What’s Up Wedesday


“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 my friend Elodie Nowodazkij’s up-and-coming YA debut, One, Two, Three, and adored it. It’s the perfect read for fans of Simone Elkeles and Katie McGarry — angsty and sexy, with layered characters, a quick pace, and ballet(!). Now, I’m reading Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun (September, 2014). Guys, it is gorgeous beyond description. I’m savoring every sentence — every word. I’m mesmerized by the way Jandy Nelson plays with language and spins a fairly basic plot into this lovely and arresting web of a novel. I’m so looking forward to purchasing a finished copy. And finally, my daughter and I are reading The One & Only Ivan together and oh my goodness, it is making my heart hurt. What a profound and beautiful story. (Fact: The Ivan in Katherine Applegate’s novel was based on a real silverback gorilla — also named Ivan — who lived in a tiny glass “domain” in a sketchy Washington mall for 27 years. That sketchy mall was close to where I grew up, and I have very vivid memories of visiting Ivan with my family and musing, even way back then, about what a sad life he must’ve lived.)

What I’m Writing: The same two projects I’ve been working on for months. I revised a couple chapters from Where Poppies Bloom, and added a few thousand new words to the WiP I’m drafting, The Road So Far. Slowly but surely, friends. Slowly but surely. (You can read more about my Ready. Set. Write! summer writing and reading [and tanning] goals HERE.)

What Else I’ve Been Up To: Well, I’m the proud mama of a SECOND GRADER. Not sure how that happened already, but I’m very excited for my girl.

I feel like she went from six to sixteen overnight! *sob*

She was awarded a Super Reader certificate, which obviously makes me all kinds of proud. She was also voted “Class Encourager” by her classmates, and my heart bursts with pride knowing that she’s sweet and kind to her peers. Also, her teacher named her Most Inquisitive, which she totally gets from her daddy!

First day of summer break. We love the beach!

I made Spritz Cookies, because when I’m stuck on a writing project, I bake. I normally make Spritz around Christmas time. I use tree, wreath, star, and heart shapes, and color them green, white, and red. My daughter suggested doing summery flowers this time, and I think they turned out so cute! The yellow flowers are lemon, the red are almond, and the blue are coconut. Yum!

What’s Inspiring Me Now: Oh, just THIS from YA author Trisha Leaver… 

“With the release date of CREED rapidly approaching, Lindsay Currie and I have been fielding questions about what our co-authored voice sounds like, how psychologically twisted our collective mind is, and do I need to read all of your co-authored pieces with the lights on?

Rather than simply answer those questions, we thought we’d take it one step further and actually show you! We toyed with writing a prequel-type novella to set the stage for CREED, but you know us…why write a novella to CREED when you can give them entirely different book to enjoy!

After much discussion with our agents and an enthusiastic ‘go for it’ from our publisher, we have decided to utilize Wattpad to give the world a sneak peek at what they can expect from our co-authored voice. So here it is, a new, psychologically twisted, co-authored YA Thriller.


“The darkness would’ve scared me years ago, but not anymore—if you couldn’t see it, then you didn’t know it was there to be afraid of.”

~Jake Holloway, SILO

Starting today, we will be sharing a chapter a week of our co-authored book, SILO, on Wattpad for the world to enjoy, hate, question our sanity, run screaming from… The last chapter of the book will drop the week of November 8th, 2014, the same week CREED releases!

So, go forth and be appropriately frightened as you realize just what our twisted minds of capable of. Spread the word, leave a comment on Wattpad or simply enjoy the book in the dark confines of your own home.”

SILO on Wattpad

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent dog. Her co-authored, YA Psychological Horror drops November 8, 2014 from FLUX. Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, releases April 28th, 2015 from FSG/ Macmillan.
www.trishaleaver.comGoodreadsTwitter, & Facebook

Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember. Today, Lindsay is an author, as well as a freelance editor for young adult, new adult and middle grade fiction.  She is a proud member of SCBWI, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit.
www.lindsaycurrie.comGoodreads, & Twitter

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32 thoughts on “What’s Up Wedesday

  1. Mandie Baxter says:

    Oh man those cookies were so good. They’re so light you don’t feel like you’re eating much so you just want more.
    She is a very sweet girl. And I can see the inquisitiveness!!
    Yay beach day. Think we’re going to venture one day this weekend, weather permitting.

    • katyupperman says:

      Oh, yay! Glad you liked the cookies! And they’re dangerous like that. 🙂 I hope we can make it to the beach sometime soon too. I’ve got a tan to maintain and all!

