July 9, 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 finished LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR and it was just as wonderful as the first time I read it. (No surprises there.) After that, I picked up MORE THAN MUSIC by Liz Briggs...and plowed through it in one sitting. Meep! It was pretty darn unputdownable, that's for sure. Then one of Katy's #YAPhotoADay pics was of Jenny Han's Summer series, and it reminded me that I still hadn't read past the first book, so I read IT'S NOT SUMMER WITHOUT YOU next. I was so-so on this one, but I'm eager to find out what happens next in the Conrad + Belly + Jeremiah triangle in WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER and how it all works out in the end.

WHAT I'M WRITING
Speaking of in the end... (Segues* that actually make sense, FTW!) I got so completely sucked into drafting my WiP, IN THE END, that I actually added 3000 new words in one sitting. Which is totally bananas.

This is so far outside the norm for me, you guys. I have never written that many words in one day. Needless to say, it was a banner day. (Hardy har.)

I followed this up Sunday with a word count of nearly 2300 on my other WiP, WATCH OF NIGHT, so who knows? Maybe this is becoming a thing? I seriously doubt it, but wouldn't that be kind of awesome? {Yes, it would.}

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Still sharing stuff that I love (and what inspires me) about YA...


In a word: NOSTALGIA.
I love revisiting all of the firsts,
the struggles that seemed insurmountable,
the promise of possibility and wide open doors.
Who wouldn't want to spend time there?

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
Mostly writing and blogging (I feel like I live at my computer, especially on Mondays and Wednesdays), mixed in with running errands (ordering euros and buying luggage for our trip to Europe in less than a month!), visiting family, and hanging out with the hubs (except for last night when he weeded the gardens while I drank beer and worked on my WiP). Summer is so darn busy, you guys. Before I know it, I'll be up to my eyeballs in snow and wondering what the heck happened to the nice weather. Eeeeek!

I've also been taking part in the #YAPhotoADay Challenge I whipped up for July. It's been so fun coming up with great YA reads for each prompt and seeing what everyone else has come up with. I've gotten some great recs too! It's not too late to join us!**

From left: Best Book Abroad, Superior Second Book, TBR Book On My Shelf, and Could Be YA...But Isn't.

I'm very seriously considering continuing this in the coming months, it's been that much fun. We'll have to see how things go.☺



Well, that's my week, folks.
WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?


* Not to be confused with Segways with ridiculous people riding them.
** Like I said to my friend Jess, we're basically the Borg. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. #geekyStarTrekreference


51 comments:

  1. Cricket Bell is my favorite. But Étienne #swoon. also 3k in ONE setting. Go you. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I love both of them for totally different reasons. :-) It was so much fun rereading both of Stephanie Perkins' books. Now if only ISLA would get here quick! Have a great week!

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  2. Wow, congratulations on all the writing!

    Have fun getting ready to visit Europe. Sounds exciting :D

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    1. Thanks, Cole! Here's hoping this week isn't a total dud on the writing front. (It's kind of headed that way. Poop.)
      It really is exciting getting ready for our trip. I haven't been to the continent in fourteen years, so I can't wait! Hope you're having a great week! :D

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  3. You are so making me want to reread LOLA yet again! Man, I could really use some Cricket in my life these days, but I have so many books on my TBR list and so little time to read that I'm not sure I see that happening. That picture of THE NIGHT CIRCUS is calling me too. It's been a while since I read that one, and I know I'll love it even more the next time. I have a feeling your opinions on Jenny Han's series will be exactly the same as mine. I won't get into details now lest I give away spoilers, but I will say that overall I really enjoyed it.

    I can't believe how much writing you got done in just two sessions this week! That really is amazing and I hope it happens again. When you make progress in leaps and bounds like that, it also means I'm closer to getting to read these WIPs, which is exciting.

    Since Skyping didn't work out last night, we'll have to set aside a different time soon. :)

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    1. Honestly, I whipped through both ANNA and LOLA in no time, so you could probably do the same and it would have little effect on your TBR list and reading time. I positively devoured them. I'll reread THE NIGHT CIRCUS again sometime, but not anytime really soon. It was a fantastic book, though! I'm not all that far into Book 3 in the Summer series, but I hope more happens in it than in Book 2. It will definitely be nice to find out what happens in the end.

