June 4, 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 IF I LIE by Corrine Jackson, which was good, but there are things I wish were better, like the romance and a couple of other things. BUT many people loved this one, so definitely give it a read if it sounds like something you might like. So what am I reading now? Well, yesterday was release day for PUSH GIRL by Jessica Love, and I could not wait to get started on it!

Amendment: How on earth did I forget to mention that I read WE WERE LIARS this week?! And loved it! This book was so different than anything else I've ever read, and that really appealed to me. You should check it out! It totally merits all the hype.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Erin and I had another Skype writing session this past week, and I managed to revise a chapter of my YA sci-fi. Then, after a fun-filled Sunday afternoon of mowing and weed whacking (using 'fun' loosely, of course), I suddenly had the urge to get some writing done, but on my YA contemporary. Erin happened to be sitting down to write as well, so we did sprint-like sessions followed by text check-ins. It worked really well! I managed to write 2200 new words, which was really weird since it was not only over the weekend, but an evening as well. (I don't usually write in the evening or on weekends.) I hope this productivity multiplies like Gremlins this week. Ready. Set. WRITE! couldn't come at a better time. (For more info about RSW, go HERE.)

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
New words!

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
There are other buttons HERE.
Gearing up for Ready. Set. WRITE! I'm so excited about re-establishing good writing habits and a writing routine. It's been far too long since I've had either. You should totally join us!

A couple weekends ago, my (ultra rude) neighbours kept me awake all night listening to them party it up in their backyard. When we moved in, my husband insisted on putting our bedroom at the back of the house instead of in the master because the latter is south facing. (Read: full sun and hot.) Problem is, this puts us MUCH closer to their noisy backyard. Long story short, I had to swap the rooms, since I know this will be a regular occurrence this summer. Let me tell you, moving bookshelves, tons of books, a queen-sized bed, a desk, and loads of other crap by yourself is no small task. In the end, I love this set-up so much more. Oh, and that front room as the master? Not too hot after all.

And I'm doing the #BOOKADAY photo challenge, which means taking pics of lots of books! 

Other than that, I've been spending a lot of time in the yard mowing, weed whacking, watering plants and flowers, admiring our pretty flowering trees, and just generally basking in this gorgeous weather we've been having. It passes far, far too quickly here in Alberta, so we have to make the most of it while we can. I like having four seasons, but I sure do love the warm weather.

Clockwise from top left: Day 1 of the #BOOKADAY photo challenge: Favourite book from childhood; the #BOOKADAY
photo challenge with topics by day; flowering crab apple trees in our backyard; and flowering crap apple tree out front.

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


54 comments:

  1. I suppose I should've warned you that romance wasn't a heavy element in IF I LIE. I think wondering whether Carey would make it back from the war hooked me in enough that I wasn't overly disappointed by the lack of romance, which is actually odd for me. I really liked her relationship with the old veteran too (can't think of his name off the top of my head).

    The Bookaday challenge looks like so much fun! I love your photo of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE with the lamp post! Weirdly, since we have a lamp post in our rec room, I could've taken a similar shot. Nerdy much? :P

    I'm excited you got so many words out during our text writing session! That was a super productive day for me too, so we'll have to try that again sometime. Perhaps tomorrow? Or maybe that's a better Skype day. Let me know! :)

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    1. With IF I LIE, I guess I was just kind of hoping that after *everything* Quinn went through, that thinks would work out, you know? They did, but in a different way than I was anticipating. I wanted to know if Carey would come home too, but I was kind of pissed at him at the same time. Does that make sense? I did love her relationship with George. That was probably my favourite part.

