Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. 

What I'm Reading: I picked up The Westing Game at the library on Saturday for July's YA Book Club read. I'm actually really enjoying it--it reminds me a lot of the mysteries I read in middle school. It feels a little more MG than YA to me, but that's not a problem. My opinion on the narrative style (switching between characters often to add a mysterious effect) is still out, but I'm liking the story. I also picked up Everyday Life in the 1800s to help as I'm finishing up my rewrite. Not sure how I didn't find it sooner! Also, I'm planning to write my review of Nobody But Us tonight.

What I'm Writing: I did not meet my goals this week. While I wrote a little over 5,000 words, I'm only about half way through part four. It has expanded from what I originally thought it would be. Sunday through Tuesday I was in a hard place with the story. There were things I couldn't get right, plot elements that weren't working, etc. I'm still working through those. This part of the story diverges completely from the original draft, with elements diverging from the outline for this draft, so it's new ground. I like it, but it's harder. My goal for the coming week is to wrap up part 4 and get some reading done on Everyday Life in the 1800s. I'd like to do some revisions to this section as well if I can.

What Else I've Been Up To: Remember how I mentioned that my husband is cooking now that we have a bigger kitchen? Well he made this wonderful Indian feast on Sunday. I knew he could cook, but sakes alive (sorry...Civil War era slang)! It was fabulous. I'm also on day 12 of my 30 day hot yoga challenge. I can't believe how fast time has gone. Still going strong :)

What's Inspiring Me Now: Twitter. All of you guys Tweeting on Twitter. I get notifications on my phone, and it reminds me that there are people who are doing this with me, despite the struggles I'm having with the story right now. So please keep tagging me in Tweets!

What's up with you?


  1. That food looks delicious! Yummy.

    Don't you love it when a story goes off on its own merry way and you're left to race behind it and try and catch up. Enjoy!

  2. The reason you probably feel The Westing Game is because it is! It's often a 5th grade required reading book. I am glad you are enjoying it. I read it this past summer and loved it. Hey 5,000 words is great - don't get yourself down about not meeting your goals. That 5k is more than you had before!! :-)

  3. 5000 words is pretty darn great, Liz! So even if you didn't meet your goals, I think you can be super proud of yourself. I have a copy of THE WESTING GAME from the library sitting next to me, but I haven't started reading it yet. I probably should get on that, right?

    How cool is it that you're getting to experience the awesomeness that is your hubby's cooking? So much fun! I envy you your decent kitchen. Can't wait until we have a better kitchen one day too.

  4. I loved the Westing Game when I was a kid. And I have Everyday Life in the Middle Ages—I found it to be a great resource.

    Also, 5000 words is amazing. I think I may have written 50.

  5. Horray for husbands that cook. I often joke that while I can't claim to ware the pants, my hubby definately wares the apron in our family. That idian dinner looks delish.

  6. Well done for those 5,000 words, Liz. Sure, you wanted to do more, but you managed that much which is still great. Progress is progress! :)

    I remember my first draft taking a detour from the plan I originally had... which was about the time I realized I was going to pretty much pants the novel. And it worked out quite well, I think. :)

  7. Oh man, a 30-day Bikram challenge--I'm impressed! 5,000 words is a lot to be proud of.

  8. Oh my goodness... That Indian food looks AMAZING. I still need write up my WESTING GAME review too. It was a cool, clever book, but lacking in the romance department (understandably so) which kept me from loving it. I'm excited to hear what you think of both it and NOBODY BUT US. Here's hoping your story stops giving you such trouble. I'll be writing in the evenings most of the next week if you want to join me. :-)

  9. Wow, 5000 words is awesome Liz, so regardless of what your goal was I'd say your week was a success! I hope those plot elements stop giving you a hard time. I'm sure you'll figure it out in a sudden wave of brilliance it'll all fall into place.

    That Indian food looks incredible! My hubby often makes supper, but man, I should send him to your husband for cooking lessons! Best of luck on your goals and research this week!

  10. I know! I feel very motivated and inspired by the twitter notifications too!

    And you sound like you're where I'm at (a little) - writing lots of words but not getting as far as you like. Good luck with that this week! I hope you can get through part 4 soon!

  11. I want your husband to cook for me. That looks SO freakin' good. I've not heard of Everyday Life in the 1800s, but I am LITERALLY going to buy it today. My story is set in the 1870s and I've done research on lots of different aspects of life in that era, but I hadn't seen this! Very cool! Thanks for mentioning it.
    5K in a week is totally badass! Well done!