One-Word Wednesday

Why I wake up early to run... #Desert #Sunrise #Flare
{Sunrise south of Phoenix… Last week my girlie and I road tripped 750 miles to visit family. Totally worth it!}

{My brother, my nephew, my girl, and me at sunset.}

{Loving this book SO MUCH! Goodreads. Amazon. Book Depository.}

{Took a break last month, but I think I’m ready to jump back into the #PhotoADayAug challenge!}

#Inmymailbox: A #BEA surprise from @saramcclung! <3 her! #yalit #booksDreamy
{I’m chatting about cover art with Time Between Us author Tamara Ireland Stone over at YA Confidential today. Check it out!}

So, what’s new, friends? What are you reading? What are you writing? What’s the highlight of your week so far? Tell me everything!


24 thoughts on “One-Word Wednesday

  1. Elodie says:

    First – beautiful pictures πŸ˜€
    Second – Yay! I am so happy you’re enjoying MY LIFE NEXT DOOR
    Third – The highlights of my week so far are: getting my query critiqued by Taryn via her contest (she had wonderful suggestions and what she pointed out totally helped me, I think), being almost done with my first draft πŸ˜€

    • katyupperman says:

      Isn’t Taryn brilliant? I was lucky enough to have her critique my entire manuscript, and yowza… She was so incredibly helpful! And thanks for recommending MY LIFE NEXT DOOR. It’s fantastic!

  2. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    My highlight of the week has been getting garden-fresh zucchini. I might not be so thrilled in a few weeks when I’ve been handed about a ton of it from a dozen people with overflow, but right now I’m dreaming of zucchini bread πŸ™‚

  3. Alison Miller says:

    I must get my hands on those books! My daughter’s MAKING me read the fourth installment of Percy Jackson (I actually really enjoy this series) and then The Book Thief. As for writing…um, I replotted the nitty-gritties of my finale yesterday. That felt SO GOOD. Trying to finish the rewrite before family arrives Sunday. We’ll see.

    Awesome pics, Katy! Have a great week!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Alison! Yay for the finale! I cannot wait to read the conclusion of CM… Love your story so much, lady. I hope you enjoy THE BOOK THIEF. It’s one of the best books I’ve read, ever.

  4. Meredith says:

    Ok, that picture of dawn is seriously gorgeous! I love road tripping and starting before the sun even comes up. So. much.

    I just finished a book last night and now I’m trying to decide whether I want to dive into SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY again or whether I want to go with ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. Tough decisions.

  5. Jaime Morrow says:

    Can I just say, I love these One-Word Wednesdays? What a great idea. πŸ™‚ I especially love the pic of you and your brother and kids. So sweet! As for MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, I’m still waiting on my copy in the mail. It really should have gotten here by now, so I’m a little antsy. I checked out your interview with Tamara Ireland Stone, and it was very interesting. I love hearing about the whole cover design process and just how much input authors get. Can’t wait to read her book!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Jaime! I’m liking the One-Word Wednesdays because they let me keep my blog current without TONS of time invested in long posts. Plus, sharing photos is such fun! I hope you get your copy of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR soon… I’m really enjoying it so far!

  6. Colin says:

    Nice pictures, Katy! So far this week I’ve made good progress on my WIP, so I’m happy about that. And I’m taking a few days off work tomorrow and Friday, so that’ll be fun. πŸ™‚

  7. Temre Beltz (@TemreBeltz) says:

    Wow, Katy! I love these pictures and that first one is SO beautiful! My highlight this week is getting ready for my sweet little girl’s two-year-old birthday party! I love that she calls it her “happy-happy.”

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Temre! Happy birthday to your sweet girl! My girlie’s birthday is next week… We’ve got her party on Sunday. Looks like you and I will both be doing lots of cleaning/cooking/celebrating this weekend. πŸ™‚

  8. Rachel says:

    Your girl is SO tall! Wow. I love your pictures. Gahhhh instagram makes me wish I had an iPhone. But I love my $15 phone just with text messaging and phone calls – I don’t need the internet there too. I still haven’t read MY LIFE NEXT DOOR. Sighs! I just read GONE GIRL and reviewed on the blog – that was my fave book of 2012. (LOL, as my mom says “but Rachel..2012 isn’t over!”) Too bad. πŸ˜‰ Right now I am trying to make sure all my new/revised sections of my novel are highlighted for my critique partner – I got to 55,000 words and am sending it off to her for a 2nd revision.

    • katyupperman says:

      Ooh, I need to add GONE GIRL to my TBR list… It sounds fantastic! And you’re on a roll with your WiP. Way to go, lady! (And yes, my daughter is definitely tall! My husband is 6’2″ and I’m 5’9″, so she comes by it honestly. :))

  9. Sophia Richardson says:

    I’m reading lots of sequels to books I enjoyed last year: Supernaturally, Linger, Shift, and The Girl Who Played with Fire, plus rereading another book to refresh myself on the characters before I can read the sequel. I have lots more YA and thrillers coming, yay. I loved seeing your twitter updates on the trip with your daughter; you guys are so adorable.

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Sophia! It’s fun to share our pictures. πŸ™‚ Sounds like you’ve got tons of fun reading coming up. I’m loving the YA thriller these days too!

  10. Kirsten Lopresti says:

    Love the pictures and the Wordless Wednesday idea. The highlight of my week would probably be making pom pom pets with my kids. Not a whole lot going on here except kids and manuscript revision. I’ve been getting up early so I can work without interruptions, so there’s that lack of sleep factor, but mostly the summer is going well.

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Kristen! I’m all for low-stress blogging, and One-Word Wednesday is a perfect way for me too keep up without investing TONS of time as I try to revise and beta read. Glad you’re having a good summer. Other than my daughter’s birthday, things have been pretty low key around here too.

  11. Becky says:

    I really want to do a photo-a-day challenge! It seems like so much fun πŸ™‚ Currently reading and loving CINDER…I’ve heard so many good things about it and the first line completely hooked me (if only I could write like that!). Writing-wise, I’ve become religious about noting every little idea down since I forgot this one thing I thought of as I fell asleep one night. I was sure repeating it ten times would cement it in my brain, but alas, it was not to be!

    • katyupperman says:

      Yes, CINDER is my next read! I’ve heard great things and I’ve had it forever… Time to finally crack that spine. And you’re far better than me at noting ideas. I always *think* I’ll remember, but rarely do. πŸ™‚

  12. Lindsay says:

    Love this! I love how personal your blog is Katy — totally makes me feel like I’m visiting a friend, (which you are) and not just a blogger:)

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