What’s Up Wednesday

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“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 finished Veronica Rossi’s Into the Still Blue, the final book in her Under the Never Sky series and, as expected, I loved it. Such a fantastic conclusion to a trilogy I’ve followed since its debut. I also read Jessi Kirby’s In Honor, which is now my favorite of her three contemporary YA novels. So, so good! The ending, especially… I just adored it. Now I’ve started White Cat by Holly Black. I’m not much of an urban fantasy girl (I guess that’s what this one is?) so I’m way out of my reading comfort zone, but I’ve heard great things about the world-building and such. Who’s read it? Thoughts?

What I’m Writing: I spent a few days poring over a manuscript I’ve ignored for many months. As I opened the document to revisit it, I was sort of terrified that I’d suddenly hate it, but nope! Still love these characters and their story. I’m looking forward to working on it more once I’m done with this revision of my current WiP, which is what I spent the majority of my time focusing on over the last week. Let’s face the facts, shall we? This draft’s ending needs work. Major work. But, I’m still rather smitten, so I’m more than happy to put in the time. Hopefully it’ll all pay off one of these days. 🙂

What Else I’ve Been Up To: Mostly just reading, writing, and hanging with my girlie. We went on a shopping spree in Destin the other day, which turned out to be a really fun Girls’ Day Out. We hit up two malls, Target, Ulta, and Panera, and updated my cutie pie’s summer wardrobe. She insisted on choosing all of her new clothes without my input because she’s “a big girl now.” *sniffle*


Luckily she has a pretty good fashion sense. 🙂


Gulf of Mexico in the morning. I’ve gotta say… As much as I miss living next to the Pacific Ocean, this isn’t half bad.

What’s Inspiring Me Now: I know I’ve been raving about Friday Night Lights a lot lately, but other than parenting, writing, and reading, it’s what I do. The writing and characterizations and relationships going on in that show absolutely inspire me. I only hope to create something so riveting! 

  
Also, these two. I’ve been battling some wicked insomnia lately, and I wish I could sleep as restfully (and as often) as they do.

Tell me… What’s up with you today? 

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40 responses to “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. Hope the insomnia goes away soon. It’s such a frustrating thing.

    Don’t you love it when you re-read your work and discover all the old feelings you had for it are as strong as ever? Have fun revising it 😀

  2. Always enjoy reading what your currently working on writing wise – wishing you the best with revising and have fun getting back into that manuscript of yours. Glad you still love it! Gulf of Mexico in the morning looks amazing! I’ve heard great things about FNL, might have to look into it further!

  3. Glad you enjoyed IN HONOR! I absolutely loved that book 🙂 Your cutie does have a good fashion sense! She must get it from you…and did she ask any more questions about kitties?
    Hope your insomnia goes away and that you get some sleep! (like those two ;))
    And yay for going back to an old WiP and loving it..
    Have a great Wednesday, Katy!

  4. White Cat is a great read – it’s pretty unique in terms of worldbuilding and the way magic works – I really enjoyed it!

    I love opening an old draft and falling in love with it again.

  5. You’re daughter’s certainly not camera-shy, Katy. Of course, it helps if you’re adorable. 🙂 And yes… they grow up too quickly. *sigh*

    Why do we do that? Why do we always open up our manuscripts with the thought “I hope this isn’t too terrible” or “I really hope I don’t hate this”? Why do we never think, “Oh, I LOVE this novel–the writing is so awesome, I can’t WAIT to dive into it!” We’re such pessimists about our own work, aren’t we? I guess that’s why we need Beta Readers, and Critique Groups… 🙂

    Have a wonderful week!

    • Yes, we are definitely our own toughest critics! I suppose I try to prepare myself for the worst so that I can be pleasantly surprised if it’s not all bad? Crazy writer eccentricities. 🙂 Hope you have a great week, Colin!

  6. Glad you’re still loving your older manuscript. It’s always so exciting when you open an old document and go, “Hmm…I did a thing or two right here! Go me!”
    In Honor has been on my TBR list for a while. I’ll have to get ahold of it soon!!
    Have a great week, Katy!

