Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

Hello Friends,

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a fun weekly meme started by my friends Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk.  WuW is a easy way to post on Wednesdays with four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. You’re invited to join us if you’re looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what’s been going on with you. You can link up each week at Jaime's blog.

What's up? 

Here's 'what's up' with me this week for What's Up Wednesday:

What I'm Reading: For research purposes I read STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. It was surprisingly entertaining and even funny, as well as educational and fascinating.  

I also read and critiqued 2 full manuscripts for friends. (both excellent!)

What I'm Writing: I'm still revising the same two projects, and flirting with a SNI. Due to a crazy busy holiday weekend, not much got done on any of them. 
BUT, I have BIG goals and plans for this week! Progress will be made and shown under this heading next week, pinky promise.

What Else I've Been Up To:  I ate my weight in cherries and fried green tomatoes this week. The fresh produce this time of year makes me happy. I suppose I need to take some extra hot yoga classes this week to counteract. 

What's Inspiring Me Now: 

Also: I am giving away a copy of THIS IS W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker!! Please ENTER HERE.  

What's up with YOU? How was your week?



Rebeccah Giltrow said...

I agree with your inspirational quote. At my writing group last night I asked everyone to write for 5 minutes without really thinking, and without stopping. It's quite interesting to see what people come up with when they just get on a write without spending time thinking about it first.

prerna pickett said...

You know, I've never eaten a fried green tomato. I must remedy this asap. And I love that quote, very inspiring.

Jaime Morrow said...

That is such a great quote by Louis L'Amour. It's funny because my dad has always been a big fan of Louis L'Amour and whenever we did family road trips, my mom would read L'Amour's books to him while he drove. Funny that a quote by him should crop up all these years later and inspire me in my writing. :)

Sounds like your revisions are going well. I like this flirting with a SNI thing. That's what I did at the start of RSW and I'm well into a first draft now. I say go for it!

Have a great week, Lola! :)

Alison Miller said...

That quote is the BEST. SO what I need to hear - I just finished Bird by Bird and Anne Lamott spouts pretty much the same advice.

I'll definitely be back to enter your giveaway! I've heard so much great buzz about this one! Definitely adding to the TBR!

Have a great week!

Katy Upperman said...

Love that quote on writing, Lola, and I totally agree. Even when I'm uninspired, I try to sit down and knock out some words. Even if I end up tossing 95% of them, at least I've come up with something.

And STIFF... I've seen that one at B&N and the cover always catches my eye. I don't read tons of NF, but I'm seriously tempted to check it out. I LOVE Six Feet Under, so it's probably right up my alley. :-)

You've totally made me crave summer cherries and friend green tomatoes -- yum!

Hope the writing goes well for you in the coming days. Let's have some Twitter dates!

Laurel Garver said...

I always love doing research that involves quirky or deeply psychological nonfiction. I've been reading Queen Bees and Wannabes, first as a parent of a tween; I also realize this has great info about peer relationships for the 11-19 yo set.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Week is going good! Except i came down with another effing cold yesterday. WTF, body? So that sucks.
But i've been really pushing out the revisions, which is great. I've hit the halfway point. I can't wait until i reach the end.

And go you on working hard this week! You are awesome! (true story)

Kate Scott said...

I've heard good things about Stiff, I'm glad you liked it but curious what you're writing that you needed to read it for research.

Alexa said...

I just l love that quote, thanks for sharing it.

I also love SNI I hope you have fun with yours. Looking forward to hearing about it next week.

Stiff sounds an interesting read! What exactly were you researching?

Miss Cole said...

That sounds like a really interesting book. I might have to add it to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing it!

Good luck with your revisions.

Mrs. Silverstein said...

Ooh, interesting research! I've heard that book is fun. You've reminded me that I vowed to read some non-fiction this summer--I'm going to go pick up a Bill Bryson book right now. No, seriously. I'm setting the laptop down...and I'm back. I've picked up the book and read ten pages and now I'm hooked. Thanks for the reminder!

Oh, also, totally jealous of the fried green tomatoes!

Lola Sharp said...

Y'all, maybe next week I'll post my recipe for fried green tomatoes, because I don't know how you can live without eating them all summer long...let alone living a life never having tasted one. They're so yummy.

And for those of you asking WHAT I'm writing/WHY I needed to read STIFF...I can't tell you yet. It's a secret for now. But I think just about every writer of fiction could benefit from reading it. It's fascinating.

Thank you so much for stopping by. <3

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fresh produce has few calories though - eat and enjoy!

Erin L. Schneider said...

Ohhhhh, fried green tomatoes. I seriously must be hungry, because the last several blogs I've hopped over to have all been talking about food and I think I'm slightly drooling. :)

Love that you read STIFF for research! That totally does sound interesting and the fact it had some humor to it too? Awesome.

Fabulous quote, too. All it takes it to just sit down and start writing, I totally agree. I always want to have this great SNI - but it isn't until I just sit down, that the idea grows into something so amazing.

Best of luck with both of your projects and your SNI this week!

Liz Parker said...

The holiday weekend was pretty rough for me, too, so here's to hoping you get LOTS of writing in this next week! Stiff sounds great--makes me curious about what you're working on! I love doing research. I did a ton back in January, and I miss it. :)

Linda G. said...

Great quote! And so true. I can't tell you how often I've started typing without an idea in my head, only to have a great scene start flowing. I love it when that happens. :)

Colin Smith said...

"You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow." So true! My uncle is a big fan of Louis L'Amour, so I knew the name. This quote suggests he knows a thing or two about writing! :)

Funny that you felt it necessary to say you read STIFF "for research purposes." We're writers. Writers read all kinds of strange things. Sometimes for entertainment! No-one's judging you here, Lola. ;) Of course, now I'm with those wondering what your writing that would be helped by this book... :)

Jai Joshi said...

No doubt about it, to just write is the number one rule.

I was contacted by a reader who was named Lola, last week. I thought of you when I saw the name and it made me smile.


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