WUW: I’m baaaack!

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wuw robotWHAT I’M READING

I’m actually writing this on Tuesday afternoon, and as of this moment nothing. But! By Wednesday, I hope to have my copy of Dreams of Gods and Monsters back in my grubby little paws. See, when it arrived, I was woefully behind on book club and beta reading, so I lent it out to a friend. And then to another. But now I’m all caught up, and they’ve all read it, and it’s coming back home tonight or tomorrow morning. Yay! I’m sure I won’t get any sleep on Wednesday night. :)

That reminds me, I need to remind the Mister that I’d like a book light for Mother’s Day…

WHAT I’M WRITING

Well, my break from FR (now ILLUMINATE THE NIGHT, but I’ll still refer to it as FR because … I want to) officially ended yesterday. Technically, it was supposed to end on May 1st, but I just wasn’t ready to part with THROUGH CLOUDED EYES yet. I still really wasn’t yesterday (I’m in the middle of a scene!) but I’m staying disciplined and focused. TCE is turning into the book of my heart, y’all. I love that story so much, and I’m bummed I didn’t get as far in it as I’d hoped. (More on that below.) But I want to query by the end of the year, and I have a really good chance of getting FR into query-able shape by then.

So! I have all my feedback in from my readers, and I discovered two important things: 1) I still have structure and pacing issues to work out. (I wish I’d read K. M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel three months sooner!!) 2) While I loved the positive things my readers had to say, the happiness they gave me in no way compares to the sheer euphoria I feel when I finish a book.

And isn’t that wonderful?

I was so so so happy when I realized that. I write not for praise, but for the love of it. I’d wondered whether that was the case, and I’m so happy it is. Because it means I’m doing it for the right reason. So yay!

Monday I used Weiland’s advice to identify the key events and plot points in my novel, which showed me that some of them were happening way too late. Tuesday I wrote my query (that was so hard!!). Wednesday, I’ll start my read-through, and hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be tackling this bad boy. Laying out the structure of my novel makes it seem like it will be easy to fix, but I know it won’t. Time for scene juggling! But it gives me a very clear road map, and that is priceless.

WHAT INSPIRES ME

I officially switched from TCE’s playlist to FR’s on Monday, which was kind of jarring (SO different in tone) but also fun. I forgot what an awesome playlist this is. Also, my beloved Diet Dr. Pepper. I’d announced to the Mister a few weeks ago that I was ready to give up caffeine (they make a decaf variety, bless their sweet little hearts), but Turbo is on week two of waking up at 5 am, so I need that caffeine!

WHAT I’M UP TO

Okay, y’all. Babysitting a 16 month old when you have an 18 month old is like having twins. And it very nearly drove me insane. The little girl I watched (she and her family have moved to Texas now) was sweet as can be, and nowhere near as destructive as Turbo. But chasing after two toddlers was … kinda crazy. And very exhausting. Not to mention the fact that the first two weeks they didn’t nap at the same time, which not only nipped nap time writing in the bud, but it also made for one frazzled and exhausted Kris. By the time I got Turbo in bed, I’d have enough energy to clean the kitchen and straighten the toys, and sometimes not even that. There were many early bedtimes for me, and not much writing done. Which also added to my mounting insanity. I need to write. Really and truly need it. (Which is so, so wonderful.)

So mothers of twins, I salute you.

Also, during the last week of watching Little Girl, my MIL flew into town and we sodded our yard. Ourselves. It was a completely nuts weekend. The patio is poured, the dog run is in, the yard is leveled, and the sod is … installed? (Does one install grass?) And the result … is beautiful:

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For reference, here’s what it’s looked like for the past 5 years:

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The two week Stay-Off window ends Saturday and I can’t wait to get my feet on that lush organic carpet. There’s obviously stuff left to do in the backyard (resetting and moving the flagstone patio, landscape rock around the sheds, finishing touches on fence of dog run, install French doors onto concrete patio, and put roof over concrete patio (that one not until the fall), but this is a HUGE step forward.

How’s your week going? Have you read Dreams of Gods and Monsters yet? (Probably. I’m sure I’m the last one.)

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18 thoughts on “WUW: I’m baaaack!

    • Yeah, I think it’s going to remain a pipe dream for me. I think my husband is more upset about it than me. He’s very concerned about my health, but I’m doing okay so far!

  1. if you need eyes on your query, let me know! And we’ve done the opposite of sod–we ripped out the lawns and put in patios, paths, and low water plants. But then we don’t have any toddlers to run around on that beautiful grass!

    • Thanks, Angelica! I will most definitely shoot it your way when I have a better version.
      Yeah, the toddler is the real driving force for all the grass. Otherwise, we’d do a lot more zero-scaping. But I don’t mind, because I LOVE that lush lawn.

  2. The yard looks amazing! Isn’t it fun to finish up a project like that? And congratulations on making it through your babysitting gig. Whew! I don’t know if could’ve done it!

    • Thanks! I’m not sure how I did it, either.
      The yard’s not entirely finished yet, but Turbo and I are heading to SC in a week, so the Mister can finish it during the 3 weeks we’re gone. At least, that’s what I told him. :)

  3. The yard looks wonderful!
    I gave up on grass years ago. We have huge trees, and lots of shade and acorns, and it’s just easier to plant shrubs and build patios than spend all summer trying to get one tiny patch of grass to grow.
    Good luck on the new revision!

    • Thank you! I wouldn’t worry about nice grass if it weren’t for the kiddo. But he wants to be out there every day, so I want to have a nice place to enjoy. I’m jealous of your shade though. None to be had in our yard.
      Thanks for visiting!

  4. Yay for writing because you love it! Sharing your stories with other people is wonderful, but it takes so long to get there. If you don’t love writing, what’s the point. I’m glad you do love writing, because I love reading your stuff and don’t ever want you to stop. :)

  5. OMG – you are a saint! I would be a zombie if I chased after TWO toddlers. And yay for books of the heart! I (haha) heart mine. :) Hope you have a great week!

  6. Thanks so much for the shout out! I’m so glad you found Structuring Your Novel useful. Best of luck with your book!

  7. What a beautiful yard! Sounds like you’ve been keeping busy… I definitely wouldn’t give up on the caffeine just yet. I react very strongly to caffeine so I rarely drank it before I had my baby, but now it’s like every day! A few glasses of tea per day even, and it’s barely enough to keep up, haha…

  8. Your garden looks AMAZING! :D I need to read M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel, it sounds really good.

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