May 28, 2014

What's Up Wednesday


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by me and my sister, Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you'd like to join us, we encourage you to visit other WUW blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! Don't forget to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. ***And please remember to link back to our host blogs and/or use one of the WUW buttons provided. We really appreciate it!***

For those of you who are new to WUW, here are the headings we are 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! 



WHAT I'M READING
I just finished up THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN by Meredith McCardle. (I haven't had much time to read this week.) I really enjoyed this one! I'll definitely be following this super fun series now. Next up: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. I haven't read anything by E. Lockhart, but I know I'm long overdue, and I've heard  nothing but awesome things about this particular book.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Yeah...so. Turns out this was the week that ALL the people wanted to do ALL the things. I don't think I've ever been this busy socially. I'm only mentioning this because it was so far outside the norm for me. I tend to prefer hunkering down at home doing homebody things. Right now, I'm looking to the week ahead, hoping it will yield more time and hopefully more chapters revised.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Summer writing intensives! That's right, folks. We're kicking Ready. Set. WRITE! into full gear, reporting on MONDAYS this time around starting in June. Stay tuned for details on Monday, June 2nd. I think this might be the kick in the butt I desperately need.

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Oh, you know. Lots and lots of visiting, chatting, and eating out with friends and family. (The latter part of that is so not good for the wallet or the waistline.) It's been loads of fun, but for someone who is by nature an introvert, it's a little mentally exhausting. 

BUT I did get to spend a good deal of time digging in the dirt this week as well. My stepmother-in-law has a total green thumb, so she helped me pick plants and seeds for our yard and veggie garden. I went a little bit nuts, especially considering anything I've grown has been limited to flower pots, but I'm really excited about the possibility of vegetables and flowers that I grew myself.

In no particular order: Argeratum, fushias, petunias, dahlias, gerberas, lobelia, dracaena, impatiens, stargazer lilies, Japanese cedar,
lily of the valley, carrots, sugar snap peas, radishes, green onions, garlic, Swiss chard, pansies, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers...

Last night I watched the first season (three episodes) of THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, a British miniseries currently on Netflix. It's about former WWII codebreakers nine years after the war, solving a case of serial murder. It's interesting and also infuriating to see the way these women, whose role was integral to the war effort, are patronized and forced back into mundane roles. They take the skills they have (pattern recognition, data collection...), apply it to the case, and solve it. If you're into this kind of thing, you should totally check it out!*

Oh, and I got new TOMS!** I love their cause and practically live in their shoes all summer long, so mine are all starting to wear. Since I can fit into kids' sizes (women's size 6 = kids' size 3), I got a pair of super cute seersucker girls' TOMS. They were quite a bit cheaper price-wise and feel a bit sturdier, likely because kids are rougher on their footwear. Cute, right?



Well, that's it for me, folks.
WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


* After typing this up, I found out this series hasn't been renewed for a third season. Boo. That said, it's still worth watching!
** TOMS' slogan is One for One, meaning that for every pair of shoes you purchase, they purchase a pair for a child in need.

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  1. Nice Toms :D I have a few pairs I can't wait to bust out when summer really arrives :D

    Good luck with Ready. Set. WRITE this year!

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    1. TOMS are my absolute favourite shoes ever. They're so comfy and then, of course, there's the awesome charitable side of them. It means I don't feel guilty about the price tag, because I'm essentially buying two pairs of shoes for that price. :-) As for Ready. Set. WRITE, I think it's exactly what I need to get me going again on the writing front. Hope so! Have a great week, Cole!

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  2. I keep seeing We Were Liars popping up everywhere in the book community, I may have to check it out. :) I know what you mean in terms of not getting stuff done - I've always noticed in the past that the one week I set aside to get a bunch of stuff done will be the one week that something else happens that needs my full attention. It's probably a sign that I should try and get more stuff done more frequently. ;)

    I completely forgot to look up The Bletchley Circle, I'll have to remember to give it a go - it sounds right up my alley! Love the TOMS, I think that's a wonderful cause. :)

    Have a lovely week!

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    1. WE WERE LIARS is so different than I expected, but in a neat way. The writing style is so unique. Can't wait to find out where it's all going. :-) It's so bonkers that I was this busy this past week. Really. I don't ever spend that much time out of the house doing social things. Maybe that means this week will be quieter??? Hope so. And you're so right about getting things done more frequently. I should really do that, too!

