July 3, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of this post. We really hope you will take part!

WHAT I'M READING
I finished Jessi Kirby's Golden, which I LOVED, and now I've moved on to Sarah Dessen's The Moon and More, which I'm really enjoying as well. My book club is taking a summer hiatus, but we'll be reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, a rather large book that has been sitting on my shelf unread for about four years now. I'm happy to have an excuse to read it. And, of course, I'm still plugging away at North and South, a thoroughly enjoyable read so far.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I haven't worked on any revisions of Watch of Night for a couple weeks now, which is making me kind of anxious. I have, however, spent more time with my new WIP as I've felt far more motivated to work on it. For right now, I figure it's best to go where inspiration leads me. Though, I do have to say that finding time to write was a real challenge this week. Again. I don't know what it is, but lately I've been WAY busier than usual. There are so many things I haven't been getting done--writing, practising my drum, exercising--and that's really making me anxious too. I didn't reach all of my goals this week, but I came pretty darn close. I actually went back and amended them a bit to compensate for my crazy busy week, so that certainly helped. 

Here are my Ready. Set. WRITE! goals for this week:

          Wednesday, July 3rd
          • write 250+ words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! (1300 words)

          Thursday, July 4th
          • write 250+ words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! (900 words)

          Friday, July 5th
          • write 250+ words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! (1700 words)

          Saturday, July 6th & Sunday, July 7th
          • DAYS OFF

          Monday, July 8th
          • write 500+ words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! (850 words on WIP and 11 chapters read/tweaked of
             Watch of Night)

          Tuesday, July 9th
          • write 500+ words on WIP and/or revisions on Watch of Night - DONE! (11 chapters read/revised)



WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
This snippet from the poem "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver. It was a theme woven throughout Jessi Kirby's Golden, and a question that really makes me want to have an answer. The truth is, I'm midway through my thirties and I still don't have a clue. Though, I feel like I'm getting there.



Look! It's a Canadian bobblehead! █♥█




WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Spending time with family, taking part in Canada Day festivities (parade, flag-raising, Show & Shine, and a BBQ), getting sunburnt again, doing lots and lots of reading, enjoying the sunshine, watching the NHL draft with my husband, cuddling my kitties, watching our plants bloom and grow, launching a new YA blog (the YA Buccaneers) with some totally awesome ladies, and plenty more that's keeping me super busy.


SO, WHAT'S UP WITH YOU THIS WEEK?





99 comments:

  1. I flipped through GOLDEN at the bookstore the other day, but didn't end up buying it. I had self-control and limited myself to SEIGE AND STORM instead. It might have to be one of my next book purchases though. Hope things settle down over the next while so you can find some extra time to write! :)

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    1. I really enjoyed GOLDEN, mainly because I could totally relate to the main character on a number of things. I'm going to be doing a review of it for the YA Buccaneers, and I'm actually looking forward to that. (I don't love writing reviews, as you know.) SEIGE AND STORM was really good, though it took me longer to get into it than I would have preferred. Can I just say, that Sturmhond is pretty darn cool. I think you'll like him too.

      Todd heads off to Texas soon, so I imagine I'll be getting TONS more done. :)

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  2. I'm reading The Moon and More atm too, I'm really liking it :) Good luck with all your writing goals this week.

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    1. This is only my second Dessen book, but I'm enjoying it too. It's making me want to spend some time at a seaside town. :)

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  3. Enjoying the sunshine is horribly important :) Glad you're getting a chance to do it. Hope you can catch up on that writing this next week (but don't forget to enjoy the rest too)

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    1. Our summers feel so short, that I have no real issue justifying the time spent in the sun. I just need to make sure that I'm slipping in some of these other things that need to get done too. :) I think I just need to become a better manager of my time.

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  4. I only read one Dessen book and want to read more.

    I love that quote.

    Good luck with your goals.

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    1. So far I've read LOCK & KEY and I'm almost done THE MOON AND MORE by Dessen. I like her stuff, though I've been told that her earlier stuff is better. I'll have to check out more of it.

      I loved that quote so much when I first saw it and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. :)

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  5. I just finished IN HONOR and cannot wait to get my hands on GOLDEN! Also, LOVE The YA Buccaneers! What an awesome collaboration and I can't wait to see what's in store for you all!

    Good luck with the writing this week!

