Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's Up Wednesday: Revisions and Reading and Releases, Oh My!

What I'm Reading
I finished Across A Star-Swept Sea which I LOVED. I heart everything I've ever read by Diana Peterfreund. I also finished Save the Cat finally. Now I'm reading Transparent by Natalie Whipple, another UF similar to my WIP with great world building, and I'm starting Story Engineering by Larry Brooks.

What I'm Writing Revising
On Monday I did chapters 1-4 again- reading through and adding a few bits. Then on Tuesday I had a lot of revisions to do on chapters 4-7. Today, chapter 8, which will take awhile because I need to add a brand new scene which I'm not too sure on at the moment, I just know I need it there.

What Inspires Me Right Now
There's a few books coming out this year that I've had the privilege to read before they were actual books. I swear I'm probably as excited about these books getting published as I will be when one of my own gets there. Check out Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler and Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke on Goodreads. Also, my CP Michelle Merrill over at Perfecting the Craft is self-publishing her YA novel called Changing Fate about a girl with cystic fibrosis in May. I can't wait until these books come out!

What Else I've Been Up To
I forgot all about Valentine's Day in last weeks post even though I got my favoritest present ever- chocolate covered strawberries. Yum! The hubs and I also went out and saw The Monuments Men which was a great story even though it felt a bit choppy to me. Last week, I took the kids to my parents house so we could hang out with my mom before her hip surgery which was on Friday. It went well and she should be leaving the hospital today. Hopefully, this surgery will make the pain she has been suffering through for months finally go away.
Also, I finished season 4 of Downton Abbey and started a new show Star-Crossed because, yanno, the CW is like a drug to me. (Not gonna lie, I totally heard Edward Cullen's voice in my head right then. "The CW is like my own personal brand of heroine.") Also, Matt Lanter.
Enough said.


  1. <3 Thanks for the shoutout, Melanie! (And for reading, of course!) I hope you know that Liam in BtS was based entirely on Matt Lanter. Like, ENTIRELY. Yeeeeah, he's pretty.

  2. I remember you saying that before and I totally see why. Next time I read it I'm going to picture Matt Lanter's beautiful face as I read. :D

  3. I loved Transparent! So if your WIP is similar, that's great. I'll probably love your book too. Good luck with all your revisions. Have a great week!

  4. Good luck with the rest of your revisions :D

  5. I really need to read TRANSPARENT sometime. It's been on my TBR list forever now. And I think I might have a date with ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA very soon. Sounds like you're making awesome progress on your revisions. Wish I could say the same lol. Thankfully, the Olympics are over and I can get back to other things. Have a great week, Melanie!

  6. Chocolate covered strawberries... mmm... yeah, I know they're all romantic and stuff (heart-shaped strawberries covered in heart-warming chocolate), but romance aside, that sounds tasty! :D

    Congrats with the revision progress so far, Melanie--all the best for adding the new scene. You'll get it. :)

  7. I haven't read anything by Diana Peterfreund yet but I'm dying to read Rampant - I'm a little bit obsessed with unicorns!

    Good luck with your revisions! :)

  8. I'm inspired by all the books you're reading! I will have to check them out to get me out of my dry spell. Good luck with the revising. Sounds like you are on a roll.

  9. I really enjoyed Transparent. Sounds like you're making great progress with your revisions! :)

  10. I'm inspired by all the debuts coming this year as well. Makes me feel like *maybe* someday it'll happen for me. Also, I'm dying to read ACROSS A STAR SWEPT SEA. So glad to hear that you loved it. :-)

  11. I've got one of those *needs a scene here* chapters, too, that I'm working on this week. I've got the basics in my head, but writing it is always another matter :)

    I read For Darkness Shows the Stars, which I loved. I need to pick up the sequel, though. Glad to hear it's good!

  12. Awwwww, punkin!! Thank you so much. :D *mega hugs*