      The Bletchley Circle is really good! It's a little bit creepy at times, but good nonetheless. Have a great week, Jess!

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  3. Those Toms are adorable! I hope you get more free time soon. :)

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    1. Thanks, Emma! They're so, so comfortable. I think I should have more free time this week since everyone called last week. I sure hope so, anyway! Have a great week!

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  4. Your garden is going to be lovely and delicious! Nothing like digging in the dirt in spring. :) I'll have to come by and check out Ready. Set. Write! I've been so busy this month and that sounds really great to get me back on track.

    Have a great week, Jaime!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. I hope it all grows! It's one thing to stick it all in the ground and another to keep it growing lol. I have to say, it was a lot of fun planting it all, and the yard looks so nice right now, so it was totally worth it. :-) As for Ready. Set. WRITE, I think it's exactly what I need right now. I've been floundering for months now, so it's a great way to get me back on track, too. Hope you have a wonderful week, Laura!

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  5. I'm so bummed that THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE didn't get renewed. How do great shows like that get cancelled while total garbage stays on the air? I'm glad you enjoyed the first three episodes. I was pretty sure you would!

    Love the new Toms. I'd like to get another pair of the ash ones, because mine are getting ratty looking and they match everything so well. I still have to figure out how to stretch my brown ones because they're too snug.

    Your flowers are so pretty! Looks like you've been hard at work. We need to follow your example and do something with our yard before the snow gets here, because you know that's right around the corner, right? (snort) Hope you get lots of good veggies growing in your garden.

    We should do a Skype writing session again sometime soon. Let me know when works for you! :)

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    1. I'm really surprised that THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE wasn't renewed. It has awesome ratings all over the interwebz. (71% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8/10 on IMDB--pretty darn high, if you ask me.) That just makes me crazy. Great show, but apparently garbage is more worth their time and money. I kind of expected better from ITV, to be honest. I'll have to give season 2 a whirl sometime this week.

      You should totally check out the kids' TOMS sometime. The size 3 fits like a size 6, and the toes are a teensy bit roomier. Overall, they're better quality too. I love these new ones so much. The only reason I bought these ones is because they didn't have a similar pattern in the women's. The seersucker was just too cute. And they're $10 cheaper than the women's Classics, so that's nothing to sneeze at either. All of my other ones are fading and getting worn. I like to get a new pair each season, and since it's a charitable donation as well, I don't feel guilty about that at all.

      The yard looks so nice right now, and I'm hoping that it will all continue growing. It's kind of a lot of work, but I'm hoping it's worth it. At least it's a nice place to spend time with all the pretty plants. :-)

      I'm definitely up for a Skype writing session. I'm free tomorrow right through next Monday, except for Saturday evening when I have book club. I think Todd wants to Skype with me on Thursday or Friday, so if we pick one of those days, I'll Skype with him on the other. Let me know if any of that works for you!

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  6. Ooh, those Toms are seriously adorable, and look SUPER comfy *slyly researches variety of colours on their website* ;)

    I've had We Were Liars on my TBR pile for months, but I've heard nothing but great things for it, so it'll be interesting to see if it lives up to the hype. I love that no one's spoiling it on Twitter or the blogosphere - the writing/reading community makes my heart sing! <3

    Enjoy the rest of your week and the sunshine, Jaime! :)

    - Caitie

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    1. They're unbelievably comfortable. TOMS are my favourite shoes ever! And I love the cause, too. :-)

      I definitely think it's cool that readers aren't spoiling WE WERE LIARS for other readers. Granted, I haven't gone out looking for reviews, but those I've stumbled across have been mum on what it's all about. Very cool. The writing feels so unique, I can't help wanting to read more.

      Have a wonderful week, Caitie! :-)

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  7. I can't wait for the deets on Ready. Set. WRITE! Sounds awesome. I'm already having withdrawals from the YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Boot Camp and that hasn't even officially ended! Your plants look fantastic. Long ago, I learned that I have the opposite of a green thumb. A black thumb? :) I'm always so impressed with people who can grow things. Have a great week!

