January 22, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop with other folks on this writing journey. Should you wish to join us, we encourage you to visit a few other WUW blogs each week, get to know some other writers, and spread some writerly love! Don't forget to leave the link to your post.

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we're using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO


Welcome, and thank you for joining us!



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WHAT I'M READING
I finished Rae Carson's Girl of Fire and Thorns  trilogy this week. While I'm bummed that it's done, it was so good I know I'll be reading it again before long. Highly recommend! I've started reading Leigh Ann Kopans' One  and am enjoying it thus far. I've been meaning to read this one for a while. I also managed to finally get back to my Harry Potter re-read with Half-Blood Prince and made a serious dent in my Chapter A Day classic, War and Peace. (More on that shortly.) It's been a good reading week!

WHAT I'M WRITING

As I've mentioned before, my sister and I have epically long Skype conversations somewhat regularly. Well, the other day we got into an in-depth chat about my WiP (the one in a perpetual state of revision), and long story short, we figured out a number of great ideas to fix it and make it much, much better than it is. I finally feel excited about this story again, and I've even started working through my WiP deciding what stays and what has to go now. It's such a relief to actually give a rip about writing again. You have no idea...

Goal for this week:  Make an outline of my story with new plot points and come up with a plan to integrate all of these new ideas.


WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

- Success in reacquainting myself with discipline and routine.
- Exciting revision ideas and the motivation to implement them.
- Encouraging discussions re: my WiP with my CPs via email and Skype.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
As mentioned, I've finally gotten back to reading War and Peace  after much too long away from it. I had the wild notion that I could read it on my Kindle while speed walking on the treadmill. So I gave it a try and much to my surprise, an hour flew by and I speed walked my way through several chapters of War and Peace. New daily exercise regimen...check! The best part about it is all of the multi-tasking going on.

Listening to the awesomeness that is the Ender's Game  official movie soundtrack. It's so well done and the heavy use of cello in the score is nothing short of amazing!


Last week I mentioned going to Ikea with my hubby. When we were there, I bought myself a Råskog kitchen cart with the intention of putting it to use in my home office. I decided it would make a great writing trolley, so I loaded it up with notebooks, pens, binder clips and paper clips, my iPod, Post-it notes, folders...* Basically, it's a mobile writing station that allows me to move all of my writing paraphernalia anywhere in the house that feels like a good place to write at any given moment. I freaking love it!


* There's room to toss my laptop in the bottom shelf as well, which is fantastic.




SO, WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU, FRIENDS?


61 comments:

  1. This mobile writing station looks absolutely adorable! :-) And you know how excited I am about you writing again and about your ideas! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Elodie! The colour really caught my eye when I saw it, and then I had all these IDEAS for it, so I had to snag it. :-) I'm hoping the fact that I can wheel it around wherever will increase the likelihood of brainstorming/writing/revising around here.

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  2. I love the writing trolley! Although it looks a little to neat in that picture. If it were my writing trolley, it would be far less organized, kind of like most of the ideas in my head.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I figure whatever I can do to facilitate writing whenever and wherever is definitely a good thing. Plus, the colour was just so darn pretty, I couldn't resist. It will probably end up cluttered up with stuff, but for now at least it's organized. ;-)

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  3. I'm so happy you're feeling good about your WIP again, and I'm excited to see what you do with the ideas we discussed. It's awesome that you're finding your way back to your initial vision for it, because I think that part of the concept is especially cool.

    I so need to get my hands on one of those writing carts. Gah! I wish we could get to Edmonton, because IKEA is calling me. We checked online and the shipping is insane for it. In the meantime, I'll keep hauling my writing junk back and forth. Poo. The way you have it done up in the picture is super cute!

    I need to get on the treadmill soon too. Badly. Maybe sometime I'll have to try tackling Les Mis while I'm on there, because I'm not making much progress on it now. Can't wait for our next Skype session! :)

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    1. I'm still struggling to work writing into a daily schedule, but the fact that I'm excited about it again, and thinking about it, is a HUGE step in the right direction. Mostly, of course, due to our awesome Skype conversation. I really hope I can do this story justice and implement these new ideas properly. Can't wait for our next Skype convo either!

