Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!

*"What's Up Wednesday" is run by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk, and is an awesome weekly bloghop that gives readers and writers a great venue to keep in touch through the magical world of blogs. Come hop with us!*






I missed a week. I blame the cold. It's two days away from being a record setting cold winter here. My yard and driveway look like a freezer in need of defrosting. And there are still 6 blankets on my bed. At least it's good snuggling weather. On to the festivities!  

What I'm Reading 

I picked up Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan last week during my bookstore outing with son. He picked out a Lego movie book, and his first choose your own adventure, Plants Vs. Zombies edition. My boy is a great reader, but he's not exactly into the same kinds of books that I am. He loves non-fiction, fact books, anything with characters he already knows from out in the world. Just like his dad, and my brother. Which is perfectly fine, but my book glows in the dark. Ha! 

What I'm Writing 

Well, I got my very first editorial revision notes, so I'm back working on my MG adventure manuscript. I can't say I did any serious writing this week. It's been more outlining and problem solving and good point considering. Which is most of what writing is anyway. 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Possibilities! The goal of publishing is, I believe, something most of us share (those of us on this blog hop, anyway :) And I'm not quite there yet, and that has a certain appeal right now. Going over these editor notes, I saw all kinds of possibilities for my manuscript, and my characters, and their story. Possibilities that can still become part of the story, because it isn't finished yet. Publication is a dream, but it comes with the only real ending for a written work. The definitive and elusive "Finished." In manuscript form, all possible outcomes are still available to me as a writer. It's like Schrodinger's Manuscript, if you will. 

What Else I'm Up To

A little tiny bit of running. It's been waaay to cold to be out for very long. Last year at this time I was getting out at least 4 days a week, because we had plenty of days in the 30s. This year, that temperature has been half that, most days. Listen, I'm a fan of winter, but this is getting ridiculous, even for me. 
So, I made more birds. Nice, bright, cheerful birds. 






Oh, and I found out that my husband had never seen Pretty in Pink or The Lost Boys. (!!) I mean, he's a film maker for cryin' out loud! So, we had to watch those films, stat. And then we need to get around to watching anything that's been nominated for an Oscar this year, because I've seen exactly none of the big hitters for this year. But we did see the Lego Movie... twice.* 









* Totally worth it. Super fun time, even the second time around. I promise. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Whew! Just made it. 

What I'm Reading 

Still in short fiction mode. There has been very little time for actual reading this week, so I still have a few entries from Smoke and Mirrors to enjoy.  

What I'm Writing 

I went back to my ghost story, and worked out a major issue I've had with the first few chapters. This one is spooling off sloooooooowly, but it's getting there. I also did some plotting on a new mg adventure story :D 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

Ugh. Inspiration is in short supply. It's been a rather stressful first half of February, buried under snow, family issues (everyone's alright! There was just a lot of extra attention needed around the house and extended family recently) work stuff... I would seriously love a few warm days out of the house right now. So I suppose... spring is coming? No matter how long it takes, it WILL happen one day! There is hope! 

What Else I'm Up To
It seems like I may have editor notes on my middle grade novel, which is currently out on submission. Yay! I get to spend some time with some of my favorite fictional characters once again! 
Also, in hope of seeing the ice actually melt outside, I've been making birds from all the little scraps of fabric I have accumulated over this long winter. Because one day, the birds will return! 
A chicken for your thoughts? 

What is up with you, my fellow hoppers??

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

*"What's Up Wednesday" is run by Jamie Morrow and Erin Funk, and is an awesome weekly bloghop that gives readers and writers a great venue to keep in touch through the magical world of blogs. Come hop with us!*








What I'm Reading 

Still on a short fiction kick :) I'm working my way through Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors, with plans to get to Alice Munro's Dear Life next.  

What I'm Writing 

Still short fiction. I managed to get three rough drafts sketched out last week, for a total of roughly 5,000 words. I am a chronic over writer. My current novel length manuscript has been just gnawing away at me for the past few months. Every detail and decision was getting to be Way Too Important. Working on some shorter pieces as been wonderfully refreshing. 

What Inspires Me Right Now 

My little family. Everyone is into collaborative projects at the moment.

What Else I'm Up To

Speaking of those collaborative projects... Mr. Cate and I are working on a podcast. It will be about movies, our favorite mutual subject, and it should be up and running pretty soon! 

Now I'm off to see what's going on in the rest of the hop! 
What's up with you?