  7. The Gulf of Mexico view is gorgeous! You’ve lived in the most stunning places. 🙂 I really want to read IN HONOR–I’ve heard great things, and I really love that cover. Good luck with the revisions!

    • Thanks, Rebecca! Yes, we’ve lucked out with several of our stations over the years. We’ve had a few duds though, too. 🙂 I bet you’ll love IN HONOR. It’s a really sweet story with a fantastic love interest. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  8. I’m itching to open up a long-neglected WIP, but I’m trying to be good and stick with the revisions on my current one. It’s so hard to resist the calling!

    The Gulf of Mexico pic = stunning.

    I’m a huge fan of all things Jessi Kirby.

    Good luck with revisions this week!

    • I’m a big Jessi Kirby fan too! She’s yet to disappoint, and IN HONOR is my very favorite of hers so far. And I know what you mean about trying to ignore the call of older projects. Must. Be. Strong. 🙂

  9. I love it when you pick up something you wrote a while back, and you still like it and some of it surprises you. Do you ever make yourself laugh out loud at something you forgot you wrote? Maybe it’s just me.

    And how cute that she wants to pick out her own clothes now. Big moment.

    And it’s been a while since I read WHITE CAT, but I really liked it. It felt very fresh compared to some of the other stuff I was reading at the time, and had just the right touch of grittiness/darkness.

    Hope your week is amazing! Good luck with all your revisions! 🙂

    • I have definitely made myself smile with things I’ve written in the past, which mostly makes me feel like a big ol’ dork, but at least I’m not alone in this. 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you liked WHITE CAT. I’m looking forward to getting deeper into the story. Have a great week, Kris!

  10. It’s always fun and fulfilling to return to an old book and make changes you never would’ve considered when you first wrote it. Even a year or six months away can give you fresh perspective, since I know most people aren’t away from manuscripts for 10 years like I was with some of mine.

    That’s a beautiful picture of the Gulf. It’s so tempting to take my aunt up on her offer to join her in Sarasota, particularly when I live in the Northeast.

    • I bet you’re ready for some sun and warm weather, Carrie-Anne. I’m hoping to visit Sarasota this summer. I’ve heard it’s beautiful! Hope you have a great week, lady!

  11. Love Jessi Kirby’s books, though I think Moonglass is still my favorite. Did you know she wrote the love interest in In Honor with Tim Riggins in mind? Oh, yes she did!

    I read the White Cat curseworkers series and really liked it. I listened to them all on audiobook from the library which I HIGHLY recommend since actor Jesse Eisenberg is the narrator. He is fantastic and made me like the story more.

    • I had heard that about Tim Riggins, which is so funny because I’m binge watching Friday Night Lights right now! I’m nearly done with season one, and I love it so much. Between Riggins and Rusty, I’ve had a glorious week of football-playing cowboys. 🙂 Have a great week, Stephanie!

  12. Yay for falling back in love with your old project. I always love it when that happens. Have a great week!

  13. I think opening up a WiP that was set aside and finding that you still love it is one of the best things ever. It really gives you that much-needed boost to dive back in again. And that’s pretty great incentive to finish your current revision, I imagine.

    GOLDEN is my favourite Jessi Kirby read. I liked IN HONOR, but I did find it a bit distracting that Rusty was so much like Tim Riggins. Still, road trip books are always a fun thing!

    Hope you have a wonderful week all around, Katy, with less insomnia and more baking. (And since nobody has called you on it yet this week: Where are the baking photos??? :P)

    • Yeah, I’m currently quite smitten with Tim Riggins, so Rusty just added fuel to that fire. What can I say? 😉

      And I know I totally failed in the treat department! My husband’s out of town and it’s very dangerous for me to have treats in the house when he’s not around to eat the majority of them. I’m going to make zucchini bread this weekend, though. Assuming it turns out well, I’ll share.

      Have a great week, Jaime!

  14. You are so much more productive than me, I feel. I haven’t read Golden yet, but remember you loving it. I still need to red the Veronica Rossi series. I have been reluctant to start more series lately because I feel like I have too many I’m already involved with, but I love series, and I love devouring them all at once.

    Glad to hear your older MS still has a spark and is drawing you back in. That’s great news! Have an awesome week, Katy!