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    1. I liked GOLDEN so much more than IN HONOR. I liked IN HONOR fine, but this one just really spoke to me. I could relate to Parker so much on certain things. I'll be reviewing that one on the YA Buccaneers later this month, I liked it so much.

      YA Buccaneers has been a lot of fun so far. I'm lucky to be part of two totally awesome group blogs! :)

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  6. I have not yet read GOLDEN. I am SLOGGING through 3 different books right now (see my WUW post), but I love that you adored GOLDEN. Can't wait to see what you think of Sarah Dessen's older books as I saw you read THE MOON AND MORE. :-) Good luck with writing this week and happy belated Canada Day!

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    1. I could relate to Parker in GOLDEN like no other character I've read in YA before. There was something about her struggles/challenges that just really spoke to me. And I loved the whole Robert Frost element to it as well. Such a good book!

      I'm definitely going to check out more of Sarah Dessen's older stuff. I have a few sitting on my shelf right now that I'll have to get to sometime soon. I feel like her stuff is pretty much always going to be good, you know?

      And thanks for the Canada Day wishes! :)

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  7. I definitely agree with you about going where the motivation is. I had a couple little writing detours this week (jotting down ideas for a future WIP), and it felt good to get them down on paper. As long as you're writing something, that's what matters, I think. Good luck with this week's goals! :)

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    1. Some writing is better than no writing, right? I'm definitely feeling more motivated to work on the one project, so I'll just keep pursuing that for now. I love jotting down new ideas. I'm always coming up with new ones, so it makes me a little antsy that I can't just get working on them.

      Good luck with your goals this week too! :)

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  8. There are a number of other projects I feel tempted to work on, but I really need to press on with my WIP. Sometimes it's okay to spend time with another idea, but sometimes you know you need to focus. And with this WIP, I need to stay focused. I promise myself I can work on other things when this WIP is in the hands of beta readers! :)

    I think your linky widget is blocked here at work, so I can't enter my name. Here's my contribution to today's What's Up Wednesday:
    http://www.colindsmith.com/blog/2013/07/03/whats-up-wednesday-4/

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    1. I also don't see a widget, hmmm. Here is my post:
      http://www.stephaniescott.net/2013/07/whats-up-wednesday-ready-set-write.html

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    2. Also member of Team Not Seeing A Widget; my post is here!

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    3. Just FYI: I can now see the widget. Cool! :D

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    4. The Case of the Missing Widget has been solved. I'm totally the culprit. :/ The worst part is that I had this post all ready to go early and everything, and then forgot one of the most important parts. Whoops! My apologies.

      I have so many other project ideas that are tempting, but this one in particular is just really motivating me to write right now, so I figure I shouldn't ignore that. I need some time to think about the revisions on the other story, so I'd rather be working on something else in the meantime. Plus, I'm loving this new story so much! :)

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  9. I need to read the more recent Sarah Dessen books, including The Moon and More. I've read her earlier ones (except for one...I think) and I love them. Also, Golden looks like it has an interesting premise. I haven't read a good YA Contemporary in a while, so I'll definitely check this one out.

    Ooh now I feel like watching the North & South mini-series. It's one of my favorites. I have to get around to reading the book one day.

    And yay for almost reaching your goals. That's better than not reaching them at all in my book.

    Good luck with writing/meeting this week's goals!

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    1. I've only read two Sarah Dessen books so far, but I know I'll be reading more. Her stuff is pretty good. I've been told by plenty of people (including you) that her older stuff is slightly better, so I think I'll check out some of that soon. GOLDEN was really good, mainly because the main character really resonated with me. I felt like I had so much in common with her, which doesn't happen all that often for me. And I loved the Robert Frost twists on it too.

      I promised myself that I'd watch the North & South miniseries again once I finish the book. I have it on DVD and LOVE watching it. So, so good. I'm really enjoying the book too.

      Good luck with your goals this week too! :)

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  10. That's a lot of goals, good luck! :)

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    1. Usually 250 words a day is manageable for me, but I've been having some difficulty meeting that lately. I think this week will be much less busy, so it should be doable. :)

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  11. I swear I must be the only chick on earth who cannot stand Sarah Dessen. She writes way too pink for me. LOL. Hope your Canada Day was fabulous!!

