Wednesday, June 26, 2013
What's Up Wednesday
It is time for What's Up Wednesday!
What I'm Reading I am trying to add some middle grade books to my reading list so right now I am reading Storybound by Marissa Burt and Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. I'm also reading Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury. Yup, I'm back to reading a stack of books all at once. I am really enjoying Storybound. It is such a fun fantasy story and reading MG is refreshing. I love YA but its good to step out and read something different. The book I'm reading aloud to my children this week is Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald. It is fun watching them giggle over a story I enjoyed when I was little.
What I'm Writing I am still drafting my YA novel, Simmer. It is now 41k words long. I am hoping, hoping, hoping that it will be at 50k by the end of June. I am realizing that for my world to be more authentic I am going to have to spend some time researching old time sailing ships and other nautical themes. Ships, the ocean and the shoreline play a major role in this book and I want the setting to be as rich and beautiful as it is in my mind.
What Else I've Been Up To I cleaned out my closet, does that count? Probably not. My oldest son is going to a vacation Bible school downtown all this week so the younger kids and I have been going on "the great bakery quest". We used to have a bakery that we could go to for a special treat. It had huge muffins, sandwiches with homemade bread and all kinds of cookies. When we moved away I thought it would be easy to find a new place for us to go. It has been a year and we still haven't found the perfect place. We are going to fix that this week. We have tried out three potential places and there is at least one more we need to check out. So far our favorite place is a little coffee shop down by the bay. It has the most delicious cinnamon rolls, not to sweet, lots of cinnamon and a warm, buttery glaze. My kids loved it there and so did I.
What Inspires Me Right Now Today I am feeling inspired by my husband's tolerance of my weird writing habits and how much of my time it takes up.