November 26, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a blog hop me and my sister, Erin Funk, created to connect writers. With that aim in mind, we encourage all participants to stop by other WUW blogs, get to know some of the writers taking part, and spread some writerly encouragement around. Before you go, be sure to leave the link to your post in the widget at the end of this post. Please remember to link back to the host blogs and/or use a WUW button. We really appreciate it! For those of you who are new to WUW, these are the headings we've been using:

WHAT I'M READING
WHAT I'M WRITING (+ ONE WRITING GOAL) *

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
WHAT ELSE IS NEW


* We have a new addition to the WRITING section of WUW: goal-setting. By including one writing-related goal each week, we're hoping to up the ante on the accountability front. Your writing goal can be whatever you want it to be, not just relating to word count. (Though, if that works for you, great!) Short, sweet, and focused is the idea here. Happy goal-setting!



WHAT I'M READING
This week I read Allie Brennan's TIGHT KNIT, which was a read-in-one-sitting YA contemp featuring a main character who loves knitting. (Just like me!) While a light read in some respects, this book definitely hits on some serious subject matter.

I just finished up another adult Christmas romance, which was (no big surprise) basically Cheez Whiz in print form.

Next, I'm starting a YA Christmas read. SNOWED IN by Rachel Hawthorne looks super fun and the best part is that it takes place on Mackinac Island, MI, one of my favourite places ever. Fingers crossed this one is Christmas sans all the cheese.

WHAT I'M WRITING
I actually wrote words this week! Not all that many--less than 1000--but it's a start, so I'm happy about that. Getting those initial words down was tough, especially when I haven't written a single thing for months. Between battling migraines and other health stuff among other things this week, there was no shortage of roadblocks. And can I just say I hate beginnings?

My writing goal for the week → I'd like to aim for 1500 new words this week.


WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Fun notebooks to jot story ideas into. My method seems to be one notebook per story idea at the moment. In the planning stages and as ideas pop into my head while I'm drafting, having a notebook handy to keep track of all this stuff before it disappears into the abyss is always a good practice. And I just really frigging love new notebooks so it's a win-win situation.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW
Knitting a new sweater and nearly finishing another, watching a mix of good and bad Christmas movies, binge-watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix (I'd only ever seen a handful of episodes before), decorating my Christmas tree, buying yummy smelling candles at Bath & Body Works, pulling a muscle in my butt while bowling (#madskillz), and not a whole lot else.
The tree is trimmed, fun sparkly JOY ornament, B&BW Mint Mocha Bark candle, and a Chestnut Praline Latte (yum!)

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


34 comments:

  1. Hooray for new words but BOO migraine. I hope you're feeling better soon ^_^

    I always have one notebook per story too, otherwise everything can get very muddled. And you can never go wrong with new notebooks :D

    Ooh, it all looks very festive in your part of the world. Have a great week!

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    1. I'm already feeling somewhat better, so that's a relief. I don't need any more roadblocks in the way of writing. I have a sense that the writer crowd is collectively addicted to notebooks. We're single-handedly keeping the paper goods industry in business lol. Have a great week, Cole! :D

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  2. You'll have to let me know if SNOWED IN is good because I'd love to read a Christmas story about Mackinac Island! It's hard to believe it's been over eighteen years since I've been there! Eating Murdick's fudge there at Christmas would be amazing!

    I'm so excited that you started drafting your WIP! You certainly had a better writing week than I did. And yes, beginnings suck. Badly. That's fine though because who doesn't rewrite their intro a million times anyway? Hope you get into a groove with the drafting this week!

    Well, it'll come as no surprise to you that you're outdoing me in the Christmas department. Other than picking some recipes for Christmas baking and drinking a peppermint mocha, I haven't really done anything overly Christmassy yet. I've been feeling a little more festive though, so that's good. Not sure I'm ready to put the tree up yet though! Have a super week, and let me know when you want to have a Skype session next! :)

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    1. I don't know how I'd never heard of SNOWED IN before. It doesn't mention Mackinac Island anywhere in the synopsis, but someone mentioned it in a review and it was tagged that way on Goodreads. Very cool! I read the first page or so before buying it for my Kindle (it was cheap), and I liked the writing, so I have high hopes. I could really go for some Murdick's fudge right now!

      I'm pretty sure that the words I wrote are total poop, but I'm hoping it spurs on more words and better words. We'll see how that goes. I don't imagine this scene will even stay as the beginning, but who knows. Like you say, I'l probably end up rewriting it a million times anyway. Here's hoping we can both get into the groove drafting this week!

