What’s Up Wednesday


What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop created by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, to help connect writers on this writing journey. If you’d like to join us, check out the blogs each week, get to know some of the other writers taking part, and spread some writerly love! 

What I’m Reading

I finished The Fear Trials by my friend Lindsay Cummings last week, and it was great! A quick read, and definitely worth it. What a great opening to The Murder Complex series (you can read my full review here).

I am still in the middle of reading The Park Service by Ryan Winfield, which unfortunately I’ve kind of lost interest in for now (don’t worry, I haven’t put it down for good, it’s just on the back burner. Still a great book, I’m just fickle when it comes to books)

While traveling this past week, I read a lot of Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. Honestly, I really didn’t like it for a long time, but kept it to read to help me sleep (sad but true). Then, somehow, some of the characters were just so intriguingly unique I was able to look past its major flaws. The jury is still out on this one, but I’m almost halfway through now.

What I’m Writing

As I’ve said, I’ve been working on a brand new (still untitled) WIP! So far, it’s going great. I didn’t think I could fall in love with another world and different voices, but I have. So far, the words have been flowing so naturally, and I get excited every time I sit down to write. I hope this can continue. 🙂 (if you want to read more about it, I’ll be sharing my journey under To Build A Story, and you can read the first post here)

What Inspires Me

As far as my writing, I’ve been inspired most by the new voices of my characters. They’re really what has made writing so easy and painless, kind of like they’re writing the story for me. I can only hope it stays this way 🙂

What Else I’m Up To

Illness has really kicked my butt this week. I went to California for my cousin’s graduation, and was looking forward to a week with my family where I could relax, enjoy the beach, and celebrate. My immune system had other plans. The second day I was there I became really sick, which only worsened throughout the trip. I was still able to participate in certain things, but most of my time was simply miserable.

After a visit to the ER right after I got home, I am doped up on pain meds, antibiotics, and cough medicine, and have my fingers crossed I can get better soon. The upside? The meds keep me better enough that I can write, and with all this time in bed, I’ve been writing a lot. I’ve also had a pretty good stretch of being healthy before this, so I can’t be too mad. Nothing lots of rest, medicine, and doggie cuddles won’t fix 🙂

Have a great week!

21 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. It’s great when you’re excited by something of your own creation, isn’t it? I hope you continue to be excited, and good luck with your WIP! 🙂
    Oh dear, sorry to hear you’ve been ill – but at least you managed to find the silver lining!
    Have a lovely week!


  2. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

    It’s such a wonderful feeling when a book is writing you instead of the other way around. It seems like a sign that a story was meant to be.


  3. OK, so call me curious, but I had to look up the chronic illness you casually mention in your bio, and wow. I can’t imagine. I have huge respect for you for soldiering on despite. And I also respect your desire not to be defined by your illness.

    I’m sort-of having the same thoughts about WAR AND PEACE as you’re having about FROI OF THE EXILES. There are some interesting characters, and I really want to get into the story, but something seems to be preventing me getting fully engaged.

    I’m glad your new WIP is working out well for you. I hope you have a week full of inspiration, huge word counts, rest, medication, and doggie cuddles. 🙂


    • Wow, thank you so much 🙂 This comment made my day. I am thankful my symptoms have somewhat improved, and I am able to manage pretty well, especially compared to others with POTS. But thank you 🙂 I hate when that happens, but I still can’t seem to put a book down, so I’m continuing on and hoping it gets better. Thank you, that sounds perfect 🙂 You have a great week as well!


  4. Doggie cuddles fix everything! 🙂 Sorry to hear you’ve been so sick. I hope your immune system starts behaving soon. It’s awesome that you are having such a great time with your WiP. Have a great week!


  5. This “What’s Up Wednesday” thing looks like a mighty good idea! I will have a crack at it next week 🙂 Thanks for spreading the writerly love and putting me onto it.
    Also, those writing warrior badges look awesome, I gotta look into that… As usual I have no idea what anything is about, or what is going on.
    Glad to hear you’re using the time laid up in bed to get words on the page! Will check out your project blog thing too.
    Keep writing!


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