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    1. I haven't done a writing intensive since last year's Ready. Set. WRITE, and I think I'm more than ready for the opportunity to get back on track. I could really use the accountability right now. :-)

      I'm not sure whether I have a green thumb or not. This is my first attempt at this many plants and a garden. We'll see, I guess! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  8. Yay for the chance to read WE WERE LIARS! I can't wait for the summer writing intensive. I'm going to be needing it.

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    1. WE WERE LIARS feels so unique. Can't wait to read more! As for Ready. Set. WRITE, I think it's exactly what I need right now, too! Have a great week! :-)

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  9. Yay for summer writing intensives! Also, the TOMS are adorable, and your garden looks AWESOME!!! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. I'm so hoping RSW will get me back on track with writing regularly. Fingers crossed, right? The TOMS are not only cute, they're super comfy. I could honestly live in them year round if not for the snow lol. Have a great week, Alison!

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  10. THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN is on my TBR, definitely! I'm sorry you had to be sociable this week--I know what you mean. I'm a homebod too, and though I can enjoy getting out and being around people, it's not my preferred environment. It's a good thing to do, though. You never know how people might inspire the next novel with something they say or do. :)

    All the best with the writing and the gardening this week, Jaime!

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    1. I really enjoyed THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN. It was a great mix of time travel and the whole government operative thing. Can't wait to see where the series goes next. :-) As for the socializing thing, I like visiting with friends, but I find I prefer it spread out a little more, you know? This was just such an overload all at once. I hope this week has more reading and writing and a little less visiting lol. Have a great week, Colin!

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  11. Yay for gardens! My cousins always plant a huge one and when they say, "We have so much, help yourself," I answer with, 'Heck yes!" I love all the rewards without the work :)

    I know exactly how you feel about social stuff. My husband and I can go to the same party/place and he's all, "Woo! I'm pumped, I could stay up all night!" And I need to go home and sit quietly with books and cats and cups of tea.

    Super cute shoes!

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    1. I really hope this garden actually continues growing. It's been a combo of rainy and sunny since I planted it all, which is really kind of perfect. It means, I actually haven't had to do a lot. :-)

      I like doing things with people, but I prefer it to be spread out a bit, not all clumped together into the same handful of days. It just gets to the point where you're trying to keep straight when you're supposed to be here or there, which makes me a little crazy. This week should be much, much quieter, thank goodness. I, too, need my books, cats, and cups of tea. Have a wonderful week, Jennifer! :-)

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  12. Hooray for RSW Round 2! You can definitely count me in. :)

    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on WE WERE LIARS. I've heard tons of buzz but next to nothing about the actual plot...a lot of people say the less you know about the story, the better. Interested in hearing what you have to say...I might have to pick it up!

    Have a great week Jaime!

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    1. I'm pretty eager to get going on RSW myself. I need to get back on track on the writing front!

      People have been great about not spoiling other readers on WE WERE LIARS. I haven't gone out of my way to read reviews of it, but when I've stumbled across them, the details are very few and far between. That makes me want to read it even more! It's written in such a unique way, too. :-) Have a wonderful week, Kaitlin!

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    2. I have that book on my list too. I've only read excerpts of her other work, in a writing class, which was fantastic. The kind of book that both inspired and frustrated me because it was so good.

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  13. I loved The Bletchley Circle. Strong female characters and codebreaking with the WWII background. So totally up my alley. :) And it does seem like a lot of great shows don't get renewed whereas the Housewives of Whatever Spoiled Region runs for years and years and years.

    Love your garden photos! I've been having fun mucking around in the dirt too. Our garden gets bigger every year. We always go a little nuts because in Florida we can grow things we never could before like pineapple, avacados and mangoes. (Though we have to come up with creative ways to protect them from the Raccoon Mafia.)

    And I'm jealous that you can wear kid's shoes. They're always cooler and in better colors. I was very upset that I couldn't get skate shoes in my size. Apparently, they don't think adults would want to zoom around on wheels. They should get with the program.

    I've heard great things about WE WERE LIARS. Curious to hear your feedback, because you have exceptional taste. I'm stealing things from your TBR pile right, left and center. :)

    Hope you have an amazing week and get a little more "me time" to write and recoup from all the partying.