      Last week was totally flukey for getting lots of writing done. I highly doubt I'll experience that again soon. I'm already feeling behind this week. Poo. And we're headed to Edmonton this weekend, so no writing is going to happen then. So I guess I need to get a bunch done today and tomorrow! But now I'm not sure whether to add ONLY ANNIE to the mix. Decisions, decisions. I might just be setting myself up for disaster if I do that. We'll see.

      Can't wait to Skype later! :D

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  4. I've got family in Europe right now, and friends planning trips to Europe, and I've been hanging out with multitudinous French teenagers all summer, and I'm starting to feel a little jealous. Anna and the French Kiss is sitting on my table, waiting for me. That will probably make me feel better. :) Congratulations on all those words!!! I'm impressed that you can focus on two WIP at the same time.

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    1. I'm definitely excited about this trip, and even more excited about the fact that my trip was paid for by the band I'm going with. Talk about removing a huge expense! I haven't been to the continent in about fourteen years, so I can't wait! You should definitely dive into ANNA. I devoured it on my reread. It's one of my absolute favourites!

      I might be a bit crazy (chances are good), but I've been thinking about adding a third WiP to the mix thanks to a MSWL idea that an agent tweeted yesterday. Turns out what she wants is something that I've already drafted and just need to revise. Working on three projects at once is crazypants, though!

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  5. You've been plowing through on the reading end...and writing end too. Hope you stay in the swing for awhile. So happy for you that you're going to Europe. I'm sure you'll have an awesome sauce time! You also picked a great time of year weather wise (Lol! I'll say that and it will rain ;) not really.)

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    1. I sure hope I can stay in the swing of things for a while too! I have a feeling last weeks words were a fluke, though. I'm already falling a bit behind this week. Must fix that! I'm super excited about this trip, though I'm already stressing about what to pack. The weather should be pretty hot in August, but with our luck we'll pack all the wrong things lol. Hope you're having an awesome week, Tonja! :D

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  6. CONGRATS on your major banner day! 3k is amazing! :) *happy dance*

    I want to read LOLA soon! I just read the ISLA excerpt and can't wait for it to come out, but I definitely want to read LOLA beforehand. And I totally agree with those picks for your Photo-A-Day challenge. SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE is the book I'm most anxious to get a hold of (besides LOLA!). And CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, oh my. When I read the ending I was jumping up and down in my seat!!! :)

    Have a great week Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Kaitlin! I think the 3K Day was a fluke, but at least I know I can do it! :D

      You should definitely read LOLA. There's so much to love about it. I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about reading SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE for two reasons: 1) There are some similarities to my own WiP, and 2) I just know I'm going to have the Kelly Clarkson song by the same name stuck in my head for the duration. Eek. Even so, I'm looking forward to reading it!

      Have a great week! :D

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  7. 3000 words in one sitting? Awesome! I love summer. It's always over too quickly!

    It's so exciting that you're going to Europe so soon! I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time! :)

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    1. That whole 3K Day thing was a fluke, I think. Wouldn't it be wonderful if it wasn't, though? I only wish.
      I'm very excited about going to Europe. I haven't been to the continent in 14 years, so it will all feel new again. :D

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  8. Congrats on your 3K day!!! It's been so long since I've had a 3K day that I forgot what it feels like. Maybe I need a banner to motivate me. ;)

    And oh so jealous of your packing for Europe. Our goal for July is to get our passports renewed. We don't know where we're going yet, but we're going Somewhere. (somewhere being a place that requires a passport)

    And I'm with you, Segways are ridiculous. (and why you'd need to wear a helmet while riding one is beyond me)

    Have a spectacular week and enjoy all your glorious weather! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kris! I don't think I've ever had a 3K Day before, and I'd be very surprised if I have another one. Though, that would be very, very nice. I'm kind of falling behind again this week. You should totally make a banner. ;-) These are the things I do when I *should* be writing lol.

      Ooo, I hope you go somewhere super fun! You should spin a globe and go wherever your finger lands. Only joking. I would NEVER do something like that. I'd end up in probably the worst place ever. Can't wait to hear about where you decide to go!

