Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk.  Head over to Jaime's page for links to find out what's up with everyone else. Here's what's up with me.

What I'm Reading

This week, I beta read my friend Katy Upperman's manuscript. It was just as fabulous as I expected it to be. I love having talented critique partners!

What I'm Writing

I started a new project about two weeks ago. I drafted like crazy for the first week and a half, and was up to 26k words by last Friday (10 days after starting the project). Then I went camping last weekend and was forced to take a break from writing.

I ended up rethinking a lot of things during my forced pause and ended up cutting about 12k words as soon as I got home. I'm now up to 18k words, exactly where I was last week. Although, I'm still not 100% sure I know how I want to tell this story, so that number might drop some more before it starts climbing again.

I did write 26k words in 10 days though, so I feel confident that once I decide exactly how I want to tell this story it will be relatively easy to write.

What Inspires Me Right Now

This book I'm trying to write. It's working title is FRAGMENTS OF LIFE and it's set in a hospital. The main character is hit by a drunk driver in the first chapter and then spends the rest of the book lying in a hospital bed. It's kind of hard telling a complete story from the confines of the ICU, but also powerful.

Back in 2012, I got REALLY SICK and spent a lot of time lying in hospital beds. I understand what if feels like to be "not dead". This book is forcing me to remember, and inadvertently reminding me that I'm still alive. I'm still happy about it too. Being "not dead" can be a very good thing sometimes. It's definitely better than the alternative.

What Else I've Been Up To

As I mentioned before, I went camping last weekend. It rained a lot on Saturday, but Sunday was beautiful. We went to Fort Stevens, at the Oregon coast. My husband loves to fish, so I actually go to Fort Stevens a lot. Thanks to high wind and big swells, we spent Sunday afternoon flying kites instead of catching dinner. It was a very enjoyable getaway.

So what's up with you?


  1. 26k in 10 days.... wow. Double wow. Well done. It's sad to cut words, but it sounds like it was a good move. Have a great week.

  2. 26k in 10 days is phenomenal. I'd say that's a story that wants to be told.

  3. Love the photos from your camping trip, Kate! Sounds like you guys had a fantastic time! And yay for your new manuscript. I love what I've heard so far, and I'm 100% confident that you'll rock it. Have a great week, lady!

  4. Sounds like a really fun camping trip! I'd love to visit that part of the country some time. Although I'm stuck in the middle, at least we have a lot of lakes and shoreline so I don't feel so confined.

    Best of luck as you work through your WIP - sometimes it's so hard when it hits close to home, as it sounds like this might. Take lots of breaks if you need to! :)

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. 26K in ten days is a fantastic achievement! Sometimes you need to pause and figure out how you want to tell the story before you can move forward. Hope it goes well! :)

  6. That's a lot of words in 10 days! Even after you cut words, it's still pretty remarkable. And who knows? Maybe some of those cut words might come in useful down the road. Sounds like you had a great week, what with camping, writing, and beta-reading. I beta read one of Katy's other stories, and it was awesome! Hope you're having a great week, Kate!

  7. Sounds like you're making great progress with your WIP! Way to go!

  8. My husband and I took my son camping two years ago and both nights it thunder stormed. Scary for the little one, but weird mom thought it was pretty cool. Great bonding times. Sounds like you had a great trip! And a productive week! Go YOU!

    Also, I LOVE Katy's stories. She is AMAZING!

  9. Your getaway sounds glorious! I love the Oregon coast. And flying kites, what could be better than that?

    Your progress on you MS is simply amazing!! And I love how you are pulling from your experience. And yes, "not dead" is a very good state to be in. I love how you phrase that. It hints at sort of a dark(ish) humor that I noticed in your last book that I think really makes your characters come to life.

    Hope you have an amazing week! :)

  10. I'm really excited about FoL. You have the BEST characters, so I'm sure I'll find myself missing them after I finish the book, just like I did with C2D and EoE.