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.