Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Hi! I haven't posted for What's Up Wednesday in a while. For more info on that, see go to Jamie Morrow's blog. Check here for participating blogs.

What I'm Reading

I'm finishing up the YA thriller Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Curie. They are debut authors who also were fellow Pitch Wars mentors this fall. AND I got to meet them at Anderson's for a YA author panel!

What I'm Writing

NaNoWrimo! I'm plowing through plot holes galore in the spirit of literary abandon! This time I'm trying out a YA with spies and intrigue--the antithesis to my little summer beachstory I wrote last Nano.

What Works For Me

This section is new for me! So this month, the built-in goals of Nano work for me because there's a deadline, a goal, and a larger community to support reaching it. I have not yet lost a Nano in the 3 years I've done it, so that's motivation for me. Plus, having a new draft that's something different than the two manuscripts I worked on over the past year is really refreshing. Even if it's terrible, it's something different!

What Else Is New

I survived mentoring through Pitch Wars, I finaled in three RWA chapter contests (and won one of them! The Molly via Heart of Denver RWA). I've had ups and downs with my writing but I've been really encouraged by my writing colleagues. Still plugging away.

Oh, and I was in tropical bliss during our first snowfall back home. Happy birthday-slash-anniversary to me :)

Enjoy your holiday! (Americans).

What have you been up to? Leave a comment!


  1. That NaNo project sounds amazing! :D Congrats on your RWA win, and on the mentoring... that's a hard job! (But it sounds a lot of fun, too. :D)

  2. Congrats on the win! NaNo can be a great motivator even if you don't officially stick to the challenge (this is the first year I've stuck with it and won). Best of luck! :)

  3. Good luck with Nano, and congrats on your RWA contest win! Hope you had a good time at the author panel, too. :)

  4. I love the sound of your NaNo project!

  5. YA with spies and intrigue? Fun! I think you're right about NaNo, about the built-in goals and deadline. If I'd been ready to start drafting I probably would have used NaNo to make some progress, but not necessarily to "win" it. It's definitely a great motivator even if you aren't starting a project from scratch. Good luck meeting your NaNo goals! Congrats on the RWA contest win! :D Hope you have a great week!

  6. Good luck with NaNo! The final stretch is here. NaNo can be such a great motivator, especially having a built-in support group of fellow writers.

  7. Good luck with NaNo! A spy story sounds awesome :D

  8. I love how you put that: "in the spirit of literary abandon!" I could use a little literary abandon myself these days. Your NaNo project sounds awesome! Spies and intrigue? Good stuff! I'm glad to hear it's going well for you and that the whole excitement of NaNoWriMo is keeping you on track. Have fun plowing through those plot holes this week!:)

  9. Wow, you rock at NaNo! I tried it for my first time last year and won. I wanted to do it this year but didn't think I'd have the time. I can't help but wonder if I'd committed to it, if I'd be almost done my WIP by now instead of only 16k in? Ah well, I'll never know!
    Have a great week!


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