      I like doing photo challenges on Twitter and Instagram, but sometimes I find it really tough to come up with a photo for the given topic. But book-themed? Not a problem! The lamp post just felt way too perfect for that picture. And the evergreen in the background. All it needed was a little snow on the branches...wait, no! No snow! LOL

      I was *thrilled* that we got so much done the other night. It's been ages since I wrote that many words in one fell swoop. Felt fantastic! I think tomorrow would be a great Skype day, but this time we'll be more disciplined. We can treat it the same way as our text writing session, or like the first time we did a Skype writing session. I know we can do it. We just have to stick to setting time limits for everything. We'll touch base tomorrow! :-)

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  2. Sprint sessions with your writing best friend/sister are the BEST! Tyler-Rose and I get so much done (and have a lot of fun) when we do that. Travelling is amazing, but I seriously cannot wait to come home and get sprinting with her again. :) (I feel like every time we interact I end up talking about the wonderfulness of having a writing best-buddy. It's just so true, though.)

    I hope RSW is super-helpful for you! And wow, good job moving all that furniture! Sounds like a workout! (Boo for noisy neighbors. :/ ) Have a great week, Jaime!

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    1. They really are the best! This was the first time we tried writing this way--checking in via text message--but we love to do the Skype writing session thing. In fact, I think we're doing it tomorrow! Having a writing buddy is *definitely* awesome! I'm happy you have one, too. :D

      I think RSW comes at the perfect time for me. I'm so ready to get back into writing regularly and that's what RSW is all about. As for the furniture, I definitely felt it the next day! I'm just under 5'4" and have total wiener arms, so it was challenging to say the least. Have a wonderful week, Susan!

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  3. I'm excited for RSW, too! I need to finish this draft and I'm hoping that it'll give me the motivation to finally finish it up. Plus, there's something about writing in the summer that's way more enjoyable for me…maybe the fact that I actually leave my house sometimes?!

    New words are always inspiring, especially unexpected ones. I love when you have that sudden urge to write and it pays off--it's like there's less pressure, which makes it so much more fun. I hope you keep getting them down this week!

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    1. I think RSW comes at the perfect time for so many of us. Like you, I've way more productive writing-wise during the summer months. I think it's because there are so many more hours of daylight and I just want to make the most of them. When it's all dark and dreary in the winter, I so don't feel motivated at all.

      Yes, unexpected words are the best! I'm just hoping that "sudden urge to write" happens a little more frequently from here on in lol. Have a wonderful week, Rebecca! :D

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  4. Sprint sessions sound fun! Hooray for new words.

    Good luck with RSW :D

    Noisy neighbours are the worst. So inconsiderate. I hope your new setup is far more peaceful.

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    1. Sprint sessions are fun! But I have a hard time doing them in conjunction with social media. (Like when there are sprint sessions on Twitter.) The temptation is just too great to waste time while I'm checking in. This was kind of perfect. I think RSW will be so, so helpful with re-establishing good writing habits. I feel ready for that, so the timing is perfect.

      I'm loving the new setup. I think this room makes a far better office, which is so much more conducive to writing. Hope you're having an awesome week, Cole!

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  5. Good luck with RSW! So glad the writing is going well. :) I loooveee sprint sessions.

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    1. Thanks, Emma! I'm really looking forward to it. The timing is just perfect, especially after getting a great writing session in the other night. Now to make that a little more frequent... Have a wonderful week! :D

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  6. I'm loving your #BookADay photos, Jaime! I was planning to participate too but then, well, June's already sort of gotten away from me. I liked IF I LIE a lot, particularly because it got the military details right. But, I read SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL right around the same time, and as far as "military" books go, that one appealed to me a *little* more. Sounds like you're finding your writing groove again, Jaime... Good thing, since RSW is just around the corner! Have a great week, lady!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I sometimes have a hard time coming up with photo ideas for the topics on other photo challenges out there. But a book-themed challenge is super easy to do for us book lovers. June is really starting to fly by, isn't it? I imagine it will only go faster once we start RSW too.

      With IF I LIE, I'm glad they got the military details right. I can't imagine how irritating errors would be for someone like you who lives this life. For me, it's always polygraphs done wrong that drives me bananas. Having survived a 4-hour polygraph session for work with the police, I feel like I know how it goes, you know? I frequently see it done wrong on TV, movies, and in books. I still haven't read SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL. I'll have to check it out, too.