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    1. I like Sarah Dessen's stuff, but I wouldn't say she's my favourite contemporary author. There are others (Stephanie Perkins!) that I love more, but I am enjoying what I've read by her. To each his/her own, right? :)

      Thank you for the Canada Day wishes. I had a really good day, despite the sunburn! ;-)

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  12. So glad you are feeling better this week, Jaime! Awesome job on your writing goals. I know exactly what you mean - I have been encountering the same sort of busyness. It can definitely be frustrating, but with Ready. Set. Write! I at least stay motivated to make some progress, even baby steps :) I know by the end of the summer, I'll be so thankful for that. I loved the quote from the poem - so inspiring and thought-provoking. Happy writing this week!

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    1. Thanks, Temre! This has been a much better week all around. I don't mind the busyness (it gets really boring around here sometimes), but I'm happy that it's slowing down for a bit this week. I have lots of stuff to get done! It's nice to have things that keep you motivated, like other writer friends cheering you on. Makes all the difference!

      I haven't been able to stop thinking about that quote since I first saw it. Definitely makes me you think. Have a great week, Temre! :)

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  13. Good luck with your writing goals, I'm sure you can do it! Also yay for the Buccaneers, super excited to see what comes out of the collaboration :)

    Also the link isn't showing up for me either, here's my post: http://whimsicallyours.com/2013/07/03/whats-up-wednesday-3/

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    1. Thanks, Patrice! I think this week will be much better for reaching writing goals. I'm expecting it to be a bit less busy. YA Buccaneers has been so fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes too! :)

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  14. Hi Jaime! *waves*
    I joined the Ready Set WRITE! program! ('Lola, better late than never.' = my motto. ;)

    I want to join the What's Up Wednesday thingy too...the top of your post said there'd be a widget at the bottom to sign up, but I think I'm too tech-stupid to find it. *is confuzzled*

    Okay, on to you and your post. :) I have yet to read North and South, it's been on my list for years. I want to watch it too, but haven't done that yet either. And didn't GOLDEN get the prettiest cover and artwork/typeset?
    Congrats on hitting most of your goals last week, in spite of beign so busy! *applauds*
    I love how you broke down your goals in to daily goals. Brillz! I'm going to do that next week.
    Mary Oliver poems are some of my favorites. No wonder you are inspired by them...and, love, I don't think anyone, even in their 70s, has it figured out.

    Have a marvelous week!
    Love,
    Lola

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    1. So happy you joined us, Lola! It's a fun group of people we've got here. :) The missing widget was totally my fault. I was all proud of myself for having my post done and scheduled early, but forgot one of the most important parts. Oops.

      I've seen the miniseries of North & South a number of times, but this is my first time reading the novel. It's pretty good so far! And GOLDEN is definitely a gorgeous book in so many ways. It really resonated with me on a number of levels. Loved it! Especially the aspects that had to do with that particular quote. Definitely thought-provoking.

      I find the daily goals thing works best for me, though I'm not always successful at meeting those goals. This week should be much better. Hope you have a great week, Lola! :)

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  15. I hope you have a bit more time to write this week! Sounds like you had fun even though you were busy. Now that I've finally figured out you only write during the day, I'll know when to tag you for Ready. Set. Write! posts on Twitter :)

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    1. This week should definitely be better on the writing front--much less busy. I hope my tweet about not writing at night didn't come off as rude. I've been thinking about it ever since and worrying that I sounded like a grump. Sorry if it did! O_o I'm a weirdo when it comes to writing times. For whatever reason, I seem to only be able to write during the day. I've tried writing at night and it doesn't work well for me. Kind of stinks because it means I miss most of the Twitter parties. Ah well. I'm happy that they're helping all of you guys out! :)

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  16. You're doing awesome with your goals, lady. I've been feeling a little overwhelmed by All The Things lately too... Busy summer! I'm so glad you liked GOLDEN, and you've sold me on THE MOON AND MORE -- I love Sarah Dessen. Best of luck with your goals this week. You can do it!

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    1. I was really bummed yesterday about how I've been doing with my goals, and then I managed to get a bunch of stuff done and felt instantly better. Love that! I think this week will be much slower around here, so I should be able to get more writing in.

      GOLDEN was better than I was expecting. I really loved it. It's funny because that YA Confidential question on Monday was tough for me to answer (about characters we relate to), and then I read this book and really connected with Parker. Her challenges felt so familiar to me. I'm actually going to review it for YA Buccaneers.

