What’s Up Wednesday: The Finished Book Edition


Strangely, nothing right now. I’m waiting on a few books from my library, namely Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, and The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride. It’s really weird not reading a book, and if it takes much longer for my books to come in, I might re-read Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. I read it back in high school and laughed. my. butt. off. SUCH a funny book. I want to read it again and see if it’s as funny as I remember it being. Anyone else ever read it?


Well, you probably guessed from my post title that FRACTURED RADIANCE is DONE!!!!!!!! Wahoo!!! So, my goal was to finish it by the 30th, aka when I left on my two-week Alaska trip. Sadly, that didn’t happen, but I did finish it a week later while driving from Homer to Anchorage. I was SO. FREAKING. HAPPY. (As I’m sure you can understand and have experienced) and gave like a bajillion high-fives to the Mister. I asked my little sister to give it a quick read to make sure everything holds up plot-wise, and then next week I’ll start revisions. Oh, did I mention that the final word count is only 47k? So, I had the muse with me super strong until I got to the end of editing my existing material and started writing the end. And then it left me and getting any words was a struggle. So, many scenes ended up being little more than summary. BUT the important thing is, as far as the plot goes, the book is down on the page. Now I just need to flesh all those scenes out!

Until I start revisions next week, I’m working on world building for my next novel, which I’m planning on writing for NaNo. I forgot how hard world building is! And while I’m putting that world together, ideas are coming to me for my one-day YA high fantasy. I think my mind grapes are starting to make juice again.


All the research I’m doing! Oh, man, I love wiki. And I’m naming characters for my NaNo novel. Am I the only one who adores naming characters? So much fun. And I spend too much time looking for pictures of my characters on Pinterest because that’s important, right? :)


Just recovering from my Alaskan adventure! We went for two weeks and got back early on Saturday morning (aka, 5 am). We did Denali, Seward, Homer, Anchorage, Kodiak, and a tiny village on Kodiak. I saw sea lions, puffins, bald eagles, belugas(!), humpback whales (also !), seals, sea otters, moose, (the bottom of) Denali, glaciers, lots and lots of waterfalls, the northern lights(!), and NO BEARS. Not for lack of trying. I ate lots and lots of seafood, flew in a teeny, tiny plane, caught Alaskan salmon, rode on boats, stayed in a hotel on a sand spit in the middle of a big bay, and spent hours and hours in the car. (Alaska is A LOT of driving.) It was such a blast! (Also, very stressful at times traveling with a 10 month old.)  Here’s a picture of one of the whales!

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Oh, you know, just a humpback whale swimming RIGHT NEXT TO MY BOAT. No biggie.

What have you been up to?

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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.

6 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday: The Finished Book Edition

  1. I’m glad your trip was such a success!

    Your version of “finished” did crack me up a bit though. Weren’t you at 45k words when you were 2/3rds of the way done with the book? And now you’re at 47k words? 2k words is not a 1/3 of a book. Getting the plot all hashed out is still a big accomplishment. Good luck with the “revising” of that last third.

    1. I was at 40k, but yeah, 7k isn’t exactly 1/3. :) Like I said, writing was a big struggle a few weeks ago! There’s more than one scene that is currently fewer than 1k words that will end up being closer to 2k.

  2. Congratulations on finishing Fractured Radiance! I sincerely hope you’ll let me peek at it when you’re ready for critiques. :) I’m SO VERY CLOSE on the first draft of my current WIP. I can’t wait to write “The End.”

  3. Your little one is already ten months old?!?! WOW! …Where did that time go?!


    Alaska, aaaaaaawesome! I hope I can get there someday.

    I looooooved The Ask and The Answer… Patrick Ness is so talented.

    1. He actually turns 11 months tomorrow!! It’s blowing my mind, man.
      Yay for finishing books! *dances*
      And I’m so excited to read The Ask and The Answer! I inhaled The Knife of Never Letting Go. Patrick Ness is awesome sauce.

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