What's Up Wednesday: Winner Part Two Edition

What's Up Wednesday hails from the blogs of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. Join the fun on your own blog and then go to Jaime's to add your link - it's a great way to share what's going on in your life and get to know other bloggers! 
Here's what's up: 
First, I'd like to announce the winner of the First30 Critique for my freelance editing anniversary! Congratulations to Jennie Booth, who writes contemporary YA set in the Midwest with lots of kissing (I hear). I've read her query and synopsis and I think I'm going to like this a lot!

There are a few days left to take advantage of my anniversary specials - check out the details HERE and book by May 15 for May and June editing dates.

I'm currently reading a fantastic manuscript (lush setting, fascinating characters, gorgeous prose) and also LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD, which is one of those books that you know you're going to love on page one. It's a book of my heart. I'm savoring it.

It's been a busy couple of weeks so I haven't done as much work on KEYS revisions as I would have liked. But I'm getting back into it and trying to figure out some timeline options. Still love it!

Well, I'm happy to report that SPRING has finally, truly arrived. Saturday was Free Comic Book Day so we took the kids to Half Price Books for some treasure hunting. There were so many great YA hardcovers but I only purchased one, a copy of my favorite read of 2013, THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler (which I'd borrowed from the library and am happy to now have in my collection).

On Sunday, the kids and I met up with my best friend from college/maid of honor and her son. She lives about an hour from us on the other side of the Cities, so we met up at a park at the half-way point. It was a gorgeous day and the kids had a ton of fun in the play area while Linda and I caught up. I can't believe we hadn't seen each other for three years!

The park was one in the Three Rivers Park District, which has 23 different parks (one of which is about a mile from my house). We decided that we're going to try to visit all 23 of them during the remainder of 2014.  Hiking, programs, farmyards, lakes and rivers, canoeing, playgrounds - they've got it all and we're super excited! And after each visit, we're going to stop for ice cream. Doesn't get much better than that!

I've also been watching a lot of hockey, as the Minnesota Wild made it to the playoffs. #GoWild
What's up with you?


  1. Yes to spring. It's been so lovely here--though unseasonably warm. What a weird weather year.

  2. Yes! It feels like we skipped spring here in Florida and went straight to summer. And I love that cover for Love Letters! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cute photos of the kiddos! LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD sounds like it just might be my kind of book. You'll have to let me know what you think after you've finished reading. Have a good one, Sara!

  4. Hooray for spring! I love your idea of visiting all the parks in your area. Maybe I should do that in my area. I tend to go to the same places over and over and miss out on lots of other potential adventures.

  5. Looks like a great week. I love meeting up with old friends and catching up. I adored The Book of Broken Hearts. Such a great story. Hope you can squeeze in some writing time this week.

  6. love letters to the dead was totally heart wrenching! glad you caught up with your friend, it's always nice catching up!

  7. Spring? What's that? Ha, we actually had one gorgeous week and then we're back to the snow which is now starting to melt but it's still pretty chilly around here. I can't wait to be able to take the kids to the park, and better yet, the beach!

  8. It's gorgeous outside. After the Polar Vortex a few months ago, we need this. Unfortunately my allergies are terrible. Thank's for sharing!

  9. Your park challenge sounds fun :)

    I generally only watch hockey when the Washington Caps make it to the playoffs (and subsequently choke). Good luck to your Wild!

  10. You've got so much exciting stuff going on! And I've added two books to my TBR pile! Awesome.

  11. I can't wait to read Love Letters to the Dead. I read a sample on Amazon and it's really good. I can't wait to read the whole thing. I'm intrigued since it looks like it's written in letters. Cool idea. Good luck with your revisions. Have a great weekend!

  12. I've been saying this for a while and need to get on it, I want to read LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD.

  13. Hooray for Spring! I think we skipped Spring and went straight on to Summer (do not pass go...) Very fun photos! It looks like you guys had a blast.

    Good luck with your revisions on KEYS and hope you have an amazing week! :)


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