What’s Up Wednesday

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a fun weekly meme started by my friends Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: 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. If you’re participating, make sure to link your What’s Up Wednesday posts to the list on Jaime’s blog each week. That way, others can visit your post and check out what you’ve been up to.And now, here’s what’s up with me this week…And now, here’s what’s up with me this week…

What I’m Reading:  I’m still working on Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, which is truly beautiful literary fiction. Here’s the summary from Goodreads1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart. At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he might be the one she needs the most.

What I’m Writing: I’m still plugging away at my revision. It’s slow and tedious, and I’m constantly jumping between being desperately in love with this story, and thinking it’s the most ridiculous bit of fiction ever. #WriterAngst During my revision breaks, I’ve been writing blog posts for the Class of 2013: YA Superlatives Blogfest. I can’t wait to share my favorite 2013 books with you, and read all about the books you’ve fallen in love with this year!

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What Else I’ve Been Up To: Packing, packing packing. It’s so dull and physically exhausting. I won’t bore you with the details, but yeah… Stuffing boxes with our worldly possessions is eating up my time and making me a little grouchy.

In more cheerful news, last Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving with a lovely afternoon filled with friends, laughter, and too much food. My favorite culinary venture was a Slab Apple Pie I made, which looked delightful and was very tasty. I used this recipe for the crust, and this recipe for the filling. Recommend!

Also, we saw Frozen! I’m a die-hard Disney fan, but to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t super pumped about this movie, initially. The trailer didn’t do much for me and Olaf, the little snowman, seemed cheesy. But after watching, my opinion changed completely… I loved Frozen! It was absolutely adorable. Heartwarming and beautifully animated, and Olaf turned out to be my favorite character of all.

Finally, we went ice skating. Every year a little ice rink goes up right next to the Monterey Bay and on Sunday we decided to take advantage. I’m a horrible skater (balance is not one of my gifts), but my husband is very good and he managed to teach our girl a thing or two. I love California; it’s fun to skate in t-shirts. 🙂

What’s Inspiring Me Now: The quote below, which makes me think of my husband and my daughter and my parents and my friends, not to mention my immensely talented and supportive CPs and beta readers. ♥

Tell me… What’s up with you today? 


46 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. Alexa says:

    That’s a beautiful quote and great advice. I’m glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving, that pie looks amazing!
    I’m so looking forward to hearing your best books of 2013!
    Good luck with the revision and packing!

  2. Colin says:

    That Slab Apple Pie looks reaaaally tasty! And your daughter is so cute in front of the Frozen poster–like she’s really excited about it. I’m glad you’ve been getting in some great family time this past week, especially in the midst of all the stresses of packing and revising. I hope things go well for you over the coming week, Katy.

  3. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    Ice skating is on my 101+ list (aka my bucket list). Every year I plan to try it, but it never happens. I’m also balance-challenged 🙂

    Your apple pie looks gorgeous!

    I’m still editing away, too, chopping words like crazy.

    • katyupperman says:

      Yay for chopping words, Jen! I’m doing the same thing, and making notes of scenes I need to add and/or expand on. Let me know how the ice skating goes when you finally get out there. I was truly terrible. 🙂 Hope you’re having an awesome week!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Kirsten! I’m really enjoying TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME. It’s taking me forever to get through it thanks to all the craziness around here, but it’s such a lovely reward during my downtime. Hope you’re having a great week!

  4. Rebecca B says:

    Good luck with packing, and the revision! Glad to hear that you liked Frozen–the trailer didn’t interest me, but I am a big Disney fan. You’ve convinced me to give it a shot. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Yeah, the trailer doesn’t do justice to the movie’s charm, in my opinion. It was a thousand times better! I hope you’ll see it, and if you do, let me know how you like it. Have a great week, Rebecca!

  5. Melanie says:

    I just saw that quote on FB this week- it’s a gooder!
    I saw Frozen on the weekend as well and it was pretty good.
    Wait. Skating in t-shirts??? I don’t think I’ve ever skated in anything but bundled up coats, hats, and mittens!

    • katyupperman says:

      I know! It was so weird to be out there dressed in so little. I wore a scarf because I felt like I should, then I ended up all hot. Crazy California. 🙂 Have a wonderful week, Melanie!