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    1. I kept seeing The Bletchley Circle on Netflix, but for whatever reason, didn't actually watch it until this week. (After Erin raved about it last week.) It was so good, and has great ratings online, and yet it was STILL cancelled. Boo. Like you say, the fact that garbage hangs around while good stuff gets cancelled makes me crazy.

      I've never gardened before, so I hope it all grows! It was so much fun planting it all and it looks so nice that it was worth it no matter what happens. I really should have done this kind of thing sooner. :-)

      I've always considered it a great thing that I can wear kids' shoes, mainly because the same shoes are way cheaper in the kids' section than in the women's. Kind of ridiculous, actually. They should get with the program, like you say!

      Like others have been saying, it's neat how nobody is really saying much about WE WERE LIARS except: read it! They've been great about not spoiling it for other readers. The writing feels so unique to me, it's just making me want to read more. And, of course, to find out what happens! I'll be sure to let you know how awesome it is. ;-)

      Have a wonderful week, Kris! Oh, and I was VERY happy to hear that Spartacus is doing much better. :-)

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  14. Love those Toms! I buy really cheap fake ones from Primark. They're so comfy to wear, especially for work! Maybe I need to invest in proper ones at some point because Primark ones don't last.

    I'm so glad you're doing Ready. Set. Write! I loved it last year and got so much done so I'm definitely signing up for it again! Can't wait! =D

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    1. I've always bought TOMS (despite the price tag) because of their One for One policy. I'm essentially buying two pairs of shoes for the price of one, and one pair is going to a kid in need. That's pretty awesome!

      I'm eager to get going on RSW again since I've been floundering like crazy with the whole writing thing for the past several months. I could use something to get me back on track again. I'm happy you'll be joining us again! Have a wonderful week, Robin! :-)

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  15. Those Toms are adorable! Sadly, my feet will never fit into kids' sizes, so count yourself lucky. :-) I'm so glad you liked THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN, and I can't wait to hear what you think of LIARS. If you're looking for more E. Lockhart, check out FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS. Love that book! Your yard is looking fabulous, Jaime, and I can't wait to kick off Ready. Set. Write! Have a great week!

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    1. I love TOMS so much, so I was pretty excited the kids' ones fit perfectly and were so cute. I guess there has to be a perk to being short and stubby lol. I really need to write a review for THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN since I enjoyed it so much and to help Meredith out. It was exciting to see your name in the acknowledgements too! I've been meaning to read FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS for ages now. I have it on my Kindle, so I should get to it soon. I'm loving the writing in WE WERE LIARS!

      I'm eager to get going on RSW, too! I need the kick in the butt it'll provide. ;-) Have a wonderful week, Katy!

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  16. I've always steered clear of Toms because it's this big popular brand name and I'm not really into that. I had no idea they do that One for One thing. Totally changed my opinion of them.
    I have to check out The Bletchley Circle. Sounds exactly like something I'd be into. Unfortunately I don't have Netflix so I'm going to have to figure out some other way to watch it.

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    1. I'm not huge into name brand stuff either, but I stumbled across TOMS long before they were as popular as they are. (That totally sounded hipster, but it's not meant to lol.) When I found out about them, I knew about the charitable side of them right away. I think that might be how I found them in the first place. Anyway, they're super comfortable and it's a great cause, so I pretty much live in them. :-)

      The Bletchley Circle is really good, but it's also a little creepy at times in the first season given the nature of the crime. Definitely worth watching, though! Have a wonderful week, Melanie!

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  17. Your garden! Soooo beautiful. I love all the cute pots too. :) And your TOMS! So cute. :)

    I hope you get a chance to do some writing this week! I'm in the same boat, well, sort of. We've been traveling a lot, which means lots of great food (yayyy!) but not a lot of writing time (booo).

    Have a wonderful week, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Bridgid! I really hope the garden does well, especially since I'm a gardening noob. :-)
      I hope I get to write this week as well. Chances are good at this point, so fingers crossed. I think Erin and I might do a Skype writing session this week, so that should help. And travelling and good food sounds pretty darn awesome. I think I would probably take that over writing for a bit. Hope you're having a great week!

