What's Up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, a great way to summarize the week in sections. For the next few weeks, I will be using this format for Ready, Set, Write: a summer writing intensive. You can read more about it here:
What I'm Reading:
I finished WHAT'S LEFT OF ME (thumbs up!) and ALL I NEED (cute!) last week. Total opposites in the genre and writing style spectrum, but they were exactly what I needed. I especially paid attention to the authors' voices, and how they crafted their characters' mannerisms.
I'm still working on THE MOON AND MORE (savoring it). Sarah Dessen has got to be the queen of quotables. Every chapter had a line, a nugget of genius, of insight. I wanted to write them down on post-its and stick them everywhere in the house.
"I slid in by the window, and before I knew it, Benji was beside me. Which left Luke to join my father on the other side. It was like the oddest of double dates."
The last book in the stack from the library:
Loving the premise, but still trying to grasp the world-building. I'm a contemporary fiction reader 80% of the time, so sometimes I am slower with these things. ;0)
What I'm Writing:
I'm on page 120 with this revision.
Still revising by paper and then transcribing my changes onto Scrivener. It's working well and I've caught quite a few typos and mistakes. I realize I'm not the most accurate of typists. The goal is to finish this pass by next Wednesday, and then take a couple of days off and do a final pass.
I've started to make lists of agents to query. ONE ON ONE is my second manuscript to query and I hope I have learned enough the first time around. I also hope I've layered enough skin for the battle. You feel me, right, friends?
Just psyching myself up here. :)
What Else Is Up with Me:
Training my little men.
This summer has been huge for my eldest two. We moved the last month of school and they started anew so late in the year. They made new friends, got used to a completely different environment (Northern VA/DC vs. Kansas). And I've begun their life skills training.
Life skills: cook, do dishes, do laundry, basic first aid, manning the house, caring for the little ones, calling for help.
I learned pretty much most of these things by the time I was thirteen. I think most of us learned these life skills pretty early. Hubby and I wanted to make sure that they could, at 13, do what we were able to do. Besides teaching responsibility, I want to make sure these kids thrive in the world when they've left our privilaged nest. (Privilaged meaning: roof over their heads. Food on the table. A safe place to call home.)
It's been tough to cut these apron strings. I wince whenever I watch them sort the laundry knowing stuff in going in the wrong places. Seems silly, I know, but it's the type A- in me.
I guess the training is for me too. :)
(p.s...yes, I asked my boys' permissions before I uploaded this photo. :) )
Things That Inspire Me:
Since moving to the midwest, I've fallen in love with antique stores all over again. In the last 12 years or so, since we left Germany, I haven't gone antiquing. I was too busy having and raising babies, simply held on to the things I loved the most (which happen to be antiques/vintage).
Here, in this beautiful state of Kansas, there are antique stores *everywhere*.
Stuff I'm loving: Milkglass and teacup and saucer sets.
I don't go hog wild at all. I *may* buy something once every couple of weeks or so. This sweet thing called to me today. Isn't she pretty?
It brought me back to ONE ON ONE, of something Abilene (a secondary character) would've had in her china cabinet. Before making the commitment to take her home, I circled the store twice, thinking I'd forget about her.
But nope. It was meant to be.
I hope you all had a wonderful week! I can't wait to catch up with you all.