  2. Jaime Morrow says:

    Congrats to your girlie for all of the recognition. Very, very cool! Hope you two have a wonderful summer break together. 🙂 I’m going to read ONE TWO THREE again after I finish the book I’m currently reading. I haven’t read Elodie’s book in a while, so I’m pretty excited to see how much more awesome it has gotten. I’ll definitely have to check out the new Jandy Nelson when it releases. I thoroughly enjoyed TSIE. You’re doing great so far with your RSW goals! Can’t wait to hear more about how it’s all going as the summer progresses! Have a great week! 😀

    • katyupperman says:

      I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN will be in my top 5 favorites of 2014, if not my very favorite. The writing… I can’t even. I know the phrase “all the feels” gets thrown around a lot, but this is DEFINITELY one of those reading experiences. Anyway, I could rave for days. 🙂 Have a great week, Jaime!

  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    That’s awesome that you made spritz cookies out of season. Good food shouldn’t have a season, even if someone people might wonder why you’re making or eating “holiday” food at the “wrong” time.

    I hope your daughter has a much better second grade year than I did. Second and third grade were probably the worst years for me in elementary school, back before my condition really had a name and no one could figure out what was “wrong” with me.

    • katyupperman says:

      I suppose it’s a good thing your condition was sorted out earlier in school as opposed to later, but it’s too bad that you had those rough years, Carrie-Anne. And yeah… I’m not sure there’s ever a *bad* time for treats. 😉

  4. kaitlinbartlett says:

    Jandy Nelson’s new book sounds GORGEOUS. I just added it to my GoodReads TBR shelf…can’t wait! And that cover… ❤ ❤ ❤

    Congratulations to your daughter on her Super Reader Certificate! Isn't that the BEST kind of award? 🙂 Have a great week, Katy!

    • katyupperman says:

      I cannot even with I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. It’s going to be among my top five 2014 favorites, if not my very favorite. I love it so much — not that I’m a bit surprised! Hope you have a great week too, Kaitlin!

  5. Melanie Stanford says:

    You always take such cute photos. I’m terrible at that! School hasn’t ended here yet, but I’m already anxious for next year when all four of my kids will be in school. I’ll have kids in grades 6, 4, 2, and kindergarten!

    • katyupperman says:

      Aww, thanks! I drive my husband and daughter nuts with the photos, but I like to have the memories to look back on. 🙂 And oh my gosh! You must have all kinds of mixed feelings about having all of your kiddos in school! Does this mean you’ll have some extra writing time?

  6. Erin Funk says:

    I loved THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, so I can’t wait to read Jandy Nelson’s next book. I’ve heard so much about THE ONE & ONLY IVAN and really need to make more time for some MG with that one. I can’t imagine how sad it must be reading it when you’ve actually seen the gorilla it was based on in real life.

    Love those cute cookies! I bought my Mom a cookie press a few years ago for Christmas and really should’ve bought one for myself too.

    Good luck with both the WIPs this week, Katy!

    • katyupperman says:

      Erin, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is one of my very favorite YAs, so I had insanely high expectations for IGYtS. It’s is far surpassing them. It’s difficult for me to even express how much I love this book. I can’t wait for you to read it! And yes, treat yourself to a cookie press! Yum!

  7. Krispy says:

    I can’t wait for I’ll Give You the Sun. I also didn’t know that about The One and Only Ivan! I’m going to have to check it out now.

    Congrats to your daughter for all her awards and achievements! That is such a cute idea to take pics of her first and last days as a 1st grader. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      I bet you’ll enjoy THE ONE & ONLY IVAN, Alice. It’s really sophisticated and beautifully written — just the kind of MG I love. Have a great week, lady!

  8. Rachelwrites007 says:

    Oh man…The One & Only Ivan! I’ve had the pleasure of growing up with Katherine’s books and she’s the reason I write/went to college to do so. I LOVE that book and I am a hard sell on MG (I think I like kissing/making out too much?). I’m also curious because Katherine is having a Picture book out in the fall about the REAL Ivan (so a non fic). Congrats to C on getting to second grade. and those cookies look epic!!!!! 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      I like a lot of MG books, but there are few I really LOVE, and IVAN is one of those. It’s incredible. And now I’m super curious about the Ivan picture book you mentioned. Sounds cool! Have a great week, Rachel!

  9. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    Your daughter is adorable! Congrats to her and to her proud mama 🙂

    I looked at the cover for IVAN and just that made my heart hurt. Definitely adding it to my TBR-list.

    Your cookies are so pretty! Almost too pretty to eat, but I think I’d find a way 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      I’ve definitely found a way to eat those cookies — too many ways, in fact! Let me know what you think of IVAN, Jennifer. We’re almost done, and my girl and I are both loving it. Have a great week, lady!

  10. Jessica Love says:

    Yay for your girlie! I can’t believe how much she has grown this year!

    I’m beyond jealous you’re reading the new Jandy Nelson. I requested it on NetGalley, but my request is just sitting there unanswered. WANT. (But I’m very glad to hear it’s as awesome as I’d hoped!)

    • katyupperman says:

      Jess, I finished I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN this morning and it is amazing. I can’t even put into words how much I love it, in fact. That phrase “all the feels” that gets tossed around? It’s that, times a thousand. I can’t wait for you to read it!

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