Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Quick post today! For more on What's Up Wednesday, click here.

What I'm Reading

I just finished Breathe Annie, Breathe, a contemporary YA by Miranda Kenneally. I think this is her best book since her debut Catching Jordan. Such a lovely story about a girl training for a marathon in memory of her boyfriend who died before he could run it himself.

What I'm Writing

I had all my goals set for a blog writing challenge that started this week: Winter Writing Fest via Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog. I'm still going forward, but the manuscript I'm working on has changed due to a *development*. That's all I can say. So I'll be doing more revising, cutting, and shaping vs. new wordcount. The best part of the writing challenge is it's flexible. The point is to finish projects. I also have a deadline. Eep!

What Works For Me

Deadlines! Again: Eep!

What Else is New

A friend of mine lost 40 pounds in six months from changing her eating and lifestyle. She works out 1-2 times a day most days--one of those workouts is a light walk, but she's moving. Let's just say that's motivating. I've been working in more regular exercise since December (actually earlier than that but I slipped after I went on vacation). I'm not viewing it as a New Year's thing but a life thing.

I've been having fun with Forever YA's #fyaphotoaday on Instagram. And I've been busy booking speakers for my RWA chapter. Tonight is our first meeting of the new year, so glad to get back in the swing.

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  1. I really need to get caught up on the Miranda Kenneally books. I read the first one and always meant to keep on going. This one sounds really good! I'm very curious about this development you mention. I hope it's a really, really good development. I often think a deadline, while scary, is exactly what I need to get my butt in gear. Having all the time in the world to work on a WiP is actually a hindrance to my productivity, I find. I like how you're calling regular exercise a life thing and not a New Year's thing. Yes to that. I need to make good on my plan to make changes there as well. Hope you have a wonderful week, Stephanie! :D

    1. I've missed at least one of Miranda's books. I'm curious why they went with a different cover theme since this takes place in the same universe as the other books with appearances by past characters, which is always fun. Though I like this cover and think it fits the book.

      I'm revisiting a manuscript I haven't worked on in a year plus. Well, I've made minor changes since then, but not anything major.

      I still need to decorate a jar to do that thing where you write down good things throughout the year.

  2. Oooh, a development! Sounds very intriguing ;)

    Good luck hitting your deadlines. Have a great week!

  3. A development???? Exciting! Congrats on having a deadline! Have a great week!

    1. A development that at least requires a deadline. You never know how things will pan out, but I'm keeping an open mind :)

  4. I find deadlines really motivating, too. Best of luck with the revisions! :)

  5. Ohhh! I love Miranda's books. I'm so excited to read her latest so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Good luck with your "development." I hope it's a good one.

  6. I need to work on going to the gym more regularly again, though it's always a nightmare to go in the first few months of the year. The parking lot is stuffed, and all the machines are pigged up by people who only became members because of their clichéd resolution. That's not fair to regular members who come all the time, no matter what time of year, and who don't need some clichéd resolution to care about fitness.

  7. Good luck with getting in shape! I've been working on that for months now. Here's to a healthier new year. I thrive on deadlines, but they not as much when they're self imposed. Too easy to break.

  8. Good luck on your revisions -- and on the fitness goals. Two years ago I added yoga to my routine, and now I'd like to start running a little.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics


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