What’s Up Wednesday

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Look at me! Jumping on the fun blog series bandwagon and doing What’s Up Wednesday. Because it looks totes fun.


I’m re-reading the beautiful Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks for my book club. I read it for the first time back in high school (or therea

bouts) and I’m excited to rediscover it. So far, about 40 pages in, the writing and emotions are as beautiful as I remember them. I’m a little nervous for when her sons die (not a spoiler–you learn they will on, like, page 3) because I have a really hard time reading about kids getting really hurt or dying these days. So, I know I will cry. A lot. But it will be worth it.


Thanks to an awesome sauce writer support facebook group I’m in, I’ve been super awesome with my editing lately. I’m currently on chapter 15 of the existing 23 chapters of FRACTURED RADIANCE and, if I keep up my awesomeness, I’ll be ready to write the third act and finish this bad boy by Monday, July 22nd. Squee! (Also, awesome is one of my favorite words. But don’t worry, it rarely makes it into my fiction.) (ALSO also, if you’d like to be a member of this awesome facebook group, send me a message and we’ll connect on facebook and then I’ll invite you. It’s worth it (if you’re active), I swear.)


My awesome facebook group. Have I mentioned it yet? Oh I have? Okay then. And my writing group. I know I’ve mentioned them.


After a super fun three weeks in Charleston, I’m glad to be home. My house is still pretty disorganized from my haphazard unpacking (couldn’t find my deodorant for two days, gross!) but that’s okay. My trip was pretty hectic and action-filled, but I still feel like my batteries got recharged. And I’m going to ride my bike (early) tomorrow morning for the first time in almost two years! I’m so excited; I really missed it last year while preggers.

Also, my little brother leaves the country tomorrow for TWO WHOLE YEARS! He won’t come back and we’ll only be able to email weekly and talk on the phone twice a year. I’m gonna miss that crazy kid. Seriously, he’s a nut. But a really fun nut.

That was fun. Yay! Are you a WUW participant?

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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.

13 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday

  1. What’s Up Wednesday is totally fun. This is only my third week doing it, but I love it. And I also love your little side notes, like misplacing your deodorant for two days. That made me laugh.

    1. I seriously looked for it just about everywhere, and several times, before I finally found it. And luckily, I didn’t have to go anywhere those two days. :D

    1. For some reason this comment was automatically labelled as spam and I rarely check my spam comments, so sorry this isn’t showing till now, Cole! Silly wordpress.

  2. I was just in Charleston too. Two of my husband’s soccer players played in the NC/SC Clash of the Carolinas All-Star game and so we go every year for that. And while we were there we shopped and ate and shopped some more. Saw fireworks. Toured Fort Sumter. Such an awesome place!

    And your fb group sounds awesome ( I love that word too!). Good for you for getting so much editing done!

  3. I’m entering your new blog address into my new reader which is called The Old Reader. Google reader just booted me off, so I’m reorganizing anyway. Glad to hear you had fun in Charlston.

    1. Yeah, I migrated over to Feedly. I’m actually really glad Google Reader bit the dust because Feedly improved on a lot of my annoyances with Reader. So yay!

    1. Oh man, it was beyond awesome. Well, that last half week wasn’t so awesome because the wee man slept terribly and it rained like crazy, so no more beach trips. But other than that, awesome possum!

  4. Wow, two years? That’s rough. My younger brother is gone for the summer, and I miss him already. I can’t imagine him being gone longer than these two months.
    Good luck on your writing! It sounds like you’re making some awesome progress. :)

      1. He’s only about 400 miles, so I feel like I shouldn’t complain. But I miss that kid! I need my superhero movie buddy/volleyball sidekick/bodyguard/music aficionado/cool kid brother back. :-)

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