      You really should get a cart like mine. I wish you guys were able to take a little trip this way. Ikea is only an hour north of us, so... It's too bad Finley can't do a road trip. I wonder if you might be able to find something similar to this cart where you live. I saw people selling them on Ebay and on Amazon, but they were asking almost twice what it costs at Ikea. so ridiculous! But obviously they're a hot commodity. Makes me wish I'd bought a bunch of them.

      I'm really pleasantly surprised at how well the treadmill/War and Peace combo has been working. I mean, I haven't done it every day, but the fact that I have done it is encouraging to me. It keeps my brain so much more occupied that listening to music or watching a show, surprisingly.

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  4. That writing station is so perfect, I LOVE it! I have actually found myself on Ikea's website :P

    Hooray for Skyping and plotting :D It does sound very exciting!

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    1. Thanks, Cole! I loved the colour of it and then I had all these ideas for it. I'm happy with the idea to turn it into a mobile writing station. :-) And I have to say, Skyping and plotting with Erin has been irreplaceable. I'm very lucky.

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    2. ...Yeah, I totally just ordered one ^.^

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    3. Wonderful! My job here is done. ;-)

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  5. That writing trolley is SO COOL. :D

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I think everyone should have one. :D

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  6. I love the writing trolley, that is fantastic!

    I'm so pleased for you that you're excited about your WIP again. I hope you have lots of fun writing it.

    I can't read and walk, it makes me feel sick, but if I'm exercising indoors I love listening to podcasts and audio books. Also when I'm ironing or cleaning. You're right the multi-taking feels great.

    Have a good week Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Alexa! I'm really hoping it will encourage me to write more since I can wheel it wherever. Especially since I have more ideas for my WiP. Anything to facilitate writing, right?

      That's too bad that you can't read and walk. Listening to audiobooks might work for me too. I've never tried it, but I should sometime. I just like feeling like I'm accomplishing something other than just exercising, so this works nicely for me. Hope you have a great week too, Alexa!

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  7. I love the trolley! And that's great that you got reinspired to work on your WIP, good luck and have fun!

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    1. Thanks, Fida! I really hope it gets me writing more often. Especially now that I'm itching to get writing again. :-)

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  8. OK, so now you've got me wondering... why is it my elliptical has a nice big cup holder, but nowhere for a book? I would gladly switch that out for a book holder. Reading while exercising sounds like a great way to take your mind off the torture (can you tell I hate exercising?)... :)

    Yay for long chats with the sister! There's nothing like talking through story ideas to rekindle your love and excitement for writing. I hope you manage to hit your writing goals out of the park this week, Jaime!

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    1. I really don't know why there isn't a book holder or at the very least somewhere to set an e-reader. Holding a book is pretty well impossible on an elliptical. I think that's one of the many reasons why I prefer a treadmill. I had been walking and watching hour-long shows, but reading seems to occupy my brain so much better. I'm with you on the whole exercise is torture and hating it thing. Anything that gets me doing it is a good thing, in my opinion.

      These long chats with Erin are irreplaceable, I have to say. We've hammered out so many WiP-related ideas and issues during our chats. I'm very lucky to have a sister who writes too. :-)

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  9. I'm glad you're inspired again! :) That writing trolley is awesome.

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I'm really hoping the writing trolley will just get me writing/revising even more. Fingers crossed. :-)

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  10. Your writing trolley is adorable! I am incapable of walking/reading at the same time - even on the ground, I crash into walls because I get so distracted :)

    Awesome about getting back into your story - happy writing!!!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I loved the colour of it and then knew it would make a great writing trolley. And I'm all for anything that gets me writing more right now. I'm surprised I'm able to walk and read. I didn't think I'd be able to do it (for the same reasons you mention), but I'm pleased with the outcome. It occupies my brain *so* much more than listening to music or watching TV. Here's hoping I can stick with it. :-)

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  11. I just finished Girl of Fire and Thorns and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love finding a series where the sequels are already out. (I'm very impatient when it comes to sequels) :)

    I absolutely LOVE your new office cart! What a great idea. Someday, I might be half as organized as you. (who am I kidding, this will never happen)

    Also, congrats on new ideas and getting excited all over again about your WIP. That is wonderful!