      It's high time I found some writing mojo again. RSW couldn't come at a better time. Looking forward to it SO MUCH! Have a wonderful week, Katy! :D

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  7. Your neighbours sound like they're straight out of Bad Neighbours! I hope the new room is comfy and much quieter :)
    If I lie sounds good, (just read the goodreads synopsis for it), might have to check it out!

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    1. It's funny, because they've actually been reasonably decent since that really bad night, lol. That said, I know it won't be the last time they're so rude, so the switcheroo was a great idea. Plus, my office looks SO much better in the other room. It feels more conducive to getting stuff done. Perfect! :D

      You should definitely check out IF I LIE. I think maybe it fell victim to 'wrong book at the wrong time' for me. That happens too often, and I always wonder if I would have liked it more had I read it at a different time. Ah well. Have a great week, Samantha!

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  8. Ooh, I hadn't heard of #BookADay until now, does it happen every month? If so, I'm definitely in for next month! :) Great job so far in RSW, it sounds like you're powering along. I suppose in some ways it's good to have a change-up in rooms, if only for feng shui purposes (okay, I'm clutching at straws here, because your neighbours are obviously seriously sucky and I'm looking for positives!).

    Have a wonderful week, Jaime!

    - Caitie

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    1. I just stumbled across #BookADay in my Twitter feed one day. I'm not sure if it's a monthly thing, but that would be fantastic! I should start up my own for next month. :-) As for the room switcheroo, I think you're right about change being good. It really is! Plus, this room just feels way more conducive to productivity. Fingers crossed, anyway. ;-) Have a great week, Caitie!

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  9. Yay for new words! And once again, totally jealous of not having a sister, although I did wake up to a hilarious text from my younger brother, so boys aren't completely icky :)

    Have a great week and enjoy the nice weather!

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    1. YAY is right! :D I really hope I can keep this up, and I'm thinking RSW will make that much more likely. Hope so, anyway! I'm very lucky to have Erin to work with and chat with. And how great that we're both writers. We have a younger brother, too, but don't get to talk with him as often. Sounds like yours is awesome! Have a wonderful week, Jennifer! :D

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  10. I love sprint writing with people once in a while. I have one friend who can type like 1000 (well written) words in twenty minutes. I've never beaten her, but it does help me crank out words when I'm in a slow spot. Once its on the page I can figure out what is wrong with it, but sometimes getting it there is tough!

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    1. The only person I can sprint with is my sister. This was a particularly productive session, so hopefully we can keep that up. 1000 words in 20 minutes is crazy! I'm very impressed. I got about that much done in a couple of hours and was pretty proud of myself lol. I've heard a lot of people raving about Write or Die, but I'm not sure I could use a program like that. I think I would get that panicky feeling while I was writing instead of getting anything done. Hope you're having an awesome week, Melanie! :D

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  11. Skype writing sessions sound like a fantastic idea! Great job in getting so many words down. I think I'll be signing up to RSW to make some serious progress this summer!

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. They really are awesome...when you don't get tempted to talk too much and when Skype doesn't keep dropping the call lol. (Can you tell this happens a lot?) We're probably going to attempt another session tomorrow, and I can't wait! I'm hoping to get a fair number of words written again. :-) That would be awesome if you joined us for RSW! The nice thing about it is you can totally tailor it to your writing/revising/planning needs. And for those who are seriously busy, they can set small, manageable goals. It works quite nicely. Hope you're having a great week, Emma! :D

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  12. Congrats on writing so many new words! That must have been such a great feeling. I'm so excited for Ready. Set. WRITE! to start.

    I'm excited to start reading PUSH GIRL! And get to the rest of the books in my massive TBR pile...

    Boo for loud neighbors. Good luck switching the rooms!

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! It totally made my day...my whole week, actually! It's been far too long since I've been productive like that, and it's kind of a rush. I think RSW will only help with the productivity thing, so I'm very excited to get going on it. I'm thrilled you're joining us, too!

