Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's up Wednesday and Ready. Set. Write! Update

I am sorry to have fallen out of the loop these last weeks, friends. I am still very much in the throes of finishing the things I need to finish before the baby arrives, which could be any time in the next month. 

Ahhh, it's overwhelming but by taking a break from blogging I have managed to get a lot done. 

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What I'm Reading
Still reading Lies my teacher told me. It's good, but it's not a page turner. I continue to work through it slowly. 

Also started Finnikin of the Rock by the masterful Marchetta, until my husband stole it right from under my nose! He's entranced and is almost done. I will get it back next. 

After seeing a cover story on author Hugh Howey in my college alum magazine and realizing we were in school together around the same time and hung out at the same places  (though I don't remember him), I decided to pick up WOOL. 
Wool is, if you don't know, a much-buzzed indie book that gained an enormous following and is now a huge bestseller. Oh my goodness! It's published serially and at the time I got the first installment for free from Amazon. I read it within an hour. 
I totally understand why people LOVE these books. I then ordered the omnibus (all the serialized bits of the first full book, WOOL). I am telling you, if you haven't read it yet-- do. 
It is a truly compelling story with thorough world building, fascinating characters, beautiful use of language and so much intrigue I can't tell what will happen next. I highly recommend it. 

Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson. A story about a girl who needs a heart transplant, but really about a great deal more. I don't want to give too much away, but I loved the way the author wove together the stories and lives of so many people. I enjoyed it thoroughly.  

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Not my favorite Dessen of all time, but I enjoyed it. She is a dependable, solid writer who I always enjoy. It's not that I didn't like the book-- it just wasn't my fave by her. I loved the kooky musician boyfriend, but Remy was tough to get behind at times. I think I'm too much of a sucker for a likable lead. But don't get me wrong, it's still Dessen (read: excellent).

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. Her madcap characters and the ridiculous situations they get themselves into always make me smile. She also tends to write really charming and swoon-worthy male leads. A good read.

Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs. In this book Jacobs spends over two years trying out various methods in a quest to become the healthiest man alive. Whether exploring noise pollution or caveman exercise routines, Jacobs' approach to health is interesting and multi-faceted. Jacobs is a genuinely funny writer, and I loved reading about all the health fads... though the take home message seems to be most of them don't work.  

Finally, still working through Goblet of Fire with the boys. Good times.

What I'm Writing/ Ready. Set. Write!
Tenure packet (95% complete). I am editing the whole document, waiting for a few last letters to include and have some final organizing to do... then I hope to turn it in. 
Mina Takes the Sky (100% complete). Sent off for another round of feedback. 

Not even attempting to work on these last two right now. They're not on the back burner. They're not even in the kitchen. 
Thirst (9% complete). 
Stung (12% complete)

Where I was at last report:
Tenure packet (71% complete). I feel like I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. 
Mina Takes the Sky (9% complete)
Thirst (9% complete)
Stung (12% complete)

So, things are where they need to be... but the tenure packet feels at times like it will NEVER be complete. I think this last 5% may drag on for weeks. I'm now in the stage where I'm waiting for input and getting it on any kind of schedule is completely beyond my control. Mental health wise, it's not the greatest feeling, especially with the huge unknown of when the baby might arrive. 

But, I keep telling myself it's not "due" until mid-September, and it will all be sorted out by then. It has to be, no matter when the new baby appears. And I've been taking walks and doing some deep breathing. Let's hope it helps. 

What Inspires Me Right Now
We had an awesome birthday party for the boys this weekend, on the theme of SCIENCE. It was so flipping fun. We did some fun experiments, ate great food, and got to spend time with several friends we don't see enough. At the end of the night James said, "that was the best birthday party EVER!" which made me feel all kinds of wonderful. 

And now--  what's up with you?