the laundry (that I did Monday) is still on the couches, but I folded some of it last night and I should finish it up tonight. I’ve also vacuumed, swept, and even mopped(!). That happens like … once every 6 weeks or so. So, yay for a clean home!

Have a fabulous week!

*I sound so “ho hum pig’s bum” but actually it was more like “WHAAAAAAT?! I HAVE TO THINK OF ANOTHER TITLE WTF! #$$@*!%^!@$%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

WUW: Almost there!

26 Feb

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop that’s easy and fun. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!

winter wuwWHAT I’M READING

I know I said I was going to read Throne of Glass next, but a friend let me borrow her copy of Tahereh Mafi’s Ignite Me and I couldn’t resist! (I requested a hold at the library, and I didn’t get too far down the list, but I’d rather not wait if I don’t have to.) I started it last night, but didn’t get very far. All I have to say is Warnerrrrr. :) I’ll let you know what I think when I finish! I’m very excited to read it. Anyone else read it yet? What did you think of it?

WHAT I’M WRITING

I’ve hit 65k and have 3 chapters left! So it will happen this weekend! Ahhhh! Also, when I hit the 10-chapters-left mark, I momentarily froze up. It seems I have some strange fear when it comes to endings. They are so hard! The end is what tripped me up on SPARKS (the first incarnation of FRACTURED RADIANCE). And I’m close to the end on my YA contemporary WIP, RED SKY, and every time I think about finishing it I get all panicky. It’s good to know this about myself! What part of the book do you get lead feet over?

WHAT INSPIRES ME

I met with my fab-u-lous writing group on Saturday, and they had very encouraging things to say about my submission (two big reveal chapters of FR). That made me feel so good! Especially since this came right after I arrived at the above-mentioned last 10 chapters and was feeling all inadequate and intimidated. Their kind words were just what I needed to help me push through. And they had some great critical feedback as well, which is always helpful and welcome. Despite the fact that I have 3 chapters left, the writing is going more slowly this week and it’s taking longer to get a chapter revised. It’s just some kind of crazy head game I have with myself, I suppose. But I’m forging on!

WHAT ELSE I’M UP TO

A whole lot of not much else. :) My house fell apart last week thanks to being sick + focusing on my revisions, so when I’m not writing or spending time with my two guys, I’ve been reclaiming my home from the chaos.

Hope your week is going fantastic!

WUW: Kpop Edition!

19 Feb

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop that’s easy and fun. All you do is answer the four main questions, then visit the other participants’ blogs to see what they’re up to this week. Join us! Jooooiiiin uussss!

winter wuwWHAT I’M READING

Almost done with my re-read of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and it’s just as lovely as I remember it. I picked it for book club, and my friends are reporting that they love it. Of course! Why wouldn’t they? I’ll see what the rest of book club says next week. :) At the suggestion of Bridgid Gallagher, I picked up Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas from the library. She sold me as soon as she said it’s about an assassin. I’m excited to start it when I finish Seraphina. Anyone else read it? What did you think?

WHAT I’M WRITING

Still click-clacking away on my revisions! This weekend I got sick and while I continued to hack away at the manuscript, I was feeling pretty uninspired. But now I’m feeling better and the muse is back. I have NINE chapters left! Ahhhhh! Home stretch, y’all! Of course, these chapters are largely summarized or dialogue-only, so I have a lot of work still left to do. But still. I’m also done with this round of revisions! What!

WHAT INSPIRES ME

Are y’all ready for some Kpop overload? Hah! I’ll try to avoid that, but there’s just so much good stuff out there. I’ll keep it to my favorites.

T.O.P’s song “Doom Dada” is my go-to for getting into the creative mindset. The video’s kinda cracked out, but that’s the point. (Check this video out if you’d like an explanation, starting at the 5:23 mark. Pretty brilliant stuff.)

Next up is T.O.P’s AWESOME hip hop song with his BigBang band mate G-Dragon. This was the song that solidified my love for Kpop. And Turbo loves dancing to this song. As soon as he hears it, he starts doing the diaper bump. So freaking cute.

Third is the song that got me interested in Kpop in the first place! Junhyung, the rapper for the group Beast, is the star of the second Kdrama I watched, Monstar. This boy is a quadruple threat! He can act, dance, sing, and rap. I love love love this song, and the whole album is reminiscent of late 90s R&B. Good stuff, y’all.

Can’t forget the ladies! 2ne1 is kinda crazy and that’s why I love them. This video features guns, straight jackets, and fierce clothing, and it’s called “I Am the Best.” Nuff said!

EXO are new and taking the Asian music scene by storm! “Growl” is my second favorite by them (“Machine” usurped it as #1 last night. THE DANCING!!! Kai is a beast.) and their most famous. This video was filmed in one-shot and its simplicity combined with the choreography make it genius.

And last goes to my new favorites, the band Led apple. Rock bands are pretty rare in the Korean music industry, so this indie rock loving girl was delighted to stumble upon these guys. (Thanks to a member of my Kpop facebook group! Yes, I’m in a group devoted solely to discussing Kpop. ^_^) The lead singer, Hanbyul, has some serious pipes. They’re doing this Music Note series where they cover a famous pop song every week, and his version of Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” is simply incredible. This is their newest single and it infuses my entire body with joy. These guys also preform with a lot of heart which I love and appreciate.

(If you want to skip all the intro, start at 0:45.)

WHAT ELSE I’M UP TO

My giveaway ended last night! And the winner is …

winner

Lucky number 5, who is Stephanie Scott. Congrats Stephanie! I’ll mail you my copy as soon as it arrives. (Seriously, Amazon? Don’t you know what the point of pre-ordering is??)

I finally found the Girl Scouts on Monday, and have adopted two boxes of Thin Mints. I promise to give them a good home–in my freezer, and later in my belly. Om nom nom.

How is your week? I hope fabulous!

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