Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What's Up Wednesday - 11.20.13

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.

Oh, Wednesday. I'm so happy to see you.

What I'm Reading

Last week I was reading agency sister, Lizzie Friend's YA debut, POOR LITTLE DEAD GIRLS. This week, I get to read my other agency sister's debut, THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

Sashi is seriously talented and can write some damn good boy POV. Her voice is amazing. I hate to compare her to anyone, because I think her writing is so unique and fresh, but if you like A.S. King, I think you are going to really like Sashi.

What I'm Writing

I hit that point. Maybe because I've been working so much on this book for so long, but I hate it. I hate my book.

I'm fully aware this is a completely natural way to feel during the writing process, so I'm combating it by taking a lot of step backs and breaks, and working on the scenes I think are still fun. I'm hoping to be back in love soon.

But, yeah. This book. Ugh.

What Else I've Been Up To

Agents Like Us is back this week! I'm so excited to host Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency.

I love that Hannah is looking for more fantasy in the slush and loves Katy Perry. These interviews are so much fun to read. I tried to ask the type of questions that would give more hints into the agents' personalities and expectations--all the things I wanted to know when I was querying. I hope they help other writers out.

I have to email out another batch of interview requests to agents soon, so if anyone has any recommendations or can hook me up with their agent, let me know!

What Inspires Me Right Now

Selfies. Yeah. I admit it. I've been a selfie queen lately. I can't help it. Sometimes you walk past a mirror and you're like, "You know what? My hair looks AWESOME." You have to selfie it. Make a record. If awesome hair happens in the woods and no one is there to see it, did it really happen?

YES! If you selfie.

So, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm inspired by my own ability to document awesome hair (pending flattering angle and filter that makes my hair look really shiny).


  1. I hate that feeling, it's the worst! I hope it goes away soon.

  2. Sometimes a break from a story is a necessary evil. I've had bouts like that with a few of my stories and coming back to it after a few weeks (months) definitely helped renew the love! Good luck!

    Also, I LOVE boy books so I must keep an eye out for your agency sister's. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I hate that stage! I hope you get your love for the story back soon!

  4. I've never gotten to the point where I hate my book- even the one I worked on for three years. Usually, it's more- I hate myself for not being able to make this book awesome. :/
    Great selfies! I do that too. Gotta capture those awesome hair day moments.

  5. I fell out of love with my current WIP for almost a year. I'm now back in love with it and writing storng. Hopefully, you're funk wont last as long as mine did. If you're heart really isn't in it, write something else. That's what I did during my year of funk.

  6. Ah yes, the hate phase. I hope it passes soon :)

  7. Loving your selfies, Valerie! Yes, I think the I Hate My Book phase is completely normal and natural. I find myself in it at varying points of every day and night. Writer woes. :-)

  8. I definitely know that feeling of hating something you've been working on for a while. The wonderful thing is that usually it swings back the other way again, which I'm sure you know. That's when step backs are a great idea. Here's hoping the "I hate this book" stage passes nice and quickly.

    And I have to say, your selfies are always fun to see come up in my IG feed. :-)


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