      Good luck with meeting your goals this week, Katy! :)

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  17. I'm excited about your new YA blogging adventure! And I'm happy to see a new Sarah Dessen recommendation. I'll add that to my summer YA read list! Christy

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    1. It's been super fun already, so I'm looking forward to where it goes from here. As for THE MOON AND MORE, I'm loving the seaside aspect of it. I love a good seaside summer read. :)

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  18. I keep thinking about that Mary Oliver quote from GOLDEN, too! I vaguely remember hearing it during my first college creative writing class and now I think, holy crap, that class was 15 years ago - where does the time go???

    Sounds like you are having a crazy/busy/amazing summer - good luck with your writing goals this week!

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    1. I haven't been able to stop thinking about that Mary Oliver quote since I first read it. So much to think about there. And the 15 years ago thing? I'm so there too. Yikes!

      This summer has been good so far, but I'm definitely looking forward to a slower week this week. Good luck with your goals too! :)

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  19. I love that quote. Love it. The YA Buccaneers (I just had to look up how to spell that) looks like a really fun adventure. Looking forward to all you ladies have in store. Good luck with your goals this week!

    My WUW post is here.

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    1. Isn't it a great quote? Definitely thought-provoking. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it for days now. As for 'buccaneers', I have to stop and think about the spelling every time I type it, which is a lot these days.

      Good luck with your goals as well! :)

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  20. I also read Golden this week. I'm thinking of trying out your read a chunk of a classic method; less initimidating to break it up into a chapter a day/week.

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    1. I really related to Parker in GOLDEN, so I loved that book. I don't often read YA characters that I have that much in common with, so it was kind of a surprise. The chapter a day classic thing has been really good too. I know I would never get through them without breaking it down like that. You should definitely give it a try! :)

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  21. Oh my goodness, my book group is reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry!! I've only read a few pages as it is quite a hefty and scary tome!!

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    1. I've been wanting to read it for some time now (it came highly recommended), but the size is definitely daunting. Thankfully we have until the end of September to get it done. I figure if I tackle it a chapter a day, that's totally doable.

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  22. I can't see the widget today for some reason. My post is at http://www.katescottwrites.com. I recently read The Moon and More, while it isn't my favorite of Dessen's books, I did enjoy it. I hope you do too.

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    1. The missing widget is totally my fault. So sorry! I forgot to include it when I scheduled my post. I'm enjoying THE MOON AND MORE, but of the two Dessen books I've read, it would probably place second. I love the seaside setting though! :)

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  23. For as busy as you've been, I'd say you're doing really well with your writing goals. Oh, and I love that quote. I feel the same way. Am I supposed to know the answer to that yet??

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    1. I managed to get a bit caught up on the writing goals yesterday, so I'm feeling a bit better about all of that. Earlier in the week? Not so much. This week should be slower, so that's good.

      I haven't been able to stop thinking about that quote. I'm not sure that I'll ever have an answer to it, but I think it's enough to stop and think about it every so often. :)

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  24. I've been hearing a lot of buzz around GOLDEN and now that I see you loved it, it's going right on my TBR list!

    And I love that quote by Mary Oliver. It's such a great reminder that we do need to stop and think about what it is we really want to do - no matter how busy we are. But don't feel bad, Jaime - I'm nearing the end of my 30's and I still have no idea, either.

    You've had such a busy week, but you've really managed to make some progress with your writing goals. And even if you didn't get to any of the revisions on WON, you're so right - go where your inspiration takes you right now! Truth: I have a R&R request from an a-mazing agent right now on TLF, but I'm SO close to finishing my new WiP, it's there I want to focus.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself on Canada Day, too - and no, you don't look like a Canadian bobblehead. :)

    Best of luck with your writing goals this week, getting some drumming in, and yay! for the YAB launch!

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    1. I loved GOLDEN mainly because I could really relate to the main character on a number of things. I'm going to review it on YA Buccaneers because there's definitely an adventure aspect to it (the whole carpe diem thing). That quote really makes me stop and think. I don't have an answer, probably never will, but it's worth thinking about nonetheless.

      This week should be much slower, so I'm thankful for that. I'd love to get caught up on reading, writing, and drumming. I get anxious about not working on my R&R, but I think if I were to work on it right now I'd probably mess it up more and end up super frustrated. It can wait a bit.

