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’ve more or less put Midwinterblood aside. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s just not grabbing me, and since I’ve had such great reading lately, I didn’t feel like struggling through this one. I’ll leave it for some other time, when I’m in some other mood, and hopefully it’ll work for me then.

In the meantime, I’ve started on two books…continuing with my new Henson collection, I’m reading The Storyteller now. If you’ve never seen this show, SEE IT. It’s amazing. Fairy-tales with fantastic puppetry, told seriously (not made so “kid-friendly” like a lot of tales are today), and narrated by John Hurt. It’s brilliant, and the book is written by the writer for the show, so it’s very easy to hear John Hurt in my head while I read (which is awesome).

I’ve also started on another Sherlock Holmes collection, His Last Bow. I’ve actually listened to this collection before, but I listened to it at work and really didn’t pay much attention. It was also the first Sherlock Holmes collection I experienced, and my appreciation for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories has grown a lot since then, so I’m taking the time to read it now. Since both this and The Storyteller are collections of short stories (and I’m already familiar with what both books have to offer), I’m alternating between them, =)

I reached my goal to get my story up and over 30k, and am now in the process of brainstorming how to make the entire thing longer. It’s always tricky, thinking up new scenes and possible plot lines, while making sure nothing is “forced in”, that every new idea works with what’s already being told. It’ll take some serious consideration, so that’s my goal for this week!

So I made a Pinterest account for writing a long while ago, did a couple of small boards (mostly private stuff, just for my own sake), and then kind of forgot about it. But last week I was bored, so I went on and started a new board for this WIP. Well, it’s been a lot of fun making the board, and the process of trying to find pins to fit certain ideas/things/scenes has led to lots of further inspiration for other details of the story! It’s also quite fun seeing the whole board for a story come together. Really pulls you into the world quickly, and that in itself is great motivation, too.


Had some family visits on the weekend, which was nice. My parents also let us know that they bought a trailer this year, something they’ve been talking about for a long time now. I’ve got nothing against camping in tents, but last summer we didn’t get to go camping since I was far too pregnant to sleep on the ground, and this year tent camping would still be pretty unreasonable with the baby. (Well, probably some people can manage these things just fine, but not us!) So having a trailer we can borrow this summer will be awesome. We’re so excited to have our first family camping trip!

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

10 Responses so far.

  1. Mark Murata says:
    If you like John Hurt's voice, you'll want to see him in the 2008 movie Outlander, where he plays King Hrothgar. He takes simple sentences and gives them deep meaning.
  2. Mere Joyce says:
    Yes, I should definitely check that out…thanks for the suggestion!
  3. Congratulations on getting over 30k! That's the place where I really start feeling committed to a story. I hope your plotting goes well this week!
  4. Miss Cole says:
    Congratulations on the word count. Enjoy a week if writerly contemplation 😉
  5. Emma Adams says:
    Congrats on all the words! Pinterest boards are a lot of fun.
  6. Jaime Morrow says:
    I know what you mean about trying to figure out ways to add stuff into your WiP without it being obvious that you've added bits in. Totally doable, but definitely tricky. Hope you're able to come up with some great ideas for grafting new ideas in! As for Pinterest inspiration boards, I think they're awesome! I've got a handful for my WiPs and they're such great motivators. Have an awesome week, Mere! 😀
  7. Erin L. Funk says:
    We spent a lot of time camping when I was a kid, and after years of sleeping in a tent, I think a trailer is definitely the way to go lol. Sounds like fun either way! Great work on getting your story up over 30k! Hope the brainstorming and adding in goes well! 🙂
  8. Reaching 30k is already quite the achievement! I hope you find some scenes to expand on, or to add in, but if not, you can always pitch it as a novella. Enjoy writing!

    My What's Up Wednesday post.

  9. Lexa Cain says:
    You've gotten a lot done, and even if you had to give up on one book, goodness knows there are plenty of others to try. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂
  10. cleemckenzie says:
    I started a Pinterest account, but I haven't tended to it very well. Too much social media!