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  18. I love the shoes and the garden pics! Both are so fun! I'm happy to here that Ready, Set, Write is going on again this year. I enjoyed it last year :)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I'm hoping I can keep all of the plants alive. :-) I'm really hoping RSW gets my butt in gear on my story. I've been floundering like crazy for ages now, so it feels like it should help. Hope you'll join us again this year!

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  19. Your garden pics are gorgeous!!! And yay for ready. set. write. I need the extra kick in the backside this summer ;)

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    1. Thanks, Tonja! I hope the garden stays gorgeous and doesn't end up dying on me lol. I'm kind of a gardening rookie, so... I, too, need the extra kick in the backside, so I'm hoping RSW will be the boot that does the honours. I'm happy you're joining us! Have a great week!

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  20. A writing intensive? I think this is what I need to get my writing fingers in gear. Of course, I am teaching summer school, but I want to get this novel finished!

    And how awesome--that you get to read We Were Liars. The title itself is enough to count it as one of my favorite! Can't wait to read it.

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    1. RSW is kind of the perfect thing to get us all writing this summer, so I'm eager to get started. I've been slacking like crazy when it comes to writing, and I don't have much of a good excuse. I hope you'll join us!

      I'm enjoying WE WERE LIARS so far. The writing is very unique, and I can't wait to see where the story goes. Have a great week!

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  21. I'm so excited Ready. Set. Write! is making a return this summer! I got so much done during the YAB Spring Writing Bootcamp so I'd love to keep the momentum going this summer. I have lots of revising to do!

    Your garden looks lovely, and I love your new Tom's!

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    1. It kind of works perfectly that RSW is following the YAB Spring Bootcamp. Like you say, it will help keep the momentum going. I know I desperately need the push to get writing again. I've been the worst sort of slacker so far this year. I'll be revising too, so you won't be alone! Have a wonderful week, Ghenet! :-)

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  22. Good luck with the writing challenge! I hope you get to work on your revisions soon. :)

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I think it's exactly what I need right now. I so badly need to get back to my revisions, so the accountability should work wonders. Hope so, anyway! Have a great week!

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  23. I feel spoiled; just when the YA Spring Bootcamp challenged ended there's Ready Set Write. I have been so productive since joining last year's RSW and subsequent goal-setting challenges. They really work for me. So thank you for putting those together! I'm also considering Camp Nano in July for a new draft, but that may be crazy talk since I have a number of projects going on.

    Those Tom's shoes are super cute. I admit, I don't really get the appeal of that brand and style so much but I LOVE gingham and little summer flats. Those might covert me.

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    1. It kind of works out perfectly that RSW comes right after YAB's Spring Writing Bootcamp. I'm not sure that was intentional on our part, but hey, whatever works! I really need the accountability and goal-setting at this point. I've been the worst sort of slacker since RSW last year, and I need to get my butt in gear again. I'm happy you're joining us!

      The brand appeal for TOMS is because of the charitable aspect. At least for me, anyway. There are knock-off versions, but I always buy TOMS because of their One for One policy. I feel so much better about spending the money knowing that I'm essentially buying two pairs of shoes--one for myself, and one for a kid in need. Plus, they're so comfy! I practically live in them. I'm a huge fan of gingham, too. And the colour red, so I had to buy them. Hope you're having a great week, Stephanie! :-)

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  24. Wait, Ready Set Write is in June. Hmm, I might join you instead of working on my new idea for Camp NaNoWriMo...
    We'll see on Monday.

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    1. RSW goes all summer, so you can always jump in come July if that works better for you. That way you could do both Camp NaNo *and* RSW. Just a thought. :-) At least there's no shortage of writing intensives, right? Hope you're having a great week!

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  25. Holy tiny feet! Those Toms are so cute, though. I have never tried them out because they seem like they're not very breathable... are they?

    And I totally want to get in on this writing intensive thing you guys are putting together. I need a kick in the butt, too :)

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    1. I'm pretty short (not quite 5'4"), so small feet kind of comes with the territory. :-) It's definitely a perk to be able to fit into kids' shoes, especially since they're often cheaper price-wise. I find my TOMS are pretty breathable, but others might think differently. I practically live in them in the summer. :-)

      You should definitely join us for RSW! I desperately need the kick in the butt myself. :-)

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  26. Ready, set, WRITE! Can't wait! And I'm a hunker-down homebody type of person myself. ;)

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    1. I'm pretty eager to get going on RSW myself. I need the accountability and goal-setting so badly right now. I've been floundering for too many months now. I'm happy you're joining us. Yay! And super excited about your self-pubbing news too. I honestly think that more and more people are going to go that route, including myself possibly. Hope you're having an awesome week, Cortney! :-)

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  27. Oh, what a beautiful garden! I can't grow anything. Every time I try, something dies. I've heard really good things about WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, so I hope you like it! Read. Set. WRITE! sounds great. I am going to be revising revising revising all of June (at least that's the plan).

