Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What's Up Wednesday




First 
I want to apologize for visiting so few blogs last week. I was caught in meetings and thought I could squeeze it all in. I failed. I can't wait to check out all the bloggy goodness this week!

What's Up Wednesday
 is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, that helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends and let them know what's up. Join by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

What I'm Reading
I finished In Search of Goliathus Hercules by Jennifer Angus. She created a fascinating world that I truly loved. It was right up my alley. I do have some residual guilt because Henri, the MC, believes it is wrong to kill insects and his evil nemesis is a bug killer. My bug-girl-book MC is an insect collector (like myself) who is a bit more comfortable with killing the occasional bug for science. C'est la vie. Or, c'est la mort, in this case. RIP bugs I have killed!

On a family camping trip I was able to read Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen and re-read (it has been 25 years at least) Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. I feel like Sarah D is kind of the modern embodiment of the great Judy Blume, so I loved reading them back-to-back. I loved both books. What a treat. 

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen will take all summer I think. It's dense but oh-so-good. Now I'm learning about Europeans "discovering" America. You can imagine how that goes, right? I knew the American Thanksgiving story was a pile o' crap, but I didn't realize all that happened before. Fascinating!

Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson is still the family read-aloud. The competition for Arriman's marriage proposal is on... and it's not going very well. We're ALL loving it.


What I'm Writing
I have a post today at The Kindness Project about gratitude and forgiveness. Check it out. 

I will have a couple of slow weeks on the Ready. Set. Write! front. My two favorite little people are home from school and having LOTS of mom time before they start camp and I return to work. 

My handy-dandy excel sheet has exceeded my nerdiest expectations. 
I am using it to view my percent-completion on all three summer writing projects. 

Tenure packet (32% complete) YAAAAAY!
Thirst (12% complete)
Stung (0% complete)

That's up from last week's
Tenure packet (20%) 
Thirst (12%)
Stung (0%)

I feel good about it!

What Inspires Me Right Now
Our camping trip to Vermont this weekend was beyond beautiful. Loved being out in nature with the kids. 

And Now It's Your Turn!
What's up with you?

50 comments:

  1. Vermont is on my list of places after my vaca in NC. Thanks for what you said about Judy Blume and Sarah Dessen. I love reading Judy Blume and shall check out SD.

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    1. Yay Fida-- Vermont is so beautiful. It was nice and cool, too, last weekend... which made it fantastic. :0) Ooh, can't wait to hear what you think about SD. She's pretty great.

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  2. Lovely picture! Makes me want to take off my shoes :)

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    1. Take 'em off and enjoy the cool stream! I wish I was still there and could do the same. It's blazing hot in CT now. :0)

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  3. Oooooh, In Search of Goliathus Hercules sounds awesome! So cool that you found something else with a buggy theme. And yaaaaay for camping! What a great way to enjoy the outdoors with kiddos. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Kiperoo! Goliathus Hercules was perfect for me. Yes, we had a great time camping. So fun!

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  4. I love that picture! And I will definitely have to catch up on reading Kindness posts. I will start with yours!

    Sounds like you are having a productive summer! Good luck with your writing goals for the week!

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    1. Thanks, Alison. I need to catch up on TKP posts, too. :0) K

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  5. I love camping, it's always fun :)
    Sarah Dessen is great - Someone Like You is one of my favourites.

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  6. TIGER EYES is one Judy Blume book I haven't read - I want to soon, though, since the movie is out.

    Glad you're enjoying some family time :)

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    1. I know-- I want to check out the film after a glowing recommendation from a friend. :0)

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  7. I looked for LIES MY TEACHER TOLD ME at the library last week (after you mentioned it), and it was checked out. Boo. I told my husband about it, though, and now we both want to read it. :-) I want to read TIGER EYES too... It's one of the few Judy Blume books I haven't read. Way to go on your tenure progress... I bet you'll be so relieved when that project is done. Best of luck with this week's writing.

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    1. Thanks Katy-- Tiger Eyes is pretty great. Classic Judy Blume. I really want to see the movie after Ghenet's recommendation. :0) Have a great week!

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  8. "C'est la mort" Too funny! My insect collecting these days is pretty much limited to those that died of natural causes (or at least other anthropomorphic causes besides myself) Good for the guilt complex. :)

    Congrats on the writing progress! And your camping trip looks absolutely devine.

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    1. Thanks, Kris. :0) I tell myself it's okay since they're so abundant... I never collect threatened or endangered species! :0)

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  9. Awesome photo! I love how you've captured a moment so perfectly.

    Enjoy your Mom time ^_^ Best of luck squeezing in some writing too.

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    1. Thanks Miss Cole! I am enjoying the mom time so much. I'll get back to writing soon enough. :0)

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  10. Congrats on your progress this week!! I love that Vermont photo--it's so beautiful. Also, I still haven't read TIGER EYES (I've only read Judy Blume's middle-grade!) but I LOVED the movie so I definitely need to read the book soon.

    Enjoy this time off with your kiddos!

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    1. Oooh, cool, Ghenet-- I think Tiger Eyes was my first JB book. It was that or Are You There God... both really opened my eyes and made me think. I just adore her. Based on your post I am dying to see the film!