    Hope your week is blissful!

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    1. I'm all for being late to the game with a series that is complete. I have a couple like that. I really don't like having to wait a year or more between books and then trying desperately to remember what happened in the previous book. And who has time to constantly re-read? Not this girl. I'm glad you enjoyed Girl of Fire and Thorns. Such a great series!

      The colour of the cart is what first caught my eye, but then I had the writing trolley idea and I was sold. I'm really hoping it will come in handy as I get back to writing. The cart is organized right now, but it will probably be a cluttered mess in no time. ;-)

      Have a wonderful week, Kris!

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  12. So flipping fantastic that you are getting reacquainted with your WiP and excited to get writing again! I am really happy for you. I look forward to hearing what you think of ONE. I'm a fan of superheroes, so it's up my alley! LOVE the new writing trolley. Super cute and functional, double yay!

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    1. It is such a relief that I'm getting back to writing and to this WiP in particular. I honestly thought it was done for, but now I have renewed faith in its potential. Here's hoping I don't screw it up! I think the writing trolley should facilitate writing more, so I'm eager to get using it. And it's just pretty to look at. :-) I was drawn to the superhero angle of ONE as well, so hopefully it lives up to that. (I'm not all that far in just yet.) I'll let you know what I think when I'm done.

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  13. I can feel the excitement about you're WIP from here! Yay for getting back into it!!! Oh and I think I have writer's trolly envy. That thing is amazing (and such a great color!).

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    1. Haha! Is it that obvious? Seriously though, it's a huge relief that my story feels like it has potential again. I was worried for a bit there. I really hope I can properly implement the ideas I have for it. I'm hoping my writing trolley will facilitate more writing. Now I have no excuse because I can take it anywhere in my house. ;-)

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  14. I brainstorm with my sister-in-law all the time and it's so great to have someone to run ideas by- it really gets those brain juices flowing!
    That cart is such a neat idea! And I'm definitely going to check out the Ender's Game soundtrack. I love me some cello!

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    1. Honestly, I consider myself *very* lucky to have someone to bounce ideas off of and vice versa. It really does get the ideas flowing! Can you tell I'm sort of in love with my new cart? I really hope it gets me writing a bit more. Sometimes I don't want to be strapped to my desk, so being mobile should help with that. We'll see, I guess! :-)

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  15. I need to get a treadmill or something so I can multitask exercise, too. Such a great idea! I hope this week is awesome for you, and that your outlining is a success!

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    1. I would *love* one of those treadmill desks, though in reality I'd probably break my neck on one. :P I'm just happy I'm able to read and walk at the same time. It really does occupy my brain, which distracts me from my intense dislike of exercise. And really, it's a great way to get through War and Peace big chunks at a time.

      Hope you have a great week too, writing and otherwise, Jennie!

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  16. I love your honesty about the writing process. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes we are really into it, and sometimes not. Feels great to be motivated, and I'm so glad you have found it this week. How lucky are you to have a sister who also writes, and is willing to chat with you at length about your story. There are only a few people who know more than the tiniest bit about my story idea, I feel like I'm going to bore them if I talk about it too much. I am envious that you have someone who knows the details of your story such that you can bounce ideas off of them. You are so lucky! Now go and get that outline done!

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    1. Thanks, Laurel. It's been really tough not actually wanting to write, so I'm thrilled to have that itch again. It *does* feel great to be motivated. I'm very, very lucky to have a sister who writes. Her help has been irreplaceable with all of my writing. I wish everyone had a sister like mine. :-)

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  17. Okay, I love your new writing cart, particularly that everything on it coordinates. You are my people, Jaime! Best of luck with your revision. We definitely are in a similar stage; I know my story has lots of potential, but I'm still working out how to make it really shine through. I love that you've been doing your WAR AND PEACE reading while exercising. That's the best kind of multitasking, I think. Let us know what you think of ONE, and have a wonderful week!

