July 31, 2013

What's Up Wednesday - Almost August Edition

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WHAT I'M READING
Still working on North and South and A Fine Balance. Still enjoying both of them. I just finished reading a cute book by Kerry Reichs* called Leaving Unknown. I guess this would fall under the bracket of New Adult (MC who is 24), though I doubt it was marketed that way. It's one of those books with a great, quirky cast of characters in a little town in Arizona that you kinda sorta want to pick up and move to (like a desert version of Stars Hollow or Bluebell**). Anyway, it's nice to branch out and read something a bit different from time to time. Last night before bed, I started reading Kasie West's The Distance Between Us  and had to force myself to put it down close to 1 am. It's exactly what I was hoping for.

WHAT I'M WRITING
This week was surprisingly productive and a bit weird on the writing front. Remember last week when Prince George was making his way into the world? Well I had parked myself at the dining room table to work while I was watching the coverage. Yeah, I never left (and by 'never left', I mean as far as writing goes). Normally, I work upstairs in my office at my desktop computer, but for whatever reason, I've been feeling productive at the table and so I've sort of set up shop there. Hey, whatever works, right? Only problem is, I've been getting wicked headaches from having my head bent down over my laptop for hours on end. Not good.

Here's what I accomplished this past week:
I ended up writing about 4000 new words on my WIP that I'm calling In the End. And in a bizarre turn of events, I actually revised a third story that I had backburnered temporarily to work on my R&R for another story. Hey, I couldn't resist the siren song of a beachy YA based-on-my-fave-Austen love story, but it made me feel like I was stepping out on my other WIPs. I need to get back to my R&R, but right now I'm in this totally un-fun "I have no idea what the heck to do with this flaming bag of turd" phase. Though, yesterday I FINALLY had a bit of a breakthrough with something that has been driving me around the bend for ages.

Here's what I hope to accomplish this week:

          Wednesday, July 31st
          •  spend one hour on writing (drafting or revising) - DONE (Spent today's writing session planning.)

          Thursday, August 1st (!)
          •  500 + new words on WIP and/or work on R&R - DONE (1200 new words written)

          Friday, August 2nd
          •  500+ new words on WIP and/or work on R&R

          Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th
          •  DAYS OFF

          Monday, August 5th
          •  500+ new words on WIP and/or work on R&R

          Tuesday, August 6th
          •  250+ new words on WIP and/or work on R&R

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
I read an article on the CNN Belief Blog today, and without going into specifics (I don't ever talk faith or politics on social media), I'll just say that I was stunned by how much I agreed with the author. It is always inspiring to me when I discover others out there who feel so similarly about a particular issue or something that is close to my heart. On the flip side of things, it's also inspiring to know that there are others who hold differing opinions because (ideally) this is how thoughtful and respectful conversations start.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Well, in a move that I will probably soon regret, I decided to cut bangs. (Pic on top left below.) Not exactly breaking news, but when you consider that every single picture of me taken in the first twenty years of my life had a side order of massive bangs, that I painstakingly grew out said Vulcan/Romulan bangs (Looking for a laugh? See the pic on the bottom right.), then you might understand why this feels like such a BIG DEAL to me. I'm still not sure if I like them, but they are growing on me. (Pun intended.)


THE WALL OF BANGS
Seriously, get a load of that crazy Vulcan 'do on the right. Yikes!
(And no, I cannot believe I'm sharing these photos with you.)

I've been listening to a fair amount of Ed Sheeran songs lately, some of which were put out by other artists featuring Ed Sheeran:

  • "Everything Has Changed" - Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran (Also featuring a super cute video.)
  • "Lego House" - Ed Sheeran featuring Ron Weasley aka Rupert Grint (This is a pretty funny video toward the end.)
  • "All Along the Watchtower" - a cover of a Jimi Hendrix song by Devlin featuring Ed Sheeran (I think I'd love this song more if I could delete Devlin aka wannabe British Eminem from the equation. Not big on the rap, but love Ed's voice.)
  • "The Parting Glass" - Ed Sheeran featuring...Ed Sheeran (This Scots-Irish traditional drinking song is a personal fave.)

Aside from that, not much else has been going on around here. Well, except this: It's been 3.5 weeks since I last saw my husband (he's away for work), which sucks royally, but such is life. He'll be home this weekend FINALLY and I'm really looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to eating like less of a bachelor/broke college student and actually enjoying decent meals for a change. It's too easy to eat garbage when no one's around to call you on it and when you're the only one you have to cook for.***



SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU THIS WEEK?


