Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What's Up Wednesday!

Although I haven't been very good about this, but today it's time for another What's Up Wednesday post! This is a weekly hop sponsored by the lovely duo, Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, which helps us writerly/readerly folk to come out of our caves, blink at the bright light of day and touch base with each other.

So, this is what's up with me. . .

What I'm Reading. . .

Not much. I was on a reading high all winter, but the last few weeks have been slow in this area. I read The Crystal Keeper by Laurisa Reyes, which was enjoyable. And I have to start reading The Princess Madeline Trilogy by Kirstin Pulioff - I'm actually looking forward to this one but have to sit my backside down in that chair and do it. See, my reading needs to be forced at that moment. Oh well.

What I'm Writing. . .

This is probably why my reading's in a slump because I am in the revision cave...really deep. I thought this round would be easy, since I'm simply reworking something that's already been revised and I just pulled off the shelf. Ha! But I have a really good feeling about it and love how it's developing.

What works for me. . .

Can I just say my awesome CP group? This is the first time I've worked in a group like this Each member (by accident) has a different area they notice things on, and it's simply amazing. But compared to sending out the MS to one or two CPs at a time, it feels like a dump truck unloading on the paper. It's great. Really, I just can't say how awed I am by the input, but it's a heavy load to sort through and get straightened out. One things for sure, this MS is nothing like it once was. My baby's growing up!!!

What else I've been up to. . .

Everything and nothing. At least, that's what it feels like.

This last weekend of warm weather meant the chance to finally straighten out the flower beds a little. I didn't plant anything new. Not yet. But my fingers are itching to. We also had to clean out the barn after having the cows in there during all the ice storms. What a mess!

I was able to put the first coat of paint on one of the rocking chairs I'm refurbishing. It looks so shiny, but no pics until I'm done. Which will be awhile, since I'm weaving the cane seats and backs too. So don't hold your breath yet.

Hubs has been 'laid-off' for a couple of weeks. His company is more seasonal, so it isn't a big surprise. He works 1-2 days a week until end of this month, and then it's back to full time. Having him around is nice, but definitely throws a loop in my routine.

Oh, and I'm working on a new project, something inspired by our library book sale. We have a table of free books, ones with breaking spines or ripped covers. Anyway, I saw a picture somewhere here on the web of paper roses made out of old book pages...and those in a wreath. I looked up the different techniques and, of course, decided on the most time consuming one. So now, my table is filling with roses. Silly? Yep. And perhaps a waste of time (it's not like I don't have other things to do). But one should be silly sometimes. It's good for the soul!

And what about you? Read any good books lately (I could really use some suggestions!)? Are you in the revision cave or out in the freshness of a new draft? Pulling out your hair because of difficult words? Are you planning a garden? (I love garden talk!) What's Up with you???