      The bobblehead comment was mainly because my hubby took the pic at a weird angle that makes my head look bigger than it actually is in proportion to my body. Thanks, hubby!

      Good luck with your goals as well, Erin! :)

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  25. I'm glad your enjoying THE MOON AND MORE I thought it was fantastic and it made me want to go to the beach so badly (a North Carolina beach, not a Dublin beach - they're lovely, but hot they are not!)

    I absolutely love that quote you picked out, I'll have to read read the poem and GOLDEN.

    Love your t0shirt for Canada Day!

    Good Luck with your writing goals this week. I hope things are a bit calmer for you.

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    1. I'm loving the beach/seaside aspect of THE MOON AND MORE. Makes me wish I lived near the ocean!

      I've been thinking about that quote practically non-stop since I read it. Really makes you think. GOLDEN was a great book. I loved it mainly because I could relate to the main character so much!

      Good luck with your goals this week, Alexa! :)

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  26. I had to read North and South in my Victorian Literature class in college. I loved it. It was probably one of my favorites we had to read for the class. I checked out my first Sarah Dessen book from the library. I can't wait to read it! Good luck with your writing goals this week! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I took a Victorian Literature class in college, but we read MARY BARTON by Gaskell instead. I enjoyed it, but I think I'm going to love this one more. I love the miniseries, so I already know what it's about.

      This is only my second Dessen book, but I'm enjoying it. I'll have to check out more of her stuff. Good luck with your goals this week and have a really great weekend! :)

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  27. North and South was part of my inspiration this week. I haven't read it yet but it's sitting on my shelf just waiting...

    Happy Canada Day!

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    1. I love the North & South miniseries, and I'm happy to say that I'm enjoying the book just as much so far. It's a pretty easy read too, I'm finding.

      Hope you had a great Canada Day! :)

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  28. I almost bought Golden when I was at Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago, but I ended up buying Falling Kingdoms, instead. It's definitely high on my TBR, though!

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    1. I took GOLDEN out of the library, but now I'm thinking I might have to buy a copy. I could so relate to the main character, which doesn't happen often with me. I enjoyed FALLING KINGDOMS when I read it awhile back, which reminds me that I need to find out when Book 2 is out. Hope you enjoy it! :)

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  29. I can't wait for my hold at the library to come up for Golden. I've heard great things!

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    1. It's a great book. I loved it mainly because I could relate so much to the main character. I hope you enjoy it too! :)

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  30. Oh, I love that Mary Oliver quote! Fantastic!

    I hope I'm not too much of a bad influence, telling you how excited I am by the new project--I can badger you for more WoN revisions if you want :) But, EZRA. Sigh.

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    1. Isn't it a great quote? I feel like it's a life quote. Like something I need to frame and put up on my wall.

      I'm so happy that you're enjoying the new project (and Ezra) so much. Totally not a bad influence. I just need WoN to sit and ruminate for a bit. If I tackle it right now, I'm afraid I'll do more harm than good. :)

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  31. YAY CANADA! :D

    I haaaaate it when I miss violin practice too. Sometimes life just gets in the way of our creative passions. Hope you can get back to yours soon!

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    1. Yay Canada indeed. :) I kind of love my country. And Canada Day was pretty fun.

      I stumbled into drum practice looking and feeling like garbage just so I could pick up new sheet music. Lovely. I still have yet to give said music a try. That's on the agenda for today. :)

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  32. So, I think you should read The Scorpio Races because it is gorgeous and one of my favorite books in recent years. It will probably be a forever favorite of mine. ;)

    I'm curious about Golden though, especially since you and Katy liked it and it has such a pretty under-jacket design! I also love, love that quote. So inspirational - and I totally wish I had an answer too.

    Don't feel bad about missing your writing goals. Like you said, you got close AND you were busy! When I'm busy, I usually just kind of fail, haha. I'm having some trouble with time management too - especially since I actually exercise now (what?), so that takes up extra time. Anyway, Canada Day seemed fun! Our US equivalent is tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to the day off and maybe getting some writing or reading done!

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    1. I read SCORPIO RACES partway through, but when I was reading it, it wasn't what I was in the mood for. Which is totally the worst, because it's not the book, it's you. Bleh. I've been meaning to get back to it. When I do I think I'll tackle it right from the start again. It's been far too long.