* Kerry Reichs is the daughter of Kathy Reichs, the woman behind the popular Bones books and television show.
** Unknown, Stars Hollow, and Bluebell are all awesome resources for planning the town in my WIP, In the End.
*** In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that my husband cooks most of our meals when he's home.


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  1. Oh, your hubby cooks for you guys! That gives him bonus points :) Glad he'll be coming home. Three weeks is a long time.
    I always work at my table and find it very productive (mostly because I don't have an office). Sorry to hear it gives you headaches, though.
    Congrats on being so productive. That's great! And good luck through the next week.

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    1. Definitely gives him bonus points. He kind of earned that role when he kept hovering over whatever I was cooking, giving pointers. (He did a chef program and worked in restaurants for years.) ;-) By the time he gets home, it will have been a months, so I'm good and ready to see him. That said, I have been crazy productive having the house all to myself, so that will probably change. I kind of like writing at the dining room table because there's lots of natural light and because there's a ton of space to spread my stuff out. But I know I need to make my way back upstairs eventually. Hope you have a great week! :-)

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  2. Congrats on getting a lot of writing done! I like the sound of your YA Austen story. I wouldn't be able to resist it either.

    And sorry about the headaches!

    It's strange but I can only write in the living room. If I try to stay in my room and write I only churn out a few words at a time, if I'm lucky.

    I love Ed Sheeran! The "Give Me Love" video is my favorite. It's such a beautiful song, and the video's storyline fits it perfectly.

    Good luck meeting your goals for this week!

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    1. Thanks, Raven! I love productive weeks. :-) The Austen inspired story is something I've been working on for almost two years and I just can't help going back to it every now and again. As for writing venues, I usually love working in my office, but right now it's kind of a disaster (it becomes a catch-all for everything), so it's distracting. I do need to make my way back up there again, though.

      I'm a recent Ed Sheeran fan. I haven't heard a lot of his stuff, I just keep stumbling across tunes that happen to have Ed Sheeran in them. I really do need to check out more of his music. Have a great week, Raven! :-)

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  3. I LOVE your bangs (or fringe as we call it here) they really suit you and your hair is so shiny!

    A beachy YA based on your fave Austen - that sounds like a book I want to read! I can understand how you got lured away, especially from a difficult WIP.

    Have a fantastic reunion with your husband and some yummy meals :), and a great writing week!

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    1. Thanks, Alexa! I've been eyeing my forehead for ages now, thinking it was too big, so the bangs cover that up. :P I think I like them, but that could change at any point. Usually does... The beachy Austen-inspired story is something I love to work on every now and again, and I really should just finish revising it already. I just don't know if I see it ever getting published (for whatever reason, Austen knock-offs don't usually do all that well). Still, it's fun and I kind of love it.

      Have a great week, Alexa! :-)

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  4. Okay, I can not stop laughing at the Wall of Bangs. Having grown up with you, I find this especially hilarious. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for not including me and my fuzzy red head in any of these shots. Can I also say that you totally look constipated in the one on the top right, and kind of like a mushroom on the bottom left? I know, I'm such a loving sister. I already told you I love your new bangs so that makes up for any mockery. :P

    And on a more serious note, that CNN article was bang on. (not a reference to the Wall of Bangs) I'm glad you sent it to me. Also, Ed Sheeran's version of The Parting Glass is beautiful, and I'm glad you sent me a link to that too. Happy writing this week and watch out for that poor neck of yours!

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    1. The Wall of Bangs is kind of supposed to reminiscent of the lovely 80s/90s phrase "wall bangs". There were more that I could have chosen, but I figured that was a faithful representation of THE BANGS. Especially that Vulcan one. Egads. O_o I think we have enough pictures of you and me with awful hair growing up to keep the internet laughing for decades.

      I loved that CNN article. Loved it. It's so rare to read something that feels like someone scooped the thoughts from your brain and put them in print. I wouldn't mind checking out a book she mentions (by another author) called You Lost Me. It sounds like it might be interesting.

      And I love Ed Sheeran's voice so much. Plus, he's a cute ginger boy (like pinch his cheeks cute, not hot) so that wins him points in my book. That version of "The Parting Glass" is probably my favourite out there. It's unfortunate, but you can't actually buy that version. :/ Have a great week!

