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

Still the same…I’ve been so preoccupied with writing/editing/cleaning/everything else that I didn’t read much last week…with that said, however, I am enjoying Marina. It’s turning into a good gothic mystery!

WHAT I’M WRITING

I’m a third of the way through edit round 1.5. Usually in edits I add words, but with this story I am getting rid of a lot…I can’t believe how many times I’ve described things unnecessarily twice in the space of one sentence (things like ‘he gripped the cup with his hands’ or ‘she kissed him with her lips’). It’s ridiculous, and I’m so happy I realized that I’d done this so that I can fix it early on!

I’m also working on a new short story…there are so many interesting opportunities for anthologies coming up, I wanted to make a go at submitting to a few, and I have a story in mind that I’m having fun writing between edits. 

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

On the weekend we had some old friends of ours over to meet Finn for the first time. While we got caught up, my one friend talked about her job, and the schooling she’s doing to take her career further. Now, I’m really happy in my career. I love being a librarian, and it fits me really well. But I can’t deny that I’m envious (though not in a spiteful way!) that she has a multi-step plan still ahead for her career. I’ve completed my schooling, and while I can always train more and do hope to eventually move my way into management, my future greatly depends on my seniority and whatever opportunities arise, where, and when. It’s not quite the same as her job-schooling-new job, etc. plan, and while I like being settled, the excitement of having those concrete steps to accomplish is still something really special.

Then, the other night I decided that my writing is kind of like my plan. It’s still different, obviously, as writing is never a straightforward path! But I have an ultimate goal of where I want to be as a writer, and I have several smaller goals to help me get there. So, it’s my plan, and thinking in that way has really motivated me to get to work!

WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO

The morning of our visit with friends, we woke up to a leaky pipe that flooded half the basement! So that was fun, =/ I love our house, but it’s over a hundred years old, and definitely when we move next we’re getting something much newer. New houses have unexpected things come up, too, but not like this!

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

7 Responses so far.

  1. Rachel says:
    Good luck with your edits, Mere!!!
  2. Jaime Morrow says:
    I don't know, Mere. You could grip a cup with your feet…or an armpit lol. 😛 But seriously, I do the same thing all the time! The best part is that it's the easiest thing to delete when you really need to trim words. (Which I almost always need to do because I'm so wordy.)

    I like your mentality of writing as a multi-step plan. You're so right. Often it feels different than, say, going to school to earn another degree or whatever, but there are no guarantees that a degree will pay off eventually either. I've tried to approach writing like a career in some respects, and I know that it has helped me. Hope you have a wonderful week! (With less leaky pipes. Boo!)

  3. smile4niki says:
    Uh oh. Sorry about your busted pipe. Aren't older homes charming???
  4. Erin L. Funk says:
    I always have to hack words during edits, so it's a relief when I find those redundant phrases because I can weed them out and lower my word count. Maybe not a relief that I put them there in the first place though lol!

    Your philosophy of having a long term plan for writing is such a good idea. I really need to do that rather than only setting more immediate goals. Have a great week, and I hope you have no more problems with pipes breaking! 🙂

  5. Miss Cole says:
    Boo to the flood! Hope it gets sorted fast.

    Oooh, I write redundant sentences all the time. My worst habit is to write two sentences next to each other that say the exact same thing but with different words. Duuuuh.

    Have a great week!

  6. Sarah Foster says:
    LOL. "She kissed him with her lips" made me laugh. Don't you hate finding sentences like that? The majority of my first draft makes me cringe. Good luck with the rest of your edits!
  7. I over describe things too. My most recent one was "She fumbled with the light switch and flipped it on." Editing round 1.5 made me laugh. Edits just go on and on and on, don't they?

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