Friday Five…

It’s been so long since I’ve done a Friday Five,
I couldn’t help myself…

1. Writing Update – I’ve been deep in the throes of revising one manuscript and rewriting another. Sheesh… The writing process is HARD! And, it’s mostly the reason for the relative quiet here on my blog–revising and rewriting have sucked up all my creative energy. Plus, my husband’s been home for about a month now (yay!) and we’re still in that happy place of wanting to spend tons of family time together. So, when I’m not squinting at my computer screen and eating my weight in Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, I’m hanging with my two favorite people.

2. #MarchPhotoADay – I’ve recently fallen in love with Instagram, a photography iPhone app that lets you edit your photos with all kinds of cool filters and then share them with your friends on a feed. This month I’m participating in one of Instagram’s many photo challenges: #MarchPhotoADay. I’m thinking of it as another way to stretch my creativity, and it’s super fun to see how other people interpret the prompts. Here they are:

And here’s my submission for Day 2, FRUIT:

You should definitely join in if you’re an Instagram-er! Oh, and if you want to find me there, I’m katyupperman.

3. Flawed – I was lucky enough to read this stunning contemporary YA novel by debut author Kate Avelynn early (it’s being released this July by Entangled Teen) and let me tell you, it is absolutely heart-wrenching. Like, you won’t be able to put it down because you’ll be THAT stressed about the future of the characters. If you’re a fan of books like Elizabeth Scott’s Living Dead Girl and Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden, you should definitely check out Flawed. (Click the cover and you’ll be redirected to Flawed‘s Goodreads page.)

Flawed
Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago—James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely. Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give. Sam Donavon has been James’s best friend—and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on—for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realize James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact…

4. Homeland - I know I’m a little late jumping on this bandwagon, but have you seen Showtime’s Homeland? Holy hell… The first season was AMAZING. My husband and I don’t agree on many TV shows, but we flew through this one and are already itching for more. Homeland is fast-paced, powerful, and densely layered. No character goes without garnering at least a bit of sympathy (seriously–even the terrorists have clear motivations for acting the way they do), and every single episode is a game-changer. Plus, Claire Danes is freaking fantastic. Recommend!

5. Military Ball – Last weekend my husband and I lived it up at his unit’s Military Ball. Have I mentioned how happy I am to have him home? :)

So… What’s on your plate for the weekend?

19 responses to “Friday Five…

  1. That instagram thing look amazing. Alas, it is already the 2nd and I missed day one. Also: I am so overwhelmed with writing things that its probably best for me to not take on anything else. Le sigh.

    But hooray for having your hubby home. And you look absolutely gorgeous, Katy. <3 that dress.

    Good luck with your revisions. I hear ya, lady. Writing is so very hard. What did we get ourselves into, huh? ;)

    • “What did we get ourselves into, huh?” <— I ask myself that daily. :)

      And thanks! I wish I had another occasion to wear that dress to. I love it as well!

  2. Great picture! You guys look so happy, and I would never guess you’ve been eating all those Ghiradelli chips. It certainly doesn’t show. I have to try Instagram. I haven’t heard of that one.

  3. You and the hubby look fantastic!

    And definitely adding “Flawed” to my TBR-list.

  4. Good luck with the revising/rewriting! I’m gearing up for some more of that. . . .
    Fabulous picture, too. You guys look great!

    • Thanks, Rebecca!

      Maybe we should hold some revising/rewriting sprints on Twitter for motivation? I find I do quite well when I’ve got a partner in crime to hold me accountable. :)

  5. I hadn’t heard of Homeland, but you’re kind of making me want to check it out. And I said it on Twitter, but I’ll say it again: you look gorgeous (your husband looks pretty sharp, too!). Keep on keeping on with the revision and rewriting, and I hope you stay in the happy family-time-loving place for a while!

    • Thanks, Sophia! :) Homeland is so, so good. The best show I’ve seen since I started watching Dexter. Let me know what you think if you check it out!

  6. FLAWED sounds so good. That’s going on the list for sure!

  7. Hey! I came across your blog through a Bookanista post. Just wanted to say hi!

    I have Instagram on my iPhone but I haven’t tried it out yet. It looks fun though!

    That is a great picture. Your dress is so pretty!

    • Thanks so much, and thanks for stopping by. :) I hope you have fun with Instagram. Let me know when (if) you get going so I can follow your feed.

  8. That picture of you and the hubs is GREAT. Seriously, that dress is a-mah-zing! I’m happy that’s the cover they chose for Flawed because that’s the one I voted for. ;-)

  9. Such a wonderful picture of you and your hubby, Katy (you both look sooo happy and you look AMAZING! :-)).
    Good luck with writing/revising…(and hmmm chocolate chips)

  10. Hi. I thought your take on Homeland is interesting. I like it but I can’t say I am enjoying as much as others.
    I am doing an episode by episode blog on series 1 here http://coolishstuff.wordpress.com/tv-reviews/homeland-series-blog/. I would love any feedback.
    Thanks.