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    1. Haha! You could tell I coordinated it? ;-) Happy to be your kind of people, Katy. I really think this trolley will be helpful getting back into writing, because honestly, I don't always feel like being strapped to my desk. Plus, it's just pretty.

      Revisions are tough, but it's always encouraging when you know your story has potential. Even better when you have ideas to make it just that much better. Here's hoping we both have lots of those ideas!

      I know you sometimes read while exercising, but I always thought I'd have coordination issues. I'm so happy I can actually do both at the same time, because otherwise I sort of feel like it's hard to justify that time spent on the treadmill. I know, it's ridiculous, but there it is. I'm going to hop on the treadmill as soon as I'm done responding to comments today!

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  18. That writing cart is freaking GENIUS and I want one immediately. I (embarrassingly) haven't read Rae Carson's trilogy yet, although I know I need to. I've heard nothing but amazing things about it, and it's right up my alley. I'ma get on that. Happy writing to you!

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    1. Thanks, Meredith! The colour of the car caught my eye and then I had this IDEA and had to have it. I've been struggling to get back to writing, so I really hope this will encourage me to get going on it, especially since I can cart it around wherever I feel like writing.

      You really should read Rae Carson's series! The best part is that all three books are already out, so no waiting for sequels. (Which is the absolute worst, of course.) I love good YA fantasy, and this feels like some of the best, in my opinion. Speaking of great fantasy, I'd love to get my hands on your mentee, Addie's story. It sounds fantastic!

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  19. glad to hear you're excited about your WIP! That's awesome, it makes writing so much easier. I've never read War and Peace, and I'm not sure I'm up for it quite yet. I haven't even read Gone With the Wind!

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    1. It's been so long since I was excited about this WiP, so it feels good. And you're right, it really does make writing easier. I think it shows in your writing when you're feeling bleh about your story. You can do irreparable damage that way. So I'm happy to be returning to it excited.

      WAR AND PEACE is so much easier to read than I anticipated. I thought "Eek! Russian novel", but it's mostly just the mammoth size that's a drawback. I mean, I don't exactly find it unputdownable, but I'm surprised I don't hate it. I haven't read GONE WITH THE WIND EITHER, but it's on my TBR list for classics.

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  20. So glad you're excited about your manuscript!
    Oh, I love the idea of the writing cart. I might go to Ikea and buy one of those for me! :D

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    1. Thanks, Juliana. It's been a long time coming, but I'm thrilled that I actually feel ready to write again. I think the writing trolley is helping with that lol. I think everyone should have one! :D

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  21. Your mobile writing station is adorable, and genius!
    It's so great that you're being inspired by revising ideas. I'm kind of slogging through a revision right now, so I'm hoping I have a flash of inspiration soon, too! Have a lovely week :)

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I love the colour, but mostly I love that it allows me to be mobile. I write at my desk most often, but sometimes I just want to curl up on my couch and brainstorm or write. The trolley should really help with that. For so long I've been stumped on the matter of what to do with the mess that is my WiP. I was *thrilled* to finally have some ideas that would make it better and differentiate it from others I've read recently. We'll see how it goes. But you're right, revisions really can be a slog. I hope your slog eases up a bit and that you have some great "Eureka!" moments this week. Have a great week, Rebecca!

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  22. I love your mobile writing station! That is such a great idea! Also, I'm glad you're excited about writing again and are excited about revising. And hooray for multitasking!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I hadn't really thought of making a mobile writing station before, but when I saw this pretty trolley at Ikea the idea just hit me. I think it works really well for how I feel like brainstorming/planning/writing/revising these days: curled up on the couch instead of at my desk. We'll see how it goes. It certainly helps that I'm more excited about fixing this mess of a WiP again. As for multitasking, I think I need to come up with more things that overlap like the treadmill/reading combo. Hmmm...

