Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

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Thanks, Jaime and Erin!

The last few weeks, I've been struggling to do much here on the blog-o-sphere (mostly thanks to those lovely snowstorms and 6....yes, 6!...snow days off for the kids). Needless to say, my kids thought we should cancel the rest of the school year and simply slide right on into summer vacation. Sorry, guys!

What I've Been Reading. . .

I've been hitting the books fairly hard lately, but seem to have been picking up things which just don't work for me. I read TEACHER BEWARE by Charlotte Raine, a suspense romance, and it was okay. I thought the author did a great job building the tension between the heroine and the killer, and she balanced 3 first person POVS rather well, but there were too many back flashes for my taste. I'd list the next 3 books, but it's not worth it. I stopped reading all of them by the fourth chapter. Maybe the next one I pick up will be better.

What I've Been Writing. . .

Two chapters done in four days! I'm still editing, but finally, I'm getting somewhere. I had a major....I'm talking extreme...plot change and ended up cutting 7-8 various chapters. I printed out the MS and literally took them out. Now, I'm patching and reweaving the story a bit, and really feel great about it - lighter and fresher.

What Works for Me. . .

Fingerless gloves. Ha! Bet you didn't expect that one. I'm one of those many female souls who suffers from cold hands. In my piano playing years, I'd stop and sit on them or put a space heater next to the piano. But when writing, I tend to carry my laptop everywhere (and who wants to tote a space heater too?) So I snipped off the tips of one of those cheap $1 stretchy gloves, and Tadah! Warm fingers for faster typing....or so I hope.

What Else I've Been Up To. . .

Trying to keep the kids' snow boots, gloves, hats, coats, pants and what nots half-way dry so that they can play outside over and over and over again. Oh, and the endless mopping of the mudroom - I LOVE the mudroom! (Seriously, if that stuff all got in the house *phew*)

Then we've had some problems with freezing water pipes. That's one of the lovely bonuses of living on a farm with a well. At first, we thought we'd simply failed to keep the pump house warm enough, but it appears that somewhere there's a pipe too close to the ground surface on the way to the house. . .which means we get to dig things up and try to find it this Spring! (Yay?????) Anyway, the water by the barn is on a different system, so I ended up carrying buckets and buckets of water to the house. Oh, and of course, the ponds froze over, which meant the cows got buckets and buckets too...and the goats....and the chickens. Let's just say that me and my bucket know each other well.

But most importantly, we've been making snow angels, and sled runs, and ice sliding races and all those wonderful things.

And what about you? Did you get buried under all that white stuff? Get to sun on the beach? Did you read a good book and love it? How's your writing going? In other words, what's up?