Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What's Up Wednesday - 11.6.12

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 went MIA for a while, but I am back! Hello, hello. Hope all the What's Up Wednesdayers are doing well.

What I'm Reading

Agency sister, Lizzie Friend, sent me an ARC of her YA debut, POOR LITTLE DEAD GIRLS. It comes out with Merit Press this December and I have been DYING* to read it.

It's so good, and very seriously, I have no idea why the CW isn't knocking down Lizzie's door. This book is so full of drama and suspense. Plus, she got excellent reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, so I am thrilled beyond belief for her!

*But not really DYING.

On Saturday, I hit my GoodReads Reading Challenge Goal. I set it kinda low at 50 books since I was writing so much this year. A book a week is pretty manageable. Confession: last year I wasn't going to make goal in time, so I scaled it back by five books. >__<

What I'm Writing

I'm still writing. I can't remember what draft this is, but it might be draft 3 or 4.

I've gotten to the point with this story where it's all I think about and all I want to do. This is my favorite part of writing, because the characters are starting to pick up mannerisms and favorite songs and superstitions and quirks.

I really Zooey Deschanel gify love this story.

What Else I've Been Up To

I've just been writing a lot, but something super exciting happened to my husband recently. Shannon builds guitars. I don't know if I've ever shared that on my blog, but he does. Our basement is full of power tools and wood and lots and lots of sawdust.

So he built this guitar for his friend Josh Travis who plays in Glass Cloud. When the band was in Philly a few weeks ago, Shannon took Josh the guitar and then he opened the show at the Trocadero with it! And we got video!!*

*Warning: Glass Cloud plays some angry metal music so if you don't like that, turn your speakers down!

What Inspires Me Right Now

You. Writers. All of you. 

I really love November because everyone is writing. Even if you aren't doing NaNo or you are or you're doing a weird hybrid so you can finish your book (like me), we're all writing. And I love going on Twitter and seeing word counts and people looking for sprinting partners. It reminds me that we're all in this weird, solitary writing thing together.

Add me, btw!


  1. NaNo is really inspiring me right now, it's awesome seeing how motivated everyone is! It's really contagious. Good luck with your editing!

  2. Ohhh glad you're entering the writing zone <3 I love when this happens to, I'm in the same sweet spot in this story and just wished I had more time during the day.

    And yes to NaNo! I am not doing it this year but still very inspiring...

  3. I love that too, when your characters jump off the page and lead their own lives. Sounds like you're really feeling it!

    Good on your agency-sister's book. Sounds pretty cool.

    Good luck with your writing!

  4. I do love the writing spirit of November! The word counts are so inspiring! And yay for you - I LOVE being in the zone. Sounds like you're there too. :)

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  5. Poor Little Dead Girls sounds incredible, the title itself has me on the edge of my seat! Glad that your story is on your mind so much, helps with the revisions process! 50 is a pretty good reading goal when you're busy!

  6. Congrats on meeting your goodreads reading goal two months early. Lately, like for all of 2013, I've been horrible about reading. In 2011, my reading goal was 150 books and I exceeded it by 18 books. I read 168 books in 2011. Yet for some reason, I am way behind in makinking my 50 books in 2013 goal.

  7. It sounds like you are in such an exciting place with your writing right now. Your energy leaps off the screen. I'm inspired by you! :D

    Builds guitars?! WOW.

    Have an awesome week!

  8. Agency sister! that's so cool you're husband is a guitar maker! LIke really cool. He needs his own blog too. I have a 50 book a year goal too. I'm not even close. I should have know when I missed it last year that this year wouldn't be easier. But I'll keep trying. There's still time! And I'm doing a hybrid NaNo too, to get my manuscript finished. I'm at about 40K and want to write about 70K, I think I can do it.

  9. That's so cool about your husband! I cannot imagine how hard it must be to actually *make* guitars... What an awesome job. Does he make basses, too? :}

    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one doing a weird-hybrid-NaNo thing. Whatever gets me moving and builds momentum, I'm completely happy with :) Best of luck this month!

  10. That's awesome you met your Goodreads challenge goals! I set a goal to read a book a week (so 52 books this year) and I'm about 4 books behind. I've been doubling up the last couple of weeks so I should catch up.

    Good luck with your draft! I love the part of the process when writing your story is all you can think about. :)


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