What's Up Wednesday


I'm catching the What's Up Wednesday hot air balloon from the blogs of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. Thanks for an awesome idea (and graphic)!

Here's how it works:

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY
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. You're invited to join us if you're looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what's been going on with you.

Here goes!


WHAT I'M READING

I finished THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith last night. I love THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT and was really looking forward to this book. Wow, she nailed third person limited alternate POV. And the setting. Whoa. Let's go to Maine. Who's with me?


WHAT I'M WRITING

I've been out of the writing cave for a couple of days. I'd slipped back in for an intense revision session, preparing WAITING FOR THE SUN for all the agent requests that were sure to come my way. And I'm going to hold off on saying any more about that, but I would like to send a shout out to four amazing writers - two CPs from Real Life, Dawn Klehr and Kari White, who have been so supportive and encouraging of this project; and two from the awesome world-wide writing community, our darling Commuting Girl Elodie and Erin Schneider (both of whom said lovely things about WFTS on their blogs recently, which may or may not have made me tear up a little. And Happy Birthday, Erin!). Your comments and insights were invaluable for Lucy's and Ben's stories. Thank you a thousand times - and as Guthrie might say, may the Great Spirit walk with you.

So because WFTS is currently out of my hands and out of rotation, it's time to start thinking about revisions for BEAUTIFUL BIRD, SING ON. And I am excited for this!


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Plenty. Work has been busy with events and projects. April's weather totally sucked. In fact, the trend continues - after a few lovely days of 70s, we're back in the 30s and 40s with six inches of sleet in today's forecast. SAY WHAT? I'm looking forward to May and hopefully a little bit of spring before the crazy hot humid temperatures of summer.

The MNYA Writers group met on Saturday and was, as always, inspiring. We are going places. When the group first started a year ago, every couple of months one of us would have some exciting news to share about our writing and publishing journeys. Lately it's been every month - and two or three people with news. I love it. Thanks, also, to the rest of the MNYAs for your love of WFTS. <3

I also love editing, critiquing, beta reading, what have you, and I just might have an announcement to make about that in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

I've been listening to the Jayhawks a lot. It's quite possible that many of you, dear readers, don't know about the Jayhawks, a Minneapolis band that hit the scene alongside the Replacements and Soul Asylum. There was always something about them that struck me - the lyrics, the melodies, the amazing harmonies. I guess you'd classify them as alt-country/rock. Roots rock? You can also classify them as My Favorite Band.

The Jayhawks have been with me through many stages of my life. I first saw them in concert when I was in college and their song Waiting for the Sun was making its initial mark on the world. I've seen them live many times since, through all the drama and personnel changes and reunions and forgiveness.

Reunion: June 2010, First Avenue

Through it all, I've loved them and let inspiration settle down like rain over me as I listen. Two of my short stories are titled after Jayhawks songs, Trouble and Settled Down Like Rain. I like to sneak snippets of song lyrics into my narrative (see, I just did it in the first sentence of this paragraph). And then, of course, there's WFTS.

So while I worked on revisions for WFTS, I put all my well-loved Jayhawks CDs into heavy rotation. Here's a little treat for you, Blue -- which can be found on the Win a Date with Tad Hamilton soundtrack, by the way.


What? You think I should post Waiting for the Sun? If you insist:



And Gary - I hope you're well. All my best wishes to you.


So - how about you, dear readers? What's up?

Comments

  1. I remember the Jayhawks! Wow, haven't heard them in forever, though.

    I hope you get some spring soon!

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  2. As always, a beautiful post. I see big things ahead, my friend. HUGE!

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  3. I loved THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE too. :-) And I'm totally with you on picking up and taking off to Maine. That was probably one of my most favourite aspects of the book--the setting. So happy to hear that things are going well with WFTS. Keeping my fingers crossed that an agent snatches it up soon! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jaime - I hope you're right!

