Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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. Be sure to visit Jaime's blog to add your post to the link list!

It's been a while, but I'm still here. I promise! You can check my Tumblr and my Twitter if you don't believe me. Work's been crazy (that's always my excuse, but it's legit, I swear). 

What I'm Reading: I've been doing a reread of the Harry Potter series (because Fall). I'm currently on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (or as many of the movie watchers may know it: Draco Malfoy and the Vanishing Cabinet, but I digress). I'm loving rereading these old books. It's been a good exercise as a writer too--to see how Rowling weaves threads in all the way from the beginning.

What I'm Writing: Still working on my southern Gothic. Ghosts and murder and mayhem are perfect for October, even if they are freaking me out. Currently reading through my draft and making notes.

What Inspires Me Right Now: Possibilities. And new beginnings. I'm going to be an aunt, and I couldn't be more excited!

What Else I've Been Up To: A lot of things around the house--tearing up our old linoleum floor in the basement, repotting my herbs for the fall, trying to figure out how to over-winter my peppers. I've discovered this year that I REALLY like gardening.

What's up with you?


  1. I'm doing a reread of HP too, Liz! It's funny, reading it again after all these years - it's still as magical and enchanting as I remember. I just finished GoT, but I dread OoTP, because let's be honest, there's a looot of angsty-Voldemort-possession to wade through.

    Enjoy the wonders of aunthood and best of luck with that garden! Have a lovely week!

    -- Caitie

  2. Love that you're reading HP. The later books are my favorite. I actually created a class in college on the books and wrote about how the 7th was a parallel to the Holocaust. Really interesting stuff.

    Enjoy being an aunt, good luck with the garden, and your writing. Have a great week! :-)

  3. Congrats on your impeding auntie-hood! So exciting! I need to do a HP reread too, but my stack of unread books is growing and growing, and it's hard to talk myself into picking up a book I've already been though. Maybe if I read them to my daughter. :-) Have a great week, Liz, and best of luck with your WiP!

  4. I've been wanting to re-read the Harry Potter series lately too. I actually have the books lined up on my writing desk and they always stare at me and tell me to read them instead of writing. I may have to give in soon.

    And your WIP sounds so interesting! I absolutely love Southern Gothics with mayhem, murder, and ghosts (particularly ghosts). It does sound perfect for October, I hope it continues to go great for you and congratulations on being an aunt soon!

  5. I'll be re-reading the Harry Potter as soon as I treat myself to the new box set - my old copies are falling apart!

  6. Studying HP is always a good thing for a writer to do!

  7. I had the same discovery this year too about gardening. I mean, to plant something, actually watch it grow, and not kill it? Pretty great stuff. :-) It's just such a shame that our growing season is so brief here.

    I'm getting close to finishing up my HP reread too. I'm just over halfway through the final book. You are so right about J. K. Rowling weaving the threads of this story from the very beginning. They really could offer a class in how to properly plan and implement a story/series with her books as the course textbooks. Speaking of stories, your WiP sounds like the perfect read for this time of year! Hope that's all going well. Have a great week, Liz! :D

  8. I was wondering what to do with my outdoor herbs during winter months... Do you suppose they would live if I re-potted and brought them inside? I don't have a great track record with house plants, not gonna lie...

    1. That's what I've done with mine. Not sure if they're all going to make it yet or not.

  9. I should study HP again, too. Maybe books 1-6 only, though, because I hated 7.
    Happy winter gardening!