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    2. Here's another Stephanie who also loves your writing station. Super cute. I keep saying I will move beyond Ikea furniture, but I keep finding things I like there. I bought a couch elsewhere but ended up getting all new living room tables from Ikea because they were exactly what I was looking for. I need new shelving and will probably head there again.

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    3. Thanks, Stephanie! I'm kind of love in love with Ikea furniture, particularly their Billy line of bookcases. They've stood up really well during a number of moves, which is good. (We have four with extenders to make them even taller.) And now I'm in love with this trolley. I really hope it's going to be super useful in facilitating writing all over the house.

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  23. So I'm kind of in love with your mobile writing station. I might have to steal this idea. Glad to hear you're excited about writing again :)

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    1. You and me both, Liz. ;-) The colour is what caught my attention and then it occurred to me that it would make an awesome writing trolley. Now I'm eager to get using it. And you should definitely steal the idea. Cole already has lol! I think everyone should have one. Have a wonderful week, Liz!

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  24. Hiya

    That's great that you are back writing with inspiration. I too have been uninspired for a while especially towards the end of last year. (it still feels funny saying last year lol) But I am getting back into writing. I muse has come home.

    I also love your writing station idea. I need to do more writing away from my desk I think, so it will be something I will be on the look out for. Well something similar I haven;t seen that model here in Australia yet.

    I just found the Enders Game on Spotify and started listening. It's really good.

    Angel

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    1. We moved at the end of October, so between the packing, moving, unpacking, and settling in, I really got derailed writing-wise. And I find the longer I'm away from writing, the harder it is to get back into it. So, yeah, I'm super excited about doing it again! :-) I really hope the writing station will help with that.

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  25. I loooove your Råskog kitchen cart! That shade of blue is my favorite color and it sounds like such a good idea. My stuff is all over the place. I wish I was more organized. Sadly ... I'm really not. But now I'm inspired to go to Ikea's website and see if I can get one too.

    It's great that you and your sister were able to work out some plot point problems. It's always great to get to talk to another writer about that. My CP Jennie helped me out a lot this week too with a writing dilemma I had.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I loved the colour so much (that's what caught my eye in the first place) and then I had the idea for a writing trolley. Right now I'm looking for anything that will get me writing again regularly, so I'm hoping this helps.

      I'm so, so lucky to have a sister who's a writer. Honestly, we've solved so many story issues in the past few years, it's unreal. :-)

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  26. That is the cutest writing trolley thingy that I have ever seen! Congrats on the reading/walking thing. I have a really hard time doing that because I've fallen before! Now I'm always worried ;0 Yeah, I'm super coordinated like that!

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    1. The colour is just so darn pretty, and I started thinking of all these possibilities. I totally needed something to get me writing more, so I think this will work! Now I can cuddle up on the couch and brainstorm if I want. ;-) As for the treadmill/reading combo, I didn't think I'd be able to do it, but I'm so, so glad that I haven't fallen...yet. I can see how that would make me a bit wary of doing it again.

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  27. Holy cow, I love that cart! I need one! Er, let's be honest, I need like twenty. I am disorganized.

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    1. Haha! I was already thinking I wouldn't mind having a few more. I think they'd make great bedside tables too! (I saw a Pinterest picture of them used that way and it looked so cute!) Here's hoping they help keep me organized and motivated to write. :-)

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  28. When I got to the part about the Ender's Game soundtrack, I opened Spotify and started listening to it too. :) I too love the use of the cello and kept thinking that while I watched the movie.
    I love your cart idea!! I just might steal it.
    It's awesome your chat with your sister was so helpful. Talking it out with someone can be such a tremendous help!

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  29. Yay! So glad you've had a good reading and writing week! So great to be excited about both of those things. I need to get back into it, but my reading slump is still quite slump-like. I think I might get out of it this weekend though since I'm getting my hair done, and that always takes a good hour or two - perfect reading time.

    Love your writing trolley idea. Patent that! It's genius! :)

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  30. I'd been admiring that Ikea cart for a while and your post convinced me that I NEED it. Ha. I also read an article on Apartment Therapy about how you can use the cart in every room. Sold! I love how you made it into a writing cart. :)

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