Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What's Up Wednesday - 11.5.14

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.

I can't believe it's November already! What happened to Fall?

What I'm Reading

It's been a slower reading week for me. I'm concentrating on writing and finishing my own book, so I've refused to plan out my monthly reading. My plan is to just pick things up when I feel like it. While I was on vacation, I read Cynthia Hand's Unearthly and really loved it. I have the second book on my Kindle and have been starting and stopping it periodically when I have time to read. It's such a fun series!

I've also been listening to The Selection series on audio book--which I am so late to the party, but love! I'm finishing up The One this week.

 Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)The One (The Selection, #3)

What I'm Writing / What Works For Me

I had to replot my entire story over the weekend. I've been using this Post-It method to help me juggle all of the pieces of my story. I used blue and pink Post-Its to mark my two external conflicts, and the purple is for any flash back scenes (which I use very sparingly).

I drew red boxes around any clashes with the antagonists and tabs for scenes where I have holes or still need to write from scratch. So, hopefully, I'll be flying through this in November.

What Else I'm Up To

Post-vacation, I'm easing back into working and trying to take care of Nelly, my thirteen-year-old cocker spaniel. We've had her since she was a puppy and she's been having a lot of health problems lately. We've been going back and forth to the vet and it looks like we may have to make "The Decision" soon (something Shannon and I are just not prepared to do just yet).

But the good thing is that we've been spending a lot of time with her and I'm trying to keep the focus on taking things day by day. This is a picture of a good day! :)

Have an awesome week--see you next Wednesday! <3


  1. love the pic of Nelly. Woof woof! I am freaking out by that giant post-it board thing….so I had to scroll really fast. I love that Cynthia Hand series - what fun. I am so glad you are enjoying it. Good luck with replotting, Valerie!

  2. Hugs about the pup. Pets are so important and those decisions are incredibly hard.

    As always, I am envious of your plotting. Though I find myself doing more of that with each new draft. Especially post or mid-draft.

  3. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that Nelly isn't doing well. Wishing her (and you guys) lots of good days and hugs.

    Your plotting system is fantastic. It's so cool to see what works for everyone and to pick up great tips along the way. I'm a pretty visual person, so something like this might actually work for me. I'll have to remember to pop back and take notes! Hope you have an all-around great week, Valerie! :-)

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Nelly, she is utterly adorable. I wish dogs lived as long as humans, so we'd never have to say goodbye :(

    That is a seriously amazing Post-It board. I might have to try it on my spare wall - it would be nice to glance up and know what's coming next for my characters, haha! Have a wonderful week, Valerie!

    - Caitie

  5. Sorry to hear about Nell. The aging of family members is never easy.

    That Post-It board wows me. Good luck.


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