      I'm not sure, but I think we've maybe had snow for longer than you guys??? That always gets me super into the mood for all things Christmas. Then again, as soon as the weather turns even remotely chilly I start feeling that way lol. I'm a junkie. What can I say? I haven't even thought about what I want to bake, but I probably should since Mom is coming on the 3rd, which isn't all that far away. The one thing I haven't yet busted out is Christmas music. I had a feeling that I would get good and tired of it by the time Christmas rolled around, so I'm pacing myself a bit. (You know, despite how it sounds.)

      I'm free Thursday through Saturday, so any of those days work for me. Looking forward to it! :D

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  3. Ooohhh. I've tried to get into the one-notebook-per-project and I just can't hack it. For one thing, I'd have to carry around three notebooks everywhere. And then I'd tie myself into knots over the specifics: when does a project leap from scribbled ideas to deserving its own notebook? Where do I put plotbunnies? I'd basically just make everything difficult for myself.

    Hope the draft continues smoothly. :) Once you get past the beginning you'll be unstoppable!

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    1. I leave all of my notebooks in my home office, stacked on my desk, so I don't have to worry about hauling them around. (That would be terrible lol!) For whatever reason, most of my story ideas pop into my head while I'm at home, so it's pretty easy to just hop up and jot them down in their respective notebooks.

      I'm *really* hoping the floodgates are going to open with drafting. It's been way too long since I've written anything, so I'm eager to get going. Hope you have a wonderful week, Emma! :D

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  4. I love your series of Christmas-y photos, Jaime. They look so pretty all lined up, and your tree is gorgeous. I think you and my daughter would get along quite well -- she's wanted to put our tree up since Halloween. :-) I'm so proud of you for writing new words!I agree -- beginnings are the worst. I have to pretty much shut my first few chapters out of my head so I can move forward, otherwise I'd spend ages tweaking them and never get past an inciting incident. Best of luck with this week's goal. I'm rooting for you!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I can't help myself--I'm a total Christmas junkie lol. Your girlie would fit right in around here. :-)

      It feels great to be writing again, even if the words are only so-so. I don't think I've ever been happy with a beginning that I've written, so I'm trying to remind myself of that fact as I move forward. I really hope this is the start of a whole lot of words. Thanks for the cheers! They really help! Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving! :D

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  5. Way to go on getting some words down, Jaime! I know how satisfying that can be after you haven't written in a while. Sorry about the migraine and the pulled muscle. Now that I'm in my mid 40s, muscle strain seems like such an easy thing to do. It's not fun. And, shiny new notebooks! I love'em!

    Good luck with your goal and I hope you have a lovely week! :)

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    1. Thanks, Gisele! It's definitely satisfying even if I don't 100% love the words I wrote. I'm really hoping this is a floodgate situation and the words start flowing like crazy. It's been WAY too long. I'm feeling much better this week, so hopefully that means less things in the way of writing. I was just saying the other day that pulled muscles, aches, and pains are pretty much the reality for us from here on in. Nothing like that to spur you on to getting into better shape lol. I was saying to Cole above that writers are pretty much keeping the paper goods folks in business with our collective love of notebooks. It's like a sickness. ;-)

      Have a great week, Gisele!

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  6. Hooray for writing actual words! Glad to hear you're getting back into the swing of things. :)

    I do love a pretty notebook - in fact I should probably work on actually writing in some of the ones I own!

    Have a lovely week and enjoy all your Christmas reading!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! Hooray is right. :-) It's been far too long since I've written a thing, so it's nice to actually do it. I really hope it's the beginning of many more words. You know, I have a ton of notebooks and not all of them are being used. I'm just always compelled to buy new, pretty notebooks when I see them. Must stop doing that lol. Hope you have a wonderful week! :D

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  7. Augh, bowling injuries :( That sounds painful!

    Yay for words this week! At the beginning I sometimes spend weeks on the same few pages. I know I'm supposed to push forward, blah blah blah, but my brain refuses to let me.

    Good luck with your goal this week and hope you're feeling better!

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    1. It was on my first shot of the night too. Bah! I attempted to power through it, but didn't get very far. How embarrassing! I'm super psyched about finally writing some words. I really hope this becomes a regular thing again. I need to get back into writing out of sequence to ensure that I'm writing more often. Otherwise I get stuck and don't want to work on my WiP. That should be my plan of attack this week. Hope you have a wonderful week and a happy Thanksgiving! :D

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  8. Yay for words, good luck with writing more of them! I love fun notebooks (:

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    1. Thanks! I hope there are many more words to come. :D

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  9. Good luck with your writing momentum! It can be so hard to go back to anything after a long while away, but hopefully you'll ultimately get back into the swing of things.