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  5. I LOVE the bangs!!! And wow! You've had a very productive week! Go YOU!

    Glad the husband's coming home. Mine does most of our cooking too. :) Have fun this weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Alison! It was time for something new. :-) And I give credit for all of the productiveness to the dining room table. I need to make my way back upstairs, but for now, this seems to be working out really well.

      I'm so impatient for my husband to get home. By the time he's back it will have been a month, which feels like too long.

      Have a great week, Alison! :-)

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  6. Your post made me laugh out loud several times. Thanks for making my morning! I LOVE the Wall of Bangs! Every time I give myself bangs, I regret it almost immediately. But you are rockin those bangs lady! You actually kind of look a little like Jackie Kennedy in the 'vulcan do' picture. :)

    And I feel your pain on the "I don't know what to do with this flaming bag of turd" phase. Been there, done that. Congrats on being uber productive nonetheless. You are going to be my inspiration for next week. :)

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    1. Always happy to make you laugh, Kris. :-) The Wall of Bangs was a tip of the hat to the phrase "wall bangs", which as a child of the 80s and 90s, I'm well-acquainted with. Unfortunately. :P I think I like the current bangs, though that changes from day to day. We'll see, I guess.

      I had a big breakthrough yesterday with the "flaming bag of turd", so that's a major relief. Maybe I'll actually feel inspired to return to it and get some serious revising done. Hope so anyway. I hope you have a great week! :-)

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  7. Wow!! Congrats and the word count and revisions. Good luck this week.

    The bangs look good! I've always want bangs like that but my hair does not work for it. Too wavy. Way to rock em!!

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    1. Thanks, Mandie! It was definitely a productive week for me. I think it's all because of the dining room table. My office is such a disaster right now, it's a big distraction. The dining room table is much less distracting. :-)

      And thanks about the bangs. I have to use a straightener on them because of a bit of wave, but it takes two seconds. I think I like them, but talk to me tomorrow and my opinion could be totally different. :P

      Have a great week, Mandie! :-)

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  8. The bangs are so cute! And I love the Wall of Bangs. I had a bowl haircut with bangs for the first several years of my life. Thanks, Mom.

    I know what you mean about feeling like you're stepping out on WIPs while revising simultaneously--story of my summer. But it sounds like you are making great progress on all of them. Go, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! The Wall of Bangs is supposed to pay homage to the phrase "wall bangs". As a child of the 80s and early 90s, it's something I'm well-acquainted with, to my extreme horror. When I was a kid, I had a haircut called a 'serf' (I think that's how it's spelled), which was basically a mushroomy version of a bowl cut. Instead of being blunt, it was curled under like a mushroom. Super attractive (not). And yes, thanks, Mom. :P

      I've been juggling three different projects in various stages. Probably not the best use of my time, but I figure it's better than not doing anything. I'm just going where the inspiration goes. Glad I'm not the only one doing this juggling thing.

      Have a great week, Rebecca! :-)

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  9. Hey, sometimes you gotta step out on your WIPs, it's just the way it goes :)

    The bangs look fantastic!

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    1. It is definitely the way it goes. I'm following the inspiration where it leads right now, and that means I'm simultaneously getting closer to finishing three different projects! Yay! (I think.) :P

      About the bangs: Thanks! I think I like them, but that opinion could change by tomorrow. It so often does. Have a great week, Jennifer! :-)

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  10. Oooh, Leaving Unknown sounds interesting! (Any mention of Stars Hollow definitely catches my interest!) And I think your bangs look adorable! I go through phases where I'll cut my bangs straight across like that, but I usually end up wearing them as side bangs.

    I hope work on your WIP becomes fun again. Sometimes it's nice to take a break and write something else for a little while. Good luck with your goals this week, Jaime! :)

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    1. LEAVING UNKNOWN was really cute. Unknown wasn't super similar to Stars Hollow, but I did love that small town feel with quirky characters that almost make the town as a whole feel like another character. Man, all this GG talk is making me want to watch it all over again. I think I might have to and call it "research". ;-)

      I'm loving my current WIP, I just felt like working on something a little different for the day. It's the R&R that's the super big issue right now. That's the one I really need to get finished, but it's also the one giving me the most trouble. It'll get there, though.

