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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?


I finished A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier. I don’t read much historical fiction, but this has got me in the mood to try something else in the genre! It happened by accident, but this ended up being the perfect thing for me to read after listening to Call the Midwife. They’re very different stories (different setting, different time period, different circumstances, not to mention that the one is a set of memoirs directed to an adult audience, while the other is a work of fiction geared towards YA), but for me, they had a similar feel, always an important feature in read-a-likes.


Okay, so, I fail. I said I would hold off on writing, be good and plan the book out completely, and let everything stew in my brain for a while. But, the thing is, that’s just not how my brain works! I have to dive in. It’s the only way to keep me from feeling constantly frustrated…I guess I get writer tension?

Anyways, the point of this ramble is that I started writing a new story. But, I made the decision that if I was going to tackle it, I would do it NaNoWriMo style and try to get the entire thing written FAST. That way, I can complete a first draft, and then when my time becomes suddenly much preoccupied with something (someone) else, it gives the manuscript a chance to sit, and let’s me gain a little distance before delving into edits.

My goal has me set to finish the manuscript by September 12th, which is three weeks before my due date. So far, things are going well. My goal for the end of this week is 10,000 words, and right now I’m at about 8,500. I also have another week and a half of vacation at the end of August (had to shove a year’s worth of vacation into a short time frame!) so I’ll have time to write then as well.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress!


Hauntings releases tomorrow! Seeing the actual release of a printed book with my story in it – my first published story, to boot – is definitely inspiring. My copy is already in the mail, and I can’t wait until it gets here!


Enjoying my time off! Got our Christmas shopping started Monday (we’re trying to get most of the shopping done this summer, so that we don’t have to worry about the expense/trying to decide what to get people come the holiday season. We’re planning it so that in November/December we’ll hopefully only have to buy for our own little family, as well as our nieces and nephews…the fun ones to shop for!) Tonight we’re going to the big Shakespeare festival nearby as well…we’re a bit unsure about the performance we’re seeing (it’s not at all what we thought it was when we bought the tickets), but we’re hoping it’ll okay!

What have you been up to?


  • T. Drecker

    Lol! I thought I was the only one diving for Christmas presents already. Now, I feel better 😉 YAY to your book!!! That is exciting! And that is an amazing word count. Keep it going.

  • Melanie Crouse

    That's too funny…When you said you failed at writing, I thought for sure you meant that you hadn't written enough, not that you wrote too much! If only I had that problem at this point in my life. If only…

  • Miss Cole

    Wow, you are incredibly organised to be Christmas shopping already!

    Good luck with your writing goal. Sometimes, diving in is the best way to do something 😉

  • prerna pickett

    I've attempted NaNo a couple of times but have yet to succeed, however I think my writer brain doesn't function that way? Sounds like yours does and I think waiting until then might be the way to go for you! Congrats on your story being pubbed!

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