Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Writing Boot Camp Update and What's Up Wednesday

It's time for What's Up Wednesday!

What I'm Reading
  I'm reading Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger. It took me a few tries to get started but now that I'm past the first few chapters it's drawing me in. I listened to The Attachments by Rainbow Rowell over the weekend and I must have looked crazy because I had my headphones on and kept laughing hysterically. I'm now listening to All Our Yesterdays by Cristen Terrill.

What I'm Writing

 I'm still working towards my YA Buccaneer's Spring Writing Bootcamp goal of finishing my first round of revisions/rewrites. I'm on page 110 of 258. I'm not sure if I can make it by June but I'm working on it anyway. Either way, 110 is much better than 9 which is where I was when I started. When I first wrote my goal, my WIP was 244 pages... I've cut out a lot of week areas too so its amazing that it is still growing.

What Inspires Me Right Now

June! I'm gearing up for JuNoWriMo. I pushed my fairytale WIP to the back while I worked on revising Slumber and I've missed the characters and icy/enchanted woods setting. June is the month I'm planning to finish it.
   It is also the month that we are going on vacation. My kids are excited that they are going to see mountains and real dirt (it is flat and sandy here)! I can't wait to show them thick grass that isn't full of fire ants and burrs. When we get back we should be ready to hit the beach for the rest of the summer.
So to sum up June: Writing/Vacation/Beach  Woohoo!!!

What Else I'm Up To
  I think what I've been up to is interchangeable with what inspires me this week. It's my youngest son's birthday today. He is three! I love watching his excitement. He spent most of yesterday telling people "Happy Birthday". So cute! 
   The school year is drawing to a close. We have one last homeschool event and three days worth of history to finish up and then.... TA DA!!!! We are done for the summer and can move on to the summer unit I've been planning! I thought since we live at the beach and will likely move in the next couple of years, we should do a beach unit. It will be different from our normal studies, much more hands on and very little busy work. I've been putting together piles of related books to read aloud or have my children look at during quite time and brainstorming up the best way to record our adventures and finding. My children do best when their hands and minds are busy so I thought having a theme might help me keep them that way. It has made the ideas flow, for sure!

Happy end of May!!!
Can you tell that I prefer June?


  1. Happy birthday to your son! And wow, what a summer you have planned - busy. But glad to hear your writing is going so well :)

  2. I'm excited for June too but school here doesn't end until the end of June so i'm even more excited for July! And warmer weather hopefully.
    I loved Attachments! Such a great book. All Our Yesterdays was good too although I was disappointed by the end. :(

  3. Congratulations with the end of your revisions and the start of JuNoWriMo :D

    Sounds like you've got a great summer ahead of you ^_^

  4. Happy Birthday to your son! And congrats on finishing up with school for the year. That must be such a relief. :-) Sounds like June is going to be super busy for you. But with all good things, so that's awesome. Good luck finishing up your revisions. 110 pages in is *definitely* awesome progress. Have a wonderful week, Sarah!

  5. I commend you for homeschooling; it sounds rewarding but also difficult. I think the people who succeed with it probably have a gift for teaching.

    Is JuNoWriMo not actually connected with the larger Nano and Camp Nanowrimo? I couldn't find anything about it. I think I might try to do a fast draft in July for camp Nano. I've only done the November ones.

    1. Ah, I see you linked to Junowrimo--I checked it out!

  6. Many happy returns of the day to your precious little guy! Enjoy your writing and the beach and everything else!

  7. Hi, Sarah! Your start of summer sounds delightful. Have fun!!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  8. Naw, happy birthday to your son! Your week/month sound busy, I'm sure it'll fly by :) Best of luck with those revisions and enjoy the beach, Sarah!

    - Caitie