Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Stressing, That's What's Up

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop with other folks on this writing journey. With that aim in mind, if you want to join us, we encourage you to visit a few other WUW blogs each week, get to know some other writers, and spread some writerly love! Link up here.

What I'm Reading
Finished The Raven Boys. So good. Then I read The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. She's a fave author of mine and this book didn't disappoint aside from one tiny nitpick which I won't even bother getting into. It was fun to read about Egypt mythology. The only other books I've read that deals with it are The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (also great books and I still haven't read the third one yet). Next up on my TBR: Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

What I'm Writing
Right now I'm prepping for NaNoWriMo. And by prepping, I mean STRESSING. Why did I decide to do this? Not only am I worried about the time constraints, but I'm a TERRIBLE outliner. I don't think pantsing is going to work here though. I've jotted down tons of notes and tried to outline the things I want to happen but I feel like it's the most pathetic outline I've ever seen. Ugh.

What Inspires Me Right Now
Speaking of NaNo, this song is what helped me come up with the idea for my NaNo WIP.

Christina Perri- Jar of Hearts

What Else I've Been Up To
Last Thursday I got to *meet* Maggie Stiefvater (pronounced Steve-otter, who knew?) She was so entertaining and funny, I'm so glad I got to go. Of course, I ended up having one of those moments where I said something totally lame when it was time to get my book signed. Go me. It was only AFTER that I thought of something better to say. *headdesk* I also got to briefly say hello to our What's Up Wednesday hostess, Jaime Morrow. Even though it took some major juggling to get to go that night, I'm so glad I went and I highly recommend going to a Maggie signing if you get the chance.


  1. I think I've mentioned before that I live under a rock, but that's an awesome song and I haven't heard it before. Thanks for the share.

  2. I love that song! :) And wow, had no idea that's how she pronounced her name. How cool!

    Good luck with NaNo!

  3. I'm doing NaNo too. Good luck with your outline. I'm trying to finish up last minute things with mine before Friday. Have a great weekend!

  4. I really, really need to read The Raven Boys. And you got to meet her!!!! Cool! I'm afraid my experiences at signings have been equally mortifying, but the comfort is that they almost definitely don't remember it. I mean, unless you did something *really* embarrassing like fainting. But lameness has a way of slipping out of people's minds, I think. (Can you tell I'm comforting myself a little bit here, too?)

    1. That's what I said to myself too. That out of all the people she met that night, she won't remember my epic fail at being a normal person.

      Okay, it wasn't that bad. :)

  5. Okay, SO jealous you got to meet Maggie! and Jaime! I haven't been to a book signing in forever. Need to fix that!

    And good luck with NaNo. I am a plotting pantser by heart and I started Nano last year and I operated completely without an outline. You can do it. :)

  6. I am so jealous that you got to go see Maggie. I would love to go to one of her signings one day but where I live they don't do to much of that. I also am signed up for NaNo, let the fun begin I guess :) have a great week.

  7. Yay for THE RAVEN BOYS. You must read THE DREAM THIEVES! It is just as good! Maggie won me over with THE SCORPIO RACES and since then she hasn't disappointed one bit! I also loved JUST ONE DAY, so I hope you like it too. I'm (hopefully) going to read JUST ONE YEAR soon. Like all the movies in November that I want to watch (so many!), I have way too many books I want to read.

    It is also so cool that you got to see Maggie AND Jaime! Yay! And I'm totally like you - I always think of cool things to say after the fact. :P

    Don't stress too much about NaNo! It's also supposed to be fun! I'm a terrible outliner too (and a slow writer to boot), but even if you don't "win," you still win! Word sprints and writing parties with people can help too. Nothing like peer pressure and competition to get you going. :) Good luck!