      Have a great week, Kaitlin! :-)

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  11. Well done with the word count and productivity this week, Jaime! I'm sorry you've suffered for it, though. But I know what you mean: you get "in the zone" and even though you know you'll pay for your bad posture, you don't want to stop. :(

    I hope you have a great week, especially with hubby's return! :)

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    1. Thanks, Colin! I've always loved the idea of working on a laptop, being able to pick it up and go, to work wherever you'd like. But the whole neck/headache combo is a regular thing when I use my laptop, so I kind of have to limit how much I use it. You're so right about the bad posture thing, but right now it's a price I'll pay willingly for productivity. :-) (How bad is that?)

      Have a great week, Colin! :-)

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  12. I *love* the Wall of Bangs! I am a victim of bangfail as well. But in your case I think they look fabulous! Also I am insanely jealous of your WIP progress!

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    1. Why, thank you! It was supposed to pay homage to the 80s/early 90s expression "wall bangs". Sadly, I'm all too acquainted with the term and the actual wall bangs themselves. Yikes! I can't decide if I like the bangs or not, but time will tell.

      This week was productive, but most weeks I come away a bit disappointed with myself, with everything I didn't accomplish. Hopefully this coming week is productive as well!

      Have a great week, Dannie! :-)

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  13. I like the bangs! My friend in the UK calls it "fringe" which is super cute and less hard sounding. I also play around with bangs, then I grow them out. Right now I really want to chop all my hair off into an asymmetric bob. My hair is past my shoulders now, I grew it out a few years ago and this itch to cut always happens.

    I'm a fan of Stars Hollow and Bluebell! I got my mom watching Hart of Dixie because I told her the town reminded me of GG's Stars Hollow. I'm excited for your new project! It makes sense to parse out your goals by day, I admire that. That's a step or two more organized than I think I'll ever be, but I'm trying :)

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    1. Thanks, Steph! And you're right, "fringe" sounds so much softer and less Bam! in your face like the word "bangs". :P I usually cut bangs, fight with them for a bit, and then grow them out. The thing about hair, that I always have to remind myself of, is that it eventually grows out. So if you want to do the asymmetric bob, I say GO FOR IT! That would be totally fun and you could rock that 'do. :-)

      I love Stars Hollow and Bluebell. I think it's amazing when writers are able to make the setting--in both cases, a small American town--a character in and of itself. I'm trying to do the same in my WIP, so it's like research. All this GG and HoD talk is making me want to watch both of them. I have all the seasons of GG on DVD, and if memory serves, I still have episodes of HoD on my PVR to watch. Sounds like a plan!

      Have a great week, Stephanie! :-)

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  14. I love your hair! (And LOL because I've just read Steph's comment above, so I'll amend my statement: I love your fringe!) High fives for all the progress you made this week! I've been at that what-do-I-do-with-this-crap stage many times, and I think the only way to get through it is...um, chocolate. And Tim Riggins. Those are the only things that help with the pain.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! "Fringe" sounds SO much nicer than "bangs". The latter kind of has a BANG! in your face kind of sound to it. And I like your methods of coping with crappy story stages. Chocolate and Riggins sound pretty appealing! (But then, that's the case all the time, am I right? ;-))

      Have a great week, Rebecca!

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  15. Congrats on your writing! I LOVE Ed Sheeran, however I haven't heard a couple of those so I'll have to check them out. Good luck on your writing for this week.

    -Also the bangs look fine, I think you pull them off well :)

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    1. Thanks, Patrice! It's funny, because I like Ed Sheeran's music, but I just keep stumbling across his songs without actually going out and looking for them. I think maybe I actually need to go and check out his music.

      Have a great week! :-)

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  16. 4,000 words is great! And I also enjoy reading respectful articles on people's views on beliefs, always interesting. But it can get heated fast with some. I'm not a huge Taylor Swift fan but I really like that new song with Ed Sheeran, not sure how I feel about that.

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    1. Thanks, Prerna! I agree with you about discussions on beliefs getting heated really fast. I think that's why I steer clear of those kinds of discussion unless it's with people I know REALLY well. Even then, I'm extra careful not to offend. Beliefs are so, so personal.

      I've actually started getting into Taylor Swift in the last year or so. I think it's because so many of her songs read like YA stories. And I like her voice. So the Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran duet is right up my alley.

      Have a great week! :-)

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  17. When your hubby gets home he wont even recognise you. Who is this banged woman?

    Also, congrats on all your writing progress. It's amazing how something as simple as moving to a new room in the house can get the creative juices flowing.

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    1. Haha! No doubt. :P (I actually sent him a picture so he wouldn't be shocked when he got home. Can you imagine if I hadn't?)