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  11. Awesome! Way to make tracks. --And what a beautiful picture. I seriously love it when the universe aligns, lightning strikes, and we get to blow the doors wide open with words.

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  12. Loved all of your updates! Thank you for a great review of so many books. Glad to hear you are enjoying all of your mama time (wow! that camping shot was beautiful). I think my favorite line though was "exceeded my nerdiest expectations." It made me giggle because I think that sort of thing all the time :)

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    1. YAY for nerdy expectations! And thanks, Temre. The camping location was just gorgeous. My hubs took that photo, but really, there were gorgeous shots everywhere!

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  13. Love that photo! Glad you'll get some time with your kiddos over the next couple of weeks. And I just checked out your etsy store, too -- such beautiful prints! My husband also creates woodcuts. I'll show him your store tonight. :)

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    1. Ooh, cool Sara-- thank you! Is your husband on etsy? Does he have a website? I'd love to check out what he does, too! I love making woodcuts.

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    2. He's not - and he doesn't have as much time for his art as he would like (he also brews beer, so... priorities, I guess). I'll have to email you a couple selections.

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    3. I hear you! There was a period of at least 7 years where I couldn't print at all... there was just no time or space. It has only been in the last two years that I've picked it up again. My husband brews, too! Funny! I'd love for you to email me his work. My address is kat(dot)owens(at)gmail (dot)com. :0)

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  14. Wow, you're reading a lot! And trying to write three books this summer too. I'm impressed.

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    1. Hi, Kate! Nice to see you! I'm home with the kids for a few weeks, which makes reading easier. Mostly editing old books this summer. My first two MS need major revisions to be salvageable. I hope you are well!

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  15. That pic from Vermont is stunning! Nice to spend some time in nature with the family! You're reading a lot as well! The family read aloud is really interesting, I've never thought of doing that - how does it work in your house?

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    1. Thanks Samantha-- it was such a beautiful trip. I like to keep a couple of things going at once in terms of reading. And I get a lot of reading done while I'm hanging out with the kids in the backyard. They don't exactly need me to play with them (they'd rather make their own adventures) but I don't like them being out totally alone. The read aloud works pretty well-- it's much easier (I believe) for the 7 year old than for the 5 year old. He is still learning to sit and listen for extended periods of time. But we let him pick out a short book and we'll put that into the mix. Basically, I try to read to them for 10-30 minutes before bed. Books with illustrations help!

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  16. Okay, how cool is it that you actually have percentages all worked out for your writing? I have a basic idea, but nothing nearly so precise. Your organization amazes me! Enjoy this time with your kiddos! Those are the very best moments! And I hope writing continues to go well even if it slows down over the next while. :)

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    1. Thanks Erin-- it helps my neuroses to have the percentages! :0) It's very satisfying. While I'm home with them I'm trying to spend some time thinking about plots since I can't spend it writing them out. :0)

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  17. That camping photo is great! Wherever you were in VT, it was gorgeous.
    TIGER EYES was (if I remember correctly!) my favorite Judy Blume book as a kid. I watched the movie last Friday, and it brought back so many memories. And the cinematography was stunning.

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    1. We were at Jamaica State park-- it's so affordable and beautiful. YAY. Can't beat that. Yes! for Tiger Eyes. I really want to see the film. I'm thinking I will just download it, since they're releasing it that way. :0)

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  18. That photo of the river (and the little squirt) is beautiful. Talk about relaxation. Enjoy the time with the kids!

    And good luck with all of your projects! :)

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    1. Thanks Tracey-- my hubs took it. It was so quiet and nice. We had a great time.

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  19. That picture of your trip to VT looks amazing! I´d love go to this State at some point :D
    And can I just say I´m impressed by all your projects and wish you a great writing week! :D

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    1. Aw, thanks Elodie! VT is really magical-- and it was so cool and pleasant, temperature wise. :0)

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  20. It is difficult to encapsulate the happiness one gets from using a good Excel spreadsheet. I like to call them my nerdy tables. :) Love the picture from your trip.

    Good luck this week.

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    1. Kari-- I am definitely stealing that! Nerdy tables is a perfect term. I hope your writing week is fantastic!

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  21. Ohh camping in Vermont looks so fun! Sounds like you are keeping busy with reading, writing and staying inspired!

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    1. It was nice Jennee-- so beautiful! Have a great week!

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  22. That picture IS inspiring. Great to hear what's going on with you. Will check out the kindness project post. I'm at Jewish Daily Forward chatting about camp. This one is sort of funny- I hope!

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    1. It turned out well, Nina. Hopefully the comments won't be so harsh this time? :0) The response to that blog on photos looked brutal.

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  23. What a lovely picture and yay to excel helping! :)

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    1. Thanks Vik-- it was pretty sweet, I thought. And YES-- three cheers for excel!

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  24. I've always wanted to visit Vermont.

    I love Excel. It keeps me on track for so many things.

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    1. I am new to New England and have loved getting to know this part of the world. Vermont is beautiful. So green, cool, and woody. Yes! for excel. I use it every day. :0)

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