      I'm about 50 pages or so into PUSH GIRL and really enjoying it so far. I'm looking forward to diving back in again today. :-)

      This whole room switcheroo is working out really well. I'm not sure what it is, but my office is WAY better in this room. Somehow it feels more conducive to productivity or something. Hope you're having an awesome week, Ghenet! :D

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  13. Go you on writing lots of New Words! (and on a weekend evening too)

    And I'm a super light sleeper, so I feel your pain on the partying neighbors thing. Our party neighbors had a baby, so now they go to bed really early. (yay!) But now they have to put the dog out at night....sooooo sleeping...not so much. ;)

    I love all your gorgeous photos. Those flowering trees are to die for. I'm glad you're having fun digging in the dirt and battling the weeds. Your winter went on a little too long, so I'm glad you're finally able to bask in the glorious weather.

    Hope you have a fantastic week and the new words keep flowing. :)

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    1. Thanks, Kris! It was totally unexpected, but totally encouraging to get that much writing done. I hope this summer holds lots of similar writing sessions for me. :-)

      I'm a fairly light sleeper too, but this was just unreasonably loud. I could have called the police, I kind of didn't want to be *that* person. Plus, the police have so many bigger things to deal with besides noise complaints. The room switcheroo solved the problem nicely, so everyone's happy. That's hilarious that a baby changed their partying/noisy ways. Maybe ours will have a baby??? That would be swell. These neighbours have dogs that bark ALL THE TIME, so that's what I have to contend with during the day. I feel your pain, Kris.

      I love the flowering trees so much, but sadly, the prettiness is short-lived. Especially when we get a good swift wind, which happens often in these parts. (We are technically part of the Prairies here, so wind is par for the course.) It's so wonderful to see my garden and plants thriving. I have radish and pea sprouts already! And the other veggies are doing well, too. It's a lot of work, but it totally feels worth it when everything is actually growing and not turning brown on me. My only complaint is that the UV index has been super high for the past while, so my Celtic skin starts to get a little too rosy too quickly (even with sunscreen). Ah well. Such is life for a pasty Canadian lol.

      Have a wonderful week, Kris! :D

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  14. I think it's great you and your sister have each other to encourage yourselves to write. :) It's always nice when you make progress on more than one project!

    Oh dear, I hope you find it easier to sleep in your new bedroom!

    Have a great week!

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    1. It really is great having Erin to work alongside. I really need the accountability these days, so it works wonderfully. It *is* nice to make progress on both projects. I'm just happy I can flip flop between them. Though, that does mean it will take longer to get through them both, but oh well. It's just nice to make any progress.

      Things are much, much better after switching the rooms around. I should have done it ages ago. Hope you're having a great week! :D

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  15. I keep hearing so many good things about Push Girls so I’m going to have to get it soon. We Are Liars is on the top of my TBR this month.

    Congrats on the word count. And super excited about Ready. Set. Write!

    Ugh. Noisy neighbors are the worst. At one point we lived in a town house and the one next door was a rental. Spring Break sucked. So we got to the point where they kept us up late at night so we were EXTRA loud early in the morning before work.

    Glad other room wasn’t super hot!

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    1. I was very excited when PUSH GIRL showed up yesterday. It's wonderful to read books by people you communicate with online regularly. I wouldn't say I actually "know" them exactly, but it sort of feels like it, you know? Anyway, I'm really enjoying it so far.

      I'm really excited about RSW, too. Especially since I'm starting to be a little more productive again lately. It comes at a perfect time! I'm so happy you're joining us. :-)

      It's funny you mention being extra loud the morning after your neighbours were noisy. I honestly thought of inviting the other pipe band members over for an early morning jam session in my backyard. Nothing like bagpipes first thing in the morning after you've been up all night partying...hehehe. I'll have to remember that for next time. ;-)

      Have a great week, Mandie! :D

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  16. Congratulations on getting so much work done! Love that you and Erin do Skype dates! Boo on the neighbors. And you will have to let me know how PUSH GIRL is :-)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! It felt great to get some serious writing done. Erin and I are probably Skype writing again tomorrow, and I can't wait! I'm only 50 or so pages into PUSH GIRL and really liking it so far! Hope you're having a great week!

