Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's Up Wednesday


I've been away for awhile but it's time for What's Up Wednesday!

What I'm Reading
    Since August I have been focusing on piecing together my own homeschool curriculum and it has taken me this long to get back to my normal multiple book at a time reading habit.  I'm happy to report that I am reading Bird By Bird byAnne Lamott, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and I'm previewing The Ninja Librarians by Jen Swann Downey to see if it's something my seven year old bookworm would like. 
  None of those books were what I was in the mood for at 3 a.m. when my toddler woke me up and I couldn't go back to sleep, so I did the logical thing and added another book to the pile. I'm now reading The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2) by Rachel Morgan. I have a feeling that it might be the first of all of these titles to be finished... 
   Oh and this section wouldn't be complete without adding that I have been reading The Gingerbread Man on a constant loop to my youngest son. He doesn't usually sit still for a book so I can't resist him when he plops in my lap and begs me to read. Even if it's the same story. Again. I'm getting very good at giving the Gingerbread boy a hearty southern drawl.

What I'm Writing
Um... I sorta froze. I'm suppose to be revising/rewriting Mirrors and Ice but I sunk into a mire and spent some time feeling like a fraud, poser, fake, anything but a writer. I started back at it yesterday so hopefully I can stay on track.

What Inspires Me Right Now
  I'm very inspired that my youngest is finally letting me read to him!!! I've been trying for three years!
What Else I've Been Up To
I don't know. Folding socks? I sure that I do something because I seem to keep busy but somehow none of it feels worthy of writing about. Oh, I've been avoiding bears. Does that count? I had to slow down for one the other day while he lumbered across the road and I chased a baby one out of my garbage can. I'm convinced that one was watching from a tree the other night when I was out for a walk. I can't imagine a raccoon being heavy enough to make a branch creak like that.

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  1. I can so relate to your What I'm Writing section. I've been feeling similarly for I don't know how long. It strikes me the worst when I've read a book that was absolutely amazing. I start thinking I have no business even attempting to string together words. I guess the only way to overcome that is probably to just keep at it, honing our craft. That's the approach I'm taking, anyway. Hope you have a wonderful week, Sarah! :D

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    1. Yes, just writing through the doubts seems to be the only way but it takes an incredible amount of will power some days!

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  2. I'm glad you're back! I love BIRD BY BIRD! Good luck with writing!

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    1. Thank you! I'm loving it so far. I think I'm about half way through. Its good to know that not everyone knows the way their story is going to end when they start writing it. I'm a total panster and it sounds like the author is too.

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  3. I can so relate about trying to balance homeschooling curriculum with pleasure reading. It's so hard! I'm glad you've finally been able to get back to it. Keep plugging away at those revisions, and don't feel too guilty for taking a break so you can handle all your mom duties. I think we all feel like frauds sometimes, so you aren't alone on that! Have a great week and watch out for those bears! :)

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I should definitely view time focused on other things as a break instead of me failing. I'm hoping to get a picture of one of the bears to share with everyone but when I find myself close enough (its always accidental) I chicken out.

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  4. It's good to see you back, and you aren't a fake. You have the bug, and you are a writer!

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    1. Thank you. I do have the bug... it won't leave me alone so I guess that's a good sign!

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  5. Bear? That is so scary! I tried great expectations once and I couldn't finish it. I hope you concur those rewrites. You can do it.

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    1. I live on a peninsula that is full of bears. Not what I was expecting when we moved here but it keeps life exciting.
      I'm liking Great Expectations but it is very long so I'm hoping I can stick with it till the end.

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  6. Good luck getting back on track with the revisions :) You're not a fake - we all take time away from our projects when our busy lives get in the way, and you sound super busy.

    Have a great week!

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  7. Great Expectations is one of those classic books I plan to read. Eventually.

    No bear spottings for me, but there is a pair of raccoons that stroll around my neighborhood. So far they haven't caused any trouble except scaring my neighbor who thought they were cats and tried to talk to them :)

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    1. I'm hoping that I can make it through the entire book. Its very good and incredibly long, but I'm taking it a chapter a day so that should make it achievable, right?
      Raccoons are fun to watch. The bears haven't really caused trouble, except for making a mess out of everyones garbage.I hope it stays that way!

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