Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

I'm joining in for today's What's Up Wednesday--created by two of my favorite YA friends, Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. I've been looking for a nice, easy weekly post--and I think I've found one here. Also, I love the image they created.

What I'm Reading: I just finished Taken by Erin Bowman, and really enjoyed it. In a break from my typical YA science fiction and/or fantasy trend, I'm reading a graphic novel called Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. A co-worker lent it to me, and while it's very different from what I typically get into, I've been enjoying it. It's nice to step outside of what I both read and write--gives me perspective.

What I'm Writing: I'm still working on my NaNoWriMo rewrite--which I'm currently calling Stars & Stripes. I've reworked the re-written beginning and think I love it. Now I'm back to the actual writing part. My family trip this weekend gave me a lot of fodder for interesting dialogue, which I've been taking advantage of.

What Inspires Me Right Now: This song, by Mumford & Sons. It's completely changed the course of my WIP.

What Else I've Been Up To: I mentioned that house hunting thing a couple of weeks ago and am hoping to have some good news next Thursday, so that's been taking up a lot of brain time. I also spent the weekend (like I said above) with family at a wedding in Spokane, Washington, and we had a blast! Good food, good friends, good times. Oh! And last night my department one a local Parthenon award for a social media campaign.

What have you been up to lately?


  1. Mmmm Mumford and Sons. To Darkness had a huge impact on my querying MS.

    Definitely would love to have you as a beta reader! :D

  2. As you know, I'm a huge Mumford fan. My favourite right now is still "Below My Feet". I can't get enough of that song. That's fantastic that you've gotten your story beginning to a point that you love. Beginnings can be so, so hard. I know I've struggled with them.

    "It's nice to step outside of what I both read and write--gives me perspective." I think this is why I started reading more classics lately. While it's important to read in your genre, I think it's equally important to read across genres somewhat. I think it brings depth to your writing.

    Glad you joined us this week, Liz! :-)

  3. There's been a lot of Mumford & Sons playing at my house lately too. Love them! It's awesome to hear that you love your new story opening. I just reworked mine too and I'm much happier with it. First chapters are such a challenge. Also, I like the play on "stars" in your title. Very fitting! Hope you get some good news in your hunt for a house and congrats to your department on the award!

  4. Ooh, Stars & Stripes - I like it. Let me know if you need a fresh set of eyes - I'd be happy to read at any stage!

  5. I loved the Instagram photos from your Spokane trip -- looked like such a lovely wedding. I went to college an hour south at Washington State University and I love that area of the state. Best of luck with your rewriting, and I'm thinking all the good house hunting thoughts for you!

  6. I love it when a song inspires my writing. Thanks for the Mumford & Sons link. My iPod is full of stuff from the 80's, so I need help ;)

    Also, congrats on the award. I hope you celebrated! Cheers.