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  17. You're writing sessions sound like so much fun! I wish I could convince my sister to write :) She is more of the painter type. I so want to read We Were Liars and Push Girl is going in the TBR pile :)

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    1. Sometimes too much fun lol. We're hoping to have another session tomorrow over Skype and this time we're going to make a concerted effort not to distract each other with chatting instead of writing. Can't wait!

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  18. I'm dying to read We Were Liars! Good to hear it's worth the hype :) Congrats on getting some writing done! And finding inspiration! I'm excited to be a part of RSW again this year, just the push I need to keep me from getting lazy during the summer.

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    1. It was a nice quick read, too. I like reading books that feel unique, you know? WE WERE LIARS was definitely like that. I'm so happy you're joining us for RSW again!

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  19. I'm joining in Ready. Set. WRITE. this year! So excited!

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    1. Yay! I'm happy you're joining us! I can't wait to get started either. :D

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  20. Congrats on all the new words written!

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  21. Good job with the writing. I loved doing sprints during NaNoWriMo. Maybe we could set sprint times for Ready, Set, Write?
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! It feels like a long time coming, but I'll take it. :D As for sprints during RSW, that's part of the plan. I'm not sure at this point if they will be organized sprints, or if people will just find one another online when they're writing using the #ReadySetWrite hashtag.

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  22. Great job on the words! I don't usually write on evenings or weekends either although I did some pretty good revising last Saturday!
    I'm outside right now trying to enjoy this Alberta warmth because I know it's not gonna last long!

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    1. I'm not sure what came over me, but whatever it was, I like it! I felt so motivated to write, for some reason. I hear you on enjoying the Alberta warmth while it's here. I'm cooped up inside right now, but I think I might have to change that. Hope you're having a great week, Melanie!

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  23. It's so great that your sister writes, too, and you guys can encourage each other. That must be so helpful!

    And I have a hold pending for WE WERE LIARS at my library but it's taking forever… it's pure torture seeing everyone loving it, haha…

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  24. Hurrah for new words! I hope Ready, Set, Write! goes well for you. I was sooo tempted to join in, but I have a crazy summer ahead of me. Hopefully I'll get some time to write!

    I am so impressed by your weeding and gardening ... I've been ignoring my yard for far too long. :)

    Have a great week, Jaime!

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  25. I'm glad the weather is gorgeous up in Alberta, at last. And congrats for getting into the writing groove this week, Jaime! I really hope this all comes together for you, and this year's Ready Set WRITE! gives you the inspiration and encouragement you need to make jaw-dropping progress. :)

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  26. I loved If I Lie, but that was because there were so many other compelling elements to it, I completely didn't notice the lack of romance.

    I definitely write better earlier in the day. I'm less tired and my motivation hasn't completely left me yet. Awesome job with all those words!

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  27. Great stuff, except for the rise neighbors! We Were Liars certainly has some good hype... Glad it lives up to it :)

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  28. Ha, you couldn't have picked a better prop for your C.S. Lewis book pic. Except maybe a real live lion, but yanno... ;) I'm seriously considering doing Ready. Set. WRITE! because I need something to light a fire under my tail. I'm stuck in the middle of the draft doldrums. =(

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  29. I'm glad to hear that you liked We Were Liars! I have that one and I'm planning to read it soon. :)

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  30. I LOVE THE BOOKADAY idea. How fantastic. I'm SO in ;-)

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  31. The book a day challenge looks like fun! Can't wait to see more of them. I just placed a hold on WE WERE LIARS at the library. Hoping I don't have to wait forever!!

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  32. I like the sound of that book a day challenge!

    So glad you've got some writing done! Congrats on the word count!

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