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    1. I really hope I can power through until I get back into the swing of things. That would be wonderful! It's definitely tough to get going again after a long hiatus. Thankfully, I love my story idea, so that should keep me going. Have a great week, Carrie-Anne! :D

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  10. Now I have to check out the Mackinaw Island set book; I grew up in Michigan so I've been there a bunch of times (thought it's way far north for me). My college roommate worked there for a summer in high school. Big surprise, all the summer staff blow their money on partying. She's a shy girl so quite an experience!

    I love the holiday pictures. This weekend will gear me up for holiday mode. I refuse to decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving is over. :)

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    1. We grew up on the Michigan border, so we made frequent trips to Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, Petoskey, Traverse City, and the like. I sometimes feel like we grew up in Michigan too with all the time we spent there. :-) I really hope this book is good and really brings the island into it, because it's such a wonderful place. (Seriously, whenever I smell lilacs, fudge, or horse manure, it makes me think of Mackinac Island lol.) I can't imagine working there for the summer. It would be great, but I'm not sure I'd be into all the partying.

      I totally get not decorating until Thanksgiving is over. For us that's in October, so I have to hold out until after Halloween. But after that, it's a clear line to Christmas and basically impossible to resist. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Steph! :D

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  11. Sorry to hear about the migraines and strained butt muscle, Jaime. Hopefully you're doing better. There's nothing like Christmas to stir the happy feels, and it looks like you have those in abundance. :) Your tree looks wonderful. We'll be getting ours soon, and if my oldest daughter works her magic, it too will be trimmed in all its glimmering glory.

    Have a lovely week!

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    1. I'm actually feeling loads better, so that's a relief. Kicking those roadblocks out of the way lol. I really hope that means I'll be more inclined to get writing. That said, Christmas always seems to distract me, so who knows? I can't help myself, I'm sort of a Christmas junkie. Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving, Colin! :D

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  12. I've been in the mood for a good wintery read. I've read a few Debbie Macomber ones but they are thick with cheesiness and I'm in more of a nostalgic mood. Or adventure. Why don't people ever have adventures in Christmas novels?
    I'm with you on the loving notebook thing :)
    I hope that your muscle heals quickly and that your migraine stay far away. I get them too. So miserable.

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    1. Okay good. I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds her stuff super cheesy. (She wrote the Cheez Whiz book I referred to but didn't name above lol.) It's funny because YA authors always get raked over the coals for even the slightest whiff of InstaLove, but adult romance reads are rife with it. And the dialogue...ugh. So bad. I hear you on the nostalgia thing. That's me, too! I've done searches for YA Christmas/holiday reads and there really aren't that many. You can write so many cool things that incorporate the holidays into them without being cheesy. I think I'll add that to my list of things to write sometime. Have a wonderful week and a happy Thanksgiving, Sarah! :D

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  13. I find starting a book is often the hardest part! Hope the words start flowing soon! :)

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    1. It totally is! I need to get back to my practice of writing out of sequence for this very reason. That seems to work really well for me and allows me to work on whatever scene I'm excited about on any given day. I hope the words start flowing too! It's been way too long. Have a great week, Emma! :D

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  14. Love the pictures. Hope the butt feels better.

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  15. Oh, Snowed In sounds super cute! Hopefully it's a good read. We just started decorating yesterday, and today we baked our first Christmas cookies, =) Yay for holidays!

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    1. I really hope it's a good read, because I've read too many cheesy Christmas books lately. I haven't gotten any Christmas baking done yet, but that's okay. My mom always comes to stay with me at the start of December and we get a bunch done then. Can't wait! Have a great week, Mere! :D

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  16. I love Christmas, but weirdly enough, I never read Christmas-y books.
    I actually love beginnings, but I have a hard time with second guessing my own. (Is it good enough? Too much backstory? Not enough voice? Did I start in the right place?)
    Love the tree!

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    1. You know, there really aren't that many good Christmas-y books anyway. I'm adding that to my list of things to write one day: a halfway decent holiday YA. We'll see if that happens... :-)
      I almost always start my story in the wrong place. I so badly want to infodump and give backstory that could be woven in elsewhere. So frustrating! I just need to get back to my practice of writing out of sequence which seems to work well for me. Have a great week, Melanie! :D

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  17. I just started Grey's too!!! I am on season 4 now but loving it. I root for Alex and Izzie which…doesn't always work out, hehe, but I love the characters and their growth-especially Alex's. :) Good luck with your writing. And hey ANY writing is always better than none. :)

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    1. I remember watching the first handful of episodes and then the odd one here and there, but that's it. I'm really enjoying it now, though. Yeah, it's hard not to cheer for Alex and Izzie lol. There are some WHOA episodes on Grey's too, so that definitely keeps me watching. You are so right: any writing is better than none. Have a great week, Rachel! :D

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