What’s Up Wednesday #7

Castle Button (Final)What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join us, you will find the link widget at the bottom of Jaime’s post. We really hope you will take part!

What I’ve Been Reading:

I finished Siege and Storm more than a fortnight ago, and daren’t pick up the sequel. I enjoyed Siege far more than Shadow and Bone, and am scared that I’m going to be disappointed. Has anyone read the last one?

Current reads: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. There’s a lot of hype around this book, and while I’m only a third of the way in, I can see why. Love Mare’s voice, and a hierarchy dictated by blood. So cool! Fated by Sarah Alderson was pushed onto me by a keen student, who has devoured all but the whole school library—plus most of my personal YA collection. I’m only on chapter five, but definitely enjoying the sassy dialogue.

What I’m Writing:

Still in the revision cave. On with Susan Dennard’s lesson three—Dreaming Up the Perfect Book—and actually wrote a synopsis for Soulbound which came in just under 500 words. I’d imagined myself wading through the quagmire that is the unfamiliar territory of revisions, but I’m actually doing quite well. Yeah, I would be totally lost without Susan’s articles.

What Works For Me:

Keeping the house clean and tidy. I am into moderate minimalism in a big way, and am constantly purging our stuff. To some people our house is kind of bare, but that’s how we like it. However, with the day job, writing, and trying to plan the wedding, I was constantly playing catch up on housework.

A fortnight ago I resolved to make more of an effort to keep on top of things—and even spending just a few extra minutes a day picking up the house and spot cleaning has really helped to maintain the house.

The state of my surroundings is intrinsically connected to my ability to create, and as soon as I got back on top of the house, I was ready to refocus and tackle Soulbound revisions again after stalling for a little while.

What Else Is New:

On Saturday, I tried on my wedding dress for the first time. If possible, this dress was even more beautiful than the sample. My dress isn’t at all what I’d envisioned myself in, but it’s infinitely more stunning. Super cliche, but I feel like a princess in it. Two more fittings to go before the big day!

We scored some free IKEA Expedit shelving that some neighbours from upstairs were tossing. We’d been looking at buying some for our study anyway, so great timing! Grey gloss isn’t what we’d have chosen, but it works for now—and they fit our awkward space beautifully. I’ll share pictures when I do my writing space tour next month.

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4 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday #7

  1. Moderate minimalism is my life philosophy, although I’ve never heard it described that way before. I could never be one of those people who gives up all their worldly possessions except for the things they need, but I like to keep the clutter to a minimum. Glad I’m not alone in that.

    Also, you should definitely pick up Ruin and Rising. I was skeptical about the ending myself and I thought it was fantastic. Stayed up until almost 2am reading. Just my two cents, though. :)

    • I couldn’t get rid of everything either. I’d never go as far as to have less than one hundred belongings–not that there’s anything wrong with that–but we do go by the saying of only keeping things in our house that we find to be beautiful or useful. I love living that way. :)

      You might have just convinced me to go ahead and pick up Ruin and Rising. Thanks for that! I am so curious to see how the trilogy ends.

    • Thank you for commenting, Tracey! I share a lot of Susan’s advice with the students in the writing club at school and now some of them stalk her website and Publishing Crawl, too. She’s an absolute genius and I’m so pleased to see her getting the recognition she so deserves. :)

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