      I loved GOLDEN because I could really relate to the main character, which doesn't happen often for me. There were some things in there that just really spoke to me. Loved it!

      After the day I had yesterday writing-wise, I'm feeling WAY better about my goals and whatnot. It was a good writing day all around. :) I hope you have a great July 4th and a wonderful weekend! :)

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  33. I find myself getting more and more anxious as I don't reach my goals, but have to remember that it isn't a constant thing. Some times are busier than others. Still, having goals is better than none at all, right?

    Best of luck this week, Jaime

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    1. I think you're right that having goals is better than having none at all. It can be stressful not to meet them, but I'd rather have them there than flounder around with no direction. I'm feeling much better about my goals now, so that's good. :)

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  34. I adored Golden!!! And can’t wait to hear what you think about The Moon and More! I’m reading Keeping the Moon by her now. Then I’ll go to What Happened to Goodbye before The Moon and More. It’s the longest so I’m saving it for last. Love that you give yourself writing days off!! Good luck on your goals this week. And THANK YOU for that quote! I needed something like that to give me a kick in the rear.

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    1. Wasn't it a good book? Loved it. I'm enjoying THE MOON AND MORE, but would love to just sit down with it for a good chunk of time. I like Dessen's stuff, so I'll have to make sure I read more.

      I'd go crazy if I didn't schedule days off. Those are the best days to get tons of reading done! :)

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  35. I think I only wrote around 10,000 words this past week, due in part to starting camp. The director emerita was just saying to me today that I'm a real veteran now, since this is my third summer working there, unlike most past employees who only do one summer or part of a summer. I've got the nursery bunk again, which is in turn cute, exhausting, fun, and practice for hopefully being a mother before I'm too old.

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    1. I actually spent most of my teen years working every summer at a camp. Tons of fun, but also very tiring.

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  36. You do sound super duper busy! But it also sounds like "good" busy-ness of enjoying the people around you!

    Congrats again on the launch and if you ever want to brainstorm WATCH OF NIGHT, let me know :-) Or maybe there's one scene you've been looking forward to revise and you could start with that one...

    No matter what you decide on working on this week, I am cheering you on!

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    1. It's mostly good busyness, but I'm happy that things have slowed down somewhat. I have stuff to get caught up on. :)

      I've been mulling over WATCH OF NIGHT, trying to think of the best way to fix it. I'll definitely get back to it soon, but for right now I think I'll keep mulling. I might have to pick your brain on a few things. :)

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  37. You are so stinkin' gorgeous! Love that pic of you! And a new YA blog? Must go check it out... and LOVE your goals. It's inspiring. I need to start being more productive this summer...

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    1. Thanks, Morgan. You are so stinkin' nice! :) I think goals are a good idea, but sometimes reaching goals is a huge challenge. I've been finding that with how busy the summer is. I really can't complain, though. :)

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  38. Busy bee. Working on what inspires you is important I think, but also working through the lack of inspiration can be just as important. I don't know how you force inspiration, but sometimes just writing shit works too. I like the pic of you at the end. You look sort of " you caught me off guard, but I'm Canadian so I'm cool with it". Like it.

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    1. I agree about working through the lack of inspiration. I need to force myself to sit down one of these days and work out the issues with my revision. In the meantime, I'm mulling over what I want to do with it. It's always kind of there in the back of my mind like a riddle I'm trying to solve.

      Love the "I'm Canadian so I'm cool with it" thing. Haha! :)

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  39. It's a super super busy time of year. Don't wear yourself out, 'kay? :) I'm sure life will settle down soon.

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    1. Busier than usual too. I think the migraine I ended up with last week might have been from going too hard for too long. Things are definitely slowing down now, so that's good. :)

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  40. Congratulations with YA Buccaneers! What a great group of ladies!

    Your productivity is amazing! I count reading part of the process, and you're going through these books with such speed. Can't wait to see what you thing of The Moon and More. That's next on my list to read.

    Cute picture, by the way! So *not* a bobblehead--->whatever!! ;)

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    1. Thanks! It's totally a fun group of ladies. :)

      Since I don't write on the weekends, that gives me tons of time to read, which is super nice. Right now I just want to sit down with THE MOON AND MORE and plow through what's left. It's pretty good!

