What’s Up Wednesday


Hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, this is a great way for writers to get together and keep in touch!

So what have I been up to?

WHAT I’M READING

 
I finally got over my reading slump! I finished My True Love Gave to Me a few days before Christmas, which was perfect. I then powered through and finished Marina before Christmas as well, so I could be fresh for new books! My husband got me some books for Christmas, so I read The Worst Witch Strikes Again by Jill Murphy (a delightful little series I wish I had known about as a child), and The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming. I don’t usually read non-fiction, but I find the story of the Romanov family (particularly their associations with Rasputin) really interesting, and while I do think the writing was a tad biased against the title family, it was still a fascinating read.

Now (although this wasn’t one of my Christmas books…just a book I’ve had lying around for years!) I found myself in the mood for some Austen, so I’ve started Emma. I’ve never read it before, but am thoroughly enjoying it!

WHAT I’M WRITING + WRITING GOAL

So, remember my new novella-length story I wanted to finish writing by the end of the year? Well, I did, but then I decided that I like it so much, I want to turn it into a full novel instead! So, I’m still in the process of writing it. My goal for this week is to finish the current chapter I’m working on, and read through the next chapter or two to decide whether I should add more to the section or not.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

What’s working for me right now is enjoying the freshness of the new year. I don’t make resolutions or anything, but I’ve always found January spring-like (in my mind, not in my surroundings…everything is currently covered in ice here!) I think, honestly, it has more to do with putting all the holiday decorations away and looking forward to warmer weather, even if that weather is still months away. Anyways, it makes me feel refreshed and ready to work, so it’s a mindset I’m trying to cling to for as long as possible!

WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO

We had a nice Christmas. I now have a cleaned and serviced clarinet to play, some new books to read, and I even got a homemade wooden crochet hook, so I taught myself how to crochet a cowl! The new year started with my husband working a long, six-day stretch (of 12 hour shifts), which was pretty brutal. However, Finn has gone through a huge leap in development these last couple of weeks, and is now very interactive and “talkative”, which has been amazing, =)

That’s been my week. What have you been up to?

5 Responses so far.

  1. I have that all the time. I start something, wanting to write a novella, and then poof, it turns into a novel, or the idea expands so much I just have to write more. Good luck with your project!

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  2. Jaime Morrow says:
    That's awesome that you're turning the novella into a full novel! Nice to feel so inspired and into something that you want to spend more time with it. 🙂 I'm having similar feelings about January right now. Now that the holidays are done–though you'd never know it because my decorations are still up–I'm kind of excited about turning a new page, especially on the writing front. Hope 2015 is an awesome year for you, Mere! 😀
  3. smile4niki says:
    I've been in a spring-ish mindset myself lately! I love taking down all the holiday decorations and getting the house really clean. I know, I am soooo cool.
  4. Miss Cole says:
    Sounds like a fantastic start to 2015 for you, hooray! Good luck with the novella-to-novel project ^_^
  5. I love your philosophy about new beginnings, and yours sounds like it was lovely, filled with books, music, crocheting and writing. I hope the rest of the year is just as lovely.

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