      You know, as long as we're going to Maine, why not Prince Edward Island instead? :)

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  4. The hot air balloon graphic is so cute. I love the discovery of new music.

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    1. Music has always been such a big part of my life - and I love to share it with others!

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  5. Glad you enjoyed a good read - there's nothing better! You sound so busy so I hope you find some rest here soon.

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    1. Thanks, Jessie! I have a week off in August - I hope to get some rest then. ;)

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  6. I thought THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE was adorable. As an aspiring contemporary YA author, I found it both inspiring and intimidating!

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    1. Yes, I'm always impressed with third person narrative. I used to write in third a lot with my short stories, but I don't think I could manage 60K.

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  7. Good luck with WFTS! I'm so excited for you. If you ever need another beta on a project, please hit me up.

    I think I need to pick up This Is What Happy Looks Like. I don't read much contemporary, but it sounds good and I'd love to get a good 3 person limited read.

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    1. Note to self: send Liz BEAUTIFUL BIRD.

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  8. You have been busy. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to your news.

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  9. April's weather sucked here too. We still have a patch of snow on our lawn, although it's quickly disappearing. Maybe that's partly why the summer in Maine setting of THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE was so appealing to me. Sounds like exciting things are happening with your manuscript. Best of luck with that!

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    1. Thank you! It's Sunday now and I think the worst of the wintry-spring weather is behind us... finally! I'm ready for short sleeves!

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  10. I need to join a local writing group...yours sound great. I haven't read THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE but I'm about to go and grab my Kindle now. Hope to love it as much as you did.

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    1. I hope you like it! The MNYA Writers is a great group - sometimes you have to kiss a lot of writers group frogs to find the right one - I've been very lucky with this group! Good luck!

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  11. Aaaaahhhhh,thank you for the shout out, pretty lady! :) It was a pleasure to read WFTS! And ooohhhh, what might you have up your sleeve with this upcoming announcement? Inquiring minds wanna know!

    And I enjoyed LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, but will now need to add your other mention to my TBR!

    And I haven't heard of the Jayhawks, but I love how they've inspired you so, over the years. Amazing how music can do that, right?

    Big hugs and sending some sunshine your way (it was gorgeous today, sunny and low 70's and I enjoyed every minute of it - because you know the rain is always right around the corner, here!).

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    1. Thanks for everything, Erin - you can't know how much I appreciate your encouragement and comments and time you put into the ms.

      It's Sunday now and we are experience a small amount of sunshine.... could this be the start of something new? AKA Spring? Fingers crossed.

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  12. Crossing my fingers for you as you send WFTS out into the world! I hope you have your own good news soon. :)

    Meanwhile, I can't believe it's snowing there! Spring needs to get its butt over there!

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    1. Thanks, Ghenet! Yes, I hope there is more good news soon, too! :)

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  13. Reading WFTS was a pleasure, Sara. Thanks for the shout out. This is going to be your year!

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    1. Let's hope so! Thanks for all you've done -- and let's get a write-in on the calendar ASAP.

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  14. WFTS is a great title. I'm intrigued already.

    I've been looking forward to reading LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, now you've convinced me to get it speedy quick.

    Also, I frickin' love your 'The Magnificent Seven' photo. Which one is you? Good luck with your writing.

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    1. Thank you - and thanks for following the blog!

      I am the super cute little one in the Magnificent Seven photo looking up at my big sisters. That's one of my all-time favorite family photos.

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  15. I think you've given me some new music to get into! Ah, new revisions--exciting and scary and oh so much goodness in the end :) good luck lady!

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    1. Thank you, Becky! Yes, revisions can be scary... but so worth it in the end!

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  16. Crossing my fingers for you Sara...You know much I love WFTS! <3

    Hope the weather is getting Spring-ier where you are and that your weekend went well!

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    1. Thank you... and thanks for spending time with WFTS.

      We are having springier weather right now... finally! Let's hope this continues!

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