      You are so right about how moving to a new room/new venue can make all the difference with productivity and creativity. If that happens to be the dining room table right now, then who am I to complain about that, right? (Though, I really do need to tidy up my office and make my way back up there eventually.)

      Have a great week, Kate! :-)

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  18. The bangs look good! Good luck with writing goals but mostly, enjoy seeing Todd again!!! Yay!!!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I was nervous about cutting them, but I think I'm okay with them. I'm definitely excited about Todd getting home. I imagine that will make getting writing done a little trickier, but I think that's a good excuse. ;-)

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  19. Congrats on getting a lot of writing done!

    I love Ed Sheeran. He was here with Elton John in June for the Walmart conference.

    I have to find a new stylist/hairdresser because the one that I had been going to moved away. I really want bangs. The last time I had them I think I was in the 6th grade. I really want the bangs that Zooey Deschanel has.

    Good luck with your writing goals! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I love it when I have a productive week. :-) I would love to see Ed Sheeran live. I know he was on tour with Taylor Swift for a bit, and I would have gone to see that, but it sold out rather quickly.

      I have never had a great stylist before, but I think I've finally found one. Honestly, you cannot underestimate the value of a stylist who actually listens to what you want and asks questions before getting all scissor happy on your head. You should definitely go for the bangs! It's hilarious that you mention Zooey Deschanel, because I think it was Jess and Cece who inspired me to cut bangs again. (I've been watching A LOT of NEW GIRL lately.)

      Have a great week, Amy! :-)

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  20. Thanks for sharing the wall of bangs. Mine turn into hobbit hair soooooo it's been a while since I had any :P

    Isn't it amazing how a simple change of location can increase your productivity? Yay for words, BOO for headaches!

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    1. You're welcome! I figured everyone should be able to enjoy the craziness that was my bangs through the years. Especially that (not-so) awesome pic of the Vulcan bangs. O_o You know, if I lived somewhere that was often damp (like the UK), I would never cut bangs. As it is, when it starts to rain, I whip out my umbrella to make sure my bangs don't get wet. Pathetic? Yes, I think so. I'd end up with a frizzy fringe. :P

      You're so right about changing locations from time to time. The dining room table gets better natural light, it's closer to the kitchen where food and water is, and it's not my seriously untidy office which definitely counts in its favour. I do need to tidy up the office and make my way back up there, but for now, this is working out just fine headaches notwithstanding.

      Have a wonderful week, Cole! :-)

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    2. Also, I should point out that I almost typed "Have a wonderful wee, Cole" and hit Publish, which is SO far from what I intended to type. Whoops! :P

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  21. Glad your husband will soon be home! I love Ed Sheeran too.

    My week ran away with me and got home and realised I'd missed my post for today. I'll do a double one next week!

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    1. Yes, I'm definitely excited about my husband coming home. It's been WAY too long. I'm kind of new to the Ed Sheeran fanwagon, but I plan on checking out more of his stuff. So far I've mostly stumbled across his songs and haven't actively gone looking for them.

      I imagine it's tough to get a What's Up Wednesday post done when you're so many hours ahead too. I'd never be able to keep that straight! Looking forward to reading next week's post. Have a great week! :-)

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  22. Jamie I'm so glad I found this. :D I love the bangs, I just got some last week, but I have a natural center part, so by the end of the day if I don't comb them out constantly they push to the sides. Good luck with your goals.

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    1. I'm glad you found it too! :-) And hooray for bangs! Here's hoping yours start cooperating. Have a great week, Leslie!

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  23. Jaime,
    I Love that Ed Sheernan video with Rupert Grint. I had never seen it, and oh my gosh! I love when he gets all creeper, just brilliant. As I said on Twitter, your bangs are not Spock at all now. And even some of these pics aren't totally repulsive. You are a brave one for sharing.

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    1. Isn't it weird and hilarious? I remember watching it the first time around just thinking that it was strange that Rupert Grint was in an Ed Sheeran video...and then it just got stranger. I so wasn't expecting the weird creeper bit. :P Too funny.

      My bangs are not Spock right now, but they were pretty Spock-ish in that bottom photo, wouldn't you agree?

      Have a great week, Rebekah! :-)

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  24. Ah, so many videos I'll have to check out! Yay for both your hubs coming home AND for eating real meals. The college ramen diet gets old pretty fast, hah (and wow, he was gone a long time!). Also, great job on all the progress you've made on your WIPs!

