Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What's up Wednesday 09/11/13

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. Be sure to visit Jaime's blog to add your post to the link list!

What I'm Reading

Bonds of Hope showed up on my kindle last night J so of course I started it. I had just finished with listening to the audio of World War Z and was preparing to start with my writing… but my new book was calling to me.

I started it, but I am putting down my foot (figuratively).  I’ve told myself I’m only reading during bed time.  I really have to get back on a regular writing schedule if I’m going to finish my draft.

What I'm Writing

Blogging:  Trying hard to catch up on my blogging, and I think I’m making some head way.  I have a couple guest blog requests that I think I might have to put on the back burner for now if I’m going to stay on task.

Novel: So after making my bold declaration last week (I will finish my first draft by October…) I haven’t written a thing.  I crammed to finish my critique for my writing group and then fell into reading.  “Just one more book” I kept telling myself.  Well tonight is our weekly write-in and I’m determined to get some work done.  I have about 8 chapters left to write and if I’m going to pump that out in 6 or so weeks I have to really sit down each night and hit my 1000 words a night goal.  I don’t think it’s outside my ability… with a little help from my friends. (I’m think of you Kate!!)

What Else I've Been Up To

This weekend we had a wedding.  It’s always fun to see people in love start their lives together. Outside of that we’ve had the normal family drama. 

This month has been big for family stress.  I’ve had to deal with the In-laws totally enable the brother-in-law and his continued worthlessness (and I don’t use that word lightly).  It’s frustrating and infuriating.  I could easily overlook it, except this all revolves around our family business. 

Hubby is preparing to start Grad school; a big part of the stresser for the family issues.  We’re still not sure if Grad school is going to require him to go down to part time, and if so we need to make up his salary by increasing mine.

What Inspires Me Right Now


I think that’s my issue.  I’ve been really uninspired this last week.  Work stress has encouraged me to hid in my books at night.  I’ve stayed off the social media sites and even off my nightly hangout with my writing buddies.

I need to find my spark again. Maybe I need a swift kick to get me going again.

So that's what's been up with me this week.  How has your week been?



  1. Sorry about the work stress getting in the way of writing. I totally understand that. We're going through the same thing. Good luck with everything!

  2. I completely understand the pull of reading, and how that impacts writing. There are so many books I need to read, but I need to finish revisions so I can get this WIP off to betas and start something new. But there are so many good books I need to read... argggg!! I'm not sure I have a better suggestion for you other than putting the foot down, but I feel your pain. :)

    All the best with your writing goals for the week. I hope the family stresses decrease, and productivity increases.

  3. Drama in all its forms is decidedly unfun. Sorry that you are having to deal with all of that.

    I love your "comforted by a friend vs. best friend" gif. That is so true. :)

    Hope you find your spark! :)

  4. Drama is definitely not good. I hope it all settles down soon. And best of luck with your writing!

    Those gifs are so true. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great week :)

  5. That is an amazing GIF! Sometimes tough love is needed.

    When I don't feel inspired to write, I force myself to anyways, for at least five minutes. I focus on some aspect of what I need to write, clear my mind of everything, put myself in a place where I won't be interrupted, maybe drink some coffee, and set my watch timer for five minutes. I feel like five minutes is attainable. Once my brain goes into gear I can go for a lot longer, it's just propelling myself into action that daunts me.