RTW: Wuv, Twoo Wuv

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link — or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week’s Topic:

Inspired byStephanie Perkins’ post on Natalie Whipple’s blog, what is your novel’s “Love List”?

I’m actually home on a Wednesday morning and can post! Yippee!!

So what’s my WIP’s love list? This should be pretty easy, because I’m currently in a stage where I love it. (Does anyone else fall in and out of love with their WIP? I swear, it’s like we’ve been married for fifteen years or something.)

-Li and Jin

-Their interactions and dialogue–so much fun to write

-Gavin, the brother

-The UN


-Revisiting New York (at least in my mind and on paper)

-Evil V

-THE kiss

-Jor Hamdal, the neighbor

-Astrid, the best friend

-A rocky cove in the Pacific Northwest


-Rooftop pool

-Red herrings and political intrigue

-Pez dispensers

So my brother is almost done with the critique on the first 40k and it’s time to jump back into the manuscript. I’m so excited! I’ve got plenty of edits to throw into those 40k words, and then I’ll wrap this bad boy up. And then, of course, start the revision phase. But I love this book, and this RTW prompt was perfectly timed.

What do you love about your novel?

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

15 thoughts on “RTW: Wuv, Twoo Wuv

  1. What a great list! I’m a big fan of writing dialogue too. :) I read your title a couple of times, and then facepalmed when I realized what it was. And then laughed out loud, of course! Hilarious. :P

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