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    1. Thanks, Kim! :D We'll see if I can actually grow anything lol. I'm not really sure, because this is my first real attempt. So far, so good. So I just finished WE WERE LIARS yesterday, and I really enjoyed it! Totally different from anything else I've ever read, but that's a good thing. It's a nice, quick read too, so that's always nice. :)

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  28. Your garden is so cool! I've never had much of a green thumb, but I think it's mostly because I tend to forget that I have plants. I've heard wonderful things about We Were Liars too. I have the book and am hoping to read it soon, so I'm excited to hear what you think about it. :)

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! I guess we'll find out if I have any kind of a green thumb. This is my first real attempt, so it could be...interesting. I just finished up WE WERE LIARS yesterday and really enjoyed it. So different than what I was expecting, but in a good way. :)

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  29. I wish I had your garden. I live in an apartment so I can't dig into the earth and play with flowers, herbs, and vegetables like I would like to. One day... :)

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    1. Last year, we were living in a townhouse and didn't really have anywhere to dig either, so we planted strawberries in a window box (on our railing) and had flowers in a couple different pots. All in all, it worked out nicely. It's just so nice to have some green/colour around you, you know? Here's hoping you are able to have a garden someday very, very soon!

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  30. Oh yes! Ready. Set. Write! I loved it last summer and can't wait to take part this summer. Your plants and earth-digging make me want to take time out to work in my yard. Maybe I can convince my kid to help me out! Have a wonderful week! I love your TOMS too!

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy that so many people are excited about RSW. I was worried that after Writer Recharge and YAB Spring Writing Bootcamp that people might be intensived out. (I just made up that word. It looks weird.) I'm thrilled you'll be joining us again. If I recall, I think that's how I met you in the first place. So, yay for RSW!

      I've never done the whole digging in the ground and planting stuff thing, but I really, really enjoyed it. I hope it grows! (So far, so good.) I think it might be a totally fun thing to enlist your little guy in. Kids like digging in the dirt, right? Well, maybe not all kids. Hope you're having a wonderful week, Rebekah! :D

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  31. Cute shoes! Awesome garden! Great book pick! You're having a great week. :)

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    1. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! LOL Hope you're having a wonderful week, Jessie! :D

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  32. Yes! I am SO HAPPY RSW is coming back this summer!

    I've been waiting to get We Were Liars from the library, but it seems I'm not the only one who heard about it. I'll get to it soon, hopefully.

    My friends consider it a miracle when they can get me to leave my house. So I understand feeling exhausted by social obligations :)

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    1. I'm happy you're happy it's coming back. :D Seriously, I'm thrilled at the response. I was worried that people might be burned out on the writing intensive thing, but from the sounds of it, maybe not. I'm glad you're joining us!

      I thoroughly enjoyed WE WERE LIARS. This was my first E. Lockhart and it didn't not disappoint me. It's nice, too, that it's a very quick read, but mostly it's just so different than anything I've read before. Definitely check it out!

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  33. I hope you get more time to yourself this week! I'm the same, I love going out and seeing family and friends, but not all of the time. I need my me-time!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Me too. :-) So far, so good on the me-time front. I'm actually planning on getting in some writing today, so that's wonderful. There was a time awhile back when I felt a bit like a recluse, like I needed to go out, meet new people, and actually socialize like a normal human being. Now that I've done that--I've met some pretty great people--I just need to reclaim some of that precious me-time. Hope you're having a wonderful week, Laura! :D

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  34. Oh, that flower/plant montage is so pretty on the eyes! Love those bright cheerful pots, too. (I'm a container gardener type of girl) There's nothing like flowers to perk a place up. You can live in a ramshackle shack (heh!) and flowers will perk it right up. Also love those shoes!

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