What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme to catch up on writing, reading, what's going on.
Link your post here. What I'm Reading
Finished up Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky on audio book. This is women's fiction at its best, about a group of women coming to terms with their teenage daughter's pregnancy pact. Yeah--whoa! This was my first book by the author and I will definitely read more of her books. If you're a fan of Jodi Picoult, I think you would like her work.
In my attempt to expand to different genres, I'm reading an inspirational historical romance, the 2013 Rita-winner Against the Tide (such a pretty cover!). It's pretty good so far; I whipped through 100 pages Saturday morning.
I always have to have an audio book going, so I picked up Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes, which I've never read. I missed the film this summer, so I'll have to wait for the DVD.
So, I'm pretty excited about this. Last week my update was that I wrote 2,000 words to start my new project, and my goal for the next week was to write every day. Something clicked for me and I'm up to... 20,000 words! I managed to write 18k words this week. Yeah!
To accomplish this, I ignored coworkers during my lunch break, stayed late a few days to write to use up some extra time before heading to the gym, and used my work from home days to my advantage where my time is more flexible (no commute, lunch at home). Plus last weekend was my first weekend home since the end of June, so I wanted to be there and not anywhere else (though I saw The Heat and it was super funny and rather crass. Melissa McCarthy is awesome.).
What Inspires Me
You all! My goal to write every day, well it sure helped, and I wouldn't have been as motivated on my own. So thank you! I wouldn't have racked up 20k words if I'd just saved my writing time for the weekend.
Also, I'm back on the WriteOnCon forums chatting with other writers and commenting/critiquing queries and first pages. Next week is the free online conference focused on kidlit (picture book, MG, YA, and this year New Adult (not kidlit but... well, NA is kind of it's own growing thing I suppose)). WriteOnCon helped me out a lot in past years. To think, last August I was tweaking my query, and this year that same book is in publisher's hands! (think good thoughts for me!)
What Else I've Been Up To
A month of traveling and vacations sent me off my routine, and I can feel a few extra pounds which I am not a fan of. So I'm back on the My Fitness Pal app to monitor what I'm eating and how much I'm exercising. I tend to lose interest in tracking all that, but it really helps. I'm especially motivated to add that exercise in (so I can consume more daily calories, duh!). I usually make it to the gym once or twice a week, and this week I'm aiming for 4 days to get back on track. Yesterday I returned to Spinning class, I used to go once a week, but I've changed it up for other classes. It's so hard at first but worth it.
Please leave a comment and let me know how your week's writing, reading, or summer happenings. Don't forget to check the other blogs linked at the What's Up Wednesday post!
I'm Stephanie Scott and I write Young Adult fiction about teens who put their passions first. My debut ALTERATIONS releases 12/6/16 by Bloomsbury Spark. I enjoy dance fitness, cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I'm represented by Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Lit. Find me on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA