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…

What I’m Reading: I finished Loop by Karen Akins and enjoyed it so much. I literally laughed out loud several times (a rarity), plus this one had awesome pacing and a super cute boy. Win! Now I’m reading Losing It by Cora Carmack which is funny and sexy and full of sassy voice. I can see why it’s so popular!

What I’m Writing: Oh, hey, remember when I signed up for National Novel Writing Month? No? Well, that’s probably because I joined the fun spur-of-the-moment on November 8th. (That’s right.) I mostly signed up because I was stressed about a lot other stuff, and I figured NaNo would be an awesome way to heap some different stress on my plate, therefore taking my mind off the original stress. See how that works? Anyway. I caught up last week, which was an amazing feeling, and now I’m on track to win and (since I started NaNo-ing with Stars Like Dust, a project I was already about 15K into) finish my first draft around the same time. So, yeah, I’ve been writing A LOT, and it’s so satisfying because even though my story is all kinds of messy at the moment, I love it.

What Else I’ve Been Up To: Uh, freezing my butt off, for starters. Have I mentioned how much I hate being cold? I preheat my bed every night with a super-powered electric blanket, for example, and I complain (a lot) when the temperature dips below fifty-five, which it has often lately. Brrr…

My daughter, on the other hand, is loving the cold because she gets to wear her new “puffer” jacket out and about. Silver lining, I guess. And my silver lining? Chestnut Praline Lattes from Starbucks. Yum!

And can we talk about how cute Daphne’s been lately?

What Works For Me: I’ve talked about music before, but not this specific aspect of how I apply it to writing: Often, when I’m trying to draft but feel distracted and/or uninspired, I put on headphones and blast my WiP theme song(s) on repeat. The familiar lyrics and melodies help me find my writing flow (it’s pretty much a Pavlovian response now), and turning it up loud almost makes it white noise, which drowns out all of the nonsense swirling in my head (and house). For my NaNo WiP, my go-to songs are Shakira’s “Empire” and Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods.” Do you listen to music when you write? 

Tell me… What’s up with you today? 


35 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. Erin Funk says:

    The premise of LOOP sounds fun, and sci-fi with romance is one of my favourite things ever, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! It’s on my TBR list, so I’ll have to get my hands on a copy soon.

    I didn’t realize it got so chilly where you live. We’re used to bundling up here, but boy, I could really use one of those electric blankets! Best of luck with your NaNo goal, Katy! You’re on a roll!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I hope you like LOOP, Erin. I thought it was lots of fun! It doesnt usually get so chilly here in FL. It was 18 degrees F this morning, but it’s supposed to go back up to 75 this weekend, thank goodness! Have an awesome week, lady!

  2. Miss Cole says:

    I sure do listen to music when I write. It’s a great tool to engage with particular emotions for a scene.

    Aaaah, winter is on its chilly way. Yay! I like the cold. Hot drinks and snuggly clothes will solve all woes ^_^

    Best of luck with the rest of NaNo!

  3. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    I also listen to my WIP “songs” to get inspired, although I can only listen before b/c I can’t concentrate during writing if I have lyrics. I’m a sing-along kind of gal. If I know the words, I have to shout them (which I’m sure my neighbors love).

    Yay on your NaNo progress and I hope your stress lets up soon.

    It’s in the teens right now where I’m at but I’ll take that over the feet of snow I heard upstate NY has. Yikes! I’m okay with winter, but the widespread cold is pretty extreme.

    Daphne is adorable 🙂

    Stay warm this week and happy writing!

  4. Jess Gofton says:

    Congrats on your NaNo progress! 🙂 That’s amazing! And it’s a great feeling when you love the story you’re writing.

    I do listen to music when I write; I love film OSTs, but I also like to make playlists for my WIPs and assign certain songs to certain characters. It gives me a great sense of who they are.

    Have a lovely week!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I make playlists for my WiPs too, Jess. I like to listen to them when I’m driving and working out. Gets me in the mindset to write later. 🙂 Have a fantastic week, lady!

  5. Kate Scott says:

    Good luck with NaNo! And good luck staying warm, although the 50’s really isn’t very cold.

    Have a great week!

  6. Rachelwrites007 says:

    Good luck with NaNo, Katy! I can’t wait to see how this book turns out for you. I really want to read LOOP…I remember when it was on Baker’s dozen or one of those Authoress’ contests…gosh so long ago! 🙂 Sounds like it was great. and LOLOLOL 50’s is NOT cold…you need to live in New England where it gets to be 15 degrees… dude you would not survive here I don’t think 😉

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Well, in my defense, it was 18 degrees when I took my dog out this morning, so I do have some perspective. 😉 But any weather that’s not flip-flop weather just isn’t for me. Hopefully we never get stationed in Alaska! Have an awesome week, Rachel!

  7. Carrie-Anne says:

    I really hate that cold weather is returning. I’ve already begun wearing my rabbit fur hat again, and will have to start wearing gloves and a warmer coat soon. Every winter, my favorite aunt’s repeated offer to join her in Sarasota seems like a golden opportunity, so I’ll never have to deal with snow again.

