Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WUW and Moving day, Reprise

Hosted by the lovely sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme/blog hop in which writer-bloggers take a brief post to share what's going on in their lives, writing-related and otherwise.  Check it out here or here if you want the details! 


I'm rotating about seven fantasy novels right now.  Somehow reading a ton at once, a little at a time, makes me feel better about how little time I have to read.  Tyler-Rose thinks it's insane, and she's right.  But no matter how silly it is to think I could effectively read that many books at a time, the mind game is working!  I have been (somehow!) reading more non-school fiction this semester than any semester previously. 

I've settled on The Girl of Fire and Thorns for now.  I find it to be a comforting read. 


Still revising/rewriting/revamping my YA Fantasy.  Tyler-Rose and I had a re-drafting marathon last Saturday and I advanced A LOT in the revision of my trickiest, stickiest, most problem-child-ey plotline. 


My mother.  She's so great. 

The fact that it is sometimes a very good decision to take a day or a partial day off, which I am doing today, because.... 


So, remember how our suite flooded and we had to move out? 

Well, it's un-flooded and supposedly safe to inhabit again. 

Which is great, except that it's the middle of the semester and nobody's life packs itself in boxes.  (Okay, fine, that happens in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  ALAS, WE ARE MUGGLES.  But Tonks could come save me anyway, right?  Please????) 

So, we'll be around, but mostly we'll be moving our stuff around. 

Here, have a sad Scottish song about people drowning: 

.....Okay, fine.  Here's a happy song, too.  I LOVE this song: 


  1. I could never read a bunch of books at once! I have a hard enough time reading one fiction book and one non-fiction at the same time!
    Have fun moving back in... or not. ;)

  2. Oh my gosh on the flooding...yuck. It's so much work to move and especially if you are living on campus when you probably have to move again in another two months! I can't believe they turned the heat off; that's like the worst possible thing you could do in sub-zero temps because of the pipes. I wonder if someone got fired over that. I worked for the housing office at my college, and later was an RA. Someone would have been fired for that. For real.

    1. Well....... We WISH someone had been fired. Let's leave it at that for now.

  3. Susan, Tyler-Rose is correct. That *is* insane! I don't even read TWO books at the same time. I'm sure if I picked up CRESS and started reading, THE STAND would be left standing in the cold until I'd finished, and by the time I picked it up again, I'd have to re-read stuff to remember what happened because my mind would be so full of CRESS and Cinder, and Scarlet, and Wolf, and... you see my problem? :)

    Congrats for the revision progress. I bet you feel good about conquering that plot mountain. I would. :)

    And YAY for moving back! But not-so-much-YAY for doing it mid-semester. Perhaps Tonks has free time... oh... um... yeah, I forgot about book 7. *sniff* Sorry. You're on your own! :\

    Have a great week!

    1. Haha, well, I *have* been paying attention to The Girl of Fire and Thorn more than the others recently, so like I said it's not as if I can read seven novels fast or efficiently at once. (While I'm in school. If you took away my school reading...I think it might be possible. :P )

      I have to admit to you, I had issues with the ending of Cinder. BUT--calm down--BUT--I enjoyed it enough that I definitely am looking forward to trying the subsequent books in the series...especially now that I have such a strong recommendation from you. :)

    2. 8-| -- that's me hard-staring at you right before the first BUT... okay... *deep breaths"... SCARLET's awesome, so I hope you get to read it soon. Perhaps when you've finished trying to read the entire college library in one night... ;)

  4. Boo for flooding. Hope it's all safe and dried out for the rest of forever now!

    I can read 2 books at once - one paperback and one on Kindle. Have fun with your book rotating system :D

  5. You know, I could totally see reading seven books at once. I have four on the go right now. Plus, as a several year's-long student, I know just how possible (and necessary!) it is to read so many books at once. I love that you've settled on GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS. I love that trilogy SO much. I can't get enough fantasy lately. So great that you've made some breakthroughs with your WiP. Such a great feeling to figure out those problems, isn't it? Have a great week, Susan! I'm crossing my fingers that Tonks arrives ASAP. ;-)

    1. Thanks Jaime! And that's a good point, now that I think about it... If you count my books for classes as well, that adds at least five--and sometimes more like fifteen--to the list. No wonder reading multiple books at once doesn't bug me. :P

  6. Oooo, I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy recently and absolutely loved it! It's now one of my favourite YA series. I hope you enjoy it too!

    I love that you and Tyler-Rose had a redrafting marathon! I need to buckle down on my revisions, so I find that inspiring. Glad to hear you got a lot done.

    What a relief that your apartment is fixed now. It does stink that it's an inconvenient time though. Good luck with the packing and the revisions! :)

  7. aw, I love that your mom inspires you! So great. Great job on revisions, glad you worked out that plot line, hopefully it'll be smooth (or as smooth as it can be when it comes to writing) sailing from here on out. And seven fantasy novels?! Crazy stuff, but if you can handle it more power to you!

  8. A revising marathon sounds like a wonderful idea. I always find that doing a read through/revise through as quickly as possible helps at least see structural issues. Great job on all your heart work :)

  9. I totally understand the whole reading multiple books at the same time thing. Sometimes I'm in the middle of a book, and I'm in the mood for something else. But I always end up finishing books eventually, because I can't not leave them hanging.

    I always wish I could just wave a wand and have my boxes pack and unpack themselves. Sorry you have to deal with that in the middle of the semester :(

  10. I, too, read several different things at one time...sometimes it's just necessary, =). Good luck with the move!