What’s Up Wednesday: The Ongoing Saga Edition


I finished Seraphina a few days ago and wow. That book blew my mind. And also depressed me at first because I kept floundering in these feelings of I’ll-never-write-as-well-as-this!! But then I signed a pact to only be inspired by good books and not downtrodden by them. So, yes! I’m inspired. It’s so good.

I just started Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. I actually read it back in 7th grade and I’ve been wanting to re-read it and then finish off the whole series (The Dark is Rising), and lo and behold, we picked it for book club. So yay!


Oh, you know, same old same old. Still chugging along on FRACTURED RADIANCE (which will eventually need a new title because Jocelyn Davies has a book out called A Fractured Light. Sigh.). The story’s coming along and I’m loving it more and more every day. The developments!! I had an awesome shower idea yesterday (aka, an idea occurred to me while showering) and then one last night and they keep coming and it’s awesome. I’m obsessing over the story quite a bit, but it’s a good thing because this book will get finished by August 31st!!!


My story, funny enough. The more I work on it, the more I think about it during the day, and the more my brain works to figure out the plot and problems I may have. Sure, my laundry is sitting in a pile on the love seat while I type this, but who cares!!! There is writing to be done!!

… But I probably should go grocery shopping when Turbo wakes up.


Happily, nothing! My life has been crazy all summer and this is the first week of quiet. The Mister had a big 100-mile mountain bike race on Saturday and he ROCKED it. And then he was supposed to have a championship race this weekend–and it was going to be his last race of the season–but it was cancelled due to a wildfire, and suddenly his season is over and our weekend is open and empty. I love it! Lots of time to write and I need to paint some furniture. Oh, and Psych. Definitely need to get caught up on Shawn’s and Gus’s adventures. (Is it just me or is this season the funniest so far? The dialogue is really awesome.)

So, what you reading, writing, inspired by, and up to this week?

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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.

9 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday: The Ongoing Saga Edition

  1. You don’t need to change the title. Titles aren’t copyrighted and it’s different enough anyway. Keep it if you want it!

    1. The only reason is I don’t want people getting them mixed up or thinking they’re in the same series or even the same topic. Hers is about angels, and mine is nowhere near that. However, as a friend pointed out, it’s very typical YA and doesn’t have a literary YA flavor to it, so I don’t mind looking for a new, more literary title now. :)

  2. SERAPHINA was a really good book! I need to check when the sequel comes out, now that I’m thinking about it. That’s great that you’re making such good progress on your story. And that you’re finding unexpected bits of time to work on writing. Feeling excited about something you’re working on is the best! Have a great week, Kris, writing and otherwise! :-)

    1. It feels so good to be so excited about it because I was really discouraged for the longest time. I think a big reason is I’ve been doing so many revisions, which are really making the story come together. I love revisions so much more than drafting.

  3. I’m so glad you’ve hit your writing groove. I love it when writing inspires more writing and simply finding the time to type all the ideas floating in my head is my biggest challenge. FR deserves that kind of devotion, so I’m thrilled your muse has decided to assault you.

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