    • I highly doubt I’m any more productive than you, Rebekah! I just don’t share about all the time I spend playing Candy Crush. 😉 And you should TOTALLY read Veronica Rossi’s series. It’s one of my favorite YA dystopians. The romance and the friendships are so well done. I hope you have a wonderful week, lady!

  15. I enjoyed White Cat- the world building felt seamless without a lot of info dump or clogging backstory. While I liked it though, I haven’t exactly been dying to pick up the next book (I think it’s a trilogy) but that’s probably because I’ve got so much other stuff on my TBR list right now.
    Based on your talk last week about FNL, I put the 1st season on reserve at the library!

    • Yay! I hope you get to watch FNL soon! This is horrible, but I get really excited when bedtime for my girl rolls around because then I get to watch another episode or two. 🙂

  16. Ah! I need to read Into the Still Blue! Excited to see how it all ends. I’ve read White Cat and enjoyed it immensely. I think it’s a little less urban fantasy than even The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, but as always, Holly Black’s books are great because the characters are great and the worldbuilding is just so seamless!

    Your photos are always great, and yes, your girl has adorable fashion sense (and the best smile)! And ah! Friday Night Lights is another one of those shows everyone seems to rave about that I have yet to see. Some day!!

    • I am so mad at all the people in my life who’ve watched FNL and NOT insisted that I watch. So, I’m going to do you a favor and strongly encourage you to check out the first season. It is so, so good! Have a great week, Alice. Glad to have you back to blogging. 🙂

  17. I loved In Honor, definitely gave me the feels. Love that you still love that old manuscript. I’ve opened a couple in the past and found that it’s just not the same. Your daughter is adorable, glad you get to spend quality time with her. My daughter has decided she can get dressed by herself, but isn’t quite to the ‘I’ll pick out my own clothes’ phase yet. I’m worried for her, she has a tendency to wear things backwards. Hopefully she’ll grow out of that.

  18. You girls are so lucky to be picking out summer clothes! We’re still buried in snow here, and I’m sure there’ll be a nice, sloppy season to get through before we even think about shorts and t-shirts. Ah well, I guess that gives me time to hit the treadmill before summer clothes weather 😉

    I love that you’re tackling a previous manuscript for your next project. I really need to revisit some old stories one of these days. I’ll be equally as terrified to dig those out. Hope the revisions are going well!

    • Ugh. I do not envy you for all that snow. We’ve had a few days of really beautiful weather this week and I’m so thankful for it. I hope you get to dig some of those old manuscripts out soon. My experience with this one has been surprisingly fulfilling. Have a great week, Erin!

  19. Rachelwrites007

    I really liked IN HONOR. I didn’t love it, but I think thats because I saw too much of Riggins in Rusty. *shrug* I have yet to read GOLDEN, though. I can’t wait for that one! Robert Frost and secrets and journals… Just my thing.

    I loved WHITE CAT but I hate that they changed the covers about 4x during the trilogy. I wanted to own a complete set but they redid them that I hate hate hate the new ones, love the original (like in your picture) but can’t find a 2nd or 3rd like it. Sigh. I am picky about my urban fantasy and enjoyed the series. 🙂 Plus Cassiel ❤ He's the reason my love interest was named Cass (that I felt brave enough to name him Cass, anyway). 🙂

    I'm currently reading THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER and can't put it down. I just read IGNITE ME, THESE THINGS I'VE DONE and CRASH AND BURN. (Yeah I'm kind of on a binge read…)
    I'm avoiding revisions. Once these are done, um, I have to um query people. Um. Yeah. * hides forever*

    Sorry about the insomnia and hope you're able to figure out a schedule/what works for you, etc soon. ❤

    P.S. Did you see Jandy Nelson is FINALLY releasing a 2nd book? September release!!!! 🙂 🙂

    • I did see that about Jandy Nelson! I haven’t seen a summary for it yet, but I’m SO excited! THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE continues to be one of my absolute favorites! And hey, get to revising already! I can’t wait to see what comes of your querying efforts. Sending you positive vibes, lady!

  20. Your daughter is so cute! And she has great fashion sense–I love that tee shirt. Sassy and cute!
    Keep it up on your revisions!