    I already told you on Twitter, but I love the bangs! I had some terrible experiences with bangs when I was younger too (can you say bowl-cut?), but they cut them so much nicer now. Haha. I really liked having straight bangs but got lazy about maintaining them. Maybe I'll go back to them soon though! :)

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    1. Yes, this college diet has gotten really old and really bleh. Can't wait to start eating like a human again. The only down side to hubs coming home is that my productivity will probably go down. Ah well. The trade-off is worth it. :-)

      I had something like a bowl cut when I was a kid, only it was called a 'serf'. The essential difference was that it was curled under all the way around. Like a mushroom. Eek! I have to the straight blunt bang thing if I want bangs. Side bangs were always just hanging in my face which drove me bonkers. Hopefully these don't start driving me nuts too. :P

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  25. I haven't had bangs in over 20 years, though they look nice on you. That's awesome that your husband is a good cook. A man like that is a keeper.

    I only wrote about 6,000 words this past week due to camp and then having to drive back to my parents' house most evenings for dinner. We still don't have a kosher stove or sink at our place. I personally don't mind cooking on the existing stove in the meantime, but I don't want my Orthodox roommate to freak out and lecture me even more than she already has about so many things.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie-Anne. I was nervous about cutting them, but I think I like them. We'll see how I feel in a week or so.

      Sounds like you've been busy! :-)

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  26. I feel so much like I need a haircut. I think I'll wait until next week, though. I have a small forehead so I always have them do thin layered bangs.

    I'm having so much fun doing this every week. I may continue even after this is over. It keeps me focused and I have accountability for everything I need to do! I'm also extra proud of myself because I finished a post before 11pm my time!

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    1. Haircuts are usually a fun way to freshen things up. When they go right, that is. I've had WAY too many bad experiences with hairstylists.

      Accountability is a great thing, so it's nice to have a means to get that. :-)

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  27. I used to a bowl cut when I was little, with bangs that made me look like I didn't have any eyebrows. Yep - totally cool! Sounds like you have some great goals for this week, and I totally hear you on the weird switching around of writing stations. Sometimes I'll feel most creative when I'm writing on the sofa... sometimes I need to be in the kitchen... and sometimes I won't get a word out unless I'm in my PJs, writing in bed!

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    1. I had something similar to a longer bowl cut, but it was curled under all around like a mushroom. So, so awful! It's crazy how picking a different venue for writing can provide the inspiration you need to get writing. Since this is working out for me--headaches notwithstanding--I think I'll stick with it a for a bit. Well, at least until I tidy up the disaster that is my office. O_o

      Have a great week, Julie!

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  28. The bangs/fringe looks awesome! Glad the writing is going well -- you're quick at revising!

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I was nervous about cutting them, and I'm still not 100% sure I love them, but we'll see I guess. :-) Oh, the revising thing was actually four chapters of the story. I should have specified that. Whoops! Hope you're having a great week!

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  29. I noticed your new photo on instagram, and I love it! It looks really good. Love the bangs :) I'm jealous of your writing progress (in a good way of course). I hope this week goes just as well for you!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I'm still not 100% sure I love the bangs, but I guess time will tell. My writing progress this past week will make up for all the days I don't feel motivated enough to sit and write. Today is one of those days, sadly. Ah well! Hope you're having a great week! :-)

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  30. You have set some lofty writing goals for the week, best wishes with completing them. You can do it!

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  31. Ha! Love your wall of bangs. The new ones look cute. Hope you enjoy them. At least they're not impossible to grow out if you decide you don't like them.

    Good luck with your writing goals! Looks like they're going well.

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  32. Love the bangs! They look yucky on me so I'm always jealous of them. Sounds like you have a good plan for your writing!

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  33. 'Wall of bangs'---> hahahah, I can totally relate to that. I have a yearbook photo I even crossed out because my bangs were so hideous and thick and standing up on its own without hairspray.

    Your bangs today, however, are just *adorable!* I LOVE IT!

    I, too, work on a desktop and am debating getting a laptop. I love the structure of being in a workspace but want the flexibility of moving around. Not sure what to do. Hmmm..

    Have a great week, and good luck with your goals, Jaime!

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  34. I love the bangs! You're soooo gorgeous, Jaime. I'd kill to have your dimples! Jealous. ;-)

    And love this Wednesday series. It's really fun!

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