Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Whats Up Wednesday - 10.1.14

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.

Woot! What's Up Wednesday! I love this new photo! It makes me want a honey crisp apple NAOW! :)

PS--OMG When did October happen!?

What I'm Reading

Oof...I don't know...I just finished two AMAZING books and have total book hangover! Stacey Lee's Under A Painted Sky and Cynthia Hand's The Last Time We Say Goodbye were such perfect books. I have a huge stack, and nothing's really grabbing at me...which might be a good thing because I need to do some serious damage on my own word count.

What I'm Writing

I'm around 30K on my current WIP. I had a little issue when I wrote myself into a corner, had to back up, and figure out which new way to go. I still a little green at plotting, and sometimes that plotting doesn't get the story moving how I want it to.

Before I started writing, I painted a lot. I learned that you should never focus on one small piece for too long and keep taking steps back to look at the whole picture. So I've been trying to look at the whole picture to figure out what I need in that one small piece that is screwing up my pacing.

What Inspires Me

Last weekend I went to the Chapter By Chapter BookRave in New Rochelle, NY. Everyone was there. EVERYONE! Including BFF Kelly and me.

But overall a huge thanks (and watch me drop all these names) to Jodi Meadows, Joy Hensley, Lee Bross, CJ Redwine, Elizabeth Eulberg, Megan Whitmer, Kelsey Macke, Dahlia Adler and Sarah Guillory (Sarah--I'm sorry I didn't talk to you longer!) for being there and being awesome.

Oooh! Also, Jay Crownover was there! She is so cute in person and was giving out ARCs of Rowdy, (plus a ton of tattooed boy swag!). If you want a fun NA romance to cuddle up to and like your boys inked, check out her Marked Men series.

What Else I'm Up To

I'm in full-blown vacation mode. I have three weeks until I board a cruise ship for the Caribbean and I've started throwing all my sundresses in a suitcase and stacking up which books I want to take with me. I am ready to go! 

I will end this post with pictures of where I will be in three weeks so we can all ooh and ahh. Ready?



[photo credit: Carnival Cruise Line]


  1. WOW your vacation sounds amazing!!!!! I am jealous! I am also jealous you got to read that Cynthia Hand book. I don't think it's out yet!

  2. Those books both sound fantastic. *goes to add them to Goodreads*
    Have a wonderful vacation - cruising is great. And thanks for posting the pic of your storyboard; I love to see how other writers work!

  3. UNDER THE PAINTED SKY sounds intriguing!

  4. Was so fun to see you! Have a great time on vacation! NOT AT ALL JEALOUS. (OK possibly totally jealous.)

  5. Jealous of your cruise time! Better get some writing done on there... lol.

  6. Love how you compared the process of painting with writing. Yes, stepping back to see the big picture—such a good thing to do on a regular basis.
    Good luck with the WIP!

  7. I've put both those books on my TBR.
    Have fun on your cruise!!!

  8. .Have a great vacation and good luck getting out of that corner you wrote yourself into. I hate when that happens.

  9. I've never been on a cruise, but I've always kind of wondered if they'd be fun. Part of me is a little chicken though. (I can't swim and the thought of being out there with all that water...eek!) You must be getting so excited! I think stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture when you're writing is a great idea. I'm not sure if I'm the best at it, but I try! Hope you're able to sort out the pacing issue you've been struggling with. Have a great week, Valerie! :D


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...