      Did you know that there are police forces that actually use Segways?! I saw a bunch in the city doing Segway training and I just about died laughing. Nothing screams "stop in the name of the law or else" like a dude on a Segway. Sporting a bike helmet. Hahaha! Have a wonderful week, Kris!

      P.S. Segway jousting is about the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. You should totally google it. :P

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  9. I love the YA Photo a Day Challenge! Such a cool way to celebrate the category--and those are beautiful images.
    Congrats on your 3000 words! I am mightily impressed. :)

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    1. I'm having so much fun doing the #YAPhotoADay challenge. :-) I think I might make up a list of prompts for next month too even though I'll be away for most of the month lol. I was pretty shocked by the 3K Day. I doubt I'll ever see its equal, so I'm basking in it a bit. ;-)

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  10. Woo hoo on all your writing progress! My husband and I were just talking (mocking) about Segways the other day.

    I love nostalgia and I think that's a big part of my YA love. Remembering the swoon while cringing at the awkward parts and feeling really, really glad I don't have to relive it.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I feel like I'm falling a bit behind this week on the writing front, so I need to step it up a bit. Can't have last week making this week look bad. ;-) Did you know that some cities train cops on Segways? I can't see how that would further this notion that police are to be respected and, yes, even feared depending on the situation. Can you imagine being chased down by a cop on a Segway? I think I'd probably die of laughter. :P

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  11. Congratulations on 3000 words, that's amazing! :D Any chance you could send me some of that motivation? :P

    I haven't read any Stephanie Perkins and everywhere I go people seem to be talking about one of her books - I should really get on that!

    Have a great week! :)

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    1. I think the motivation from that 3K Day has already taken a hike. Too bad, because I could really use some! I'm already falling behind this week. Ah well. If you like YA contemporary at all, Stephanie Perkins' are some of the most enjoyable, in my opinion. They were kind of like a gateway into reading contemporary for me. I love them so much! Hope you're having a great week! :D

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  12. 3000 words! It's fun when it feels like you just have to open up the spigot and the words pour out, isn't it?

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    1. It really is fun. :-) Now if this week would actually follow the same path, I'd be thrilled. It's not over yet, though! :D

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  13. I LOVE Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door sooooo much. I just recently reread parts of ANNA and swooned all over again. Cannot wait for Isla!

    3000 words in one sitting is incredible! So happy the writing is going well for you this summer. And you get to go to Europe. Enjoy it for me a little and post pictures!

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    1. Aren't they wonderful? I should totally flag all the super swoony bits so I can read them over and over again. One of my faves: Thanksgiving in Paris with the sleepover. So, so swoony. :-)

      That whole 3K Day thing was a fluke, I think. I've already been struggling this week to get much writing done. Oh, summer, you're just too much of a distraction. But the week isn't over yet, so I still have time to catch up. As for Europe, I'll be sure to post pictures. Especially since we got an awesome new camera! :D

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  14. Congrats on the words! Yeah, once you start hitting those kinds of numbers, it becomes a little easier. (Not easy, of courser. Just easi -ER!)

    Summer. Yeah. Waaay too fast. I don't even know where the first month went. Seriously, I have no idea. It was just, over.

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    1. Thanks. Lilly! I'm already falling behind this week, so I'll have to bust my butt to catch up to last week! Time is just flying WAY too fast, and summer is just too darn distracting. :-)

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  15. Haha, drinking beer and writing! I love it. You have THE life!

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    1. Not something I usually do, but I might have to make this a thing. ;-)

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  16. I LOVE this YA Photo Challengs. SUCH a fab idea!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Jolene! I'm having lots of fun doing it. :-)

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  17. I just finished the "Summer I turned Pretty" series this year, well behind everyone else. And I read them out of order-- but still -- what I great series, and so perfect for summer reading. Your YA photo challenge is going to break my bank, though. Way too many great books!!

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    1. *a* great series. Typing too fast again!

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    2. You're so right about them being perfect for summer reading. I always crave beachy reads or books that are set at a summer house during the summer months. I'll be happy to finally figure out how this all wraps up too! I'm getting tons of great recs from the photo challenge too. Thankfully, many of them I can find at the library or I'd be broke too. Hope you're having a great week! :D

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  18. Congrats on the awesome word count!