  6. Miss Cole says:

    Ice skating in t-shirts seems so weird, but it looks like fun 😀 Our outdoor rink definitely requires all the winter woolies 😛

    Hope the move goes well 🙂

    That’s a great quote to live by ^_^

  7. Emma Adams says:

    I need to watch Frozen! It’s definitely not warm enough to ice skate in T-Shirts here in England 😛 I loved Tell the Wolves I’m Home – it broke my heart a little! Hope you’re enjoying it!

    • katyupperman says:

      Yes, WOLVES is breaking my heart a little too, Emma. The sisters’ relationship is so compelling, and I’m starting to love Toby right along with June. Such a wonderful story so far. Hope you have a fantastic week!

  8. Juliana Haygert says:

    I love your culinary adventures! Makes me want to eat everything lol as if I needed any help for that 😉 We also ate a lot around here, ugh. Now I need to exercise more …

    I’m glad you liked Frozen! I’m gonna take my daughter to watch it next weekend, I think – I’m also a super fan of Disney and can’t wait!

    That’s a great quote and advice! 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      I’m trying to get back into my exercise routine too, Juliana. I slacked during Thanksgiving weekend, and it has been so hard to get up early the last few mornings to visit the gym. Maybe if I didn’t bake so often… 🙂

      I hope you and your girl enjoy Frozen. I think you will! Have a great week!

  9. Carrie-Anne says:

    I haven’t been ice-skating since I was probably in my early teens, though I’ve written about it since, perhaps living vicariously through my characters. And I love your apple pie. I’m hoping to make some chocolate peanut butter pie soon, but fruit would also be a good choice.

    • katyupperman says:

      I hadn’t been ice skating since I was probably… thirteen? It definitely ISN’T like riding a bike. I was truly awful! We did have fun though. 🙂 And chocolate peanut butter pie sounds divine. Maybe it’ll be the first thing I bake in my new kitchen next month!

  10. kate scott says:

    Tell the Wolves I’m Home sounds really interesting. I’d never heard of it before, but you’ve peaked my curiosity. I’ll have to add it to my TBR list. Good luck with your move.

    • katyupperman says:

      WOLVES is very, very good, Kate. The sisters’ relationship is so complex and captivating. Plus, the story is set in the 80s, which I’m a fan of. Let me know what you think if you decide to read it. Have a wonderful week!

  11. Temre Beltz says:

    I am so glad you had a great Thanksgiving, Katy! That apple pie looked absolutely amazing, yum! We did *blush* rely on the Coco’s pies this year, but it was my first turkey and that was a fun adventure 🙂 Also, so glad you liked Frozen, I loved it! I actually hadn’t seen the trailer so I was relying on the attraction of Disney alone and am glad I did. I loved Olaf too! He melted my heart and his humor is my favorite kind: adorably cheesy 🙂 Also loved the twist on the “rescue.” Thanks so much for sharing that quote, I loved it and read it through a few times. It absolutely can never be underestimated the power of friends and family who believe and cheer us on. Am sending you sympathy hugs for the packing, after doing it a little less than a year ago, I truly remember the tediousness of it. The only perk is that it doesn’t require too much thinking and might leave some good time for daydreaming/brainstorming about revisions 🙂 Hope you have a fantastic week ❤

    • katyupperman says:

      Aah! I totally owe you a text, Tem. This week has been craziness — my apologies! I’m so glad you and your family had a good Thanksgiving. I hope your turkey turned out tasty. My husband always does the turkey at our house, so that leaves me with plenty of time for pies. 🙂 I agree with you on the rescue twist in Frozen. I bet it made you think of your girls. It definitely made me wish I had a sister! Such a sweet movie, and with just the right amount of humor. I want to see it again! I hope you and your family are having a great week. We’re in moving-mode, and you’re right: the monotony of packing is doing wonders for my mental revising. Once I have time to sit back down with my story, I’ve got good things in mind for it!

  12. Rebekah says:

    Tell the Wolves I’m Home is on my list. I have heard wonderful things about it. It seems like the kind of book I’ll need time to recover from afterwards, which has me putting it off. Your pie is so pretty. Nothing I cook ever looks like that, Katy!

    • katyupperman says:

      Aww, thank you. Not all of my baking ventures are pretty either. That pie just turned out exceptional. 🙂 WOLVES is excellent so far. I’ll be interested to hear what you think after you get around to reading it. Have a great week, Rebekah!