  8. Jaime Morrow says:

    I think I take a similar approach to WiP music, to the same extent (the Pavlovian response). It’s nice to have something that triggers the need/want to write, that’s for sure. Maybe that’s what my WiP needs right now: a playlist. You’re just motoring along on this WiP! Can you send those productivity vibes due north? 😉

    Now you’ve got me craving a SBUX Chestnut Praline Latte. I had one and was pleasantly surprised at how yummy it was. I haven’t been much of a sweetened latte drinker for some time now, but I can’t resist it at Christmas time. This is a new fave! Have a wonderful week, Katy! And I hope whatever is causing you stress goes far, far away.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      The cause of my stress is also writing-writing related, so I don’t see it disappearing any time soon, but that’s part of the game, I suppose. Feeling lucky that NaNo came just in time to distract me. 🙂 And yes! You should definitely make a WiP playlist! I listen to mine all the time (except for when I’m actually writing; then it’s just a song or two) and I do find the music very inspiring. Hope that helps you to get drafting too, Jaime!

  9. Carrie says:

    I could not survive without my electric blanket! It fritzed out awhile ago and I had to make do with old fashioned hot water bottles (they call them ‘hotties’ here in NZ, which always makes me giggle) and they were NOT THE SAME 🙂 Hope it warms up soon! Summer is supposed to be coming here but it is still freezing. I want my flip flops!

  10. Melanie Stanford says:

    I hate being cold too but it’s kinda the norm around here for most of the year. I’ve realized it doesn’t really matter what I’m wearing as long as I have a cute coat, boots, and scarf because I swear that’s all people see when I go out.
    I also use music as inspiration. Sometimes it’s just white noise and sometimes certain songs get the writing going.
    I’ve put Loop on my TBR- it sounds great. 🙂

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I am definitely a fan of cute coats and boots, but I’d rather see them hanging out in my closet than actually have to wear them. I hope you enjoy LOOP, Melanie, and I hope you have an awesome week!

  11. Colin says:

    It’s not often I hear people talk of NaNo as “stress relief”… though I suppose to be fair, you’re using it as “stress distraction” rather than relief. Fun stress. Now there’s a concept… 🙂 I’m glad it’s working out for you, though. Do you think you’d have done as well if you had planned to do NaNo as opposed to joining in spur-of-the-moment?

    Stay warm and have a wonderful week, Katy! 🙂

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Stress distraction for sure, Colin! Often, the more I have to do, the more I accomplish. It’s those times when I’m in-between that I go craziest. Hence, signing up for NaNo. 🙂 And… I’m not sure if I would’ve done as well if I’d signed up at the start. Maybe? I like neat-and-tidy bar graphs. 🙂 Have a great week!

  12. Alison Miller says:

    So curious to hear your thoughts on Losing It when you finish. You should email me about that. Also, HOLY CRAP you’ve written a lot of words!!! Go you! I am so out of it – no idea you’ve written so much on this story! Yay!!!!!

    Oh, and yeah – BRRRR. This week we’re in the thirties. Next week it’s supposed to be in the seventies. Whack. 🙂

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I will email you about LOSING IT. I’ve already chatted about it with two others (who have shared my opinion) so I’m super curious to hear what you thought. And yeah, the weather has been bananas. Puffer vest one day, flip-flops the next!

  13. Stephanie A. Allen says:

    I was on track with NaNo a whole three days before falling behind so that’s how that’s been going for me. Also, I decided to write it in third person, which turned out to be a terrible idea.

    I love listening to music when I write. I have a hard time writing without it! I have playlists for all of my WIPs, but I’m revising one of them right now, so I’ve been listening to all of my pop and EDM stations on Pandora.

    • Katy Upperman says:

      No love for 3rd person?! I’ve used it for one manuscript and I actually really loved it, but it was definitely a challenge. Not good for NaNo, which is already stressful enough! Have a great week, Steph, and good luck with catching back up with NaNo (or at least writing lots and lots of words!). 🙂

  14. Kris F. Oliver says:

    As a fellow Floridian, I have to say “55 degrees…WTF?!!!” Welcome to the Wussie Club. I’m head Wuss. I had to find actual pants this week. PANTS!

    On the plus side…hot drinks. I think I’ve OD’d on coffee and cider.

    And Daphne…Holy Cuteness Batman!

    Happy Nano-ing. Hope it helps with the stress distraction. 🙂

  15. Caryn Caldwell (@CarynCaldwell) says:

    LOOP does look good! I’ve never read any of her books, but I really should, especially since I’ve heard so many wonderful things about them. And woohoo on NaNoWriMoing! I didn’t get to do it since I’m revising instead, but it’s been so fun to cheer everyone else on. Maybe next year? Good luck with your word count — and with revisions afterward!

  16. Crystal Collier says:

    You totally need to move to Florida. Seriously. =)

    Way to go with NaNo! I decided to do it, and then life got in the way. Too many other things happening. The last story I wrote that way was a total disaster too, and it took forever to get it cleaned. Not sure I could do that again.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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