    I totally agree with you about the nostalgia. There is something so remarkably deep about nostalgia, and I think sometimes it doesn't get the credit it deserves. It can make you so happy with fond memories, all while being awe-inspiring as you realize how fast time has passed, and then there is also a dose of sadness mixed in when you know you'll never have that exact moment or time in your life back (even if sometimes you wouldn't actually want it back!). It's a complex way to get into a story, and I think that's wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, Mere! I'm going to have to work really hard to even come close to matching last week's word count this week. I'm already falling behind. Eek!

      You've pretty much nailed exactly how I feel about YA and nostalgia. I agree that it's completely wonderful. :D

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  19. I love your word count banner!
    Congrats on making so much progress on both the reading and the writing. The picture a day challenge looks so fun that I just might have to join...

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! These are the things I do when I should be writing lol. ;-) So far this week isn't measuring up to last week, so I need to get my butt in gear! I doubt I'll match last week's word count, but it would be nice to come close at least. You should totally jump in on the photo challenge. It's been lots of fun so far! :D

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  20. Congratulations on your writing progress! When we're really focused and inspired, we can produce copious amounts of words.

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    1. We really can! Now I just need to remove some distractions so I can actually focus lol. This week has been a challenge, that's for sure. ;-)

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  21. Congrats on your 3k word day!

    Lola and the Boy Next Door is amazing. Like... Stephanie Perkins is just brilliant and I adore her. I'm so excited for Isla and the Happily Ever After!

    Your YAPhotoADay photos are so cool! Love them. Very fancy.

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    1. Thanks, Tori! I would love to have another day like that, but I'm a bit sceptical that it will actually happen.

      I have to agree with you about Stephanie Perkins. Those books are so, so good every time I read them. Can't wait for ISLA! (Though, it comes out while I'm away, so I'm thinking I might have to get it for my Kindle so I can read it on the plane.) Hope you're having a wonderful day! :D

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  22. So I'm sitting at the beach trying to comment, and it disappeared somewhere in internet land so I really hope I don't end up commenting twice.
    Anyway, way to go on 3000 words! That's awesome. I hope you're enjoying the sunshine too.
    And all your talk about Lola is making me want to reread Anna and Lola so bad!

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    1. Blogger has a way with words, and not in a good way. It kind of loves to gobble them up. #boo
      I have been enjoying the sunshine, probably too much lol. It's making me want to abandon my writing and go hang out outside. Must be disciplined, though! (We'll see how that goes.) Hope you're having fun at the beach! I'll live vicariously through you. ;-) I'm so happy I reread ANNA and LOLA. They're so good!

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  23. Congrats on the writing. The YA photo thing sounds fun. If I were home, I'd play along but I didn't bring any with me.

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  24. That word count - WOW! Way to go. And I should totally reward myself with a banner if/when I ever have that kind of writing day. I love it.

    And a trip to Europe. How exciting! I am hoping there will be oodles of stories and photos on the blog post-trip.

    Side note: my four sisters and I rented segways once for one of their birthdays (I can't even remember who the b-day girl was). It was the most hilarious afternoon ever. And now I can say I've driven a segway (and that I don't ever need to again!). Have an awesome week!

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  25. You definitely deserve that banner! I don't think I've every written that many words over a couple of days! I hope it keeps going for you, but don't get burned out either! :)

    YA Photo A Day is so fun, and it's challenging in that way where I'm like I have to figure out interesting new ways to pose my books, lol. I'm trying to be very diligent this month with it! Hope it continues.

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  26. CONGRATULATIONS on your biggest day ever! I had my biggest day ever TODAY, in a funny coincidence. YAY for both of us. Keep up the great work!!

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  27. I didn't put a post together today but I'm just stopping by to say WHOOO great job with all those words!!! You go, girl!

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  28. I went to Washington, D.C. a couple summers ago and they actually do Segway tours of the city around where all the monuments and the Capitol and stuff. So imagine the ridiculousness, and then multiply it to include a group of like fifteen people all riding together. My family and I had some good laughs from our nice, air conditioned tour bus.

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