Wednesday, June 18, 2014

French Kissing and River Floating

Hey Writers and Readers!  Hope you had another productive week out there in aspiring author land!  This is another fantastic addition of Niki's "What's up Wednesday", a blog hop sponsored by Jaime and Erin.  You can find out exactly what it is and how you can join by checking out Jaime's blog here.

What I'm Reading:  I just finished ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins.  I know, I know, what took me so long, right?  I am not usually big into contemporary YA (I love me some Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Paranormal, etc.) but man oh man the voice on this one was right on.  The only reason I didn't give it five stars on Goodreads instead of four was that I didn't like the message that was subtly portrayed that if you are in love with someone you can't help but make out with them.  Sorry teens, but that isn't how life works.  Sometimes you have to control yourself even if you are SUPER in love.  I am the romance killer and make-out party pooper.  But other than that, I loved it.

What I'm Writing:  I am still plugging away at my camp story (which is contemp YA despite what I said above, lol).  Not sure that  I am going to have a complete first draft by the end of June like I had hoped, though.  I still have about 20-30K to write, and my sessions have been sporadic at best lately.  Maybe I can work in some library nights next week to try and knock some of that out?  I'd like to have it tucked away in a drawer with a big bow on top before I start my next project (Camp Nano in July).

What's Inspiring Me Right Now:  Um, has anyone else been binge watching  season two of Orange is the New Black???  Cause I have.  Even though the setting of my book is summer camp and not prison, I have been stealing some fun character traits from our girls in orange.  Also, I learn so much about prison from that show...

What Else Is Going On:  The only other thing that has been on my brain this week is FLOAT TRIP!!!  My husband and I get to spend this weekend leisurely floating down the Niangua River, drinking lots of "adult beverages" and having a crazy fun, kid-free weekend!  YAY!  I can't wait to drop those little angles off with the grandparents and meet up with some of our zany friends.

So that was my week!  What have you been up to?


  1. Enjoy your kid-free weekend and good luck getting some writing done :D

  2. I loved ANNA & THE FRENCH KISS too, but I loved LOLA & THE BOY NEXT DOOR even more. I don't read a ton of contemporary either, but like you I do have one contemp WIP. I'm really more of a sci-fi gal. Good luck with your Camp NaNo project and enjoy those adult beverages this weekend. Sounds fun! :)

    1. I'll have to add LOLA to my read list! Thanks!