Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What's Up Wednesday - 9.25.13

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.

You can participate by going to Jaime's blog here. Or Erin's blog there.

I now start every Monday thinking, "something better happen soon so I know what to tell What's Up Wednesday people." Or, in this case, "I had better write and schedule that Wednesday post now since I won't be around for the day."

So I am writing you from THE PAST right now.

What I'm Reading

Since I am writing you from THE PAST, I am more than likely reading one of these books right now. This is the stack I have narrowed down as of Sunday morning.

Does everyone plan out their reading a few days/weeks ahead of time or is that just a weird thing I do?

What I'm Writing

Nada! I'm on a bit of a break right now and letting my first draft simmer before I go in to do second-pass revisions. 

What Else I've Been Up To

Or rather, why am I writing to you from THE PAST today? Because it's actually my wedding anniversary and Shannon and I have left everything behind and high-tailed it out of town.

This picture was taken 3 years ago and I still remember the photographer saying, "you're too short and Shannon is scrunching down in all these pictures. I need you to stand on something." Of course, I panicked, like, "Ugh. I'm going to look five in my wedding photos!"

So we found this bench and it was covered in bird poo, hardened ice cream, and cigarette butts. Isn't that extremely glamourous? Or just Jersey Shore-ish? (We had our wedding in Cape May.) But, yes, this became the one that became the mantle picture (and I don't think I ended up looking five--hopefully).

See you next week! <3


  1. Cute pic!
    I totally pick out my books ahead of time. Usually because I reserve so many at the library so I have to make plans- like so I should be getting this book in a few days which will leave me time to read one book on my shelf so I will choose... yeah, I'm a bit of a planner.
    I loved all three of those books, BTW.

  2. I love the pic! You guys look wonderful. Happy Anniversary to you both! Have a great time on your anniversary trip, too. Seeing OBSIDIAN in your book stack just reminds me that I need to read that series. I have them on my Kindle but keep forgetting about them. Thanks for the reminder! I think letting your first draft simmer a bit is a great idea. I know whenever I return to something after being away for a while, it's so much better! Have a great week, Valerie! :-)

  3. I totally plan out my reading weeks. In fact, mine are planned from here to the end of October. Every now and then, I'll stop at the library, pick up a book, and that will throw things off, but yeah - I'm a planner in the book reading department. :)

    Also, that pic is AWESOME! Love it! And I'm on a break from my first draft. Revisions start next week though and I am EXCITED.

    Have a great week!

  4. Happy aniversery. I hope you have a wonderful get away.

  5. That picture looks absolutely adorable!!!! :-) I don´t really plan my reading but maybe I should! The future hope your past was wonderful!

  6. My TBR pile is so big at this point, I feel like I just keep buying chunks of the bookshop so I don't have to go there. I just have one at home!

    Cute picture ;)

  7. I think you look beautiful in the picture. I can see why it ended up on your mantle. I also tend to plan out my books so you are not alone. :)

  8. I sometimes pick out my "next book" or "next books" in advance. Often, though, it's whatever on my shelf I'm in the mood for.

    I should try going ahead and writing next week's WUW, and look at it Tuesday night to see how much of it actually happened. :) Hmm... there's a story idea there, I think...

    Have a great week, Valerie! :)

  9. Happy anniversary! I love that photo, and I can totally see why it became the "mantel photo." I plan out my reads in advance too; after I finish SEPTEMBER GIRLS, I'll start BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. I'm a big fan of both BEFORE I FALL and DIVERGENT. I hope you love them too, and I hope you enjoy your break from your WiP. Have a great week, Valerie!

  10. Happy Anniversary! Maybe I should start planning out my reading schedule that way I can start reading all the books in my TBR pile. Have a great weekend!

  11. I'm new to your blog, but I'm going to be weird and wish you a happy anniversary anyhow. So: Happy Anniversary! I hope it was awesome. :) Also: That photo is super cute.

    I hadn't heard of OBSIDIAN before and just went to check it out on Goodreads. It looks so good! I've added it to my TBR list, so thanks for mentioning it. :)

    Have a great week!

  12. Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary!

    Yes, I plan out my reading often, but I also change it on a whim. Right now I'm reading through the current issue of Asimov's Magazine, on my Kindle. I've almost reached the end of the Novelets section. :)

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