Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk as a way for writers to keep in touch by sharing what they've been up to. Be sure to link up on their site if you want to join in on the fun. 

What I'm Reading
I finally received my copy of WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN by Kristin Rae so I put To All The Boys aside (for now) and started this one. I'm almost a third of the way through and I love it. It's a sweet, cute read. Perfect for summer time (yes..we skip right over spring here in the south). And, yes, Gelato is a must while reading. I'm also reading Sweet Little Thing by Renee Carlino. It's okay, though I'm not as drawn in as I was with Sweet Thing, which I adored.

What I'm Writing

Hit the 20K mark on When The Wind Blows today! It feels good. I thought I'd never get there. I started this WIP late last year and got a good chunk. But then it needed a rewrite. And another one. But I finally think I have it where it should be and keep coming up with ideas to move it forward. I'm worried. It's usually not this easy. We'll see where it goes. I keep insisting I'm breaking it but my CP assures me I'm not. I think she's biased.

What Inspires Me Right Now

Meeting a deadline. The more I think about the deadline my CPs and I made for each other the more I want to push myself to make it.

What Else I've Been Up To

Where to start? It's been a busy week. I was off work last Friday for kiddos Kindergarten field day. It was a lot of fun. He competed in five events and did great in each one. I'd like to say they won them all...but that wasn't the case. But he did have fun!

Saturday was a normal game day for us. Game mid day with shopping and cleaning around it. Sunday was Mother's Day and it was a lot of reading and relaxing and movie watching. Just what I needed. My husband was working (he's a restaurant manager so he's always working that day since it's one of their busiest days) so kiddo and I had lunch at my parents and then dinner together back home.
 Monday was a lot of fun jammed into one day. That morning I went to kiddos school for "Muffins with Mom". The kids read what they loved about us and shared the pictures they drew of us and we had delicious muffins after.

Then, after school and work that night, kiddo and I met my mom for the Of Neptune book signing. It was a lot of fun. Kiddo even spent some time signing bookmarks with his Aunt Anna (Anna Banks is my sister-in-law. I wouldn't normally allow him to go up and annoy the author like that. But, it's okay when it's family because that's what they're for). I wish I could have stayed longer and hung out through the entire event but it was a school night and kiddo had state testing the next morning (which he aced!).

I am so sad to see this series come to an end. Of Poseidon was the first book I've seen from the very first "I have an idea for a book" to the published copy. I'm excited to read Of Neptune to see how it ends. This is the one book in the series that I didn't get to read before it was printed. But at the same time I don't want it to I'm holding out for a little bit.

So what have you been up to?


Katy Upperman said...

Love all of the pictures this week! I'm cheering you on where that deadline's concerned -- you're making such great progress! The book signing was fun. I finally got OF POSEIDON, so now I can start the series from the beginning. Very much looking forward to it. Have a great day, lady!

Jaime Morrow said...

I know what it's like to rewrite and rewrite and hope you're headed in the right direction. I'm there right now, in fact! Best of luck with your WiP! It really does help to have CPs to cheer you on and talk you off a ledge from time to time. ;-) Sounds (and looks) like you had a busy but pretty fun week. Lots of great stuff. I'll definitely have to check out Anna's books. I've seen them around and wondered about them, but now my interest is really piqued. Have a great week, Mandie!

Miss Cole said...

Congratulations on hitting 20k! That's a great achievement.

Mmmm... gelato ^_^

Melanie Stanford said...

Anna Banks is your sis-in-law? How cool! I loved the first two books and I'm excited for the third. I'm also waiting for WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN from the library. I can't wait to read it.

Erin L. Funk said...

What a fun and busy week you had! I'm drooling at the thought of gelato right now. Lemon is my favorite. I worked it into one of my stories too since I once took my hubby on a gelato date years ago. Congrats on hitting the 20k mark! That's awesome! And it's great that you have lots of ideas to move the story forward. That's very cool that Anna Banks is your sister-in-law. I've seen her books but haven't read them yet. Might have to sometime! Hope your Mother's Day was a good one!

Lori M. Lee said...

I've heard good things about Wish You Were Italian :) And forced deadlines are part of why I love CPs. They not only push you to write better, they push you to work faster! lol

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