(I plan to do a “Currently…” post every other Tuesday. You should join me! Find the origins of the idea HERE.)



My new Nikes, which I’ve been eyeing for months. Chestnut Praline Lattes with coconut milk, ’cause everything’s better with coconut milk. Erin Condren notebooks — since I’m going with an InkWell Press Planner in 2016 (!!!), I used my stockpile of EC credits to score a notebook and several dividers, and I’m going to use it to record family recipes. Finally, Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting — so yummy!


I recently finished Violent Ends, an anthology about a school shooting which totally blew me away. Find my review and an opportunity to win a copy of your own HERE. Last night I finished The Game Plan by Kristin Callihan, the recently released third book in her Game On series, which I’m kind of obsessed with. A smutty good time. 😉 Now I’m reading Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers, which is excellent so far.



Parks and Recreation. Sitcoms aren’t usually my thing, but this one… I’ve been watching compulsively, and ~literally~ every episode makes me laugh. Plus, they’re short, easy to fit in while I’m folding laundry or cleaning a bathroom. (My life is so glam.)

Listening To

I 💜 Echosmith!

Thinking About

My WiP, a contemporary YA set in Northern Virginia/DC. It’s been extra fun to draft because I’ve taken myself on a few field trips to visit some of the locations where scenes are set. For example, the Washington National Cathedral, which is gorgeous. My WiP’s hovering right around 30K, and I’m currently brainstorming fun and unexpected ways to move it forward. 

November 15th, the last day readers can leave ratings and comments on their favorite Swoon Reads stories to help give them a shot at publication. After the 15th, Swoon Reads editors will start reading and considering… All the nerves! (Find my story, Kissing Max Holden, HERE.)

Related… A reader at Swoon Reads recently left the loveliest comment on Kissing Max Holden — totally made my day. An excerpt from her review: This seems like it wasn’t written to impress anyone. No ego in it – just humanity in all its joyous and shattering pieces.


That I could relive this night! I met Judy Blume, guys, and she was wonderful. So sweet and enthusiastic and encouraging and inspirational. She was exactly the woman I’ve imagined over the nearly thirty years that I’ve been a fan. ❤


Making Me Happy

Sip Swap is approaching! I’ve signed up for this super fun writers’ mug exchange hosted by Kelsey Macke and Jessica Love — have you?!

What’s currently making YOU happy?


12 thoughts on “Currently…

  1. Jaime Morrow says:

    Those cupcakes look and sound AMAZING. I have some pumpkin and I’m thinking I might have to give something like this a whirl. And that cathedral… It looks like something you’d find in Europe. Your neck of the woods seems like it must be chock full of awesome places to visit. One day I’ll head that way. ☺ Thanks again for mentioning VIOLENT ENDS. I feel so out of the loop with books lately, and this one sounds like something I need to read. I’m happy you’re enjoying GRAVE MERCY. It’s a fave. Hope you have an awesome week, Katy!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      I thought the same thing about the Washington National Cathedral, Jaime! There are lots of cool things about it: there’s a moon rock embedded in one of the stained glass windows, and one of the gargoyles on the exterior is Darth Vader. 🙂 Hope you found a good use for your pumpkin, and I hope you get to read VIOLENT ENDS soon. I thought it was excellent. Have a great rest of the week!

  2. Jennifer Pickrell says:

    I like the sound of your new WIP! I’m always down for some DC/NOVA stories 🙂

    I’m in search of some new shoes myself – my old, beloved Nikes are way past their prime.

    That’s awesome you were able to meet Judy Blume and I’m glad to hear she’s as amazing as I’d imagined.

    Enjoy your week!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m trying to recall DC/NOVA YA stories I’ve read in the past, and I’m coming up empty… Surely there’ve been some! Hope you score some new kicks soon. 🙂 Have a great week!

  3. Alice says:

    That is SO COOL about Judy Blume, and I loved that she lived up to your expectations. Great lady!

    It is a fervent hope of mine that one day I will be able to sample one of your baked goods. 🙂 Good luck with your WIP!!

    • Katy Upperman says:

      Leandra, I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying Jill and Max’s story! I hope it holds up for you — thanks so much for reading, and for that amazing cover. ❤

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