  13. Erin Bowman (@erin_bowman) says:

    Man, I needed that quote today, Katy. Thank you for sharing.

    Your comments about Frozen make me more interested in seeing it! Like you, the trailer didn’t do much for me, but I don’t know why I’m being so hesitant. I can’t think about a single Disney movie that didn’t end up moving me by the end. They are master story tellers.

    • Krispy says:

      Butting in to say, the Frozen advertising is seriously not doing much for it because I wasn’t that excited about it either. Of course, I ended up really enjoying it.

  14. Krispy says:

    Ah, good to know you’re enjoying Tell the Wolves I’m Home, and I also loved Frozen. I wasn’t super excited about it either (though I too love the Disney) and I also thought Olaf would be cheesy, but it was fine. It was beautiful and I loved the sisterly focus, and yes, Olaf was actually quite charming and endearing.

    Good luck with the rest of the packing. I loved your instagram photo the other day and the packed box labeled booze. 🙂

  15. Rachelwrites007 says:

    I am about 200 pages into WOLVES, so when you are done — EMAIL ME! We will discuss. Mostly about how I’m afraid of crying on my lunch break at work as I read at my desk…LOL. I love June, and the writing and the woods and the story. I was born in the very late 80s and it’s so interesting to me reading about a time right before me, and how society reacted to AIDS then. Very different I find then now. So fascinating how culture and acceptance changes within decades!

    I am seeing FROZEN on Friday with a friend, and the ice skating rink in downtown Boston (right by work…lol, what a tease) just opened up so I am looking forward to that as well.

    Happy thanksgiving and good luck with moving. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Yes, I will definitely email you about WOLVES, Rachel. I should finish in the next day or two. I’m loving it so far. Hope you enjoy Frozen as much as we did! Have a great week!

  16. Patrice says:

    I love that quote, so true! I’m glad you liked Frozen, I’ve been hearing mixed reviews about it but I definitely still want to see it. I love Disney as well. And that Slab Apple Pie looks delicious 🙂 Glad you had a good holiday and good luck with your revisions, keep at it!!

  17. Sara Biren (@sbiren) says:

    That is a fantastic quote! I love it. I think I would also really love your Slab Apple Pie – very intriguing and quite lovely! Good luck with all your packing – that’s always such a drag! I’m looking forward to seeing FROZEN during the kids’ Christmas break – and I’m REALLY looking forward to all the Superlatives! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  18. Bridgid Gallagher (@bridgidlee) says:

    I love the photo of your girlie in front of the Frozen poster. She is too cute! She just looks SO excited. I love it. 🙂

    Best of luck with the packing! Moving is no fun at all, but I hope it goes quickly and smoothly for you. I’ll be looking forward to reading your Superlatives posts!

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks, Bridgid! My girl was definitely excited about Frozen. We’re very glad it lived up to our high Disney expectations! Are you planning to join us for Superlatives? I hope so! Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  19. Adrianne says:

    That pie looks ah-mazing! And I really love the quote. I hope the packing goes well and everyone’s still friends when you’re finished. 🙂

  20. Stephanie Allen says:

    I went ice skating once and managed to only fall down once, which is impressive given that I frequently fall over even when I’m standing still.

    Good luck packing! Every time I pack to move, it makes me want to get rid of everything, even though most of the things I own are books and clothes…

  21. Rebecca says:

    Oh, I love that quote, so lovely! Good luck with those revisions of yours and while I have no idea of the ins and outs, take my word for it that it is not ridiculous but the opposite. I have faith in you and your words and I can feel it, one of these days in the not so distant future, you’re going to be writing up one of those posts full of exploding happiness and GIF’s and excitement because your book is no longer a dream but a reality so keep on even when doubts surround you believe like so many others, I believe in you, too. ❤

  22. Kris F. Oliver says:

    Very jealous of the ice skating. The only ice rink we have nearby in FL is indoors, which is soooo not the same thing.

    Your slab apple pie is LOVELY! And so tasty looking.

    And I love the quote you posted. It is so very true. Plus, those are the people that, when you’re slogging along in the mire of revisions, can tell you that “you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like you” 🙂 (that’s my favorite SNL quote ever)

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

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