      The bobblehead thing was more to do with the odd angle my husband took the picture at. Kind of looks out of proportion lol. :)

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  41. Thank you for sharing that quote. So lovely!
    It sounds like you've been busy...but a fun busy! At least you get to write a little bit. I'm trying to get over the fact that I don't have time for massive writing days. It's hard to get used to, but it's so rewarding to look back over the week and see the little snippets come together. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. I keep thinking about that quote because it's a great question to ask myself every so often. I've definitely been busy, but things have slowed down somewhat now, so that's good. And you're so right about seeing the snippets come together. I love that part too! :)

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  42. I loved A Fine Balance. (There are some heartbreaking scenes that stick with you in that one.)

    And it's so funny, but I just posted that Mary Oliver quote last week. It really does make you examine your priorities, doesn't it? And I think it's okay, if you haven't figured everything out. If you had figured everything out by now, what fun would that be? :)

    I'm glad you are having so much fun with your new WIP! I agree you have to focus on what inspires you sometimes, rather than getting bogged down with the "have to" side of things.

    And last, but not least, Happy Canada Day! It sounds like you celebrated in style.

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    1. A FINE BALANCE came highly recommended to me by two teaching colleagues about four years ago. It's always seemed a little daunting to me, so it's good to have a reason to read it now. I've heard there are some tough things in it.

      I probably saw that Mary Oliver quote on your blog last week, now that I think about it. When it showed up in GOLDEN it really struck me as being something to ask myself every so often, to examine my life and what I want out of it. I kind of want to frame it and put it somewhere I can see it often.

      I'm totally having fun with this WIP, but I know that I need to finish up those revisions too. I've been mulling them over in the back of my mind and I'm hoping I'll come up with some solutions soon.

      Thanks for the Canada Day wishes. It was a pretty fun day! :)

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  43. I have all three of Jessi Kirby's books out from the library and hope to get to them soon - maybe even this long weekend. And I absolutely love that quote from Mary Oliver. I studied her poetry for my comprehensive exams for my MFA. That particular quote says so much, doesn't it, so I'm very intrigued to see how it's woven into Golden.

    Don't be too hard on yourself about your goals. It's summertime! And it was Canada Day! And it's summertime - wait, I already said that. Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow. You know you'll get back on track.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I only know of two Jessi Kirby books, so I'll have to look up the third. I haven't read any poems by Mary Oliver (that I know of) besides this one, but it makes me want to read more of her stuff. That quote really resonates with me.

      I've started to stress a little less about meeting my goals these days. Like you say, it's summer and around here summer goes SO fast and before you know it we've got snow. Ick. I know you can relate to that. O_o

      I hope you had a wonderful July 4th and an equally wonderful weekend, Sara! :)

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  44. Sometimes a break from one project and concentrating on another can help if there's were the inspiration lies. Gives you time to think about the other one. The motivation will always come back!

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    1. I totally agree, though I do need to spend a little more time thinking about the project in revisions. Maybe this week... :)

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  45. I love the Canada shirt! Too cute. :) Happy belated Canada Day!!!

    I hear you on being too busy to do the things you want to do. Last week was INSANE for me, and I only wrote about 2000 words. (Booo.) Anyhow, here's to a more chill week and lots of writing productivity!

    As for the YA Buccaneers launch .... WOOOOT! :)

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    1. Thanks, Bridgid! :)

      This week should be slower, so that's a good thing. I hope yours is slower too and that you can get more writing in.

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  46. I really want to read GOLDEN.

    I completely understand how you feel regarding finding time to write. It's hard during the summer to want to stay inside and write! But it looks like you've been making amazing progress on your new WIP. Hopefully you'll feel inspired to go back to your revision soon as well.

    I absolutely LOVE that Mary Oliver quote. :)

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    1. GOLDEN was such a good book. I really enjoyed it anyway.

      I've gotten sunburnt a couple times already this summer and it's amazing what that does to your motivation to spend the day outside lol. I'll get back outside again soon, but for now, I'm not all that sad about being inside for a few days. I'm hoping that maybe this week I'll get back to my revision. I really need to! :)

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  47. Love your Ready. Set. Write. Goals!

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  48. The good thing about a blazing hot midwest summer is the last thing you want to do is go outside and get flame-broiled. Lots of inside time means lots of writing! I hope your sunburn heals soon and good luck with your goals!

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