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. Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk are the hosts, and we'd love for you to join in the fun! Just hit up their blogs and sign up on the linky. J
What I'm Reading:
These awesome books…
Kirkus Reviews said that ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is "time travel done right." I say it's time travel done AWESOME. If you haven’t read Cristin Terrill's debut, well what are you waiting for?! It's fast-paced and action-packed and all kinds of amazing.
I devoured BURNED a couple years back, and it's one of the few books that made me
cry bawl boohoo buckets. SMOKE didn't make me
cry, but it was an awesome follow-up to that story. If you've not read anything
by Ellen Hopkins, again—you're missing out!
Currently, I'm reading WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE (Trish Doller) and am LOVING it so far.
How about YOU? What are you reading this week?
What I'm Writing:
I have back story blues. I spent the past two weeks revising the first four chapters of my WiP and am trying to strike a harmonious balance of narrative, dialogue, action, and interiority without doing the grand info dump. Rather challenging. My front end is still too back story heavy, IMHO, but I'm moving on. I'm almost to my catalyst (!!!) and am very excited (!!!) to work on that. Can you tell? !!! ;)
Also, Alison was a big ol' tease a few weeks back—taunting all of you with my chosen story title without actually revealing it. I'm horrible. So, I'll share. It's not award-winning (some of you might want me to stick with "the blob"), but it is a song from Grease (my story sings of this musical) and it's so appropriate for this story—in SO many ways.
See it? Up in the left corner? Oh, and you get a sneaky peek too. You're welcome. ;)
Also, I sent off a few chapters to three of my CPs. My biggest fears are that my main characters will come off as too annoying and abrasive (they have a wee bit of growing to do), so I was beyond relieved when my CPs (who ROCK, btw) collectively said they loved them and the story (especially when my daughter did not! L)
But no matter what, I love my characters and my story. I am at the point where they consume my thoughts and I just really want to clean and polish and revise, like, all the time (another reason I haven't posted in a while—sorry!). I'm in the zone. And it's a fabulous place to be. J
What are you writing this week?!
What Inspires Me Right Now:Music. I know I've said this, but this current story is most musical (lots of Broadway and classic rock influences), and much to my neighbors' chagrin, I've been singing a lot lately. A LOT. Saturday, I researched tons of songs (there's a reason for this) and memories of my theatre days flooded me, and well, I'm singing even more.
My poor neighbors. *sigh*
What Else I've Been Up To:
Um . . . a lot. Here's a small pictorial recap.
First day of safety patrol!
The daughter's first high school report card #soproud
My crazy husband all dressed for spirit week!Oh, and a few weeks ago, I told you that one of my former students asked me to teach her a tap dance for a fundraiser pageant so I choreographed her a dance to "I Can Do That" from A Chorus Line. Anyway, she performed it (beautifully) last Saturday, and she won! I'm so proud of her!
Finally, do you know about this?
It's so fun and I'm so excited Jess and Kelsey are hosting this again this year! Click here to participate!Hope you've been having a lovely week! What's up on YOUR Wednesday?!